Posts tagged #Wedding Music

Fragrance Garden Ceremony

We love playing in Red Butte’s beautiful Fragrance Garden and this is our view as loved ones walk to the ceremony pavilion filled with fragrant flowers growing overhead. For the wedding party processional we play Marry You by Bruno Mars followed by Christina Perry’s Thousand Years for the bride. I wish we had a picture of Mina walking in her lovely white dress; moments like this are so rewarding for us as we provide special music thoughtfully selected by the couple to support their love and the start of their life together. After they tied the knot we played Viva la Vida for their recessional as requested. They asked for a mix of popular and upbeat classical music for prelude and postlude.

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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

Andrea & Ken

For Andrea and Ken’s unity ceremony, they made coffee together. They committed to share this ritual every day for the rest of their lives. The ring that Ken gave to Andrea is her grandmother’s, signifying the importance of family… past, present and future. Andrea said that Ken’s ring is from Costco. :) The wedding party processed to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. After the opening phrase of “Here comes the bride”, Andrea and her son danced down the aisle to Marry You by Bruno Mars. That was a creative and fun delightful surprise to the audience! During the ceremony, family and friends sand along with us to Amazing Grace. The recessional was Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, followed by Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. What a warm and joyous night!

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River Bottoms Ranch

It’s a gorgeous day for a wedding at a truly stunning location. The only thing keeping the day from perfection was the merciless wind. But never fear! Our trusty clothes pins held our music in place and we stood on the bases of our music stands to keep them upright! Wedding line processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love, Bride’s processional: Canon in D, Special request for the recessional: Green Light by Lorde.

Mazel Tov!

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Solitude Mountain Resort

Don’t let these bright sunny pictures fool you… here are the facts for this fancy summer Moonbeam Lodge Ceremony and Cocktail Hour and the scenic Solitude Mountain Resort:

Temperature: 38 degrees

Frozen Musicians: 4

Weddings for the bride and groom: 3 (after a legal and traditional ceremony in India)

Special Request: Summer of 69’

Tea for Hand-warmers: Flavorful

Dinner they offered us: Delicious!

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Miranda & Tyler

On this rainy/sunny day up Millcreek Canyon in the Meadow near Log Haven, we played a special request while the bride walked down the aisle: A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman. One of Miranda’s bridesmaids wore a gold sequin dress that reflected the brilliant evening sun in tiny light across the dresses of the other bridesmaids, just like the pin hold in the lantern in A Million Dreams!

In Jewish tradition, the breaking of the glass represents the shattering of the old and welcoming of the new. The officiant encouraged all the guests of this interfaith wedding to contribute to breaking down the barriers between people in this world. Mazel tov to Miranda & Tyler!

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The Rains of Castamere

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On this rainy day, we played The Rains of Castamere as requested for this gorgeous (and yes, wet) outdoor wedding at Log Haven up Millcreek Canyon. This piece, which was most heavily featured in the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones, was dark but very pretty and we loved learning it. Check out the misty evergreens on the mountain and the happy couple as we left them with their guests. Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Tracy Aviary

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We are back!!! Wedding season has arrived and we are excited to jump in with 3 weddings in 2 weeks! Today we played for Itzel and Matt at Tracy Aviary. The bride requested a special surprise for her groom: The White Birds, a choir piece arranged for string quartet (and so appropriate for an aviary, no?). This song is so special to this sweet couple that they requested all their guests stay seated while we played it in its entirety. Best wishes to the newlywed lovebirds!

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Caffe Molise

Congratulations to Tiffany and Clinton! We played for their beautiful winter wedding dinner tonight to wrap up our 2018 wedding season. Special requests included Don’t Stop Believin’ and Can’t Help Falling in Love. We enjoyed celebrating with the happy couple and their guests.

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We also enjoyed a post performance celebration of our own as we commemorated another fantastic string quartet year with dessert in the cafe following our performance. 2018 was a big success!

We also enjoyed a post performance celebration of our own as we commemorated another fantastic string quartet year with dessert in the cafe following our performance. 2018 was a big success!

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Posted on December 6, 2018 .

Shelby & Jake

This beautiful bride walked down the aisle to the grooms special request for her: Feather Theme from Forrest Gump. It was an amazing moment! And now we have a lovely new arrangement to add to our repertoire. Congratulations Shelby and Jake!

Coincidentally, one of our original string quartet members, Rebekah Butler, was in town from AFRICA visiting her sister (our 1st violinist Cathy Butler) and she filled in for Meili. Not only do we share fun quartet memories but Rebekah also happened to have made a home movie around the Feather Theme while in grade school! Since then she has gotten her Masters Degree in Music Performance and has lived all over the world. Shortly after this wedding we sent her on her way up to Idaho to stay with our violist Michelle’s sister to audition for the Boise Philharmonic and she got a principal position in this prestigious group. We are always so proud to say that we gave this talented musician and friend her start back in February of 2002 when we established Strings of Elegance! :)

Coincidentally, one of our original string quartet members, Rebekah Butler, was in town from AFRICA visiting her sister (our 1st violinist Cathy Butler) and she filled in for Meili. Not only do we share fun quartet memories but Rebekah also happened to have made a home movie around the Feather Theme while in grade school! Since then she has gotten her Masters Degree in Music Performance and has lived all over the world. Shortly after this wedding we sent her on her way up to Idaho to stay with our violist Michelle’s sister to audition for the Boise Philharmonic and she got a principal position in this prestigious group. We are always so proud to say that we gave this talented musician and friend her start back in February of 2002 when we established Strings of Elegance! :)

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Cathy Butler * Rebekah Butler * Michelle Pierce * Francesca Rose

Cathy Butler * Rebekah Butler * Michelle Pierce * Francesca Rose

Unplugged Canyon Wedding

Congratulations Curtis and Courtney! Thanks for letting us be part of your memorable wedding ceremony in the Meadow at Log Haven. Our fellow Harry Potter fans will appreciate the signs this beautiful couple posted at their reception. One wooden sign said, “After all this time?” and the second sign answered, “Always.”

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Salt Lake Country Club

Congratulations Andy & Robyn!

Congratulations Andy & Robyn!

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For this lovely indoor ceremony, we played Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the wedding party processional. By special request, we played Adele’s To Make You Feel My Love for the brides procession. Afterward, we moved outdoors to provide popular music for the cocktail hour.

This was no ordinary cocktail hour. The couple had an ice sculpture distributing two specific drinks named after each of them! Guests would pick which they wanted and it would be poured through the ice into their glass. Over the last 16 years of playing for 100’s of weddings together, this was a new first for us! The picture doesn’t really do it justice. We were mesmerized by the creative work of art formed by frozen water!

Bride&Groom Cocktails: Andy’s Jensen-tini & Robyn’s Payne Drop

Bride&Groom Cocktails: Andy’s Jensen-tini & Robyn’s Payne Drop

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Country Ceremony & Wedding Breakfast

For this bride and groom, we played a special request for their wedding processional: Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. These photos were taken from and of us under the canopy where we serenaded their guests with prelude music before the ceremony and during their wedding breakfast after the recessional for which we played Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley. The weather could not have been more perfect for this intimate gathering at this lovely ranch style home in Huntsville Utah.

Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

Strings of Elegance, Wedding Music

Strings of Elegance, Wedding Music

Sarah & Voss

Being from a family of violinists, this beautiful bride knew exactly what she wanted and we accommodated her every request with the famous violin solo “Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams for her walk down the aisle and Offenbach’s Barcarolle for the recessional. We also played Mediation from Thais and Gymnopedie by Satie prior to this lovely outdoor ceremony at La Caille Restaurant. Congratulations Sarah & Voss!

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Erin & Joel

For this lovely outdoor ceremony, we played pieces the bride selected that were were perfectly matched to the beautiful setting at the Thomas S. Monson Center and well suited to the couple. After playing Can't Help Falling in Love for the processional, the bride/groom gave presents to their parents while we played Moon River, and then attempted to light a candle while we played A Thousand Years. The gift giving was a super sweet and thoughtful touch while the candle lighting ceremony provided opportunity for the couple to show their resilience given the weather challenges. The wind provided some interesting moments during the service but love was in the air and all went smoothly anyway.  We played You're My Best Friend as the new Mr. & Mrs. took their 1st steps as husband and wife.

Backyard Wedding

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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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