St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church

Our wedding on Saturday was one I will remember as one of my favorites.  It was a destination wedding for our couple, Malini and Justin. They chose the St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church as their wedding site and the Seaside String Quartet to provide the music for their wedding ceremony.  Lisa Radlovacki of Lisa London Weddings and Events was the wedding planner. We also saw our friends Nanette from Luminaire Foto and Steven from iheART Films.

It was my first time playing for a wedding of this denomination and my first time at this church. It was so beautiful inside! The ceremony was full of traditions and symbolism. And there was a lot of music! There was a choir to handle the sacred sections of the ceremony and a guitarist played a song for the Lighting of the Unity Candle. The Priest was amazing as he chanted throughout the 90 minute ceremony.

In the planning process, the couple had requested a song called Arms of Love by Kutless for the Bridal Procession. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the sheet music for it. Justin asked a friend to help and she was able to arrange the music for our string quartet. Justin asked that this be kept a secret from Malini. Thank you so much to the arranger, Anissa! It was a pleasure to meet you! Here is an excerpt:

We arrived at 2 pm and began playing prelude music at 2:30. The wedding was due to begin at 3 pm but the couple did warn me it would probably be delayed. The couple chose popular music to entertain the guests as they arrived at the church. Here was our prelude playlist chosen by the couple:

You’re Beautiful, James Blunt; A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison; Baby I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton; I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables; Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley; Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Frankie Valli; Come Away With Me, Norah Jones; I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith; Amazed, Lonestar; I’ll Stand By You, The Pretenders; You and Me, Lifehouse; For the Longest Time, Billy Joel; Rhythm of Love, Plain White T’s; Every Breath You Take, Sting; All of Me, John Legend; Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars.

We began to play Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring as the Entrance of the Groom’s Parents  began the Processional. They were followed by the Mother of the Bride and her escort. We continued to play this selection as the mothers went up to light the Unity Candle.

We changed to the Pachelbel Canon in D as Justin entered followed by his 10 Groomsmen, 8 Bridesmaids, 2 Ring Bearers and 3 Flower Girls. Malini entered to her song, Arms of Love. I wish I could have seen her face when she realized what we were playing. Anissa served in the choir and I saw a big smile on her face! I got goosebumps!

When the ceremony concluded with the presentation of the newly married couple, we played the traditional Wedding March. For postlude, we played Marry You by Bruno Mars and One Love by Bob Marley.

Congratulations, Malini and Justin! Best wishes always!

 

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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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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.

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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.

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

Luminaire Foto

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Royal Poinciana Golf Club

It was our first wedding here at this Naples FL landmark and what a gorgeous venue! The Seaside String Quartet was chosen to perform for this outdoor ceremony as they were expecting nearly 200 guests. This was a destination wedding for the couple Jenna and Eli from Washington DC and we were booked a year in advance.

We shared the evening with these wedding professionals: Amanda Crowe of At Last Weddings, event coordinator; Signature Florals; Luminaire Foto, photographer; iheART Films, videographer; Artistic Science, lighting; Kakes by Karen; Hope Artistry, hair and makeup; Bash Booths, photobooth; Headliners Band; and Naples Transportation.

This was a Jewish wedding officiated By Rabbi Sharon Mars and set to begin at 7:30 pm. We began our prelude music at 7 pm and the couple chose all popular music to entertain their guests.

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I really loved their choices: And So It Goes (Billy Joel); At Last (Etta James); Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You (Frankie Valli); Clocks (Coldplay); Come Fly With Me (Sinatra); Everything I Do (Bryan Adams); Moondance (Van Morrison); When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge).

For the ceremony, Ode to Joy was played as the Rabbi, Groom, Groom’s Parents and Mother of the Bride entered. For the entrance of the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, Vivaldi’s Spring was played. For the Entrance of the Bride, we played Pachelbel’s Canon in D. With the breaking of the glass, the guests shouted mazel tov and the wedding party exited to the song Everlasting Love (Love Affair).

We moved to the pool area for a shortened cocktail hour. Jenna and Eli picked more fun songs for us: Marry You (Bruno Mars); Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen); Firework (Katy Perry); Edge of Glory (Lady Gaga); Everything She Does is Magic (Police); Faithfully (Journey) , I Just Called to Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder), Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars). I wish we  had time to play all the ones on their playlist.

What a very special evening it was! I wish many years of happiness for these newlyweds.

Royal Poinciana Club wedding ceremony

La Playa Beach Resort

We have had an extraordinary amount of rain this September in Naples FL and it was raining when I arrived at the La Playa Beach Resort. It was the wedding day for Carlie and Joseph and the Seaside String Trio was providing the ceremony music and cocktail hour music. The bride decided to have the beach wedding go on as planned, regardless of the conditions. It looked like the rain was about to lift out and it was just spitting when we went out to set up. The plan was to do the ceremony quickly and then head over to the terrace for the cocktail reception.

Our fellow vendors were Stephanie Meiser of Along Came Stephanie; Karl and Nanette of Luminarie Foto; Steven and Annemarie of  iheART Films and Father Charles Obie, Officiant.

The sound man found us a large beach umbrella and along with our own umbrellas, we hoped we would be OK. Father Charles Obie announced that we needed volunteers and two guests came forward to help us. As the guests were being seated, we played Wonderwall, Pompeii and Better Together. It started to rain harder as the Groom, Best Men, Grandparents and Mothers made their way onto the beach to the music , Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo”ole. For the entrance of the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and Flower Girls, we played Best Day of My Life. Carlie chose A Thousand Years for her entrance.

Father Obie kept the ceremony a bit shorter than normal due to the circumstances, announcing he would give his entire text to the couple for a keepsake. They did a sand ceremony and we played All of Me as they poured the sand in this symbol of unity. For the Recessional we played Mine by Taylor Swift and the guests cheered the newly married couple enthusiastically.

We quickly packed our equipment to move across the street and although we were all a little wet, our instruments seemed to have made it through OK.  The reception music was all popular songs chosen by the couple. We even debuted a couple of new ones. We didn’t get to play all that was on the list but we entertained the guests with Wake Me Up, Counting Stars, Radioactive, Living on a Prayer, Good Life, Hey Jude, Just a Kiss Goodnight, She’s My Kind of Rain, My Girl, Stairway to Heaven and I’m Yours.

It certainly was a memorable evening and we wish all the best to these newlyweds!

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Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Once again I get to write about a bride who had a unique vision for her wedding day. Lena and her fiance, Josh, chose the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for their venue and the Seaside Strings Violin Duo provided the music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. But what was out of the ordinary was they had the cocktail hour first, on the terrace, followed by the ceremony on the beach. This was a destination wedding for the couple from New York and they had about 130 guests make the trip to be a part of the couples’ celebration.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort terraceWe began to play at 6:15 and since the weather was just a bit threatening , we went under cover. A small shower quickly came and went. It was mostly popular music on our playlist for the cocktail reception.  Our selections were Can You Feel the Love Tonight; Breathe (2am); Come Fly With Me; From This Moment On; How Sweet It Is; La Vie En Rose; Over the Rainbow; Only Time; Penny Lane; Theme from NY,NY; In My Life; You Are the Sunshine of My Life; When You Wish Upon a Star; Edelweiss; A Moment Like This, Waltz of the Flowers, Bach’s Minuet in G.

At about 7:10 we made our way onto the beach for the ceremony and the guests quickly followed us.  As the guests waited for things to begin we entertained them with That’s Amore, It’s a Wonderful World, This Will Be ( An Everlasting Love) , Beauty and the Beast and Kiss the Girl. There was a delay as we learned they were waiting for the Rabbi so we played some more Sinatra and Beatles songs. As the Rabbi came down the boardwalk, everyone cheered and we began to play the Israel K version of Over the Rainbow. The Groom and his Parents walked onto the beach followed by the 3 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Lena had 6 children walking as ring bearers and flower girls and she chose the perfect song for them” It’s a Small World”.  As Lena walked with her Parents toward her Groom, we played A Whole New World.  When Josh broke the glass to end the ceremony, we played Hava Nagila.  The Rabbi began to sing and the couple led their wedding party back down the aisle.

We were happy to share this event with these wedding vendors; Kevin Morris of Botanicals on the Gulf, Karl and Nanette of Luminaire Foto, AnnMarie and Steven of iheART Films and Daniella of Ella’s Cakes. And Corrin and her staff at the resort are always so wonderful to us! Another great memory!

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

New Year’s Eve 2013 brought the Seaside String Quartet to the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for the wedding of Kristen and Ryan.  It was a warm sunny day on Marco Island so a perfect day for this couple from Ohio. We were honored to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music. The ceremony was held in the garden pool area and the reception was on the terrace.

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Marco Beach Ocean Resort receptionWe met our fellow vendors when we arrived and knew it was going to be a very special evening with this great bunch of people: Steven and AnnMarie of iheART Films; Nanette and Karl from Luminaire Foto; Dr. Dan Lamey, Officiate and Courtney Shaw of Fabulously Chic Weddings and Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment. Corrin, coordinator at the resort was on hand also and  she and her staff made sure everything looked gorgeous.

Kristen was very organized and obviously took great care in choosing the music. She chose all popular music for us to perform. We began prelude at 4:00 with I’m Yours, Try a Little Tenderness,  It Had to Be You, One Fine Day, God Only Knows, All You Need is Love,  and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

As Dr. Dan Lamey led Ryan and his Groomsmen out, we quickly switched to play  There is Love ( The Wedding Song), which we continued for the seating of the Grandparents and 2 Mothers. The music chosen for the Junior Bridesmaids, Maid of Honor and 7 Bridesmaids was Sweetest Thing. Kristen chose Just Like Heaven for her entrance. Once the ceremony concluded , we played Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours for the exit of the wedding party. As the guests exited the area onto the elevators to move to the reception, we played At Last and My Best Friend.

For the cocktail hour, the music chosen was Rhiannon, With a Little Help from My Friends, Young at Heart, Blackbird, When a Man Loves a Woman, Stand By Me, Don’t Stop Beleivin’, Lucky, Carolina in My Mind, Motown Medley, Love and Marriage and concluded with her special request, You Make it Real.

Kristen’s  mom was so gracious to come over and thank us for being there! She said she wished she could have been there as guest rather than Mother of the Bride so she could have enjoyed it even more. We were thrilled to hear she was so pleased!

For Kristen and Ryan, we would like to second the words of Dr. Dan Lamey. ” May you grow old together and have a blast doing it!”

What a wonderful way to finish the year 2013!

La Playa Gulf Lawn

We are very fortunate to be named a Preferred Vendor at the La Playa Resort. So when I was contacted by Michelle and Joseph about Seaside Strings providing music for their wedding and I was unavailable but my other colleagues were available, they put their trust in me to handle all the details even though I would not be one of the performers.  They were such a joy to work with! Living in California , this was a destination wedding for them so we had many phone conversations.  My colleagues , Joan Stewart and Susan Sikuta on violin and Julie Cornwall on cello, formed the Seaside Strings Trio and provided the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music. Joan served as the leader for the day and with a fact sheet in their music books and the music all in order, I knew all would go smoothly.

Julie took these photos for me. Jenny and Sarah of Lyfe of the Party did a beautiful job on the ceremony site. The La Playa Resort is such a lovely venue!

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Michelle and Joseph chose so many wonderful people to help make this day special. Kathie Resop of Side by Side Destination Wedding Services, AnnMarie and Steven of iheARt films, Karl and Nanette from Luminaire Foto and Father Charles Obie, the Officiant. We always enjoy seeing them!

As I spoke with the couple,  I knew that they realized how the live music would enhance their event and they took great care in making their selections. The prelude included many lively pieces as they wished to have a celebratory feel.  The selections  they chose were the Mouret Rondeau, Delibes Flower Duet, Handel Allegro, Telemann Sonata, Handel Le Rejouissance and Vivaldi Spring. The Groom’s parents informally walked into this piece which was a special favorite of theirs.

The Pachelbel Canon in D was chosen for the Entrance of the Wedding Party. This included Father Obie, Joseph, the Best Man, Flower Girl with a Bible, Ring Bearer, a Flower Girl with the rose petals and Matron of Honor.  The Wagner Bridal Chorus with its fanfare announced the Entrance of the Bride.

After the readings and the homily by Father Obie, the couple chose an excerpt from The Prayer as a musical interlude.  After the Sand Ceremony was completed, they chose the Bach Air as background music for their prayer time. The ceremony concluded with Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring were played as their guests transitioned to the cocktail reception.

It was all popular songs for the reception. On the playlist was Tonight, As Time Goes By, It’s a Beautiful Day, How Sweet It Is, New York, NY, Unforgettable, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, That’s Amore, Unchained Melody, What a Wonderful World, Wonderful Tonight, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Penny Lane, From this Moment On, All You Need is Love, Viva la Vida and Wouldn’t It Be Nice.

I heard from Kathie: ” I have never seen a couple so in love on their wedding day!”

We are so happy for them and wish them all the best!

Here is a picture of the trio. Many thanks to Karl and Nanette of Luminaire Foto !Luminaire Foto