We are nearing the end of rainy season and the number of weddings we have picks up dramatically in the month of October. Our wedding on this Friday was at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. It is a destination beach wedding for Heather and Rich from Missouri and they have booked the Seaside String Quartet to provide their wedding ceremony music.
Thankfully there was only a small chance of rain and the occasional clouds helped keep it from feeling too unbearably hot. I guess the Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf helped make this happen. Oh, but because it wasn’t windy enough to keep them away, the noseeums were horrible. It was a real challenge to play while feeling the bugs biting!
All my communications were with the groom Rich. Book of Love was one of their “must have” songs and we were playing that as their guests came our onto the beach. We played Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls after that and then Rich walked his grandmother to her seat. We quickly changed to the Forest Gump Feather Theme, the music chosen for the Processional and got the signal from Lea, the coordinator at the resort. The 2 Mothers were seated, Rich and his Groomsmen took their places and then the Maid of Honor made her entrance. The little flower girl appeared after her and slowly came out . It appeared she wasn’t going to make it out the whole way and since we had already repeated the song a couple of times, we switched to the music for the entrance of our Bride, Heather, which was the Pachelbel Canon in D. As we began, the flower girl then quickly moved to take her place, with the help of her mom, and all stood as Heather made her way onto the beach.
The ceremony was performed by the brides’ brother. Readings were made by both Mothers . Then after the exchange of rings , they did something we had never seen before. The couple rang a bell together. As the newly married couple was introduced to the clapping crowd, we played the traditional Wedding March for the exit of the wedding party.
We followed with two special requests made by the couple, Wanted and Have a Little Faith in Me. As pictures were being taken, we also played Lucky, Marry Me and finished with A Whole New World. Afterwards, Rich came over to thank us for playing the new songs for them. It was a pleasure! And, we added 2 great new songs to our list!
Congratulations and best wishes, Rich and Heather!