Posts tagged #Log Haven

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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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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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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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 .

Emily & Dave

We have played many weddings over the last 7 years, but this is one that we won't soon forget. Utah has seen an unseasonably wet June, and last night was no exception. As I watched the rain continue throughout the day, I kept wondering when it would stop. Usually, rainstorms only last about 7 1/2 minutes in our desert climate, but yesterday the rain kept coming.


About 30 minutes before the ceremony was set to begin, another wave of serious rain arrived, so we began our prelude music in the lodge. We sat in a small corner by the roaring fire in a room full of shawl-wrapped wedding guests. At the time of the scheduled ceremony, the host announced that a break in the storm was expected in about 30 minutes, so we planned to socialize in the lodge until then. Soon, glasses were being filled and the scent of wine permeated the room. And still, the sheets of water poured down.


Finally, as we could see no end to the deluge, everyone gathered on the patio outside, under a giant tarp. As puddles grew on the tarp, they poured out over the sides in heavy, sporadic waterfalls. A path was formed in the middle of the standing crowd of wedding guests, and rose petals sprinkled in a line leading to the minister. There were only two people sitting: a pretty woman in a wheelchair, and our cellist Thalia.


Despite the change in plans, the wedding guests seemed to have a nice time, and the gorgeous bride was smiling. The person I felt the most sorry for was the wedding planner; she had her work cut out for her last night! Our violinist Cathy said that she felt like a member of the string quartet on the Titanic as it was sinking.

Posted by Meili.

Posted on June 21, 2009 .

Laurel and Coury


We played for Laurel and Coury's outdoor wedding ceremony on Saturday, September 27th at the beautiful, rustic Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon. I especially enjoyed the drive up the canyon. It was the perfect weekend with unseasonably warm weather and gorgeous fall colors.
Posted by Meili
Posted on October 6, 2008 .