Sarah & Jason

With stunning flower arrangements accompanied by classy string quartet music, we played Andrea Bocelli’s Con te Patiro for the wedding processional and Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love for the bride’s walk down this exquisite aisle. After they were pronounced husband and wife and introduced as Mr. & Mrs., we played 500 Miles by the Proclaimers as guests cheered during their recessional. We then moved to the upper terrace of the beautiful St. Regis and serenaded friends and family during the cocktail hour. We were told the brides mother loves Elton John so we made sure to play Your Song for her. Congratulations to Sarah and Jason!

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La Caille Ceremony & Cocktails

La Caille is a special place, an oasis of beauty surrounded by brick paths filled with vibrant colored flowering plants. The mother of the bride was so warm and friendly when we arrived, the bride told us after we finished playing that it was her mother’s most important thing to have a string quartet play for her daughters wedding and we felt honored to fulfill that dream of hers! They requested all classical music for prelude, postlude and cocktail hour. For the processionals we played Air on G String for the wedding party, Canon in D for the Bride and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desire for their recessional. A very classy elegant event. Congratulations to Lily and her groom!

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Fragrance Garden Ceremony

We love playing in Red Butte’s beautiful Fragrance Garden and this is our view as loved ones walk to the ceremony pavilion filled with fragrant flowers growing overhead. For the wedding party processional we play Marry You by Bruno Mars followed by Christina Perry’s Thousand Years for the bride. I wish we had a picture of Mina walking in her lovely white dress; moments like this are so rewarding for us as we provide special music thoughtfully selected by the couple to support their love and the start of their life together. After they tied the knot we played Viva la Vida for their recessional as requested. They asked for a mix of popular and upbeat classical music for prelude and postlude.

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Rose Garden Ceremony

Just outside of the rose garden is this scenic waterfall. We enjoy seeing this every time we pass it coming and going from a wedding in the rose garden. The weather was perfectly timed to orchestrate a humid, yet dry time for classical music as the wedding guests gathered, for us to play Aria by Handel for the wedding party, Canon in D for the bride, and Wedding March for the recessional. During the vows, this groom accidentally promised to laugh AT his bride instead of WITH her. Everyone had a good chuckle about that (especially the bride herself!). Shortly after the guests gathered for a big group picture and went on to their next portion of the evening, it started pouring rain just as we finished packing up our instruments. It’s as if the heavens ordered up the weather to cooperate just for their lovely outdoor ceremony!

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Congratulations to the Bride and Groom, July 13, 2019, Rose Garden at Red Butte

Congratulations to the Bride and Groom, July 13, 2019, Rose Garden at Red Butte

Andrea & Ken

For Andrea and Ken’s unity ceremony, they made coffee together. They committed to share this ritual every day for the rest of their lives. The ring that Ken gave to Andrea is her grandmother’s, signifying the importance of family… past, present and future. Andrea said that Ken’s ring is from Costco. :) The wedding party processed to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. After the opening phrase of “Here comes the bride”, Andrea and her son danced down the aisle to Marry You by Bruno Mars. That was a creative and fun delightful surprise to the audience! During the ceremony, family and friends sand along with us to Amazing Grace. The recessional was Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, followed by Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. What a warm and joyous night!

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River Bottoms Ranch

It’s a gorgeous day for a wedding at a truly stunning location. The only thing keeping the day from perfection was the merciless wind. But never fear! Our trusty clothes pins held our music in place and we stood on the bases of our music stands to keep them upright! Wedding line processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love, Bride’s processional: Canon in D, Special request for the recessional: Green Light by Lorde.

Mazel Tov!

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Solitude Mountain Resort

Don’t let these bright sunny pictures fool you… here are the facts for this fancy summer Moonbeam Lodge Ceremony and Cocktail Hour and the scenic Solitude Mountain Resort:

Temperature: 38 degrees

Frozen Musicians: 4

Weddings for the bride and groom: 3 (after a legal and traditional ceremony in India)

Special Request: Summer of 69’

Tea for Hand-warmers: Flavorful

Dinner they offered us: Delicious!

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Miranda & Tyler

On this rainy/sunny day up Millcreek Canyon in the Meadow near Log Haven, we played a special request while the bride walked down the aisle: A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman. One of Miranda’s bridesmaids wore a gold sequin dress that reflected the brilliant evening sun in tiny light across the dresses of the other bridesmaids, just like the pin hold in the lantern in A Million Dreams!

In Jewish tradition, the breaking of the glass represents the shattering of the old and welcoming of the new. The officiant encouraged all the guests of this interfaith wedding to contribute to breaking down the barriers between people in this world. Mazel tov to Miranda & Tyler!

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The Rains of Castamere

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On this rainy day, we played The Rains of Castamere as requested for this gorgeous (and yes, wet) outdoor wedding at Log Haven up Millcreek Canyon. This piece, which was most heavily featured in the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones, was dark but very pretty and we loved learning it. Check out the misty evergreens on the mountain and the happy couple as we left them with their guests. Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Tracy Aviary

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We are back!!! Wedding season has arrived and we are excited to jump in with 3 weddings in 2 weeks! Today we played for Itzel and Matt at Tracy Aviary. The bride requested a special surprise for her groom: The White Birds, a choir piece arranged for string quartet (and so appropriate for an aviary, no?). This song is so special to this sweet couple that they requested all their guests stay seated while we played it in its entirety. Best wishes to the newlywed lovebirds!

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Wedding Ceremony & Cocktail Hour

We opened our 2019 wedding season this March at Snowbasin Mountain Resort. In our 17 years playing for weddings, we had never before seen Twister during the cocktail hour, along with other party games like corn hole and giant Jenga. Another first was performing the Star Wars Theme by special request for the recessional. Wedding guests cheered when they heard this in celebration of the new Mr. & Mrs! On top of all those firsts, the groom had bright blue hair. We appreciated how unique and memorably fun this wedding was! Best wishes Nicole and Patrick!

Caffe Molise

Congratulations to Tiffany and Clinton! We played for their beautiful winter wedding dinner tonight to wrap up our 2018 wedding season. Special requests included Don’t Stop Believin’ and Can’t Help Falling in Love. We enjoyed celebrating with the happy couple and their guests.

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We also enjoyed a post performance celebration of our own as we commemorated another fantastic string quartet year with dessert in the cafe following our performance. 2018 was a big success!

We also enjoyed a post performance celebration of our own as we commemorated another fantastic string quartet year with dessert in the cafe following our performance. 2018 was a big success!

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Shelby & Jake

This beautiful bride walked down the aisle to the grooms special request for her: Feather Theme from Forrest Gump. It was an amazing moment! And now we have a lovely new arrangement to add to our repertoire. Congratulations Shelby and Jake!

Coincidentally, one of our original string quartet members, Rebekah Butler, was in town from AFRICA visiting her sister (our 1st violinist Cathy Butler) and she filled in for Meili. Not only do we share fun quartet memories but Rebekah also happened to have made a home movie around the Feather Theme while in grade school! Since then she has gotten her Masters Degree in Music Performance and has lived all over the world. Shortly after this wedding we sent her on her way up to Idaho to stay with our violist Michelle’s sister to audition for the Boise Philharmonic and she got a principal position in this prestigious group. We are always so proud to say that we gave this talented musician and friend her start back in February of 2002 when we established Strings of Elegance! :)

Coincidentally, one of our original string quartet members, Rebekah Butler, was in town from AFRICA visiting her sister (our 1st violinist Cathy Butler) and she filled in for Meili. Not only do we share fun quartet memories but Rebekah also happened to have made a home movie around the Feather Theme while in grade school! Since then she has gotten her Masters Degree in Music Performance and has lived all over the world. Shortly after this wedding we sent her on her way up to Idaho to stay with our violist Michelle’s sister to audition for the Boise Philharmonic and she got a principal position in this prestigious group. We are always so proud to say that we gave this talented musician and friend her start back in February of 2002 when we established Strings of Elegance! :)

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Cathy Butler * Rebekah Butler * Michelle Pierce * Francesca Rose

Cathy Butler * Rebekah Butler * Michelle Pierce * Francesca Rose

Unplugged Canyon Wedding

Congratulations Curtis and Courtney! Thanks for letting us be part of your memorable wedding ceremony in the Meadow at Log Haven. Our fellow Harry Potter fans will appreciate the signs this beautiful couple posted at their reception. One wooden sign said, “After all this time?” and the second sign answered, “Always.”

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Salt Lake Country Club

Congratulations Andy & Robyn!

Congratulations Andy & Robyn!

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For this lovely indoor ceremony, we played Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the wedding party processional. By special request, we played Adele’s To Make You Feel My Love for the brides procession. Afterward, we moved outdoors to provide popular music for the cocktail hour.

This was no ordinary cocktail hour. The couple had an ice sculpture distributing two specific drinks named after each of them! Guests would pick which they wanted and it would be poured through the ice into their glass. Over the last 16 years of playing for 100’s of weddings together, this was a new first for us! The picture doesn’t really do it justice. We were mesmerized by the creative work of art formed by frozen water!

Bride&Groom Cocktails: Andy’s Jensen-tini & Robyn’s Payne Drop

Bride&Groom Cocktails: Andy’s Jensen-tini & Robyn’s Payne Drop

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