Posts tagged #Ceremony

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!

Lindsay & John

It was a hot July day, but so nice to be a part of Lindsay and John's wedding ceremony next to a refreshing pond, under the shade of several giant cottonwood trees. Glass chandaliers hung from their branches, and a giant empty picture frame served as the ceremony backdrop.



Ceremony selections:
Processional song - A Thousand Years
Bride's entrance -- Canon in D
Recessional song - Here comes the Sun
Posted on July 17, 2016 .

Above the Heat at Alta Lodge

Alta Lodge is nestled at the top of the mountains with a beautiful, green and blue mountain backdrop. This July day was downright balmy with thick clouds and a slight breeze. But the weather held out perfectly for the outdoor wedding ceremony on the deck.

For the ceremony, the happy couple requested:
Canon in D – Pachelbel,
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring - Bach
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles

When Tim saw his bride, his eyes got a little wet. Then, during the ceremony, Morgan laugh/cried as she looked at him and they happy cried together. Morgan and Tim lit their candles, and together lit the unity candle, with the help of their brothers as wind shields.

The wedding party went inside for cozy cocktails just as we started to feel the chilly temps. We accompanied cocktails and dinner in the dining room. Some selections were:

Can’t Help Falling In Love with You – Elvis Presley
Oh Happy Day - Hawkins
The Rose – McBroom
Bittersweet Symphony – Mick Jagger
When I’m 64 – Beatles
Viva La Vida – Coldpllay
As Time Goes By - Hupfeld
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Hallelujah – Cohen
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys
Sweet Home Alabama – Van Zant, King, Rossington
Paradise – Coldplay
Vocalise - Rachmaninoff
Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place – Wolfe

Evelyn and Kevin

We performed for a ceremony and cocktail hour at a private residence tucked away in the woods in Park City. The setting was stunning for a wedding. The forest was so peaceful and beautiful and the bride and groom invited just a small group of family and friends which created a really sweet ceremony.



This couple was so in love. The officiant mentioned a few times that it was meant for them to be together and by their interactions it truely seemed so.
We added a new song to our repertoire at the request of this adorable couple. We now play Ed Sheeran's "Thinking out Loud." Such a fun piece to play and so fitting for a wedding!




Strings of Elegance Performs at Abravanel Hall

Strings of Elegance played for a private event at Abravanel Hall this week. Any chance to play on stage at Abravanel Hall is so exciting for us musician types. The acoustics in that beautiful hall are incredible and add another level of fun to performing. We played some Brahms, some Mozart, some Handel, and others. A really enjoyable performance!



Posted on August 26, 2015 .

Kristin and Rory

Kristin and Rory chose the Empire Lodge in Deer Valley as their location to tie the knot. Stunning setting, stunning bride, stunning groom!
Empire Canyon Lodge, Deer Valley

The guests were seated on the lawn where they waited in anticipation of the ceremony. We finished up our traditional prelude music and started Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring as the groom, the parents of the bride and groom, and the groomsmen made their way down the aisle. We transitioned to Coldplay's Viva la Vida for the bridesmaids (fun choice Kristin and Rory!). Next, for the bride's grand entrance, we played Canon in D. You can't go wrong with Canon in D... It just sets the stage.

After a very sweet, very loving ceremony we welcomed the new Mr. and Mrs. back down the aisle to the tune of Marry You by Bruno Mars (a very popular piece this summer).

Strings of Elegance 
Following the ceremony we played during the cocktail hour out on the deck. We played a mix of popular pieces, some classical and even a few Irish pieces in honor of the Groom, who is Irish.

Thanks to Kristin and Rory for including us in your special day.

Becky and Fred

Becky and Fred were married under perfect skies at the St. Regis Deer Valley Resort. This wedding was so fun to look at. Everything was designed beautifully. Their colors were a plum purple and peachy orange. The flowers, the tables, the dress, everything was eye candy.

Photo Credit: David Newkirk
The procession piece Becky and Fred chose for the ceremony was Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. We played Somewhere over the Rainbow for the bride's entrance. The ceremony was so personal and thoughtful. I always feel honored to attend such a special part of our client's lives.
Photo Credit: David Newkirk
Photo Credit: David Newkirk
Following the exchange of rings and a sweet first kiss as husband and wife, Becky and Fred walked back down the aisle to the Beatle's When I'm Sixty-Four. Every now and then we will have this piece requested for a ceremony. I think it so cute and so fitting. Here are the lyrics:

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

You'll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight
If it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

Photo Credit: David Newkirk




Brogan & Lyndi

This backyard wedding in West Point was amazing. These people know how to party! They really transformed the yard into a beautiful space. A huge white tent covered most of the yard and kept everyone shaded. The ambiance, the sweet words that were spoken during the ceremony, the food, and the entertainment ;) were perfect for a summer wedding.
The Bride and Groom requested a few special pieces in addition to our regular repertoire. We played:
Queen's  My Best Friend
Bach's  Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
Landgrave's  Because I Have Been Given Much
Handel's  Hallelujah Chorus 
And now for your viewing pleasure ... a cheesy selfie of Michelle and Cathy.

Alena & Slovodan

Alena and Slovodan were married in the garden room at La Caille today. It was an intimate setting with just their closest friends surrounding them. We played traditional pieces for the ceremony, Canon in D, Bridal Chorus, and Mendelssohn's Wedding March. Alena loves Tchaikovsky so we played Waltz of the Flowers and Sleeping Beauty Waltz during the cocktail hour.


Posted on November 8, 2014 .

Melissa & Chase

This evening we played for a ceremony on the patio at the Grand America followed by a fun cocktail hour in one of their exquisite ballrooms.
Melissa and Chase wanted very personalized music. Here are their selections:

Procession: "Adore You" by Miley Cyrus
Bride's walk down the aisle: "All of Me" by John Legend
Recessional: "Without You" by Usher

We enjoyed being a part of this cute couple's big day!


"Benanna" Wedding

Ben and Anna were married this evening on the deck at Millcreek Inn. They jokingly call themselves "Benanna" now.  This couple was all out adorable. Their ceremony was unlike any I've attended... and after playing for weddings for 12 years now that's saying a lot.
Prior to the ceremony the bride and groom shared their stories, first telling a little about their backgrounds, then their meeting and engagement. They wanted their families and friends to connect and understand the love that brought these two together... so sweet!


We played Bach's Arioso for the procession. For any brides who are undecided about what music to walk to go listen to this piece... it may just make up your mind for you.


Empire Canyon Lodge Deer Valley

No one would expect cold weather on June 14th in Utah but it was chilly at the Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City. I don't think the bride and groom noticed though... they were so cute together and so obviously in love.

I think it's fun when a couple chooses unique music for the ceremony. Jonathan and Mallory requested Wachet Auf for the processional, Air on the G String for the bride's walk down the aisle and All You Need Is Love for the recessional. It worked so well.



We stopped at a waffle truck on the way home called "Saturday's Waffles" for some bananas foster waffles... um... words can't describe the yum.


Saved the Day at Red Butte Gardens

A frantic Mother of the bride called me the week of this wedding as their scheduled musicians for her daughter's ceremony had cancelled at the last minute. I made some quick calls to my group and we were able to play for this memorable ceremony.

The officiant went out of his way to get to know the bride and groom prior to the event. This was evidenced during the ceremony as he was able to talk with and about each of them as close friends. It really made the experience sweet for all in attendance.

Red Butte Garden offers such a beautiful and unique atmosphere for a wedding. Us musicians benefit too...we enjoy playing music outdoors!


Stein Erikson Wedding

The Flagstaff Deck at Stein Erikson Lodge

The bride and groom braved an outdoor wedding in April on the Flagstaff Deck of Deer Valley's Stein Erikson Lodge. The view was stunning with the bright white snow and sunshine.


The couple requested pieces from our classical list for the ceremony and cocktail hour including Handel's La Rejoussance and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto which complemented well their classical ceremony and venue.

Best wishes to this sweet couple!

Timber Moose Lodge

Jenny from Alabama has become one of our all-time favorite brides. She is super sweet and funny and kind. Plus, she chose Sweet Home Alabama as her recessional piece, and surprised all her guests with it. As we rocked out to this piece, which has also become a favorite of ours, she and her groom walked down the aisle as husband and wife as her guests laughed and cheered.

Jenny's mom also stole our hearts. She reminded us of the beloved Paula Deen, and who doesn't love her? We wished we could just sit and chat with her all night.




Jenny's song selections were:

Wedding Party Processional: All You Need Is Love
Bride's Processional: Oh Happy Day
During the Ceremony: Surely The Presence
Recessional: Sweet Home Alabama

All four of these selections were new music for us.

What a fun night, and a beautiful event. All of Jenny's guests flew in from the South and East, stayed at Timber Moose Lodge in Heber, where the ceremony and reception were held. It was cozy, warm, and full of love. Her family even stomped a giant heart in the field of snow that was visible out the large windows.

xo

Cromar Hall Wedding

Spring is such a beautiful time of year for an outdoor wedding. We provided ceremony music for an intimate wedding at Tuscany Restaurant in Holladay today. Surrounded by their closest friends and Family the bride and groom tied the knot in the garden outside the restaurant.


The couple chose Handel's Water Music for their processional. The bride and her Father walked down the aisle to Canon in D. The beauty of the outdoors mixed with the program and music created an atmosphere of love and a memorable day.

Devin & Theresa

We played a lovely wedding ceremony for Devin and Theresa at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church this afternoon. Devin's sister is my close friend; we go back many many years, to junior high school! So when she learned that her brother did not have plans for music during his ceremony, she called us. Anna and Michelle both gave birth to beautiful baby girls very recently, so Brittany and Marie subbed for them. We love our dependable substitutes! And Brittany is also a close friend of the groom's sister!

We played Pachelbel's Canon in D for the wedding party's procession and Arioso by Bach for the bride. With the church's acoustics, the solo violin was gorgeous! At the presentation of the newly married couple, we played Mendelssohn's Wedding March.



Meili. Maureen. Brittany. School chums.


Posted by Meili
Posted on September 10, 2011 .

Joanna & Steve

We always enjoy playing at Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon. Even on a hot July evening, Joanna and Steve's outdoor wedding was a delight. The abundant shade and the cool canyon breeze couldn't have been more perfect.

For their ceremony, we sat under this regal evergreen. We played Handel's La Rejoussance for the procession of the three flower girls and one ring bearer, and the bride and groom, who descended the steps together.


We played Purcell's Trumpet Tune for the recessional, then a few more celebratory pieces while they took photos and moved to the outdoor patio for dinner.

We had a great time accompanying the meal, and an even better time eating it! Yes, the bride and groom invited the quartet to take a break and enjoy some dinner. We all agreed that it was perhaps the very best wedding meal we have ever eaten. Delicious!


For the couple's first dance, we played John Lennon's Grow Old With Me. They foxtrotted around the table and kissed when their guests tapped their water glasses. It was a beautiful wedding. Thanks, Joanna and Steve, for asking us to be a part of it! Best wishes to you.
Posted on July 25, 2011 .

Hannah & Adam


Soft, dense snowflakes were falling as we left the Orangerie, but that didn't discourage the bride and groom from continuing with their photo shoot in the gardens.


Hanna and Adam's wedding was lovely and happy. Held before giant east-facing windows which captured the chilly beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, the ceremony was officiated by Bishop John Bytheway. I clearly remember a fireside that I attended as a teenager at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, where this local religious leader entertained us with stories of teenage angst and self-acceptance.


As we were preparing to begin our prelude music, Bishop Bytheway approached us to discuss the logistics of the ceremony. As it was his first time conducting a wedding, and definitely not our first time playing at one, we were able to give him a few tips! Our 9 years of experience paid off today when Cathy suggested that his concluding words be an introduction of the happy couple as the new "Mr. and Mrs..."


Meili plans to have her baby in two days, but she loves playing weddings so much that she decided to keep today's appointment. Anna is also pregnant. And today, Michelle announced to the group that she is also going to have a baby! So 75% of Strings of Elegance is now pregnant!

Anna (5 months) * Michelle (4 months) * Meili (9+ months)

Congratulations Hanna and Adam, and best wishes in your life together!
Posted on March 19, 2011 .