On this Saturday in December just before Christmas, a cold front had passed through bringing us cool temperatures (about 65 degrees) and breezy conditions. The bright sun offered us all some warmth as we prepared for the wedding celebration of Mat and Robin. We are here at the Marco Island Marriott Resort.
When I arrive, Kylie, the coordinator at the resort, was putting finishing touches to the set up. We confirmed everything for the processional and then I was joined by my colleagues Joan Stewart and Diane Coffman. The Seaside String Trio was providing the live music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour for this Atlanta couple.
The wedding party was in the distance taking pictures. When they finished, the ladies all went inside and soon the guests arrived and mingled. Mat came by to say hello, and after a quick check with the Pastor, we began to play prelude music. Mat and Robin chose all the music and chose songs from our popular song list. Their selections included a lot of our favorites: Angel of Music from Phantom, The Gift of Love, Have I Told You Lately, I Say a Little Prayer, Marry You and the Forest Gump Feather Theme. Soon, Mat and his Groomsmen left to go back into the building and line up for the processional. Things were a bit late in starting so we started to play a song from the reception list.When I saw Mat begin to make his way out onto the beach escorting his mother, we quickly changed to the music chosen for the Seating of the Mothers, Lover’s Waltz by Jay Ungar. We repeated it while I was watchful for the next mother to appear. Instead, I saw the Groomsmen come out followed by the Bridesmaids so we came to a nice ending and switched to the music for the Attendants. The Mother of the Bride came forward and led the Wedding Party onto the beach as we played Con te Partiro. As the very adorable ring bearer and flower girl made their way down the aisle and took their places, we concluded that song and began to play the music for the Entrance of the Bride , Robin. She had chosen Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
Pastor Lynch of Grace Lutheran Church presented a service full of humor and good advice for the couple. After the vows and rings were exchanged, he explained the meaning of the sand ceremony. Mat and Robin came forward to perform the pouring of the sand as we played Can You Feel the Love Tonight. We were able to come to a nice conclusion just as the couple took their places back in front of their guests. Final blessings were made. Mat kissed his Bride and we began to play Wouldn’t It Be Nice as the wedding party exited.
We quickly packed up and followed the guests to the sunset terrace, the location for the cocktail reception. Since we were a bit late we did not have time to play all the selections they had chosen for the cocktail hour. We did play Beyond the Sea, Forever in Love, Bless the Broken Road, If You Could Read My Mind, Georgia on My Mind, and Strangers in the Night. As we saw Robin appear, we began to play the song she told me was one of her favorites, Phantom of the Opera. We continued with Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, True Love’s Kiss and concluded our portion of the evening with the song, Stand By Me.
It was great to meet and speak with Robin before she went inside. What a great couple and we wish them congratulations and best wishes! It will be warmer for you all tomorrow!