The Club at Grandezza

It’s hard to believe April is almost over. We are still in the busy wedding season here in Naples FL and on this Saturday in late April, we traveled to The Club at Grandezza for the Wedding of Courtney and Kurtis. The Seaside String Trio provided the wedding ceremony music for this local couple. They chose to have the wedding under the porte-cochere.  It was a lovely day with a nice breeze, we were in the shade and the acoustics were terrific in this spot. It was great to work with Amanda again, the coordinator at Grandezza.

The Club at Grandezza

The couple chose all popular music for us to play. Courtney asked for Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli songs as people were arriving so I put together this list for her: The Way You Look Tonight; Con te Partiro; Come Fly With Me; Fly Me to the Moon; The Prayer; Besame Mucho; It Had to Be You; Sway; That’s Amore. We also added Somewhere in Time to the prelude list when changes were made to the Processional songs.

The Forest Gump Feather Theme was the music for the Wedding Party. The Officiate Dave Ridge entered first. The Groom escorted his Mother down the aisle  followed by the Seating of the Mother of the Bride. The Groomsmen escorted the Bridesmaids and the Flower Girl entered next. Courtney chose A Thousand Years for her Entrance music. It was a beautiful ceremony with lots of laughter and we played Just the Way You Are Amazing as the Recessional. While the guests moved inside for the reception, we played I’m Yours.

 

Wedding at Grandezza

It was an honor to be a part of this special day! Best wishes to the newlyweds!

Naples Beach Hotel

It was a breezy but beautiful March evening at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club for the wedding of Sarah and Brent. The Groom’s family had been staying at this hotel in Naples, FL during season for years so it was the perfect place for the couple to have chosen for their wedding day! The Seaside String Quartet performed the music for their destination wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Susan was our contact at the resort and a family friend, Greg, served as Officiant.

Naples Beach Hotel wedding

The Mother of the Groom, Susan, had made the arrangements with me. I was given freedom to choose most of the music. The couple chose the Bridal Procession music and the Recessional music.

We kept it classical for the prelude which began at 5 pm; Bach, Handel and selections from our baroque album. Guests were in place and the family was ready to be seated. We began to play Pachelbel Canon in D as the Parents were seated; the Officiate entered, the Groom, Best Man and the Maid of Honor took their places. Sarah made her entrance to Over the Rainbow. What a beautiful choice and we were able to time it perfectly! For the Sand Ceremony, we played The Prayer and the ceremony concluded with All You Need is Love.

We remained on the Ocean Lawn for the cocktail hour, 6- 7 pm. We played a mix of popular songs and classical. Here was the Playlist:

                 At Last, Etta James

                 Quartet in C, Allegro and Presto, by Mozart

                 Come Fly With Me, Sinatra

                Here Comes the Sun, Beatles

                 Por Una Cabeza Tango

                 Someone to Watch Over Me, Gershwin

                 Liebesfreud Waltz, Kreisler

                 Sway/ Cherry Pink Medley

                 Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Tchaikovsky

                That’s Amore

                 Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz, Strauss

                 When I’m 64, Beatles

                 A Wink and a Smile, Harry Connick, Jr.

We received so many nice compliments and Susan came up and said how pleased she was. So glad to know they enjoyed our music! We were honored to be there! Congratulations Sarah and Brent!

                                   

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island FL

When I arrived on King’s Crown Lawn at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island FL, I could not help but be amazed by the beautiful set up for the wedding of Jennifer and John. Floral Artistry did an awesome job! I was excited to find out the two end pieces were going to be a surprise for the Bride!

Kings Crown Lawn weddingSeaside Strings was there under the auspices of Thank You For the Dance Entertainment to perform the wedding ceremony music. Amy Morgan was our contact and Kehrin Hassan of Jet Set Wed was the Wedding Coordinator.

Jennifer was wonderful to work with and very organized. She knew exactly what she wanted and had obviously taken great care in choosing the music. We began prelude music at 3:45 . It was a gorgeous day and guests were arriving early to enjoy the sunshine. Here was the playlist:

Vultures, John Mayer ( special request)

Message in a Bottle, Sting ( special request)

Best Day of My Life, American Authors

I’m Yours, Jason Mraz

Island in the Sun, Weezer

Pompeii, Bastille

Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

At 4:20, we got the signal that they were ready to begin. Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring was played for the Entrance of the Parents of the Groom and the Entrance of the Officiate, Dr. James Berger. Home by Edward Sharpe and the magnetic Zeros was chosen for the Entrance of the Groom, 3 Groomsmen, 2 Bridesmaids and the Aunt of the Bride pulling a wagon with the Flower Girl and Ring Bearer ( in the form of 2 very cute King Cavalier Spaniels!)

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Jennifer chose the Pachelbel Canon in D for her Entrance. The couple performed a sand ceremony within the service and we played All of Me by John Legend as Dr. Berger explained to everyone the significance of this. When the couple were introduced for the first time, we played Better Together by Jack Johnson for the Recessional. As guests moved on to the reception area, we played Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

Jennifer was such a happy bride. I am so glad everything went perfect for her! Congrats to the newlyweds!

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort

It was  a lovely February day in Southwest Florida for Hannah and Benjamin on their wedding day! The Seaside Strings Trio performed for ceremony and cocktails at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort. We began prelude music at 10 am, ceremony was at 10:30 and we continued to play afterwards until 11:30. The ceremony was held in the Cypress Courtyard.Hyatt Regency Coconut Point wedding

Hannah chose all popular music for the prelude.  On our playlist was Have I Told You Lately, Van Morrison; I’m Yours, Jason Mraz; In My Life, The Beatles; Yellow, Coldplay; Everything, Michael Buble; Bubbly, Colbie Caillat and Drops of Jupiter, Train.

When I got the signal from Stephanie, Wedding Planner from Along Came Stephanie, we began to play What a Wonderful World for the Seating of the Grandmothers and Mothers. Pachelbel Canon in D was the music for the Entrance of the Officiate, a family friend named Janelle, the Groom, Benjamin, and the 4 couples of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Hannah entered to the Israel K version of Over the Rainbow. The song Lucky by Mraz and Caillat was chosen as the Recessional music. What a wonderful couple- Hannah has such a smile of pure joy on her face!

After the ceremony, we made a quick move to the adjoining Tarpon Bay Firepit area. We continued to play popular music: All You Need is Love, Beatles; Happy Together, Turtles; Best Day of My Life, American Authors; Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; Paradise, Coldplay; and finished with Just the Way You Are Amazing by Bruno Mars.  DJ Dayve took over from there.

We certainly appreciated the compliments we received. We were honored to be a part of Hannah and Benjamin’s big day!

 

Marco Island Marriott

It is certainly a pleasure to work with a bride who is a fellow musician.  Alison from Virginia was a violist for 18 years. Her music teacher was going to play at her wedding and a month before her date, she learned she would be unable to make it. This was a destination wedding so things like that can occur. When Alison  contacted me, she was very open to having a string duo even though it was a very small event, with about 12 guests. I always like to recommend at least a duo since you would have a melody instrument and an accompaniment instrument and so much more interesting to listen to than a solo instrument. The Violin and Viola Duo was chosen. Bach was her favorite composer and it was fun working with her to choose the music. I think we came up with great selections!

Marco Island beach wedding

It was a beautiful day for a beach wedding on Marco Island for mid- February. We began playing prelude music at 4:25 and the ceremony began at 4:45. Alison’s Mom officiated the ceremony.

Here was our playlist:

Prelude:

Bach, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Handel, Water Music Suite and Royal Fireworks

Bach, Minuets 1,2 3, in G

Gossec, Gavotte

Bach, Invention in F

Bach, Wachet Auf

Ceremony:

Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau for the Seating of her Grandmother and the Mother of the Groom.

The Rigaudon by Campra for the Entrance of the Officiate, Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor

Bach’s Aria from the Wedding Cantata , Sich uben im lieben for the Entrance of the Bride

Bach’s Arioso for the Wine Box Ceremony and Reading

Vivaldi, Spring for the Recessional.

Bach, Gigue for Postlude

As we left, the couple performed their first dance on the beach to a beautiful recording of Can’t Help Falling in Love (a lovely strings  arrangement). I am sorry I did not get a chance to speak with the couple since I did not want to interrupt but we were honored to be a part of their wedding day! Best wishes Alison and Josh!

8th Avenue South, Naples FL

Our first wedding for 2016 was held Friday, January 1st at 8th Avenue South in Naples, FL. Joan and Jordan, our couple from Fort Myers, coordinated their wedding through Ashley and Hilton Naples. The couple chose the Seaside String Trio to perform the wedding ceremony music. Dr Dan Lamey Officiated. The weather was perfect!

We arrived at 3:15 to set up. Guests arrived by bus from the hotel and we were ready to start when they arrived (just a bit earlier than expected) around 3:30. The ceremony was scheduled to begin at 4pm. On our playlist for the prelude was A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay; Better Together by Jack Johnson; Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John; Everything by Michael Buble; Happy by Pharrell Williams; Marry You by Bruno Mars; Take My Breath Away from Top Gun; You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder; Yellow by Coldplay; Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton; You and Me by Dave Mathews.

The Officiate, Groom, Parents, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen entered to the music, I Won’t Give Up by ]ason Mraz (a special request).

Joan made her entrance to the Pachelbel Canon in D. During the ceremony, we played All of Me by John Legend for the Sand Ceremony. A special request, Home, was the Recessional music. After the wedding as pictures were being taken, we finished performing the selections on the prelude list, finishing with Wonderful Tonight.

Here is a video of Wonderful Tonight. Thanks to my husband for filming!

Congratulations to newlyweds, Joan and Jordan. Thank you for having us be a part of this special day!

Wedding at a Private Residence in Naples

We played for an absolutely gorgeous wedding on this last Saturday in November. Jessica and Kyle chose to get married at a private residence in Naples, FL in the  Aqualane Shores area. The home was right on Naples Bay and it was just a perfect weather day!

The couple chose the Seaside String Trio to provide music for their wedding ceremony and the cocktail reception. The ceremony was held at the front of the house.

Naples WeddingWe worked with these fabulous vendors: Paige of No Worries Weddings; Reverend Russ Winn, Officiant; Tiffany and Cody of Hunter Ryan Photography; Kevin of Botanicals on the Gulf, florist; Tastebuds Custom Catering and Niche Event Rentals.

Loved all the special touches…

Naples Wedding

Naples wedding

 

Naples Wedding

We arrived at the house at 2:30, ready to begin prelude music at 3pm when guests were scheduled to arrive by the NT & T shuttle. Jessica and Kyle chose all popular songs for us to entertain their guests. On the playlist was the Forest Gump Feather Theme; I’m Yours by Jason Mraz; Dream by Priscilla Ahn; Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis; Edelweiss from Sound of Music; Just a Kiss Goodnight by Lady Antebellum; Make You Feel My Love by Adele and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

The ceremony began with the Entrance of the Officiate and the Seating of the Grandparents. As they took their places, we played Air from Handel’s Water Music Suite. The Mothers entered to the music Rondeau by Mouret.  The Groom, Groomsmen, Bridesmaids and Flower Girls entered to Bach’s, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. Our Bride chose Pachelbel’s Canon in D for her Entrance. The ceremony concluded with Handel’s Hornpipe as the Recessional and we also played Vivaldi’s Spring and Handel’s Le Rejouissance as the guests made their way to the back of the house for the cocktail reception.

Naples WeddingAfter making the move ourselves, we continued to play the couple’s requests: All You Need is Love, Beatles; Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin; Best Day of My Life, American Authors; Better Together, Jack Johnson; Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve; Bubbly, Colbie Caillatt; Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra; Happy, Pharrell Williams; Everything, Michael Buble; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; How Sweet It Is, James Taylor; I’m Gonna Be, The Proclaimers; Island in the Sun, Weezer; I Want You To Want Me, Cheap Trick; Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid; Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat; Love Story, Taylor Swift; My Girl, The Temptations; Signed Sealed Delivered, Stevie Wonder; Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding; and Someone Like You by Adele. They chose a lot of our favorites and we could tell the crowd enjoyed them too so we really had a lot of fun playing for everyone!

The guests left by shuttle to go the the Naples Bay Resort for the dinner reception. The wedding party left by boat! I wish I had gotten a picture of that!