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!


Naples Beach Hotel

It was another beautiful day on this first Saturday in December! I think our couple picked a perfect day! There was a gorgeous sunset and a night with a full moon for Lily and Justin’s wedding. They chose the Naples Beach Hotel as their venue and the Seaside String Quartet to provide music for their wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. The ceremony was scheduled at 5pm on the Gulf Lawn so we began music at 4:30pm. The music choices made this a very unique event.dec weddings 004 The couple chose all popular music for us: On the playlist for the prelude music was: Beautiful Day, U2; I’m Yours, Jason Mraz; Walking on Sunshine , Katrina & the Waves; All You Need is Love, Beatles; Make You Feel My Love, Adele; The Way You Look Tonight, Sinatra; This Year’s Love, David Gray; Lucky, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

For the Seating of the Grandparents and the Seating of the Mothers, we played the song Perfect by Pink. The Officiate ( a family friend named Michael), Groom and Groomsmen entered to Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. For the Entrance of the Bridesmaids, we played Kiss the Girl from the “Little Mermaid”. Lily chose At Last by Etta James for her Bridal Entrance. Many thanks to coordinator, Mary Beth, for making the timing work great with all these music changes!

During the ceremony, we played Over the Rainbow ( Israel K version) as the couple performed the sand ceremony. For the Recessional, the Wedding Party exited to Ants Marching by Dave Matthews.

The cocktail hour was also held on the Gulf Lawn. On our playlist was Marry You, Bruno Mars; Stand By Me, Ben E. King; Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder; Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars; Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd; Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison; Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros; Lose Yourself by Eminem; Love Shack by the B52’s; Another One Bites the Dust by Queen; When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge; One Love, Bob Marley; Can’t Stop the Feeling, Justin Timberlake; Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen; This Will Be An Everlasting Love, Natalie Cole and Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars. Several these were our newest additions to our repertoire. We had fun performing these songs and are glad people enjoyed them. We appreciate the compliments!

Our Best wishes to Lily and Justin!




Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Rene planned a spectacular wedding! In the planning process she did not mention her theme of Alice in Wonderland. When I arrived on the big day and saw all the details, I knew she had made this her dream come true. It was a fantasy come to life!

The wedding of Rene and Andrew was held in the Royal Palm Courtyard of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort. This is a very private spot adjacent to the pool surrounded by a ficus hedge which helped to create a room- like feel.

White drapery completed the effect, separating the ceremony site from the reception area.

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I took some pictures of the reception area too but later found out I missed the huge chess set on the other side of the tables that was going to act as the dance area. Sorry I did not  have my camera with me!

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The ceremony was set to begin at 5:30. The Seaside Strings Violin and Cello duo provided the live music.  We began prelude music twenty minutes prior to the ceremony and all popular music was chosen: All of Me, John Legend; Love Me Like You Do, Ellie Goulding; Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol; Glad You Came, The Wanted; Ho Hey, Lumineers; Paradise, Coldplay.

Stephany, the coordinator at the Resort,  gave us the signal the family was ready to be seated.  The couples of Grandparents and Parents entered to the music Butterfly Waltz by Brian Crain. Dr. Steven Grant of the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs served as Officiate and led the Wedding Party in to the music, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. Last out was the flower girl, dressed as Alice in Wonderland!

Renee made her entrance to the music Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur. It was a beautiful ceremony. I loved all her choices for the wedding ceremony music. We had never worked with Pastor Grant before and I really enjoyed his service. At the presentation of the couple, the wedding party and family exited to Clocks by Coldplay. We finished our evening with Secrets by One Republic and Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor.

I have a feeling I should have checked out the cocktail hour area. I wonder what other surprises I missed. What a memorable wedding! Our congratulations and best wishes to Renee and Andrew!



St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church

Our wedding on Saturday was one I will remember as one of my favorites.  It was a destination wedding for our couple, Malini and Justin. They chose the St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church as their wedding site and the Seaside String Quartet to provide the music for their wedding ceremony.  Lisa Radlovacki of Lisa London Weddings and Events was the wedding planner. We also saw our friends Nanette from Luminaire Foto and Steven from iheART Films.

It was my first time playing for a wedding of this denomination and my first time at this church. It was so beautiful inside! The ceremony was full of traditions and symbolism. And there was a lot of music! There was a choir to handle the sacred sections of the ceremony and a guitarist played a song for the Lighting of the Unity Candle. The Priest was amazing as he chanted throughout the 90 minute ceremony.

In the planning process, the couple had requested a song called Arms of Love by Kutless for the Bridal Procession. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the sheet music for it. Justin asked a friend to help and she was able to arrange the music for our string quartet. Justin asked that this be kept a secret from Malini. Thank you so much to the arranger, Anissa! It was a pleasure to meet you! Here is an excerpt:

We arrived at 2 pm and began playing prelude music at 2:30. The wedding was due to begin at 3 pm but the couple did warn me it would probably be delayed. The couple chose popular music to entertain the guests as they arrived at the church. Here was our prelude playlist chosen by the couple:

You’re Beautiful, James Blunt; A Thousand Years, Christina Perri; Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison; Baby I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton; I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables; Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley; Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Frankie Valli; Come Away With Me, Norah Jones; I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith; Amazed, Lonestar; I’ll Stand By You, The Pretenders; You and Me, Lifehouse; For the Longest Time, Billy Joel; Rhythm of Love, Plain White T’s; Every Breath You Take, Sting; All of Me, John Legend; Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars.

We began to play Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring as the Entrance of the Groom’s Parents  began the Processional. They were followed by the Mother of the Bride and her escort. We continued to play this selection as the mothers went up to light the Unity Candle.

We changed to the Pachelbel Canon in D as Justin entered followed by his 10 Groomsmen, 8 Bridesmaids, 2 Ring Bearers and 3 Flower Girls. Malini entered to her song, Arms of Love. I wish I could have seen her face when she realized what we were playing. Anissa served in the choir and I saw a big smile on her face! I got goosebumps!

When the ceremony concluded with the presentation of the newly married couple, we played the traditional Wedding March. For postlude, we played Marry You by Bruno Mars and One Love by Bob Marley.

Congratulations, Malini and Justin! Best wishes always!


The Club at Barefoot Beach

This fourth weekend in October brought us to Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Florida for the wedding of Judi and Jim. This couple is local and as an older couple, it was the second marriage for both of them. It was perfect weather on this Friday evening and the Seaside String Trio was providing the music  for the wedding ceremony.  Judi had arranged for a saxophone player ( part of the band playing later in the evening) to entertain people as they arrived at the clubhouse and we set up on the beach.

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When Judi had booked us, she had originally requested the violin and cello duo. A month later she decided to add a musician and have the string trio. She sent me a list of music that she liked and most of it was classical.  As the wedding day approached and it was time to confirm her selections,  she decided to go a different direction and chose popular songs for us to play.

We set up before 5 and were ready to play if people came onto the beach early. The ceremony was set for 5:30 and a few folks did wander down early since it was such a lovely evening.We played Lucky, (Jason Mraz); In My Life ( Beatles); Everything (Michael Buble); The Ludlow’s, Theme from Legends of the Fall; and Forest Gump Feather Theme. We got the signal that they were ready and we began to play Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John) for the Entrance of the Officiate, Buddy (the couple’s brother-in-law), the Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor. For her entrance, Judi chose The Prayer. After the couple stated their heartfelt vows to each other, we played an excerpt from  All I Ask of You. It was all so romantic!  The ceremony concluded and we played the Bach Brandenburg Concerto as the wedding party exited. A few guests lingered to take pictures on the beach and we played Judi’s remaining requests, Just the Way You Are ( Bruno Mars) and Can’t Help Falling in Love ( Elvis).

What a memorable evening and we wish all the best to Judi and Jim!

Miromar Lakes Beach Club

It was another gorgeous day for a wedding on this Saturday in mid October. The Seaside String Quartet arrived at the Miromar Lakes Beach Club to provide wedding ceremony and cocktail reception for the wedding of Sara and Joshua. The wedding was on the beach just behind the clubhouse and it was really a resort atmosphere here in this community.

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The ceremony was set for 5 pm and we began prelude music at 4:30. Sarah requested classical music for the ceremony. Her favorites were Handel’s Hornpipe and La Rejouissance and we added additional lively pieces such as Entrance to the Queen of Sheba, Rondeau by Mouret and the Bach Brandenburg Concerto. We contrasted that with some romantic pieces, Delibes Flower Duet and Elgar’s Salut d’amour. As we began to play some music from Handel’s Water Music Suite, the Groom’s Father Ed, who was serving as Officiant, came over to tell us they were ready to send the family to be seated.

As w played Debussy’s Clair de Lune, the Grandmother, Great Aunt and the two Mothers were seated. The Groom led his 10 Groomsmen onto the beach to a song I think was his choice,  Lose Yourself by Eminem. Next came the Bridesmaids entering to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary along with 3 ring bearers . The precious baby flowergirl arrived in a wagon pulled by a Junior Groomsman.

Sara entered to the traditional Bridal Chorus. The ceremony was filled with joy and laughter and serious committments and we played the traditional Wedding March as the wedding party exited. As the guests moved on to the cocktail reception area, which was poolside, we played All You Need is Love.

Sara had requested contemporary music for the reception and really left the specific selections to me. So I chose what was most popular, what we liked to play and what I know are fun arrangements. On the playlist was All of Me (by John Legend); Clocks (Coldplay); I’m Yours (Jason Mraz);  In My Life (Beatles);  I Say a Little Prayer (Bacharach);  Just the Way You Are Amazing (Bruno Mars) ;  Kiss the Girl (Disney);  Love and Marriage (Sinatra);  Over the Rainbow (Israel K version);  Sway/ Cherry Pink (cha-cha-cha!) , That’s Amore (Dean Martin);  A Wink and a Smile (Harry Connick, Jr.) and Wouldn’t it Be Nice (Beach Boys).

As the couple left to do pictures elsewhere they first stopped to tell us how much they enjoyed our music. The Groom was especially impressed that strings could play a song like Lose Yourself! We certainly appreciated the warm response we received from them and the rest of the family!  Best wishes, everyone!

Heritage Bay Golf and Country Club

We got to play at a new venue this Saturday of Easter weekend, Heritage Bay Golf and Country Club located in Naples, FL.  The Seaside Strings Trio provided the wedding ceremony music for Samantha and Justin, a local couple. Samantha was so organized. She had booked us last August and by September she had already sent me her music requests. I had her choose a few more songs just in case and she never had to make any changes.

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We began to play prelude music 15 minutes before the ceremony began. As the guests  came from the clubhouse to the gazebo area, we played Marry You, Marry Me, Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Don’t Stop Beleivin’.  No delays today and Kaitlyn, the venue coordinator,  had everyone lined up ready to go at 5 pm. We began to play Fur Elise by Beethoven for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers. For the Entrance of the Wedding Party, we played Just the Way You Are Amazing. Once the 2 ring bearers had taken their place, we played the Pachelbel Canon in D for the Entrance of the Bride. She made a lovely entrance down the staircase from the clubhouse and was met by her dad at the bottom. The short ceremony was performed ( from memory) by the Bride’s Brother, Stefan.  Samantha and Justin enjoy bicycle riding together and a bicycle built for 2 was decorated in the gazebo. I hope you can see it in the picture.

Loud cheers welcomed the newlyweds and we played the traditional Wedding March for the Recessional. Most people headed inside but a few people stayed outside to mingle and enjoy the weather. Then the wedding party returned for pictures so we entertained them all with I’m Yours, Viva la Vida, I’ll Be, Bubbly, Come Away With Me, and Hey Jude.  To complete the hour, we then added Better Together and Kiss the Girl. We got such a super response from everybody! Many thanks to Samantha and Justin for having us. We wish you all the best!