Naples Bay Resort


Naples Bay Resort wedding

We had such fun being a part of Natalie and James’ wedding celebration! They decided on a beach themed wedding and I enjoyed working with them to find the perfect music.  The couple chose the Seaside Strings Quartet to provide the wedding ceremony music. We were surrounded by awesome vendors: No Worries Weddings, Eric Tharp All Request Entertainment( DJ), Darren Miles Photography and the staff at the Naples Bay Resort. Family friends , Barb and Ken, Officiated.

I met with the couple last October and we came up with a great playlist from our repertoire. For prelude we performed: All You Need is Love, Beach Boys Medley, Girl from Ipanema, Happy Together, In My Life, California Girls, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Kokomo and Margaritaville. We had some Bob Marley on the list too but unfortunately did not get to it. With a signal from Paige of No Worries Weddings, we played ‘Here Comes the Sun’ for the Seating of the Groom’s Parents and the Entrance of the Wedding Party. Natalie made her Bridal Entrance with her Parents to the song’ God Only Knows’. Within the ceremony, the cousin of the groom, Johnathon, sang I’m Yours as we accompanied him. Wouldn’t It Be Nice was the Recessional.

We are so glad the threatening clouds did not bring rain. It was a lovely ceremony with the couple speaking their own vows. I enjoyed hearing the story of their meeting. With their strong love binding them, they will have a long happy life together. Congratulations Natalie and James!


Naples Bay Resort

The first thing that caught my eye when I arrived at the Naples Bay Resort were the flowers hanging on the back of our chairs. Just gorgeous!

Naples Bay Resort wedding



They had recently renovated the pool area/ wedding ceremony area here. The ceremony site was larger and they had taken out a huge palm that used to be in our way. It is a beautiful  intimate waterside venue.

Naples Bay Resort Wedding

I was here with colleague, Diane, for the wedding of Samantha and James. The Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo provided the ceremony and cocktail reception music.  The weather was beautiful; it feels like fall now with just a bit lower humidity. But, just as we began to play, a small passing shower forced us to move under cover. With help from some thoughtful guests, we were able to move quickly to protect our instruments. After about 10 minutes, it was clear to move back again. All classical music was on our playlist for the prelude; Canon in D, Pachelbel; Allegro by Handel; Anniversary Waltz; Cello Suite #1 by Bach; Brandenburg Concerto #3; Vienna Woods Waltz by Strauss and You and You Waltz by Strauss.

The ceremony began with the Entrance of Reverend James Berger, the Officiate; the Groom escorted his Parents and the Mother of the Bride was seated as we played Handel, Air. For the Entrance of the 4 Groomsmen and 4 Bridesmaids, we played Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach. The Bride, Samantha, made her entrance to the Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel. For the Unity Candle Ceremony, Wachet Auf by Bach was chosen. Le Rejouissance  by Handel was the Recessional music. As guests congratulated the couple, we played Trumpet Tune by Purcell and Hornpipe by Handel.

We moved inside for cocktail hour. The doors were open so guests who chose to stay outside could hear us too. All popular music was chosen for the reception. On our playlist was All You Need is Love by The Beatles; At Last, Etta James; Brown Eyes Girl, Van Morrison; Edelweiss from Sound of Music; Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra; Getting to Know You from The King and I; Here Comes the Sun, the Beatles; It Had to Be You, Frank Sinatra; Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid; My Girl, Smokey Robinson; November Rain, Guns N Roses; Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific; Somewhere My Love from Dr. Zhivago; Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof; What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong; When I’m 64, Beatles; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; and You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder.

Thank you Samantha and James for having us share this special day with you!

Harvest Field Church, Fort Myers FL

Each wedding we are involved in is wonderfully different. Our wedding last weekend was especially unique- it was completely spoken in Portuguese!

Our Brazilian couple, Ieda and Christopher, originally planned an outdoor wedding. Just a month before their date, they changed to an indoor location, the Harvest Field Church in Fort Myers. What a good thing they did since the day turned out to be a very rainy one! The couple chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello duo  to provide the music for their wedding ceremony and we were booked for an hour and a half.

Harvest Field ChurchWe were warned by the couple that things would probably start late.  They told their guests the wedding would start at 6, hoping to start at 6:30. When we began prelude music at 6:15, a few guests had arrived. Ieda and Chris had a few requests and then left the rest of the selections up to me. Ieda loved the song “All I Ask of You” from Phantom and Chris requested 2 songs by Guns N Roses, “Patience” and ” November Rain”. At 7:15, we checked in with one of the groomsmen and were told they expected to start at 7:30.  Ieda had requested that we play Delibes Flower Duet just before the ceremony so we were able to fulfill that request.

We began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the Entrance of the Pastor, Bible Boy and the Entrance of the Groom, Chris, with his Parents. The Bridesmaids , Groomsmen and a group of children entered to the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of “Over the Rainbow”. The last boy carried a sign ” Here Comes the Bride”. Ieda chose “A Thousand Years” for her entrance music.

The Pastor began to talk and unfortunately we were unable to understand since he spoke in Portuguese. But, it was neat to see little smiles flit over the faces of Ieda and Chris and in places everyone laughed.  When he concluded his remarks, Ieda and Chris gave me a signal and we began to play” Oceans ( Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong for the entrance of 2 young girls. One brought forward the rings and the other the wine and bread. At the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, the Pastor looked over at us to indicate it was time to play and we played “Marry You” as the Recessional. Nobody really exited, they went immediately into taking pictures. So I appreciated the help of the Pastor! A lot of guests remained in the sanctuary so we did as well (originally we were going to move to the reception hall). Chris had agreed to an hour overtime so we continued to play for about another 15 minutes while pictures were being taken and guests were mingling.

It was a pleasure to meet Ieda and Chris after all our phone calls and emails to each other. What a beautiful bride and a lovely couple. We wish them many years of happiness!

Naples Bay Resort

I have been by the Naples Bay Resort many times but had never played a wedding ceremony there. It is a beautiful venue with the pool and marina right there and a small room perfect for a smaller sized wedding reception. It is a peaceful and elegant setting.  There was a nice sense of privacy as the area had been closed off  for the private function and the beautiful shrubs offered a screen.  I was here to play violin solo for the wedding ceremony of Jayne and Colin from Chicago.

Naples Bay Resort wedding

It was great to work with Lynn Alexander, the coordinator at the Naples Bay Resort, Bob Mitchell of A Beautiful Florida Wedding , Mark Block of Naples Photography, and Dominick Buonantuono of Mobile Sound Entertainment.

I began to play lively classical music 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. As Bob Mitchell led the wedding party down the aisle, I began to play Bach’s, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. The Groom’s Mother was seated, and the Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor took their places. As Jayne made her entrance with both her parents, I played the Clarke Trumpet Voluntary.

When I perform violin solo at weddings, I give the Bride the option of me playing softly throughout the ceremony and Jayne did like this idea.  I spoke with Bob prior to let him know this and he liked the idea too. So as the vows were spoken, rings exchanged and the sand ceremony performed,  I muted  my instrument and played slow classical pieces such as the Handel Air, Bach Arioso,  Vivaldi’s Largo, The Prayer, and Debussy’s Clair de Lune.  I could still hear Bob speaking so I knew I was not too loud. As Jayne and Colin made their kiss as husband and wife, I removed the mute and began to play Vivaldi’s  Spring as the wedding party made their way back down the aisle.

I continued to play as the guests mingled and pictures were being taken. Later as the guests went inside for the reception, someone from the balcony of a nearby condo called down to me that they had enjoyed it!  The guests on the nearby yacht started to applaud too!  It was a great feeling to have my music so appreciated.

Congratulations to Jayne and Colin. May you have many years of happiness ahead of you!

solo violinNaples Bay Resort WeddingThanks so much to Mark for these photos…