Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Rene planned a spectacular wedding! In the planning process she did not mention her theme of Alice in Wonderland. When I arrived on the big day and saw all the details, I knew she had made this her dream come true. It was a fantasy come to life!

The wedding of Rene and Andrew was held in the Royal Palm Courtyard of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort. This is a very private spot adjacent to the pool surrounded by a ficus hedge which helped to create a room- like feel.

White drapery completed the effect, separating the ceremony site from the reception area.

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I took some pictures of the reception area too but later found out I missed the huge chess set on the other side of the tables that was going to act as the dance area. Sorry I did not  have my camera with me!

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The ceremony was set to begin at 5:30. The Seaside Strings Violin and Cello duo provided the live music.  We began prelude music twenty minutes prior to the ceremony and all popular music was chosen: All of Me, John Legend; Love Me Like You Do, Ellie Goulding; Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol; Glad You Came, The Wanted; Ho Hey, Lumineers; Paradise, Coldplay.

Stephany, the coordinator at the Resort,  gave us the signal the family was ready to be seated.  The couples of Grandparents and Parents entered to the music Butterfly Waltz by Brian Crain. Dr. Steven Grant of the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs served as Officiate and led the Wedding Party in to the music, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. Last out was the flower girl, dressed as Alice in Wonderland!

Renee made her entrance to the music Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur. It was a beautiful ceremony. I loved all her choices for the wedding ceremony music. We had never worked with Pastor Grant before and I really enjoyed his service. At the presentation of the couple, the wedding party and family exited to Clocks by Coldplay. We finished our evening with Secrets by One Republic and Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor.

I have a feeling I should have checked out the cocktail hour area. I wonder what other surprises I missed. What a memorable wedding! Our congratulations and best wishes to Renee and Andrew!

 

 

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Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Jennifer and Ted planned their destination wedding from Michigan. They chose the Marco Beach Ocean Resort as their venue and the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo to provide the music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception.  The entire event was held on the beach. The Groom’s Uncle served as Officiate for the ceremony which began at 6:30 pm. Kevin from Botanicals on the Gulf did a beautiful job on the wedding site.  It was a pleasure to also work with DJ Gil Blake and Johnson Photography and Galina, coordinator at the resort. The weather was perfect and the couple chose great music for us to play.

Prelude music: All of Me, John Legend; Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis; Ho Hey, Lumineers; Marry You, Bruno Mars; Only You Can Love Me This Way, Keith Urban; Who Are You When I’m Not Looking, Blake Shelton; Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton

CEREMONY MUSIC:

Moon RiverSeating of Groom’s Parents & Entrance of Groom

 Forest Gump Feather Theme: Seating of Mother of the Bride

 Marry Me, Train: Officiate; Maid of Honor / Best Man

 A Thousand Years, Christina Perri: Entrance of the Bride with her Father

 All You Need is Love, Beatles: Recessional

RECEPTION: All My Lovin’, Beatles; At Last, Etta James; Best of My Love, Eagles; Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin; Come Fly With Me, Sinatra; Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey; Everybody Loves Somebody, Dean Martin; For Once in My Life, Sinatra; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; Into the Mystic, Van Morrison; It Had to Be You, Sinatra; Making Memories of Us, Keith Urban; Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars; Kiss the Girl, Disney;  Stand By Me, Ben E King; Strangers in the Night, Dean Martin; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

We appreciated the warm response we received! Congratulations and best wishes to Jen and Ted!

Lover’s Key State Park

It was such a gorgeous day on this Saturday in February for the wedding of Liz and Blair. Such a peaceful scene here on the beach at Lover’s Key State Park. We were blessed with abundant sunshine, low humidity, a nice breeze and the gentle sound of the surf. The couple chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo to provide their ceremony music.

Wedding at Lover's Key State ParkIt was a small wedding planned by Stacey Gerhart of Isabella’s Island Style Weddings and Events. It can be an intimate spot since weddings are usually after hours and any remaining beach-goers are few. It is easy to park and hop on the tram to get to the beach.We arrived at 4:15 to begin music at 4:45. The wedding was scheduled for 5;15. The beautiful flowers were by Signature Florals, Emma Burdis was the photographer and Dr. Jim Berger was the Officiant.

Liz mentioned a love of Andrea Bocelli music and we mixed in quite a few with her other favorites. On the prelude playlist were these selections: The Prayer; Con te Partiro; Besame Mucho; Nessun Dorma; Ave Maria; At Last; Air by Bach; I Say a Little Prayer,  and Panis Angelicus.

We began the ceremony with the Theme from Forest Gump. Reverend Berger walked out with the Groom and 3 children. Our Bride Liz chose Over the Rainbow for her entrance music. As the seagulls gathered seemingly to watch the proceedings, Reverend Berger introduced the newly married couple and we played Signed, Sealed, Delivered as the Recessional. For Postlude, we played Stuck on You, Here and Now and La Vie En Rose.

We appreciated all the compliments we received and  are so glad the guests enjoyed our music. We enjoyed being here! Thank you and congratulations to Liz and Blair!

Naples Bay Resort

The first thing that caught my eye when I arrived at the Naples Bay Resort were the flowers hanging on the back of our chairs. Just gorgeous!

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They had recently renovated the pool area/ wedding ceremony area here. The ceremony site was larger and they had taken out a huge palm that used to be in our way. It is a beautiful  intimate waterside venue.

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I was here with colleague, Diane, for the wedding of Samantha and James. The Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo provided the ceremony and cocktail reception music.  The weather was beautiful; it feels like fall now with just a bit lower humidity. But, just as we began to play, a small passing shower forced us to move under cover. With help from some thoughtful guests, we were able to move quickly to protect our instruments. After about 10 minutes, it was clear to move back again. All classical music was on our playlist for the prelude; Canon in D, Pachelbel; Allegro by Handel; Anniversary Waltz; Cello Suite #1 by Bach; Brandenburg Concerto #3; Vienna Woods Waltz by Strauss and You and You Waltz by Strauss.

The ceremony began with the Entrance of Reverend James Berger, the Officiate; the Groom escorted his Parents and the Mother of the Bride was seated as we played Handel, Air. For the Entrance of the 4 Groomsmen and 4 Bridesmaids, we played Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach. The Bride, Samantha, made her entrance to the Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel. For the Unity Candle Ceremony, Wachet Auf by Bach was chosen. Le Rejouissance  by Handel was the Recessional music. As guests congratulated the couple, we played Trumpet Tune by Purcell and Hornpipe by Handel.

We moved inside for cocktail hour. The doors were open so guests who chose to stay outside could hear us too. All popular music was chosen for the reception. On our playlist was All You Need is Love by The Beatles; At Last, Etta James; Brown Eyes Girl, Van Morrison; Edelweiss from Sound of Music; Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra; Getting to Know You from The King and I; Here Comes the Sun, the Beatles; It Had to Be You, Frank Sinatra; Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid; My Girl, Smokey Robinson; November Rain, Guns N Roses; Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific; Somewhere My Love from Dr. Zhivago; Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof; What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong; When I’m 64, Beatles; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; and You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder.

Thank you Samantha and James for having us share this special day with you!

Coquina Cottage, Captiva Island and a birthday surprise

I got an email in late September from Philippe in Germany. He wanted to surprise his wife, Angelika, on her birthday with our live music! They were renting a house on Captiva Island for the first week in October. Arrangements were made for our Violin and Cello Duo to come on Monday, October 5th to play for her from 5:45-7:45 pm. Classical music was the type of music preferred with a few pops songs thrown into the mix. Unfortunately the weather prevented us from being on the beach for the sunset but it was a very enjoyable evening. We love surprises!

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North Naples United Methodist Church

The Chapel at North Naples United Methodist Church really had a romantic atmosphere on this third Saturday in July.

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The Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo was here for the wedding of Raechel and Trevor. The ceremony began at 5pm and we began to play prelude music twenty minutes prior to the ceremony. I really enjoyed working with Raechel and she chose very interesting music for us to play. The Pastor had no problem with her selecting all popular music for this church wedding.

For the prelude, we played I’m Yours; You Are the Best Thing; All of Me; I Won’t Give Up; All I Want is You; A Thousand Years; Marry Me; and The Way You Look Tonight.

Pastor Van Duser took his place at the altar and we began to play ” When You Say Nothing at All”. This was a special song for the Groom and his Mother. The Groomsmen entered from the back and took the side aisle to their places up front. The three Grandmothers were seated followed by the 2 Mothers. The Groom was now in place also.

For the Entrance of 6 Bridesmaids, a Ring Bearer and Flower Girl, we played “Making Memories of Us”. For the Bride’s Entrance, Raechel chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.  During the ceremony, the couple did the Tying of God’s Knot and we played “The Prayer” during this. For the Recessional we played “Lucky”and as the guests were departing, we played “Better Together”.

It was a wonderful ceremony and we were honored to be a part of it. Congratulations, Rachel and Trevor! It was a pleasure to meet you!

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Chapel By The Sea, Captiva Island, FL

Chapel By the Sea is so charming. Just steps away from the beach on Captiva Island, this is a great venue for small intimate weddings. Reverend Morris is the current officiate and caretaker and performs regular church services as well as performs weddings.

Kristin and Michael chose this for their destination wedding on the second Sunday in April and ceremony music was provided by the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo. I was joined by Julie Cornwall, cellist. The ceremony was set for 5:00 pm. Stacey Gerhart of Isabella’s Island Style Weddings and Events was the coordinator for this wedding celebration. Frank Simonetti was there to photograph the event and flowers were done by Floral Artistry.

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Kristin was so organized and wonderful to work with. She booked us in January and sent her music choices along with her performance agreement( I usually discuss these a month prior to the date). She chose all popular music for us to play. Her selections for prelude music were Marry Me, At Last, Way You Look Tonight, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Only Time, Forest Gump Feather Theme, The Prayer, and Con te Partiro. We were scheduled to start music 20 minutes before the ceremony but guests began to arrive early so we began to play. Some people chose to come inside and others mingled outside the Chapel. It was a warm day and the building is not air-conditioned. Having the windows open to let in the breeze and the ceiling fans helped but it was definitely warm.

With the signal from Stacey, we began to play Can You Feel the Love Tonight. Reverend Morris entered followed by the Groom, Michael. The two mothers were seated. The Bride’s brother escorted Kristin into the chapel to the music,  All I Ask of You.

During the ceremony, there were tears, much laughter and many memorable moments. The couple did a very interesting thing that they called a unity painting. They had a small canvas on an easel. After the exchange of vows and rings, the couple painted a red heart onto the canvas. They had penciled it in prior so it would be symmetrical.

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During this we played, Have I Told You Lately. When I looked up I saw they had added a smiley face in the center! Flowers were also presented to the mothers as we played.

When Reverend Morris presented the newlyweds to the guests, we played Just the Way You Are Amazing as the couple exited the chapel. We ended the ceremony with I’m Yours as the guests joined them outside.

It was a pleasure to be a part of their special day! Thank you and congratulations, Kristin and Michael!