South Beach, Marco Island

I played solo violin for a wonderful event on Marco Island last night! Daughter Sandra arranged to have her parents renew their vows. It was their annual family reunion on South Beach, Marco island. Although living in California, she was able to plan the event and keep it all a surprise! It was the 47th anniversary for the parents and it looked like the whole family was able to be there. The weather was perfect on this August evening. I am so glad I brought my beach umbrella to provide some shade as I performed the wedding music.

South Beach, Marco Island

Fellow vendors who were part of this celebration too were Phyllis, Officiant, of Weddings by Phyllis, Peggy Farren, Photographer, of Avant Garde Images  and Peter and Debbie, videographers, from Irberseder Films.  I don’t know who did the flowers but they were beautiful.

The guests began to arrive on the beach just before 6:00 pm. I played some classical pieces Sandra had told me she liked. When Phyllis walked onto the beach, I began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the Entrance of the Family.  As Sandra’s Mother walked out with her brother, I played the Bridal Chorus. I  attached my mute to my instrument and continued to play softly throughout the ceremony. Sandra had requested these pieces: A Thousand Years, Bach Air, Bach  Arioso and Schubert’s Ave Maria. When the couple kissed and were announced to the guests, I concluded the ceremony with the traditional Wedding March.  As pictures were being taken afterwards, I played lively classical pieces such as Beethoven’s Ode to Joy; Handel’s Hornpipe, Vivaldi’s Spring; Handel’s Le Rejouissance, and Mozart’s Alleluia.  I completed my hour of performance and the family moved on to their dinner. Such a friendly happy group and  it was a pleasure to be a part of this special day!



Foxfire Country Club

Foxfire Country Club is a beautiful venue in the east part of Naples, FL.  Our string trio had played here a few years back at Christmas time. On this Saturday in August, we are here for the wedding of Maryann and Greg. They chose the Seaside String Quartet to provide the music for their ceremony and cocktail reception. I have to say it is always a blessing to have an indoor event this time of year!

We are joined by Les Wicker, Officiate and Frank Simonetti, Photographer. Many thanks to Frank for this photo of us!


Frank Simonetti Photography

Frank Simonetti Photography

We arrived at 3:15 to set up and we began the prelude music at 3:45 as the guests arrived by bus. Maryann and Greg chose a mix of music. The classical selections they liked were Spring by Vivaldi, Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto. Pops songs they chose were Getting to Know You, Imagine,  At Last and When I’m 64.

Greg escorted his mother into the room to the music of  Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. The Bride’s mother was seated , followed by the entrance of Reverend Wicker. The 3 Bridesmaids and 2 Flower Girls entered the room to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  The traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner was chosen for the entrance of the Bride, Maryann.

During the ceremony, Maryann and Greg did a Lighting of the Unity Candle and for this we played the Handel Air. When Reverend Wicker introduced the happy couple, we played the traditional Wedding March by Mendelssohn for the exit of the wedding party. They had a receiving line in the hallway so we played Handel’s Le Rejouissance and Mozart’s Alleluia as the guests waited to congratulate the couple.

After a quick move to the grill room, we were ready to play for the cocktail reception. Maryann and Greg chose all the selections and we could tell they chose songs with their guests in mind. As we were leaving I heard some ladies remark that they couldn’t believe the songs we were able to play. I loved to hear this!

On the playlist was All My Love,  Beautiful Day,  Bittersweet Symphony,  Bohemian Rhapsody,  Born to Run,  Come On Eileen,  I’ve Had the Time of My Life,  I Will Wait,  Lay Lady Lay,  Moondance and Yellow. The hour went by so quickly, we had about 9 songs we did not get to.

Congratulations to Maryann and Greg! We loved being a part of your special day!


The Club at the Strand

Our final wedding for the month of June was held at the Club at the Strand.  I always love to come here! When I first formed Seaside Strings, many of our first weddings were at this venue. I just love the beautiful grounds.

The Club at the Strand wedding


The Club at the Strand wedding

Our couple today was Christy and Brian, local residents of Naples, FL . They chose the Seaside Strings Trio to provide their music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. Rebecca Diamond was our contact at the venue and Reverend James Berger was the Officiant.

The ceremony was set for 6 pm and we began prelude music at 5:30 . Although skies were cloudy and near the end of the ceremony we heard rumbles of thunder, there was no need to be concerned about rain.

It was all classical music for the ceremony and all pops music for the reception. Christy was very organized and chose her music early in the planning process. For the prelude, she chose wonderful romantic selections such as Nessun Dorma and Intermezzo Sinfonico by Mascagni. Also on the playlist was the Andante from Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21, Spring by Vivaldi, Bach’s Minuet in G and music from Mozart’s Eine Kline Nachtmusik .

The Wedding Party led by Reverend Berger entered to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.   As we played the fanfare to the traditional Bridal Chorus, the doors opened from the clubhouse and Christy made her way down the elegant staircase.  During the ceremony they did something I had never seen before. They called it a Wine Ceremony. Symbolizing the union of their lives, they mixed white wine and red wine, forming a rose’ wine and then each shared a drink from the glass. Apparently the wine was a bit warm from sitting in the hot sun-the looks on their faces as they drank was precious.

The traditional Wedding March was the exit music for the newlyweds and the wedding party. As the guests made their way up the steps to the terrace, we played  Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

The playlist for the reception was full of favorites. We played Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, All You Need is Love, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Crazy for You, Con te Partiro, Always on My Mind, Don’t Stop Believin’, Endless Love, Eternal Flame ( our debut of this one), Everybody Loves Somebody, Everything, Brown-Eyed Girl,Forever in Love, Georgia on My Mind, Good Life, and My Girl.  As the doors opened to the ballroom, the DJ segued nicely from our last song to his music.

We hope everyone enjoyed their evening and we wish congratulations to the happy couple!


Edison- Ford Estate

On this Saturday in late June our wedding had a personal connection. Our cellist, Diane, was very good friends with the parents of the groom. Our couple, Stephanie and Billy, were from Kentucky so it was a destination wedding for them. They chose the Edison-Ford Estate in Fort Myers, FL  for their ceremony venue and the Seaside String Quartet   to provide the wedding ceremony music. The reception was at the Sydney Berne Davis Art Center and this was also our backup in case of rain.

We did not need to be concerned about the weather. It was a beautiful evening. We set ourselves up in the shade so all was perfect. Stephanie Meiser of Along Came Stephanie  had the ceremony site looking beautiful and fitting the couple’s vintage theme. Signature Florals made the beautiful arrangements that lined the aisle. It all looked very romantic. Jamie Lee Photography was on hand to take pictures and Waddy Padilla was the videographer.

Edison Ford Estate 001


The ceremony was set for 5:30 in the Royal Palm Alley. We began prelude music at 5:00 when the guests began to arrive. The couple chose popular music for their selections: The Way You Look Tonight, Beauty and the Beast, I’m Yours, At Last, Dancing Cheek to Cheek , and Someone to Watch Over Me. We debuted a new song for us: I See the Light from Disney’s Tangled. We added a couple of additional songs: Come Fly With Me, Seasons of Love and When I’m 64 as we waited for the ready signal.

When we got the signal from Stephanie Meiser,  we began to play The Prayer for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers. The Officiant ( the Groom’s Uncle) Groom and Groomsmen also walked out to this music and took their places. As the 4  Bridesmaids walked down the aisle, we played All I Ask of You. The music for our bride was the Pachelbel Canon in D. The ceremony was short so quickly it was time to play the recessional music, A Whole New World. An vintage car came around the Estate and the couple drove off. It was perfect ending !

Edison Ford Estate

As the guests mingled a bit before making their way to the reception, we played Music of the Night from Phantom. All our best  to Stephanie and Billy!

La Playa Beach Resort

We had a fabulous wedding last week at the La Playa Beach Resort in Naples, FL.  Lindsey and Steve were our Bride and Groom and this was a destination wedding for the Colorado couple. They chose the Seaside Strings Violin Duo to provide the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. Located on the north beach at the resort, which is a little more private, we were very lucky the weather was beautiful for this late June wedding. Many thanks to Betsy at the resort for providing us with an umbrella!

It was great to see Emma Burdis, photographer, capturing the event for the couple.

La Playa Wedding


La Playa Reception









Susan Sikuta was my colleague today and we began prelude music at about 6:45 pm when the guests began to arrive on the beach. The couple chose all popular music for their event. On the playlist for the prelude was Can You Feel the Love Tonight , A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, From This Moment On and A Moment Like This.

When the wedding party was all lined up, we began to play Marry Me for the Seating of the Mothers , the Entrance of the Officiate and Groom and the 4 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. For the Entrance of the Bride, the music was Can’t Help Falling in Love. The Father of the Groom, Tom, officiated a very heartwarming ceremony. The couple chose to do a wine box ceremony and we played The Prayer as they inserted their letters and the wine into the special box. A Whole New World was the music for the Recessional followed by All You Need is Love.

Lindsey told me she loved Disney and some newer songs and gave me the freedom to choose the music for the cocktail reception. I always put together a fact sheet for the bride to review and she thought all the selections were great. We played I’m Yours, Just the Way You Are Amazing, In My Life, So This is Love, Marry You, Good Life, Wonderful Tonight, Better Together, How Sweet It Is, It’s a Small World, Kiss the Girl, Lucky, Once Upon a Dream, Part of Your World, Someday My Prince Will Come, Here Comes the Sun, Under the Sea, This Will Be ( An Everlasting Love) and we finished the evening with When You Wish Upon a Star. Everyone was so wonderful to us, expressing their appreciation of our music as they left the beach to go to dinner. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and we wish Lindsey and Steve all the very best!

Ritz-Carlton Naples

It was a magical evening at the Ritz-Carlton Naples, FL for the wedding of Lauren and Zackary. I heard one employee of the Ritz say it was the grandest wedding of the year for them. Center Court was decorated beautifully for the couple and after more than a year in the planning, their big day was finally here. The Seaside String Quartet was honored to be chosen to provide the ceremony music and cocktail reception music.

Ritz Carlton Naples Center Court

We arrived at 5:30 and prelude music began at 6pm. Brigitte was our coordinator overseeing all the details.  It was a windy day so that made it a challenge to keep our music in place and even our music stands!  It is always a pleasure to see and work with Rabbi Michael Raab and Tonya Malay, photographer, along with her husband Mike and colleague, Emma Burdis.

Our classical music fit the elegance of our surroundings. We performed Mouret’s Rondeau, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Delibes Flower Duet, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, Elgar’s Salut d’amour and Mozart’s Quartet in C.  We began the Processional with Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary as the Rabbi entered and Zack and his Parents walked down the aisle.  For the entrance of the wedding party, we played Pachelbel’s Canon in D. There were 5 Bridesmaids & Groomsmen, 3 Flower Girls and the Ringbearer who entered carrying a sign proclaiming the arrival of the Bride. Lauren entered to the traditional Bridal Chorus. She told me it was always her dream to enter to this music.

After the very heartwarming ceremony, we played the traditional Wedding March for the Recessional. While the guests headed to the Vanderbilt Courtyard for the reception, we played Handel’s Le Rejouissance for postlude music.

For the cocktail reception, it was all contemporary music. The couple chose a few of our newer songs on our repertoire list so we were excited to try them for their guests. We did not get to play all that was on the playlist but I always like to have more music on hand than we may need. We did play Amazed, Beautiful Day, Brown Eyed Girl, By Your Side, Come Away With Me, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Don’t Stop Believin’, Fields of Gold, Game of Thrones Theme (this one got applause!), Haven’t Met You Yet, I’m Yours, Just the Way You Are Amazing, Kiss Me, Layla and Piano Man. Thank you to Rabbi Michael for this picture.

cocktail reception

The next morning, I returned to the Ritz- Carlton beach house to play violin solo for the brunch.  I was so disappointed that I did not get to meet Lauren and Zack but they had already left to begin their honeymoon.  On display for the guests was a painting done last night of the couple’s first dance. The paint was still wet! What a wonderful and unique gift from the groom’s parents! Best wishes to the newlyweds!


Ritz-Carlton beach house brunch

Bonita Bay Club

It has been a while since we have played at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, FL.  Extensive renovations have been done and it looked so lovely on this last Saturday of April. Local residents Blaire and Phil chose this venue for their wedding and the Seaside String Trio provided the music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception.

Bonita Bay Club wedding

Bonita Bay Club wedding

I checked in with Darcy, the venue coordinator , when I arrived at 4:30.  She told me of a slight change made to the processional and we began to play prelude music at 5 pm.  A mix of music was on our playlist: Rondeau by Mouret, In My Life, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Lucky, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Fly Me to the Moon, All of Me and movements from the Handel Water Music Suite. We got some unexpected  applause after All of Me which told me that this new song will become a favorite.

Originally, we were going to play the Bach Air for the Seating of the Mothers but they were now coming out with the 2 young Ringbearers. With a signal from Darcy, we began to play the  Pachelbel Canon in D for the Entrance of the Wedding Party. Officiant Angelia Winn led the group down the walkway. Blaire chose the traditional Bridal Chorus for her entrance. Since Angelia was using a microphone, we played background music, The Prayer, during the sand ceremony.  The traditional Wedding March was the Recessional music. As guests made their way to the cocktail reception area we played Bashana.

It was all popular music for the reception. Blaire chose all the selections that included At Last, Better Together, Beyond the Sea, Bittersweet Symphony, Butterfly Kisses, Bubbly, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Cheek to Cheek, Firework, How Sweet It Is, I’m Yours, I Say a Little Prayer, Just the Way You Are, Kiss the Girl and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.

When we were making the transition to the reception, Blaire had called over to us that our music was so beautiful and just as she imagined it. We are so glad we fulfilled her dream!

And, we get to come back to this venue in October of 2015!