Hyatt House, Naples FL

Deborah and Jared, our couple from Connecticut, chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Viola Duo to provide the music for their destination wedding and cocktail hour at the Hyatt House in Naples, FL.  It was a small wedding held on the back dock and had a beautiful water view. It was a hot day but there was very little chance of rain. We were happy to find some shade!

We began prelude music at 3:45 and the ceremony began at 4pm. We played a mix of classical and pops music for the prelude: Rigaudon by Campra, At Last by Etta James; Telemann Vivace; Can You Feel the Love Tonight; Handel Allegro.

The ceremony began with the men entering. The Officiate was the Brother of the Groom. We played Handel Air as the Groom, Groomsmen and 2 Bridesmaids entered. Deborah chose the Elvis song, Can’t Help Falling in Love, as her entrance music. The ceremony ended with the introduction of the newlyweds and we played All You Need is Love as the Recessional.

We moved just down the dock for the cocktail hour. It was all pops music on our playlist. The couple made a few requests and then let me choose the rest:  All I Ask of You; Cheek to Cheek; Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars; Michelle; It had to Be You; Moon River; Scarborough Fair; So This s Love; Think of Me; Unchained Melody; When I’m 64; All of Me by John Legend; Besame Mucho; Stand By Me; Somewhere in Time; Here Comes the Sun; Kiss the Girl; The Very Thought of You; What a Wonderful World; Wonderful Tonight; The Prayer; Have I Told You Lately; Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

I am so glad we got to meet the couple before they left for their dinner. Congratulations and best wishes, Deborah and Jared!

Here are 2 videos we recorded.

Marco Island Marriott

It is certainly a pleasure to work with a bride who is a fellow musician.  Alison from Virginia was a violist for 18 years. Her music teacher was going to play at her wedding and a month before her date, she learned she would be unable to make it. This was a destination wedding so things like that can occur. When Alison  contacted me, she was very open to having a string duo even though it was a very small event, with about 12 guests. I always like to recommend at least a duo since you would have a melody instrument and an accompaniment instrument and so much more interesting to listen to than a solo instrument. The Violin and Viola Duo was chosen. Bach was her favorite composer and it was fun working with her to choose the music. I think we came up with great selections!

Marco Island beach wedding

It was a beautiful day for a beach wedding on Marco Island for mid- February. We began playing prelude music at 4:25 and the ceremony began at 4:45. Alison’s Mom officiated the ceremony.

Here was our playlist:


Bach, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Handel, Water Music Suite and Royal Fireworks

Bach, Minuets 1,2 3, in G

Gossec, Gavotte

Bach, Invention in F

Bach, Wachet Auf


Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau for the Seating of her Grandmother and the Mother of the Groom.

The Rigaudon by Campra for the Entrance of the Officiate, Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor

Bach’s Aria from the Wedding Cantata , Sich uben im lieben for the Entrance of the Bride

Bach’s Arioso for the Wine Box Ceremony and Reading

Vivaldi, Spring for the Recessional.

Bach, Gigue for Postlude

As we left, the couple performed their first dance on the beach to a beautiful recording of Can’t Help Falling in Love (a lovely strings  arrangement). I am sorry I did not get a chance to speak with the couple since I did not want to interrupt but we were honored to be a part of their wedding day! Best wishes Alison and Josh!

Shell Seekers, Captiva Island

Future Groom, Brett, contacted me in June through the Gig Salad website to play for his wedding to be held on October 16th at a private home on Captiva Island. He and his fiancée, Ashleigh, lived in Texas so this was a destination wedding. Chef Kathy Peterson was the wedding planner and she was super to work with. Everything looked gorgeous! The sand sculpture with the couples’ names was my favorite part of the set up.

Tonya Malay was the photographer for the event and the couple also had iheART films video the event.

Captiva FL wedding

Captiva Island FLCaptiva FL wedding


Captiva FL weddingThe couple chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Viola Duo to provide the wedding ceremony music. As you can see in the pictures there were some dark clouds around but they kept it cooler and we never saw any rain.

The couple chose a mix of music for us to play.  Requests for prelude included the Forest Gump Feather Theme, The Legends of the Fall, Ludlow’s Theme; Schubert’s Ave Maria;  Marry Me by Train; Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel; The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. We filled in the remaining time with a few lively classical pieces.

When the signal was given, we began to play the Canon in D by Pachelbel for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers.  During Bach’s, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, the Officiate, Groom, Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Ring Bearer and Flower Girls made their way onto the beach. Ashleigh entered to the music, Can’t Help Falling in Love.

The Father of the Bride surprised the couple with a guitarist/vocalist named Jon who sang 2 songs during the ceremony. We ended the ceremony with the Auburn University Fight Song. As guests mingled just a bit and pictures were being taken, we finished with Signed Sealed and Delivered by Stevie Wonder.

Thank you so much to Brett and Ashleigh for having us a part of this special day! We wish you many years of happiness!


The Proposal

Michael from the east coast of Florida was coming to Naples with his girlfriend Cathryn and they were staying at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort. She did not know it but he was going to surprise her with a proposal of marriage! He contacted me and was interested in having us play for this. So excited to be a part of this- we love surprises!

The plan was for them to have dinner at the Turtle Club and then come out to the beach afterwards to watch the sunset.  He had chosen the Seaside Strings Duo ( I recommended violin and viola since we wouldn’t have to worry about chairs) and Joan and I were waiting for them when they came out onto the beach at around 7:15 pm. We introduced ourselves and then began to play the songs Michael requested. Several times Cathryn would exclaim that was one of her favorites- Michael chose well!

The songs were Dream a Little Dream of Me, Happy, Lucky,  Fly Me to the Moon and Just the Way You Are Amazing.

At this point, we heard thunder and saw a very dark cloud headed our way. We all decided it was probably best to move into their room and we did just in time! It began to rain buckets and we got stuck under the valet stand for a bit. Eventually we made a run for it and went to the couple’s room.

We continued to play: Por Una Cabeza Tango, Que Sera Sera, What a Wonderful World, When I’m 64, All My Loving, Moondance and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You. As we played Part of Your World, Michael got down on his knees and proposed. SHE SAID YES!  It gave me goosebumps! Still does, when I think about it. What a romantic evening!
We finished with When You Wish Upon a Star and then got to see the ring! What a super couple and we wish them much happiness. Congratulations Michael and Cathryn!