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

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.

Marco beach wedding

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.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort wedding

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

Luminaire Foto

Luminaire Foto






San Marco Catholic Church

San Marco Catholic Church is located on Marco Island, Florida. On this first Saturday in December,  it was the venue for the wedding ceremony of Stephanie and John. The couple chose the Seaside String Quartet to provide the music for their full mass and we worked closely with the music director, Nancy, and Father Tim who Officiated.

The lovely flowers were the work of Barbara at Focus Floral. Carrie Darling of Carrie Darling Events served as the wedding planner. Fidelis Films were the videographers.

San Marco Catholic Church

The ceremony was set for 2 pm so we began prelude music at 1:30. Here is the program. It was a lovely ceremony and we enjoyed accompanying Dorothy, Grandmother of the Groom, as she sang Panis Angelicus during Communion. We were honored to be a part of this special day! It was a pleasure to work with you, Stephanie and your Mom, Maria!

PRELUDE:    Handel, Le Rejouissance

                           Mouret, Rondeau

                           Handel, Entrance of the Queen of Sheba

                           Elgar, Salut d’Amour

                           Bach, Brandenburg Concerto #3

                           Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

                            Selections from the Water Music Suite by Handel

                            Corelli, Menuetto


                        Bach, Arioso: Seating of 1 Grandmother

                                                                         3 Couples, Grandparents

                                                                        Groom’s Parents

                                                                         Mother of the Bride

                          Groom & Best Man enter from back

                         Entrance of Father Tim (no music); He welcomed everyone

                        Kenny G, Wedding Song: 

                                                       10 Bridesmaids/ Groomsmen

                                                        Junior Ring bearer

                       Pachelbel, Canon in D: Entrance of the Bride

                       Gluck, Dance of the Blessed Spirits:  Mothers light the unity candles

                       Blest Are Those Who Love You: Responsorial Psalm with Cantor

                      Celtic Alleluia: Gospel Acclamation; after 2nd reading with Cantor

                      Sager,The Prayer: Lighting of the Unity Candle (after vows & rings)

                      Handel, Air: Preparation of the Gifts

                      Mass parts with organ and Cantor: Holy, Holy, Holy; When We Eat This  

                                      Bread; Doxology/Amen; Lamb of God

                      Franck, Panis Angelicus: Communion (with voice, strings, piano)

                     Handel, Passacaile (strings only): Communion

                     Mendelssohn, Wedding March: Recessional

                     POSTLUDE: Mozart, Alleluia

              San Marco Catholic Church










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!

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.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort Wedding

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!