Our Acoustic Duo at the Lovely McMenamins Edgefield!

We love performing for events at the McMenamins Edgefield!   This popular Portland area venue combines the quintessential Portland quirkiness with our amazing Pacific NW natural beauty.  On Friday, we stayed cool in the shade of the meadow next to Blackberry Hall as our Acoustic Duo performed for an utterly delightful wedding of some of the kindest, sweetest clients we’ve ever interfaced with.  And boy, these days with everything going on in our world, we need a little more nice-ness!  Pay it forward, pass it on. . . just be nice, whatever… thank you friends for allowing us to play and sing for your special day!

Now then, the music was a great blend of acoustic selections– prelude featuring Irish and Americana music + some super classic recognizable melodies like In My Life by the Beatles.

For the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s entrance we sang Stand By Me.  The bride entered to Canon in D and their adorable recessional selection was Walking on Sunshine.

In case you missed this wedding, here are some links from a live recording we made at the event.


In My Life

Something in Blue (an original piece by Wendy Goodwin and Nolan Staples)


Stand By Me (Bridesmaids, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer)

Canon in D (Bride’s Entrance)





Effesenden Music Wedding featured in Junebug Weddings

We at Effesenden Music are fiercely proud of the natural beauty of our Pacific NW home.  It is always so cool when we get to work with couples from out of state who choose to celebrate their wedding day in our beautiful Columbia Gorge!  Danielle and Ernie are a gorgeous couple, incredibly sweet and obviously very adventurous:  the “hike” to the ceremony site was something I’d normally be donning my backpacking boots for thanks to a seriously crazy rain and hail storm that arrived just before the ceremony.   Still, we managed to make our way up the trail to this hobbit-like venue and provide music for Danielle’s entrance.  We don’t know how she did it in those shoes and without a speck of dirt on her stunning gown!

Also love it when we find ourselves featured on the wedding style blog Junebug Weddings. Though the musicians often are not pictured since our role is about the sound versus the look, we feel honored to be in such chic and creative company.

A beautiful Columbia Gorge Elopement Ceremony
Photo credit Jamie Jones Photography