It was a magical evening at the Ritz-Carlton Naples, FL for the wedding of Lauren and Zackary. I heard one employee of the Ritz say it was the grandest wedding of the year for them. Center Court was decorated beautifully for the couple and after more than a year in the planning, their big day was finally here. The Seaside String Quartet was honored to be chosen to provide the ceremony music and cocktail reception music.
We arrived at 5:30 and prelude music began at 6pm. Brigitte was our coordinator overseeing all the details. It was a windy day so that made it a challenge to keep our music in place and even our music stands! It is always a pleasure to see and work with Rabbi Michael Raab and Tonya Malay, photographer, along with her husband Mike and colleague, Emma Burdis.
Our classical music fit the elegance of our surroundings. We performed Mouret’s Rondeau, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Delibes Flower Duet, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, Elgar’s Salut d’amour and Mozart’s Quartet in C. We began the Processional with Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary as the Rabbi entered and Zack and his Parents walked down the aisle. For the entrance of the wedding party, we played Pachelbel’s Canon in D. There were 5 Bridesmaids & Groomsmen, 3 Flower Girls and the Ringbearer who entered carrying a sign proclaiming the arrival of the Bride. Lauren entered to the traditional Bridal Chorus. She told me it was always her dream to enter to this music.
After the very heartwarming ceremony, we played the traditional Wedding March for the Recessional. While the guests headed to the Vanderbilt Courtyard for the reception, we played Handel’s Le Rejouissance for postlude music.
For the cocktail reception, it was all contemporary music. The couple chose a few of our newer songs on our repertoire list so we were excited to try them for their guests. We did not get to play all that was on the playlist but I always like to have more music on hand than we may need. We did play Amazed, Beautiful Day, Brown Eyed Girl, By Your Side, Come Away With Me, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Don’t Stop Believin’, Fields of Gold, Game of Thrones Theme (this one got applause!), Haven’t Met You Yet, I’m Yours, Just the Way You Are Amazing, Kiss Me, Layla and Piano Man. Thank you to Rabbi Michael for this picture.
The next morning, I returned to the Ritz- Carlton beach house to play violin solo for the brunch. I was so disappointed that I did not get to meet Lauren and Zack but they had already left to begin their honeymoon. On display for the guests was a painting done last night of the couple’s first dance. The paint was still wet! What a wonderful and unique gift from the groom’s parents! Best wishes to the newlyweds!