When I got the inquiry for a wedding ceremony and cocktail reception with a Victorian Theme I suggested our flute, violin , viola, and cello ensemble. Our couple, Kevin and Christin, residents of Fort Myers Florida, loved that idea and Seaside Strings was chosen to be a part of their wedding day. Along with their requests for Celtic music and classical music, I helped them choose music that enhanced the elegant and romantic feel for this special day.
I admit to being a bit skeptical when Christin and Kevin told me they were planning to have their wedding ceremony in an open field next to a barbecue restaurant. When we arrived, we found the family owned the property. The restaurant provided parking area and rest room facilities and the lot next door with the huge grassy areas and shade trees provided a beautiful site for the event. It could not have been a more lovely day- the weather was just ideal!
The ceremony was set for 2 pm and we began prelude music at 1:30. The couple had one request for us, a Celtic song called ” She Moved Through the Fair. We combined that with lively music from our baroque album, movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite , the romantic music Delibes Flower Duet , Gluck Minuet and Salut d’ amour, a Celtic Suite featuring Ash Grove and Rakes of Mallow, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba and Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze.
The ceremony began with the Entrance of the Officiant, Pastor Don Strange, Kevin and his Groomsmen followed by the Seating of the Grandmothers to Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. The Father of the Groom and the Mother of the Bride walked down the aisle together, lit the candles for the unity ceremony and took their seats. As the Bridesmaids walked down the aisle, we began to play the Canon in D by Pachelbel. The young children serving as Ring Bearer and Flower Girls followed. Christin chose “A Thousand Years” for her dramatic entrance. We were surprised and thrilled that the pastor thanked us for our” lovely music” in his welcoming remarks. Keeping with the Celtic theme, Be Thou My Vision was chosen for the Lighting of the Unity Candle. After the introduction of the couple, we played All I Ask of You for the Recessional. The couple chose this selection and it really fit the romantic atmosphere.
Since the ceremony had been delayed by almost a half hour. we did not get to play all the music that had been planned for the cocktail reception. So we performed most of the Celtic music which included Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond, Skye Boat Song, Scotland the Brave, Berceuse, Irish Reel, Irish Suite, Killarney and Scottish Dances. Many guests commented how much they enjoyed our music and that was so satisfying. Before leaving, I got to meet the newlyweds and congratulate and thank them for choosing us to be a part of this special day. May Christin and Kevin have a long and happy life together!