Another gorgeous day in this place we call paradise, Naples, FL . It is around 80 degrees with a light breeze and the waters of the gulf are fairly calm. It is a very peaceful scene at Vedado Beach. I think of this as almost a resident’s beach. Nestled in among high-rise condominiums near Venetian Village, it is a beach access seemingly used mostly by the nearby residents. The few times I have been here, the huge parking lot has been basically empty. The people we talk to tell us they live nearby. Such was the case on this last Friday in January. Diane Coffman and I are here to provide the wedding ceremony music for the destination wedding of Christine and Adam. This couple from Missouri chose the Seaside Strings violin and cello duo.
When we arrived on the beach , the men from the Hilton Naples were still setting up the area. I could not smell anything, but they did mention to us that there was red tide in the area. People walking by were excited about the upcoming wedding. Some decided to leave , others wanted to stay and watch. Electa, the coordinator at the Hilton Naples arrived to put on the finishing touches. Soon we were joined by photographer Tonya Malay and her colleagues Mike and Emma of Tonya Malay Photography. It is always great to work with them!
We had arranged to begin prelude music thirty minutes prior to the ceremony when the bus bringing the guests was due to arrive. Christine and Adam chose all popular songs and even a couple new ones for us to add to our repertoire. These included make You Feel My Love, Wonderful Tonight, Fools Rush In, How Sweet It Is, Way You Look Tonight, When I Fall in Love, Unchained Melody, One, Storybook Love, At Last, and Have I Told You Lately.
When we saw Reverend Russ Winn on the bridge to the beach, we knew it was time for the ceremony to begin. With a wave from Electa, we began to play the Bach, Air for the entrance of the Officiate, Adam and his Groomsmen, and the 2 Bridesmaids. When they had all taken their places, and as everyone stood, we played the Pachelbel Canon for the Entrance of the Bride, Christine.
Reverend Winn performs a delightful ceremony since he has the bride and groom relate to him the three qualities they love the most about each other. We learned the couple had met through Match.com. It was a very touching ceremony. As Christine and Adam performed the sand ceremony symbolizing the joining of their lives, we played Stand By Me. With the final blessing, the first kiss and then the introduction, the ceremony ended with All You Need is Love as the wedding party walked back down the aisle. As the guests mingled and pictures were being taken, we concluded our performance with This Will Be An Everlasting Love.
As we were about to leave, I’m glad I got to sneak in during pictures to meet and thank the couple for having us. Congratulations and best wishes to Adam and Christine! We hope you have a long and happy life together!