There’s such a trend now for couples to choose contemporary music for their wedding in addition to or instead of the more traditional classical pieces. Because there are few things I love more than creating new musical arrangements, it’s a trend I hope stays around!
Today I wanted to share some video from a wedding we performed for at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Gardens (which by the way is an incredible place to visit if you are exploring our fine city.)
This video features our Acoustic Trio, comprised of Violin, Guitar & Cello playing ithe Guns N’ Roses tune Sweet Child of Mine.
I was so busy arranging music this summer that I didn’t have a chance to upload a list of our current offerings. As you can see we have quite a few updates to our Rock, Pop, World Music, Movie Themes and Jazz Sections. The first section is our offerings for string trio and quartet (2 Violins & Cello or Violins, Viola & Cello). I did not list the classical repertoire of our string trio and quartet because we can basically perform any classical selection you are looking for. For a list of suggestions, please contact us directly. The second section is for our Acoustic Ensembles (Strings in combination with rhythm instrument~ either piano or guitar.) If you would like access to our entire repertoire, consider a combination ensemble such as string trio with guitar or string quartet with piano!
“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.
Will the music be too loud? Will it be too distracting… or will it be so invisible that the financial investment won’t be worth the return? These are reasonable questions that unfortunately sometimes scare people away from the idea of adding live music to their event.
The best way to explore your options is to set up a meeting with Effesenden Music—it’s complimentary and we can help you discern whether live music is the right fit for your big day for part—ceremony and cocktail hour… or all—from prelude to father daughter dance.