I Am My Beloved and My Beloved Is Mine

photo.jpg2A beautiful wedding was held recently at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor.  We have played at this facility many times and always rave about the staff.  This experience proved to be no exception.  The ceremony was held in the perennial garden which of course implies a lot of sun.  Since our instruments do not hold up well to direct sunlight, Linda Neely and her staff graciously provided a tent so we could play in the shade.  Melanie King and her staff from Two Foot Creative created a beautiful setting for the ceremony.  Miriam Jerris, a friend of our quartet, directed the ceremony that united Jeremy and Sarah under the chuppah.  The couple met at the University of Michigan and has been planning this wedding across time zones.  They enjoy the music of the Beatles and requested many of their hits for the seating of guests.  We also performed the sentimental music of “Fiddler on the Roof” including “Sabbath Prayer” and “Sunrise, Sunset”.  During the ceremony, Miriam Jerris read the touching poem “These Are the Hands” and shared with guests that the beautiful ketubah was handmade by a family member! The end of the ceremony was marked by the breaking of the glass and shouts of Mazel Tov.  We send Sarah and Jeremy our heartfelt congratulations!

 

 

Matthaei Botanical Gardensphoto

Two Foot Creative

Miriam Jerris

 

Rondo String Quartet Voted Detroit’s Best Wedding Music!

Thank-you to everyone who voted for us on Detroit’s A List!  We are honored to have been awarded 1st place for 2014!

Westcroft Gardens Offers Beautiful Space for Weddings

6.22If you’ve looked at our venue list on our website, you’ll find that over our twenty five years we have played at almost every venue in the Detroit metro area. This past month, we had the pleasure of playing at a new facility for us. Westcroft Gardens is the oldest family owned and operated farm in the state, currently run by the 7th generation of Macomb descendants. With over 4 acres of gardens, Westcroft Gardens is the perfect location to have your wedding ceremony, family reunion party, graduation party, photo shoot, or any other event that becomes truly memorable in a garden setting. Erika and Jared chose to have their ceremony in this idyllic place. To beat the heat and make their guests more comfortable, the wedding program was printed on fans and they set out a bucket of ice cold water bottles. Congratulations again to Erika and Jared on their wedding day.

Westcroft Gardens

Brother Brings Laughter to Sister’s Wedding

6.14A flower filled chuppah at Westin Book Cadillac was the setting for Sam and Andree’s wedding. Andree’s brother, Michael Goldsmith, officiated and had the guests laughing and celebrating before the kiss. The couple chose all contemporary music for their day. The music of Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Adele, Norah Jones and Journey is so much fun for us to play and are always recognized by guests. We frequently receive comments and compliments when we play our contemporary repertoire. Amber, of Frosted Pink Events, kept the day running on time and was a great help. Congratulations and best wishes!

Frosted Pink Events

Westin Book Cadillac

L-O-V-E! The Pillar of Marriage for Katelyn and Tyler

6.14As the picture shows, “Love” truly was the pillar of this wedding ceremony.  Reverend Fred Jolicoeur, a long time friend of our quartet, officiated a touching ceremony.  The couple wrote their vows and it was obvious that they have a great sense of humor and enjoy laughing.  Humor being a key to a successful marriage, as any veteran couple will tell you.

Each summer, there is one song that is identified as the wedding song of the summer.  This year it is Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”.  Katelyn and Tyler chose it for their sand ceremony along with other contemporary pieces including “River Flows In You”, “Viva la Vida” and “Firework”.  Congratulations and best wishes!

 

 

 

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With My Whole Heart, For My Whole Life

6.14.2Congratulations to Myia and Tiery on their wedding at the Henry Auto Collection.  Newly renovated, an Art Gallery is located on the main floor and was a vibrant setting for the couples nuptials.  Hannah Cregg from Top Hat Events and Emily Fredrick of the hotel created an elegant event.  The mothers were seated to Motown’s “I’ll Be There” while the bridesmaids walked to Bryan Adams “Everything I Do”.  Myia chose the romantic “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for her processional.

We are seeing an increase in couples choosing to write their own wedding vows this summer.  It brings a personal quality to the ceremony and often provides an opportunity to insert some humor!    Myia and Tiery exchanged self written vows that were indicative of the couples history and love for each other.

Despite a late start, which coordinators Hannah and Emily handled with grace and efficiency, the wedding was a beautiful event.  We wish them the very best as they begin their life together.

The Henry Autograph Collection

Top Hat Events

“Best Day Ever” is the Birth of a New Family

6.7.14.3Congratulations to Nicole and Scott.  Over our twenty five years in the wedding industry, we’ve seen all types of wedding ceremonies and unions.  Most are young couples starting a new chapter.  Some involve children and the creation of a new family.  Scott and Nicole’s wedding was a lovely celebration honoring individuality and the creation of a family.  After the mothers were seated to “It Had To Be You”, Scott and his daughter walked down to “All You Need Is Love” followed by the bridal parties entrance to “In My Life”.  Clearly an appreciator of the Beatles, Nicole made her entrance to “Here Comes The Sun”.  Juliea Karolinski officiated and brought humor and tenderness to the ceremony.  The couple chose Bob Marley’s “One Love” for their recessional.  What a great song!!  It is our newest addition to our play list of over 700 titles.

A good coordinator is worth her weight in gold and Janelle Braniecki of Cherry Creek was fantastic.  The couple had a unique situation arise that required fast thinking and flexibility.  Janelle handled it with calm and efficiency.

We wish this beautiful new family all the best as they begin this new chapter!

 

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“The Key To Love” Shared At Pine Knob Mansion Wedding

Pine Knob Mansion is an elegant setting for a wedding.  Once a family estate, The Mansion, a 19 room English Manor, sits on the highest natural point in Southeastern Michigan and is surrounded by exquisite manicured gardens. It’s Great Hall with arched ceilings and stained glass windows offers magnificent views of the sunrise and sunset. Sitting at the apex, a breeze is always present within the manicured garden surrounding the gazebo.

Xiang “Jojo” and Yangzhi “Z” kept the elegant theme for their ceremony by choosing all classical music.  The bridal party and darling ring bearer and flower girl walked to Campra’s Rigaudon.  Xiang had two special gentlemen, her father and a close family friend, escort her to the music of Kanon in D.  Jen House and Kendall from A Moment in Time Wedding and Event Production, along with Lisa alexander of Pine Knob,  orchestrated a gorgeous event along at this historic site.

Mr.Xinsheng Chang, family friend of the groom, directed the reading of “The Key of Love” in both English and Chinese.  This poem illustrates the traits of understanding, forgiveness, sharing, giving and respect as keys to a healthy marriage.

We played contemporary songs for their cocktail hour.  The songs by Green Day and Postal Service were a big hit.  When heads turn and guests begin looking over our shoulders at the music, we know we have a winner!  The weather was perfect for an afternoon outdoor wedding and we hope that their life as Mr. and Mrs. is filled with similar beauty.

Pine Knob Weddings

A Moment in Time Wedding and Event Production

Celebration of Love is Ageless at Twin Lakes Wedding

Love come to us at all ages and in all forms throughout our lives.  Toni and Harry and proof that love can surprise and enrich our lives through the years.  Toni’s four sons acted as her representatives and walked down the aisle to Campra’s Rigaudon while Toni chose the Pachelbel Kanon in D for her processional to the gazebo escorted by her Uncle.   Our thanks to Amber, wedding coordinator at Twin Lakes, who helped us with cues and set up.

Following the ceremony, we moved into the Banquet hall and played for cocktails.  A family friend sang a beautiful rendition of “From This Moment”.  We in turn played many different styles of music including classical, opera favorites and nostalgic songs.

One of the pleasures of working with mature clients is their flexible outlook and focus on the ultimate goal – the marriage.  They plan well but the success of the day is not measured in the details but in he enjoyment of the celebration.   Congratulations to Toni and Harry!

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Stormy Weather Doesn’t Dampen the Celebration at Rattlesnake Club

IMG_20140517_183341_904Threatening rainstorms did not dampen the celebration of Robert and Emily’s wedding at the Rattlesnake Club last weekend.  For clients interested in an outdoor wedding, the Rattlesnake offers a picturesque brick patio shaded by flowering trees overlooking the Detroit River.  The trees were in perfect bloom and the breeze was blowing white petals around the chuppah making for a picturesque setting.  Emily and Robert had the song “This Must Be the Place” by the Talking Heads arranged for our string quartet to play during the processional of family and bridal party.  Emily was escorted down the aisle by her parents to the nostalgic tune “At Last”. Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg officiated the ceremony.  The guests returned to the Rattlesnake’s six story elegant Atrium to celebrate with a cocktail hour and reception.  We played Emily and Robert’s requested songs which included selections by the Beatles, MoTown along with a few nostalgic songs like “Isn’t It Romantic”.

Planning and orchestrating an event like this requires experienced professionals.  Wedding coordinator Tammara Kane of Grand Jour Events and Rattlesnake Event Planner Amy Engelbert were awesome and handled the changes due to weather with grace and efficiency.  The day was a flawless success for Emily and Robert and we wish them the best.

The Rattlesnake Club

Grand Jour Events

 

 

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