We have had an extraordinary amount of rain this September in Naples FL and it was raining when I arrived at the La Playa Beach Resort. It was the wedding day for Carlie and Joseph and the Seaside String Trio was providing the ceremony music and cocktail hour music. The bride decided to have the beach wedding go on as planned, regardless of the conditions. It looked like the rain was about to lift out and it was just spitting when we went out to set up. The plan was to do the ceremony quickly and then head over to the terrace for the cocktail reception.
Our fellow vendors were Stephanie Meiser of Along Came Stephanie; Karl and Nanette of Luminarie Foto; Steven and Annemarie of iheART Films and Father Charles Obie, Officiant.
The sound man found us a large beach umbrella and along with our own umbrellas, we hoped we would be OK. Father Charles Obie announced that we needed volunteers and two guests came forward to help us. As the guests were being seated, we played Wonderwall, Pompeii and Better Together. It started to rain harder as the Groom, Best Men, Grandparents and Mothers made their way onto the beach to the music , Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo”ole. For the entrance of the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and Flower Girls, we played Best Day of My Life. Carlie chose A Thousand Years for her entrance.
Father Obie kept the ceremony a bit shorter than normal due to the circumstances, announcing he would give his entire text to the couple for a keepsake. They did a sand ceremony and we played All of Me as they poured the sand in this symbol of unity. For the Recessional we played Mine by Taylor Swift and the guests cheered the newly married couple enthusiastically.
We quickly packed our equipment to move across the street and although we were all a little wet, our instruments seemed to have made it through OK. The reception music was all popular songs chosen by the couple. We even debuted a couple of new ones. We didn’t get to play all that was on the list but we entertained the guests with Wake Me Up, Counting Stars, Radioactive, Living on a Prayer, Good Life, Hey Jude, Just a Kiss Goodnight, She’s My Kind of Rain, My Girl, Stairway to Heaven and I’m Yours.
It certainly was a memorable evening and we wish all the best to these newlyweds!