Naples Bay Resort

 

Naples Bay Resort wedding

We had such fun being a part of Natalie and James’ wedding celebration! They decided on a beach themed wedding and I enjoyed working with them to find the perfect music.  The couple chose the Seaside Strings Quartet to provide the wedding ceremony music. We were surrounded by awesome vendors: No Worries Weddings, Eric Tharp All Request Entertainment( DJ), Darren Miles Photography and the staff at the Naples Bay Resort. Family friends , Barb and Ken, Officiated.

I met with the couple last October and we came up with a great playlist from our repertoire. For prelude we performed: All You Need is Love, Beach Boys Medley, Girl from Ipanema, Happy Together, In My Life, California Girls, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Kokomo and Margaritaville. We had some Bob Marley on the list too but unfortunately did not get to it. With a signal from Paige of No Worries Weddings, we played ‘Here Comes the Sun’ for the Seating of the Groom’s Parents and the Entrance of the Wedding Party. Natalie made her Bridal Entrance with her Parents to the song’ God Only Knows’. Within the ceremony, the cousin of the groom, Johnathon, sang I’m Yours as we accompanied him. Wouldn’t It Be Nice was the Recessional.

We are so glad the threatening clouds did not bring rain. It was a lovely ceremony with the couple speaking their own vows. I enjoyed hearing the story of their meeting. With their strong love binding them, they will have a long happy life together. Congratulations Natalie and James!

Lover’s Key State Park

It was such a gorgeous day on this Saturday in February for the wedding of Liz and Blair. Such a peaceful scene here on the beach at Lover’s Key State Park. We were blessed with abundant sunshine, low humidity, a nice breeze and the gentle sound of the surf. The couple chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo to provide their ceremony music.

Wedding at Lover's Key State ParkIt was a small wedding planned by Stacey Gerhart of Isabella’s Island Style Weddings and Events. It can be an intimate spot since weddings are usually after hours and any remaining beach-goers are few. It is easy to park and hop on the tram to get to the beach.We arrived at 4:15 to begin music at 4:45. The wedding was scheduled for 5;15. The beautiful flowers were by Signature Florals, Emma Burdis was the photographer and Dr. Jim Berger was the Officiant.

Liz mentioned a love of Andrea Bocelli music and we mixed in quite a few with her other favorites. On the prelude playlist were these selections: The Prayer; Con te Partiro; Besame Mucho; Nessun Dorma; Ave Maria; At Last; Air by Bach; I Say a Little Prayer,  and Panis Angelicus.

We began the ceremony with the Theme from Forest Gump. Reverend Berger walked out with the Groom and 3 children. Our Bride Liz chose Over the Rainbow for her entrance music. As the seagulls gathered seemingly to watch the proceedings, Reverend Berger introduced the newly married couple and we played Signed, Sealed, Delivered as the Recessional. For Postlude, we played Stuck on You, Here and Now and La Vie En Rose.

We appreciated all the compliments we received and  are so glad the guests enjoyed our music. We enjoyed being here! Thank you and congratulations to Liz and Blair!

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!