Reviews of Effesenden Music

“We would like to thank you for the incredible performance at our wedding and reception!  Every guest commented on the music and we just couldn’t have been happier.  You all played a huge part in making our wedding unforgettable!”
—The McWinters    July, 2009

This Ceremony was a full Catholic mass for which we provided a violin, guitar & cello trio along with soprano vocalist cantor.  Selections included many traditional songs such as Ave Maria along with a very unique wedding choice called Everything by the band Lifehouse.  I absolutely loved arranging this song and the cello really brought out the emotion of the music.  After the ceremony, our guitarist headed to the country club where he performed for the cocktail hour and dinner with some light jazz.  I felt really proud to be a part of this wedding because it was gorgeous and the couple seemed so happy.  Plus, I was happy that our versatility as a company was able to accommodate the different parts of the day.


“Thank you for the beautiful music at the wedding Saturday.  Not only were WE very pleased, but several guests told us it was the best wedding music they’d ever heard.  The sound, the selections, the tone, the mood and the perfect sound level.”
—Kathleen  July, 2006

It’s not that we haven’t received any thank you cards since 2006 but this wedding was so memorable that I had to include on this post.  Not only did temperatures reach the 90s on this July afternoon, but it actually rained!  Super bizarre for Oregon but a nice segue to mention that we came prepared with a white canvas tent which provided shade from the sun and shelter from the drops which actually probably felt great to the poor guests in their suits and ties.  The wedding was held at the historic Shogren House in NE Portland.  We provided an acoustic trio for the ceremony to which we added drums for the reception.  It was a nice mix of Jazz, Acoustic…and we even did some Elvis!  I really appreciated Kathleen’s words because we strive to make the music we do at weddings every bit as excellent as what we play for ticketed concert events. 


Wedding Music Ideas

When you watch your wedding video…10…25…50 years from now, what songs will really capture the mood and atmosphere of your wedding day? 

The following is a fun list of ideas to get your creative juices flowing compiled from the selections of recent Effesenden Music clients.  Click on a song and you’ll be navigated to a site where you can listen—and in some cases watch too!  Most of these links take you to the original artist’s rendition or video.

For weddings, we create our own unique arrangements of everything we perform in the pop, acoustic, country and jazz genres.  To check out some examples, please visit the Listen page of our website.   Whether it’s a string quartet rendition of All You Need is Love or a jazz group with vocals singing My Romance for your first dance, we do arrangements that combine the elegance of live music with the joy of having “that special song” played on your wedding day. 

Learn more and listen to samples at

Here’s a good website with some ideas on Classical Music: classical repertoire 

Pop & Acoustic
 Effesenden Music David Hill Winery
1BYo Yo Ma
3×5John Mayer
Accidentally in LoveCounting Crows
All My LifeKC & Jo Jo
All You Need is LoveBeatles
And I Love HerBeatles
BabylonDavid Gray
Beautiful DayU2
Blower’s DaughterDamien Rice
The Book of LovePeter Gabriel
Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
BubblyColbie Calliat
Butterfly’s Day OutYo Yo Ma
CelebrationCool & The Gang
CinderellaSteven Curtis Chapman
Don’t Stop BelievingJourney 
Emily’s ReelMark O’Connor 
Fields of GoldSting
For Baby For BobbieJohn Denver, Peter Paul & Mary
Good TimesChic
Have I Told You LatelyVan Morrison 
Here, There & Everywhere—Beatles
Hey There DelilahPlain White T’s Wendy Goodwin
How Sweet it IsMarvin Gaye, James Taylor
Ice CreamSarah McLachlan
In My LifeBeatles
I Will Be HereSteven Curtis Chapman
I Will Survive—Gloria Gayner
Kind & Generous—Natalie Merchant
The Longest Time—Billy Joel
Love of My Life—Dave Matthews Band
The Lover’s Waltz—Jay Ungar, Molly Mason  Effesenden Recording
LuckyJason Mraz, Colbie Calliat  (PS this is a REALLY cute video!)
LullabyBilly Joel
Mustang SallyThe Commitments
My GirlTemptations 
Oh DarlingThe Beatles
Old Time Rock & RollBob Seger  
Out of The WoodsNickel Creek
Pretty WomanRoy Orbison
Signed, Sealed, DeliveredStevie Wonder
Sunday MorningMaroon Five Jazz Quartet
Sunrise, Sunset  Effesenden Recording
Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond
Sweet Home AlabamaLeonard Skynard
Take a Chance on MeABBA 
Time After TimeCindy Lauper, Tuck & Patti
Up & AwayDave Matthews Band
Use SomebodyKings of Leon and Effesenden Recording
Viva La VidaColdplay   Effesenden Recording
Wagon WheelOld Crow Medicine Show
With a Little HelpBeatles
Wonderful Tonight—Eric Clapton
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere—Bob Dylan 
In Your EyesPeter Gabriel
You’re My Best FriendQueen 


Bless the Broken RoadRascal Flats
Cowboy Take Me Away—Dixie Chicks
Dixieland Delight–Alabama Tokyo Wedding
Easy SilenceDixie Chicks
Fishin’ In the Dark—Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The FoxNickel Creek
From This Moment On—Shania Twain
I Walk the LineJohnny Cash
I Hope You DanceLeanne Womack
If You’re Gonna Play in Texas–Alabama
JacksonJohnny Cash
LullabyDixie Chicks
Making Memories of UsKeith Urban
Meet in the MiddleDiamond Rio
Mountain MusicAlabama
My Little GirlTim McGraw
Ring of FireJohnny Cash
To Make You Feel My LoveBilly Joel/Garth Brooks
Your EverythingKeith Urban
Valentine—Martina McBride
When You Say Nothing at AllAlison Krauss


A Kiss to Build a Dream OnLouis Armstrong  Effesenden Recording
All BluesMiles Davis
All of MeBillie Holiday 
As Time Goes ByLouis Armstrong MenjiShrineTokyo
At Last—Etta James
Autumn Leaves—Effesenden Recording
Bei Mir Bist Du SchonThe Andrews Sisters
Besame Mucho
But BeautifulStan Getz
Cantaloupe Island—Herbie Hancock
Charade—Henry Mancini
Cheek to CheekLouis Armstrong
Come Away With MeNorah Jones
Come Fly With MeFrank Sinatra
Days of Wine and RosesFrank Sinatra
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Don’t Know WhyNorah Jones
Dream a Little DreamLouis Armstrong
East of the SunElla Fitzgerald
FascinationNat King Cole
Fly Me to the MoonFrank Sinatra
It Don’t Mean a ThingElla Fitzgerald Wendy Goodwin
I’ve Got the World on a StringFrank Sinatra
La Vie en RoseEdith Piaf
Mack the KnifeMichael Buble 
MistyStephane Grappelli
MoondanceVan Morrison, Michael Buble
Moon RiverHenry Mancini, Andy Williams
My Baby Just Cares For MeNina Simone
My Favorite ThingsJohn Coltrane
My Funny ValentineChet Baker
My RomanceElla Fitzgerald
Nature BoyNat King Cole
NIght and DayFrank Sinatra
On the Sunny Side of the StreetLouis Armstrong
Our Love is Here—Nat King Cole  Effesenden Recording
Quiet NightsDiana Krall
Round MidnightThelonius Monk 
Someone to Watch Over MeElla Fitzgerald 
SummertimeElla Fitzgerald
Unforgettable—Nat King Cole  Effesenden Recording
What a Wonderful WorldNat King Cole

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Profile Photo, Shelly Perry, Darren Walters and Steve Harmon