Ritz-Carlton Naples

The Wedding of Gideon and Shaari was full of family traditions. Happening on the same weekend as their grandparents wedding seventy-nine years ago, this couple from New York chose the beach at the Ritz-Carlton Naples for this special day in their lives.What a beautiful evening it was! Any chance of rain was far off into the gulf and the cloud cover and sea breezes gave relief from any heat. The water was calm and the beach was fairly empty of tourists. The couple chose the Seaside String Quartet to provide music for their Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, so I am joined by violinists, Joan Stewart and Susan Sikuta and cellist, Diane Coffman.

After conferring with Nicola, our venue contact at the Ritz-Carlton Naples and the Rabbi, we were ready to begin the prelude music. I had done all the planning with the Groom and he chose all pops music. These included Fields of Gold, Don’t Stop Beleivin’, I Say a Little Prayer, Someone to Watch Over Me,  My Girl,  and Songbird .

We had new music to play for the Processional and I had worked very hard in the weeks leading up to this preparing the arrangements. It was now time to debut them. Starting with Born to Run, the Rabbi, the Groom and his Parents arrived onto the beach followed by  4 Chuppah holders. Once they were in place, we changed to It Might Be You ( music from “Tootsie”) for the entrance of the grandmother and the attendants. Ladies were dressed in beautiful teal dresses and all the men wore the same color yarmulke on their heads. Once the ring bearer walked down the aisle and took his place , it was time to change to Vision of Love for the Entrance of Shaari and her Parents. We were able to time everything perfectly!

During the Ceremony, the Rabbi had asked for music during the reading of the Ketubah and we played Dodi Li in the background.

After a very moving ceremony, the wedding party exited to All You Need is Love. We quickly gathered our equipment and followed the guests to the Vanderbilt Courtyard for the reception. Beginning with Bohemian Rhapsody, we also performed a medley of Michael Jackson hits, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, In My Life, God Only Knows, She and concluded the evening with My Love.

It was a very enjoyable evening and a pleasure to add new music to our repertoire. Many thanks to Gideon and Shaari for having us share this day! May you continue the many traditions passed down to you by your wonderful family! Best wishes to all!

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