Congratulations 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.
Congratulations 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.
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
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.
This 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.
Congratulations to Phillip and Amanda and best wishes as they begin their lives together as a family.
Congratulations 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.
This 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.
The 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 for 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.
Any Michigander can tell you that fall is one of the best seasons in our state. The fall foliage, crisp weather and traditions of apple and pumpkin picking make for delightful Septembers and Octobers. Laura and Kevin had one of those beautiful October days for their wedding in the Meyer Gardens of Lovett Hall. It’s always a pleasure to play any of the Henry Ford facilities as the staff is consistently knowledgeable and helpful. Lovers of the Beatles, the couple chose “All You Need Is Love” for their recessional and “When I’m 64” in their prelude. As the pictures show, the alter area was beautifully decorated with autumn colors. The sand ceremony was particularly interesting as they used sand from the five Great Lakes. We wish Laura and Kevin the very best as they begin life together.
The Henry Ford
One of the pleasures of playing over 50 weddings a year is that our quartet gets to perform in the many churches, banquet centers and concert halls through the Detroit metro area. One of our favorite venues is the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. Because they are set up as a concert venue, the sound and lighting staff are fabulous. Kristen, the venue coordinator, is knowledgeable and helpful every time we have the pleasure of playing there. For Erin and Marcus, the experience was no different. The alter area was set up on the stage and lovely Japanese lanterns hung from the ceiling. It transformed the hip concert venue into a chapel like setting. Meg Wilson, longtime friend of the quartet, officiated the ceremony. She has known the bride’s family for many years and it showed in her personal references and affection for Erin. The couple chose an eclectic collection of music for their ceremony. We played “The Rose” for the seating of the parents, “Open Arms” for Erin’s bridal processional and “The Prayer” from Camelot for the Unity Candle and “Viva la Vida” for their recessional. Erin had a special request for “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton for her bridesmaid’s processional. We were able to arrange and perform that for her. It’s worth mentioning that Erin had a guy friend in her bridal party. A trend we are seeing more frequently!
Following the ceremony, we moved to a separate room for the cocktail hour. Erin requested a mix of Mo-Town, Disney and classic rock. It’s always a pleasure to perform non-traditional music and surprise the guests. We had several people come up and comment on our classic rock renditions.
We recently had an opportunity to speak with the bride’s mother about her experience at the Crofoot. She shared with me that she was initially hesitant about a venue in downtown Pontiac but was totally thrilled with the helpfulness of the staff and thoroughness of security both before and during her daughter’s wedding. Again, we commend the Crofoot for their exceptional service and attention to client needs. Congratulations to Marcus and Erin and best wishes for a blessed marriage.
Congratulations to Carolyn and James on their wedding at the Auburn Hills Marriot. It stood out to us as unique that the couple and their families were both so relaxed and joyful throughout the event. The couple chose all contemporary music for the ceremony including “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “All I Ask of You”, “Your Song” and more. The hand fasting ceremony provided a great opportunity for us to play our Irish songs of “Be Thou My Vision” and “Sheebag Sheemore”. Bonnie Zientak of Memorable Occasions provided the wedding décor and as the picture shows, added just the right amount of bling to make it fun. Special thanks to Jessica Herbert of the Marriot for her assistance throughout the afternoon. Congratulations again to James and Carolyn and best wishes!
Auburn Hills Marriot