La Playa Beach Resort

We have had an extraordinary amount of rain this September in Naples FL and it was raining when I arrived at the La Playa Beach Resort. It was the wedding day for Carlie and Joseph and the Seaside String Trio was providing the ceremony music and cocktail hour music. The bride decided to have the beach wedding go on as planned, regardless of the conditions. It looked like the rain was about to lift out and it was just spitting when we went out to set up. The plan was to do the ceremony quickly and then head over to the terrace for the cocktail reception.

Our fellow vendors were Stephanie Meiser of Along Came Stephanie; Karl and Nanette of Luminarie Foto; Steven and Annemarie of  iheART Films and Father Charles Obie, Officiant.

The sound man found us a large beach umbrella and along with our own umbrellas, we hoped we would be OK. Father Charles Obie announced that we needed volunteers and two guests came forward to help us. As the guests were being seated, we played Wonderwall, Pompeii and Better Together. It started to rain harder as the Groom, Best Men, Grandparents and Mothers made their way onto the beach to the music , Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo”ole. For the entrance of the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and Flower Girls, we played Best Day of My Life. Carlie chose A Thousand Years for her entrance.

Father Obie kept the ceremony a bit shorter than normal due to the circumstances, announcing he would give his entire text to the couple for a keepsake. They did a sand ceremony and we played All of Me as they poured the sand in this symbol of unity. For the Recessional we played Mine by Taylor Swift and the guests cheered the newly married couple enthusiastically.

We quickly packed our equipment to move across the street and although we were all a little wet, our instruments seemed to have made it through OK.  The reception music was all popular songs chosen by the couple. We even debuted a couple of new ones. We didn’t get to play all that was on the list but we entertained the guests with Wake Me Up, Counting Stars, Radioactive, Living on a Prayer, Good Life, Hey Jude, Just a Kiss Goodnight, She’s My Kind of Rain, My Girl, Stairway to Heaven and I’m Yours.

It certainly was a memorable evening and we wish all the best to these newlyweds!

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La Playa Beach Resort

We had a fabulous wedding last week at the La Playa Beach Resort in Naples, FL.  Lindsey and Steve were our Bride and Groom and this was a destination wedding for the Colorado couple. They chose the Seaside Strings Violin Duo to provide the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. Located on the north beach at the resort, which is a little more private, we were very lucky the weather was beautiful for this late June wedding. Many thanks to Betsy at the resort for providing us with an umbrella!

It was great to see Emma Burdis, photographer, capturing the event for the couple.

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Susan Sikuta was my colleague today and we began prelude music at about 6:45 pm when the guests began to arrive on the beach. The couple chose all popular music for their event. On the playlist for the prelude was Can You Feel the Love Tonight , A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, From This Moment On and A Moment Like This.

When the wedding party was all lined up, we began to play Marry Me for the Seating of the Mothers , the Entrance of the Officiate and Groom and the 4 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. For the Entrance of the Bride, the music was Can’t Help Falling in Love. The Father of the Groom, Tom, officiated a very heartwarming ceremony. The couple chose to do a wine box ceremony and we played The Prayer as they inserted their letters and the wine into the special box. A Whole New World was the music for the Recessional followed by All You Need is Love.

Lindsey told me she loved Disney and some newer songs and gave me the freedom to choose the music for the cocktail reception. I always put together a fact sheet for the bride to review and she thought all the selections were great. We played I’m Yours, Just the Way You Are Amazing, In My Life, So This is Love, Marry You, Good Life, Wonderful Tonight, Better Together, How Sweet It Is, It’s a Small World, Kiss the Girl, Lucky, Once Upon a Dream, Part of Your World, Someday My Prince Will Come, Here Comes the Sun, Under the Sea, This Will Be ( An Everlasting Love) and we finished the evening with When You Wish Upon a Star. Everyone was so wonderful to us, expressing their appreciation of our music as they left the beach to go to dinner. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and we wish Lindsey and Steve all the very best!

La Playa Beach Resort

Easter is over and most of the snowbirds have gone back north. The La Playa Beach Resort was still abuzz with activity on this Thursday in April. According to Gail, concierge at La Playa, a lot of international guests are in Naples now. Usually coming during the summer months, they must have learned this is really an ideal time here: low humidity, low chance of rain, sunny days and nice breezes. This was all true on this evening for the wedding of Maria and Scot.  This was a destination wedding for this couple from Illinois. It was a small wedding so I (Vivian Aiello) was here to play violin solo for this wedding ceremony held on the gulf lawn. It was great to see  Emma Burdis, photographer, and Kevin Morris of  Botanicals on the Gulf.  Gail served as Officiant for the ceremony.

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Maria requested classical music and the traditional Bridal Chorus and Wedding March. Since it was a small wedding party, I suggested the  Rondeau by Mouret for the entrance of  Gail,  Scot , the Best Man and the Maid of Honor. When I play solo, I always give the option of having music played during the ceremony. I am able to mute my violin and play very softly. Maria liked this idea and so I played slower melodic pieces while Gail performed the ceremony and the couple repeated their vows to one another. After the ceremony, I played lively classical pieces while pictures were being taken. It was a perfect evening and a lovely sunset!  Best wishes to Maria and Scot!

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La Playa Beach Resort

It was an absolutely gorgeous day on the beach at the La Playa Resort  this past Sunday. It was the wedding  day for Whitney and Bryan! They chose Naples, FL  so that Whitney’s grandmother could be there to help them celebrate this special day. Being from New Hampshire, this was a destination wedding for the couple and it was a small group with about 23 guests. I was here as solo violinist and honored  be asked to play for their wedding ceremony.

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Whitney was so easy to work with. Her main request was for me to play her grandmother’s favorite piece, Clair de Lune.  She had also told me her grandmother liked All I Ask of You from Phantom so when I saw the guests coming out together onto the beach, I started playing that song. Once she was in her seat, she turned to me and said that she enjoyed my music. When I started playing Clair de Lune, I told her Whitney requested this for her. I could tell this pleased her so much!

Gail Alvarado, concierge at the resort, served as the Officiate. She was first to come onto the beach. Bryan followed her, escorting his mother to her seat. The Best Man arrived next,  followed by the Maid of Honor. For their entrances, I played Te Deum by Charpentier.  For the entrance of the Bride, Whitney, I played the Canon in D by Pachelbel.  As the ceremony concluded , the recessional music was Here Comes the Sun.  Whitney came over and gave her grandmother a hug and kiss. It was so obvious there was such a special bond between them.  As pictures were being taken, I continued to play lively classical pieces. It was wonderful to see Whitney and Bryan so happy!

It was great to work with Julie Germer at the Resort, Emma Burdis of Emma Burdis Photography and Gail Alvarado. Best wishes to Whitney and Bryan!

La Playa Beach Resort

It was a Saturday night in mid November and we were back at theLa Playa Resort in Naples FL for another perfect evening for our couple Libby and Kurt. This destination wedding for the couple from Missouri was on the north beach and the Seaside String Trio provided the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. Kehrin Hassan of JetSetWed had created a little oasis on the beach. Full of fun furniture and lighting, it was a very beautiful and creative set up. I am sorry my pictures do not do it justice. Signature Florals provided the flowers, Angela Winn was the Officiant and Audrey Snow was the photographer. We were there partnering with the Brett Foreman Band who would play for the dinner and reception to follow.

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Libby and Kurt chose classical music for the ceremony and pops music for the cocktail hour, which was also held on the beach.  Selections for prelude included Bach Invention in F, Delibes Flower Duet, Schubert Ave Maria, Minuet by Gluck and Movements from the Handel Water Music Suite. When I saw Angela Winn, the Officiant, make her way over the little bridge onto the beach, we switched to the Bach Air, the music chosen for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers , The Entrance of the Groom and his Groomsmen, 2 Bridesmaids and 2 Ring Bearers. The Rondeau by  Mouret announced the Entrance of the Bride, Libby. No music was needed during the ceremony and as the newly married couple led the wedding party back down the aisle we played Trumpet Tune by Purcell. As a postlude while the guests began to move from their seats, we played Vivaldi’s Spring.

I could tell from their choices for the cocktail hour music that Libby and Kurt loved the old standards. On our playlist were:  As Time Goes By, Bewitched, Beyond the Sea, But Not For Me, Come Fly With Me, Dream a Little Dream, Fly Me to the Moon, Georgia on My Mind, In My Life, I’ve Got a Crush on You, Make You Feel My Love, Man in the Mirror, Moon River, Someone Like You, Someone to Watch Over Me, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, and the Very Thought of You. As we finished the last song and were packing up, the parents of the bride and the mother of the groom came over to us. They told us how much they enjoyed our music, how much our music added to the event and how many guests had already told them it was the best wedding they had ever been to! This really was wonderful to hear!

Later I got this super note from Kehrin,  ” I just wanted to say thank you for being so easy to work with and always being on time and happy to be there. It’s the little things that mean a lot”.  I can’t thank her enough for her kindness and thoughtfulness.

Thank you to my colleagues Susan and Diane- I love working with you!

Best wishes to Kurt and Libby! We wish you many years of happiness!Seaside String Trio

La Playa Beach Resort

Mid November is a very busy time in Naples FL for weddings. The weather is pretty close to perfection this time of year and on this Friday a nice evening was in store for everyone. We were working with all great vendors. Paige Simpson of No Worries Weddings was the Wedding Coordinator; Dr. Dan Lamey, the Officiant; Lyfe of the Party , florist; Aimee Rossi , the photographer and Steven and AnnMarie of IHEart Films, the videographers.  The Seaside String Quartet was chosen to provide the live music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception so I am joined by my fellow musicians, Joan, Susan and Diane.

La Playa WeddingThis was a destination wedding for our couple from Kentucky, Katie and James. They were expecting about 150 guests and chose the gulf lawn at the La Playa Beach Resort for their  ceremony location with the cocktail reception in this same area. Katie chose for us a mix of popular and classical  music for the prelude. We started with the popular: Everything I Do, Faithfully,  Over the Rainbow( Israel K version) and What a Wonderful World. Then before the ceremony was to begin we played Vivaldi Spring, Vivaldi Winter, Schubert’s Ave Maria and music from movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite.

With the signal from Paige, we began to play the Bach Air for the seating of a Grandmother and the 2 Mothers. As the men entered from the side and took their places, we began to play Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Entrance of the Bridesmaids. Last to enter was the flower girl pulling a wagon with the most adorable baby sitting in it ( definitely Gerber baby beautiful). Attached on the back of the wagon was a sign ” Here Comes the Bride”.  Katie made her entrance to the music, Pachelbel, Canon in D.

The ceremony included readings and after the vows and rings were exchanged, the couple chose to have the sand ceremony. We performed All I Ask of You during this and since Dr Lamey was mic’d we did not have to worry about covering him up. As he finished speaking and nodded to me, we reached a cadence in our music for perfect timing.

As the guests cheered for Katie and James,  we played Handel’s Le Rejouissance for the Recessional. The sign on the back of the wagon now said “Just Married”

We continued with all popular for the cocktail reception.We had a lot of fun playing their requests: 1,2,3,4 I Love You; Beach Boys Medley; Bittersweet Symphony; Brown Eyed Girl; California Girls; Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You; Desperado; I’ll Stand By You; Kiss the Girl; Kokomo; Livin’ on a Prayer; Love Story; Marry Me and we finished with Marry You. The guests moved on to the ballroom to continue the celebration with the Brett Foreman Band providing the entertainment.

Congratulations and best wishes to Katie and James!

La Playa Beach Resort

It was still a bit hot in Naples, FL on this October Sunday but with no rain to worry about, it was ideal day for the marriage celebration of Emily and Joseph.  There was a gentle breeze so the water was calm and the beach was not very crowded here at the La Playa Beach Resort. This was a destination wedding  for the Texas couple.  The Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo was chosen to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music. The 5:30 pm ceremony was held on the beach followed by the cocktail hour on the gulf lawn.

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Joined by cellist Julie Cornwall, we began to play prelude music 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.  The wedding planner was Roxanne of Party Rox,  and the Officiate was Reverend Kathryn Schillreff of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church.  It was great to see our friend Emma of Emma Burdis Photography on hand to capture the event.

Emily chose Handel’s Air, Purcell’s Rondeau, Delibes Flower Duet and Schubert’s Ave Maria for the prelude.  I had a great view of the lawn so when I saw the wedding party approach the beach, we quickly switched to the Bach Air, the music chosen for the Seating of the Grandparents and Mothers. As the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen made their way down the aisle, we played Bach’s Jesu,  Joy of Man’s Desiring.  Emily chose the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner for her entrance music.

The Officiate began with a prayer, two readings were given, the Gospel spoken, followed by the Homily. The Marriage Rite continued with the vows spoken and the exchange of rings. We then played a shortened version of The Prayer as a musical interlude.  With the kiss as our cue, we played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March  for the Recessional. As the couple walked down the aisle, the guests tossed small beach balls into the air and shouted “Hooray”.  While the guests moved on to the reception area, we played Spring by Vivaldi.

It was all popular music for the reception. Selections chosen by the couple included Over the Rainbow, How Sweet It is, When I’m 64, Can’t Help Falling in Love, All of Me, Oklahoma, Wonderful Tonight, You Raise Me Up, Lucky, Make You Feel My Love, Wagon Wheel, I Won’t Give Up, This Will Be, I’ve Got the World on a String, Moondance, and we ended with What a Wonderful World just as the sun was setting.

Thanks so much to Emily and Joseph for having us!  It was an honor to be a part of their big day!