Posts tagged #Red Butte

Rose Garden Ceremony

Just outside of the rose garden is this scenic waterfall. We enjoy seeing this every time we pass it coming and going from a wedding in the rose garden. The weather was perfectly timed to orchestrate a humid, yet dry time for classical music as the wedding guests gathered, for us to play Aria by Handel for the wedding party, Canon in D for the bride, and Wedding March for the recessional. During the vows, this groom accidentally promised to laugh AT his bride instead of WITH her. Everyone had a good chuckle about that (especially the bride herself!). Shortly after the guests gathered for a big group picture and went on to their next portion of the evening, it started pouring rain just as we finished packing up our instruments. It’s as if the heavens ordered up the weather to cooperate just for their lovely outdoor ceremony!

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Congratulations to the Bride and Groom, July 13, 2019, Rose Garden at Red Butte

Congratulations to the Bride and Groom, July 13, 2019, Rose Garden at Red Butte

Shea & Michael

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
Posted on August 26, 2012 .

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 .

Heidi and Rob



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.

Posted by Meili
Posted on October 6, 2008 .

Melissa & Beau


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.
Thanks for playing with us Brit!
Posted by Meili
Posted on July 2, 2008 .