It is such a relief that you can’t always trust the weather forecast when it’s a bad one. Yesterday we had an unusual day of rain all day long and the forecast was for rain again today. But on this first Friday in May, it was a beautiful sunny day with a wonderful breeze when I arrived at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. Since it is quite a trip from Naples, Joan Stewart carpooled with me and Diane Coffman joined us there. It was the Seaside String Trio providing the wedding ceremony music for our couple from Los Angeles, Linzey and Garrett. A huge tent was set up behind the Thistle Lodge for the reception and that would have been the backup plan in case of rain. Since the weather was beautiful, we were out on the beach. Signature Florals did a beautiful job with the ceremony site. Cody and Tiffany from Hunter Ryan Photo were here to do the photography.
Garrett chose the prelude music and he obviously loves romantic classical music. He chose Torna a Surriento (Come Back to Sorrento), Debussy’s Claire de Lune, and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Faure’s Pavane and Schubert’s, Ave Maria. It turned out we needed one more piece so we added the Elgar Salut d’ Amour which I think fit nicely along with his other choices.
I had called Lea, the coordinator at the resort, a week ago to confirm everything so once I got a big wave from her, we began to play the Pachelbel Canon in D for the Processional. As we played, a Grandmother was seated, the two Mothers were seated, the Officiant, a friend of Linzey’s, walked out followed by Garrett and his Groomsmen, 7 Bridesmaids, 1 Junior Bridesmaid and 2 Flower Girls. All the girls wore a different colored dress and all had a ring of flowers on their heads. I had never seen that before and all the girls looked gorgeous. More great flowers from Signature Florals! For Linzey’s Entrance , the music was Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns and Roses. This was a special request that I think it will be a great addition to our repertoire list. It has already been requested by a future bride.
It was a great ceremony, a bit out of the ordinary with a California New Age vibe and you could tell it was a fun bunch a people. I was seated where I could see Linzey and she looked so beautiful in her lovely lace gown and so happy! There was lots of laughter during the ceremony and huge cheers when the newly married couple kissed.
The music for the recessional was Firework. As the guests mingled and pictures were being taken, we also played Here Comes the Sun and Yellow.
I am so glad it was an ideal day for them and we wish this couple all the very best! It was a pleasure to work with Linzey and to meet her and Garrett!