On this final weekend of December, as 2014 winds down, I traveled to Sanibel Island for the wedding of Julia and Jon. Joined by colleagues Wendy Willis and Diane Coffman, it was the Seaside Strings Flute, Violin and Cello ensemble providing music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. This was a destination beach wedding with about 40 guests. We shared the day with Tori from Casa Ybel, Rabbi Michael Raab, Audrey Snow Photographers and Floral Artistry.
It was such a beautiful day! The beach was full of guests enjoying an unusually warm day for this time of year- it was probably in the low 80’s. Ceremony time was 4:30 and we began prelude music at 4:15. I had worked mostly with the Mother of the Bride, Jane, on the music selections. Lively classical was what was requested so we played some Baroque classics along with a Mozart Trio.
The Processional was simple. The 2-year-old flower girl preceded the Bride. Julia had requested the Handel Allegro (http://www.seasidestrings.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/36-Track-36.mp3 ) for her Entrance so I chose the Handel Air (http://www.seasidestrings.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/40-Track-40.mp3 ) for the flower girl’s entrance to complement it. The pieces were both in the same key and the timing worked perfectly.
Rabbi Raab officiated a beautiful ceremony. The breaking of the glass was our cue for the Recessional, Siman Tov. Guests stayed on the beach afterwards for pictures and as they made their way to the reception, we quickly packed up and joined them on the terrace. We played a mix of music for the cocktail hour. I was given freedom to make the choices and we played some waltzes, some Jewish songs and some contemporary songs. We finished the night by debuting a new one, Happy.
Best wishes, Jon and Julia!! Thank you for having us share this special day!