Naples Botanical Garden

This picture does not do this wedding site justice. The wisteria was in full bloom, a beautiful pale purple, and petals were strewn all over the grass. It looked gorgeous and I have to compliment our Bride Lauren for choosing this spot at this exact time of year! The Seaside String Trio provided the wedding ceremony music for Lauren and Nick’s wedding held in the Caribbean Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden. The weather was beautiful too. It was windy but we were in a protected area so we did not have any problems.

I loved all the music the couple chose too! For prelude we played I See the Light from Tangled; Until the Last Moment by Yanni; What a Wonderful World; Viva la Vida; The Prayer; Beauty and the Beast; All I Want is You; Con te Partiro.

Amanda with Venuelux was the coordinator helping us on this first Saturday in March. When she and her assistant had everyone lined up, we began to play Love is a Many Splendored Thing for the Seating of the Family. This included Grandparents, Parents of the Groom and Mother of the Bride  For the Entrance of the Wedding Party, the music was The End of August by Yanni. The Groom entered followed by the Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Junior Bridesmaid, 2 Ring Bearers and 2 Flower Girls.  Lauren entered, escorted by her father,  to the music Come What May from Moulin Rouge. Lauren and I had worked out the timing for this and I think it worked perfectly. The couple performed a wine ceremony during the ceremony and we played Wonderful Tonight as they mixed the red and white wine and then each drank the rose wine,  signifying their love. The Officiate, Jason, brother-in-law of the Bride, presented the newlyweds and the Wedding Party exited to Marry You by Bruno Mars.

It was such a memorable evening!  Congratulations and best wishes to Lauren and Nick!



Naples Botanical Garden

We are in the heart of summer and rain everyday is a fact of life here in southwest Florida. We have had some days this week where the rain has come through early and the evenings have been beautiful.  When I arrived on this Saturday after the 4th of July holiday at the Naples Botanical Gardens it was not raining. But, it was on the way. As we waited in the office area, we watched the radar on our phones show the storms moving north.  So, with just a slight delay, plans for the Wedding of Laura and Daniel could go on as scheduled. The couple from Michigan chose the Asian Garden as their venue where both we and the guests would be under cover. I am here with my colleagues Susan Sikuta on violin and Diane Coffman on cello who along with me on viola make up the Seaside String Trio.

Classical music was the request and we began to play the prelude music thirty minutes prior to the ceremony start. Reverend Russ Winn , who we have worked with many times, was the Officiate.  It was great to see Rick and Patti from Reel Treasures Productions handling the photography and videography.

When we got the signal, we began to play the Pachelbel Canon for the Entrance of the Men, Seating of the Mothers and the Entrance of the Maid of Honor. Laura chose the Clarke Trumpet Voluntary for her Entrance. Handel Air was performed during the sand ceremony and the Mendelssohn Wedding March was performed as the wedding party exited.

As the guests moved throughout the garden for pictures, we continued to perform light classical music. The overcast skies certainly did not dampen the festive mood and we are glad rain did not spoil the day. Congratulations to the newly married couple!

Naples Botanical Garden

I know I am biased in this but a garden venue and string music just fits together! Many thanks to Suzie Freeman of Special Florida Weddings for recommending us to Emily and Tyler! What a beautiful venue! Today’s Ceremony took place on a huge lawn area in the Caribbean Garden. I am joined by colleagues Joan Stewart and Susan Sikuta, violinists and Diane Coffman, cellist who along with me on viola make up the Seaside  String Quartet.

It is a very warm day so we found a bit a shade off to the side under the coral stone pergola. The nice breeze and passing clouds offered some relief from the heat. Most of the guests sought shelter in the Chattel House when they arrived and listened to our prelude music from there. This was a destination wedding as our couple was from New York and they had over 100 guests attending to share in this very special occasion.

Here to help was Mindy Ramsay of White Orchid Floral Design Studio. After consulting with her to check our coordination, we began the prelude music.On the program was music from Handel’s Water Music, Bach Brandenburg Concerto#3, Corelli Corrente, Elgar’s Salut d’amour, and Mozart Quartet in C. A special request from Emily was to perform the Por Una Cabeza Tango  for her paternal grandmother who is from Argentina .

Upon the go ahead sign from Mindy, we began to play the Pachelbel Canon in D for the seating of the Mother and the entrance of the Bridesmaids escorted by the Groomsmen. The  ring bearer and flower girl entered together. Once all were in place,  we began the fanfare to start the Bridal Chorus that announced Emily’s entrance. She met her father, who was in a wheelchair, part way and he escorted her to stand with Tyler.

It was a fairly short (as requested by the couple) but memorable ceremony. As Suzi introduced the newly married couple to the cheers of the crowd, we began to play the Wedding March as the Emily and Tyler exited the lawn. After the Wedding Party had exited, we concluded the music with Mozart’s Alleluia.

Congratulations and best wishes to Emily and Tyler. We wish you a wonderful life together!