The Club at Mediterra has to one of the most elegant places in Naples to get married. There is a long pavered walkway from the parking area to a courtyard which then leads to a huge porte- cochere in front of the clubhouse. The beautiful landscaping enhances the look to make this an excellent venue for a wedding ceremony. On this Saturday evening in April, Lindsey and Bryant were getting married and the Seaside Strings Trio was providing the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. I am joined by colleagues Joan Stewart on violin and Diane Coffman on cello.
It was a warm evening so we were grateful that Mary Ann, the events manager at Mediterra, had placed us in the shade. We were also thankful that any threat of rain was now over and it would be a beautiful evening for the couple and their guests. I had met Lindsey along with her mother last month to discuss the details and was excited for her that the big day had finally arrived!
We began to play prelude music thirty minutes prior to the ceremony. Guests gathered at the end of the walkway and close to the ceremony time then walked down to take their seats. We performed lively classical music selections. When I got the signal that they were ready to begin, we performed Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers. When the Groom took his place at the top of the stairs and his Groomsmen had lined themselves down the steps , we concluded and switched to the music for the Entrance of the Bridesmaids, Charpentier’s Te Deum. The 5 Bridesmaids took their places on the other side , mirroring the men, as the Ring Bearers and Flower Girl came down the aisle. The Pachelbel Canon in D announced the Entrance of our Bride. When Lindsey took her place at the top of the steps to join Bryant, we concluded and their friend Chriss, who served as Officiant, welcomed everyone. Vows were spoken, rings exchanged and then a special poem was read during which we played quietly in the background the song Hallelujah. Lindsey called this the hand ceremony. As the couples kissed and Chriss pronounced them husband and wife, we performed This Will Be (An Everlasting Love for the Recessional.
We quickly moved to the porte- cochere area where the cocktail reception would take place. We played a mix of music, performing lively classical selections, several waltzes and popular songs such as Marry Me, All You Need is Love, Come Fly With Me, I’m Yours, Just the Way You Are Amazing, Kiss the Girl, How Sweet It is and Don’t Stop Believin’. The highlight of the evening for us was when a couple began to dance to When I’m 64. We got such wonderful comments from the guests as they moved inside for the dinner.
We hope everyone enjoyed this special night and congratulations and best wishes to Lindsey and Bryant!