Our wedding on this last Saturday in February was at the La Playa Resort and it was another perfect day in Naples. It was a warm day here for February and I’m sure all those who came from colder climates appreciated it! This was a destination wedding for Claire and Joseph. Claire’s Mom, Debbie, was from Arkansas and she chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the music for the couple’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. I was joined by Joan Stewart on violin and Diane Coffman on cello.
Sarah and Jenny of Lyfe of the Party made the gulf lawn a beautiful sight. Kathie and Jacqui of Side By Side Wedding Destination Services were on hand to make sure all went smoothly and Karl and Nanette of Luminaire Foto were here to capture the photographs.
All my planning had been done with Debbie. It was a pleasure to work with her and I looked forward to performing the music she chose for us. As the guests began to arrive we performed classical selections. These included Handel, Le Rejouissance, Handel Air, Delibes Flower Duet, Bach Brandenburg Concerto, and the Haydn Divertimento. Just as we finished the Haydn, the Officiate and Groomsmen began to make their way out onto the lawn. We quickly changed music to the Bach Air and continued to play this as the Mothers were seated and the 2 Bridesmaids took their places. For Claire’s entrance, we performed the Pachelbel Canon in D.
The ceremony was officiated by a longtime family friend who said he has known Claire since she was a child. It was a touching ceremony with Claire and Joseph clearly and emphatically stating their vows. As the couple were pronounced husband and wife and the crowd cheered, we began to play the opening fanfare for the Wedding March. Upon the request of Debbie, we segued that into All You Need is Love as the rest of the wedding party exited and the guests began to move to the reception area after a group picture was taken.
Pops music was selected for the reception beginning with Till There was You. Debbie chose a lot of my personal favorites and had a special request for Mack the Knife to surprise her husband. The songs she selected that we performed were All My Loving, All of Me, Always on my Mind, And I Love Her, As Time Goes By, At Last, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately, Here Comes the Sun, In My Life, Just the Way You Are, My Girl, Summerwind, Unforgettable and When a Man Loves a Woman. We ended the evening with New York, NY just as the sun was setting.
I am so glad I got to meet and speak with Debbie before she and everyone made their way to the dinner. It really made my day that she was so pleased! Best wishes to Claire and Joseph!