Our wedding at the Pink Shell Resort and Spa on Fort Myers Beach was ideal in every way. A cold front had moved through and so it was just a perfect weather day. It was a lovely May afternoon, sunny with scattered clouds, a light breeze and lower humidity. We wish it could stay like this!
Tess and Andrew from Maryland chose a beautiful venue for their destination wedding celebration. Michelle at the resort was super to us and helped coordinate. Father Charles Obie, a married Catholic Priest, officiated this Catholic wedding ceremony on the beach. Tess and Andrew selected the Seaside String Trio to provide the music for their ceremony.
We began prelude music at 4:00 pm and that was perfect timing as guests began to arrive on the beach. Selections chosen by the couple included a mix of music: The Prayer; Mouret’s Rondeau; Brahms’ Hungarian Dance; Tonight from West Side Story; Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring; You Raise Me Up; Theme from Romeo and Juliet; Forest Gump Feather Theme and Disney’s A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.
The ceremony was set to begin at 4:30 pm. When we received the signal from Michelle, we began to play The Wedding Song for the seating of the two Mothers.
Father Obie had already taken his place under the arch, Andrew and his Groomsmen came forward and took their places beside him. We played Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the Entrance of the 7 Bridesmaids and the Entrance of the Bride.
During the ceremony, we played 2 pieces. After the homily, Schubert’s Ave Maria was chosen for a musical interlude. Later in the service, we played Bach’s Air and we played it in 2 sections. The first instance was spontaneous- it was a long walk to the edge of the water so we played music as the girl walked back with the water with which Father Obie blessed the wedding rings. We also played for the Blessing of the Mothers, when roses were presented to the two Mothers. The ceremony concluded with the playing of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March as the wedding party exited down the aisle.
We had a little time afterwards to play more songs while guests were mingling and pictures were being taken. I got to say congratulations to the couple and the Mother of the Bride, Ann, came up to thank us. We were thrilled they were so pleased! We hope everyone enjoyed their time in Florida!