Family is What Happens When Two People Fall in Love

The Rondo String Quartet has been performing for wedding and special events in the metro Detroit area for IMG_2294over 25 years.  It’s rare that we encounter a venue that we’ve not played at before but we were recently delighted with a new discovery.  George George Memorial Park, located in Clinton Township, is a 30-acre park donated to the township by the George family in memory of their Grandfather and was built without taxpayer funding. The park features a large children’s play area and playscape, a covered public pavilion for picnics and other community gatherings, a fountain plaza area, and more than 5,000 feet of walking and bike paths. A fountain at the front gate welcomes visitors to the park that now represents one of the township’s new jewels in its parks and recreation system. The park’s neatly groomed landscaping, wrought-iron arches and water fountains provides an elegant backdrop to wedding parties. Couples who are interested in having their wedding ceremony there have the option of the Bridal Garden or Brick Pavilion for a reasonable fee.IMG_2295

Eric and Katie had a beautiful day for their wedding in the pavilion.  David Mattocks led a touching ceremony that included a “family unity sand ceremony” which was symbolic for the joining together or Eric, Katie and Katie’s  son Connor into a new family unit.  We enjoyed Eric’s choices of contemporary music  for the seating of guests.  Quite a few heads turned when we begin playing Katie Perry’s “Firework” and “Marry Me” by Train.  Being a wedding of mixed religious backgrounds, we played the traditional Jewish selection “Dodi Li” for the mothers seating followed by Kanon in D for the bridal party and the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for Katie’s processional.  The title of “Family is what happens when two people fall in love” comes directly from the couple’s wedding program.  Eric spoke beautifully to Connor in the ceremony of his hopes and dreams for his stepson.  Many were moved by his words and Connor, in true young child form, announced he was ready for his nap.  That was a memory made and will be chuckled over in the coming years as this family grows together.  We wish them all the very best and thank them for the honor of being a part of their special day. IMG_2292

George George Memorial Park

 

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Fern Hill Country Club Wedding and Reception

Under the shady canopy of trees at Fern Hill Country Club, two people and two cultures were brought together in matrimony last week. Our congratulations to Piret and Paul on their wedding ceremony and reception. Piret is a native of Estonia, a country located in the Baltic Region of Northern Europe. Paul and his family, natives of Detroit, have deep connections to classical music here in Detroit. As a result, we played well known classics for their wedding ceremony including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Handel’s Passacaile, Vivaldi’s Spring and Handel’s Watermusic. The bridal party wore pastel pink or green dresses and carried pink tipped roses. The flower girl was especially charming in her matching green dress. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the country club while we added the music of Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Khachaturian to our play list. We are especially thankful to Marsha, mother of the groom, who did an outstanding job planning the wedding as both Piret and Paul were living out of town in the months prior to the wedding. Her hard work and attention to detail was evident in the beauty of the ceremony and celebration. We wish the newly married couple the very best as they begin their lives together.
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