Once again I get to write about a bride who had a unique vision for her wedding day. Lena and her fiance, Josh, chose the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for their venue and the Seaside Strings Violin Duo provided the music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. But what was out of the ordinary was they had the cocktail hour first, on the terrace, followed by the ceremony on the beach. This was a destination wedding for the couple from New York and they had about 130 guests make the trip to be a part of the couples’ celebration.
We began to play at 6:15 and since the weather was just a bit threatening , we went under cover. A small shower quickly came and went. It was mostly popular music on our playlist for the cocktail reception. Our selections were Can You Feel the Love Tonight; Breathe (2am); Come Fly With Me; From This Moment On; How Sweet It Is; La Vie En Rose; Over the Rainbow; Only Time; Penny Lane; Theme from NY,NY; In My Life; You Are the Sunshine of My Life; When You Wish Upon a Star; Edelweiss; A Moment Like This, Waltz of the Flowers, Bach’s Minuet in G.
At about 7:10 we made our way onto the beach for the ceremony and the guests quickly followed us. As the guests waited for things to begin we entertained them with That’s Amore, It’s a Wonderful World, This Will Be ( An Everlasting Love) , Beauty and the Beast and Kiss the Girl. There was a delay as we learned they were waiting for the Rabbi so we played some more Sinatra and Beatles songs. As the Rabbi came down the boardwalk, everyone cheered and we began to play the Israel K version of Over the Rainbow. The Groom and his Parents walked onto the beach followed by the 3 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Lena had 6 children walking as ring bearers and flower girls and she chose the perfect song for them” It’s a Small World”. As Lena walked with her Parents toward her Groom, we played A Whole New World. When Josh broke the glass to end the ceremony, we played Hava Nagila. The Rabbi began to sing and the couple led their wedding party back down the aisle.
We were happy to share this event with these wedding vendors; Kevin Morris of Botanicals on the Gulf, Karl and Nanette of Luminaire Foto, AnnMarie and Steven of iheART Films and Daniella of Ella’s Cakes. And Corrin and her staff at the resort are always so wonderful to us! Another great memory!