It is easy to understand why March is one of the busiest months here for weddings. The weather on this Saturday was just ideal. It was a beautiful sunny day and just the perfect temperature. By wedding time the crowds on the beach had thinned. We were here at the Waldorf Astoria to help celebrate the destination wedding of Ruth and Tom, our bride and groom from Chicago. Since they were expecting about 150 guests, the Seaside String Quartet provided the wedding ceremony music for this beach wedding.
A lot of planning went into this event. Both Tom and Ruth had special songs they wanted us to perform. For Ruth, it was a German song, Von Guten Machten, that meant a lot to her and she wanted us to play during a remembrance of loved ones no longer with us. The couple thought they had found it and asked us to tape it, to be sure. Luckily we did so and discovered it was not the right song. I did another search and did find the right music which Ruth obtained through her German family members . I was able to arrange it for our group, we taped it again and it was perfect! We also taped Tom’s song, Hoppipolla, and even though it was not the version he had heard before, he was happy with the music I found for it. In addition to a rehearsal to run through the new music they had picked, prior to the wedding day I had been in contact with Megan at the Waldorf- Astoria Resort, Kathie Resop, the wedding planner of Side By Side Wedding Services, and Reverend Les Wicker, the Officiate.
The beach location for the Waldorf Astoria is connected to the Clam Pass Park and visitors take a tram to get from the resort to the beach. Since Ruth and Tom had so many guests, it was arranged that we would begin to play 45 minutes prior to the ceremony in order to entertain the guests as they arrived and to insure there was enough time for all to arrive by tram.
The couple picked all popular songs. On the playlist were Bittersweet Symphony, Take a Chance on Me, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Every Breath You Take, True Colors, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Sunny Afternoon, I’ve Had the Time of My Life, God Only Knows, Hoppipolla, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, and I Say a Little Prayer.
As Reverend Wicker made his way down the steps from the boardwalk, we began to play Nights in White Satin. This was the music for the entrance of Tom, the Seating of his Mother, the Entrance of the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen and the children who served as Ring bearers and Flower girls. For the Entrance of Ruth, we performed the Pachelbel Canon in D.
Within the ceremony we performed the Von Guten Machten for the remembrance and A Groovy Kind of Love for the sand ceremony. For the Recessional, the music chosen was I’m Yours.
We continued to play as pictures were taken and guests headed onto the trams back to the resort. We entertained them with Isn’t She Lovely, Man in the Mirror, More Than a Feeling, Viva la Vida and Love Shack. We loved playing all this fun music!
Congratulation and best wishes to Tom and Ruth! We hope you and all your guests enjoyed your time in Naples!