A Ohio couple, Jennifer and Fred, chose the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida as the venue for their destination wedding. The Seaside String Trio provided the live music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. The wedding was on the beach at 5:30 followed by the cocktail hour on the lawn. We enjoyed working with fellow vendors Carrie Darling of Carrie Darling Events, wedding planner; Floral Artistry, florist; Hunter- Ryan, Photography and Christina Bowman of Beautiful Florida Weddings, Officiate
We began prelude music at 5;00 as the guests ventured down the boardwalk to the beach. I had worked mostly with Fred and he chose a mix of music. Classical favorites such as Debussy’s Clair de lune , Vivaldi’s Spring and Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring were on the playlist along with Por Una Cabeza Tango, When I’m 64 (Beatles) and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. When we got the signal from Carrie, we began to play A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) for the Entrance of the Officiate and the Seating of the Family. Our Bride, Jennifer, entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel. After the vows and exchange of rings, the couple did a wine box / love letter ceremony and we played Delibes Flower Duet as Christina explained what was happening and the couple sealed the box to be opened again on their first anniversary. After Christina introduced the newlyweds, we played Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder) as the Recessional. When the guests rose to move on to the reception, we played You’re My First, My Last, My Everything (Barry White).
The reception area looked gorgeous! We debuted a couple new songs that Fred had requested. These were I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles (Proclaimers ) and I Want You to Want Me (Cheap Trick). Also on the couple’s playlist were Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra), Good Life (OneRepublic); I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher); I See the Light (Disney); Just the Way You Are Amazing (Bruno Mars); Let Me Be There (Elvis); Mack the Knife (Bobby Darin); Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet); Marry Me (Train); The Way You Look Tonight (Sinatra) and What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong).
It was such a pleasure to meet this young sweet couple! What a wonderful evening for them and we wish them a long and happy life together!