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Wedding Ceremony & Cocktail Hour

We opened our 2019 wedding season this March at Snowbasin Mountain Resort. In our 17 years playing for weddings, we had never before seen Twister during the cocktail hour, along with other party games like corn hole and giant Jenga. Another first was performing the Star Wars Theme by special request for the recessional. Wedding guests cheered when they heard this in celebration of the new Mr. & Mrs! On top of all those firsts, the groom had bright blue hair. We appreciated how unique and memorably fun this wedding was! Best wishes Nicole and Patrick!

Backyard Wedding

Wedding Ceremony

We played for this lovely backyard ceremony and wedding dinner just a few days following severe windstorms that swept through Utah. The event was pulled off beautifully, you would not have known the damage that had been done to surrounding cities in this pristine landscape with calm weather. The bride came up to us afterward and gave us each a big hug and expressed with enthusiasm that the music was just how she pictured it and that she was so happy. Congratulations Ashley!

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Fort Douglas Post Chapel Wedding Ceremony

On Saturday we had the honor of playing for Anna's family wedding. Her husband and kids were there to celebrate and enjoy the oldies music we were asked to play for this cute retro couple. The ceremony music they selected was unique and represented them perfectly.

Wedding Procession: "Can't Help Falling in Love"

Bridal Procession: "My Girl"

Recessional: "So Happy Together"

During the ceremony, these are some thoughts the bride and groom shared: "Being with you is like having a perfect haircut every day." ~Shannon "You are the best of wives and the best of women... I promise not to roll my eyes at every Hamilton reference... I am not throwing away my shot." ~Colt

Congratulations to Colt and Shannon!

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Chapel Wedding Ceremony

 This traditional ceremony was a perfect representation of a classic chapel wedding at the White Memorial Chapel in SLC
We played prelude music as guests were being seated, Canon in D for the wedding line, Bridal Chorus for the bridal procession, and Wedding March for the recessional following the ceremony. 
Congratulations Michelle & Jake!

Snow Basin Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour


Our Bride requested "All of Me" by John Legend for the wedding line processional and "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles for the recessional. It is with requests like these that keep each wedding ceremony we play for unique and exciting!
During the cocktail hour, while the new Mr. and Mrs. took pictures, we played a combination of both classical and contemporary music. 
 On our way out we couldn't help but take advantage of the fun picture opportunities!

Posted on May 15, 2016 .

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 .

Karly & Tyler at Talons Cove

Karly and Tyler were married at Talons Cove, a golf course right on Utah Lake in Saratoga Springs.

We played All of Me for the wedding party processional, Pachelbel's Canon in D for the brides entrance, and Mendelssohn's Wedding March for their recessional.




Following the ceremony we were surrounded by our favorite crowd and biggest fans... these fun young children! They sat for a bit like attending a concert and then got up and danced ballerina style to "Sleeping Beauty Waltz" and hip hop style to our upbeat "Sweet Home Alabama."





Photos by Debra James.
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.

La Caille

The flowers, the swans, the bunnies, the peacocks, even the sky collaborated today to create a stunning wedding ceremony at La Caille. We played traditional pieces for the processional with a twist for the recessional:

Procession: Canon in D
Bride's Procession: Bridal Chorus
Recessional: All You Need is Love

So sweet!

Posted on August 30, 2014 .

Millcreek Inn Wedding


We played for a beautiful wedding and cocktail hour at Millcreek Inn in the snowy Millcreek Canyon on Saturday. The wedding ceremony was held on the flagstone patio under an elegant white tent. Large heaters made the entire space warm and cozy.

We played Traumeri by Schumann as the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and flower girl walked down the aisle. For the lovely bride, we played Lullaby by Holfeldt. And to celebrate their union, we played Bach's Brandenburg Concerto for the couple's recessional.

What a perfect way to begin the new year - with a new marriage! Congratulations, you winter love birds!

Allison & Andrew



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.

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!


Kim & Ian

Snowbasin's Needles lodge is a gorgeous venue for a wedding. Guests take a gondola ride to the top of a mountain on which sits a rustic but elegant lodge with a stunning view of the mountains and valley below.

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


Timber Moose Lodge

Jenny from Alabama has become one of our all-time favorite brides. She is super sweet and funny and kind. Plus, she chose Sweet Home Alabama as her recessional piece, and surprised all her guests with it. As we rocked out to this piece, which has also become a favorite of ours, she and her groom walked down the aisle as husband and wife as her guests laughed and cheered.

Jenny's mom also stole our hearts. She reminded us of the beloved Paula Deen, and who doesn't love her? We wished we could just sit and chat with her all night.




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.

xo

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 .

Wisteria Creek

Tonight we played at a gorgeous backyard wedding and reception at Wisteria Creek in Lehi. There were giant bunches of fragrant, pastel roses, a canopy of white lights, antique indoor decor brought outside, and old time lanterns around the expansive yard behind the mansion (which belongs to the bride; she organizes events).

We played Lullaby by Holfeldt for the wedding party processional, Pachelbel's Canon for the bride, and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto for the recessional while the bride high-fived her guests as she walked back down the aisle.

For the reception, we moved to the white gazebo, which offered great acoustics for us! We played fun dance music interspersed with classical pieces.

When our portion of the party was over, I got in my car to leave, and as I checked my mirrors, I saw a horse and carriage proceeding down the street toward me. So fitting of the romantic evening we had just enjoyed!