San Marco Catholic Church

San Marco Catholic Church is located on Marco Island, Florida. On this first Saturday in December,  it was the venue for the wedding ceremony of Stephanie and John. The couple chose the Seaside String Quartet to provide the music for their full mass and we worked closely with the music director, Nancy, and Father Tim who Officiated.

The lovely flowers were the work of Barbara at Focus Floral. Carrie Darling of Carrie Darling Events served as the wedding planner. Fidelis Films were the videographers.

San Marco Catholic Church

The ceremony was set for 2 pm so we began prelude music at 1:30. Here is the program. It was a lovely ceremony and we enjoyed accompanying Dorothy, Grandmother of the Groom, as she sang Panis Angelicus during Communion. We were honored to be a part of this special day! It was a pleasure to work with you, Stephanie and your Mom, Maria!

PRELUDE:    Handel, Le Rejouissance

                           Mouret, Rondeau

                           Handel, Entrance of the Queen of Sheba

                           Elgar, Salut d’Amour

                           Bach, Brandenburg Concerto #3

                           Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

                            Selections from the Water Music Suite by Handel

                            Corelli, Menuetto


                        Bach, Arioso: Seating of 1 Grandmother

                                                                         3 Couples, Grandparents

                                                                        Groom’s Parents

                                                                         Mother of the Bride

                          Groom & Best Man enter from back

                         Entrance of Father Tim (no music); He welcomed everyone

                        Kenny G, Wedding Song: 

                                                       10 Bridesmaids/ Groomsmen

                                                        Junior Ring bearer

                       Pachelbel, Canon in D: Entrance of the Bride

                       Gluck, Dance of the Blessed Spirits:  Mothers light the unity candles

                       Blest Are Those Who Love You: Responsorial Psalm with Cantor

                      Celtic Alleluia: Gospel Acclamation; after 2nd reading with Cantor

                      Sager,The Prayer: Lighting of the Unity Candle (after vows & rings)

                      Handel, Air: Preparation of the Gifts

                      Mass parts with organ and Cantor: Holy, Holy, Holy; When We Eat This  

                                      Bread; Doxology/Amen; Lamb of God

                      Franck, Panis Angelicus: Communion (with voice, strings, piano)

                     Handel, Passacaile (strings only): Communion

                     Mendelssohn, Wedding March: Recessional

                     POSTLUDE: Mozart, Alleluia

              San Marco Catholic Church











San Marco Catholic Church

San Marco Catholic Church located on Marco Island was the site of our wedding ceremony on this beautiful November afternoon. Our couple, Karen and Vince were from New Jersey. Valerie, the bride’s stepmother, was the one who arranged to have us perform at the ceremony. She is a music teacher of elementary school band and told us she enjoyed hearing musicians who play in tune after what she listens to at school! I believe she told me Karen’s grandfather was a concert violinist, so this is a family that appreciates classical music! The Seaside String Quartet performed so I was joined by my colleagues Joan Stewart and Susan Sikuta, violins; I played viola and Diane Coffman performed on cello.

We began the prelude music thirty minutes prior to the ceremony. Among the pieces Karen chose were the Rondeau by Mouret, Air by Bach, and Clair de Lune by Debussy. A special request by Vince that the church did allow was Over the Rainbow. It was wonderful to play this piece that had special meaning for him!

The mass was performed by Father Gordon Zanetti and Jane Simmons served as the Cantor. Karen chose Handel’s Air for the seating of the family, Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the entrance of her attendants and the Pachelbel Canon in D for her own entrance. Jane handled the mass parts on piano and we did perform Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits for the Preparation of the Gifts. The Ceremony concluded with Handel’s La Rejouissance as the wedding party departed.

It was great to see Greg and Alex of New Ground Photography doing the photos. I see them often at meetings of the National Association of Wedding Professionals.

We wish Karen and Vince all our best! We hope you and your guests enjoyed your time here in Southwest Florida!