“A Marriage Thrives By Walking in Love”

20161014_162055Megan and Travis had a gorgeous autumn day for their outdoor wedding ceremony at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club in Clarkston. October is a beautiful month in Michigan and many couples want to take advantage of the fall colors and cooler temperatures.  For those of us who work in the wedding business, it creates some anxiety.  October is one of those months when it can be 80 degrees or 35 with snow flurries.  We always encourage our clients to have an inside option that pleases them as much as the outdoor just in case of inclement weather.  Fortunately for Travis and Megan, it was a lovely day and Regina, wedding coordinator for Oakhurst, had the entire event well in hand.  Parsonage Events created seasonal 20161014_162046arrangements that complimented the outdoor setting beautifully. We had a lovely conversation with the Videographer from Visi Productions and watched them do an excellent job during the ceremony.  Kara, the photographer from Stackwood Studio had some beautiful shots of the couple. Megan cleverly planned a surprise for Travis prior to the ceremony beginning. She asked us to play “Game of Thrones” just prior to the processional when Travis would be around to hear it. We’re confident it brought a smile to his face.

20161014_162728We played Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for the bridal party and Bryan Adam’s hit “Everything I Do” for Megan’s processional with her parents. Pastor Chris Zarbaugh of Kensington Church opened the ceremony with prayer followed by two readings; Marriage read by Denise Murray, Travis’ Godmother and Canticle of Love read by Keith Trebble, Megan’s Uncle. The couple recessed to enthusiastic applause and our arrangement of  “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker.

We had the pleasure of playing the cocktail hour as well. Our contemporary songs are always a hit and we got many compliments on the Beatles, Best Day of My Life, Royals, On Top of the World to name just a few.  We heard that Kenny Spear performed during dinner and Mike Staff Productions, one of favorite DJ’s, was on hand for the celebration that 20161014_162802followed.  The cake by Sweet and Savory Bakeshop was striking and no doubt as delicious as it looked.

It was certainly a beautiful day for Megan and Travis and the start of a lifelong journey as the walk together in love.

Oakhurst Golf and Country Club

Kensington Church

Parsonage Events

Mike Staff Productions

Stackwood Studios

Videographer:Visi Producations

Sweet and Savory Bakeshop

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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Clarkston Wedding Proves that Home Events Can Be Elegant and Sophisticated

IMG_2389It was a gorgeous day for Lisa and Robert’s wedding day.  Held at Lisa’s family home, guests gathered around the pool, patio and beautifully landscaped yard to witness the couple exchange their vows.  Tammara Kane from Grand Jour Events orchestrated the day and had us set up on the balcony overlooking the ceremony.  We played the older romantic tunes of “At Last” “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “The Way You Look Tonight”.  We stayed in the balcony for cocktails and entertained the guests with more nostalgic and contemporary songs.  We wondered if the guests could hear us clearly over the conversation and tinkle of glasses but our concerns were put to rest when upon finishing, they began to applaud.  Thanks to all those guests who took the time to compliment and thank us on the way out.  Two Unique Caterers handled this large job with precision both during the cocktail hour and reception.  And we understand that Zingerman’s Bakehouse maintained it’s reputation for awesome sweets and elegant wedding cakes.  The guests enjoyed the music selections of Dirk,  a star DJ from the Troy based Memory Makers and had a great time with Rock the Booth photo booth throughout the evening.  Congratulations to the Robert and Lisa who proved that weddings at a family home can be a top notch event.

Grand Jour Events

Two Unique Caterers

Rachel Smaller Photography

Memory Maker’s DJ

Zingermans Bakehouse

Rock the Booth

Knights Tent and Party Rental

Metro Cars

A Breeze and Formal Gardens Welcomes Guests at Pine Knob Mansion Wedding

IMG_2331Outdoor weddings always provide the challenge of unexpected weather.  Courtney and John had a humid July day for their outdoor ceremony  at The Mansion.  Originally a 19 room English Manor, The Mansion was built by Colonel Waldon in 1927. It sits on the highest natural point in Southeastern Michigan and is surrounded by exquisite manicured gardens. Due to it’s elevation, there is always a refreshing breeze to be found and shady seating available on the patio. The couple requested the romantic music of “Always”, “What a Wonderful World”, “The Ludlows” and “Here Comes the Sun” for there ceremony.  Samantha Hardenburgh acted as both bridesmaid and officiant!  She did an awesome job sharing personal anecdotes of the couple and their relationship.  Elise Brzozowksi from Frosted Pink Events had the day beautifully orchestrated.  Parsonage Events of Clarkston did the flowers while Jim Salter of JRS Mobile Sound and cousin to the couple, provided the DJ services for the reception. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner in the Great Hall which features arched ceilings and stained glass windows.  If  you are looking for a unique and elegant setting for your wedding, The Mansion is worth a serious look.

The Mansion at Pine Knob

Frosted Pink Events

JRS Mobile Sound

The Proposal Patch Continues the Love Story

2jpgKaitlyn and Andrew are one of those unique couples whose relationship has already stood the test of time. High school sweethearts, they sustained their love through five years of college and the resulting long distance relationship. Nicole Bertucci of “A Simple I Do” opened the ceremony with the beautiful story of Andrew’s proposal in what is know knows as the “proposal patch”. By the time she finished, many were wiping a sentimental tear. The bridesmaids,dressed in a pretty aqua blue, walked to “A Thousand Years” while Kaitlyn processed to “Love Story”. A moment of remembrance was included in the ceremony with guests blowing “bubble kisses” to the sky while we played “You Raise Me Up”. It was a beautiful day at the Oak Circle of Indian Springs Metropark.

A Simple I Do
Indian Springs Metro Park
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“The Key To Love” Shared At Pine Knob Mansion Wedding

Pine Knob Mansion is an elegant setting for a wedding.  Once a family estate, The Mansion, a 19 room English Manor, sits on the highest natural point in Southeastern Michigan and is surrounded by exquisite manicured gardens. It’s Great Hall with arched ceilings and stained glass windows offers magnificent views of the sunrise and sunset. Sitting at the apex, a breeze is always present within the manicured garden surrounding the gazebo.

Xiang “Jojo” and Yangzhi “Z” kept the elegant theme for their ceremony by choosing all classical music.  The bridal party and darling ring bearer and flower girl walked to Campra’s Rigaudon.  Xiang had two special gentlemen, her father and a close family friend, escort her to the music of Kanon in D.  Jen House and Kendall from A Moment in Time Wedding and Event Production, along with Lisa alexander of Pine Knob,  orchestrated a gorgeous event along at this historic site.

Mr.Xinsheng Chang, family friend of the groom, directed the reading of “The Key of Love” in both English and Chinese.  This poem illustrates the traits of understanding, forgiveness, sharing, giving and respect as keys to a healthy marriage.

We played contemporary songs for their cocktail hour.  The songs by Green Day and Postal Service were a big hit.  When heads turn and guests begin looking over our shoulders at the music, we know we have a winner!  The weather was perfect for an afternoon outdoor wedding and we hope that their life as Mr. and Mrs. is filled with similar beauty.

Pine Knob Weddings

A Moment in Time Wedding and Event Production

Oakhurst Wedding Starts the Spring Wedding Season Off Right

It’s always a pleasure to play for a wedding at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club.  Coordinator Regina Hoder does a fantastic job of keeping things on time and handling the details with practical efficiency.  Marissa and Jonathan’s wedding was beautiful example of an Oakhurst wedding.  The ceremony was held in the garden room overlooking the pine grove. Nichole Bertucci from “A Simple I Do” led a touching ceremony complete with a unity candle for the bride and groom. The bridal party wore stunning black dresses and walked to Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring with the family.  Marissa entered to Kannon in D by Palchelbel.  Following the ceremony, we played for the cocktail hour and entertained the guests with music from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Pink.  Everyone appeared to be having a great time.  Congratulations and best wishes to arissa and Jonathan!

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A Simple I Do

 

 

 

Classic Elegance Sets Tone for Intimate Wedding at Oakhurst Country Club

Congratulations to Jaclyn and Chris on their beautiful wedding this past weekend at Oakhurst Country Club in Clarkston.  We have played four wedding in the past six weeks at Oakhurst and there is a comfort to walking into a venue where the staff are familiar faces and say “hello again!” as you pass.  Regina is always consistently excellent and clear with her cues.  Playing frequently at Oakhurst gives us the pleasure of seeing how each couple decorates the venue and makes it a personal extension of their personalities. As you can see from the picture, the small tin buckets with baby’s breath were darling on the chairs.  The candles against the simple backdrop of the pine woods set the tone for an intimate and elegant event.  The Rev. Gary Friske officiated the ceremony which included the reading “I Carry Your Heart” by E.E.Cummings and the popular wedding scripture, I Corinthians 13.  The family and bridal party, wearing classic short dresses, walked down the aisle to “The Ludlows” a theme song from the Brad Pitt movie “Legends of the Fall”. The young ring bearer, Jace, did a great job and looked so handsome in his suit.   Jacklyn looked classically elegant in her gown as she processed with her father to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “All I Ask of You”.

Following the ceremony, we had a great time playing a mix of contemporary and nostalgic music for the cocktail hour.  We received several compliments and thoroughly enjoy our evening with these two lovely families.  We extend our very best wishes to Jaclyn and Chris as they begin their lives together. 

Oakhurst Country Club

Rev. Gary Friske

 

A Sentimental Surprise for Couple’s Recessional at Oakhurst Wedding

Congratulations to Taylor and Tim! They were married last week at Oakhurst  coordinator for Oakhurst Country Club in Clarkston.  Regina, wedding coordinator for Oakhurst, does a great job keeping things running on time. We’ve performed there several times this summer and will be back for another wedding next week. Having worked with her now several times, we appreciate her efficiency and watchful eye. At the couple’s request, we played All I Ask of You, Music of the Night, Memory and Can’t Help Falling In Love as part of the guests seating. The family was seated to The Prayer from the movie, Quest for Camelot while Taylor processed to Jesu, Joy. Ethan, cousin of the bride, played guitar and sang “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain for the lighting of the Unity Candle. With Tara and Ethan’s planning, we were able to be part of a surprise for the newly married couple. For their recessional, we accompanied Ethan while he sang, You Raise Me Up. Taylor was certainly surprised and touched as this song has special meaning to her. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a reception there at Oakhurst Country Club. Congratulations and best wishes to Tim and Taylor!
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Encouragement and Optimism a Theme at Oakhurst Wedding

Congratulations to Michelle and Matthew on their wedding at Oakhurst Country Club!  The wedding was originally scheduled for outside but the rain drove the celebration inside to a beautiful room overlooking the pine covered hillside.  The couple chose all contemporary music for their wedding and the cocktail hour that followed.  Fittingly, we played “Michelle” by the Beatles along with World Needs Now is Love and All You Need Is Love for the couples recessional.  The bridal party wore deep purple and processed to Canon in D.  The officiant  spoke passionately about the importance of faith in one’s marriage.  He urged the couple to “Do Four Daily Things for a Healthy Marriage”.  First, pray together.  Second, sacrifice your agenda for your spouse. Third, encourage each other as we live in a sarcastic world.  And finally, bring optimism into your daily life together.  We send Matthew and Michelle our best wishes.   

Oakhurst Country Club

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