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!


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!

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!

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

On this first Saturday of February the weather could not have been more beautiful for the destination wedding of Laura and John. The couple from Indiana chose the Marco Beach Ocean Resort as their venue and the Seaside String Quartet to provide music for their wedding ceremony, cocktail reception and dinner. We shared the day with many wonderful vendors: Galina of the Resort, Kathie of Side by Side Wedding Services, Reverend Les Wicker, Tonya Malay Photography, Jenny and Sarah of Lyfe of the Party, Donna from Niche Event Rentals, Kakes by Karen, David and Daniel of Salon Tease and Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment. It was great to work with them!

Marco Beach Ocean Resort ceremony

Marco Beach Ocean Resort reception

The ceremony was set for 5 pm and we began prelude music at 4:30 pm. Laura gave me the freedom to choose the selections, requesting classical music. We performed Rondeau by Mouret; Flower Duet by Delibes; Mozart Quartet in C; Salut d’Amour by Elgar; Bach’s Anna’s Minuet;  Kreisler’s Liebesfreud; Handel Water Music Suite and some selections from our baroque album. The ceremony was a bit delayed so we added Mozart’s Alleluia, Handel’s Le Rejouissance, Gluck’s Minuet, and a Handel Bouree.

As the doors from the ballroom to the terrace opened and Reverend Wicker made his entrance, we began to play Schubert’s Ave Maria. The Mothers were seated and the Groom, John, took his place. The wedding party entered to Charpentier’s Te Deum. The adorable flower girl and ring bearers ( one carrying a sign”Here Comes the Bride” ) followed and as the groomsman blew in to a conch shell, Laura and her Father made their entrance to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary.

wedding ceremony

During the ceremony, we played Handel’s Passacaile for the sand mixing. Reverend Wicker introduced the newlyweds and we played Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba for the exit of the couple and the wedding party.

We remained on the terrace for the cocktail hour. Laura requested popular music and chose the selections.: All You Need is Love; Leaving on a Jet Plane; Moon River; My Girl; Nights in White Satin; Stand By Me; Unchained Melody, What a Wonderful World; 1,2,3,4 (I LoveYou) All I Want is You; All My Love.

We took our break as the guests moved inside. The couple was introduced by DJ, Dominick, and performed their first dance together. The Father of the Bride gave his welcome toast. The Mom got up and asked everyone to sing Happy Birthday to him and we played along. Since it was Tonya’s birthday too, we played it again for her as everyone sang.

As dinner began, we played these selections: At Last; Brown-Eyed Girl; Clocks; Groovy Kind of Love; In My Life; Moondance; Storybook Love; Wanted and When You Say Nothing At All.  Our portion of the evening was now over, more toasts were made and DJ Dominick took over. Many thanks to Laura and John for having us be a part of their special day! Congratulations!!


Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Sunday’s couple, Jenny and Joshua, also chose the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for their destination wedding on this October weekend . The Seaside String Trio was chosen to provide the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. This was a Jewish wedding so it was planned a little later in the evening, at 5:45. We began playing prelude music at 5:30 as guests made their way onto the beach .

I hope these pictures show you it was another gorgeous day- what a beautiful sky! Our fellow vendors included Lyfe of the Party, Tonya Malay Photography and Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment. Rabbi Daniel Victor officiated the ceremony.

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Marco Beach Ocean Resort Wedding

For prelude, we entertained the guests with I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith); Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx); Marry You (Bruno Mars) and From This Moment On (Shania Twain) . Annie’s Song (John Denver) was chosen to be played as the wedding party walked down the boardwalk onto the beach.  For the Bridal Entrance music, Jenny chose Pachelbel’s Canon in D to be played as her mother escorted her down the boardwalk onto the beach.

The breaking of the glass closed the ceremony and we played Rather Be (Clean Bandit) as the Recessional. I love this song that the couple requested- it is a great new addition to our repertoire list!

The cocktail reception was also held on the beach. After a slight change of position, we continued with the couple’s favorites: Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve); Clocks (Coldplay); Firework (Katy Perry); Good Life (OneRepublic); Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars); Just Like Heaven (The Cure); Yellow (Coldplay); Pompeii (Bastille); Radioactive (Imagine Dragons); Wake Me Up (Avicii); Viva la Vida (Coldplay); Secrets ( OneRepublic); Livin’ on a Prayer ( Bon Jovi); and Stairway to Heaven ( Led Zeppelin).  At sunset, Jenny had requested A Sky Full of Stars ( Coldplay) be played.  It was another great special request and what a beautiful sunset!

Thanks to all for their warm response to our music! Congratulations, Jenny and Josh!


Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The third weekend of October brought us back to Marco Island and the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for two destination weddings and both couples were from Massachusetts! Saturday’s couple, Ann and Ryan, chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the live music for their wedding ceremony. We arrived at 4:30 to set up and loved that Galina and her staff had already set up an umbrella for us. It was an ideal day so guests were enticed to arrive on the beach early to enjoy pre-wedding beverages. We began  prelude music at 5 pm,  just as planned.

You can see by the pictures it was just a gorgeous day with a cloudless sky. We shared the day with these great vendors: Patti Fuenffinger, Officiate, Kevin Morris from Botanicals on the Gulf, Tonya Malay, Photographer, and Dominick from Mobile Sound Entertainment.

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Marco Beach Ocean Resort wedding 005The couple chose popular music for the prelude. Their favorites from our repertoire list were Ain’t That a Kick in the Head (Dean Martin);  Over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz;  Annie’s Song (John Denver); A Heart Full of Love from Les Miserables; Moondance (Van Morrison); Moon River (Andy Williams); Through the Years (Kenny Rogers); Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver); When You Say Nothing At All (Alison Krauss) and Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra).

The Groom’s Parents and the Mother of the Bride were seated prior to the start of the ceremony to the music, Flower Duet by Delibes. Patti led the wedding party onto the beach to the music Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach.  Ann chose A Thousand Years ( Christina Perri) for her Bridal Entrance and Here Comes the Sun was chosen for the Recessional.

As people mingled on the beach while pictures were being taken we played 2 more songs, You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder) and You’re the First, the Last, My Everything ( Barry White) to conclude our part of the celebration.

We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and we wish the newlyweds much happiness!


Marco Beach Ocean Resort beach wedding

As I drove to Marco Island on this Sunday afternoon in mid October, it looked like another beautiful day. I did have to drive through some sprinkles but I  anticipated terrific weather for the wedding of Julianne and Phillip at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. This was a destination wedding for the couple from Massachusetts. When I got to the beach and joined my colleagues, Joan and Julie, who made up the Seaside Strings Trio, we asked  Galina,  the coordinator at the resort,  for an umbrella to provide some shade. As we continued to get ready, dark clouds began to get closer. I went back to the car to grab my umbrella which usually keeps the rain away.  It worked it’s magic again this time!

Marco Beach Ocean Resort wedding

Marco Beach Ocean Resort wedding

The lovely flowers were done by Kevin of Botanicals on the Gulf and he took this picture of us as we were setting up.

Here is a picture of the sky prior to ceremony start. It’s a miracle it all moved northwest of us!

threatening skies on Marco Island

For prelude, we played Can’t Help Falling in Love ( Elvis); Marry Me (Train);and Best Day of My Life ( American Authors) . Since the weather did look threatening, Galina started the wedding party down the boardwalk just a bit early. The Grandmother was seated, Parents of the Groom were seated; Reverend Les Wicker (Officiant) and Phillip, the Groom, entered followed by the Maid of Honor and Flower Girl all to the music Canon in D by Pachelbel.

Julianne processed onto the beach to the traditional Bridal Chorus escorted by both her parents. During the ceremony we played Over the Rainbow ( Israel K version) as the couple performed a sand ceremony. The traditional Wedding March  played as the wedding party exited. The couple came back to greet each row of guests and we played All You Need is Love  followed by Hallelujah (which we did not get to play in the prelude).

Once most of the guests had departed the beach to go to the terrace for the cocktail hour, we quickly packed and joined them. On our playlist for the cocktail reception was All of Me ( John Legend);  Counting Stars (OneRepublic);  God Only Knows (Beach Boys); I’m Yours (Jason Mraz); In My Life (Beatles); Just the Way You Are Amazing (Bruno Mars); Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet); Marry You ( Bruno Mars); Moondance ( Van Morrison); This Will Be (Natalie Cole); What a Wonderful World ( Louis Armstrong); Come Away With Me ( Norah Jones);  Beyond the Sea ( Bobby Darin);  Kokomo ( Beach Boys);  Sitting on the Dock of the Bay ( Otis Redding) and Stand By Me ( Ben E. King).

I am disappointed I did not get to meet the couple and offer congratulations and best wishes in person. We wish Julianne and Phillip a lifetime of happiness together!