Congratulations to April and Bill on their wedding at River Crest Banquet Center. Set alongside the Clinton River, the groom’s brother is owner/manager of River Crest so this was a family event from start to finish. The maid of honor, dressed in an elegant gown, entered to Trumpet Voluntary while April chose the Kanon in D for her bridal processional. Mike Fry officiated and we sent the couple out with Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve. We had fun playing contemporary songs chosen by the couple throughout dinner. Rob Meilke of Special Moments Entertainment took over the music after dinner and had the fun group on their feet and dancing for the evening.
The Dearborn Inn has maintained a busy schedule for weddings this year. A testimony to the classic elegance and outstanding service that they provide. Julie and David chose to have their wedding celebration there earlier this month. Reverend Ralph Brown of Hope United Church of Christ officiated the ceremony which included the reading “Love Is a Friendship Caught Fire” by Laura Hendricks and read by Kathleen Gaynor. Julie and David chose great music for the cocktail hour and we had a few guests singing along. Grandpa Gil stopped by and shared a few stories about Julie as a child. His affection for his “adopted granddaughter” was clear as was the well wishes of their animated group of friends. There was no doubt that this group was going to have a great time throughout the evening. We wish them the best as they begin this new chapter as husband and wife.
Planterra Conservatory was the venue for Jennifer and Gurtej’s wedding reception. The couple were married in Aruba and chose to have their reception here in Michigan to celebrate with family and friends. The Planterra Conservatory is a unique venue, offering a glass-enclosed botanical garden setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and special events. We have played there several times now and are always struck by the beauty of the venue. From the archway and fountain at the entrance to the wall of succulent plants behind the bar to the twinkling lights, the staff creates a lovely setting for special events. On this occasion, we were even treated to dinner and can tell you that the food was outstanding!
We played a mix of contemporary and nostalgic songs and met two young fans. Flower girls Macie and Raegan Fritts danced the night away to our music. Their energy was limitless and the photographer had many great photo opportunities. Congratulations and best wishes to the new couple!
Sabeel Media held its second annual gala titled “Big Dreams” at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn. This organization creates original, spiritual, culturally relevant, compelling media programs, and distributes them all free to international audiences around the globe. They have chosen to be a peacemaker in the meeting place between East and West, and have been producing materials that speak peace since it was created seven years ago. Their is to produce and distribute high quality materials of spiritual, moral, cultural, and ethical value in various languages.
We were honored to be a part of this event and provided music during dinner and dessert. Rosanne Silva was our gracious host and insured that our evening was a delight. We played a wide selection of classical music and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. If you are looking for a charitable donation before the new year, Sabeel Media would be an excellent option. Their focus is to “serve our audiences through accessibility, affordability and anonymity in a language and art form that they can understand”. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Sabeel and are confident that their mission will continue to be successful.
With over 20 years in the wedding business, we’ve performed at a great many churches. But Ursula and Joseph’s wedding took us to a new church, St. Thomas A Becket Catholic Church in Canton. The beautiful sanctuary was decorated for autumn. The bridesmaids wore blue iridescent gowns with a hi-low hem while the matron of honor wore a magenta gown. A classic touch was the matching jewelry wore by the ladies. Deacon Jim Ward directed a personal wedding service while Brandon Gauvin did a fantastic job as vocalist and pianist. Brandon, along with Jennifer from the church were a great help to us with cues.
The couple chose an eclectic mix of songs including “Somewhere In Time”, “Jesu Joy” and “Con Ti Partiro” for Ursula’s processional. Vocalist Susan Vaughan, sister of the groom, provided a touching performance of Ave Maria accompanied by Brandon Gauvin. The couple had a sweet presence about them and took the time to meet us after their ceremony to thank us. We wish them the very best as they begin their married life.
The Dearborn Inn provided classic elegance for Gina and Travis’ wedding. Lizzie Mathison did an expert job as usual coordinating the event. We have come to depend on her for cues and assistance each time we’re there. Jeff Hamilton directed the ceremony which included the reading “These are the Hands”. Autumn weddings have beautiful fall colors at their disposal and Gina made use of it by having her bridesmaids wear burnt orange dresses. We played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for their entrance and Hallelujah for Gina’s bridal processional. Viviano’s lived up to their reputation and did a beautiful job with the flowers. We had the pleasure of playing an assortment of music for cocktail hour before the guests found their names on the cleverly designed place mark holder and proceeding in to dinner. Scott Newlin of Cutting the Run took over for us and had the guests on their feet for an evening of celebration. Congratulations and best wishes to Travis and Gina!
Philip and Erin had a beautiful wedding last month at the historic Saint Anne De Detroit Catholic Church. The present church is the 8th structure of the parish of Saint Anne’s which was founded in 1701, a mere two days after Cadillac and his people landed at Detroit. The church contains many relics from the 1818 stone church which stood on Bates Street. Among its treasures are: the 1818 cornerstone, the main alter, the intricately hand carved communion rail, the “Beaubien Bell” and the statue of Ste. Ann and her daughter, Mary. It also contains the oldest stained glass in the city. Of particular interest on the exterior of the building are the flying buttresses, a feature fairly common in gothic churches in Europe, but unusual in the “new world”. Four gargoyles guard the main entrance on the north façade.
Father Ray Sayers led the ceremony which included a communion. Director of Music and Liturgy, Christopher Loeffler, was a tremendous help to us with cues and performed select solo pieces during the postlude. This was a treat for us as the church has a 26-rank pipe organ and a reverberation time typical of some of the finest European churches. The ceremony certainly had an “old world” feel rich with tradition. We send Erin and Philip our best wishes!
Café Cortina is an inspired Italian countryside vineyard setting in Farmington Hills. Founded on the site of a former apple orchard in 1976 by the Tonon family, Café Cortina was the venue for Scott and Marthe’s wedding last month. The outdoor patio proved to be a perfect setting for an elegant and timeless wedding ceremony and cocktails prior to the dinner. The bridal party wore stunning gowns of grey and ivory and walked to Schubert’s Ave Maria. Marthe, a Beatles fan, walked with her father to “The Long and Winding Road”. Following the ceremony, we played for the dinner beside the French doors of the dining room. They were a receptive audience and made requests, applauded and truly embraced the music and festivity. We were honored to play “In My Life” for Marthe and her father’s first dance, “What A Wonderful World” for Scott and his mother’s dance and finally, a personal favorite for the bride and groom. It was a beautiful night for two lovely families who made us feel like a welcomed part of the celebration. Our best wishes to Marthe and Scott!
Karly and Mike had a beautiful morning for their wedding at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The glass conservatory provides an outdoor feeling with all the benefits of an indoor wedding. The couples friend, Kelly Lerdahl, acted as their officiant. The bridal party wore individual styled dresses in a pretty purple. It was an excellent choice as each lady looked fabulous in the dress style of their choice. Together with Karly, they walked down the aisle to “I Will Wait”, a song specifically requested by the couple and arranged for string quartet by our arranger.
Following the ceremony, a brunch was held in the hotel. The smell of omelets was mouth watering and they cleverly used cupcakes as a wedding cake. Groomesman Joe Buratto, did a superb job as the MC. We played another requested and arranged song, “We Found Love” for the bride and grooms first dance. Having an arranger to work with our clients as needed is a great asset for our clients. Sometimes a song is so new and young in its popularity that arrangements have not yet been created. For a reasonable fee, he will take your choice of song and arrange it for string quartet.
An event at the Royal Park is always elegant and this day was no different. The staff is helpful and responsive to every need. We wish Karly and Mike the very best as they begin their newest adventure!