Marco Beach Ocean Resort

There was another tropical wave looming over Florida this weekend that brought us a lot of rain off and on. As I was heading toward Marco Island on this first Sunday in August, it was sprinkling a little bit. What was going to help us was the wedding ceremony was scheduled for 6:45 so hopefully the rain would be ended by the time we started to play. When I arrived on the beach at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, it was very overcast but no rain. We were good to go!

Marco Island Florists were busy at work since they had to wait for the rain to end before they could start setting up. The flowers looked lovely. AnneMarie from IHeart Films soon arrived and began to set up also.This was a destination beach wedding and a military one also. All communications were done by email and the Bride and Groom, Erin and Chris, chose all the music.  I was looking forward to playing the selections they made! After checking with Corrin, coordinator at the resort, and learning of a few changes, it was time to start the prelude. We began with Somewhere Over the Rainbow ( wouldn’t it have been great if one actually appeared!) followed by Unforgettable and Can’t Help Falling in Love. Mike, Emma and Tonya from Tonya Malay Photography appeared so I knew we were almost ready to begin. We were partway through She’s Always a Woman when I saw the first Mother appear on the Boardwalk. A quick finish to the song, a flip of the pages and we were playing the Glasgow Love Theme from Love Actually for the seating of the 2 Mothers. It is a fairly short song that I thought we might need to repeat since it is a long walk to the beach at this venue but it worked perfectly. As the Officiate, Lee,  led the men on to the beach, we switched to the Forest Gump Feather Theme. Once they were in place, it was time for the three Bridesmaids. Several minutes went by before they appeared, so we had to repeat the song several times. We were able to come to a nice conclusion when the final girl took her place in front. Our fanfare to the Bridal Chorus announced the arrival of the Bride, Erin, on the arm of her father.

The Officiate was a very good friend of the Groom and he gave a very moving service full of blessings for the couple. It was an interesting ceremony respectful of Erin’s Buddhism beliefs and included the Irish blessing that acknowledged Chris’s roots. As the officiate introduced the newly married couple, we began to play All You Need is Love for the exit of the wedding party.  As the guests began to rise and mingle, we ended our performance with the Kerry Dance from our Irish Suite.

The beautiful sunset just added to the special day! Congratulations and best wishes to all!

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