We are in such a rainy pattern this summer! We had so hoped for a break in the weather but it was not to be on this first Friday in July. For Kristen and Jonathan, who had come from West Virginia to get married here at the Marco Island Marriott, it must have been disappointing to not be able to have their beach wedding. But, I would have to say that when I met Jonathan prior to the ceremony, he was beaming with excitement. His love for Kristen and their vows they would take tonight obviously mattered more to him.
Kristen and Jonathan chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music. Colleagues Joan Stewart, Susan Sikuta and Diane Coffman provided the live music and I got to watch from the sidelines. We are joined by photographer Tonya Malay, husband Mike and colleague, Emma of Tonya Malay Photography ; Reverend Russ Winn is here to Officiate and Dominick Buonantuono of Mobile Sound Entertainment was the DJ for the evening.
Since John, the coordinator at the resort, was with the bride, I helped line everyone up for the processional. Russ Winn, Kristen’s grandmother, Jonathan’s parents and Kristen’s mom were all escorted to their places to the music Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach. I gave a signal to Joan, they came to a nice ending and changed to Pachelbel’s Canon in D for Kristen’s entrance. As the doors opened for her, everyone rose to their feet to welcome her. It was so interesting to me to see all this happen from a different viewpoint! I waited out in the reception area and when we heard the applause of the guests and the recessional music, Viva la Vida, John quickly reopened the doors as the newly married couple emerged from the room.
The cocktail reception was held in the lobby area just outside the ballroom. After a quick relocation, the trio began to play the music chosen for cocktail hour. On the playlist were Better Together, Bittersweet Symphony, Clocks, Come Away With Me, Good Life, Hey Soul Sister, Home, I Walk the Line, Just Like Heaven, Lucky, Make You Feel My Love, Marry You, Moon River, Need You Now, Take Me Home Country Roads and Yellow.
Here is a short sample of Good Life.
Here is a short sample of Need You Now
Many thanks to Kristen and Jonathan for having us be a part of their special day. Best wishes!