St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church

Our wedding on Saturday was one I will remember as one of my favorites.  It was a destination wedding for our couple, Malini and Justin. They chose the St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church as their wedding site and the Seaside String Quartet to provide the music for their wedding ceremony.  Lisa Radlovacki of Lisa London Weddings and Events was the wedding planner. We also saw our friends Nanette from Luminaire Foto and Steven from iheART Films.

It was my first time playing for a wedding of this denomination and my first time at this church. It was so beautiful inside! The ceremony was full of traditions and symbolism. And there was a lot of music! There was a choir to handle the sacred sections of the ceremony and a guitarist played a song for the Lighting of the Unity Candle. The Priest was amazing as he chanted throughout the 90 minute ceremony.

In the planning process, the couple had requested a song called Arms of Love by Kutless for the Bridal Procession. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the sheet music for it. Justin asked a friend to help and she was able to arrange the music for our string quartet. Justin asked that this be kept a secret from Malini. Thank you so much to the arranger, Anissa! It was a pleasure to meet you! Here is an excerpt:

We arrived at 2 pm and began playing prelude music at 2:30. The wedding was due to begin at 3 pm but the couple did warn me it would probably be delayed. The couple chose popular music to entertain the guests as they arrived at the church. Here was our prelude playlist chosen by the couple:

You’re Beautiful, James Blunt; A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison; Baby I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton; I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables; Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley; Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Frankie Valli; Come Away With Me, Norah Jones; I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith; Amazed, Lonestar; I’ll Stand By You, The Pretenders; You and Me, Lifehouse; For the Longest Time, Billy Joel; Rhythm of Love, Plain White T’s; Every Breath You Take, Sting; All of Me, John Legend; Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars.

We began to play Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring as the Entrance of the Groom’s Parents  began the Processional. They were followed by the Mother of the Bride and her escort. We continued to play this selection as the mothers went up to light the Unity Candle.

We changed to the Pachelbel Canon in D as Justin entered followed by his 10 Groomsmen, 8 Bridesmaids, 2 Ring Bearers and 3 Flower Girls. Malini entered to her song, Arms of Love. I wish I could have seen her face when she realized what we were playing. Anissa served in the choir and I saw a big smile on her face! I got goosebumps!

When the ceremony concluded with the presentation of the newly married couple, we played the traditional Wedding March. For postlude, we played Marry You by Bruno Mars and One Love by Bob Marley.

Congratulations, Malini and Justin! Best wishes always!

 

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Edison- Ford Winter Estates

There were so many details to love about Caity and Nick’s wedding. It was held at the Edison- Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers and the weather was perfect. The Mysore Fig is such a landmark here and the couple chose to have their ceremony and reception on the grounds surrounding it. The Seaside String Quartet was there to perform the music for the wedding ceremony on this Saturday afternoon in March. Tourists visiting the estate were all taking pictures too because everything looked so lovely!

Dr. Dan Lamey Officiated the ceremony and Cori Cramsey was the coordinator at the venue. Caity looked gorgeous in her lace gown!

Here was our playlist:

PRELUDE:  At Last, Etta James; A Dream is A Wish, Disney;  All You Need is Love, Beatles; I’ll Stand By You, The Pretenders; Love Me Tender, Elvis; Kiss the Girl, Disney;  Your Song, Elton John; When I’m 64, Beatles; This Year’s Love, David Gray; Wanted, Hunter Hayes

CEREMONY:  Air, Handel: Seating of 2 Grandmothers

                                                        Seating of Groom’s Parents

                                                         Seating of Mother of the Bride

                              Butterfly Waltz, Brian Cain: 

                                                         Entrance of Officiate & Groom

                                                      6 Bridesmaids/ 6 Groomsmen

                                                      Ring Bearer & 2 Flower Girls 

                               Canon in D, Pachelbel:  Entrance of the Bride

                             Wedding March, Mendelssohn: Recessional

                               Postlude: Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

Here is an excerpt of Butterfly Waltz recorded prior to the wedding;

Thank you Caity and Nick for having us be a part your wedding celebration! Congratulations and best wishes!

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!

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

It is October and wedding season is gearing up after a slow summer. Our first wedding this month was for the son of a good friend. Cathy is a violinist and music teacher who has played with us many times as a substitute. Her family is full of musicians so we knew we would be playing for music lovers. Our couple, Melissa and Christopher, chose the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, FL as the venue for their wedding ceremony and Cathy arranged for the Seaside Strings Quartet to provide the wedding ceremony music.

Although we are still in rainy season, it was a beautiful evening with no threat of rain. We appreciated being in the shade, under the famous Mysore Fig.

We played a mix of classical and contemporary music for the event. The selections for prelude were Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel; Endless Love by Lionel Richie, Brandenburg Concerto #3 by Bach and I Have Dreamed from the King and I.

Before we knew it, everyone was ready to start the Processional. As we played the Canon in D by Pachelbel, the Grandmothers and Mothers were seated and the Wedding Party entered. Melissa entered to the Main Theme from the Forest Gump movie. The ceremony was officiated by Lori Meyer and after Christopher and Melissa kissed for the first time as husband and wife, we played Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon as the Recessional. What a fun song! ( I got to play the melody! ) Just the Way You Are Amazing by Bruno Mars was the postlude.

Several family members came to talk to us afterwards including the newlyweds. We concluded with Fly Moon to the Moon as everyone headed to the Paragon Flight Training Center at Page Field for the reception. We hope everyone enjoyed their evening!

 

Naples Beach Hotel

It was a breezy but beautiful March evening at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club for the wedding of Sarah and Brent. The Groom’s family had been staying at this hotel in Naples, FL during season for years so it was the perfect place for the couple to have chosen for their wedding day! The Seaside String Quartet performed the music for their destination wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Susan was our contact at the resort and a family friend, Greg, served as Officiant.

Naples Beach Hotel wedding

The Mother of the Groom, Susan, had made the arrangements with me. I was given freedom to choose most of the music. The couple chose the Bridal Procession music and the Recessional music.

We kept it classical for the prelude which began at 5 pm; Bach, Handel and selections from our baroque album. Guests were in place and the family was ready to be seated. We began to play Pachelbel Canon in D as the Parents were seated; the Officiate entered, the Groom, Best Man and the Maid of Honor took their places. Sarah made her entrance to Over the Rainbow. What a beautiful choice and we were able to time it perfectly! For the Sand Ceremony, we played The Prayer and the ceremony concluded with All You Need is Love.

We remained on the Ocean Lawn for the cocktail hour, 6- 7 pm. We played a mix of popular songs and classical. Here was the Playlist:

                 At Last, Etta James

                 Quartet in C, Allegro and Presto, by Mozart

                 Come Fly With Me, Sinatra

                Here Comes the Sun, Beatles

                 Por Una Cabeza Tango

                 Someone to Watch Over Me, Gershwin

                 Liebesfreud Waltz, Kreisler

                 Sway/ Cherry Pink Medley

                 Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Tchaikovsky

                That’s Amore

                 Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz, Strauss

                 When I’m 64, Beatles

                 A Wink and a Smile, Harry Connick, Jr.

We received so many nice compliments and Susan came up and said how pleased she was. So glad to know they enjoyed our music! We were honored to be there! Congratulations Sarah and Brent!

                                   

Bonita Bay Club

On the fourth weekend in October, the Seaside String Quartet traveled to the Bonita Bay Club for the wedding of  Kerri and Scott. We provided the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception entertainment. The ceremony was held at the outside pergola. Everything look gorgeous!

Bonita Bay Club weddingWe shared the day with these vendors: Kehrin Hassan, of Jet Set Wed, Wedding Planner; Libby’s Flowers; IheART films; Binary Flips Photo; Niche  Event Rentals for the ceremony chairs; Kakes by Karen; Salon Tease; Darcy at the Country Club; and Michael DeArruda, Officiant.

We arrived at 4:30 to set up and began playing prelude music at 5pm. The couple chose mostly classical music for us to play: Ave Maria, Schubert; Meditation, Massenet; Con te Partiro, Bocelli; Invention in F, Bach; Allegro, Handel; Rondeau, Mouret; Brandenburg Concerto #3, Bach.

For the ceremony: Somewhere in Time:

                                                     Groom and his Parents

                                                     Mother of the Bride

                                                     Officiant 

                                                    6 Groomsmen enter from side

                                         Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach: 6 Bridesmaids

                                        Canon in D, Pachelbel: Entrance of the Bride

                                        I’m Yours, Jason Mraz: Recessional

                                        All You Need is Love, Beatles: Postlude

We moved to the terrace for the cocktail hour and enjoyed playing these selections, chosen by the couple,  for the guests:

                            Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen

                             One Love, Bob Marley

                             Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Frankie Valli

                             I’ll Stand By You, Pretenders

                             Lean on Me, Bill Withers

                             Love Story, Taylor Swift

                             Love Me Tender, Elvis

                             Strangers in the Night, Sinatra

                             For the Longest Time, Billy Joel

                            Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

                            Marry You, Bruno Mars

                            Happy, Pharrell Williams

                            Every Little Thing She Does, Police

                            That’s Amore, Dean Martin ( such a fun arrangement!)

We got so many nice compliments and we are grateful! Thank you Kerri and Scott for having us! May you have many years of happiness together!

8th Avenue South and Hilton Naples

I met Chandrea and AlRenzo in May of 2014 so their wedding was planned well in advance. Chandrea was one of the most organized bride’s I have ever worked with! The couple from Georgia chose 8th Avenue South in Naples for their ceremony with the reception at Hilton Naples. The Seaside String Quartet provided the wedding ceremony music and a string duo ( violin and viola) performed at the cocktail hour. Chandrea sent all her music choices far in advance and since she had special requests, it gave me plenty of time to arrange the music for our group. Sarah and Jenny of Lyfe of the Party did a beautiful job with the florals. It was great to see Rick and Patti from Reel Treasures Videos too. Dr. James Berger was the Officiant. Ashley from the Hilton always makes everything run so smoothly!

8th Ave South wedding

8th Ave South Wedding

The guests were transported by bus to the location from the Hilton and we began prelude music when they arrived just before 5pm.  The couple chose a nice mix of music for us: Marry Me by Train; A Thousand Years by Christina Perri; Just the Way You Are Amazing; Pachelbel’s Canon in D; Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis; Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John; I Say a Little Prayer by Burt Bacharach; It Had to be You by Frank Sinatra.

Dr . Berger led the way down the aisle as we played Angels by Robin Thicke. The Groom and Groomsmen took their place, the Mothers were seated and the 4 Bridesmaids made their entrance. Chandrea chose the music Ave Maria by Beyonce as her entrance music. What a look of absolute joy she had on her face! It gave me goosebumps watching her come down the aisle! For the Sand Ceremony, we played All of Me by John Legend and Marry You by Bruno Mars for the Recessional. The newlyweds were involved in pictures and the guests mingled for a bit before boarding the bus back to the Hilton as and we played Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison.

I am sorry I did not get a chance to congratulate the couple since I had to rush off the the Hilton for the Cocktail Hour.What a wonderful wedding for a wonderful couple!

8th Avenue South Wedding