Naples Botanical Garden

Hannah and Jacob started planning their wedding more than a year in advance. They picked a lovely venue for their February wedding and chose the Seaside String Trio to provide live music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.

We had played previously at the Naples Botanical Garden in the Asian Garden, the Caribbean Garden and the Main Lawn so I was excited about seeing the Florida Garden. It was a gorgeous area surrounded by water features and offered tiki huts to provide shade. It was a beautiful day, although a bit breezy, not uncommon for mid February. Here is a picture by Luminaire Foto of the ceremony site.

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Luminaire Foto/ Naples Botanical Garden -Florida Garden

We began prelude music at 5:00 for the 5:30 ceremony.  Amanda of Amanda Caroline Weddings & Events was the coordinator for the event and Rabbi Michael Raab officiated the ceremony. We performed all classical music for the prelude: Mouret’s Rondeau; Aria from Bach’s Wedding Cantata; Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba; Delibes Flower Duet; Brandenburg Concerto #3 by Bach; Salut d’ amour by Elgar; Mozart Trio in C and selections from Handel’s Water Music Suite.

The Rabbi and the Grandparents entered to the music Wachet Auf by Bach. The Groomsmen, Best Man and the Groom and his Parents entered to Air by Bach; The Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor entered to the music Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach and the Bride entered to the Canon in D by Pachelbel. At the start of the ceremony the Bride & Groom circle each other and we played Jerusalem of Gold as they performed this traditional rite. After the breaking of the glass, we performed Handel’s Hornpipe as the Recessional followed by Le Rejouissance as the guests moved on to cocktail hour.

Here is a picture I took of the cocktail hour area. It was just behind us.

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Since it was pretty windy,  we moved a bit closer to the guests for the reception time. It was not a full hour of music so we were not able to play all of the couple’s requests. We did perform these songs: A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; Love Story, Taylor Swift; Mine, Taylor Swift; My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion; Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars; Everything, Michael Buble; Free, Zac Brown Band; All You Need is Love, Beatles and All of Me by John Legend.

Thank you so much,  Hannah and Jacob! We were honored to be a part of this special day! Everything was so lovely. We wish you all the  very best!

 

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort

Our wedding on this last Sunday in January brought us to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort for the wedding of Christie and Mike . The Seaside String Trio provided the wedding ceremony music and cocktail hour for this local couple. The original plan was to have the ceremony in the Royal Palm Courtyard followed by the cocktail hour in the firepit area but weather forced a change in plans. The Belvedere Terrace became the ceremony site and then we moved inside in the bar area for the cocktail reception. Now this is some Plan B! Set up was done by Libby’s Flowers. Dr. Dan Lamey served as Officiate.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

The couple chose a lot of fun music for us. Here is the Playlist for the prelude: No One, Alicia Keys; Marry You, Bruno Mars; Make You Feel My Love, Adele; Book of Love, Peter Gabriel; Fields of Gold, Sting; Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton; Better Together, Jack Johnson. Just as we were starting Dream a Little Dream of Me, I got the signal from the coordinator, Mike, that they were ready.

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The Mothers were seated to the music Canon in D by Pachelbel. The Wedding Party entered to With a Little Help From My Friends by the Beatles. The Bride, Christie, entered to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. The timing worked perfectly! The Recessional music was the traditional Wedding March and Unforgettable by Nat King Cole was the Postlude song.

The couple chose all popular songs for the cocktail reception: Wonderwall, Oasis; You and Me, Lifehouse; You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder; Your Song, Elton John; Sugar, Maroon 5; Wake Me Up, Avicii; When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge; Counting Stars, OneRepublic; Everything, Michael Buble; Starlight, Muse; Happy, Pharrell Williams, Hey Soul Sister, Train; I’m Yours, Jason Mraz;  Kiss the Girl from the Little Mermaid.

It was a fabulous evening!  Best wishes to the newlyweds!

 

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa

Our wedding on this last Saturday of January was the celebration for Leslie and Eric at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. It was a cloudy day with a small chance of rain but the couple had already planned to have their ceremony inside. The Island Ballroom look gorgeous. This picture was taken early before the curtains were opened . The room’s windows provide a beautiful water view.

The Seaside String Trio performed for the wedding ceremony and the cocktail reception. The couple chose all popular music for us to play during the prelude as their guests arrived: A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes; And I Love Her, The Beatles; God Only Knows, Beach Boys; La Vie En Rose; Edith Pilaf; Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys; Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin; Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel; It Had to Be You, Frank Sinatra.

The ceremony began at 4:30 with the Entrance of the Officiate, Dan, a family friend. He was joined by the Groom , Eric, and his Best Man. As we played Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, the aisle runner was pulled and the Grandparents and Mothers were seated. The Matron of Honor made her entrance followed the Ring-bearer and 2 Flower Girls. The traditional Bridal Chorus announced the Entrance of the Bride. Leslie look fantastic in her ball gown!

During the ceremony, we played The Prayer for the Sand Ceremony. The Recessional was the traditional Wedding March. We played All You Need is Love by the Beatles as the guests moved to the cocktail hour down the hall in front of the Everglades Ballroom. They had tables set up both inside and on the outside patio for the guests. We stayed indoors and loved the great acoustics.

Leslie and Eric gave me freedom to choose the cocktail hour music. Knowing the Groom and his Dad loved the Beatles, I included many of their songs in the playlist. Leslie also wanted  Frank Sinatra and some golden oldies. Here was the playlist for them: At Last, Etta James; Baby It’s You, Beatles; Besame Mucho, Dean Martin; Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis; Cheek to Cheek, Sinatra; Fly Me to the Moon, Sinatra; Here Comes the Sun, Beatles; I’ll Follow the Sun and In My Life, Beatles; I Say a Little Prayer, Dionne Warwick; Kiss the Girl from the Little Mermaid; Mona Lisa, Nat King Cole; PS I Love You, Beatles; Sway, Dean Martin; Till There Was You, Beatles; Unforgettable, Nat King Cole; The Way You Look Tonight, Sinatra, When I’m 64, Beatles;  With a Little Help From My Friends, Beatles. We ended the evening with What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

We were honored to be a part of this special day for this family. We had fun watching the children dance to our songs and were grateful for those who came by to say they enjoyed our music. We wish all the best to this wonderful couple!

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!

Naples Botanical Garden

This picture does not do this wedding site justice. The wisteria was in full bloom, a beautiful pale purple, and petals were strewn all over the grass. It looked gorgeous and I have to compliment our Bride Lauren for choosing this spot at this exact time of year! The Seaside String Trio provided the wedding ceremony music for Lauren and Nick’s wedding held in the Caribbean Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden. The weather was beautiful too. It was windy but we were in a protected area so we did not have any problems.

I loved all the music the couple chose too! For prelude we played I See the Light from Tangled; Until the Last Moment by Yanni; What a Wonderful World; Viva la Vida; The Prayer; Beauty and the Beast; All I Want is You; Con te Partiro.

Amanda with Venuelux was the coordinator helping us on this first Saturday in March. When she and her assistant had everyone lined up, we began to play Love is a Many Splendored Thing for the Seating of the Family. This included Grandparents, Parents of the Groom and Mother of the Bride  For the Entrance of the Wedding Party, the music was The End of August by Yanni. The Groom entered followed by the Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Junior Bridesmaid, 2 Ring Bearers and 2 Flower Girls.  Lauren entered, escorted by her father,  to the music Come What May from Moulin Rouge. Lauren and I had worked out the timing for this and I think it worked perfectly. The couple performed a wine ceremony during the ceremony and we played Wonderful Tonight as they mixed the red and white wine and then each drank the rose wine,  signifying their love. The Officiate, Jason, brother-in-law of the Bride, presented the newlyweds and the Wedding Party exited to Marry You by Bruno Mars.

It was such a memorable evening!  Congratulations and best wishes to Lauren and Nick!

 

Talis Park Golf Club

We performed at Talis Park Golf Club for the very first time and were just awed by the surroundings!  It is really a gorgeous venue that we hope to return to again and again.

This view is of the Golf Club is after you cross over the bridge. The grass looks like carpet.

Talis Park Golf Club

The ceremony took place in the courtyard. It had great acoustics!

Talis Park courtyard

Then through two sets of double doors is another courtyard where the cocktail reception was held. Very elegant!

Talis Park cocktail reception

On this night in mid- November, the Seaside String Trio was here to provide ceremony and cocktail music for the wedding celebration of Stephanie and Matthew.  The ceremony was set for 4 pm and was Officiated by Steve Hayes of First Baptist Church in Naples.

The couple chose all popular music for us to play. On our prelude playlist was Crazy Love, At Last, How Sweet It Is, All of Me, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Brown Eyed Girl, Make You Feel My Love and Rather Be, Better Together and Man in the Mirror.

After getting the signal all were ready, we played Wonderful Tonight for the Seating of the Family, the Entrance of the Officiate/ Groom/ 7 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen/ 3 Flower Girls and Boy with Sign. Stephanie entered to the music The Prayer. At the presentation of the newlyweds, we played This Will Be An Everlasting Love as the Recessional.

We quickly moved to the cocktail reception area. Songs performed were Cielito Lindo, Drops of Jupiter, Cheerleader, Don’t Stop Beleivin’, Everything, Firework, Hey Soul Sister, I’m Yours, Love Story, Mine, and Shake it Off.

Best wishes to Stephanie and Matthew! It was a pleasure to work with you!

The Club at Mediterra

Our weather in Naples, FL in November is usually ideal and it certainly was this Saturday evening for the wedding celebration of Jessica and David. The Seaside String Trio was chosen to perform the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music held at this gorgeous venue, The Club at Mediterra.

The Club at Mediterra wedding

We began prelude music at 4 pm and the ceremony was scheduled for 4:30.  Music that was requested included Finale from Handel Water Music, O mio babbino caro by Puccini, Con te Partiro and Panis Angelicus.  The ceremony was slightly delayed and we filled in with additional baroque and romantic selections. Here was the program for the ceremony:

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach: Seating of Parents of Groom; Seating of Mother of the Bride

 Canon in D, Pachelbel: Entrance of Officiate/ Groom; Entrance of 5 Bridesmaids/ 5 Groomsmen; Entrance of 2 Flower Girls ( together)

Air, Bach: Entrance of the Bride

 Ave Maria, Schubert: music within the ceremony for “moment of remembrance”

 Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke: Recessional 

 Le Rejouissance, Handel: Postlude

After the ceremony we moved under the porte-cochere for the cocktail reception. Since the ceremony ran long, cocktail hour was shortened so we did not get to pay all the selections that were requested. Pops music was on the playlist and here are the selections we performed: Ain’t That a Kick in the Head; All You Need is Love; At Last, The Best is Yet to Come, California Dreamin’, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Fly With Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Everybody Loves Somebody, It Had to Be You, Volare and What a Wonderful World.

As guests went inside for the dinner, many commented how much they enjoyed our music which always makes us feel grateful and appreciated!

Best wishes to Jessica and David! Thank you for having Seaside Strings a part of this special day!