Anchored in Love! Wedding professionals are the key to a Detroit Yacht Club Wedding

Detroit_Yacht_Club_1[1]The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle is one of metro area’s unique treasures.  Located on a private island along the banks of the Belle Isle Park in Detroit, the DYC is of Mediterranean design and was completed by George Mason in 1922. Mr. Mason also designed the Gem Theater, Masonic Temple and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

We had the pleasure of playing for Amelia and Jeff’s wedding in front of the majestic fireplace.  It was clear throughout the ceremony that this couple had a great sense of humor and filled each other’s life with laughter. We know they had a blast selecting the music because it was fun for us to play and greatly appreciated by their guests. Who wouldn’t enjoy “My Girl” by Smokey Robinson for the bridal party, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton for the Amelia’s processional the familiar Beatles standard “All We Need is Love” for the recessional?. We ran into some old friends while there including Ashley from Festoons and Flourishes who always does a phenomenal job and DeOndre of My Touch Weddings who can turn a wedding into an experience!  Ashley and the staff at Festoons and Flourishes are a class act and took the time to send us a thoughtful note the following week; “THANK YOU again for all of the amazing work that you and your team did to make their Wedding day such a great success!  As always…the music was beautiful!”  One of the pleasures of working in the wedding business is coming in contact with individuals such as Ashley and DeOndre whose sole purpose is to create the best possible PERSONAL experience for their clients.  It’s an honor to work with such outstanding professionals.  Amelia and Jess chose wisely and their wedding day was a memorable one. Best wishes to the happy couple!

Festoons and Flourishes

My Touch Weddings

Detroit Yacht Club



A New Idea For a Well Known Detroit Wedding Venue

20160924_162122Alissa and Jared could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding day. The skies were cloudless and the temperature a refreshing 75 for an outdoor wedding. We’ve played many ceremonies on the lawn in front of the Belle Isle Conservancy. Usually, we are between the fountain and the building where no shade is available. On a hot summer day, it can get uncomfortable quickly.  For this wedding, we were behind the fountain, further back by the gates.  Not only was there shade available, but the guests got a great view of the fountain and observatory without the noise of visitors. We loved this new idea and will recommend it to other brides.

This was the first time that we had the pleasure of working with Ashley Lynch and her staff of Festoons and Flourishes. We were quite impressed with her efficiency and attention to detail. An alter area was defined on the lawn with a beautiful birch arch adorned with lush floral swags and columns holding additional flower arrangements.

The couple chose a mix of classical and contemporary music. We played O Mio Babbino Caro followed by Book of Love by the Magnetic Fields. The mothers were seated to Cinderella’s “A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes” while the bridesmaids, each dressed in different color and style of dress, processed to “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. Alissa looked elegant in her bridal gown as she walked with her father to the contemporary version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the grand ballroom of the Detroit Yacht Club.

It was clear that excellent planning and attention to detail had been invested into making this day a success. From the placement of the ceremony to the heel savers offered to guests for their high heel shoes, thought was put into each detail. It was a pleasure to be a part of this couples wedding day and we wish Alissa and Jared the very best as they begin their life together.

Festoons and Flourishes

Belle Isle Conservancy


Rondo Honored with The Knots “HALL OF FAME” Award


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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Laughter and Resiliency at Wedding a Sure Sign of a Successful Marriage

20160716_153242Many of us have attended a wedding in which something unexpected occurs. Depending on the reaction of the participants, the experience is either a crisis or a moment of comedy that is retold at family events.  Such was the case at Heidi and Merissa’s wedding at the Belle Isle Conservatory Garden.  The story begins with two women, now able to marry, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of June 2016. Heidi and Merissa planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony and the weather was perfect. Their friend, Chantelle Renaud, did a fantastic job acting as wedding coordinator and handled all the last minute details with calm and grace.0716161548 Photographer Jesse Speelman was there to capture all the important moments. Merissa requested a special song, “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross for her processional while Heidi walked to the traditional Canon in D. Officiant Erin McGowan conducted a touching ceremony. We especially enjoyed her final phrase reflecting on the significance of the first marital kiss. The couple kissed, hugged and then high fived!  They all but shouted “We did it!”  Then the moment of truth came.  While recessing across the bumpy lawn, Heidi took a tumble and ended up on her knees. When Merissa leaned down to help her up, she too ended up down on the lawn with her.  Rather than view this as a horrid catastrophe, the ladies began to laugh. They hugged, laughed and helped each other up while their guests clapped and cheered. That ability to laugh in times of distress and maintain focus on the true meaning of joined lives is what will make this marriage a success.  Congratulations ladies and best wishes!

Belle Isle Conservatory Garden

Jesse Speelman, Photographer



Wedding Day Love Letters Make Tender Statement at Belle Isle Wedding

IMG_1100We loved the upbeat contemporary music that David and Sharrisse selected for their wedding ceremony on the lawn of the Belle Isle Conservancy. We started with Pirates of the Caribbean, which seemed so appropriate for an island setting. We followed it with the famous Journey hit, Open Arms, and several pieces by Coldplay. Brandi, a friend of the family and excellent wedding coordinator, was a great help through the afternoon. We look forward to seeing her at future jobs and hope her business takes off! As part of the ceremony, Sharrisse and David wrote love letters and placed them in a box. In later years, they can read those words and remember the love, hopes and dreams they felt on their wedding day. May this be the beginning of many fulfilled dreams for David and Sharrisse. Best wishes!

Belle Isle Conservancy

Musical “Fireworks” for Detroit Yacht Club Wedding

thCA93S4QOCongratulations to Kelsey and Kenn on their wedding earlier this month. The current DYC clubhouse is located on a private island along the banks of the Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The architecture and interior is of Mediterranean design and was built by George Mason in 1922. Mr. Mason also designed the Gem Theater, Masonic Temple and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The clubhouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
Kenn and Kelsey had a lot of fun choosing the music for their wedding day. They requested Bitter Sweet Symphony by the Verve, Clocks by Coldplay, Fields of Gold by Sting and With or Without You by U2. For the recessional, we played “Firework” by Katy Perry.
We always appreciate the assistance of wedding coordinators and send our thanks to Rachel Cyteki for her help that day with cues and such. Best wishes to Kenn and Kelsey and thank you for the privilege of providing the music for your wedding day.

Detroit Yacht Club

Belle Isle Conservatory Wedding

Congratulations to Lisa and Frank on their wedding which took place on the great lawn of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle. The Conservatory is a greenhouse and botanical garden covering 13 acres located on Belle Isle, just three miles east of downtown Detroit. Designed by noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn, it opened in 1904 and is the nation’s oldest conservatory. Wedding Coordinator Rachel Cytaki from All Things Creative did a beautiful job with the wedding planning and was a great help to us. The bridal party wore pink spring dresses and processed to the increasingly popular song “Falling Slowly”. We played a wide variety of music including selections from the Beatles, Phantom of the Opera and classical selections. We wish Lisa and Frank the very best as they begin their new life together.

Detroit’s Belle Isle Conservatory Wedding

Congratulations to Libby and Alan!  They were married at the Detroit Belle Isle Conservatory (   They almost got through before the rain.  They were so lucky to have only missed the recessional music.  Thank-you to Gabbi for her beautiful singing of ‘Annies Song’.  Thank-you also to Rabbi Jerris (  She always does a perfect job.

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