Hyatt House, Naples FL

Deborah and Jared, our couple from Connecticut, chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Viola Duo to provide the music for their destination wedding and cocktail hour at the Hyatt House in Naples, FL.  It was a small wedding held on the back dock and had a beautiful water view. It was a hot day but there was very little chance of rain. We were happy to find some shade!

We began prelude music at 3:45 and the ceremony began at 4pm. We played a mix of classical and pops music for the prelude: Rigaudon by Campra, At Last by Etta James; Telemann Vivace; Can You Feel the Love Tonight; Handel Allegro.

The ceremony began with the men entering. The Officiate was the Brother of the Groom. We played Handel Air as the Groom, Groomsmen and 2 Bridesmaids entered. Deborah chose the Elvis song, Can’t Help Falling in Love, as her entrance music. The ceremony ended with the introduction of the newlyweds and we played All You Need is Love as the Recessional.

We moved just down the dock for the cocktail hour. It was all pops music on our playlist. The couple made a few requests and then let me choose the rest:  All I Ask of You; Cheek to Cheek; Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars; Michelle; It had to Be You; Moon River; Scarborough Fair; So This s Love; Think of Me; Unchained Melody; When I’m 64; All of Me by John Legend; Besame Mucho; Stand By Me; Somewhere in Time; Here Comes the Sun; Kiss the Girl; The Very Thought of You; What a Wonderful World; Wonderful Tonight; The Prayer; Have I Told You Lately; Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

I am so glad we got to meet the couple before they left for their dinner. Congratulations and best wishes, Deborah and Jared!

Here are 2 videos we recorded.

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Sundial Beach Resort

Susan and Neal chose the Sundial Beach Resort for their September wedding. I was very curious about the conditions on Sanibel Island due to the red tide we have been experiencing in southwest Florida this summer. Since I live in Naples, I had not been to Sanibel in several months. The couple chose the Seaside Strings Violin Duo so I was here with my colleague, Brandis,  to play for the wedding ceremony of this couple from Pennsylvania.

It was a beautiful day! Very low chance of rain, just enough clouds to keep it from being oppressive and a wonderful breeze. No fishy smell, the water looked gorgeous and best of all- no bugs!

The beach wedding was set for 5:30 pm so we began prelude music at 5:00. Susan requested a mix of classical and pops music and allowed me to choose the playlist.  Here are the selections: Rigaudon by Campra; All I Ask of You from Phantom; Vivace by Telemann; Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton; Allegro by Handel; A Thousand Years by Christina Perri; Allegro by Loeillet.

The Officiate, Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor entered to Rondeau by Mouret. Susan chose the Bridal Chorus by Wagner as her entrance music.

Peggy Lewis of Florida Ceremonies wrote a special ceremony for the couple. Before the rings and the vows, we played a musical interlude: Flower Duet by Delibes.

With the words,” Let the Celebration begin!”  we played Trumpet Tune for the Recessional music. As pictures were being taken, we also played, Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars and Le Rejouissance by Handel. We were honored to be a part of this special day! Congratulations and best wishes to Susan and Neal!

Since it was such a romantic setting, we also made of video of this song, Somewhere in Time. Hope you enjoy this excerpt!

Talis Park

Jennifer and Harold chose the lovely venue, Talis Park in Naples FL as the location for their destination wedding. This Kansas couple chose the Seaside String Quartet to provide the music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. They also chose a perfect day – the weather on this late April afternoon was perfect! We began prelude music at 6 pm for the 6:30 ceremony. The ceremony was held on the lawn (which looked like carpet!) and then moved into the courtyard of the Vyne House for the reception. Dr. Dan Lamey was the Officiate and Brian Cardinal of KC Weddings and Events was the coordinator.

Dalia of Floral Symphony ( Libby’s Flower Shop) did a wonderful job with the florals and Maria Glassford was on hand to do the photography.

The Vyne House is now on my list of favorite venues. The bougainvillea in bloom was gorgeous. The Processional began from the door of the Vyne House out to the lawn area.

It was a warm breezy day but we placed ourselves in the shade off to the left side. I hope this picture shows off how beautiful the grass looked.We played a mix of classical and popular music for the prelude. All these selections were requested by the couple: Delibes, Flower Duet; Con te Partiro, Andrea Bocelli; At Last, Etta James; Angel Eyes, Jim Brickman; Over the Rainbow; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach; Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison; She’s Always a Woman by Billy Joel.

Just prior to the start of the Processional, Dr. Dan came out to make an announcement to the guests and then we began to play You Raise Me Up for the Seating of the 2 Mothers. The Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor entered to the Bach Air. The Bride chose the Canon in D by Pachelbel as her entrance music. Within the ceremony there was a wine blessing and we played The Prayer for this. The Wedding Party exited to All You Need is Love by the Beatles.

The Bride loved Jim Brickman and I was able to arrange 2 new songs for our ensemble. She made some specific song requests but also requested some Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Beatles songs and she left those selections up to me. Here was our playlist for the cocktail hour: Wedding Song ( There is Love);  It Had to Be You, Sinatra; If You Believe, Jim Brickman; In My Life, Beatles; I Choose You, Sara Bareilles; Valentine, Jim Brickman; Satin Doll, Duke Ellington; Come Fly With Me, Sinatra; When I’m 64, Beatles; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Duke Ellington; Love Me Do, Beatles; How Deep is Your Love, Bee Gees; Someone to Watch Over Me, Sinatra and Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.

we loved being a part of this special day! We hope everyone enjoyed their time in Florida. Best wishes to Jennifer and Harold!

Ritz- Carlton Naples

Center Court at the Ritz- Carlton Naples hosted the wedding celebration of Christina and Nick on this first Friday in December. The weather was ideal, the flowers by Botanicals on the Gulf were gorgeous and the live music of the Seaside String Quartet filled the air. The 4:30 ceremony was officiated by Dr. Dan Lamey and Kathie and Jacqui of Side By Side Weddings helped put it all together.

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We began prelude music at 4:00, performing classical music by Bach, Delibes, Handel and Corelli.  It was all classical music for the 4:30 ceremony as well. The Family was seated to the music of Bach,  Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring   The Wedding Party entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel. The Bride entered to the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner and  the Recessional music was the Wedding March by Mendelssohn. The highlight was listening to Dr. Dan sing The Prayer to the couple. It was a very passionate performance and so romantic to see the couple holding hands throughout. Well done, Dr. Dan!

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For the cocktail hour, we performed popular songs requested by the couple: Under the Sea; I Want to Hold Your Hand; She from “Notting Hill”; Oh, Pretty Woman; Linus and Lucy; Strangers in the Night; Can’t Help Falling in Love; You’re My Best Friend; Harry Potter Medley; All of Me (version by John Legend); When I Fall in Love; Girl from Ipanema; Over the Rainbow( Israel K version) ; Somewhere Only We Know; Moon River. We ended our evening with Georgia on My Mind for this family from Georgia.

We were honored to be a part of this special day! Congratulations Christina and Nick!

 

Marco Island Marriott

Dirielle and Wagner traveled all the way from New Hampshire to get married on the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa. Late August is a difficult time as we have to endure high humidity and daily rains. Unfortunately,  this week we had a tropical wave that dumped huge amounts or rain and provided very little sunshine. But for this couple and their many guests, the skies cleared long enough for them to hold their celebration on the beach.  It was a destination wedding with guests in contact on their phones with friends in Brazil!

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The couple chose the Seaside Strings Flute and Violin Duo to provide the wedding ceremony music. We began prelude music at 6:15 pm for the 6:30pm ceremony.  The ceremony was delayed more than thirty minutes so I was glad I brought extra music. Dirielle had requested all popular music and had left the choices up to me. We played songs such as At Last, Besame Mucho, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Somewhere in Time, Forest Gump Feather Theme and Over the Rainbow.

When all was ready, we began to play the Canon in D by Pachelbel for the Seating of the Mother of the Bride, the Entrance of the Pastor and the Groom, the Entrance of 5 Bridesmaids , 5 Groomsmen and the Ring Bearers and Flower Girls. Dirielle entered to the Bridal Chorus by Wagner. It was a very romantic ceremony even though I could not understand the words as Portuguese was spoken throughout.  It was moving to see tears shining in both the Bride and Groom’s eyes. During the ceremony, we played The Prayer as the couple performed a ritual of washing each others’ feet. When they exchanged rings, Dirielle and Wagner kissed the ring of their partner.  It was a lovely romantic gesture.

As the newly- married couple kissed, we played the Mendelssohn Wedding March followed by Le Rejouissance by Handel.  We wish Dirielle and Wagner a long happy life together!  Their wedding was certainly a memorable occasion!

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Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Cristina and David began their wedding planning more than a year in advance. I had met with them in May of 2016 and this couple from New Jersey chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the music for their May 2017 destination wedding ceremony and their cocktail reception. It was a pleasure to work with Tonya Malay Photography, Isn’t She Lovely Florals, Dominick of MSE Pro DJ, Will Singleton, Officiant and Galina, coordinator at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort.

The couple chose popular music for their prelude , traditional classical music for the ceremony, and popular music for their cocktail hour. We began prelude music at 6:15 prior to the 6:45 ceremony. It was a lovely evening in Southwest Florida!

Here was our playlist:

PRELUDE:     Hallelujah;The Prayer; Stand by Me, Ben E. King; Somewhere Only We Know, Keane; You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban; Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John; A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; All of Me, John Legend;

CEREMONY:  

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach:  Entrance of Officiate; Groom escorts his Mother; Entrance of 5 Groomsmen; 5 Bridesmaids

 Canon in D, Pachelbel: Entrance of the Bride and her Mother

 Wedding March, Mendelssohn: Recessional

 Brandenburg Concerto #3, Bach: Postlude

COCKTAIL HOUR:  All You Need is Love, Beatles; Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis; Crazy Love, Van Morrison; Forrest Gump Theme Song; Have I Told You Lately, Van Morrison; How Sweet It Is, James Taylor; Maybe I’m Amazed, Paul McCartney; My Girl, Temptations; Scarborough Fair, Simon & Garfunkel; Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, Stevie Wonder; Someone Like You, Adele; Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns N Roses; Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton; You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontague; Sweetest Thing, U2

We enjoyed performing all the music they chose! Best wishes to the newlyweds! We hope they enjoyed their time in Florida!

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Jennifer and Ted planned their destination wedding from Michigan. They chose the Marco Beach Ocean Resort as their venue and the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo to provide the music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception.  The entire event was held on the beach. The Groom’s Uncle served as Officiate for the ceremony which began at 6:30 pm. Kevin from Botanicals on the Gulf did a beautiful job on the wedding site.  It was a pleasure to also work with DJ Gil Blake and Johnson Photography and Galina, coordinator at the resort. The weather was perfect and the couple chose great music for us to play.

Prelude music: All of Me, John Legend; Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis; Ho Hey, Lumineers; Marry You, Bruno Mars; Only You Can Love Me This Way, Keith Urban; Who Are You When I’m Not Looking, Blake Shelton; Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton

CEREMONY MUSIC:

Moon RiverSeating of Groom’s Parents & Entrance of Groom

 Forest Gump Feather Theme: Seating of Mother of the Bride

 Marry Me, Train: Officiate; Maid of Honor / Best Man

 A Thousand Years, Christina Perri: Entrance of the Bride with her Father

 All You Need is Love, Beatles: Recessional

RECEPTION: All My Lovin’, Beatles; At Last, Etta James; Best of My Love, Eagles; Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin; Come Fly With Me, Sinatra; Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey; Everybody Loves Somebody, Dean Martin; For Once in My Life, Sinatra; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; Into the Mystic, Van Morrison; It Had to Be You, Sinatra; Making Memories of Us, Keith Urban; Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars; Kiss the Girl, Disney;  Stand By Me, Ben E King; Strangers in the Night, Dean Martin; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

We appreciated the warm response we received! Congratulations and best wishes to Jen and Ted!