It was a beautiful sunny day for a drive to Sanibel Island. It was our first time back to the Sundial Resort in a long while and changes were going on. The resort is being remodeled and according to Mary Beth, the catering manager, it will be beautiful when it is finished. On this last Sunday in December, we are here for the destination wedding of Sarah and Jeff from Texas. It is a bit cool and breezy ( in the 60’s) but the sun is shining, so life is good.
It is the Seaside String Trio providing the ceremony music so I am joined by Joan Stewart on violin and Diane Coffman on cello.
We arrived early to run through music with Lauren, Sarah’s stepsister. I got to meet Jeff, his dad and groomsmen in the lobby- you could tell everyone was excited! After our rehearsal, we headed down to set up on the beach. It is great to see our friends Suzi Freeman, the Officiate, Rick and Patti from Reel Treasures Videography and Doreen Kline of Doreen Kline Photography also a part of today’s celebration. Guests began to arrive on the beach at the exact time we were due to begin the prelude music. Sarah preferred classical selections so we played Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Bach Aria from the Wedding Cantata, a Mozart trio and movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite. As Suzi led the Processional we performed the Mouret Rondeau for the seating of the Mothers and the Entrance of the Men. As the three Bridesmaids made their way onto the beach, we performed the Bach Air. As everyone stood to welcome her, the music was the Pachelbel Canon for the Entrance of our Bride, Sarah.
It was really a lovely ceremony that Sarah and Jeff planned. They had 2 readings followed by the vows and rings. My favorite moment was during the sand ceremony and performing the song “A Thousand Years” with Lauren. She has a beautiful voice and I love this song! She did a fantastic job and it was really a pleasure to accompany her.
As Suzi introduced the newly married couple, we played Vivaldi’s Spring for the exit of the wedding party. As the guests made their way to the reception area, we played Mozart’s Alleluia.
As we were leaving, I got to meet and congratulate Sarah before they started taking pictures. She gave me a big hug and that really made my day! We hope Sarah , Jeff and all their guests enjoy their time in Florida. Happy New Year to all!
Here is a picture of Joan, Lauren, me ( Vivian) and Diane.