Twin Eagles Private Home

We were fortunate to be asked to play for a benefit for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The event was at a private home in the Twin Eagles  Community in North Naples. In fact, it was the residence of the son of Roald Dahl, writer of children’s books, most notably the book on which the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” movie was based. Each corner of the house was decorated for Christmas. It was awesome! I learned it took them three weeks to decorate but I’m sure much longer to plan. There were so many things to see!

I was joined by my colleagues  to form the Seaside String Trio.The host and hostess could not have been nicer. We were encouraged to have a look around before guests arrived and I took a bunch of pictures.  Given the atmosphere, we performed mostly Christmas music with a few classical selections thrown in too.

We got so many wonderful comments. It was a really fun and memorable evening!

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Talis Park Golf Club

We performed at Talis Park Golf Club for the very first time and were just awed by the surroundings!  It is really a gorgeous venue that we hope to return to again and again.

This view is of the Golf Club is after you cross over the bridge. The grass looks like carpet.

Talis Park Golf Club

The ceremony took place in the courtyard. It had great acoustics!

Talis Park courtyard

Then through two sets of double doors is another courtyard where the cocktail reception was held. Very elegant!

Talis Park cocktail reception

On this night in mid- November, the Seaside String Trio was here to provide ceremony and cocktail music for the wedding celebration of Stephanie and Matthew.  The ceremony was set for 4 pm and was Officiated by Steve Hayes of First Baptist Church in Naples.

The couple chose all popular music for us to play. On our prelude playlist was Crazy Love, At Last, How Sweet It Is, All of Me, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Brown Eyed Girl, Make You Feel My Love and Rather Be, Better Together and Man in the Mirror.

After getting the signal all were ready, we played Wonderful Tonight for the Seating of the Family, the Entrance of the Officiate/ Groom/ 7 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen/ 3 Flower Girls and Boy with Sign. Stephanie entered to the music The Prayer. At the presentation of the newlyweds, we played This Will Be An Everlasting Love as the Recessional.

We quickly moved to the cocktail reception area. Songs performed were Cielito Lindo, Drops of Jupiter, Cheerleader, Don’t Stop Beleivin’, Everything, Firework, Hey Soul Sister, I’m Yours, Love Story, Mine, and Shake it Off.

Best wishes to Stephanie and Matthew! It was a pleasure to work with you!

The Club at Mediterra

Our weather in Naples, FL in November is usually ideal and it certainly was this Saturday evening for the wedding celebration of Jessica and David. The Seaside String Trio was chosen to perform the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music held at this gorgeous venue, The Club at Mediterra.

The Club at Mediterra wedding

We began prelude music at 4 pm and the ceremony was scheduled for 4:30.  Music that was requested included Finale from Handel Water Music, O mio babbino caro by Puccini, Con te Partiro and Panis Angelicus.  The ceremony was slightly delayed and we filled in with additional baroque and romantic selections. Here was the program for the ceremony:

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach: Seating of Parents of Groom; Seating of Mother of the Bride

 Canon in D, Pachelbel: Entrance of Officiate/ Groom; Entrance of 5 Bridesmaids/ 5 Groomsmen; Entrance of 2 Flower Girls ( together)

Air, Bach: Entrance of the Bride

 Ave Maria, Schubert: music within the ceremony for “moment of remembrance”

 Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke: Recessional 

 Le Rejouissance, Handel: Postlude

After the ceremony we moved under the porte-cochere for the cocktail reception. Since the ceremony ran long, cocktail hour was shortened so we did not get to pay all the selections that were requested. Pops music was on the playlist and here are the selections we performed: Ain’t That a Kick in the Head; All You Need is Love; At Last, The Best is Yet to Come, California Dreamin’, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Fly With Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Everybody Loves Somebody, It Had to Be You, Volare and What a Wonderful World.

As guests went inside for the dinner, many commented how much they enjoyed our music which always makes us feel grateful and appreciated!

Best wishes to Jessica and David! Thank you for having Seaside Strings a part of this special day!

 

Naples Bay Resort

The first thing that caught my eye when I arrived at the Naples Bay Resort were the flowers hanging on the back of our chairs. Just gorgeous!

Naples Bay Resort wedding

 

 

They had recently renovated the pool area/ wedding ceremony area here. The ceremony site was larger and they had taken out a huge palm that used to be in our way. It is a beautiful  intimate waterside venue.

Naples Bay Resort Wedding

I was here with colleague, Diane, for the wedding of Samantha and James. The Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo provided the ceremony and cocktail reception music.  The weather was beautiful; it feels like fall now with just a bit lower humidity. But, just as we began to play, a small passing shower forced us to move under cover. With help from some thoughtful guests, we were able to move quickly to protect our instruments. After about 10 minutes, it was clear to move back again. All classical music was on our playlist for the prelude; Canon in D, Pachelbel; Allegro by Handel; Anniversary Waltz; Cello Suite #1 by Bach; Brandenburg Concerto #3; Vienna Woods Waltz by Strauss and You and You Waltz by Strauss.

The ceremony began with the Entrance of Reverend James Berger, the Officiate; the Groom escorted his Parents and the Mother of the Bride was seated as we played Handel, Air. For the Entrance of the 4 Groomsmen and 4 Bridesmaids, we played Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach. The Bride, Samantha, made her entrance to the Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel. For the Unity Candle Ceremony, Wachet Auf by Bach was chosen. Le Rejouissance  by Handel was the Recessional music. As guests congratulated the couple, we played Trumpet Tune by Purcell and Hornpipe by Handel.

We moved inside for cocktail hour. The doors were open so guests who chose to stay outside could hear us too. All popular music was chosen for the reception. On our playlist was All You Need is Love by The Beatles; At Last, Etta James; Brown Eyes Girl, Van Morrison; Edelweiss from Sound of Music; Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra; Getting to Know You from The King and I; Here Comes the Sun, the Beatles; It Had to Be You, Frank Sinatra; Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid; My Girl, Smokey Robinson; November Rain, Guns N Roses; Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific; Somewhere My Love from Dr. Zhivago; Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof; What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong; When I’m 64, Beatles; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; and You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder.

Thank you Samantha and James for having us share this special day with you!

Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island

With Hurricane Mathew moving well north, we had beautiful weather on this second Saturday of October for the wedding of Bethany and Phillip. This couple from the Chicago area chose the Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island as their venue and chose the Seaside Strings Trio to perform live music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.  The ceremony began on the beach at 6 pm and was Officiated by the Grandfather of the Bride.

Sundial Resort beach wedding

We played classical favorites for the prelude. During this, the Grandmother and Mothers took their seats and the Officiate, Groom and Groomsmen made their way onto the beach. With a signal from Tiffany, coordinator at the Resort, we began to play Belle Notte as the 4 Bridesmaids made their entrance. Once they were in place, we changed to When You Wish Upon a Star for the entrance of the bride’s two daughters. Bethany chose the Canon in D by Pachelbel as her processional music.  After the newlyweds were presented as husband and wife , we played That’s Amore as they made their exit.

We moved from the Sanibel Beach to Turtle Beach on the resort’s property for the cocktail hour. The couple chose all popular music for the reception. On their playlist was Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra; Your Song, Elton John; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; New York, NY, Frank Sinatra; Fly Me to the Moon, Sinatra; Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin; Annie’s Song, John Denver; Feel Like Making Love, Bad Company; Feels Like Today and Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flats and Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet. We still had a couple more to play but the noseums had driven everyone inside!

Naples Beach Hotel, Penthouse Beach

We were thankful to be spared a direct hit by Hurricane Mathew here in Naples, FL but it brought us enough bad weather I was worried Nicole and Jacob were not going to be able to have the beach wedding they had planned. It was raining when I arrived at Penthouse Beach at the Naples Beach Hotel on this first Thursday of October. I was joined by the other members of the Seaside Strings Trio, our ensemble chosen to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music.

Lindsay, the venue coordinator, said we were still going for Plan A and had set up umbrellas on the beach for us. The ceremony was due to start at 6 and guests were waiting in the main lobby. It was a miracle the weather cleared just before 6 so the guests quickly came to the beach and took their seats. I looked at the sky and it seemed like we were frozen in time. Clouds barely moved and the wind posed no problem. It was meant to be!

Naples Beach Hotel wedding

The Wedding Party walked out to the music , Canon in D by Pachelbel.  Niki made her entrance to the traditional Bridal Chorus. The ceremony was Officiated by the Groom’s Uncle. The couple paid tribute to their parents and we played “Bless the Broken Road ” while roses were given to the mothers. For the sand ceremony, we played “A Thousand Years.” The traditional Wedding March was played for the Recessional.

Everyone moved back inside the main lobby for cocktail hour where we played a mix of music. We combined Strauss waltzes along with the couple’s favorite pops songs. These songs included Crazy Love by Van Morrison; Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis; How Sweet It Is by James Taylor; It’s Your Love  by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill; Faithfully by Journey, Free by Zac Brown; Love Story by Taylor Swift, Let’s Stay Together by Al Green and Moondance by Van Morrison.

We appreciated the warm response we received , especially from the Groom. He said we helped make the ceremony perfect. It doesn’t get any better than that.