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!

Methodist Church Service

Today, we were honored to be the featured performers for the Christ United Methodist Church service. We performed three pieces: Air from Handel's Water Music Suite, Coventry Carol, and Ave Maria by Schubert. It was a pleasure to play for a full congregation of enthusiastic parishioners. We were reminded of the goodness of people of all faiths. We felt united by the wish of all people for peace, hope, and love in this world.

We were invited by Ed Duncan, the church organist, who taught AP Physics to violinist Meili Bell for 3 formative years at Cottonwood High School. Fellow Cottonwood Colt and regular Strings of Elegance sub, Brittany Gardener, took Anna's place on the cello for this special event.

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Posted on December 31, 2017 .

Monica + Kevin

Monica, the friendly Colombian beauty, married the love of her life, Kevin, at the Memorial House in Memory Grove. We included Schubert's Ave Maria in prelude. At the announcement of the officiant, we played Canon in D as five flower girls in twirly white dresses tossed flower petals, and the bride, accompanied by her mother, approached her awaiting groom. Monica and Kevin held hands as they committed their lives to each other. Mendelssohn's Wedding March accompanied them down the aisle as husband and wife.

For the celebration while greeting their loved ones, we included the following pieces:
Can't Help Falling In Love
La Vie En Rose
Viva La Vida
Air on the G String

Congratulations, Monica and Kevin!

Katie & Michael

In July in Utah, it is always a good idea to head up the canyon for some relief from the heat. This happy couple joined hands on the Creekside Terrace Patio at Snowbird Resort. We played for the ceremony and the cocktail hour, where we stole glances at this spectacular mountain reflection in between pieces.

Traditional ceremony pieces:
Wedding party processional: Canon in D
Bride's processional: Bridal Chorus
Recessional: Wedding March

Posted on July 16, 2017 .


For this celebratory affair, we learned a new song. The song is called Venezuela, and when we played it for the bride and groom's first dance, everyone happily sang along, and the father of the bride wiped a tear from his eye.

Wedding Party Processional: Air on the G String, Bach
Bride's Processional: Bridal Chorus, Wagner
Ring Exchange: Ave Maria, Schubert
Recessional: Wedding March, Mendelssohn
Some special requests included:
- Only Time, Enya
- Paradise, Coldplay
- Clocks, Coldplay

During the ceremony, in temperatures of over 100 degrees, most of the guests ended up gathering under the pergola with the wedding party in order to escape the hot sun. We melted under our shade umbrella, but some clients are worth melting for.

Posted on July 6, 2017 .

Aubrey & Justin

The residence where Aubrey and Justin celebrated with family and friends overlooks the beautiful, green hiking trails of Bountiful, Utah. We played at the top of the steps where guests approached the buffet of fresh fruit and hors d'ouvres. Our perch overlooked the extensive grounds and the swimming pool, next to which the happy couple greeted their guests.

Aubrey's special requests included:

Can't Help Falling in Love
I'm Gonna Be / 500 Miles
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Beauty and the Beast
Somewhere in Time
The Way you Look Tonight

Here Comes The Bride

We love new music requests from brides. Our lovely clients have such fun and unique ideas for their celebrations of love, and today was no exception. For the wedding party processional, we learned I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) and played it while the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, and ring bearer made way for the bride. The three adorable children who marched last carried three hand-lettered signs: "Here" "comes" "the bride." It was so cute that the guests giggled when they saw it. We then started a slow, romantic version of Pachelbel's Canon, as requested by the gorgeous bride, Paige.

Mothers' Processional: Arioso
Wedding Party Processional: "I'm Gonna Be" (500 Miles)
Bride's Processional: Canon in D
Recessional: Wouldn't It Be Nice

It was a perfect blend of elegance and whimsy. And check out the cake!

Posted on June 13, 2017 .

Aubrey & Ethan

Aubrey and Ethan had a memorable wedding ceremony because their officiant stood back in line with the guests, so the bride and groom were able to face their family and friends as they listened to his words and spoke their vows instead of turning to look back at the officiant. It was so nice to see the joy displayed on their beaming faces as they became husband and wife.

We played for the ceremony in the Fragrance Garden, then moved with the guests to the Orangerie to continue playing for the cocktail hour on the patio and lunch inside.

Bride's processional: Bridal Chorus
Recessional: Here Comes The Sun

Other favorites:
Air on the G String
Canon in D
Your Song

Posted on June 11, 2017 .

Cassidy & McCallan

We absolutely loved playing for Cassidy and McCallan's wedding at Red Butte Garden. It was a gorgeous day. Their wedding cake was made out of waffles. Cassidy's dress was so romantic. The love among the guests was palpable. And Wayne Sermon, the lead guitarist from Imagine Dragons, officiated the wedding! He was lovely to work with, as were the bride, groom, and their parents. It was just a happy, peaceful celebration in every way.

Wedding Party Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bride's Processional: Canon in D
Recessional: Moon River
First Dance: La Vie en Rose

Other favorites: 
Can't Help Falling in Love
Beach Boys & Beatles

Strings of Elegance with Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons

Strings of Elegance with Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons

Posted on June 1, 2017 .

Beth & Aaron

The officiant at the wedding at High West Refectory at Blue Sky Ranch was the funniest we've ever heard. He had the wedding guests and the bride and groom rolling with laughter! This was perhaps the windiest wedding we've ever played as well. Thank goodness for clothespins that keep our music stable, but even with this advanced technology, strong wind gusts blew our binders closed a few times. Thankfully, we have been playing together long enough that we can get through the last few bars of most of our repertoire without the music.

We played for about an hour in the frigid wind as guests mingled inside and out. Then guests gathered in the garden under a vivid blue sky to await the ceremony. Perhaps my favorite part of the wedding was when, instead of a formal processional, the bride and groom casually walked out together as we played La Vie En Rose. We enjoyed the happy ceremony, and were then relieved to move inside for another hour of celebration.

Posted on May 25, 2017 .

Anna & John

Anna and John probably imagined a sunny spring day in the Fragrance Garden when they chose Red Butte Garden for their wedding venue. But the rain arrived as we were setting up and didn't let up. After moving ourselves and our instruments back into the lobby, we ran back out in a golf cart to retrieve the rest of our gear. And we waited. And waited. But the rain was relentless. It was finally decided that the ceremony would take place inside the Orangerie.

Anna and John are both science students; the teacher that introduced them officiated the wedding! It was nerdy in the best possible way. As a math nerd myself, I feel a true affinity for fellow nerds. It was also romantic. Through the changes and assumed disappointments, everyone was all smiles. And just as the lunch wrapped up, the sun broke through the clouds (could it be because we played Here Comes The Sun?) and the wedding party was able to roam the garden for their wedding photos.

Wedding Party Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Bridal Processional: Trumpet Tune
Recessional: Wedding March (Mendelssohn) 
Reception selections:
Winter (Vivaldi)
Air on the G String (Bach)
Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate (Mozart)
Wachet Auf (Bach)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
Presto (Haydn)
Bittersweet Symphony (Jagger)
Somebody to Love
When I'm Sixty-Four

Posted on May 21, 2017 .

Happy 60th Birthday!

We were so happy and honored to be invited to provide festive party music for Janet's 60th birthday party! Because it was a backyard affair complete with bounce house for the grandkids, we opted to dress down a bit in black and white instead of our usual formal black. Funny how exciting that was for us!

We performed some happy classical pieces, as Janet is a fan of classical music. Then we spiced things up with Don't Stop Believin', Sweet Home Alabama, Moon River, When I'm Sixty-Four, and the birthday girl's favorite, The Prayer.

Happy Birthday, Janet!

Posted on May 20, 2017 .

Erin & Joel

For this lovely outdoor ceremony, we played pieces the bride selected that were were perfectly matched to the beautiful setting at the Thomas S. Monson Center and well suited to the couple. After playing Can't Help Falling in Love for the processional, the bride/groom gave presents to their parents while we played Moon River, and then attempted to light a candle while we played A Thousand Years. The gift giving was a super sweet and thoughtful touch while the candle lighting ceremony provided opportunity for the couple to show their resilience given the weather challenges. The wind provided some interesting moments during the service but love was in the air and all went smoothly anyway.  We played You're My Best Friend as the new Mr. & Mrs. took their 1st steps as husband and wife.

Red Butte Garden

We love playing in the Fragrance Garden at Red Butte Garden. Today, we played:

Wedding Party Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bride's processional: Canon in D
Communion: Lullaby
Recessional: Wedding March, followed by Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

We also included some other favorites in our prelude and postlude music:
Air on the G String
You Raise Me Up
Ode to Joy
Someone to Watch Over Me

Posted on May 8, 2017 .

Christmas Music

We play Christmas music! We were honored to be invited to perform at the Treeo Christmas party earlier this month. We played selections from The Nutcracker and traditional Christmas carols, to which some residents sang along.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and warm wishes to you!

Strings of Elegance at Treeo's Christmas party 2016 | Cathy * Michelle * Anna * Meili

Strings of Elegance at Treeo's Christmas party 2016 | Cathy * Michelle * Anna * Meili

Backyard Wedding

Wedding Ceremony

We played for this lovely backyard ceremony and wedding dinner just a few days following severe windstorms that swept through Utah. The event was pulled off beautifully, you would not have known the damage that had been done to surrounding cities in this pristine landscape with calm weather. The bride came up to us afterward and gave us each a big hug and expressed with enthusiasm that the music was just how she pictured it and that she was so happy. Congratulations Ashley!


Fort Douglas Post Chapel Wedding Ceremony

On Saturday we had the honor of playing for Anna's family wedding. Her husband and kids were there to celebrate and enjoy the oldies music we were asked to play for this cute retro couple. The ceremony music they selected was unique and represented them perfectly.

Wedding Procession: "Can't Help Falling in Love"

Bridal Procession: "My Girl"

Recessional: "So Happy Together"

During the ceremony, these are some thoughts the bride and groom shared: "Being with you is like having a perfect haircut every day." ~Shannon "You are the best of wives and the best of women... I promise not to roll my eyes at every Hamilton reference... I am not throwing away my shot." ~Colt

Congratulations to Colt and Shannon!


Classic Country Club Wedding

On Saturday we played at the Ogden Golf and Country Club for a sweet ceremony performed by a close friend of the bride. Family and friends grew quiet as the officiant and groom waited in front of a flower-covered archway in anticipation of the ceremony. Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" announced bride's entrance. The beautiful bride walked down a rosebud-covered aisle and after sweet words shared, vows and rings exchanged and a kiss, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" lead them back down the aisle. Congratulations!

Posted on August 7, 2016 .

Josh & Kelsey

Congratulations to Kelsey and Josh. This fun couple tied the knot surrounded by family, friends, and a beautiful sky. This setting for a wedding ceremony will take your breath away!

I loved this couple's choice of fun, unique ceremony music:

Bridal Party: Coldplay, Paradise

Bride Processional: John Legend, All of Me

Recessional: Pompeii, Bastille

Skylodge at Summit Powder Mountain is a cluster of glass yurts with a large deck that offers spectacular views. You can actually see Cache Valley, Antelope Island, and Pineview all while standing in one spot.

The ceremony ended with a well-timed, stunning sunset!