On Saturday we played at the Ogden Golf and Country Club for a sweet ceremony performed by a close friend of the bride. Family and friends grew quiet as the officiant and groom waited in front of a flower-covered archway in anticipation of the ceremony. Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" announced bride's entrance. The beautiful bride walked down a rosebud-covered aisle and after sweet words shared, vows and rings exchanged and a kiss, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" lead them back down the aisle. Congratulations!
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!
Processional song - A Thousand Years
Bride's entrance -- Canon in D
Recessional song - Here comes the Sun
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
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.
Congratulations to Allison and Spencer! Their wedding was memorable. They thought of every detail. Thanks for letting Strings of Elegance be a part of your big day!
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!
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.
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.
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!
|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!
We rode Snowbasin's gondola to the top of the mountain to play for a beautiful ceremony at Needle's Lodge. We were surprised to find snow at the top! The giant fireplace at the entrance to the lodge was a warm welcome.
Allison and Andrew's ceremony was a mix of Jewish and Christian traditions accompanied by traditional wedding pieces including Canon in D and Wedding March. We wish them the best in their marriage.
|Michelle (violist) and Anna (cellist) on the gondola|
Kim and Ian's ceremony was so sweet with tender vows spoken to each other and ending with the bride and groom escorting the guests back down the aisle. We've played for hundreds of weddings but I'm always surprised by new traditions.
|Kim and Ian's wedding ceremony|
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.
We played a wide variety of classical, romantic, and popular pieces that fit the mood of this elegant reception.
|The ride up the mountain on the funicular is, well. . . fun.|
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.