Sense of Humor May Be the Key to a Successful Marriage

Congratulations to Stephanie and Corey!  They were married at the Elks Lodge in Port Huron on a warm, sunny day.  They chose classic romantic songs for their wedding day.  We played “Cheek to Cheek”, “It Had To Be You”, “When I’m 64″ and more.  As the pictures show, they had beautiful flowers and a great sense of humor.  We chuckled over the “Order of Ceremony”.  Marriage is hard work and when those who are blessed to be married 50+ years are asked what has been the key?  They often reply, “a sense of humor”.  If that is true, then Stephanie and Corey are off to a great start.  We wish them the best.

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Mama Mia! Italian Happenings Car Show An Annual Delight

Being in the wedding industry, we have the opportunity to work with wonderful people at a special time in their life.  We give our best performance for their wedding and wish them well.  Obviously, our goal is to NOT play another of their weddings but hope their experience with our quartet was rewarding enough that they refer us to friends and family.  Personal recommendations are best kind of advertising.  On occasion, we are hired to play special events that come around annually and are not related to the wedding business.  Those events are so much fun because of the different setting and style of music.  Often times we get to interact with people and play requests.  We also get to re-engage with the client year after year.  Such is the case with the” Italian Happenings”.  The event celebrates Italian cars and bikes as part of the Concours d’Elegance of America weekend held each year at the Inn at St. John in Plymouth.  The event is the annual display of over 150 Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis.  Set up on part of the golf course, we set up our tent and play everything from Italian Opera Arias to the Beatles and everything in-between.  Thank you, David, for the opportunity to be a part of this great event.  We look forward to next year and the sound of revving engines.

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A True Love Story Never Ends

photo 1For a natural setting, our are Metro Parks are a great location for outdoor weddings.  We were at Stony Creek Metro Park last weekend and then found ourselves at Indian Springs Metro Park this weekend.  Indian Springs has an Environmental Discovery Center worth exploring.  A short distance from the building is the Oak Tree Circle, the site for Ian and Rose’s wedding ceremony.  The couple had a family friend build this unique doorway which then created the feeling of a small, intimate space.  Hopefully, Rose and Ian can find a place in their home or garden to use this gift.

For the ceremony, the couple chose mostly classical music and saved the popular music for the receiving line.  We enjoyed the compliments and conversations following our performance with several family members.  Rose and Ian had many friends involved in their special day.  Our thanks to Greg, who was a great help to us.  Congratulations to them both and best wishes!

 

 

Indian Springs Metro Park

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Private Garden Offers Breathtaking Setting for Destination Wedding

photo 2You might think by the picture that we were in a regional botanical garden.  But this was a private lake home in Milford whose owner opened his home and hosted his nephew’s wedding.  Jonathan and Danielle, both from Pennsylvania, had a beautiful Michigan day for their outdoor wedding.  Danielle descended down the stone garden steps to the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner.  For the dinner following the ceremony, we performed light classics and contemporary songs along with a few Joplin rags at that request of a guest.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time playing music among the birdsong while sitting on the deck overlooking a lake and the outstanding garden.  Best wishes to the newly married couple as they begin their lives back in Pennsylvania with fond memories of Michigan.  photo 1

Family Doesn’t Allow Delay To Impact Wedding Celebration

Brides and mothers of brides often talk about the stress of planning a wedding.  There are so many variables and opportunities for problems.  Sometimes even the most organized can be impacted by human error. Amanda and Matthew planned a beautiful wedding at Stony Creek Metro Park.  Scripture readings were selected along great music.  The works of Pachelbel, Handel, Tchaikovsky and even the contemporary sounds of Postal Service and Mumford and Sons were used in the ceremony.

Unfortunately, a vendor error caused a delay in the wedding.  Family and friends stepped right in and brought out water and drinks for the guests.  Shuttle transportation was provided for those who wished to return to the banquet tent.  Though the wedding started later than originally intended, everyone maintained their good spirits.  What a testimony to this family and their ability to remain calm under pressure!  With such an approach to life, Matthew and Amanda are sure to have a successful marriage.

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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!

 

 

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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!

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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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