Packard Proving Ground Wedding: Live Music Provides an Atmosphere for Conversation

Sara and Donovan Wedding at Packard Proving Ground - A+D Photography

A+D Photography

Packard Proving Grounds has quickly become a sought after location for those couples looking for a “rustic industrial” venue.  Located on Van Dyke in Shelby Township, the facilities provide clients with a blank canvas on which to create their own feel for their wedding day.  Sara and Donovan had the help of friends and family to create their dream wedding day.  Cousin Jason Schneider officiated the wedding which included the song “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne for the processional and the theme from “Star Wars” for the recessional.  IMG_20180203_191326_333Twinkling lights in wine bottles amidst the snow led guests from the ceremony to the reception hall and that’s where Sara and Donovan’s dream became reality.  Sara shared with us that they wanted a “relaxed feel” for their wedding day where their guests could “visit and share conversation.”  It was this goal that led them to use our string quartet for their reception instead of a DJ or band.  Often the music is so loud that guests have difficulty talking. While dancing is enjoyable, many couples want the opportunity to visit with their guests in a casual setting. We played a wide mix of music and took requests while the guests enjoyed an outstanding meal provided by Kristina’s Catering .  A&D Photography was on hand to capture the memories and created some beautiful shots around the antique Packard cars.  It was a lovely night for everyone involved and we send our very best wishes to Donovan and Sara! 20180203_173429

Packard Proving Ground

A&D Photography 

Kristina’s Catering

 

Rondo String Quartet Awarded Gigmasters “Best of 2017” Award

We are honored to receive the Gigmasters Best of 2017 Award and send a special thank you to all our couples who submitted lovely reviews about our work and its impact on their wedding day.  This award comes on the heels of winning the  Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award.  We are proud to say that we have over a decade of continuous awards for our work in the wedding industry.

GigMasters - Best of 2017!

Christmas Elegance Abounds at Addison Oaks Buhl Estate

20171231_190732What can be more picture perfect then a historic estate home, lit up with lighted garland on a snowy evening?  The Buhl Estate at Addison Oaks park was a photographers dream for Shannon and David’s wedding.   The gorgeous estate and its gardens during the summer months are just two of of the reasons this estate ranks high on the wedding venue list. The phenomenal staff is yet another reason. Always efficient, Dan, Lois and their staff do an awesome job orchestrating the facility for weddings.

Shannon and David’s wedding had a behind the scenes helper who acted as our contact throughout the planning stages.  Sue Delpup, David’s mother, was heavily involved in the planning of the day.  Roy Thomas officiated the wedding with his usual tenderness interspersed with humor and joy for the occasion. David and Shannon chose every song we performed including Butterfly Waltz for Shannon’s processional to Shut Up and Dance for their delightfully fun recessional.  20171231_190833

We wish this lovely the couple the very best as they begin their life’s journey together!

Addison Oaks – Buhl Estate 

Roy Thomas of Marry Us in Michigan

Boulder Creek Orchestrates Elegant Reception for Oxford Couple

Congratulations to Adam and Mary on their wedding and reception at Boulder Pointe Golf Club in Oxford. Known for their phenomenal professional event coordinators, Boulder Pointe staff will work with you from beginning to end to help ease your decision making and to ensure that every detail is perfect in every way. Becky Taddiken, Director of Sales and Events at Boulder Pointe, certainly made sure that everything was perfect for Adam and Mary.

We had the pleasure of playing for Mary and Adam’s reception and the couple chose romantic melodies like Unchained Melody, The Way You Look Tonight, Hallelujah and What a Wonderful World. It was an elegant night for the newlyweds and we send our best wishes as they begin married life together.

Boulder Pointe Golf Club

Colony Club Offers Old World Elegance for Durell and Karla’s Wedding Day

20171229_164113_001The historic Colony Club is centrally located in downtown Detroit on Park Avenue.  It is one of the most beautiful and popular event spaces in the city for weddings and private events.  Nothing says old world elegance like gold leaf ceilings, impressive crystal chandeliers and Louis XVI decor.  Karla and Durell were married here among family and friends by Pastor Jerry.  The large wedding party walked down the aisle to the worship song “10,000 Reasons”.  Karla and her parents processed to the ever popular “Kanon in D” by Pachelbel.  A highlight for us was accompanying Durell’s Aunt, Dorianne Denard, while she sang the spiritual “It is Well”.  Her moving rendition was the perfect compliment to her nephew’s wedding ceremony.  20171229_181943

As always, The Colony Club staff was superb.  Molly, the venue wedding coordinator, was incredibly helpful with cues.  With a large wedding party, extra eyes are always helpful and we appreciate her assistance.  The guests enjoyed a cocktail hour downstairs followed by dinner in the grand ballroom.   We send our best wishes to Karla and Durell as they being their life together as husband and wife.

Colony Club

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A Starry Night, A Snowy Day and Lots of Love for Sarah and Matt

20171209_155756Few venues offer the the feeling of a tropical garden with the protection of an indoor climate. Located in Farmington Hills, Planterra Conservatory is a glass-enclosed, botanical garden venue.  With European curved trusses, indoor koi ponds and a dramatic stone gabian archway, the Conservatory houses a wide collection of lush, exotic botanicals.   Providing views of the stars on a clear night and soft, natural light during the day, Planterra Conservatory is a unique event space for weddings, corporate events and social functions.

Sarah and Matt shared their nuptials with many family and friends in this beautiful setting.  We enjoyed speaking with several of their guests before the wedding and discovered that we had an audience of knowledgeable musicians in the house.  It’s always a pleasure to perform for an appreciative audience!  Sarah and Matt’s mothers walked in to the song “Here Comes the Sun” and lit their child’s individual candle that were later used in the unity candle portion of the ceremony.  Sarah and her bridal party processed to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” with the ring bearer setting the tone for the ceremony.  “Best Day of My Life” was a fitting recessional for the couple who clearly were enjoying the day.20171209_161923

Planterra always looks lush and beautiful.  The candelabras and lit trees sparkled under the glass ceiling and created a magical effect. Tiffany, the Planterra wedding coordinator, is one of the best in the business.  She’s always helpful and on top of every detail. It was a beautiful night for a lovely couple in an enchanting garden.

Planterra Conservatory

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Lafayette Grande Offers a Truly Unique Wedding Venue

Of course the wedding venue had to be the Lafayette Grande for Lauren and Gregory!  As the Head of Marketing at the Lafayette Grande, she understands the history and appreciates the charm and uniqueness of this stately building in downtown Pontiac.  Built in 1923 as a Masonic Temple Lodge and purchased by Traveling Chef Catering in 1997, the intricate craftsmanship of fine details has been restored to its original grandeur.

Lauren and Greg’s wedding involved many friends and family.  The large bridal party consisted of seven bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, four flower girls and three ring bearers.  Marissah Lowry acted as wedding coordinator and helped us with cues.  The ceremony was officiated by Chad Asman, Lauren cousin and Pastor at Heritage Church in Sterling Heights.  The couple clearly love the movies and chose several movie themes to be played throughout their ceremony.  Among them were “Harry Potter Selections”, “Game of Thrones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

The marriage of this couple creates a beautiful new family and we wish them the very best!

Lafayette Grande

Heritage Church

Rosy and Shaun Photography 

Super Dave DJ

Affordable Flowers

 

Thinking Outside the Box Creates a Vintage Wedding Day for Lindsay and Jeff

20171104_161240_001If you follow our blog, you know that we perform an average of 65 weddings and/or engagements each year.  We see a lot of weddings!  The ceremony is one of most meaningful events in an individual’s life and all too often couples get caught up in doing what others couples have done for their wedding day thinking that this is the way it “should” be.  A wise teacher once told me to avoid the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” approach to life.

That’s why we enjoy seeing couples embrace their individuality and step “outside the 20171104_161230box”.  Lindsay and Jeff’s wedding showed great creativity starting with their venue. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a museum and former factory located within the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit.  The unpainted walls, worn wooden floors and historic Ford vehicles makes it a unique and memorable venue to hold an event.  Jeff and Lindsay’s ceremony was held on the 2nd floor and officiated by our friend, Roy Thomas.  There were several readings including one recited by Josh and Stephanie and the beautiful poems, “These Are The Hands” and John Lennon’s poem “A Dream is Just a Dream” read by Roy.

The couples creativity extended to their music as well.  We played “Kissing You” by Des’ree for the bridal party and Lindsay’s’ processional.  The well known Beatles hit “Here Comes the Sun” was the couple’s recessional.

The reception was held on the third floor where the couple again made their personalities  known in the decor and floral arrangements by Royalty Linens and Events and Slows BBQ for the dinner.  Approaching life on their own terms, Jeff and Lindsay are sure to have a long and happy life together.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Royal Linens and Events

Roy Thomas, Marry Us In Michigan

Slows BBQ

Melissa Marie Events

Why Be “just another wedding” – Come See Rondo String Quartet at The Inn at St. John’s Bridal Show for Inspiration

We all want to be unique.  It’s in our nature as human beings to be more then just another teacher, journalist, mother, wife, etc.  We make our individuality known in a variety of ways – our wardrobe, hair color, careers, jewelry to name just a few.  It’s  no surprise that couples want a wedding that helps them stand apart from the crowd. 

 If you are looking for inspiration, consider using a STRING QUARTET  and the wedding MUSIC as a means of making your wedding more then average.  Music is a universally loved experience that conveys feelings and sets a mood.  The music that you choose for  your ceremony should be reflective of you and your fiance’s personalities and make a lasting impression on  your guests.  You no longer have to settle for the church organist/pianist and the traditional “Here Comes The Bride”.  A string quartet offers endless options and the versatility for outside or inside venues.  We don’t require amplification or special equipment.  Just four chairs. 

If this sounds like an idea you’d like to consider – come see us on Sunday, November 12th at The Inn at St. John’s Bridal Show in Plymouth.  We’ll be there from 1:00 – 4:00 playing a variety of songs from our playlist of 700 titles.  We’ll have our calendar to check availability and will even take requests.  Come check us out and see why we have the received the following accolades. 

#1 Vote for the Best Detroit for Wedding Music

2017 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award

2017 The Knot Best of Weddings

The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame

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.

The Henry Ford

Adrian Seetho

 

 

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