It is certainly a pleasure to work with a bride who is a fellow musician. Alison from Virginia was a violist for 18 years. Her music teacher was going to play at her wedding and a month before her date, she learned she would be unable to make it. This was a destination wedding so things like that can occur. When Alison contacted me, she was very open to having a string duo even though it was a very small event, with about 12 guests. I always like to recommend at least a duo since you would have a melody instrument and an accompaniment instrument and so much more interesting to listen to than a solo instrument. The Violin and Viola Duo was chosen. Bach was her favorite composer and it was fun working with her to choose the music. I think we came up with great selections!
It was a beautiful day for a beach wedding on Marco Island for mid- February. We began playing prelude music at 4:25 and the ceremony began at 4:45. Alison’s Mom officiated the ceremony.
Here was our playlist:
Bach, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Handel, Water Music Suite and Royal Fireworks
Bach, Minuets 1,2 3, in G
Bach, Invention in F
Bach, Wachet Auf
Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau for the Seating of her Grandmother and the Mother of the Groom.
The Rigaudon by Campra for the Entrance of the Officiate, Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor
Bach’s Aria from the Wedding Cantata , Sich uben im lieben for the Entrance of the Bride
Bach’s Arioso for the Wine Box Ceremony and Reading
Vivaldi, Spring for the Recessional.
Bach, Gigue for Postlude
As we left, the couple performed their first dance on the beach to a beautiful recording of Can’t Help Falling in Love (a lovely strings arrangement). I am sorry I did not get a chance to speak with the couple since I did not want to interrupt but we were honored to be a part of their wedding day! Best wishes Alison and Josh!