Good Choices by Bride and Groom Create Idyllic Wedding Day

20160722_171547It was a hot, steamy day for an outdoor wedding at the Henry Ford. Keeping the focus on the meaning of the day, Devin and Jesse chose to put their guests comfort ahead of their original plans for an outdoor wedding and moved the ceremony inside the museum. We played “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “Cheek to Cheek”, “Raise Your Glass” and others for the seating of the guests. Connie of the Henry Ford assisted us with cues and we played “Your Song” for the mothers seating. The bridal party wore navy blue dresses carried dark and light pink bouquets that created an elegant look for the wedding party as they processed to “The Way You Look Tonight”.  The officiant was Jesse’s Great Uncle and both Devin and Jesse’s mothers read a poetic reading during the ceremony.  From our first conversation, Jesse expressed a strong interest in having “At Last” by Etta James played for her processional.  At her request, we also played the final verse “for you are mine” for their recessional before moving into “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  It was clear that the day was well planned by the couple and enjoyed by their guests. Best wishes to Jesse and Devin!

The Henry Ford

 

Published in: on July 26, 2016 at 12:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rondo String Quartet at the Italian Happening Car and Motorbike Show

The Rondo String Quartet is pleased to once again be playing at the Italian Happening Car and Motorbike Show held in conjunction with Concours d’Elegance of America. This year’s show will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 on the golf course at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The show runs from 10-3. The Rondo String Quartet will be playing from 12:30-2:30. Come out and join the fun!

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Italian Happening

Published in: on July 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

“And through love I will be, you will be, we’ll be.” -Naruda Sonnet

20160612_160905The beautiful words of the  Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, and quotes from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book “The Gift of the  Sea” enhanced the lush and romantic setting of Planterra Conservatory for Jenny and Jason’s recent wedding. It was an appropriate setting for the classical melodies of Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Mozart and Vivaldi, which we played for the seating of the guests.  Both families and the bridal party walked in to Bach’s Air on a G string while Jenny and her father entered to the strains of Pachelbel’s Kanon. Following the pronouncement of husband and wife, Jenny and Jason recessed to Vivaldi’s Spring.

Planterra always looks as if you’ve stepped into a tropical fairy tale with its lush plantings, elegant table settings, twinkling lights and unique floral arrangements around every turn.  Tiffany Zendejas of Party Assurance coordinated the event with her usual professionalism.  Nichole Bertucci of “A Simple I Do” officiated the wedding ceremony with words of love, good humor and an appreciation for the sacredness of the evening. The venue, coordinator and officiant combined to ensure that the evening proceeded flawlessly.

The couple, who met online, celebrated the evening with dinner under the stars thanks to Planterra’s glass ceiling along with the music of Mike Staff Productions and the sweet concoctions of Sweet Heather Anne Bakery.  Best wishes to Jason and Jenny!

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Party Assurance

A Simple I Do

Mike Staff Productions

Sweet Heather Anne Bakery

Published in: on July 17, 2016 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rondo String Quartet on Vote 4 the Best

Rondo String Quartet is honored to be nominated on Detroit’s Vote 4 the Best for 2016.  We would love to have your votes!  Thank-you to all of our wonderful clients and friends!

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Published in: on June 30, 2016 at 11:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Love Always Looks for the Best

Congratulations to Taylor and Ryan, who were married at the Detroit Athletic Club on May 29th.  Their officiant, Ed Cantrell, fittingly said that in no other relationships do two become one.  He also added some key advice for a long and happy marriage, “Love always looks for the best.”

We were honored to once again play at the beautiful Detroit Athletic Club.  The current building was opened in 1915 and the charm and luxury of the day have been well preserved. Thank-you to Beth Leskowski, Taylor and Ryan’s coordinator, for all of your help with cues.

We began by playing classical music in the Georgian Room for the ceremony.  The couple requested some of their favorite Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi pieces.  For the cocktail hour, we moved to the Reading Room and were asked to play from our nostalgic section, which fit superbly with the setting.  All of the guests seemed to enjoy that era of music.  One guest in particular commented that we were playing his favorite song, ‘Begin the Beguine’.  It’s always nice to see people enjoying the day.

Best wishes to the new couple!

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Detroit Athletic Club

Weddings by Adrienne and Amber

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Scarlet Poppy

Published in: on June 5, 2016 at 12:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Movie Lovers Wed in Historic Downtown Theatre

20160521_135102Located in Bad Axe, Michigan, this historic theatre has been serving movie goers since 1916! Construction on The Bad Axe Theatre began in 1915. When it opened the following year, it served as the meeting place for the Knights of Columbus. They had their dedication of the building on February 21, 1916. Their meetings were held here, as well as dinners for special occasions. At this time, the auditorium was used for local stage productions, and was also used to show silent movies. It has had several owners throughout the past 90 years. It is currently owned and operated by Mark Rolfe. Mark has been employed at the theatre since 1989 as a projectionist and became manager in 1994. He purchased the business in April of 2004 and has made several improvements such as upgrading the sound systems in both cinemas and giving the theatre a new look.

Becky and Chris transformed this historic theatre into a twinkling setting for their wedding day. Candles lined the walls and white draping created an alter complete with gorgeous floral arrangements on pedestals. Jamie, a friend of the family, was a great help with cues from the back of the theatre.  She did an excellent job keeping things running smoothly and even managed to get the three young flower girls and one adorable ring bearer down the aisle with smiles!  We received many compliments on our songs from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.  Becky chose The Swan by Saint-Saens, played beautifully by our cellist, for her processional.

Today’s couples look for unique ways to incorporate their guests into the ceremony. In place of a Unity Candle, Becky and Chris did a “Wishing Stone” ceremony. They asked each guest to pick up a river stone upon entering the theater and while holding it, say a blessing for them. They were then instructed to place the blessed stone in the bowl.  During the ceremony, the officiant Lynn McClymont, spoke of these blessed stones while the couple poured them into a vase. We applaud their creativity! We send our best wishes out to Chris and Becky on the newest chapter in their  made for the movies “life story.”

The Bad Axe Theatre

 

The Masonic in Detroit Delivers the Unique and Traditional for Year Round Weddings

20160514_152724From an intimate wedding venue to breathtaking ballrooms, The Masonic and its staff is at your service. Unique, traditional and inspiring, the Masonic has a wide range of rooms to meet your specific needs. Jeremy and April chose the Chapel for their wedding ceremony.  The large room is a smaller scale replica of Westminster Abbey that holds 500 people. Red was the color of the day and the alter arrangements, with the crystal and feathers, created a 1930’s feel.  The couple chose a mix of old and new music from It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington to I Would Do Anything for Love by Meatloaf.  Melanie Matics, coordinator at the Masonic, assisted us throughout the day.  We are always appreciative of the talents of a good wedding coordinator. Bill Fenton from I Do’s Your Way officiated and pronounced the couple husband and wife as Kim the bagpiper led the recessional out of the chapel. The reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom and we played for the cocktail hour from the balcony above the ballroom.  Looking down onto the Ballroom gives you the birds eye view of beauty and richness of the ballroom.  The pictures simply can’t do justice to the glamorous décor.20160514_165837

The Masonic

I Do’s Your Way

Kim the Piper

Kimthepiper@yahoo.com

Red Carpet Affair In Livonia for Embassy Suites by Hilton

We had the pleasure of playing for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Livonia. Newly renovated in March 2016, this all-suites hotel with a garden atrium is set off the I-275, 2.2 miles from Meadowbrook Country Club and 17 miles from the Boston-Edison historic district. Conveniently located in Livonia, close to Novi, and only 20 minutes from downtown Detroit and 20 minutes to Ann Arbor, Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Livonia Novi makes an ideal location for visiting southeast Michigan.

Celebrating their new renovation, Ellie Beauchamp orchestrated an elegant evening in lush, five-story open-air atrium. Livonia Mayor Dennis K. Wright spoke as did several members of Embassy Suite Hlton Executives.  The evening was replete with hordearves, drinks, outstanding desserts and a true “red” carpet where a photographer was on hand to commemorate the evening. We have worked with Ms. Beauchamp before and it was a pleasure to reconnect with her and provide the music for the evening.

Embassy Suites by Hilton, Livonia

Embassy Suites Detroit - Livonia/Novi Hotel, MI - Hotel Exterior

Rustic Barn Weddings Are Increasing in Popularity and Offer Many Options

20160507_161728Weddings typically are associated with white churches and fancy banquet halls. But for many brides, a countryside barn is the new hotspot to be wed. The trend for rustic weddings has become increasingly popular in Michigan and is not a passing fad. Whether it is on reality TV wedding shows or in bridal magazines, barn weddings can be found just about anywhere a person looks. One example is the Calf Barn at the Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills. Built in 1927, the Calf Barn that has a capacity of 150 guests. This adaptively reused building is fully handicapped accessible and is located conveniently across the street from the Van Hoosen Farmhouse.

Located in historic Stony Creek Village, the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse was home to five generations of the Taylor and Van Hoosen families and has been carefully preserved and furnished with antiques belonging to the families. Amanda and Jacob choose this venue because of its flexibility. The farm has a lovely white gazebo but threatening weather led to their decision to move the wedding indoors. Lilac was the color theme represented in the bridesmaids dresses and bouquets created by Floral Designs by Lori. Anthony Lambert of The Gala House officiated the ceremony and recited the touching “These Are the Hands” poem. Coordinators Jackie Gignac  and Jenna Raschke gave the couple great advice on the weather and helped us with cues and set up.

If you are considering a historic barn wedding but want modern amenities with a clean, open room feel, consider Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills.

Thank-you Amanda and Jacob for allowing us to be part of your day.  Best wishes!

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Floral Designs by Lori

Anthony Lambert

 

Hope Chapel Proves that Small Wedding Venues Offer Great Benefits

3841 One of this year’s hottest wedding trends is an intimate wedding! As many couples have discovered, there are great reasons, beyond the financial savings, to simplify your big day. The challenge is finding a venue that offers the amenities you need within an environment that allows you create the desired intimate setting.  For years, the wedding industry has been focused on the “bigger is better” idea.  It takes an open mind and a keen eye to discover those special venues that cater to smaller numbers.

The Knot offers this insight about intimate weddings: “There is a real focus on the guest experience right now, and this is the ultimate for a guest.” Personalized details become more manageable when you’re creating them for a few.  Having fewer guests at your wedding allows you to spend more quality time with each of them.  Visiting 10 tables as opposed to 50 means you will get the greetings accomplished in a shorter time during your wedding reception allowing you to enjoy the dancing, drinking and fun of celebrating with your guests!

Couples today are juggling many responsibilities including work, school and families. As anyone who has been through it can tell you, planning a wedding is a huge job!  Keeping it small lowers your stress and often creates a wedding experience that comes across as much more romantic!3846

To create their intimate wedding day, Sarah and Alan chose the beautiful Hope Chapel in the Shelby Township Municipal Center to hold their wedding ceremony. The Hope Chapel was built in 1890 and originally known as the Hope United Methodist Church of Disco, Michigan.  In August of 1997, the Church agreed to donate the building to Shelby Township.

Sarah is a Disney fan and filled her prelude with some of the classic movie tunes such as Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and A Dream is A Wish. Chaplin Captain Paul Lepley of Lansing officiated the ceremony which included our playing Eagles Wings during the Unity Candle. He spoke beautifully about the scripture Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 as it relates to married life.  Shelby Township provides a staff member to assist and Jennifer did a great job helping us with cues and keeping the ceremony running smoothly. Vivianos provided the stunning flower arrangements while JS Photography and Complete Video transformed the event into memorable keepsakes. Lavadas Limousine was on hand to transport the bridal party tot he reception where JD Entertainment took over the celebration! It was a memorable day filled with best wishes for Sarah and Alan!

Hope Chapel, Shelby Township

Viviano Flowers

JS Photography

Tom Santilli Complete Video

JD Entertainment

Lavadas Limousines

 

 

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