The Club at the Strand

The Club at the Strand has always been one of my favorite venues. The courtyard garden in the back is just lovely and the staircase leading to it is just ideal for weddings. Yes, I am a bit biased but string music fits this atmosphere perfectly.

The Club at the StrandOur couple from Fort Myers, Caroline and Mark, chose to have both their ceremony and reception in this garden area behind the clubhouse. The ceremony was set off to the side with the main area set for the reception. It was the first time I had seen this set up and it looked lovely! The beautiful flowers were the work of Kevin from Botanicals on the Gulf.

The Club at the Strand WP_20150110_002Botanicals on the Gulf

I was there on this Saturday in January with my colleagues Susan and Diane to form the Seaside String Trio. This was a morning wedding, 11 am, so we arrived at 10 am to set up. Rebecca was our venue contact today and she was putting on the final touches when we arrived. After coordinating the processional with her, we began to play prelude music at 10:30 just as guests started to arrive. A mix of classical and pops music was requested. Caroline told me she loved Ave Maria, music by the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Coldplay and music from Phantom.  Here was our playlist for the prelude: Mouret, Rondeau; Coldplay, Clocks; Schubert, Ave Maria; Beatles, In My Life; Mozart, Trio in C; Sinatra, It Had to Be You; All I Ask of You from Phantom; Movements from Handel Water Music Suite.

The processional began with the Officiate, Judge Robert Branning and Groom, Mark, taking their places. Two Bridesmaids walked down the staircase with the 2 young girls that were the daughters of the couple. We played the Israel K version of Over the Rainbow as they made their entrance. For Caroline’s Entrance, we played the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner.

After the couple was introduced as Husband and Wife, we began to play All You Need is Love as the wedding party exited. When the guests rose to make their way over to the tables in the reception area, we played The Way You Look Tonight.

After a quick move ourselves, we continued to play a mix of classical and popular music for an additional hour during the reception. Here was the playlist: Beatles, All My Loving; Strauss, You & You Waltz; Sinatra, The Best Is Yet to Come; Phantom of the Opera; Strauss, Vienna Life Waltz; Beatles, Here Comes the Sun; Sinatra, Come Rain or Come Shine ( a special  requests so our debut performance of this); Haydn, Divertimento; Music of the Night from Phantom; Sinatra, New York, NY; Strauss, Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz; Coldplay, Paradise; Beatles, P.S. I Love You; Coldplay, Sky Full of Stars; Angel of Music from Phantom; Sinatra, Very Thought of You; Armstrong, What a Wonderful World

Although it was a little chilly and cloudy at the start of the day, the sun came out and all the guests had a gorgeous day to enjoy!  Thank you so much Caroline and Mark for having us and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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The Club at the Strand

Our final wedding for the month of June was held at the Club at the Strand.  I always love to come here! When I first formed Seaside Strings, many of our first weddings were at this venue. I just love the beautiful grounds.

The Club at the Strand wedding

 

The Club at the Strand wedding

Our couple today was Christy and Brian, local residents of Naples, FL . They chose the Seaside Strings Trio to provide their music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. Rebecca Diamond was our contact at the venue and Reverend James Berger was the Officiant.

The ceremony was set for 6 pm and we began prelude music at 5:30 . Although skies were cloudy and near the end of the ceremony we heard rumbles of thunder, there was no need to be concerned about rain.

It was all classical music for the ceremony and all pops music for the reception. Christy was very organized and chose her music early in the planning process. For the prelude, she chose wonderful romantic selections such as Nessun Dorma and Intermezzo Sinfonico by Mascagni. Also on the playlist was the Andante from Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21, Spring by Vivaldi, Bach’s Minuet in G and music from Mozart’s Eine Kline Nachtmusik .

The Wedding Party led by Reverend Berger entered to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.   As we played the fanfare to the traditional Bridal Chorus, the doors opened from the clubhouse and Christy made her way down the elegant staircase.  During the ceremony they did something I had never seen before. They called it a Wine Ceremony. Symbolizing the union of their lives, they mixed white wine and red wine, forming a rose’ wine and then each shared a drink from the glass. Apparently the wine was a bit warm from sitting in the hot sun-the looks on their faces as they drank was precious.

The traditional Wedding March was the exit music for the newlyweds and the wedding party. As the guests made their way up the steps to the terrace, we played  Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

The playlist for the reception was full of favorites. We played Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, All You Need is Love, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Crazy for You, Con te Partiro, Always on My Mind, Don’t Stop Believin’, Endless Love, Eternal Flame ( our debut of this one), Everybody Loves Somebody, Everything, Brown-Eyed Girl,Forever in Love, Georgia on My Mind, Good Life, and My Girl.  As the doors opened to the ballroom, the DJ segued nicely from our last song to his music.

We hope everyone enjoyed their evening and we wish congratulations to the happy couple!