Ritz- Carlton Naples

Center Court at the Ritz- Carlton Naples hosted the wedding celebration of Christina and Nick on this first Friday in December. The weather was ideal, the flowers by Botanicals on the Gulf were gorgeous and the live music of the Seaside String Quartet filled the air. The 4:30 ceremony was officiated by Dr. Dan Lamey and Kathie and Jacqui of Side By Side Weddings helped put it all together.

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We began prelude music at 4:00, performing classical music by Bach, Delibes, Handel and Corelli.  It was all classical music for the 4:30 ceremony as well. The Family was seated to the music of Bach,  Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring   The Wedding Party entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel. The Bride entered to the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner and  the Recessional music was the Wedding March by Mendelssohn. The highlight was listening to Dr. Dan sing The Prayer to the couple. It was a very passionate performance and so romantic to see the couple holding hands throughout. Well done, Dr. Dan!


For the cocktail hour, we performed popular songs requested by the couple: Under the Sea; I Want to Hold Your Hand; She from “Notting Hill”; Oh, Pretty Woman; Linus and Lucy; Strangers in the Night; Can’t Help Falling in Love; You’re My Best Friend; Harry Potter Medley; All of Me (version by John Legend); When I Fall in Love; Girl from Ipanema; Over the Rainbow( Israel K version) ; Somewhere Only We Know; Moon River. We ended our evening with Georgia on My Mind for this family from Georgia.

We were honored to be a part of this special day! Congratulations Christina and Nick!



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


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!

Wedding at a Private Residence in Naples

We played for an absolutely gorgeous wedding on this last Saturday in November. Jessica and Kyle chose to get married at a private residence in Naples, FL in the  Aqualane Shores area. The home was right on Naples Bay and it was just a perfect weather day!

The couple chose the Seaside String Trio to provide music for their wedding ceremony and the cocktail reception. The ceremony was held at the front of the house.

Naples WeddingWe worked with these fabulous vendors: Paige of No Worries Weddings; Reverend Russ Winn, Officiant; Tiffany and Cody of Hunter Ryan Photography; Kevin of Botanicals on the Gulf, florist; Tastebuds Custom Catering and Niche Event Rentals.

Loved all the special touches…

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Naples Wedding

We arrived at the house at 2:30, ready to begin prelude music at 3pm when guests were scheduled to arrive by the NT & T shuttle. Jessica and Kyle chose all popular songs for us to entertain their guests. On the playlist was the Forest Gump Feather Theme; I’m Yours by Jason Mraz; Dream by Priscilla Ahn; Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis; Edelweiss from Sound of Music; Just a Kiss Goodnight by Lady Antebellum; Make You Feel My Love by Adele and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

The ceremony began with the Entrance of the Officiate and the Seating of the Grandparents. As they took their places, we played Air from Handel’s Water Music Suite. The Mothers entered to the music Rondeau by Mouret.  The Groom, Groomsmen, Bridesmaids and Flower Girls entered to Bach’s, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. Our Bride chose Pachelbel’s Canon in D for her Entrance. The ceremony concluded with Handel’s Hornpipe as the Recessional and we also played Vivaldi’s Spring and Handel’s Le Rejouissance as the guests made their way to the back of the house for the cocktail reception.

Naples WeddingAfter making the move ourselves, we continued to play the couple’s requests: All You Need is Love, Beatles; Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin; Best Day of My Life, American Authors; Better Together, Jack Johnson; Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve; Bubbly, Colbie Caillatt; Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra; Happy, Pharrell Williams; Everything, Michael Buble; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; How Sweet It Is, James Taylor; I’m Gonna Be, The Proclaimers; Island in the Sun, Weezer; I Want You To Want Me, Cheap Trick; Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid; Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat; Love Story, Taylor Swift; My Girl, The Temptations; Signed Sealed Delivered, Stevie Wonder; Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding; and Someone Like You by Adele. They chose a lot of our favorites and we could tell the crowd enjoyed them too so we really had a lot of fun playing for everyone!

The guests left by shuttle to go the the Naples Bay Resort for the dinner reception. The wedding party left by boat! I wish I had gotten a picture of that!

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

It was another destination wedding for us on October 17th at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Our couple from Michigan, Leah and Robert, chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. They had so many unique details.

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Marco beach wedding

We were joined by Karl and Nanette of Luminaire Foto; Steven of iheArt Films;  Kevin of Botanicals on the Gulf, Dominick of  Mobile Sound Entertainment and Galina, coordinator at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort.

We began prelude music on the beach at 5:00 pm for the 5:30 ceremony. We had just lovely weather! The couple chose all pops music for us to play. The selections were Over the Rainbow; Better Together by Jack Johnson; For Once in My Life by Frank Sinatra; You & Me, Dave Mathews; Everything by Michael Buble; Sway by Dean Martin; At Last by Etta James and Marry You by Bruno Mars.

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The Processional began with the Seating of the Grandparents and the 2 Mothers. The music for this was Your Song by Elton John.  Next came the Officiate ( Brother of the Bride), the Groom and 5 Bridesmaids escorted by the Groomsmen. Their music was Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra. Leah made her entrance to the music Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis. During the ceremony, both fathers gave a short speech and the couple spoke their own vows. As the ceremony concluded and the couple was introduced to the guests, we played Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars for the Recessional.

cocktail reception at Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The cocktail hour was held on the terrace. The selections chosen by the couple were My Girl by The Temptations; All of Me by John Legend; A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay; Best is Yet to Come, Frank Sinatra; Brighter Than Sunshine, Aqualung; Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison; Happy, Pharrell Williams; Love Story, Taylor Swift; Lucky, Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat; Make You Feel My Love, Adele; When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge; Whole New World from Aladdin and Just a Kiss Goodnight by Lady Antebellum.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort wedding

Congratulations to Leah and Robert!  Best wishes as you start your married life!

Luminaire Foto

Luminaire Foto






La Playa Beach Resort

The good weather in this third week of July continued and it was a lovely evening for Katie and Sean. The Seaside String Trio was at the La Playa Beach Resort to perform the the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour for this Colorado couple. The sky was a bit hazy which kept the sun from being so intense and there was a nice breeze which kept the bugs away.


La Playa beach wedding

This was a small wedding with about 12 guests . The ceremony and cocktail hour were held on the north beach which is a bit more private.The wedding began at 7 pm and we began prelude music 15 minutes prior. Gail Alvarado was the Officiate and we were joined  by New Ground Photography and Botanicals on the Gulf  to make this a special day for the couple.

As the family made their way onto the beach, we entertained them with It Had to Be You; What a Wonderful World; Wonderwall and At Last.

As Gail led the way onto the beach, we began to play “All I Want is You”.  She was followed by the Seating of one Mother, the Groom, Best Man and the Maid of Honor. For Katie’s Entrance (with her young daughter), we played a special song for the couple, “Sugar” (by Maroon 5). This was a special request song that I arranged for our trio.

Gail began with the ceremony with a reading; the couple wrote their own vows, exchanged rings and presented a special necklace to Katie’s daughter. As they participated in the sand ceremony, we played A Thousand Years. The ceremony concluded with “Viva la Vida” after the newlywed’s kiss and pronouncement.

Pictures were being taken, guests were enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while we performed music chosen by the couple. On our playlist:

All of Me; Beautiful Day; Beyond the Sea; Bittersweet Symphony; Brighter Than Sunshine; Can’t Help Falling in Love; Come Fly With Me; Don’t Stop Believin’; Edelweiss; Fields of Gold; Firework; Fly Me to the Moon; Good Life; Hallelujah; How Deep is Your Love; If You Could Read My Mind; In My Life; The Way You Look Tonight.

It was a spectacular sunset! May you have many years of happiness together, Katie and Sean!

sunset at La Playa


Naples Beach Hotel

One of our last weddings for March happened right after a cold front moved through the area. The day was a beautiful sunny day , low 70’s,  and very windy. You can see from the picture how churned up the water was. Nick and Erin from Ohio chose the Naples Beach Hotel in Naples, FL as the venue for their wedding celebration. The ceremony was on the beach with cocktail hour following on the Gulf Lawn. The Seaside String Trio provided their live music.

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We were working with wonderful vendors: Paige from No Worries Weddings, wedding planner; Reverend James Berger, officiate; Jay Rigdon, DJ; Botanicals on the Gulf, florist; Aimee Rossi, photographer.

We arrived on the beach at 3:30, ready to play prelude music at 4 pm. Fortunately, we were able to place ourselves with our backs to the wind so our stands and books did not blow over.  Erin and Nick requested all classical music for the prelude. They  gave me freedom to choose, just wanted me to keep it lively. So we played for their guests these selections: Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, Haydn Divertimento, Strauss You and You Waltz, Allegro by Handel, Vivace by Telemann, and lively movements from the Handel Water Music Suite.

When we got the signal from Paige, we began to play Purcell’s Trumpet Tune for the Entrance of the Officiate, the Groom and his Parents and the Mother of the Bride. (Paige kindly gave us extra time because of the wind to turn our pages- we certainly appreciate that understanding help!). For the Entrance of the five Bridesmaids we played Rigaudon by Campra. After the last girl was in place, we began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the Entrance of the Bride. During the ceremony, we played Meditation by Massenet as the couple performed the sand ceremony. For the Recessional, we played “Here Comes the Sun.”

For the cocktail reception, we performed popular songs chosen by the couple. Erin had a special favorite, Poker Face, and we made sure she was nearby when we played it. Other songs on our playlist were A Thousand Years, Brown Eyed Girl, Crazy Love, Fly Me to the Moon, Got to Get You Into My Life, How Deep is Your Love, I’m Yours, Just Like Heaven, La Bamba, Let’s Stay Together, Lucky, Maybe I’m Amazed and Moondance.

We appreciate the warm response we received from the guests and enjoyed being a part of this special day. Congratulations Nick and Erin!

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.

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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!