Edison- Ford Winter Estates

There were so many details to love about Caity and Nick’s wedding. It was held at the Edison- Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers and the weather was perfect. The Mysore Fig is such a landmark here and the couple chose to have their ceremony and reception on the grounds surrounding it. The Seaside String Quartet was there to perform the music for the wedding ceremony on this Saturday afternoon in March. Tourists visiting the estate were all taking pictures too because everything looked so lovely!

Dr. Dan Lamey Officiated the ceremony and Cori Cramsey was the coordinator at the venue. Caity looked gorgeous in her lace gown!

Here was our playlist:

PRELUDE:  At Last, Etta James; A Dream is A Wish, Disney;  All You Need is Love, Beatles; I’ll Stand By You, The Pretenders; Love Me Tender, Elvis; Kiss the Girl, Disney;  Your Song, Elton John; When I’m 64, Beatles; This Year’s Love, David Gray; Wanted, Hunter Hayes

CEREMONY:  Air, Handel: Seating of 2 Grandmothers

                                                        Seating of Groom’s Parents

                                                         Seating of Mother of the Bride

                              Butterfly Waltz, Brian Cain: 

                                                         Entrance of Officiate & Groom

                                                      6 Bridesmaids/ 6 Groomsmen

                                                      Ring Bearer & 2 Flower Girls 

                               Canon in D, Pachelbel:  Entrance of the Bride

                             Wedding March, Mendelssohn: Recessional

                               Postlude: Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

Here is an excerpt of Butterfly Waltz recorded prior to the wedding;

Thank you Caity and Nick for having us be a part your wedding celebration! Congratulations and best wishes!

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Edison and Ford Winter Estates

It is October and wedding season is gearing up after a slow summer. Our first wedding this month was for the son of a good friend. Cathy is a violinist and music teacher who has played with us many times as a substitute. Her family is full of musicians so we knew we would be playing for music lovers. Our couple, Melissa and Christopher, chose the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, FL as the venue for their wedding ceremony and Cathy arranged for the Seaside Strings Quartet to provide the wedding ceremony music.

Although we are still in rainy season, it was a beautiful evening with no threat of rain. We appreciated being in the shade, under the famous Mysore Fig.

We played a mix of classical and contemporary music for the event. The selections for prelude were Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel; Endless Love by Lionel Richie, Brandenburg Concerto #3 by Bach and I Have Dreamed from the King and I.

Before we knew it, everyone was ready to start the Processional. As we played the Canon in D by Pachelbel, the Grandmothers and Mothers were seated and the Wedding Party entered. Melissa entered to the Main Theme from the Forest Gump movie. The ceremony was officiated by Lori Meyer and after Christopher and Melissa kissed for the first time as husband and wife, we played Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon as the Recessional. What a fun song! ( I got to play the melody! ) Just the Way You Are Amazing by Bruno Mars was the postlude.

Several family members came to talk to us afterwards including the newlyweds. We concluded with Fly Moon to the Moon as everyone headed to the Paragon Flight Training Center at Page Field for the reception. We hope everyone enjoyed their evening!

 

Edison- Ford Estate

On this Saturday in late June our wedding had a personal connection. Our cellist, Diane, was very good friends with the parents of the groom. Our couple, Stephanie and Billy, were from Kentucky so it was a destination wedding for them. They chose the Edison-Ford Estate in Fort Myers, FL  for their ceremony venue and the Seaside String Quartet   to provide the wedding ceremony music. The reception was at the Sydney Berne Davis Art Center and this was also our backup in case of rain.

We did not need to be concerned about the weather. It was a beautiful evening. We set ourselves up in the shade so all was perfect. Stephanie Meiser of Along Came Stephanie  had the ceremony site looking beautiful and fitting the couple’s vintage theme. Signature Florals made the beautiful arrangements that lined the aisle. It all looked very romantic. Jamie Lee Photography was on hand to take pictures and Waddy Padilla was the videographer.

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The ceremony was set for 5:30 in the Royal Palm Alley. We began prelude music at 5:00 when the guests began to arrive. The couple chose popular music for their selections: The Way You Look Tonight, Beauty and the Beast, I’m Yours, At Last, Dancing Cheek to Cheek , and Someone to Watch Over Me. We debuted a new song for us: I See the Light from Disney’s Tangled. We added a couple of additional songs: Come Fly With Me, Seasons of Love and When I’m 64 as we waited for the ready signal.

When we got the signal from Stephanie Meiser,  we began to play The Prayer for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers. The Officiant ( the Groom’s Uncle) Groom and Groomsmen also walked out to this music and took their places. As the 4  Bridesmaids walked down the aisle, we played All I Ask of You. The music for our bride was the Pachelbel Canon in D. The ceremony was short so quickly it was time to play the recessional music, A Whole New World. An vintage car came around the Estate and the couple drove off. It was perfect ending !

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As the guests mingled a bit before making their way to the reception, we played Music of the Night from Phantom. All our best  to Stephanie and Billy!