Couple Vows “You’ll Never Walk Alone” Among Family and Friends

 

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“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is the adopted phrase for Kord and Julia’s relationship. Certainly, the six bridesmaids and groomsmen in their wedding party insured that they would not walk, nor celebrate, alone on their wedding day either! It was a sunny day for the wedding celebration at Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle. We’ve played there many times before but never in this location. The reception was held in the gorgeous fountain room and the ceremony was positioned right next door. The wall of windows to the right of the seating looked out over the Detroit River and the skyline beyond. Peter Saway led the ceremony which included a wine ceremony, a unique and contemporary ceremony with an old world feel. Like the Sand ceremony, Breaking of the Glass, Rose and Unity Candle ceremonies, the Wine ceremony symbolizes the blending of two lives into one. The couple chose classics of Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Beethoven for their wedding music. The exception was “All You Need is Love” for the recessional. Michelle from Blumz helped us with cues throughout the day and clearing succeeded in planning a gorgeous day for the couple. The romantic use of the color red in the flower bouquets by Blumz was striking. We’ve noticed that many brides shy away from the color but it is vibrant when done correctly. For Kord and Julia, the color has special significance as it is related to the Liverpool Football Club: Go Reds! Following the ceremony, we moved into the more contemporary cocktail music. Music by the Beatles, Lady Gaga, Greenday along with Broadway hits all received smiles and compliments from the guests. Congratulations to the new couple as they begin the adventure of marriage with the vow of never letting the other walk alone!IMG_1438
Detroit Yacht Club

Blumz Florist

 

Newlyweds and Their Young Son Embrace The Adventures of Family

Involving children in your wedding ceremony is always a high risk option, but Elizabeth and Matthew’s one year old son was a charmer as he walked down the aisle for their wedding day. The couple was married at the Eagle Crest Marriott in Ypsilanti by Reverend Gerald O’Grady assisted by wedding coordinators Lucy O’Grady and venue coordinator Sarah Houston. Appropriately, romantic music was the theme of the day and we played their requests of “Unchained Melody”, “Your Raise Me Up”, “Come Away with Me”, and “Only Time” during the guests seating. The couple chose the classics of Bach, Handel and Pachelbel for the ceremony processionals.
As you can see from the pictures, the reception was beautifully decorated by the staff of Eagle Crest Marriott, the florist, Garden Fantasy and bakery, LeCakery. Best wishes to Elizabeth, Matthew and their son as they embrace the challenges and blessings of being a family.
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Reverend Gerald O’Grady
Garden Fantasy
LeCakery

Aboretum Offers A Tropical Setting for Wedding on a Winter’s Day

Congratulations to Melissa and Josh! They were married in the Nichols Arboretum at Matthaei Botanical Gardens by officiant Brad Philip. Despite the brisk weather outside, it was a tropical paradise inside the arboretum. The maid of honor and flower girl wore a vibrant purple and carried white and purple tulips. Linda Neely and the staff from the Matthaei Gardens were helpful as always with cues, chairs and timing. They make it a pleasure to be there each and every time. The couple chose “Here Comes the Sun”, “Don’t Stop Believin’”,” What a Wonderful World” and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” for the seating of their guests but kept it traditional for their ceremony. Melissa processed to “Kanon in D” and we played Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto” for their recessional. We wish them the best in the years to come!

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Friends Celebrate Wedding Ceremony with Joy and Applause!

IMG_12872Congratulations to Megan and Magon on their wedding ceremony last week at Taylor’s Historic Little White Chapel. Theresa, the venue coordinator for the Chapel, was a great help with everything from chairs to cues. We send her our thanks! The Chapel stays quite busy during the wedding season it was clear to see why. As the picture shows, it has gorgeous stained glass doors along with an antique organ whose rich wood conveys the age of the chapel.The beautiful couple was surrounded by supportive friends for their special day. You could feel the energy and joy at that arose at the pronouncement of Mrs. and Mrs! Magon and Megan chose to stay with traditional wedding music. The six bridesmaids and charming little flower girl processed to Arioso by Bach. Both ladies processed for their bridal processional to the beautiful “Canon in D”. Following the introduction and during the loud applause, we played the Hornpipe from Handel’s Watermusic Suite. We send this couple our very best wishes as they begin their lives together. IMG_1288

Little White Wedding Chapel

Historic Chapel Setting for “Classical” Wedding

IMG_1261Congratulations to Jessica and Maxime who were married at the Hope Chapel in Shelby Township. The Hope Chapel was originally known as the Hope United Methodist Church of Disco, Michigan. It was located on the west side of Van Dyke north of 24 Mile road. While the town’s name extinguished over the years, the congregation continued to grow. In August of 1997, the Committee learned that The Hope United Methodist Church members decided to build a new church. The Historical Committee recognized the significance of the old building and wanted to preserve it.
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We had the pleasure of playing many classical selections such as for their prelude as guests were arriving including “Sonntag” by Brahms, “The Swan” by Saint Saens and “Pie Jesu” by Faure. We wish to thank Pam, coordinator the Hope Chapel, for her cues and assistance. Congratulations to Maxime and Jessica as they begin their lives together.
Hope Chapel of Shelby Township

A Wickedly Lovely Wedding Quote: “I know I Am Who I Am Today Because of You”

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Benjamin on their wedding this past week at the Ford Piquette T-Plex in Detroit. We’re seeing more couples looking for non-traditional venues for their wedding day and the Ford Piquette T-Plex does a great job. Surrounded by the historic vehicles, the three floors of wide open spaces are ideal for hosting a ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Pat, acting coordinator, does a great job coordinating her staff for these big events. Thanks to her for her help throughout the evening.
Benjamin and Elizabeth embraced the history of the Piquette Plant. As the pictures show, their table favors were etched glasses with the Model T along with their names and wedding date. The couple chose terrific romantic songs including the Beatles “Grow Old Along with Me”, “At Last” and “One Hand, One Heart”. One of the highlights was a reading from the Broadway show “Wicked” borrowing the words from Elphaba and Glinda’s duet “I know I am who I am today because of you”.
The bridal party processed to Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary and was composed of six bridesmaids and two flower girls. The youngest flower girl was a three year old little charmer who made a point of straightening the brides gown while standing up front. We were pleased to see the photographer from Famous Photos in Lincoln Park notice her actions and snap up quite a few pictures.
The cocktail hour and reception were catered by Zingerman’s and it all smelled delicious. We had the pleasure of playing the cocktail hour and had fun playing the couples requested songs. Elizabeth loves the Disney movie Aladdin so of course, that was performed along with Jump, Jive and Wail, I’ve Got a Crush and several Beatles tunes. Our Led Zeppelin is always a hit and encourages guests to stop by and comment on how they don’t expect to hear Journey, Zeppelin and others from a string quartet. That always brings a smile to our faces. We wish Elizabeth and Benjamin the very best as husband and wife. IMG_1248

Ford Piquette T-Plex Museum

Famous Photos Inc.

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”Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you”

IMG_1236This quote from the Apache wedding prayer was part of the reading at Amanda and Phillip’s wedding at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. It was read by Geoffrey Gower, who traveled from Great Britain to be present at his granddaughter’s wedding. It was a sentimental start to the wedding which was highlighted by Amanda’s daughter, Layla, processing as the flower girl for her mother’s wedding.

Oakland Hills Country Club is a beautiful venue and an exceptionally efficient staff. Karen Sahlin, wedding coordinator for the country club, was a great help and we extend our appreciation to her and her staff for their assistance. The flowers, the work of Dale Morgan of Blossoms, were composed of gorgeous purples and yellows. Photographer Kellie Saunders was getting some terrific shots of the couple and Videographer Tom Estes was documenting the day for the Amanda and Phillip. We saw our friend and colleague, Seth Michaels of Mike Staff Productions setting up for the reception so are confident that the music for the evening ahead was excellent.
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Oakland Hills Country Club

Blossoms of Birmingham

Kellie Saunders, Photographer

Mike Staff Productions

Church Filled to Capacity with Family at Friends

IMG_1235Congratulations to Courtney and Bryce on their wedding day. The ceremony was held at Troy First United Methodist Church of Troy and led by the Reverend Hal Weemhoff. He is a great friend to our quartet and warmly recommends us to his couples. We’re very appreciative of his kind words as there is no better way to build your business than through the personal recommendation of others in the same line of work. He has a fine wedding coordinator working with him at Troy First. Lisa Head and her staff are efficient and a pleasure to work with. We appreciate their assistance with cues during the ceremony. A good wedding coordinator is a great thing!
Bryce and Courtney chose Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the bridesmaids processional and the well-known Pachelbel Canon in D for Courtney’s bridal processional. Rev. Weemhoff led a beautiful ceremony which included a Cording or Hand Fasting ceremony in place of the usual unity candle. Following the ceremony, we understand that a great reception was enjoyed by the guests at Detroit Athletic Club and included many late night bowling at the DAC’s basement lanes. We wish Bryce and Courtney the very best as they begin their lives together.

Troy First United Methodist Church

Detroit Athletic Club

Vintage Wedding at Historic Meadowbrook Hall a Classic

IMG_1233This was our quartet’s last outdoor wedding of the year and the weather was perfect! Kara and Joe had a beautiful day to exchange their vows at the Pegasus garden in the company of family and friends. Reverend Sherry Mullins led a sentimental service composed of unique vows and readings. The bridal party had elegant green dresses with a lattice type top that fit the “vintage” theme. As the pictures show, the flowers from The Parsonage Events were stunning. In keeping with the theme, we played “Over the Rainbow” for the mothers seating, “What a Wonderful World” for the bridal party, “Here Comes the Sun” for Kara’s processional and “8 Days a Week” for the recessional. We have to mention the wonderful staff at Meadowbrook Hall. Kristen Burnett and her staff do a superb job providing cues and providing for our needs. They are efficient and we appreciate their support each time we visit.
Following the ceremony we had the pleasure of playing for the cocktail hour inside the “Great Estate.” Joe and Kara specified that they wanted classic rock as part of the music so we had a great time playing Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey and Smoke on the Water. It is always reassuring when guests pause to comment on our performance. We had several gentlemen express their surprise and delight at our repertoire. It makes our day when we hear “I didn’t think a string quartet could do that kind of music!” We know that they enjoyed the music during the remainder of the evening as our friends at Mike Staff Productions provided the music for the reception. Thank you Kara and Joe for allowing us the opportunity to play our “fun” stuff for your guests. We had a great time and wish you both the very best as you continue your lives together. IMG_1234

Meadowbrook Hall

Mike Staff Productions

Historic Timer Farm in Fowlerville Holds Fall Family Wedding

photo 4The day could not have been more beautiful for Katie and Joshua. Joshua’s family lives on a working farm and the couple chose to hold their wedding ceremony in the 100 year old barn. As the pictures show, Katie’s mother, Colleen Green, did an outstanding job decorating the barn. The use of fall colors, pumpkins, lighting and truly gorgeous floral arrangements, transformed this working barn into a warm chapel. We had the opportunity to play several songs that reflected this country setting including “Ashokan Farewell”, made famous by the Ken Burns PBS “Civil War” production, Vivaldi’s “Autumn” and Yiruma’s “The River Flows in You”. The Rev. Jason Lukis officiated and brought tender moments of humor to the ceremony. The six bridesmaids wore deep red gowns and processed to Beethoven’s Ode To Joy. Katie chose the flowing Pachelbel Canon photo 2for her processional. One of the highlights was a heartfelt rendition of John Denver’s “For You” sung and played by Joshua’s mother Lee Timer and accompanied by our quartet. Lee, a friend of our quartet, is a musician and plays for weddings frequently yet singing for your child’s wedding is certainly and emotional event. We were impressed by her ability to sing such a song without getting weepy. We all agreed that we would have had trouble!
Following the ceremony, the guests moved to a tent beside a field of corn for the cocktail hour and reception. We had the honor of playing for the cocktail hour and had a great deal of fun playing songs by Journey, Beatles, Ted Nugent and others. Fred Bear by Ted Nugent always gets a reaction! Several guests came up to us and expressed their surprise at a string quartet playing such music. They were expecting the usual classical music and we are always tickled when we get to widen their eyes and tickle their ears. The Timer Farms are well known for their award winning “Maple Syrup” and the couple gifted the guests with a bottle as a token of their thanks for sharing their day with them. It was quite an event and we were honored to be a part of it. We extend our best wishes to Joshua and Katie and wish them the very best in the coming years.
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