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

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.

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

Luminaire Foto

Luminaire Foto






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.

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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

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!

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Focus Florals

Our wedding on Sunday reminded us that wintertime also offers weather challenges. A cold front approaching our area brought cloudy skies, periodic rain and windy conditions throughout the day. I am sure it caused stressful moments for Jennifer and Greg , our couple from Chicago, who chose the Marco Island Marriott on Marco Island FL as the venue for their destination beach wedding. The Seaside String Quartet was honored to be a part of their special day to provide the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music.

The weather had mostly cleared when I arrived at the venue around 3:30. Because it was still sprinkling occasionally, we set up under the gazebo on the spa side of the resort. Barbara of Focus Floral was putting the finishing touches to the ceremony site. Jennifer chose such colorful flowers and we saw later on how awesome the bouquets looked with the Bridesmaids dresses. Barbara did a wonderful job!

Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment was on hand to provide the sound system for the officiate and readers.

Jennifer and Greg took  a lot of care and attention to choosing their music and decided on all contemporary songs.We began to play 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and for the prelude performed Glasgow Love Theme, Come Away With Me, So This is Love, In My Life, Don’t Know Why and La Vie En Rose.

Family Friend  Brian served as Officiate and led Greg and his Groomsmen on to the beach.  As we played Seasons of Love, they were followed by the family members who took their seats. This  song is a great new addition to our repertoire and  a wonderful choice for this moment. The music chosen for the Entrance of the Bridesmaids and Flower Girls was Can’t Help Falling in Love.  Jennifer chose At Last as the music for her entrance.

The couple planned to do a Lighting of the Unity Candle which was a real challenge in the windy conditions.  We played Unchained Melody while the Mothers lit the candles at the beginning of the ceremony (  a spontaneous decision since I knew it would take some time) and then again as planned later in the ceremony when Jennifer and Greg lit their candle. As Brian introduced the happy couple, we played More Today Than Yesterday for the Recessional. This was a really fun selection!  I’m Yours was the postlude music and then we quickly moved down the beach to the cocktail reception area. In the meantime, skies has cleared, the sun had made an appearance and it wasn’t quite as windy. What a lucky couple!

I loved all the choices the couple made for the cocktail hour and we really enjoyed playing them. We performed Brown Eyed Girl, Chicago, Do You Want to Know a Secret, Edge of Glory,God Only Knows, I Gotta Feeling, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Just the Way You Are Amazing, Love and Marriage, Marry You and Firework.

We had such nice comments from folks as we were packing up. We are so glad the weather improved and it turned into a wonderful evening for everyone. We wish Jennifer and Greg all the very best as they start their married life!

LESSON LEARNED: From now on I will suggest to my brides that during their rehearsal they make everyone in the wedding party aware of the music changes. Especially in windy weather,  it can take us a bit longer to turn our pages and get them secure. If people move too fast or early, it makes it more difficult for us to come to nice endings before moving to the next song. This is especially important when there is not a day- of planner there to help.