The Club at the Strand has always been one of my favorite venues. The courtyard garden in the back is just lovely and the staircase leading to it is just ideal for weddings. Yes, I am a bit biased but string music fits this atmosphere perfectly.
Our couple from Fort Myers, Caroline and Mark, chose to have both their ceremony and reception in this garden area behind the clubhouse. The ceremony was set off to the side with the main area set for the reception. It was the first time I had seen this set up and it looked lovely! The beautiful flowers were the work of Kevin from Botanicals on the Gulf.
I was there on this Saturday in January with my colleagues Susan and Diane to form the Seaside String Trio. This was a morning wedding, 11 am, so we arrived at 10 am to set up. Rebecca was our venue contact today and she was putting on the final touches when we arrived. After coordinating the processional with her, we began to play prelude music at 10:30 just as guests started to arrive. A mix of classical and pops music was requested. Caroline told me she loved Ave Maria, music by the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Coldplay and music from Phantom. Here was our playlist for the prelude: Mouret, Rondeau; Coldplay, Clocks; Schubert, Ave Maria; Beatles, In My Life; Mozart, Trio in C; Sinatra, It Had to Be You; All I Ask of You from Phantom; Movements from Handel Water Music Suite.
The processional began with the Officiate, Judge Robert Branning and Groom, Mark, taking their places. Two Bridesmaids walked down the staircase with the 2 young girls that were the daughters of the couple. We played the Israel K version of Over the Rainbow as they made their entrance. For Caroline’s Entrance, we played the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner.
After the couple was introduced as Husband and Wife, we began to play All You Need is Love as the wedding party exited. When the guests rose to make their way over to the tables in the reception area, we played The Way You Look Tonight.
After a quick move ourselves, we continued to play a mix of classical and popular music for an additional hour during the reception. Here was the playlist: Beatles, All My Loving; Strauss, You & You Waltz; Sinatra, The Best Is Yet to Come; Phantom of the Opera; Strauss, Vienna Life Waltz; Beatles, Here Comes the Sun; Sinatra, Come Rain or Come Shine ( a special requests so our debut performance of this); Haydn, Divertimento; Music of the Night from Phantom; Sinatra, New York, NY; Strauss, Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz; Coldplay, Paradise; Beatles, P.S. I Love You; Coldplay, Sky Full of Stars; Angel of Music from Phantom; Sinatra, Very Thought of You; Armstrong, What a Wonderful World
Although it was a little chilly and cloudy at the start of the day, the sun came out and all the guests had a gorgeous day to enjoy! Thank you so much Caroline and Mark for having us and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!