Effesenden Music Owner Wendy Goodwin

Welcome to Effesenden Music, Portland’s premier live wedding music company!  My name is Wendy Goodwin and it has been my privilege to lovingly craft live string music for weddings, events, benefits and concerts since 2002.   If you love the music of artists like the Vitamin String Quartet, the Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling and are looking for a string trio, quartet or violin based ensemble with the most versatile selection of music available in the state of Oregon, than you have come to the right place!

Effesenden Music has beautiful arrangements of all of the classic wedding selections from the Wedding March to Canon in D but we are the only ensemble who not only offers but emphasizes an ever-growing repertoire of pop and contemporary music which we arrange for strings.  Some of our wedding couples go totally contemporary, some want traditional and some love the fact that they can have it both ways.

As a passionate musician and perfectionist who also cares deeply about people, I carefully select musicians to perform for Effesenden Music who are exceptional not only in their musicality but also responsible, personable and professional individuals who will give your wedding day the care and respect it deserves.

Effesenden Music provides custom, live string music for weddings throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as destination events in California wine country and in Hawaii.  We are especially proud of our beautiful state of Oregon and many of us could also recommend a great hike or an awesome new restaurant in downtown Portland if you’re planning a destination event and want the inside scoop!

If you’d like to see my personal performance schedule, please visit the concerts page or stop by the News section to read about all things musical and weddings.

Thanks for your interest in Effesenden Music as a part of your wedding celebration and I hope that you enjoy what you find here!

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Live Wedding Music For Strings

Your style, your live music.

Congratulations!  You are planning one of the most memorable, amazing days of your life.  You want every aspect to represent your unique style as a couple and to create an atmosphere that your friends and family will truly love.  While the venue, the flowers and the food are of course very important, the right music has an incredible ability to represent your style.  It can be tricky though!  Balancing your favorite music with styles and sounds that will work for everyone from your college roommates to your grandparents is no easy task.

Enter Effesenden Music!  We offer live violin based ensembles for weddings ranging from string trios and quartets to diverse instrumentation such as guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin and more.  While many artistic groups offer this instrumentation, where we are different is our repertoire and our focus on truly customizing the musical selections to your preferences and tastes for your wedding day.

We’ve got a repertoire of more than 500 customized arrangements written specifically for our live string ensembles and with every event we play, the list grows.  We’ve got everything from Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift to Canon in D and we love the challenge of taking another genre of music and working it into a fantastic arrangement for live strings.  The beauty?  You and your friends will love hearing live performances of songs that are meaningful in a mode that will appeal to guests of every age and musical taste.

Ready to get started?  Contact us today to tell us about your wedding or event.   We provide customized quotes at of course, no charge and are happy to answer your music related wedding and event questions.

Next Steps . . .

Browse our Repertoire list– see if your favorite music is already there!  Listen to samples of our different instrumentation.  Many of these recordings were made live at actual weddings which is really important because you can hear the quality of musicians who perform with Effesenden.  Read our Story… how we got into performing for weddings.  Check out our Concerts page to see where Effesenden Music’s owner and arranger, violinist Wendy Goodwin is playing next.

Use the link below to get in touch with us and share a bit about your day. We would love to provide you with a quote, answer questions and help you plan your custom live wedding music!

Wedding Inquiry Form

Thanks for stopping by and best wishes as you plan your happily ever after!


Wedding Ceremony Music
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Wedding Ceremony Music
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Effesenden Music,
PO Box 6411,Portland,OR-97228-6411,
Telephone No.5038607688
Portland, Oregon
Live violin based ensembles for weddings ranging from string trios and quartets to diverse instrumentation such as guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin and more. While many artistic groups offer this instrumentation, where we are different is our repertoire and our focus on truly customizing the musical selections to your preferences and tastes for your wedding day.

Portland Wedding Musicians

String Trio or Quartet for Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions

Our string trio and quartet song list includes all of the standard classical wedding music plus the most extensive list of pop and rock music arranged for strings available in Oregon (we have over 500 pieces in our current repertoire.)  This music has been arranged specifically for Effesenden Music’s string trio and quartet by our musicians with unique weddings and events in mind.  With every reservation we include the opportunity to add two new arrangements of your choosing as an included service.  We have many brides and grooms who choose to create a customized program of music with many custom selections that we arrange just for their day.


•Song selections from Effesenden Music’s String Repertoire list

•Almost any traditional classical piece scored for string quartet even if not on our current list.

•2 New Songs arranged specifically for your day plus options for additional customization

•Happy to travel to your destination event and perform as long as their is protection from increment weather and/or direct sun.

Effesenden String Quartet in Hawaii
Effesenden String Quartet in Hawaii

String Trio and Quartet Samples

Solo Violinist for Wedding Ceremony

Solo Violin is a great choice for intimate wedding ceremony music.  A solo violin can play almost any song as long as the piece has a memorable melody.  There are a number of classical pieces even written specifically for solo violin such as Bach’s Partitas.  My personal favorite piece for solo violin at a wedding is one called Appalachian Journey- it is a fusion of Classical and Americana written by American fiddle player Mark O’Connor.  Check out this link to O’Connor performing.

Effesenden Solo Violin
Effesenden Solo Violin at Youngberg Vineyards. Photo credit: Lauren Brooks

Effesenden Violin and Cello Duo for Wedding Ceremony Music

Beginning in September 2017 we will offer our violin and cello duo.  This beautiful duo is elegant, compact and a great choice for a classically oriented wedding ceremony.

•All of the standard classical wedding repertoire  (see list)
**We are just starting our custom pop playlist for this ensemble and will have more soon.
•1 new custom arrangement with every reservation

Effesenden Violin and Guitar Duo

Effesenden Music’s violin and guitar duo can play Classical, Jazz and Contemporary music.  Where the sound really shines is for couples wanting an acoustic vibe especially a Celtic Fiddle style.  We find this sound especially suited for rustic, chic venues such as wineries, private outdoor venues, the Oregon Coast and Central Oregon.

•Song Selections from our Acoustic Repertoire list
•2 New Songs arranged specifically for your day
•Under most circumstances, vocals are also available as our musicians are multi-talented!
•Amplification for our instruments if needed

Effesenden Acoustic Quartet

Violin and Guitar Duo Sample (Live Recording):  In My Life

Effesenden Violin and Piano Duo

Effesenden Music’s Violin and Piano duo is an incredibly elegant option that offers a range of styles from Classical to Jazz to Contemporary.  If there is no piano at the venue, we provide our own quality keyboard and amplification or we are happy to assist you in renting a beautiful acoustic piano from one of Portland’s local shops.  Our duo includes optional vocals but we are also happy to accompany your guest vocalist.  Popular venues for our Violin and Piano duo include the Portland Art Museum, Church and Cathedral Weddings and outdoor patios for beautiful ceremony music followed by awesome cocktail hour jazz.  Our repertoire and style is very unique— couples who love groups like the Piano Guys will find this duo option a slam dunk.

•Song Selections from our Acoustic Repertoire list
•Almost any traditional classical piece scored for Piano & Violin  (there is so much music out there for this ensemble from Classical greats like Mozart to iconic Jazz standards.)
•2 New Songs arranged specifically for your day
•Under most circumstances, vocals are available.
•Amplification for instruments if needed
•Tons of options for adding instrumentation:  Cello, Bass, Vocals, Drums and More!

Effesenden Violin and Piano
Ensemble Samples with Piano

Effesenden Acoustic Trio:  Violin, Cello and Guitar

This is one of my favorite ensemble options.  You get the beauty of classical strings harmonizing with the energy and rhythm of acoustic guitar.  We have a huge repertoire of music arranged for this instrumentation and it is a great choice for almost any venue.  From Classical to Contemporary, to Acoustic and Jazz, the ensemble can focus on one style or shift seamlessly between  styles to create different ambiances at your ceremony and reception.


•Song selections from our Acoustic Repertoire List

•2 New Songs Arranged Specifically for your day

•Amplification for our instruments if needed

•Optional vocals available with most ensembles

Effesenden Violin Cello and Guitar
Photo Credit: Evrim Icoz Photography

Violin, Guitar and Cello and More

And So Many More Options for Your Special Day!

Because our entire focus is on making the music really match your unique style as a couple, we often provide instrumentation combinations that are custom designed for a particular event.  Examples include Jazz Bands for wedding receptions, ensembles with classically trained vocalists for Catholic Wedding Masses, a string trio in combination with acoustic instruments such as guitar, bass and drums for an incredibly unique sound and access to both repertoire lists (Strings and Acoustic), and Chamber Ensembles featuring winds, brass and more.)  Let’s start a conversation and shape the music to really fit your wedding celebration!

Song Lists

Effesenden Music offers two different types of ensembles:  those with a rhythm instrument such as guitar or piano and those made-up solely of violins, violas and cellos.

Read in detail about ensemble options here at Portland Wedding Musicians.

Browse the songs available with each option String Trio & Quartet Repertoire and  Acoustic Repertoire.  We include the option to add custom song arrangements with every wedding we perform.  Unlike many live wedding music ensembles who charge steep rates for any special requests, your first two arrangements are complimentary with Effesenden Music and additional custom songs are provided at a very reasonable cost… because we really WANT you to have exactly the songs you want.  NO regrets: it’s your wedding!

Browse our song lists, check out pictures and information about ensembles and get in touch with us to share more about your day and what your musical style is.  We are happy to help you find the perfect fit!

Effesenden Wedding Instrumentalists


Booking Inquiries and Press Kit RequestsEffesenden String Trio with Flower Girl


Effesenden Music is located in Portland, Oregon where our talented musicians are active professionals in such organizations as the Oregon Symphony, Ballet, Opera, Portland jazz scene and vibrant acoustic and folk communities.

Effesenden Music’s string ensembles perform in such venues as the Portland Classical Chinese Gardens, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland’s Benson Hotel, Lewis and Clark College, the Eastside Exchange, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Old Church and many more.

Effesenden Music is also a frequent ceremony and reception music choice for destination weddings in Hood River, Parkdale, the Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley Wine Country, Bend, Sisters and Central Oregon and in California’s Wine Country (Sonoma, Napa) and Hawaii (Maui).  As true Pacific NW personalities, we love to travel and bring our music to beautiful places and special occasions just about anywhere you can imagine.

Effesenden Music
PO Box 6411
Portland, OR 97228-6411

For Wedding Inquiries please use our convenient form link.

Wedding Inquiry Form