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!


Shell Seekers, Captiva Island

Future Groom, Brett, contacted me in June through the Gig Salad website to play for his wedding to be held on October 16th at a private home on Captiva Island. He and his fiancée, Ashleigh, lived in Texas so this was a destination wedding. Chef Kathy Peterson was the wedding planner and she was super to work with. Everything looked gorgeous! The sand sculpture with the couples’ names was my favorite part of the set up.

Tonya Malay was the photographer for the event and the couple also had iheART films video the event.

Captiva FL wedding

Captiva Island FLCaptiva FL wedding


Captiva FL weddingThe couple chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Viola Duo to provide the wedding ceremony music. As you can see in the pictures there were some dark clouds around but they kept it cooler and we never saw any rain.

The couple chose a mix of music for us to play.  Requests for prelude included the Forest Gump Feather Theme, The Legends of the Fall, Ludlow’s Theme; Schubert’s Ave Maria;  Marry Me by Train; Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel; The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. We filled in the remaining time with a few lively classical pieces.

When the signal was given, we began to play the Canon in D by Pachelbel for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers.  During Bach’s, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, the Officiate, Groom, Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Ring Bearer and Flower Girls made their way onto the beach. Ashleigh entered to the music, Can’t Help Falling in Love.

The Father of the Bride surprised the couple with a guitarist/vocalist named Jon who sang 2 songs during the ceremony. We ended the ceremony with the Auburn University Fight Song. As guests mingled just a bit and pictures were being taken, we finished with Signed Sealed and Delivered by Stevie Wonder.

Thank you so much to Brett and Ashleigh for having us a part of this special day! We wish you many years of happiness!


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!


Ritz-Carlton Naples

It was a magical evening at the Ritz-Carlton Naples, FL for the wedding of Lauren and Zackary. I heard one employee of the Ritz say it was the grandest wedding of the year for them. Center Court was decorated beautifully for the couple and after more than a year in the planning, their big day was finally here. The Seaside String Quartet was honored to be chosen to provide the ceremony music and cocktail reception music.

Ritz Carlton Naples Center Court

We arrived at 5:30 and prelude music began at 6pm. Brigitte was our coordinator overseeing all the details.  It was a windy day so that made it a challenge to keep our music in place and even our music stands!  It is always a pleasure to see and work with Rabbi Michael Raab and Tonya Malay, photographer, along with her husband Mike and colleague, Emma Burdis.

Our classical music fit the elegance of our surroundings. We performed Mouret’s Rondeau, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Delibes Flower Duet, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, Elgar’s Salut d’amour and Mozart’s Quartet in C.  We began the Processional with Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary as the Rabbi entered and Zack and his Parents walked down the aisle.  For the entrance of the wedding party, we played Pachelbel’s Canon in D. There were 5 Bridesmaids & Groomsmen, 3 Flower Girls and the Ringbearer who entered carrying a sign proclaiming the arrival of the Bride. Lauren entered to the traditional Bridal Chorus. She told me it was always her dream to enter to this music.

After the very heartwarming ceremony, we played the traditional Wedding March for the Recessional. While the guests headed to the Vanderbilt Courtyard for the reception, we played Handel’s Le Rejouissance for postlude music.

For the cocktail reception, it was all contemporary music. The couple chose a few of our newer songs on our repertoire list so we were excited to try them for their guests. We did not get to play all that was on the playlist but I always like to have more music on hand than we may need. We did play Amazed, Beautiful Day, Brown Eyed Girl, By Your Side, Come Away With Me, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Don’t Stop Believin’, Fields of Gold, Game of Thrones Theme (this one got applause!), Haven’t Met You Yet, I’m Yours, Just the Way You Are Amazing, Kiss Me, Layla and Piano Man. Thank you to Rabbi Michael for this picture.

cocktail reception

The next morning, I returned to the Ritz- Carlton beach house to play violin solo for the brunch.  I was so disappointed that I did not get to meet Lauren and Zack but they had already left to begin their honeymoon.  On display for the guests was a painting done last night of the couple’s first dance. The paint was still wet! What a wonderful and unique gift from the groom’s parents! Best wishes to the newlyweds!


Ritz-Carlton beach house brunch

Ritz -Carlton Naples

Fredell and Bobby came  to Naples from Houston Texas to celebrate their 50th anniversary and renew their vows before their family at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Resort A week before their scheduled event they decided to add live music and their Officiate Suzi Freeman referred them to me. I gave Fredell a call and we had such a wonderful conversation over the phone!  Originally she asked for violin solo but after talking it over, I convinced her they would be happier with a violin and cello duo. We scheduled a meeting two days later at the Ritz on Saturday morning to take care of the paperwork and to discuss the music in more detail. Their event was to be held on Wednesday evening in the Rose Garden. Diane Coffman, cellist, would be joining me for the event.

When I arrived at the Ritz lobby that morning,  I got to meet both Fredell and Bobby. What a super couple! I could tell that now Bobby was starting to get excited about the event. Fredell talked about the show tunes she loved and how her family loved them too . Bobby was looking forward to everyone being involved, especially the small children.

After our meeting, I got busy putting together the music and writing out several new arrangements. Fredell had told me Anything Goes and Hello Dolly were her theme songs and Gigi was her favorite musical. She also loved My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. For the little ones, we would play some Disney songs and for the adults some country songs and Frank Sinatra songs.

Plans were already changing because of the weather forecast. Nicola, their event planner, told me it was now planned for Center Court but there were also other options in case of rain. On Tuesday, Fredell called me to say they were hoping to be able to have the Presidential Suite but would not know until Wednesday afternoon. Tropical Storm Andrea had formed and the rain kept coming. That afternoon just before 4:00, Nicole called to tell me that the event would be in the Suite. This sounded like a wonderful place for them and I was excited about being able to see it!

Diane and I met up with Suzi in the lobby at 6:30 pm and we went up together to the 14th floor. We would also be joined by Tonya and Mike of Tonya Malay Photography. The room was perfect. Chairs were set up in front of the fireplace, lamps were brought in to provide soft lighting and I could smell the lovely flowers. Thank you to Suzi for taking this picture of us.

As the family members began to arrive we played Vivaldi”s Spring and Handel le Rejouissance.  It felt right to have lively cheerful music.

The adults took their seats and the children and Fredell and Bobby made a grand entrance through the double doors to the music Bashana, a happy Jewish song.Seaside Strings Violin & Cello Duo

Suzi had written a very touching ceremony that included their renewed vows and the drinking of a glass of wine together. It ended with the breaking of the glass. We played To Life as the family celebrated afterwards. As pictures were being taken, we played all the show tunes. I heard some singing a long with us which was great!

We were asked to join them in the private dining room for another hour. This was such a compliment since it meant they enjoyed our music!

What a wonderful family and it was a privilege to witness the love they have for each other!