All the weddings we play for are so different and it is interesting to see how couples make this special day their own. Lauren and Vincent, local residents, chose the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort as the venue for their wedding day. With about 30 guests expected, they chose me to play solo violin for their ceremony and cocktail reception. I love that this was a very unique ceremony- the Officiant wore a kilt and the Bride wore red! The couple chose an interesting mix of music for me to play so it turned into a very memorable evening.
The ceremony was on the small beach, which they call Sunset Cove. It was a beautiful day, I was able to find a shady spot and since this area is set off from the resort, it offers nice privacy. I began to play prelude music at 5:45 with the ceremony due to start at 6 pm. The couple chose a lot of the old standards: Unforgettable, Come Fly With Me, Beyond the Sea, Georgia on My Mind, Sittin ‘on the Dock of the Bay, and L-O-V-E . The ceremony was delayed by approximately 20 minutes, so I played some of the songs on the reception list and some others as well: At Last, Nothin’ Else Matters, The Best is Yet to Come, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Marry Me, I’m Yours, Over the Rainbow and some Beatles’ songs.
When I got the signal from the coordinator Stephanie, I played Can’t Help Falling in Love for the Seating of the Grandmothers and Mothers. As the Groom and his Groomsmen came onto the beach, I played the Star Trek Theme. For the Entrance of the Bridesmaids, the music chosen was Just the Way You Are Amazing and for the Entrance of the Bride, Lauren, the music was I Will Follow You Into the Dark. I am a big fan of “Say Yes to the Dress” so I have seen red bridal dresses. I think this is the first wedding I have played for that the Bride wore red. She look beautiful!
After the introduction by friend Vic who served as Officiate, the couple drank wine and passed the wineglass to their groomsmen and bridesmaids in a wine ceremony. As they did this, I played Kissing You. Following that , they did a hand-fasting ceremony during which I played Be Thou My Vision. For the Recessional, I played Crystallize.
The cocktail hour was on the terrace overlooking the pool. As I was led there by Stephanie, I got to stop to meet Lauren & Vince and say thank you and offer my congratulations. Additional songs chosen by the couple for me to play were Clocks, The Look of Love, Moondance, Brown-Eyed Girl, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Good Life, Danny’s Song, Firework, Marry You, Nights in White Satin, Stairway to Heaven, and All of Me. It made my day when one of the guests told me she enjoyed my music and was surprised by the different songs that could be played on the violin. Another told me he enjoyed my covers. I am so glad they enjoyed it! I loved all the choices the couple made and they helped me add some new music to my repertoire. Best wishes to the newlyweds!