Naples Botanical Garden

Hannah and Jacob started planning their wedding more than a year in advance. They picked a lovely venue for their February wedding and chose the Seaside String Trio to provide live music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.

We had played previously at the Naples Botanical Garden in the Asian Garden, the Caribbean Garden and the Main Lawn so I was excited about seeing the Florida Garden. It was a gorgeous area surrounded by water features and offered tiki huts to provide shade. It was a beautiful day, although a bit breezy, not uncommon for mid February. Here is a picture by Luminaire Foto of the ceremony site.


Luminaire Foto/ Naples Botanical Garden -Florida Garden

We began prelude music at 5:00 for the 5:30 ceremony.  Amanda of Amanda Caroline Weddings & Events was the coordinator for the event and Rabbi Michael Raab officiated the ceremony. We performed all classical music for the prelude: Mouret’s Rondeau; Aria from Bach’s Wedding Cantata; Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba; Delibes Flower Duet; Brandenburg Concerto #3 by Bach; Salut d’ amour by Elgar; Mozart Trio in C and selections from Handel’s Water Music Suite.

The Rabbi and the Grandparents entered to the music Wachet Auf by Bach. The Groomsmen, Best Man and the Groom and his Parents entered to Air by Bach; The Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor entered to the music Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach and the Bride entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel. At the start of the ceremony the Bride & Groom circle each other and we played Jerusalem of Gold as they performed this traditional rite. After the breaking of the glass, we performed Handel’s Hornpipe as the Recessional followed by Le Rejouissance as the guests moved on to cocktail hour.

Here is a picture I took of the cocktail hour area. It was just behind us.


Since it was pretty windy,  we moved a bit closer to the guests for the reception time. It was not a full hour of music so we were not able to play all of the couple’s requests. We did perform these songs: A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; Love Story, Taylor Swift; Mine, Taylor Swift; My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion; Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars; Everything, Michael Buble; Free, Zac Brown Band; All You Need is Love, Beatles and All of Me by John Legend.

Thank you so much,  Hannah and Jacob! We were honored to be a part of this special day! Everything was so lovely. We wish you all the  very best!


Naples Botanical Garden

The Naples Botanical Garden offers so many lovely areas  to choose from to have your wedding ceremony. Betsy and Brent chose the Main Lawn which offered a beautiful water garden view.  It  still all looked very lush to me.Whatever damage Irma left behind was not too apparent. The Seaside String Quartet was here on this beautiful January evening to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music. We had cool weather lately but the temperature was just perfect for this event.  We were joined by these wedding professionals: Kathie and Jacqui of Side By Side Weddings; Barbara of Focus Floral; Karl from Luminaire Foto and Dr. Dan Lamey, Officiate.







We began prelude music at 5 pm for the 5:30 ceremony. Betsy requested classical music and left the selections up to me. I chose a mix of lively baroque and romantic selections.  Betsy chose Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Entrance of the Wedding Party; Pachelbel’s Canon in D for her Bridal Processional and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz for the Recessional.

After the ceremony, we moved to the covered patio outside Kapnick Hall.  We played a mix of music for the cocktail hour. Betsy left the classical selections up to me and the couple chose their favorite popular songs from our list. Here was our playlist:

You Are the Best Thing Ray LaMontagne; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; Liebesfreud, Kreisler; Let It Be, Beatles; Cake By the Ocean, DNCE; Corrente, Corelli; Wonderwall, Oasis; Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey; Danube Waves, Ivanovici; Happy, Pharrell Williams; Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Tchaikovsky; Married Life from “Up”; Mozart Quartet in C; and La Vie En Rose.

The reception hall looked gorgeous and Clint Wiley’s None Other Band provided the rest of the evening’s entertainment.

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Betsy and Brent!

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!