Even though there were dark clouds and rain in the area, it was all sunny skies for our couple from Illinois, Rachel and Andrew. Once again, prayers were answered and the backup plan was unnecessary. The Bay Colony Golf Club was the location chosen and it is just an absolutely gorgeous venue!
The couple chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. My colleagues today are Susan Sikuta on violin and Julie Cornwall on cello. We are set up on the upper level of the terrace, overlooking where the ceremony will be held.
When I arrived, I checked in with Ellen, our venue contact. I had spoken to her on the phone earlier in the week and she had everything ready for us including some changes that were made during the rehearsal. Ellen and her staff were just super to us! It was a challenge to see and she arranged to help us with the Processional. I was also able to see the Officiate, Bishop Sean Alexander, to double check the placement of the music for within the ceremony and our cue for the recessional.
We began to play prelude music thirty minutes prior to the ceremony start. Rachel’s requests were Schubert’s Ave Maria, Handel Air, Rondeau Mouret, Purcell Rondeau, Bach Arioso and Bach Air. Since they were not quite ready to begin and since she obviously loved Bach, we added an aria from the Wedding Cantata by Bach that I had arranged for string trio.
Ellen came to tell us all was ready. Her assistant was in position to help. We began to play Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Entrance of the Officiate, the Seating of the Mothers and the Entrance of the Groom and Best Man. Once the men were in place, we began to play Purcell’s Trumpet Tune for the Entrance of the three Bridesmaids. Then the change to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary signaled the Entrance of the Bride, Rachel. The timing all worked perfectly! Thank you again Ellen!
After the two readings, we performed as a musical interlude, the Delibes’ Flower Duet. The kiss followed by the introduction was our cue to play the recessional, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. As the guests were moving inside for the cocktail hour, we performed Handel’s le Rejouisaance.
Rachel had chosen a nice mix of music for cocktail hour which her guests enjoyed as several came up to us to tell us how much they were enjoying the music. On the playlist was Strauss You and You Waltz, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Come Away With Me, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, From This Moment On, Con Te Partiro, How Sweet It Is, Sleeping Beauty Waltz, I’m Yours, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, La Vie En Rose, Albeniz Tango, and Marry Me. As time for the cocktail hour drew to a close, we finished with You Are the Sunshine of My Life and You’re the First the Last, My Everything.
It was a fun night and we wish all the best to the newly married couple, Rachel and Andrew! I hope you and all your guests enjoyed your time here in Naples FL!