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Beautiful Pass-A-Grille Beach Wedding

Beautiful Pass-A-Grille, along the southern end of St. Petersburg Beach, has long been a favorite location for Beach Weddings. I performed a wedding there on June 30, 2017  for a lovely couple from Illinois. Because I arrived in plenty of time, I took the opportunity to have a light snack and beverage at The Wharf, ……


Rain Delayed Destination Beach Wedding Siesta Key

One of the challenges with destination beach weddings is dealing with the weather. In the Sarasota area we have thunder showers that can pop up at any time. Usually they last for a short period of time and are gone. On August 7, 2016 I played a rain delayed destination beach wedding on Siesta Key where ……


Intimate Home Wedding

Some of my couples decide to skip traditional wedding venues and have a home wedding ceremony. An intimate home wedding is a good choice for couples who try to budget their expenditures and provide a personal and intimate touch. The intimate wedding ceremony in the home can include all the formality and dignity as any ……


Wedding Performance on the World’s Top Beach

It was a pleasure to play a wedding performance and cocktail hour reception on the world’s top beach, Siesta Beach. For years, Sarasota’s Siesta Beach has been rated number one by a number of reviewers. Siesta Beach boasts white powdery sand and beautiful crystal clear gulf water. This particular wedding occurred on November 28, 2015, ……


Beach Wedding Ceremony 11/14/15

I played the music for a beautiful beach wedding ceremony on November 14, 2015. The location was the beautiful Boca Bay Pass Club in Boca Grande, FL. Boca Grande is a popular location for destination weddings along Florida’s west coast and a favorite among residents of the St. Louis area. The majority of the wedding ……


Siesta Key Beach Wedding

I performed solo, instrumental classical guitar music for a Siesta Key beach wedding on November 7, 2015. The weather was perfect for the lovely young couple from Ohio and their destination beach wedding. It was a sun-soaked, blue-sky day on Siesta Beach. Siesta Key is located along Florida’s West Central Coast in beautiful Sarasota, FL. ……


Wedding Ceremony Performance

I recently performed the wedding ceremony music for a lovely couple in The Spanish Chapel located at The South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida. For this wedding ceremony performance, the idea was to fill the chapel with music from the Spanish Guitar repertoire. I began by playing prelude music composed by Francisco Tarrega. His short ……


Wedding Ceremony Musician

I am a wedding ceremony musician. My instrument is the guitar. The guitar is the perfect instrument for wherever the wedding venue is located. Whether it’s indoors, outdoors, at a church or on the beach. The guitar is portable, versatile and pleasing to the ear. Many times I’m asked to match music selections with different ……


Beach Wedding Ceremony at Venice Beach

I played beach wedding ceremony music for a lovely bride and her groom on Saturday night. Sharky’s on the Pier on Venice Beach is a beautiful venue for destination weddings like this for my couple from Colorado. Sand, sunset and cool breeze off of the Gulf of Mexico – what could be better?


Networking with Wedding Professionals

I had the opportunity to network with wedding planners, officiants, restauranteurs and other wedding musicians like myself Tuesday night at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. We talked about wedding planning and selecting the proper time of day for beach weddings along the beautiful Longboat Key. We agreed that the closer to sunset the better. ……


Preparing Music for Sarasota Beach Weddings

Ed Sheeran’s and Amy Wadge’s “Thinking Out Loud” is a great modern-day love song with a very soulful feel. It works as an instrumental in the original key (D). Couples are choosing this tune for weddings because it speaks of a lifetime of love. The melody is guitaristic in nature. The challenge lies in playing ……


Practice Makes Perfect!

Keeping musical skills at their peek requires constant practice. As a wedding ceremony musician, I want to keep my traditional repertoire in tact, while I also work on new tunes. I play both jazz and classical guitar for my profession. This gives me the versatility I need to do two parts of the wedding event ……


Wedding Music

The song “All of Me” by John Legend is quickly becoming a wedding ceremony favorite. Arranging the song as an instrumental for solo guitar is technically challenging but rewarding. The melody of “All of Me”  is beautifully written and is embellished by a very frequently used chord progression. Because the song is immensely popular, the listener ……


Palm Island Beach Wedding Ceremony

What a pleasure to perform the wedding ceremony music for a delightful bride and groom from Boston! They selected the beautiful “Canon In D” for the bride’s processional and a jazzy version of  “Over The Rainbow” for the recessional. The weather was perfect for their beach wedding ceremony on Palm Island, Florida. I’m always happy ……


Beautiful Wedding Ceremony

I had the pleasure of playing for a beautiful beach wedding at the SandBar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island this past weekend. The bride and groom were wonderful to work with and it was a nice reminder of the incredible place that I live! If you’re ever in the market for a venue for your ……


Busy!

I’m loving every minute of being this busy! I’ve been playing for weddings, public performances, directing students and performing at my recital! Learning new music for weddings requires time and lots of attention, but the reaction of the bride and groom makes it all a pure pleasure. Many beautiful venues, wonderful sunset ceremonies, and lots ……


The Last Three Days

I had a really great time playing at the Bradenton Riverwalk on Friday night with my friends Bob Lunergan, George Mancini and Perry Orfanella! It was cold by the water, but the audience still seemed appreciative and we had a lot of fun! Yesterday I played at the Venetian Golf & River Club with Mark ……


Beautiful Wedding Under the Banyan Trees

I played a wedding at one of the most beautiful venues I’ve played ~ under the banyan trees on Banyan Street in Boca Grande. Cocktail hour followed at the Boca Bay Pass Club that faces the Gulf of Mexico. Memorable event with an excellent wedding planner, Natalie.


Beautiful Reception at the Bradenton Yacht Club

I played solo jazz guitar at a beautiful wedding reception Friday, at the Bradenton Yacht Club. The weather was perfect and the guests were complimentary and appreciative of my music. Special thanks to Jay Goodley Entertainment for the booking and Wendy at the Bradenton Yacht Club for providing me with everything I needed for my ……