We who live here full-time have been waiting for this for the last month. A cold front has finally gone through the area and cleared out the humidity. It is an absolutely beautiful day in Southwest Florida. It was breezy here on Marco Island as I arrived at the Marco Island Marriott for the wedding celebration of Tara and Brian. This is a destination wedding for the couple with most of their guests were from Ohio. It is the Seaside String Quartet providing the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music.
Elaine Boucher, “Your Personal Florist” and her assistants were putting the finishing touches to the flowers. They looked and smelled wonderful! Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment was setting up the microphone system for the Officiant. He was kind enough to take this picture of us on the beach. I met up with Paige, the Wedding Planner, of No Worries Weddings. I always feel secure with Paige- she understands what we need and is always quick to provide the help. Aimee Rossi of Aimee Rossi Photography was on hand to capture the event.
It was all classical music for the prelude and ceremony. Beginning with Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, we helped create a celebratory mood with lively music. Following that, we performed movements from a Mozart Quartet and then more Handel with movements from the Water Music Suite. At the signal from Paige that all was ready to begin, we began to play Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the seating of the Grandmothers and Mothers.
When they were seated, we began to play Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto#3 for the Entrance of Russ Winn, the Officiant, the Groom, Brian, the Groomsmen and the 5 Bridesmaids. I loved the hot pink color of their dresses and the men wore matching boutonnieres on their jackets. I thought this music might be a bit tricky but we were able to time it perfectly.
As everyone rose to welcome Tara, we performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D. It was a very dramatic entrance and she looked lovely in her lace gown. It was a very sweet ceremony with Brian tearing up with happiness and then Tara doing the same in response. As the mothers came up to participate in the sand ceremony, we began to play Air by Bach.
After the couple were pronounced married and performed their first kiss as husband and wife, we performed the Mendelssohn Wedding March for the exit of the Wedding Party. As the guests rose and mingled we played Mozart’s Alleluia and Handel’s Le Rejouissance.
We were supposed to have the cocktail reception on the terrace but due to the wind, the event was moved inside. I think we were all happy about that! It was all popular songs for the reception and we appreciated the warm response we received from the guests. I really enjoyed playing the selections Tara and Brain chose! These were Marry You, One Love, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Isn’t She Lovely, At Last, Kiss the Girl, Marry Me, Beauty and the Beast, Bittersweet Symphony, I Will Always Love You, I’m Yours, Viva la Vida, When a Man Loves a Woman and Lucky.
It was a very special evening. Best wishes to all!