Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Benanna" Wedding

Ben and Anna were married this evening on the deck at Millcreek Inn. They jokingly call themselves "Benanna" now.  This couple was all out adorable. Their ceremony was unlike any I've attended... and after playing for weddings for 12 years now that's saying a lot.
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.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Empire Canyon Lodge Deer Valley

No one would expect cold weather on June 14th in Utah but it was chilly at the Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City. I don't think the bride and groom noticed though... they were so cute together and so obviously in love.

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.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Memory Grove

On Sunday, we played a lovely outdoor wedding at the Meditation Chapel at Memory Grove. The bride, Erika, is a ballet instructor, so the first people to proceed down the aisle were her ballerina students, who did not walk, but danced and twirled! With seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, she had a large wedding party. We played Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring during the wedding party processional.

Then Erika appeared in a stunning and bright red dress. She was radiant. For the bride's processional, we played Pachelbel's Canon in D.

The officiant reminded the happy couple to be each other's best friend. I really loved that part of the ceremony. Always great advice.

For the recessional, we played the Brandenburg Concerto.

Best wishes from Strings of Elegance!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saved the Day at Red Butte Gardens

A frantic Mother of the bride called me the week of this wedding as their scheduled musicians for her daughter's ceremony had cancelled at the last minute. I made some quick calls to my group and we were able to play for this memorable ceremony.

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!


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.