If you've been in Florida during the summer, you know the weather can be erratic, going from sunshine one minute to rain clouds the next. Worse, it's tricky to predict exactly when it will change! Though the ceremony was scheduled to be on the beach at 6:45 p.m. (past the time when the rain usually stops), the storm clouds decided to be really menacing that afternoon. The beautiful young couple and their families were flying in from Arkansas because the bride wanted a beach wedding - so I really hoped that the weather would cooperate!
Thankfully, when I arrived at 5:45, the Wyndham staff announced the ceremony would take place on the beach as planned!
As the guests were arriving, violinist Rose Renee played traditional prelude music (including "Trumpet Voluntary" by Purcell, "Air on a G String" by Bach, and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach.) Following the prelude music, the beautiful mother of the bride walked down the aisle and was seated. When Rose Renee began playing "Canon in D" by Pachelbel, the two bridesmaids walked down the aisle.
After the second bridesmaid took her place at the altar, everyone turned around in their seats in joyful anticipation of the bridal entrance.
As the opening notes of "Bridal Chorus" by Wagner sounded, the radiant bride entered on her father's arm. As they approached Reverend Jim at the altar, I felt a surge of happiness for the sweet couple who were about to embark on their journey together as husband and wife.
The ceremony was beautiful! Reverend Jim Robinson (WeddingsByRevJim@aol.com) did a great job. After the exchange of rings, an Irish blessing was read by an 8-year-old girl:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
After Reverend Jim pronounced the couple husband and wife, all the wedding guests burst into applause as Rose Renee began playing "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn.
Following the ceremony, the wedding guests enjoyed cocktail hour inside the Wyndham. During this time, I had the opportunity to meet some members of the bride's family from Washington state, as well as two of her cousins from Texas. How wonderful that they were able to fly to South Florida to celebrate this most special day!
Mary Beth and the entire staff of the Wyndham did a fantastic job creating a beach-inspired wedding theme.
Rose Renee and I really enjoyed working with Mary Beth and the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort. We, along with everyone else at Music for Every Occasion, wish the happy couple a lifetime of love and happiness!