Marco Beach Ocean Resort

We returned to the Marco Beach Ocean Resort on Marco Island on Friday for the wedding of Alona and Nolan. The couple chose the Seaside Strings Trio to provide the music for their wedding ceremony on the beach. Reverend James Berger officiated the ceremony which began at 4:30.  DJ Gil Blake was there as well to provide the microphone for Dr. Berger and Bella Florals by Theresa provided the flowers.

The couple chose popular music for prelude and traditional music for the ceremony:

PRELUDE: Marry You, Bruno Mars; Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John; Have I Told You Lately, Van Morrison; I’m Yours, Jason Mraz; The Way You Look Tonight, Sinatra; At Last, Etta James; Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach:  Officiate; Groom; Seating of 1 Grandfather/ Aunt; Father & Wife; 2 Mothers, together

 Canon in D, Pachelbel:  5 Bridesmaids/ 5 Groomsmen;  1 Ring Bearer;Flower Girl/ Boy with sign

Bridal Chorus, Wagner: Entrance of the Bride

All You Need is Love, Beatles: Recessional

 POSTLUDE:  Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars; Viva la Vida, Coldplay

The couple came over to us at the end to thank us and the bride kissed our cheeks.  We were thrilled they were so pleased with our music! It was a pleasure to meet such a lovely couple!


South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island FL

When I arrived on King’s Crown Lawn at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island FL, I could not help but be amazed by the beautiful set up for the wedding of Jennifer and John. Floral Artistry did an awesome job! I was excited to find out the two end pieces were going to be a surprise for the Bride!

Kings Crown Lawn weddingSeaside Strings was there under the auspices of Thank You For the Dance Entertainment to perform the wedding ceremony music. Amy Morgan was our contact and Kehrin Hassan of Jet Set Wed was the Wedding Coordinator.

Jennifer was wonderful to work with and very organized. She knew exactly what she wanted and had obviously taken great care in choosing the music. We began prelude music at 3:45 . It was a gorgeous day and guests were arriving early to enjoy the sunshine. Here was the playlist:

Vultures, John Mayer ( special request)

Message in a Bottle, Sting ( special request)

Best Day of My Life, American Authors

I’m Yours, Jason Mraz

Island in the Sun, Weezer

Pompeii, Bastille

Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

At 4:20, we got the signal that they were ready to begin. Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring was played for the Entrance of the Parents of the Groom and the Entrance of the Officiate, Dr. James Berger. Home by Edward Sharpe and the magnetic Zeros was chosen for the Entrance of the Groom, 3 Groomsmen, 2 Bridesmaids and the Aunt of the Bride pulling a wagon with the Flower Girl and Ring Bearer ( in the form of 2 very cute King Cavalier Spaniels!)

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Jennifer chose the Pachelbel Canon in D for her Entrance. The couple performed a sand ceremony within the service and we played All of Me by John Legend as Dr. Berger explained to everyone the significance of this. When the couple were introduced for the first time, we played Better Together by Jack Johnson for the Recessional. As guests moved on to the reception area, we played Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

Jennifer was such a happy bride. I am so glad everything went perfect for her! Congrats to the newlyweds!

8th Avenue South and Hilton Naples

I met Chandrea and AlRenzo in May of 2014 so their wedding was planned well in advance. Chandrea was one of the most organized bride’s I have ever worked with! The couple from Georgia chose 8th Avenue South in Naples for their ceremony with the reception at Hilton Naples. The Seaside String Quartet provided the wedding ceremony music and a string duo ( violin and viola) performed at the cocktail hour. Chandrea sent all her music choices far in advance and since she had special requests, it gave me plenty of time to arrange the music for our group. Sarah and Jenny of Lyfe of the Party did a beautiful job with the florals. It was great to see Rick and Patti from Reel Treasures Videos too. Dr. James Berger was the Officiant. Ashley from the Hilton always makes everything run so smoothly!

8th Ave South wedding

8th Ave South Wedding

The guests were transported by bus to the location from the Hilton and we began prelude music when they arrived just before 5pm.  The couple chose a nice mix of music for us: Marry Me by Train; A Thousand Years by Christina Perri; Just the Way You Are Amazing; Pachelbel’s Canon in D; Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis; Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John; I Say a Little Prayer by Burt Bacharach; It Had to be You by Frank Sinatra.

Dr . Berger led the way down the aisle as we played Angels by Robin Thicke. The Groom and Groomsmen took their place, the Mothers were seated and the 4 Bridesmaids made their entrance. Chandrea chose the music Ave Maria by Beyonce as her entrance music. What a look of absolute joy she had on her face! It gave me goosebumps watching her come down the aisle! For the Sand Ceremony, we played All of Me by John Legend and Marry You by Bruno Mars for the Recessional. The newlyweds were involved in pictures and the guests mingled for a bit before boarding the bus back to the Hilton as and we played Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison.

I am sorry I did not get a chance to congratulate the couple since I had to rush off the the Hilton for the Cocktail Hour.What a wonderful wedding for a wonderful couple!

8th Avenue South Wedding