Ahhh, the Fragrance Garden at Red Butte Garden. Luscious. That's where Shea and Michael chose to hold their wedding ceremony. Their wedding officiate, Susan Seare was my favorite officiate to date. I had never before met the bride or groom before their wedding day, but Ms. Seare told such rich, comical, personal stories and anecdotes during the ceremony that I felt like we were all lifelong friends. She included a lovely mix of personal touches and life wisdom; I was entranced with this beautiful event.
Shea and Michael's musical selections:
Groom's processional: Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret
Wedding party processional: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann S. Bach
Bride's processional: Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (new music for us!)
Recessional: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann S. Bach
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!
On Saturday September 27th, we had the pleasure of playing for a beautiful, outdoor wedding at Red Butte Garden. We love playing at Red Butte because it it always so peaceful, fragrant, and visually stunning. We played for Heidi and Rob's garden ceremony, and then moved to the orangerie to accompany the bride and groom and their guests for their champagne toast and lunch.
What a gorgeous day for an autumn wedding!
L-R: Ryan, Thalia, Cathy & Meili. (Ryan filled in for Michelle on the viola.)
Photographs compliments of Anne Spencer Photography. Isn't she fantastic? Check out her website here.
On Thursday, we played at the beautiful Fragrance Garden at Red Butte for Melissa & Beau's ceremony. We sat near a honeysuckle plant, which smelled so sweet! Even though the temperatures that day were in the 90s, the gardens were pleasant and breezy.