Posts tagged #Park City

Dinner Party

Strings of Elegance had a unique opportunity to play for the Tanner Lectures Board Dinner, a gathering of presidents from several universities, including Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and Harvard. What an honor to play for such a prestigious group! The president of University of Utah expressed "we enjoyed your wide variety of music, from Beethoven to Beatles."
Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Vahalla/Odin Deck

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!




Hallie & Kory and Hotel Park City

Hallie and Kory were married at gorgeous Hotel Park City in front of a lovely mountain incline of boulders, flowers, and trees.

The weather was a bit funny, with the wind knocking our shade umbrella onto us during prelude and a heavy video camera on a tripod onto Ryan during postlude, giving him a nasty bruise. During the ceremony, a light rain started so Anna and Cathy, our bookends, had to get creative in order to continue playing while also protecting their instruments. They moved behind Meili and Ryan under the large umbrella that was now anchored by a heavy box of wine (thanks to a kind member of the wedding party who had placed it there after the umbrella fell so we could continue playing in safety with shelter from the bright sun and drizzling rain, which took turns throughout the 2 hours that we played).


Swoop was there to present the wedding party at their celebratory dinner. So fun!

We played some great music before, during, and after the ceremony.

Prelude:
Te Deum
March from Marriage of Figaro
Trumpet Tune
Rondeau
Ave Maria
A Thousand Years
At Last 
You Raise Me Up
Can't Help Falling in Love
Some to Watch over Me
Over the Rainbow
Only Time
The Rose
October Sky Theme

Ceremony:
Wedding Party Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bride Processional: Canon in D 
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

Postlude:
Clocks
Viva la Vida
All You Need is Love
Wouldn't it be Nice
Beauty and the Beast
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Here Comes the Sun
Paradise
Don't Stop Believing 
Sweet Home Alabama
Oh Happy Day
Do You Realize
Posted on July 21, 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




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.


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!

Deer Valley | Cushing's Cabin

We learned a handful of new pieces for Kimberly's wedding to Mr. Anderson:
It Had To Be You
Can't Help Falling In Love
Do You Realize
Here Comes The Sun
Only Time

Our last prelude piece was The Prayer, which was a special surprise for the mother of the bride. We played Canon in D for the wedding line processional, which included the couple's cat as ring bearer. The bride and groom chose traditional pieces for their ceremony: Bridal Chorus for Kimberly's processional and Wedding March for the recessional.




We love playing outdoor weddings in Utah's mountains. In August, there is no better place to have a wedding than on the top of a mountain. The sunshine is strong, but the altitude and slight breeze keep temperatures under control. And chair lifts are fun!


Brian & Hadley


We were honored to provide the music for the wedding of Brian and Hadley this weekend. They had a beautiful Catholic wedding ceremony at the historic St. Mary's Old Town Chapel in Park City, Utah. As the wedding party walked down the aisle, we played Someone to Watch Over Me. And for the bride's processional? Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve! It is always fun for us to learn a song by special request. It makes the ceremony so personal.

Brian and Hadley looked radiant together, and so happy. Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds!
Posted on February 6, 2011 .

Deer Valley St. Regis

Cathy, Rebekah, Michelle, Brittany

St. Regis Hotel ~ Deer Valley Resort in Park City

Funicular: it looks like a rollar coaster but it goes really slow and shuttles hotel and wedding guests in a big elevator type contraption up and down the mountain side.

Our ride up the funicular with all our instruments and music.

It was a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony. But don't let the picture fool you. There was much wind and rain.
We took shelter under a large umbrella. One of us even played up on the rocks in order to stay out of the rain. It was eventful, but we pulled it off without a hitch. Afterward, we played for the cocktail hour (which got moved indoors).

Rebekah found a new friend!
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It was so fun to have Rebekah (my sister) back for a gig so many years later - she was a member of the quartet from 2002-2004 before she moved to Tucson, AZ to get her violin performance undergraduate degree. She is now working on her Master's in Violin Performance in Conneticut at the Hart School of Music so it was special to have her in town to play with us!

Posted by Cathy

Ana Paula & Brooks


Tonight we traveled up a narrow, winding, snowy canyon road to play for Ana Paula and Brooks' wedding celebration in Park City. It was held for a small group of family and friends in an elegant, yet cozy, residence at the top of White Pine Canyon Road. As we entered the gated community, called The Colony, the man at the gate instructed us to take a left at the fork. So up the steep road we went, taking a left at the prominent fork. As we climbed the mountain, the road became snowier and the white fog became thicker. It was at this point that we thanked our lucky stars that Meili was driving her Escape with 4-wheel drive. We climbed higher and higher, without seeing any numbers; we were looking for #97. Finally, we saw an address, #160. Hmmm... We continued our climb, passing higher numbers on our way up. When we reached the 200s, we decided to turn around. We must have taken the wrong fork.

So we began the icy descent. After a few white-knuckled miles, we made it back to the fork, where the directions were clearly marked... under a thick coat of snow, of course. We turned right, did some more slow and careful climbing, and made it to #97 just in time.

Thank you Ana Paula and Brooks, for a beautiful winter adventure. And best wishes to you both!
Posted on December 23, 2009 .

Johanna & John



Tonight we played for a beautiful, classy ceremony and reception at Stein Eriksen in Park City. The bride's dress was perhaps the prettiest I've ever seen, with intricate lace. It was stunning against her dark hair. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate as fully as a bride would hope. As we were playing prelude and the guests were being seated, fat drops began to fall from a lone dark cloud directly above us. We scooted underneath an umbrella that was supposed to be shading us from the hot July sun. Even as the sprinkle turned to a downpour, we continued playing until we noticed that our instruments were getting wet from all the splashing. We retrieved our (now soaked) cases and put our instruments away until the storm subsided, which was only about 10 minutes. After a quick towel-dry of all the chairs by the crew at Stein Eriksen, everyone again took their places and the ceremony began. To be honest, it was a nice break from the triple-digit temperatures we had come from in the valley. As the minister pronounced the couple husband and wife, a flock of white doves was released, and everyone (including the quartet) gasped in delight!

Posted by Meili.
Posted on July 19, 2009 .