The Commons Club at the Brooks

The weather this December has just been remarkable. The weather again today is just ideal for our couple Emily and Jay. They have picked a lovely location, The Commons Club at the Brooks. The setting is on a lake, inside a huge gazebo. Pelicans and herons swoop over the water in this peaceful setting. It is a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the mid 70’s and just a gentle breeze. Daniela Jacob at the venue has made sure everything is in place and it looks beautiful. Emily and Jay are outside having pictures taken as we arrive. I got a chance to chat with them before they went back inside. They are so excited! It was wonderful to meet them after all our phone conversations!

I am here with Joan Stewart and Diane Coffman and we are performing as the Seaside String Trio. Rabbi Michael Raab and Dr Dan Lamey are the Officiants.

We begin to play thirty minutes prior to the Ceremony which worked out perfectly since guests started to arrive just as we began to play. Emily and Jay had some specific requests for the prelude music. These included the Schubert Ave Maria, Mozart Eine Kline Nachtmusik, Handel Water Music and Bashana.

The last guests were seated just before 4:00 and the ushers went over to the grandmothers and led them to their seats to the music, Clair de Lune by Debussy. The Wedding Party was all lined up at the end of the huge lawn. Emily chose the Bach Air for their entrance. Last to proceed up the gazebo steps were Jay and his parents. Once they were in place, Emily came escorted by her parents to the music Pachelbel Canon in D.

As everyone took their places under the Chuppah, Rabbi Raab and Dr. Lamey welcomed everyone. I just love the service these two perform. They are both delightful people.

After the vows and the rings and a reading from the bible, we performed “Sunrise, Sunset” as Emily and Jay participated in the sand ceremony. This was a very special song for the family. Emily had included the words to the song on her program. Later , her mom expressed to me how special this was for her.

After the breaking of the glass and the first kiss,Emily and Jay were pronounced husband and wife. The Wedding Party exited to “I’m Yours” followed by Handel’s Le Rejouissance. Then Emily and Jay circled back around the gazebo and went down the rows to greet each guest. We finished with Mozart’s Alleluia.

We wish this wonderful couple all the best as they start the new year and their lives together!