Family, Friends and the Words of Shakespeare Combine for Jenny and Sam’s Henry Ford Wedding

20171007_171811The Henry Ford , is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex and a National Historic Landmark in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan.  One of America’s greatest museums, one portion is The Museum of Modern Innovation which allows guests to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing you in their stories.  The complex has many architecturally beautiful places for wedding ceremonies and a staff of wedding coordinators that are experienced and efficient.  We had the assistance of Cindy and Gary for this wedding and appreciated their knowledge and assistance.

Family and friends played an important role throughout the day.  Jan Wilson acted as DOC for the day.  Wedding photographer Adrian Seetho, friend of the couple was on hand to capture the day.  Betsy Brown acted as videographer, Cindy Wills and Susan Stahly created the floral arrangements, and Uncle John Logue officiated the ceremony. Sam and Jenny chose the Pennsylvania Courtyard with the iconic water tower for their nuptials.  Fitting to the picturesque setting, we played the music of Bach and Handel while guests were seated.  Jenny’s Uncle, John Logue, officiated the ceremony which included Shakespeare’s Love Sonnet 116 and many sweet moments!

The cocktail hour was held in the museums “Driving America Car Court”, a premier automotive exhibit in the heart of the museum.  We played a wide selection of contemporary music and took several requests.  It was there that we noticed Jenny’s gorgeous bouquet.  When I asked “who did your flowers?”  She replied, “My family and I did and it took us about two years”.  A closer look revealed that the flowers were paper – elegantly cut and arranged to look incredibly lifelike.  A picture is worth a thousand 20171007_193444words and family members Cindy Wills and Susan Stahly clearly have special gift!  We were so honored to be a part of Jenny and Sam’s wedding day and wish them the very best and they grow together as husband and wife.

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Age is Only A Number for This Fun Loving Couple

20161001_145206Patrice and David had a beautiful day for their outdoor wedding at the Dearborn Inn. The ceremony was held at the gazebo and officiated by Jeff Hamilton of Michigan Officiants. Patrice wore a beautiful gown and processed on her son’s arm to Kannon in D.  We played the popular and well known hits of the Beatles on the patio during cocktails and then moved into the Lincoln room for dinner. The speeches by family and friends demonstrated the “joie de vivre” this couple shares. Their first dance was to the song “Everlasting Love” and they showed off a terrific swing!  The guests enjoyed a lovely meal and finished the evening with dancing and music by a jazz trio.  There are many laughs ahead for this couple and we wish them the best.

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A 21st Century Love Story: The Crazy Yank and The Crazy Brit

20160918_155248Congratulations to Carrie and Pat on their wedding at the Dearborn Inn on a beautiful late summer day. Tucked into the grounds of the Inn and surrounded by lush gardens, the gazebo was a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding. Officiant Denise Tucker of  Perfect Day Celebrations,  told Carrie and Peter’s story before conducting the hand fasting ceremony and exchange or rings. We’ve worked with Denise many times now and always enjoy the way she personalizes the ceremony to the couple.  It’s clear that she’s taken the time to know them. The couple chose an eclectic array of music for their ceremony. We played Debussy’s Clair de al Lune, O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini along with Here Comes the Sun and All You Need is Love by the Beatles. Douglas Rae read “Love” by Erich Fried which beings with the line, “I love you, not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.”  It was clear that this couple shares a tender romance but also a great sense of humor. Denise spoke of penguins and implied that the cake would reflect this fun bit of the couple’s history. We send our best wishes to these self-proclaimed giggling and grinning geeks as they begin their married lives together.

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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.

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If you’d like to learn even more about us and hear sound clips, visit our website!

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We look forward to writing and posting pictures about YOUR wedding day here soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Continues its Tradition as Historical Venue with Spectacular Service for Weddings

20160220_183842The view overlooking The Henry Ford from the front of Martha Mary Chapel at sunset was stunning.  Though it was February, the day felt more like a day in April for Alexandra and William’s wedding day.  With an elegant pipe organ, towering ceiling, candle-lit chandelier and a doorway that opens onto the Village Green, Martha-Mary Chapel has the refined beauty of 19th-century New England church.  As usual, the simplicity of the Chapel conveys 20160220_183821-1an intimacy for weddings and helps to maintain the focus on the couple and the significance of the ceremony. In keeping with the historical theme, the couple elected to have traditional music for their ceremony.  We played Handel’s Watermusic Air for the mother’s seating, Rigaudon by Campra for the bridal party and Kanon in D for Alexandra’s processional.  The reception was held in the Eagle Tavern, 19th-century Inn which offers an authentic historical experience featuring social customs, period menu and costumed staff.  The couple is fond of 20160220_184147Disney and used the theme for their wedding cake and the reception music.  We performed every Disney medley we have in our 700+ repertoire and on several occasions had guests singing along.  Our Celtic/Irish music was also very popular! Throughout the evening, the guests were encouraged to write a word of marital advice on provided paper and to underline their favorite scripture in the couple’s bible.  We’ve had the pleasure of playing weddings throughout the Henry Ford for many years and are always appreciative of the staff’s efficiency and helpfulness.  This night was no exception.  The staff is the final touch to an already extraordinary wedding venue.  It was a pleasure to be a part of Alexandra and William’s wedding day.  Best wishes!  20160220_200046

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In Forming a Marital Union, Two Become Something Greater Than Once They Were

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An elegant affair is the best way to describe the wedding of Alyssa and Josh at The Henry Hotel. Known as one of the finest hotels in the metro Detroit area, the venue features elegant wedding venues, sophisticated cuisine and a dedicated staff that will transform your dream into a reality. Pat from Party Assurance and her phenomenal staff ensured that everything went according to plan.  From providing espresso for the bridal party before the ceremony, to assisting us with cues, Party Assurance was focused on the details to guarantee the perfect wedding day.

Alyssa and Josh created their ceremony around traditional and contemporary elements.  From the design of the chuppah, selection of music to the use of family wedding bands, it was clear that this modern couple appreciate both the old and the new.

The couple chose the Beatles hit, “In My Life” for the family’s processional, and the fun “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s Lion King for the bridal party.  Alyssa processed to Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  The guests clapped along to Simon Tov before we broke into the celebratory sounds of Pharrell with “Happy”.  20151231_181443

Alyssa’s sister, Lauren was the maid of honor while her 2 year old daughter, Samantha, was the charming flower girl. Rabbie Benjamin Bar-Lev, brother-in-law, officiated the ceremony and regaled the guests with stories of the couples history.  The vases of calla lilies along the aisle and on the podium made for a striking picture of modern elegance. Best wishes!

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Celebratory Mood Livens Up Dearborn Inn Wedding

The Dearborn Inn has maintained a busy schedule for weddings this year.  A testimony to the classic elegance and outstanding service that they provide.  Julie and David chose to have their wedding celebration there earlier this month. Reverend Ralph Brown of Hope United Church  of Christ officiated the ceremony which included the reading “Love Is a Friendship Caught Fire” by Laura Hendricks and read by Kathleen Gaynor.  Julie and David chose great music for the cocktail hour and we had a few guests singing along.   Grandpa Gil stopped by and shared a few stories about Julie as a child.  His affection for his “adopted granddaughter” was clear as was the well wishes of their animated group of friends.  There was no doubt that this group was going to have a great time throughout the evening.  We wish them the best as they begin this new chapter as husband and wife.

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Dearborn Inn Provides Classic Elegance for Wedding

169The Dearborn Inn provided classic elegance for Gina and Travis’ wedding.  Lizzie Mathison did an expert job as usual coordinating the event.  We have come to depend on her for cues and assistance each time we’re there.  Jeff Hamilton directed the ceremony which included the reading “These are the Hands”.   Autumn weddings have beautiful fall colors at their disposal and Gina made use of it by having her bridesmaids wear burnt orange dresses.  We played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for their entrance and Hallelujah for Gina’s bridal processional.  Viviano’s lived up to their reputation and did a beautiful job with the flowers.  We had the pleasure of playing an assortment of music for cocktail hour before the guests found their names on the cleverly designed place mark holder and proceeding in to dinner.  Scott Newlin of Cutting the Run took over for us and had the guests on their feet for an evening of celebration.  Congratulations and best wishes to Travis and Gina!

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With My Whole Heart, For My Whole Life

6.14.2Congratulations to Myia and Tiery on their wedding at the Henry Auto Collection.  Newly renovated, an Art Gallery is located on the main floor and was a vibrant setting for the couples nuptials.  Hannah Cregg from Top Hat Events and Emily Fredrick of the hotel created an elegant event.  The mothers were seated to Motown’s “I’ll Be There” while the bridesmaids walked to Bryan Adams “Everything I Do”.  Myia chose the romantic “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for her processional.

We are seeing an increase in couples choosing to write their own wedding vows this summer.  It brings a personal quality to the ceremony and often provides an opportunity to insert some humor!    Myia and Tiery exchanged self written vows that were indicative of the couples history and love for each other.

Despite a late start, which coordinators Hannah and Emily handled with grace and efficiency, the wedding was a beautiful event.  We wish them the very best as they begin their life together.

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Fall Foliage Provides Setting for Lovett Hall Wedding

photo 1Any Michigander can tell you that fall is one of the best seasons in our state. The fall foliage, crisp weather and traditions of apple and pumpkin picking make for delightful Septembers and Octobers. Laura and Kevin had one of those beautiful October days for their wedding in the Meyer Gardens of Lovett Hall. It’s always a pleasure to play any of the Henry Ford facilities as the staff is consistently knowledgeable and helpful. Lovers of the Beatles, the couple chose “All You Need Is Love” for their recessional and “When I’m 64” in their prelude. As the pictures show, the alter area was beautifully decorated with autumn colors. The sand ceremony was particularly interesting as they used sand from the five Great Lakes. We wish Laura and Kevin the very best as they begin life together.
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