TIME TO VOTE! YES, WDIV VOTE 4 THE BEST IS BACK!

It’s that time of year again!  Voting is open for WDIV Vote 4 The Best!  You can find us in the “Wedding” category under the sub-category of “Soloists and Musicians“.  Personal referrals and recommendations from consumer voting programs like WDIV are our BEST forms of advertising. This year, you can vote each hour! We’d love your votes again and thank you for voting for us as the “Best Wedding Soloist/Musician” in past years.

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A Special Couple Creates an Intimate Wedding with Distinctive Style

20170604_145655We had a delightful experience recently with a lovely couple, Kevin and Dawn, who were married in the Michigan Union Courtyard by Stacey Swickerath of A Simple Ceremony and celebrated in the Union’s Pendleton room. Kevin and Dawn were fun to work with from the first email exchange as it was clear that they had the right perspective on how to plan and prioritize their wedding day. Involving Ana Skidmore of Two Foot Creative and Liz Stotz of Parsonage Events enabled the couple to incorporate all of their unique ideas together into a phenomenal night.

Kevin and Dawn kept the ceremony traditional in many ways including the use of classical music for the seating of guests. But when it came to the processional and recessional, they allowed their musical taste to take center stage. Our fantastic arranger, Matthew Croft, worked with Kevin and Dawn in arranging the two songs, “M79” by Vampire Weekend for the processional and “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants for the couple’s recessional.  20170604_151254

When it came time for the cocktail hour and dinner, the couple took the time in the weeks preceding the wedding to poll their guests and ask for the song titles that they would like to hear.  We thought this was a fantastic idea and highlighted the couples awareness and consideration for their guests. The response was as varied and eclectic as their guest list. We played hits from the Beatles, Journey, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga along with nostalgic songs such as La Vie en Rose, At Last and Mack the Knife.  Contemporary songs were also present with Such Great Heights by Postal Service and Royals by Lorde.

20170604_165336Parsonage Events created architecturally intriguing trees for the table centerpieces and the food served by Michigan Union Catering Service was outstanding! It was no surprise to discover at the end of the evening that Kevin has a long history with music and musicians.

Kevin and Dawn are a memorable couple and it was a sincere pleasure to be a part of their wedding day. Best wishes!  20170604_165358

The Michigan Union

Two Foot Creative

Parsonage Events

A Simple Ceremony

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

 

 

Freddy the Dog Joins the Wedding!

20170521_152802We had the pleasure of playing at Cornman Farms in Dexter  for Sheila and Jacob’s wedding day.  This unique venue offers guests an exclusive experience on 42 acres of pastoral charm.  Though there was initial concern about rain, the sky cleared enabling the ceremony to be held on the front steps of the farmhouse. Officiated by Denise Tucker of Perfect Day Celebrations, family and friends had a beautiful view of the couple from the lawn.  Freddy the dog had a special seat for the ceremony which for a short time was on the train of Sheila’s gown! 20170521_152744

The bridal party walked to the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow while Sheila chose the more traditional Kanon in D for her processional.  Kaeli Garcia from Luna Soiree and Maiyan, coordinator at Cornman along with their wonderful staff made sure it all looked beautiful and helped us with cues.  The couple recessed to the Beatles hit, “Here Comes the Sun” followed by a cocktail hour and reception in the barn. Best wishes to Jacob, Sheila and of course, Freddy.

Cornman Farms

Perfect Day Celebrations

Luna Soiree

Cherry Creek Bridal Show a Huge Success

20170305_104253We had the pleasure of participating in a Bridal Show hosted by Cherry Creek Golf and Country Club. Janelle, the Director of Events, orchestrated an awesome event day with the top local vendors in the wedding industry.  We saw many of our existing friends in the industry and met several new vendors as well.  While there were too many to mention them all, a few stood out to us as worthy of a special “shout out!”

Creative Events offers a partial through complete event planning and coordination. They OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApride themselves on providing an event that is styled around you, your individual tastes, and the love that has brought you to this incredible moment. Based in Macomb County, they serve clientele throughout the U.S. and Caribbean.

20170305_122944We were stunned by the unique ice sculptures on display by Finesse Ice. Beautifully executed, several encompassed flowers within the ice. Finesse Ice creates hand carved ice sculptures. As the pictures show, they are phenomenal! They are known for their custom designs and award winning staff.  If you want a unique feature at your wedding that is sure to turn heads, consider Finesse Ice.

Well known in the wedding industry for over 48 years, Mark Ephraim now devotes his time to officiating weddings as an Ordained Minister. His dedication and enjoyed of his work is clear from his website where he states, “I am truly overwhelmed by the fact that I am the one who is responsible for joining two people in1458408226508 a union that will span a lifetime. I have officiated weddings from the beaches of Florida to the quaintest chapels and Venues in Southeastern Michigan. I contour each wedding to what you want for your special day.   To me, It is truly fitting that the most important part of a wedding is now my responsibility. I could not be more honored to accept that responsibility”. We have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ephraim in the past and highly recommend him.  He is a dedicated and knowledgeable professional that tailors the ceremony to each couple.20170305_123241

Affordable Flowers has been serving metro Detroit since 1985 and provides top quality product, expert service and value from their storefront on Woodward Avenue. Their award-winning bridal staff, with more than 75 years of experience insures that your special day will be extraordinary.  Their floral arrangements are consistently superb and during the show, they provided the arrangements for the table arrangements.  The pictures speak for themselves.

AboutPic1Lavdas Limousine is the premiere luxury limousine service in Michigan devoted to providing first class, personalized service; featuring the ultimate in comfort, dependability and style. They take particular pride in keeping our vehicles professionally maintained with plush, impeccably clean interiors. Our clients frequently mention Lavdas as the first choice in limousine service for their weddings.

The best ways to de-stress the wedding planning experience is to select professional, experienced wedding vendors who have “seen and done it all” and know how to tailor their services to your specific desires.

Cherry Creek Golf Club

Affordable Flowers

Mark P. Ephraim

Finesse Ice

Creative Events

Lavdas Limousines

 

Inspiring, traditional, and unique…The Masonic delivers a Memorable Wedding Experience

eschmidt04[2]A wedding at The Masonic is sure to create memorable moments for a wedding. Coordinator Melanie Matics provides a one-of-a-kind, individualized, custom wedding experience. The venue includes several options for weddings and receptions.  Shannon and Craig chose to have their ceremony in the historic chapel, a replica of the Westminster Abbey.  Though on a smaller scale, the chapel still seats 400 people, includes a balcony and provides a classic and historic surrounding.  We sat in the balcony which allowed our performance of the couple’s choice of contemporary songs to float down and fill the stone chapel.  We played the Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for the seating of the mothers and entrance of the groomsmen. The bridesmaids walked in to “A Thousand Years” while Shannon entered on her father’s arm to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  The flowers were the creation of Pam Sullivan from Blumz Florist and were stunning. Shannon’s bouquet was composed of calla lilies with black feathers which tied into the bridesmaids black gowns. After the pronouncement of husband and wife, the couple recessed to the Beatles song “All You Need is Love”.

The Crystal Ballroom is classic beauty rich in Italian décor. We sat upstairs in the balcony and played for an additional hour while guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. The guests really enjoyed our Beatles and Journey songs. Shannon and Craig had a movie themed reception and requested Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Skyfall to fit within their theme.  Mike Staff Productions provided the photography services and music for the reception. Their reputation is superb and ensures a memorable event. Congratulations Craig and Shannon and best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Detroit Masonic

Mike Staff Productions

 

The Calling of Every Human Being is the Sacrament of Marriage

MotherofGodSouthfield[1]Congratulations to John and Irene on their wedding at Mother of God Chaldean Church in Southfield. It was a beautiful ceremony efficiently coordinated by Dalia Atisha.  According to the church website, marriage is the natural calling of every human being, the sacrament of marriage, which occurs between two baptized people, offers particulars graces for the couple and their children to help them become sanctified and to reach heaven.  The ceremony began with the playing “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, for the processional of the mothers, family, bridal party and adorable ring bearer and flower girl. The bridal party were elegantly dressed with rich fur stoles over their gowns.  Irene processed to Pachelbel’s Canon in D in a spectacular ball-like wedding gown.  After the final blessing, we played “10,000 Reasons” and “On Eagle’s Wings” while the license was signed, the unity candle lit, and photographs were taken.  The joy and happiness on the part of the guests was palpable throughout the ceremony.  We are certain that the high spirits and celebration continued throughout the reception as well. Best wishes to John and Irene!

Mother of God Chaldean Church

The Event Planner

 

Wedding Show at Cherry Creek in Shelby Township, Michigan

The Rondo String Quartet will be playing at Cherry Creek’s Wedding Show on Sunday, March 5th, 2017! We will be playing from 11am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. We look forward to meeting a lot of wonderful brides, grooms, families, and vendors!  http://www.cherrycreekgolf.com/

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Image by Mike Jain; Michigan Photography

A Taste of History at The Bloomfield Open Hunt

20170120_193940The Bloomfield Open Hunt recently celebrated its Centennial and began the celebration with a cocktail party kickoff.   Wendy Grouix invited us to perform for the evening and we enjoyed the opportunity to play a variety of songs from all the eras as guests walked through the club, looked at photo albums that chronicled the clubs rich history while enjoying an assortment of hors d’oeuvres.

The evening was an interpretation of a 1917 cocktail party.  All the culinary offerings were recipes taken from various historical menus of that time. In addition to an assortment of canapés, guests enjoyed wild rice pancakes, mushroom pinwheels, croquettes with sherry sauce and more.  The informative program noted that in the Detroit area, cocktail parties were an important part of society life. With the dawn of the cocktail parties came the introduction of certain types of foods that could be easily served at such functions. These “finger foods” became the staple of the cocktail party menu.

The members of the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club enjoy a wonderful legacy handed down over generations since the Club’s founding in the early twentieth century. Elegant while still based in tradition, the club is an equestrian facility and unique family club for all seasons.

Bloomfield Open Hunt

 

 

Come Dream with Me As I Have Dreamed of You

20161218_173222It was a gorgeous setting in the Conservatory of the Royal Park Hotel for Raquel and Chris’s wedding the week prior to Christmas. The couple designed all the table décor and alter area themselves. We were struck by the elegance and uniqueness of each table that maintained a theme of the couple’s interests. While the room was beautifully appointed, the help of their friend Susan Korwin, and the Royal Park Coordinator, Janet Engelhardt, insured that the remaining elements proceeded smoothly.20161218_173255

We had the pleasure of playing for the ceremony, cocktails and through the dinner. Classical music was an excellent complement to the ceremony in the Conservatory. We played the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Debussy.  Raquel was stunning in a Christmas red gown as she processed to Bach’s Arioso.  Before Chris’s vows he told Raquel that “I won your heart with poetry” and proceeded to recite poetic verse as his vows. Prior to the exchange of rings, Raquel’s daughter, Gabrielle Kitto, sang a sweet acapella  rendition of Barbara Streisand’s “I’ve Dreamed of You”.  With these two touching moments, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.20161218_173759

Following the ceremony, we played a wide variety of Christmas, contemporary and nostalgic music. We took a few requests and accompanied Chris and Raquel’s first dance with “What a Wonderful World”.  We had a great time and enjoyed being a part of this family’s celebration. Congratulations to Chris and Raquel!

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Royal Park Hotel

 

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