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!