Marco Island Marriott

Dirielle and Wagner traveled all the way from New Hampshire to get married on the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa. Late August is a difficult time as we have to endure high humidity and daily rains. Unfortunately,  this week we had a tropical wave that dumped huge amounts or rain and provided very little sunshine. But for this couple and their many guests, the skies cleared long enough for them to hold their celebration on the beach.  It was a destination wedding with guests in contact on their phones with friends in Brazil!

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The couple chose the Seaside Strings Flute and Violin Duo to provide the wedding ceremony music. We began prelude music at 6:15 pm for the 6:30pm ceremony.  The ceremony was delayed more than thirty minutes so I was glad I brought extra music. Dirielle had requested all popular music and had left the choices up to me. We played songs such as At Last, Besame Mucho, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Somewhere in Time, Forest Gump Feather Theme and Over the Rainbow.

When all was ready, we began to play the Canon in D by Pachelbel for the Seating of the Mother of the Bride, the Entrance of the Pastor and the Groom, the Entrance of 5 Bridesmaids , 5 Groomsmen and the Ring Bearers and Flower Girls. Dirielle entered to the Bridal Chorus by Wagner. It was a very romantic ceremony even though I could not understand the words as Portuguese was spoken throughout.  It was moving to see tears shining in both the Bride and Groom’s eyes. During the ceremony, we played The Prayer as the couple performed a ritual of washing each others’ feet. When they exchanged rings, Dirielle and Wagner kissed the ring of their partner.  It was a lovely romantic gesture.

As the newly- married couple kissed, we played the Mendelssohn Wedding March followed by Le Rejouissance by Handel.  We wish Dirielle and Wagner a long happy life together!  Their wedding was certainly a memorable occasion!

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Marco Island Marriott

Today’s October Wedding is on a Thursday which is not unusual here in Southwest Florida where destination weddings are very popular. Weddings aren’t just on Saturdays anymore! Today I am playing violin and joined by Cheryl Bauer on flute. We are here due to the referral from Monica Rossell of Wizard Connection. She was here to greet us and after many phone conversations, it was wonderful to finally get to meet her!

Our couple today is Mary Beth and Kyle, a couple from Missouri. Weather was cloudy and in the mid 70’s. With the strong breeze, it felt cool to us Floridians. The guests were obviously all happy to be here and didn’t mind the weather. We had to choose our set up location carefully so our backs were to the wind. Windy conditions can be a challenge for flute players!

The Wedding Ceremony at the Marco Island Marriott was set up on the spa side of the resort. Although they do have several different locations at this resort for events, this is where I have always played. However,  this was the first wedding I am been to here that set the chairs right in front of the gazebo on the beach.  I really think this looked perfect and the flowers looked wonderful. Mary Beth’s color scheme is purple and orange. I can see birds of paradise flowers in the arrangements.

I worked with Mary Beth’s Mother, Lisa, on the music selections.  For the prelude she chose songs from the 60’s including” How Sweet It Is”by James Taylor,”  You’ve Got a Friend” by Carol King and the “Wedding Song” by Peter ,Paul and Mary. For the Ceremony, she chose songs that really had special meaning to the family. The Grandmothers and Mothers were seated to “Three Times a Lady” which was played at the Wedding of the Groom’s Parents. The Bridesmaids entered to “Till There Was You” which had been played at the Wedding of the Parents of the Bride. The Bridesmaids wore beautiful purple dresses and carried bouquets of orange and purple flowers. Mary Beth entered to the traditional ” Bridal Chorus”.

Mary Beth looked so happy and excited as she walked toward Kyle. As she reached him, she gave a cute little shrug and look toward everyone which caused the group to giggle. Bob Mitchell from A Beautiful  Florida Wedding was the Officiate, whom I have known for several years and worked with many times. After the pronouncement and kiss, we played “Fly Me to the Moon” as the wedding party exited.

Since our booking time is one hour, we usually have time after the Ceremony and we continue to play while pictures are being taken. As the sun moved lower in the sky we ended with “Sunrise, Sunset” and” Let There Be Peace On Earth ” a favorite of the Groom’s Mother. It really was fun for me to prepare this music and fun to perform some non traditional music.

It was great to see Julie Goodacre, photographer  and Ann Marie Epple doing the videography. Thank you also to Theresa Strong, our contact at the Marriott.

Best wishes to Mary Beth, Kyle and all your guests. We hope you enjoyed your time here in Florida!