Rain Holds Off for UMich Scientists on Their Wedding Day

20160917_140558Stephanie and Adam had great luck as the rain which threatened throughout the day held off long enough that they could have their dream wedding at the Millpond Park in Fenton. Friend and colleague Matt Beyersdorf directed his first ever ceremony and did a fantastic job keeping the proceedings moving smoothly and handling the event with grace and humor. While the couple kept their music choices to the traditional during the ceremony, The Game of Thrones theme was their choice for the recessional and showed their adventurous side. This was the type of wedding day that involved all the family members in the planning and execution. Joy and true friendship was evident among the two families and their guests.  Best wishes to Adam and Stephanie as they begin the journey as husband and wife.

Millpond Park, Fenton

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Like a Race Car, The Fine Tuning of A Relationship Takes This Couple Across the Finish Line!

20160917_102906The love of two people and race cars were clearly present in Lachelle and Mike’s wedding at The Whitney in Detroit.  Pastor Paul Moldenhauer took every opportunity to make a correlation between Lachelle’s career and the joys of marriage.  The setting for the wedding ceremony was the 2nd floor landing of the Whitney under the gorgeous two-story Tiffany stained glass window. With the help of Samantha Cesarz, wedding coordinator at the Whitney, the event went off without a hitch.

The Whitney mansion is world famous for upscale dining in Detroit.  Completed in 1894, the Motor City landmark retains the exquisite charm of Detroit’s early upper echelon as a venue for all to enjoy.  The Mansion is 22,000 square feet and has 52 rooms (including 10 bathrooms), 218 windows, 20 fireplaces and numerous stained-glass windows crafted by Tiffany’s of New York It was the first residential home in Detroit to have an elevator for personal use, a hydraulic number.20160917_101306

The music that the couple chose was especially fitting for this historic turn of the century setting. We played the old romantic standards of Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra. Lachelle chose a hymn, O Perfect Love, for her bridal processional and then the fun, “When I’m 64” by the Beatles for the recessional.  It was the ideal blend between the old and new.  Petite Fleur of Ferndale created gorgeous floral arrangements that fit the  historic setting of the Whitney.  And Jennifer Boris was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments in this grand setting.  Best wishes to Lachelle and Mike as they begin their lives together.

The Whitney Restaurant

Petit Fleur

Jennifer Boris, Photography

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The Carriage House At Pine Knob Provides Picturesque Backdrop For Outdoor Wedding

Pine Knob in Clarkston offers two banquet facilities; The Mansion and The Carriage House.  Built in 1927, The Carriage House originally housed the caretaker’s family for Colonel Waldon’s estate. The property has been transformed into a unique contemporary banquet facility with crystal chandeliers and picturesque floor to ceiling windows. While overlooking the golf course it also provides an outside pavilion for a one of a kind ceremony. The wooded golf course adds a breathtaking backdrop, with beautiful displays of nature at its finest.

Ben and Valarie chose to hold their outdoor wedding under the pavilion overlooking the golf course. Kurt, the wedding coordinator at The Carriage House, was very helpful with cues. The bridesmaids wore a shimmering copper colored gown and walked with the groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Valarie wore a stunning gown and walked with her father to Pachelbel’s Kanon in D. Jason Blazet, Ben’s stepfather, officiated the ceremony and spoke eloquently about the couple, their charming son, Hunter, and the formation of this new family. The couple selected contemporary music for the prelude and postlude. “Don’t Stop Believin” was Ben’s special request and we’re glad he was able to hear it. Love Story by Taylor Swift was played for their recessional followed by Starlight by Muse. Both generated compliments from several guests. We wish Ben, Valarie and Hunter a lifetime of happiness.

The Carriage House at Pine Knob

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Rondo Honored with The Knots “HALL OF FAME” Award

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We received a tremendous honor this week!  The Knot is an online site that provides vendor information, reviews and ideas for every possible aspect of ones wedding day. Each year, this online wedding site holds a “best of weddings” competition.  Reviews from former clients are the way in which you accumulate votes.  We are so proud to have been a winner of the Best of Weddings for several years running.  This Hall of Fame trophy was awarded to us for having been voted the “BEST” by real newlyweds four or more times. While the trophy is lovely, its the fact that our former clients are so pleased with our string quartet services that they will take the time to write us a glowing review. Our 5 Star designation, the highest possible, is a point of pride for us.  We consider it an honor to be a part of any couples wedding day and work diligently to provide the best possible musical experience.  The music is a critical part of a wedding day and one that should hold memories for the newlyweds and guests alike. If you are looking for wedding music, check out any of our 70 reviews on The Knot.

Rondo String Quartet on The Knot

If you’d like to learn even more about us and hear sound clips, visit our website!

Rondo String Quartet

We look forward to writing and posting pictures about YOUR wedding day here soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer and Eric Have Their Moment in History

20160903_162020Picture an urban industrial setting steeped in history. Shop worn wooden floors, beams and posts that show the wear of heavy machinery. If walls could talk, they would share the birth of the automobile and the sweat and tears of the men who struggled to make a dream a reality. The Ford Avenue Piquette Plant is a timeless backdrop, a unique and memorable place to hold an event. Guests can walk the same floor that a young Henry Ford walked, sit in the driver’s seat of a Model T and mingle where an invention that would change the world was born. It is a setting that is signature Detroit and can be found nowhere else.

Jennifer and Eric chose this setting for their wedding and as the pictures show, the history of the venue provided a riveting backdrop for a beautiful event. The floral arrangements were exceptionally well done and fit the setting with the texture and greenery. The couples friend, Michael Gilmore, did an excellent job as the officant. His voice projected clearly and we enjoyed his unique take on the vows “Do you, Jennifer, take Eric as your favorite person?”20160903_161249

We played “Stand by Me” for the family and bridesmaids and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for Jennifer’s processional. “Don’t Stop Believin’” followed the pronouncement of the couple as husband and wife. We played many movie themes as requested by the movie loving couple and saw the staff lay out delicious dishes including a mac and cheese bar. The smells were tantalizing!  We especially enjoyed the creative way that the dinner tables were numbered.  Each number was accompanied by a picture of the bride and groom at that age.  What a fun conversation starter!

Congratulations to Eric and Jennifer and may their marriage be the beginning of a new historic story.

Ford Avenue Piquette Plant

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Classic Elegance Set the Stage at Congregation Shaarey Zedek Wedding

20160904_163639We were honored to be a part of Judy and Andrew’s wedding last week at Congregation Sharrey Zedek.  As you walked into the synagogue, you could not help but be struck by the elegance. Composed of lush greenery with the chuppah adorned with greenery, white roses and hydrangea, the alter looked like a “garden of Eden”. As the sun slowly set, the stain glass windows awakened with light, providing a beautiful contrast of color to the calming greenery.

We had the honor of accompanying Cantor Hazzan David Propis throughout the ceremony.  His rich voice was the perfect compliment to this sacred scene.  We had the opportunity to play his arrangements of Shevah Brachot and Shehecheyanu which were beautifully arranged for string quartet.  We also accompanied him for the family’s processional, Boi Kallah and Judy’s bridal processional for which Mr. Propis sang Cohen’s Hallelujah.  Judy’s grandfather performed “Sunrise, Sunset” for her circling of Andrew before they proceeded under the chuppah.  It was a tender moment for all.  20160904_163749

Following the pronouncement of Andrew and Judy as husband and wife and the celebratory Simon Tov, we moved to the lobby and played contemporary music for the cocktail hour.  Party Assurance was on hand to insure that everything proceeded smoothly and indeed the cocktail hour looked and smelled amazing! The staff of Shaarey Zedek, especially Shari, was incredibly helpful and we extend our thanks to them all.

Though we have been playing weddings and special engagements for over 28 years, there are certain ones that remain in your memory as special in some way.  This is one of those weddings for us.  There were so many qualities that came together to make this wedding day truly extraordinary. Congratulations Judy and Andrew and best wishes for many years to come!

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Party Assurance

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Ukrainian Church Choir Blesses Couple with Beautiful Music

20160820_125314The Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church has a long standing history in the Hamtramck community.  The entire church is decorated in icons depicting the life of Mary. Frescoes and paintings adorn the sanctuary and the ceiling, drawing one’s eyes upward.  It was in this sacred setting that Amy and Mark got married. Father Daniel officiated the ceremony which included the choir singing a traditional Ukrainian hymn for the Flowers to Mary.  While we played classical music for all the processionals, the beautiful voices of the choir escorted the couple out after Father Daniel pronounced them husband and wife20160820_125323.

Tracie Green from Event Elements was acting coordinator and was phenomenal at handling the details including our cues.  We were referred to the couple by Trilogy Band who later played the reception.  Many thanks to our friends Trilogy  for thinking of us. Wixom florist “Love in Bloom” provided gorgeous arrangements for the day.  All the elements came together to create a ceremony that communicated love and solemnity for Mark and Amy.  We wish them the best as they move forward as husband and wife.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Trilogy Band

Event Elements

Love In Bloom

 

A Dream You Dream Together is Reality

20160826_153645Over our 28+ years in the wedding industry, we’ve had the pleasure of playing grand weddings in elegant places, simple weddings in traditional places and alternative style weddings in urban places.  How wonderful that so many options exist for all the different types of couples in this world! Karin and Shawn planned a sweet wedding in the most traditional of places, The Martha Mary Chapel at Greenfield Village.  This simple chapel helps keep the focus on the couple and the spiritual simplicity of the wedding ceremony.  Karin wore a truly gorgeous gown.  Rather then the stark white often seen in bridal gowns, hers had the hue of the softest pink known as “sand” which added a luminescent effect.   The gown was accented with a belt of a pearly pink copied in the bridesmaids dresses.  Both Karin and her attendants processed to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.  Denise Tucker of Perfect Day Celebrations opened the ceremony with a prayer. We thought it was a lovely touch and the perfect way to allow the couple to collect their thoughts before proceeding into the exchange of vows.  The ceremony included a quote from John Lennon, ” ‘A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Kate McCellan from  Purple Clover Events executed the day beautifully. From cues for us to the movement of the bridal party and organization of the photographer from Mike Staff Productions and other vendors, no element was left unattended. 20160826_153741Parsonage Flowers created arrangements that went beyond just flowers with texture and foliage that suited this historic setting.

The ceremony seemed well suited for this beautiful couple who communicated a endearing love, kindness and sense of humor with each other.  We wish Shawn and Karin the very best and thank them for the honor of being a part of their special wedding day.

Purple Clover Events

Perfect Day Celebrations

Mike Staff Productions

Parsonage Flowers

 

 

 

Elegance, Gilt and History: The Colony Club Trifecta For a Memorable Wedding

20160819_180818A wedding at the Colony Club is always an elegant affair. Located on Park Ave in the heart of the entertainment district, it opened in 1929 as a Women’s Club. The Georgian exterior is complimented by the 3rd floor’s impressive Louis XVI ballroom. Painted in Versailles cream and gilt, the ballroom was the site of Jasmine and Zach’s wedding ceremony and reception.  It seemed appropriate to play the classic melodies of Vivaldi and Bach here.  The bridesmaids and adorable flower girl walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Kanon in D while Jasmine chose the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner for her bridal processional and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March for her and Zach’s recessional.  20160819_172214

Our friend Bill Fenton of “I Do’s Your Way” officiated the ceremony with his usual professionalism and words of wisdom. Molly, the coordinator for Colony Club, was another professional on top of all the details involved in a orchestrating a large wedding celebration. We have to mention the gorgeous flowers of Bellisario Florist and the outstanding work of Sweet and Savory on the stunning wedding cake.  Clearly, both of these vendors are at the top of their profession and Jasmine had done her research to find some of the best in the business. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gray as they begin their married life together!

Colony Club

I Do’s Your Way

Bellisario Florist

Sweet and Savory

 

Perennials, Parasols and the Chemistry of Love for Botanical Gardens Wedding

matthaei[1]There are dozens of Chemistry clichés that can be used to describe two people in love. They have “good chemistry” or “souls that resemble attract inevitably”. It’s safe to say that Danielle and Brad have probably heard them all! These two University of Michigan chemists were married in the perennial garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens on a sunny day in August. Coryanna Ku officiated and Francesca, coordinator at the gardens, was a tremendous help!  The couple kept it simple with traditional wedding music including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Canon in D and Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary.  Silk Thumb Florists composed lovely arrangements that fit with the setting of the botanical gardens and Special Moments Photography was on hand to capture the moments that Brad and Danielle will want to savor for years to come.  We played the Beatles song “All You Need is Love” for the recessional and it seemed so fitting for this couple who clearly share a special bond. No chemistry pun intended.images[1]

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Special Moments Photography

Silk Thumb Florist

 

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