Naples Botanical Garden

Hannah and Jacob started planning their wedding more than a year in advance. They picked a lovely venue for their February wedding and chose the Seaside String Trio to provide live music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.

We had played previously at the Naples Botanical Garden in the Asian Garden, the Caribbean Garden and the Main Lawn so I was excited about seeing the Florida Garden. It was a gorgeous area surrounded by water features and offered tiki huts to provide shade. It was a beautiful day, although a bit breezy, not uncommon for mid February. Here is a picture by Luminaire Foto of the ceremony site.


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We began prelude music at 5:00 for the 5:30 ceremony.  Amanda of Amanda Caroline Weddings & Events was the coordinator for the event and Rabbi Michael Raab officiated the ceremony. We performed all classical music for the prelude: Mouret’s Rondeau; Aria from Bach’s Wedding Cantata; Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba; Delibes Flower Duet; Brandenburg Concerto #3 by Bach; Salut d’ amour by Elgar; Mozart Trio in C and selections from Handel’s Water Music Suite.

The Rabbi and the Grandparents entered to the music Wachet Auf by Bach. The Groomsmen, Best Man and the Groom and his Parents entered to Air by Bach; The Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor entered to the music Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach and the Bride entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel. At the start of the ceremony the Bride & Groom circle each other and we played Jerusalem of Gold as they performed this traditional rite. After the breaking of the glass, we performed Handel’s Hornpipe as the Recessional followed by Le Rejouissance as the guests moved on to cocktail hour.

Here is a picture I took of the cocktail hour area. It was just behind us.


Since it was pretty windy,  we moved a bit closer to the guests for the reception time. It was not a full hour of music so we were not able to play all of the couple’s requests. We did perform these songs: A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; Love Story, Taylor Swift; Mine, Taylor Swift; My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion; Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars; Everything, Michael Buble; Free, Zac Brown Band; All You Need is Love, Beatles and All of Me by John Legend.

Thank you so much,  Hannah and Jacob! We were honored to be a part of this special day! Everything was so lovely. We wish you all the  very best!



Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort

Our wedding on this last Sunday in January brought us to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort for the wedding of Christie and Mike . The Seaside String Trio provided the wedding ceremony music and cocktail hour for this local couple. The original plan was to have the ceremony in the Royal Palm Courtyard followed by the cocktail hour in the firepit area but weather forced a change in plans. The Belvedere Terrace became the ceremony site and then we moved inside in the bar area for the cocktail reception. Now this is some Plan B! Set up was done by Libby’s Flowers. Dr. Dan Lamey served as Officiate.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

The couple chose a lot of fun music for us. Here is the Playlist for the prelude: No One, Alicia Keys; Marry You, Bruno Mars; Make You Feel My Love, Adele; Book of Love, Peter Gabriel; Fields of Gold, Sting; Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton; Better Together, Jack Johnson. Just as we were starting Dream a Little Dream of Me, I got the signal from the coordinator, Mike, that they were ready.


The Mothers were seated to the music Canon in D by Pachelbel. The Wedding Party entered to With a Little Help From My Friends by the Beatles. The Bride, Christie, entered to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. The timing worked perfectly! The Recessional music was the traditional Wedding March and Unforgettable by Nat King Cole was the Postlude song.

The couple chose all popular songs for the cocktail reception: Wonderwall, Oasis; You and Me, Lifehouse; You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder; Your Song, Elton John; Sugar, Maroon 5; Wake Me Up, Avicii; When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge; Counting Stars, OneRepublic; Everything, Michael Buble; Starlight, Muse; Happy, Pharrell Williams, Hey Soul Sister, Train; I’m Yours, Jason Mraz;  Kiss the Girl from the Little Mermaid.

It was a fabulous evening!  Best wishes to the newlyweds!


Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa

Our wedding on this last Saturday of January was the celebration for Leslie and Eric at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. It was a cloudy day with a small chance of rain but the couple had already planned to have their ceremony inside. The Island Ballroom look gorgeous. This picture was taken early before the curtains were opened . The room’s windows provide a beautiful water view.

The Seaside String Trio performed for the wedding ceremony and the cocktail reception. The couple chose all popular music for us to play during the prelude as their guests arrived: A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes; And I Love Her, The Beatles; God Only Knows, Beach Boys; La Vie En Rose; Edith Pilaf; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin; Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel; It Had to Be You, Frank Sinatra.

The ceremony began at 4:30 with the Entrance of the Officiate, Dan, a family friend. He was joined by the Groom , Eric, and his Best Man. As we played Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, the aisle runner was pulled and the Grandparents and Mothers were seated. The Matron of Honor made her entrance followed the Ring-bearer and 2 Flower Girls. The traditional Bridal Chorus announced the Entrance of the Bride. Leslie look fantastic in her ball gown!

During the ceremony, we played The Prayer for the Sand Ceremony. The Recessional was the traditional Wedding March. We played All You Need is Love by the Beatles as the guests moved to the cocktail hour down the hall in front of the Everglades Ballroom. They had tables set up both inside and on the outside patio for the guests. We stayed indoors and loved the great acoustics.

Leslie and Eric gave me freedom to choose the cocktail hour music. Knowing the Groom and his Dad loved the Beatles, I included many of their songs in the playlist. Leslie also wanted  Frank Sinatra and some golden oldies. Here was the playlist for them: At Last, Etta James; Baby It’s You, Beatles; Besame Mucho, Dean Martin; Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis; Cheek to Cheek, Sinatra; Fly Me to the Moon, Sinatra; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; I’ll Follow the Sun and In My Life, Beatles; I Say a Little Prayer, Dionne Warwick; Kiss the Girl from the Little Mermaid; Mona Lisa, Nat King Cole; PS I Love You, Beatles; Sway, Dean Martin; Till There Was You, Beatles; Unforgettable, Nat King Cole; The Way You Look Tonight, Sinatra, When I’m 64, Beatles;  With a Little Help From My Friends, Beatles. We ended the evening with What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

We were honored to be a part of this special day for this family. We had fun watching the children dance to our songs and were grateful for those who came by to say they enjoyed our music. We wish all the best to this wonderful couple!

Naples Botanical Garden

The Naples Botanical Garden offers so many lovely areas  to choose from to have your wedding ceremony. Betsy and Brent chose the Main Lawn which offered a beautiful water garden view.  It  still all looked very lush to me.Whatever damage Irma left behind was not too apparent. The Seaside String Quartet was here on this beautiful January evening to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music. We had cool weather lately but the temperature was just perfect for this event.  We were joined by these wedding professionals: Kathie and Jacqui of Side By Side Weddings; Barbara of Focus Floral; Karl from Luminaire Foto and Dr. Dan Lamey, Officiate.







We began prelude music at 5 pm for the 5:30 ceremony. Betsy requested classical music and left the selections up to me. I chose a mix of lively baroque and romantic selections.  Betsy chose Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Entrance of the Wedding Party; Pachelbel’s Canon in D for her Bridal Processional and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz for the Recessional.

After the ceremony, we moved to the covered patio outside Kapnick Hall.  We played a mix of music for the cocktail hour. Betsy left the classical selections up to me and the couple chose their favorite popular songs from our list. Here was our playlist:

You Are the Best Thing Ray LaMontagne; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; Liebesfreud, Kreisler; Let It Be, Beatles; Cake By the Ocean, DNCE; Corrente, Corelli; Wonderwall, Oasis; Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey; Danube Waves, Ivanovici; Happy, Pharrell Williams; Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Tchaikovsky; Married Life from “Up”; Mozart Quartet in C; and La Vie En Rose.

The reception hall looked gorgeous and Clint Wiley’s None Other Band provided the rest of the evening’s entertainment.

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Betsy and Brent!

Naples Beach Hotel

It was another beautiful day on this first Saturday in December! I think our couple picked a perfect day! There was a gorgeous sunset and a night with a full moon for Lily and Justin’s wedding. They chose the Naples Beach Hotel as their venue and the Seaside String Quartet to provide music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. The ceremony was scheduled at 5pm on the Gulf Lawn so we began music at 4:30pm. The music choices made this a very unique event.dec weddings 004 The couple chose all popular music for us: On the playlist for the prelude music was: Beautiful Day, U2; I’m Yours, Jason Mraz; Walking on Sunshine , Katrina & the Waves; All You Need is Love, Beatles; Make You Feel My Love, Adele; The Way You Look Tonight, Sinatra; This Year’s Love, David Gray; Lucky, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

For the Seating of the Grandparents and the Seating of the Mothers, we played the song Perfect by Pink. The Officiate ( a family friend named Michael), Groom and Groomsmen entered to Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. For the Entrance of the Bridesmaids, we played Kiss the Girl from the “Little Mermaid”. Lily chose At Last by Etta James for her Bridal Entrance. Many thanks to coordinator, Mary Beth, for making the timing work great with all these music changes!

During the ceremony, we played Over the Rainbow ( Israel K version) as the couple performed the sand ceremony. For the Recessional, the Wedding Party exited to Ants Marching by Dave Matthews.

The cocktail hour was also held on the Gulf Lawn. On our playlist was Marry You, Bruno Mars; Stand By Me, Ben E. King; Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder; Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars; Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd; Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison; Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros; Lose Yourself by Eminem; Love Shack by the B52’s; Another One Bites the Dust by Queen; When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge; One Love, Bob Marley; Can’t Stop the Feeling, Justin Timberlake; Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen; This Will Be An Everlasting Love, Natalie Cole and Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars. Several these were our newest additions to our repertoire. We had fun performing these songs and are glad people enjoyed them. We appreciate the compliments!

Our Best wishes to Lily and Justin!




Ritz- Carlton Naples

Center Court at the Ritz- Carlton Naples hosted the wedding celebration of Christina and Nick on this first Friday in December. The weather was ideal, the flowers by Botanicals on the Gulf were gorgeous and the live music of the Seaside String Quartet filled the air. The 4:30 ceremony was officiated by Dr. Dan Lamey and Kathie and Jacqui of Side By Side Weddings helped put it all together.

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We began prelude music at 4:00, performing classical music by Bach, Delibes, Handel and Corelli.  It was all classical music for the 4:30 ceremony as well. The Family was seated to the music of Bach,  Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring   The Wedding Party entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel. The Bride entered to the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner and  the Recessional music was the Wedding March by Mendelssohn. The highlight was listening to Dr. Dan sing The Prayer to the couple. It was a very passionate performance and so romantic to see the couple holding hands throughout. Well done, Dr. Dan!


For the cocktail hour, we performed popular songs requested by the couple: Under the Sea; I Want to Hold Your Hand; She from “Notting Hill”; Oh, Pretty Woman; Linus and Lucy; Strangers in the Night; Can’t Help Falling in Love; You’re My Best Friend; Harry Potter Medley; All of Me (version by John Legend); When I Fall in Love; Girl from Ipanema; Over the Rainbow( Israel K version) ; Somewhere Only We Know; Moon River. We ended our evening with Georgia on My Mind for this family from Georgia.

We were honored to be a part of this special day! Congratulations Christina and Nick!