We love beach weddings but it is certainly a pleasure to be asked to perform for a church wedding! We get to use our best instruments and the acoustics are wonderful. It is the Seaside String Trio providing the music for the Wedding of Stephanie and Daniel at the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Cape Coral.
We arrived at 1:00 pm for the 2:00 pm ceremony. Upon arrival, I met with Judy Brunson, the wedding coordinator at the church and we confirmed all the details.
I also got to meet the videographer for today’s event, Ian VanCattenburch of Movie Magic Productions.
Stephanie had been planning this day for over a year and had chosen all the music. It was a fun mix for the prelude. The program for the prelude was Mouret by Rondeau; Bach Brandenburg Concerto #3; Delibes Flower Duet; the Schubert Ave Maria; The Prayer; Bach Air; Viva la Vida and Good Life (a great addition to our repertoire). We began twenty minutes prior to the ceremony start and we finished the last song right at 2:00. Since they were not quite ready to begin, we performed some short movements from the Handel Water Music Suite. I had my eyes at the door at the back of the church and when I got the signal from Judy, we began to play the Handel Air from Water Music for the Seating of the Grandmother and the 2 Mothers. We continued the music as the Mothers came forward to light the Unity Candles.
Once they were seated, we changed to Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Entrance of the Wedding Party. Father Eddie Gibbons led the men in from the side door and then the Bridesmaids,2 ring bearers, 2 flower girls and Maid of Honor entered from the back of the church.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D was the music for the entrance of the bride, Stephanie. You could not help but notice the big smile on her face!
This was a service only, no mass, ceremony so all the responses were spoken. The only music within the ceremony occurred at the Lighting of the Unity Candles. For this, Stephanie chose the Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Gluck.
Upon the introduction of the newly married couple, we began Spring by Vivaldi. As the guests departed, we concluded with Handel, Le Rejouissance.
What a wonderful celebration and we wish all the best to Stephanie and Daniel!