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.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

It is October and wedding season is gearing up after a slow summer. Our first wedding this month was for the son of a good friend. Cathy is a violinist and music teacher who has played with us many times as a substitute. Her family is full of musicians so we knew we would be playing for music lovers. Our couple, Melissa and Christopher, chose the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, FL as the venue for their wedding ceremony and Cathy arranged for the Seaside Strings Quartet to provide the wedding ceremony music.

Although we are still in rainy season, it was a beautiful evening with no threat of rain. We appreciated being in the shade, under the famous Mysore Fig.

We played a mix of classical and contemporary music for the event. The selections for prelude were Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel; Endless Love by Lionel Richie, Brandenburg Concerto #3 by Bach and I Have Dreamed from the King and I.

Before we knew it, everyone was ready to start the Processional. As we played the Canon in D by Pachelbel, the Grandmothers and Mothers were seated and the Wedding Party entered. Melissa entered to the Main Theme from the Forest Gump movie. The ceremony was officiated by Lori Meyer and after Christopher and Melissa kissed for the first time as husband and wife, we played Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon as the Recessional. What a fun song! ( I got to play the melody! ) Just the Way You Are Amazing by Bruno Mars was the postlude.

Several family members came to talk to us afterwards including the newlyweds. We concluded with Fly Moon to the Moon as everyone headed to the Paragon Flight Training Center at Page Field for the reception. We hope everyone enjoyed their evening!


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!