Chapel By the Sea is so charming. Just steps away from the beach on Captiva Island, this is a great venue for small intimate weddings. Reverend Morris is the current officiate and caretaker and performs regular church services as well as performs weddings.
Kristin and Michael chose this for their destination wedding on the second Sunday in April and ceremony music was provided by the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo. I was joined by Julie Cornwall, cellist. The ceremony was set for 5:00 pm. Stacey Gerhart of Isabella’s Island Style Weddings and Events was the coordinator for this wedding celebration. Frank Simonetti was there to photograph the event and flowers were done by Floral Artistry.
Kristin was so organized and wonderful to work with. She booked us in January and sent her music choices along with her performance agreement( I usually discuss these a month prior to the date). She chose all popular music for us to play. Her selections for prelude music were Marry Me, At Last, Way You Look Tonight, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Only Time, Forest Gump Feather Theme, The Prayer, and Con te Partiro. We were scheduled to start music 20 minutes before the ceremony but guests began to arrive early so we began to play. Some people chose to come inside and others mingled outside the Chapel. It was a warm day and the building is not air-conditioned. Having the windows open to let in the breeze and the ceiling fans helped but it was definitely warm.
With the signal from Stacey, we began to play Can You Feel the Love Tonight. Reverend Morris entered followed by the Groom, Michael. The two mothers were seated. The Bride’s brother escorted Kristin into the chapel to the music, All I Ask of You.
During the ceremony, there were tears, much laughter and many memorable moments. The couple did a very interesting thing that they called a unity painting. They had a small canvas on an easel. After the exchange of vows and rings, the couple painted a red heart onto the canvas. They had penciled it in prior so it would be symmetrical.
During this we played, Have I Told You Lately. When I looked up I saw they had added a smiley face in the center! Flowers were also presented to the mothers as we played.
When Reverend Morris presented the newlyweds to the guests, we played Just the Way You Are Amazing as the couple exited the chapel. We ended the ceremony with I’m Yours as the guests joined them outside.
It was a pleasure to be a part of their special day! Thank you and congratulations, Kristin and Michael!