Naples Beach Hotel

It is holiday week in Naples FL and the beach was very crowded when I arrived at the Naples Beach Hotel for our destination wedding on Monday, December 30th. Leyla and Bart from Wisconsin were getting married on the Penthouse Beach and the Seaside Strings Violin & Cello Duo was selected to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music.

Naples Beach Hotel wedding

Naples Beach Hotel beach weddingBart handled all the music details with me. With the beach atmosphere, he wanted light classical pieces  for the ceremony so we played mostly baroque period music and kept the selections lively. We began to play thirty minutes prior to the ceremony and Bart was there to welcome and mingle with the guests. It was a small party of about 26 people.  Suzi Freeman served as officiate and we thank her for taking this picture of us. Melissa at the resort was our coordinator.

When Melissa gave us the signal, we began to play Campra’s Rigaudon.  Suzi led Bart out onto the beach and after they were in place at the arch,  Leyla appeared. It was a great ceremony. At her vows, Leyla turned to the guests and said so emphatically  “I Do! ” that it made everyone laugh. That created a release in everyone from the serious tone to one more fun. We played Mozart’s Turkish March as the Recessional, a request from Leyla.  For postlude, we played her second request, Mozart’s Abduction from Seraglio.

A special request was a Turkish Song from Leyla’s hometown called Cokertme. Bart had provided the melody music which I played on violin and Diane improvised her part on the cello. We were told this was traditional music for her and she began to dance as we played. She was happy!

Bart gave me a list of songs off our popular music list that they us wanted to play during the cocktail hour. These included All You Need  is Love, Bittersweet Symphony, Brown Eyed Girl,  How Sweet it is, Into the Mystic, Layla, Moondance, She’s Always a Woman, Till There Was You, Love is Here to Stay, When I’m 64, Here Comes the Sun, You Are the Best Thing, Whoopee, Here Comes the Sun and Wild Horses. Since he told me they loved jazz standards, we also included  Ain’t Misbehavin’,  At Last,  Birth of the Blues,  and Stardust. As we finished with Someone to Watch Over Me, the guests had moved on to the dinner and Leyla and Bart enjoyed a quiet moment dancing to our music. It was a perfect ending!

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