Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Cristina and David began their wedding planning more than a year in advance. I had met with them in May of 2016 and this couple from New Jersey chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the music for their May 2017 destination wedding ceremony and their cocktail reception. It was a pleasure to work with Tonya Malay Photography, Isn’t She Lovely Florals, Dominick of MSE Pro DJ, Will Singleton, Officiant and Galina, coordinator at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort.

The couple chose popular music for their prelude , traditional classical music for the ceremony, and popular music for their cocktail hour. We began prelude music at 6:15 prior to the 6:45 ceremony. It was a lovely evening in Southwest Florida!

Here was our playlist:

PRELUDE:     Hallelujah;The Prayer; Stand by Me, Ben E. King; Somewhere Only We Know, Keane; You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban; Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John; A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; All of Me, John Legend;


Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach:  Entrance of Officiate; Groom escorts his Mother; Entrance of 5 Groomsmen; 5 Bridesmaids

 Canon in D, Pachelbel: Entrance of the Bride and her Mother

 Wedding March, Mendelssohn: Recessional

 Brandenburg Concerto #3, Bach: Postlude

COCKTAIL HOUR:  All You Need is Love, Beatles; Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis; Crazy Love, Van Morrison; Forrest Gump Theme Song; Have I Told You Lately, Van Morrison; How Sweet It Is, James Taylor; Maybe I’m Amazed, Paul McCartney; My Girl, Temptations; Scarborough Fair, Simon & Garfunkel; Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, Stevie Wonder; Someone Like You, Adele; Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns N Roses; Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton; You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontague; Sweetest Thing, U2

We enjoyed performing all the music they chose! Best wishes to the newlyweds! We hope they enjoyed their time in Florida!


The Club at Mediterra

It was a picture perfect evening at the Club at Mediterra for the wedding of Abbey and Mario. Considering it was the end of May, it was a beautiful evening that did not feel terribly hot and humid. There was a great breeze and Mary Ann, our venue coordinator, and Stephanie Meiser  of Along Came Stephanie, the wedding planner, had thoughtfully made sure we were in the shade.  Our couple from Atlanta chose this elegant venue for their destination wedding and chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the wedding ceremony music and music for their cocktail reception. I am joined by Susan Sikuta on violin and Diane Coffman on cello.

Club at Mediterra Wedding

When I arrived, Stephanie was at the ceremony site so we discussed the coordination of the processional. With that done, I checked out the location of the cocktail hour since we had to move after the ceremony. We had never played on the terrace off of their Grill Room before. Mary Ann put us in the perfect spot again where we were in the shade and could enjoy some cool air coming from the nearby room.

It was great to work with Russ Winn, Officiate,  again and other vendors involved on this evening were Set Free Photography, Isn’t She Lovely Florals, Kakes by Karen, Niche Event Rentals, Hope Artistry and Alter Elements.

We were scheduled to start at 5:45 for the 6 pm ceremony but we started to play early when the first busload of guests began to arrive. Among our selections were Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, At Last, Delibes Flower Duet, The Way You Look Tonight, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, What a Wonderful World, and Movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite. It was a nice mix of classical and popular music.

At 6 pm all the guests were in their seats and I got the signal from Katy, Stephanie’s helper,  that they were all set. For the seating of the Mothers and the Entrance of the Officiate , Groom and Groomsmen we performed Schubert’s Ave Maria. This piece is a bit tricky to time but it worked perfectly to play it one time through. I was so thankful I had asked Katy prior to let me know when the men were all in place because it turned out I could not see them at all from where I was seated. Thank you Katy!

Next came Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Entrance of the Bridesmaids and the Flower Girl. We came to a nice ending just as the flower girl took her place on the bottom step. For her Entrance, Abbey chose the Pachelbel Canon in D.  I think I heard some oohs and aahs as Abbey walked with her Dad down the long walkway and up the stairs  to join her new husband, Mario. After the rings and vows and a short poem, we began to play The Prayer for the sand ceremony. Since Reverend Winn was using a microphone, we had no worries that we would cover what he was saying. As the ceremony concluded, we played You’re the First, the Last, My Everything for the Recessional. As the guests were mingling and moving on to the reception, we played  Everything, a new song requested by Abbey and Mario.

It was a mix of classical and popular for the cocktail reception also. On the playlist were All You Need is Love, Marry You, Don’t Stop Believin’, You and You Waltz, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Better Together, Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Let’s Stay Together, Albinez  Tango in D , I’m Yours, Artist’s Life Waltz, When You Say Nothing At All, Vienna Life Waltz, Need You Now, and Fly Me to the Moon. We finished this perfect evening with a perfect song for this Atlanta couple, Georgia on My Mind.

As we were leaving, several guests remarked to me how much they enjoyed the music. One man told me he especially liked all the contemporary music we played. That meant so much to me since I do a lot of these arrangements myself. I was also thrilled to be able to talk to Abbey and Mario too. We hope their lives together will be as perfect as this day was!

Club at Mediterra Cocktail Reception