Bonita Bay Club

On the fourth weekend in October, the Seaside String Quartet traveled to the Bonita Bay Club for the wedding of  Kerri and Scott. We provided the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception entertainment. The ceremony was held at the outside pergola. Everything look gorgeous!

Bonita Bay Club weddingWe shared the day with these vendors: Kehrin Hassan, of Jet Set Wed, Wedding Planner; Libby’s Flowers; IheART films; Binary Flips Photo; Niche  Event Rentals for the ceremony chairs; Kakes by Karen; Salon Tease; Darcy at the Country Club; and Michael DeArruda, Officiant.

We arrived at 4:30 to set up and began playing prelude music at 5pm. The couple chose mostly classical music for us to play: Ave Maria, Schubert; Meditation, Massenet; Con te Partiro, Bocelli; Invention in F, Bach; Allegro, Handel; Rondeau, Mouret; Brandenburg Concerto #3, Bach.

For the ceremony: Somewhere in Time:

                                                     Groom and his Parents

                                                     Mother of the Bride


                                                    6 Groomsmen enter from side

                                         Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach: 6 Bridesmaids

                                        Canon in D, Pachelbel: Entrance of the Bride

                                        I’m Yours, Jason Mraz: Recessional

                                        All You Need is Love, Beatles: Postlude

We moved to the terrace for the cocktail hour and enjoyed playing these selections, chosen by the couple,  for the guests:

                            Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen

                             One Love, Bob Marley

                             Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Frankie Valli

                             I’ll Stand By You, Pretenders

                             Lean on Me, Bill Withers

                             Love Story, Taylor Swift

                             Love Me Tender, Elvis

                             Strangers in the Night, Sinatra

                             For the Longest Time, Billy Joel

                            Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

                            Marry You, Bruno Mars

                            Happy, Pharrell Williams

                            Every Little Thing She Does, Police

                            That’s Amore, Dean Martin ( such a fun arrangement!)

We got so many nice compliments and we are grateful! Thank you Kerri and Scott for having us! May you have many years of happiness together!


Bonita Bay Club

It has been a while since we have played at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, FL.  Extensive renovations have been done and it looked so lovely on this last Saturday of April. Local residents Blaire and Phil chose this venue for their wedding and the Seaside String Trio provided the music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception.

Bonita Bay Club wedding

Bonita Bay Club wedding

I checked in with Darcy, the venue coordinator , when I arrived at 4:30.  She told me of a slight change made to the processional and we began to play prelude music at 5 pm.  A mix of music was on our playlist: Rondeau by Mouret, In My Life, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Lucky, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Fly Me to the Moon, All of Me and movements from the Handel Water Music Suite. We got some unexpected  applause after All of Me which told me that this new song will become a favorite.

Originally, we were going to play the Bach Air for the Seating of the Mothers but they were now coming out with the 2 young Ringbearers. With a signal from Darcy, we began to play the  Pachelbel Canon in D for the Entrance of the Wedding Party. Officiant Angelia Winn led the group down the walkway. Blaire chose the traditional Bridal Chorus for her entrance. Since Angelia was using a microphone, we played background music, The Prayer, during the sand ceremony.  The traditional Wedding March was the Recessional music. As guests made their way to the cocktail reception area we played Bashana.

It was all popular music for the reception. Blaire chose all the selections that included At Last, Better Together, Beyond the Sea, Bittersweet Symphony, Butterfly Kisses, Bubbly, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Cheek to Cheek, Firework, How Sweet It Is, I’m Yours, I Say a Little Prayer, Just the Way You Are, Kiss the Girl and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.

When we were making the transition to the reception, Blaire had called over to us that our music was so beautiful and just as she imagined it. We are so glad we fulfilled her dream!

And, we get to come back to this venue in October of 2015!