Friday, April 4, 2014

Stein Erikson Wedding

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!

Tuesday, January 7, 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!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tina & Dustin at Snowbasin

It was a beautiful autumn day. The leaves were in their peak of varying shades of copper. Although a bit chilly, the skies were blue and the sun was shining. It's hard to beat a mountain wedding in October.

Photo credit: Robert Johnson, Standard Examiner

During the beautiful ceremony, Tina was asked to hold Dustin's hand, palm up, so she could see what a gift they are to her. And likewise, Dustin held Tina's hands the same way.

An Excerpt of Roads Go Ever On by J. R. R. Tolkien was read:

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,By caves where never sun has shone,By streams that never find the sea;Over snow by winter sown,And through the merry flowers of June,Over grass and over stone,And under mountains in the moon.

Friday, September 27, 2013

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.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

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!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

August in Ogden

I loved the style of this wedding on a grassy field in Ogden. There were mason jars with baby's breath hanging from trees, and a classic car parked next to the couple's wedding pictures and guest book. The colors were so cheerful and pretty; all of the centerpieces were coordinated but not identical. The bride's dress had a low, lacy back, which coordinated beautifully with the bridesmaids' pink dresses. The bride and groom looked so very happy as they recited their vows.

We played traditional wedding pieces: Canon in D, Bridal Chorus, and Wedding March for the ceremony. After the recessional, we played a few classical pieces along with a few contemporary numbers by Coldplay and The Verve.

As we left the party, a mariachi band was coming in, along with a taco cart. So fun!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Snyders

We played for this happy couple at Log Haven, a beautiful, rustic lodge up Millcreek Canyon, just high enough up the mountain to be removed from the heat and bustle of the city.

We played Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for the wedding party processional and Canon in D for the bride's processional. We then played a special number that we learned just for the occasion: The Gift of Love, sung by the maid of honor while the bride and groom took communion. We love tailoring our repertoire to make the bride and groom's special day just perfect. For the recessional, we played La Rejouissance.

What a lovely ceremony. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder!

Laura sent us these kind words a couple weeks later:

Dear Strings of Elegance,

I wanted to pass along a sincere THANK YOU for your performance at our June 15 wedding at Log Haven!  You were incredible, it was everything we imagined.  Thank you for learning the new music to play along with my maid of honor, it was the only part in the ceremony that I almost cried!  I appreciate your professionalism and ease to work with.  I will pass along to Log Haven how impressed I was with your group.

Thanks again for making it a perfect day!