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!



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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