It is our first wedding of 2013 and the extraordinary weather continues. It is about 80 degrees with a gentle breeze and the beach on Marco Island is filled with people enjoying the day. We are here at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for the destination beach wedding of our couple from Tennessee, Kaiti and Ben.
The Seaside String Trio is providing the wedding ceremony music so I am soon joined by my colleagues Joan Stewart, violinist and Si Cheng Liu, cellist ( filling in for our core person, Diane Coffman). After a quick check with Corrin, the wedding coordinator at the resort, guests begin to arrive on the beach at 4:15, the appointed time for us to begin prelude music. As the ushers escort the guests to their seats, we play a mix of classical and popular songs. Kaiti and Ben chose Fly Me to the Moon, Yellow, Your Everything and I added classical favorites Rondeau by Mouret, Flower Duet by Delibes and Rigaudon by Campra.
We had just started to play Your Everything when I saw the usher escorting the grandmother down the boardwalk. So, we quickly came to a nice ending and switched to the music selected for the seating of the family, Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. The two mothers were seated and just as the usher turned to come back onto the beach, we concluded that piece and began to play Charpentier’s Te Deum for the entrance of the wedding party. The groomsmen made their way onto the beach, followed by our Groom, Ben, and Dr. Dan Lamey, the Officiant. As we waited for the bridesmaids to appear, a single couple came down the boardwalk, obviously late and completely unaware they were arriving in the middle of the processional. Since Corrin had to wait for them, we just repeated the song. Once this couple had seated, the bridesmaids made their way onto the beach followed by the extremely adorable ring bearer and flower girl. Dr. Lamey invited the guests to stand as Kaiti appeared and we began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
Kaiti’s father looked proud as he presented his daughter and I could see her mother wiping away tears. Kaiti look lovely in her lace gown and Ben could not take his eyes off of her. Vows and rings were exchanged and everyone cheered as Ben kissed his bride. Following the introduction of the couple, we began to play All You Need is Love as Ben led Kaiti and the wedding party down the aisle. As guests moved on to the reception on the terrace , we played I’m Yours and Just the Way You Are Amazing.
Everyone was treated to a fabulous sunset. We wish many years of happiness for this newly married couple!