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

 

“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

A Time for Glad Hearts and Joyful Spirits

20160917_101235What a pleasure it was to return to The Whitney for Cassie and Stephen’s wedding. We’ve played there twice this month and always enjoy working with Samantha Cesarz as she is  helpful with cues and keeps things running smoothly. Playing in the beautiful mansion is just a joy. The wood throughout the home creates great acoustics and our sound can be heard from every floor and room. Once again, Denise Tucker of Perfect Day Celebrations was on hand and conducted a beautiful ceremony. The couple’s son, Sebastian, and the flower girl had a grand time parading across the landing during the ceremony. After they were pronounced husband and wife, we moved to the first floor and played through brunch. We had the pleasure of playing for “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the couple’s first dance and then “I’ll Be There” for the Parents Dance. We had several guests and even some staff members stop by to complement our contemporary and Mo-town selections.  Photographer Colleen Newman there doing fabulous work capturing all the wonderful moments and the beauty of the historical mansion.  We wish this new family the very best as they start this new adventure together.

Perfect Day Celebrations

The Whitney

Colleen Newman Photography

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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.

Perfect Day Celebrations

Dearborn Inn

 

Like a Race Car, The Fine Tuning of A Relationship Takes This Couple Across the Finish Line!

20160917_102906The love of two people and race cars were clearly present in Lachelle and Mike’s wedding at The Whitney in Detroit.  Pastor Paul Moldenhauer took every opportunity to make a correlation between Lachelle’s career and the joys of marriage.  The setting for the wedding ceremony was the 2nd floor landing of the Whitney under the gorgeous two-story Tiffany stained glass window. With the help of Samantha Cesarz, wedding coordinator at the Whitney, the event went off without a hitch.

The Whitney mansion is world famous for upscale dining in Detroit.  Completed in 1894, the Motor City landmark retains the exquisite charm of Detroit’s early upper echelon as a venue for all to enjoy.  The Mansion is 22,000 square feet and has 52 rooms (including 10 bathrooms), 218 windows, 20 fireplaces and numerous stained-glass windows crafted by Tiffany’s of New York It was the first residential home in Detroit to have an elevator for personal use, a hydraulic number.20160917_101306

The music that the couple chose was especially fitting for this historic turn of the century setting. We played the old romantic standards of Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra. Lachelle chose a hymn, O Perfect Love, for her bridal processional and then the fun, “When I’m 64” by the Beatles for the recessional.  It was the ideal blend between the old and new.  Petite Fleur of Ferndale created gorgeous floral arrangements that fit the  historic setting of the Whitney.  And Jennifer Boris was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments in this grand setting.  Best wishes to Lachelle and Mike as they begin their lives together.

The Whitney Restaurant

Petit Fleur

Jennifer Boris, Photography

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The Carriage House At Pine Knob Provides Picturesque Backdrop For Outdoor Wedding

Pine Knob in Clarkston offers two banquet facilities; The Mansion and The Carriage House.  Built in 1927, The Carriage House originally housed the caretaker’s family for Colonel Waldon’s estate. The property has been transformed into a unique contemporary banquet facility with crystal chandeliers and picturesque floor to ceiling windows. While overlooking the golf course it also provides an outside pavilion for a one of a kind ceremony. The wooded golf course adds a breathtaking backdrop, with beautiful displays of nature at its finest.

Ben and Valarie chose to hold their outdoor wedding under the pavilion overlooking the golf course. Kurt Colone of Mike Staff Productions, was very helpful with cues. The bridesmaids wore a shimmering copper colored gown and walked with the groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Valarie wore a stunning gown and walked with her father to Pachelbel’s Kanon in D. Jason Blazet, Ben’s stepfather, officiated the ceremony and spoke eloquently about the couple, their charming son, Hunter, and the formation of this new family. The couple selected contemporary music for the prelude and postlude. “Don’t Stop Believin” was Ben’s special request and we’re glad he was able to hear it. Love Story by Taylor Swift was played for their recessional followed by Starlight by Muse. Both generated compliments from several guests. We wish Ben, Valarie and Hunter a lifetime of happiness.

The Carriage House at Pine Knob

Mike Staff Productions

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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.

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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Jennifer and Eric Have Their Moment in History

20160903_162020Picture an urban industrial setting steeped in history. Shop worn wooden floors, beams and posts that show the wear of heavy machinery. If walls could talk, they would share the birth of the automobile and the sweat and tears of the men who struggled to make a dream a reality. The Ford Avenue Piquette Plant is a timeless backdrop, a unique and memorable place to hold an event. Guests can walk the same floor that a young Henry Ford walked, sit in the driver’s seat of a Model T and mingle where an invention that would change the world was born. It is a setting that is signature Detroit and can be found nowhere else.

Jennifer and Eric chose this setting for their wedding and as the pictures show, the history of the venue provided a riveting backdrop for a beautiful event. The floral arrangements were exceptionally well done and fit the setting with the texture and greenery. The couples friend, Michael Gilmore, did an excellent job as the officant. His voice projected clearly and we enjoyed his unique take on the vows “Do you, Jennifer, take Eric as your favorite person?”20160903_161249

We played “Stand by Me” for the family and bridesmaids and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for Jennifer’s processional. “Don’t Stop Believin’” followed the pronouncement of the couple as husband and wife. We played many movie themes as requested by the movie loving couple and saw the staff lay out delicious dishes including a mac and cheese bar. The smells were tantalizing!  We especially enjoyed the creative way that the dinner tables were numbered.  Each number was accompanied by a picture of the bride and groom at that age.  What a fun conversation starter!

Congratulations to Eric and Jennifer and may their marriage be the beginning of a new historic story.

Ford Avenue Piquette Plant

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Classic Elegance Set the Stage at Congregation Shaarey Zedek Wedding

20160904_163639We were honored to be a part of Judy and Andrew’s wedding last week at Congregation Sharrey Zedek.  As you walked into the synagogue, you could not help but be struck by the elegance. Composed of lush greenery with the chuppah adorned with greenery, white roses and hydrangea, the alter looked like a “garden of Eden”. As the sun slowly set, the stain glass windows awakened with light, providing a beautiful contrast of color to the calming greenery.

We had the honor of accompanying Cantor Hazzan David Propis throughout the ceremony.  His rich voice was the perfect compliment to this sacred scene.  We had the opportunity to play his arrangements of Shevah Brachot and Shehecheyanu which were beautifully arranged for string quartet.  We also accompanied him for the family’s processional, Boi Kallah and Judy’s bridal processional for which Mr. Propis sang Cohen’s Hallelujah.  Judy’s grandfather performed “Sunrise, Sunset” for her circling of Andrew before they proceeded under the chuppah.  It was a tender moment for all.  20160904_163749

Following the pronouncement of Andrew and Judy as husband and wife and the celebratory Simon Tov, we moved to the lobby and played contemporary music for the cocktail hour.  Party Assurance was on hand to insure that everything proceeded smoothly and indeed the cocktail hour looked and smelled amazing! The staff of Shaarey Zedek, especially Shari, was incredibly helpful and we extend our thanks to them all.

Though we have been playing weddings and special engagements for over 28 years, there are certain ones that remain in your memory as special in some way.  This is one of those weddings for us.  There were so many qualities that came together to make this wedding day truly extraordinary. Congratulations Judy and Andrew and best wishes for many years to come!

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Party Assurance

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Ukrainian Church Choir Blesses Couple with Beautiful Music

20160820_125314The Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church has a long standing history in the Hamtramck community.  The entire church is decorated in icons depicting the life of Mary. Frescoes and paintings adorn the sanctuary and the ceiling, drawing one’s eyes upward.  It was in this sacred setting that Amy and Mark got married. Father Daniel officiated the ceremony which included the choir singing a traditional Ukrainian hymn for the Flowers to Mary.  While we played classical music for all the processionals, the beautiful voices of the choir escorted the couple out after Father Daniel pronounced them husband and wife20160820_125323.

Tracie Green from Event Elements was acting coordinator and was phenomenal at handling the details including our cues.  We were referred to the couple by Trilogy Band who later played the reception.  Many thanks to our friends Trilogy  for thinking of us. Wixom florist “Love in Bloom” provided gorgeous arrangements for the day.  All the elements came together to create a ceremony that communicated love and solemnity for Mark and Amy.  We wish them the best as they move forward as husband and wife.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Trilogy Band

Event Elements

Love In Bloom

 

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