When I arrived at the Ritz- Carlton Naples on Sunday, dark clouds were forming overhead. We were due to perform in the Tea Garden for the Wedding Ceremony of our New Jersey couple, Christina and Mike. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. With lightning, thunder and heavy rain around us, the location was quickly changed to the Artesian Room. It is a beautiful room and due to the efforts of the ladies in the floral department and the rest of the Ritz-Carlton staff, I think any disappointment at the change was short-lived.The classical music of the Seaside String Trio was a perfect match for the elegance of the room. I am joined by Susan Sikuta on violin and Diane Coffman on cello. As the guests began to arrive at 6:30 for a champagne toast, we began to play lively classical music as requested by Christina. As the guests were mingling, we performed music by Mozart, Handel and Bach. Michelle Reed of Michelle Reed Photography was capturing pictures of the guests.
With a great view of the door, I received notice from Nicola that all was ready to begin. As we began to play Te Deum by Charpentier, Father Rick Ricardi led the Processional. He was followed by the Groom and his Groomsmen, the Seating of the Parents, Entrance of a Junior Bridesmaid and then the Matron of Honor. The Pachelbel Canon was the special music for the Entrance of the Bride, Christina.
As Father Ricardi introduced the newly wedded couple, we began to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. It was remarkable that with the closing of the door after the last guest departed the room, we finished the last notes of Handel’s Le Rejouissance.
It was wonderful to see that the rain did not dampen any happiness on this day! Congratulations Christina and Mike!