This is an excerpt of my arrangement of Born to Run for string quartet. This was taped at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. I dedicate this to my hubby, the greatest Bruce fan I know.
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;
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!
We returned to the Marco Beach Ocean Resort on Marco Island on Friday for the wedding of Alona and Nolan. The couple chose the Seaside Strings Trio to provide the music for their wedding ceremony on the beach. Reverend James Berger officiated the ceremony which began at 4:30. DJ Gil Blake was there as well to provide the microphone for Dr. Berger and Bella Florals by Theresa provided the flowers.
The couple chose popular music for prelude and traditional music for the ceremony:
PRELUDE: Marry You, Bruno Mars; Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John; Have I Told You Lately, Van Morrison; I’m Yours, Jason Mraz; The Way You Look Tonight, Sinatra; At Last, Etta James; Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach: Officiate; Groom; Seating of 1 Grandfather/ Aunt; Father & Wife; 2 Mothers, together
Canon in D, Pachelbel: 5 Bridesmaids/ 5 Groomsmen; 1 Ring Bearer;Flower Girl/ Boy with sign
Bridal Chorus, Wagner: Entrance of the Bride
All You Need is Love, Beatles: Recessional
POSTLUDE: Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars; Viva la Vida, Coldplay
The couple came over to us at the end to thank us and the bride kissed our cheeks. We were thrilled they were so pleased with our music! It was a pleasure to meet such a lovely couple!
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
Moon River: Seating 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!
It was another destination wedding for us on October 17th at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Our couple from Michigan, Leah and Robert, chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. They had so many unique details.
We were joined by Karl and Nanette of Luminaire Foto; Steven of iheArt Films; Kevin of Botanicals on the Gulf, Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment and Galina, coordinator at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort.
We began prelude music on the beach at 5:00 pm for the 5:30 ceremony. We had just lovely weather! The couple chose all pops music for us to play. The selections were Over the Rainbow; Better Together by Jack Johnson; For Once in My Life by Frank Sinatra; You & Me, Dave Mathews; Everything by Michael Buble; Sway by Dean Martin; At Last by Etta James and Marry You by Bruno Mars.
The Processional began with the Seating of the Grandparents and the 2 Mothers. The music for this was Your Song by Elton John. Next came the Officiate ( Brother of the Bride), the Groom and 5 Bridesmaids escorted by the Groomsmen. Their music was Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra. Leah made her entrance to the music Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis. During the ceremony, both fathers gave a short speech and the couple spoke their own vows. As the ceremony concluded and the couple was introduced to the guests, we played Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars for the Recessional.
The cocktail hour was held on the terrace. The selections chosen by the couple were My Girl by The Temptations; All of Me by John Legend; A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay; Best is Yet to Come, Frank Sinatra; Brighter Than Sunshine, Aqualung; Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison; Happy, Pharrell Williams; Love Story, Taylor Swift; Lucky, Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat; Make You Feel My Love, Adele; When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge; Whole New World from Aladdin and Just a Kiss Goodnight by Lady Antebellum.
Congratulations to Leah and Robert! Best wishes as you start your married life!
Wedding season in SW Florida has begun! Amanda and Ryan from Texas tied the knot on Marco Island on October 9th. The Marco Beach Ocean Resort hosted the event and the Seaside String Trio was there to provide the wedding ceremony music. Dr. James Berger officiated the 5:30 ceremony on a beautiful fall evening in Florida.
Amanda chose all classical music for the ceremony. When we talked over the details prior to the date, she left the prelude music up to me, preferring it to be lively. So we played music we thought people would recognize and enjoy: Mouret, Rondeau; Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Bach, Brandenburg Concerto #3; Haydn, Divertimento; a Mozart Trio and movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite.
The Processional started with the Seating of the Grandmother of the Bride and the Mother of the Bride. Next, the Parents of the Groom were seated. The music for this was Bach’s, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. The Wedding Party led by Rev. James Berger entered to the music, Canon in D by Pachelbel. There were 5 Groomsmen followed by the Groom and Best Man. Next to make their way onto the beach were the 5 Bridesmaids, the Maid of Honor, 2 Ring Bearers and three Flower Girls. Our Bride, Amanda, entered to the music Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke. Within the ceremony, the couple poured sand to symbolize the blending of their lives and we played the Handel Air from Water Music. The ceremony concluded, the couple was presented and we played All You Need is Love as the guests cheered the newlyweds. The guests made their way from the beach up to the terrace for the reception to the music Just the Way You Are Amazing by Bruno Mars.
Congratulations and best wishes always, Amanda and Ryan!
On this first Saturday of February the weather could not have been more beautiful for the destination wedding of Laura and John. The couple from Indiana chose the Marco Beach Ocean Resort as their venue and the Seaside String Quartet to provide music for their wedding ceremony, cocktail reception and dinner. We shared the day with many wonderful vendors: Galina of the Resort, Kathie of Side by Side Wedding Services, Reverend Les Wicker, Tonya Malay Photography, Jenny and Sarah of Lyfe of the Party, Donna from Niche Event Rentals, Kakes by Karen, David and Daniel of Salon Tease and Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment. It was great to work with them!
The ceremony was set for 5 pm and we began prelude music at 4:30 pm. Laura gave me the freedom to choose the selections, requesting classical music. We performed Rondeau by Mouret; Flower Duet by Delibes; Mozart Quartet in C; Salut d’Amour by Elgar; Bach’s Anna’s Minuet; Kreisler’s Liebesfreud; Handel Water Music Suite and some selections from our baroque album. The ceremony was a bit delayed so we added Mozart’s Alleluia, Handel’s Le Rejouissance, Gluck’s Minuet, and a Handel Bouree.
As the doors from the ballroom to the terrace opened and Reverend Wicker made his entrance, we began to play Schubert’s Ave Maria. The Mothers were seated and the Groom, John, took his place. The wedding party entered to Charpentier’s Te Deum. The adorable flower girl and ring bearers ( one carrying a sign”Here Comes the Bride” ) followed and as the groomsman blew in to a conch shell, Laura and her Father made their entrance to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary.
During the ceremony, we played Handel’s Passacaile for the sand mixing. Reverend Wicker introduced the newlyweds and we played Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba for the exit of the couple and the wedding party.
We remained on the terrace for the cocktail hour. Laura requested popular music and chose the selections.: All You Need is Love; Leaving on a Jet Plane; Moon River; My Girl; Nights in White Satin; Stand By Me; Unchained Melody, What a Wonderful World; 1,2,3,4 (I LoveYou) All I Want is You; All My Love.
We took our break as the guests moved inside. The couple was introduced by DJ, Dominick, and performed their first dance together. The Father of the Bride gave his welcome toast. The Mom got up and asked everyone to sing Happy Birthday to him and we played along. Since it was Tonya’s birthday too, we played it again for her as everyone sang.
As dinner began, we played these selections: At Last; Brown-Eyed Girl; Clocks; Groovy Kind of Love; In My Life; Moondance; Storybook Love; Wanted and When You Say Nothing At All. Our portion of the evening was now over, more toasts were made and DJ Dominick took over. Many thanks to Laura and John for having us be a part of their special day! Congratulations!!