We always love the opportunity to perform in a church and when it is also during the summer months we are doubly grateful! The wedding of Ariel and Michael was set in the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Fort Myers and the Seaside String Trio provided the wedding ceremony music. Musician’s Susan Sikuta on violin Rachel Cox on viola and Diane Coffman on cello provided the live music as I watched from the sidelines due to my recent wrist injury.
Ariel and her Mom, Jackie, worked together to choose the music for the ceremony. I got to choose the music for the prelude and I chose all lively music for this celebration.Here is a portion of the Bach Brandenburg Concerto.
Other selections for the prelude were Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, a Mozart trio, The Gift of Love and movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite.
The ceremony began with the Delibes Flower Duet. Michael’s father was seated followed by the 2 mothers and then the entrance of the Officiate, Groom and Best Man. After coming to a nice ending, the musicians began to play to Purcell’s Rondeau for the Entrance of the Wedding Party. Three Bridesmaids entered followed by the Maid of Honor,the young man serving as Bible Bearer, 4 Flower Girls and the Junior Bride. The doors closed to await the dramatic entrance of the Bride, Ariel.
As the music of Pachelbel’s Canon in D began, the back doors of the church reopened and Ariel and her Father made their way down the aisle. The music continued as Michael met his bride and they climbed to steps to the altar together.
Within the ceremony, Ariel chose the Gluck Minuet, also called Dance of the Blessed Spirits, for the Lighting of the Unity Candle.After the pronouncement, the kiss and the introduction, the music for the Recessional began. Here is a video of that selection, Handel’s Allegro from a Sonata in F.
Congratulations to the newlyweds, Ariel and Michael! Thank you for having Seaside Strings a part of this very special day!