Sundial Beach Resort

Susan and Neal chose the Sundial Beach Resort for their September wedding. I was very curious about the conditions on Sanibel Island due to the red tide we have been experiencing in southwest Florida this summer. Since I live in Naples, I had not been to Sanibel in several months. The couple chose the Seaside Strings Violin Duo so I was here with my colleague, Brandis,  to play for the wedding ceremony of this couple from Pennsylvania.

It was a beautiful day! Very low chance of rain, just enough clouds to keep it from being oppressive and a wonderful breeze. No fishy smell, the water looked gorgeous and best of all- no bugs!

The beach wedding was set for 5:30 pm so we began prelude music at 5:00. Susan requested a mix of classical and pops music and allowed me to choose the playlist.  Here are the selections: Rigaudon by Campra; All I Ask of You from Phantom; Vivace by Telemann; Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton; Allegro by Handel; A Thousand Years by Christina Perri; Allegro by Loeillet.

The Officiate, Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor entered to Rondeau by Mouret. Susan chose the Bridal Chorus by Wagner as her entrance music.

Peggy Lewis of Florida Ceremonies wrote a special ceremony for the couple. Before the rings and the vows, we played a musical interlude: Flower Duet by Delibes.

With the words,” Let the Celebration begin!”  we played Trumpet Tune for the Recessional music. As pictures were being taken, we also played, Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars and Le Rejouissance by Handel. We were honored to be a part of this special day! Congratulations and best wishes to Susan and Neal!

Since it was such a romantic setting, we also made of video of this song, Somewhere in Time. Hope you enjoy this excerpt!


Sundial Resort

November is such a wonderful month in Southwest Florida and so it is a busy month for weddings. On November 10th, the Seaside Strings Violin Duo arrived at the Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island for the afternoon wedding of Megan and Sean. Amanda Wichmanowski  of Amanda Caroline Weddings and Events was the wedding coordinator and Sue Totterdale officiated the ceremony.  Sundial 006

The ceremony was held on the lawn. This is a great spot because it offers privacy and a beautiful view of the water.

We performed a mix of music for the prelude including Megan’s main requests Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Marry Me by Train.

Here is a video of the prelude songs, Can’t Help Falling in Love played by the duo.

When Amanda gave us the signal  that they were ready to begin, we began to play the Bach Air for the Seating of the Family and the Entrance of the Wedding Party.  Megan entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel.


When the ceremony concluded, we played Here Comes the Sun as the Recessional.

Here is another video, this one is The Way You Look Tonight, which was one of the postlude songs.

And here is an excerpt of Stand By Me, one of the postlude songs Megan requested.

We enjoyed being a part of this special day! Congratulations Megan and Sean!

Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island

With Hurricane Mathew moving well north, we had beautiful weather on this second Saturday of October for the wedding of Bethany and Phillip. This couple from the Chicago area chose the Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island as their venue and chose the Seaside Strings Trio to perform live music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.  The ceremony began on the beach at 6 pm and was Officiated by the Grandfather of the Bride.

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We played classical favorites for the prelude. During this, the Grandmother and Mothers took their seats and the Officiate, Groom and Groomsmen made their way onto the beach. With a signal from Tiffany, coordinator at the Resort, we began to play Belle Notte as the 4 Bridesmaids made their entrance. Once they were in place, we changed to When You Wish Upon a Star for the entrance of the bride’s two daughters. Bethany chose the Canon in D by Pachelbel as her processional music.  After the newlyweds were presented as husband and wife , we played That’s Amore as they made their exit.

We moved from the Sanibel Beach to Turtle Beach on the resort’s property for the cocktail hour. The couple chose all popular music for the reception. On their playlist was Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra; Your Song, Elton John; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; New York, NY, Frank Sinatra; Fly Me to the Moon, Sinatra; Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin; Annie’s Song, John Denver; Feel Like Making Love, Bad Company; Feels Like Today and Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flats and Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet. We still had a couple more to play but the noseums had driven everyone inside!

Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island

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It was a beautiful sunny day for a drive to Sanibel Island. It was our first time back to the Sundial Resort in a long while and changes were going on. The resort is being remodeled and according to Mary Beth, the catering manager, it will be beautiful when it is finished.  On this last Sunday in December, we are here for the destination wedding of Sarah and Jeff from Texas. It is a bit cool and breezy ( in the 60’s) but the sun is shining, so life is good.

It is the Seaside String Trio providing the ceremony music so I am joined by Joan Stewart on violin and Diane Coffman on cello.

We arrived early to run through music with Lauren, Sarah’s stepsister. I got to meet Jeff, his dad and groomsmen in the lobby- you could tell everyone was excited! After our rehearsal, we headed down to set up on the beach. It is great to see our friends Suzi Freeman, the Officiate, Rick and Patti from Reel Treasures Videography and Doreen Kline of Doreen Kline Photography also a part of today’s celebration. Guests began to arrive on the beach at the exact time we were due to begin the prelude music. Sarah preferred classical selections so we played Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Bach Aria from the Wedding Cantata, a Mozart trio and movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite. As Suzi led the Processional we performed the Mouret Rondeau for the seating of the Mothers and the Entrance of the Men. As the three Bridesmaids made their way onto the beach, we performed the Bach Air. As everyone stood to welcome her,  the music  was the Pachelbel Canon for the Entrance of our Bride, Sarah.

It was really a lovely ceremony that Sarah and Jeff planned. They had 2 readings followed by the vows and rings. My favorite moment was during the sand ceremony and performing the song “A Thousand Years” with Lauren. She has a beautiful voice and I love this song! She did a fantastic job and it was really a pleasure to accompany her.

As Suzi introduced the newly married couple, we played Vivaldi’s Spring for the exit of the wedding party. As the guests made their way to the reception area, we played Mozart’s Alleluia.

As we were leaving,  I got to meet and congratulate Sarah before they started taking pictures. She gave me a big hug and that really made my day!  We hope Sarah , Jeff and all their guests enjoy their time in Florida. Happy New Year to all!

Here is a picture of Joan, Lauren, me ( Vivian) and Diane.      Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island 005