Flute and Guitar Duo Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music on the Vail Wedding Island

Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.Photos courtesy of Kristopher Lindsay Photography

It was the first day of autumn when my guitarist and I headed down to Vail, Colorado to play for a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. The ceremony was held at the Vail Wedding Island, and the cocktail hour was held on the covered patio of the Vail Golf Clubhouse. Fall decided to come swiftly on its first day with a rainy cold front, and our drive across the mountains was interspersed with heavy rain showers. We hoped that the weather wouldn’t stop the couple from having the beautiful wedding of their dreams.

Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.

When we arrived, the sun peered through the clouds just long enough for me to get several photos of the changing Aspen trees, glowing in their golden glory of peak season. We played prelude music on the wedding island and braved the weather, brightening up the gloomy and rainy day with our cheerful flute and guitar music. It did rain on us, but we each brought instruments that could take a little rain, so we kept playing.

The rain stopped just as the bride was about to walk down the aisle, but the wind gusted so strong that while she was walking, it tore her veil right from her head! She burst into a fit of laughter and it was contagious and soon everyone was laughing. We kept playing the bride’s walking song and after about a minute, she completed her walk down the aisle and was happily married. The sun shone brightly through the clouds just as the couple was presented as husband and wife.

After the ceremony, we moved to the covered and heated patio of the clubhouse, and we warmed up as we played upbeat contemporary and jazz tunes while the guests enjoyed hous d’ouvres and cocktails. I brought my top of the line Bose L1 sound system and our sound carried beautifully throughout the space. We even got a special music request and I Googled the sheet music on my cell phone. We played it, but music was very tiny!

Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.

Samples from Prelude Music:
Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis), God Gave Me You (Blake Shelton), “Aylesford Gavotte” (Handel), Annie’s Song (John Denver), Gavotte from Sonata for flute in C Major (Handel)

Processional Music:
Groom ~ Amazed
Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Ringbearer, Flower Girl ~ The Swan (Saint-Saens)
Bride ~ To Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
Recessional ~ Hornpipe Finale (Handel)

Samples from Cocktail Hour Music:
How High the Moon (Ella Fitzgerald), Unforgettable (Sinatra), You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder), Satin Doll (Duke Ellington), Cheek to Cheek (Sinatra), Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Vail Wedding Island and Golf Club
Wedding Planner: Jessica Kate Productions
Photographer: Kristopher Lindsay Photography
Videographer: Doxica Productions
Live Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens – Flute and Guitar Duo
DJ: DJ Guy

Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography. Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.
Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography. Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.
Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography. Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.

Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.

Christen Stephens' flute and guitar duo plays wedding ceremony music at the Vail Golf Club. Kristopher Lindsay Photography.

Cello and Piano Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in Beaver Creek


Photos courtesy of Irving Photography

In June, my cello and piano duo played for a beautiful wedding ceremony at Beaver Creek Chapel. The bride made romantic music selections and a couple of her special requests included “Hymn by the O’Neill Brothers” and “For the Love of a Princess” from Braveheart. Beaver Creek Chapel is a wonderful acoustical space for live music and they also have a quality piano onsite, a perfect complement to the elegant classical music, love songs and hymns that the bride chose for her ceremony.


Prelude Music:
Hymn (O’Neill Brothers), Arioso (Bach), Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke), Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach), Laudate Dominum (Mozart), A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Processional Music:
For the Love of a Princess from Braveheart ~ Seating of the Parents
The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall ~ Wedding Party Processional
The Swan (Saint-Seans) ~ Bridal Processional
Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Redeemer ~ Unity Candle
Simple Gifts ~ Recessional

Wedding Ceremony Vendors
Wedding Planner ~ Party Girl Events
Photographer ~ Irving Photography
Wedding Ceremony Music ~ Christen Stephens (Flute and Cello Duo)
Venue ~ The Chapel at Beaver Creek
Officiant ~ Tim Wilbanks




Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Wedding Island

Flute and Violin Wedding Music in Vail
Photos in this post courtesy of Laura Murray Photography
Flute and Violin Wedding Music in Vail
The big day finally arrived! Ashley contacted me almost two years ago because she wanted to make sure that she reserved our flute and violin duo for her wedding day in Vail. Her special day finally arrived full of sunshine and mid-summer mountain beauty. The Gore Range provided a gorgeous backdrop to the wedding ceremony, which took place outdoors on the Vail Wedding Island. My violinist and I played contemporary prelude music as the guests enjoyed cocktails and socialized before the ceremony. The refreshing drinks kept everyone cool before the ceremony and it also provided lots of great photo opportunities.

The special part of the processional was our collaboration with the bride’s best friend and singer, Allie. I made a custom music arrangement of “I Will” by the Beatles and Allie sang along with our duo for the procession of the flower girl and ring bearer. It was the sweetest most meaningful moment, and the fact that the very young ring bearer didn’t want to walk down the aisle at all made it even more charming, and brought about some chuckles from everyone.

Congratulations Ashley and Ethan!
Flute and Violin Wedding Music in Vail
Flute and Violin Wedding Music in Vail
Samples from Prelude Music:
Blackbird (Beatles), All of Me (John Legend), In the Good Ol’ Summertime, A Thousand Years (Christina Perri), All You Need is Love (Beatles), Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Spring from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

Processional Music:
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis) ~ Parents, Officiant, Groomsmen
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) ~ Bridesmaids
I Will (Beatles) ~ Flower Girl and Ringbearer
Canon in D ~ Bride

Postlude:
Hornpipe (Handel)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Wedding Island at the Vail Golf and Nordic Clubhouse
Wedding Planner: Jill Chalfant of Snapdragon Celebrations
Wedding Ceremony Music: Flute and Violin Duo by Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens
Photographer: Laura Murray
Videographer: Sherri Innis of Love Story Films
Reception Location: Donovan Pavilion

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Flute and Violin Wedding Music in Vail

Flute and Violin Wedding Music in Vail

Nine Helpful Wedding Music Tips

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Live music is the soundtrack for your wedding day and it beautifies and enhances the aural and visual atmosphere of your wedding. Chances are that hiring a musician isn’t something that you normally do and perhaps this is your first time. You may not know what questions to ask music professionals, or where to even begin. That’s why I wrote the following checklist as a great place to start.

Instruments:
Choose instruments that reflect your personality and style. What sound and visual appearance will help to bring your vision to life? Is your wedding more casual or is it classic? Is it romantic or a lively celebration? What instruments will sound best playing your song selections? To decide what ensemble best fits your event, share the answers to these questions with your music professional and he or she can help guide you. You can also listen to music samples of a variety of different ensembles online. I offer many different ensembles featuring the flute, strings, piano, harp, and guitar, and I also have music samples for each. One of my groups is sure to be a perfect fit for your style, and if for some reason I don’t have what you’re looking for, I will gladly make recommendations for other musicians using my connections in the music world.

Number of Musicians:
Consider the size of your space and the number of guests that will be attending your ceremony. In general, plan to have at minimum one musician per 50 guests. It’s also a good idea to hire more musicians, such as a quartet, for large outdoor spaces. A duo that includes an amplified harp, guitar or piano can also fill a space with sound as effectively as a quartet. More isn’t necessarily better however. For small weddings in an intimate space, an acoustic soloist or duo is a great choice. Also consider your budget. The number of musicians that you hire is usually the single most important factor in determining the price of your live music.

Repertoire and Song Selection:
Can your music professional play the songs and styles of music that you want? Do you want to honor any family or cultural traditions with your wedding music? If a song that you want to have played is not included in the musician’s repertoire, ask them if they take special requests and if there will be an arranging fee. Each of my ensembles has an extensive repertoire and I’m also a professional music arranger which means that I regularly make special music arrangements for my clients at a reasonable price.

Amplification:
Most instruments are very resonant and their sound carries quite well, even in outdoor spaces. For larger events or in settings with lots of ambient noise, make sure that your music professional can provide quality amplification if needed. Some wedding venues don’t allow amplification, so don’t rely on having it until you’ve inquired first. I have both a battery powered amplification system and a high quality plug-in amplification system that I regularly use for our performances when needed.

Hire Experienced Music Professionals:
Your music professional should be an experienced wedding musician who is able to guide you through the music selection process. They should know what questions to ask be and able to foresee potential problems so that the music on your wedding day will run smoothly, and they should always present themselves professionally. Make sure that they are well trained, regularly performing musicians who are able to give you confidence in their musical abilities. I have over twenty years of experience performing music for weddings and I’m also lucky to love running the other aspects of my business as well.

Know What Your Musicians Expect
Ask your music professional what their policy is for environmental conditions including rain, temperature extremes and requirements for shade. Often the venue or musicians will provide these items, sometimes for an additional cost. Ask in advance what they expect you to provide for them at the performance. Some instruments are extremely vulnerable to weather and sunlight and others are more hardy. I will play solo flute in adverse weather conditions but I don’t ask string players to join me! Most likely your guests won’t want to be outside if the weather conditions are bad either. I request natural or tent shade for stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello) during hot weather and sometimes, one armless chair for each musician.

Extra Costs:
When you’re hiring musicians to play for your wedding, be aware that there may be extra costs in addition to their basic fee. Make sure that you know what services are included in their basic fee, and what services are available at an extra cost. Extra costs can include fees for travel, musician tent rental, amplification, special music arrangements, additional microphones, and moving equipment between the ceremony and cocktail locations. I don’t like surprises and I’m sure that you don’t either, so my music quotes includes a list of the services that your quoted price covers, and also a list of optional add-ons and how much each one costs.

Consultation:
Ask your music professional if they will meet with you so that you can talk about your wedding with them in person and hear them play. I provide a complimentary consultation either before or after you book. Or, if you don’t have time to have a consultation, you can use my Wedding Music Planner.

Contract:
It is important to work with musicians who provides a contract so that expectations for both the musicians and client are clearly defined in advance. A contract also shows that the musicians are professional, reliable, regularly performing musicians. I always provide a contract so that expectations on both sides are clear.

Contact:
Do you have specific questions about your wedding music? Are you looking for a wedding musician? I’d love to hear from you!

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Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at Washington Park in Denver, Colorado

It was an unusually hot day for early June, reaching 95 degrees, when my flute and guitar duo headed down to Washington Park to play for a contemporary wedding ceremony. It was the second marriage for both the bride and the groom and because of this, the couple was able to truly have the chance to express themselves and have fun without the stress of first time wedding planning. This bride and groom were really great to work with and they had some fun ideas for the music, including having us play “Final Countdown” just before their ceremony was about to begin. They chose all contemporary songs and I loved how they described that the flute would take the place of the vocals and the guitar would provide the background.

Despite the heat, the bride wore a beautiful ball gown and everyone was dressed in their summer best. Our duo played the fun contemporary prelude music that the couple had selected, and our music drew the guests down to the ceremony site. We played some more contemporary music selections after the ceremony to send everyone happily away to the next phase of the wedding.


From the Groom:
“Christen was just awesome, from planning our music through wedding day! Her repertoire is basically limitless from anything traditional to our wedding, nothing but contemporary pop. Check out her very long playlist for whatever instrument accompaniment you desire. Thank you, Christen, again for an amazing job at our wedding.”

Samples from Prelude Music:
A Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton), Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues), Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper), The Final Countdown (Europe)

Processional Music
On the Turning Away ~ Groom, groom’s son, and groom’s daughter
Earth Angel ~ Bride
Twist and Shout ~ Recessional

Postlude:
They Way You Look Tonight (Sinatra), All My Loving (Beatles)

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Flute Trio Wedding Ceremony Music at Vail Interfaith Chapel

Recently, our flute trio (flute, viola, cello) played classical and contemporary wedding ceremony music at Vail Interfaith Chapel in Vail, Colorado. We always love playing at Vail Chapel because of the beautiful acoustics that carry our sound throughout the sanctuary. Our very busy bride had a high stress job, so after a short consultation, I put together a music set list for her prelude and worked with her day-of coordinator for the details. I mixed classical and contemporary music and chose songs based on the bride’s musical preference. The ceremony was emotional and joyful and the couple had the support of a lot of friends and family. After we played the recessional, a bagpiper played outside and led everyone to the reception site. We left the Vail Chapel to a gorgeous autumn day.

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Sample Prelude Music:
Allegro from Spring (Vivaldi), Ode to Joy (Beethoven), The Wedding Song (Peter, Paul, and Mary), Make You Feel My Love (Adele), Salzburger Menuette (Mozart),

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)~ Seating of the Families
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach) ~ Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girl, Ringbearer
Canon in D ~ Bride
Trumpet Voluntary ~ Recessional

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue – Vail Interfaith Chapel, Vail, Colorado
Wedding Coordinator – Steps and Stones
Photographer – Maheux Studios Photography
Videographer – Larisa Graham Videography
Florist – Petals and Pours
Musicians – Christen Stephens (Flute Trio)

Flute and Harp Wedding Ceremony Music at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado


In late summer our flute and harp duo played for a wedding ceremony at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. This busy destination bride relied on her mom to handle most of her wedding planning and her mom did an amazing job with everything including the timeline, decor, and last minute details. The ceremony was outdoors on the patio, and as the guests arrived in shuttles, our duo greeted them with classical music to set the mood. At the bride’s request, we finished with “The Lord’s Prayer” right before the ceremony began. After the ceremony, we moved indoors to play a mix of classical and contemporary music during the cocktail hour.

Sample Prelude Music:
Adagio (Bach), Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Piano Concerto No. 21 (Mozart), Arioso (Bach), The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte)

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Hornpipe (Purcell) ~ Family and wedding party
Canon in D (Pachelbel) ~ Bride
Meditation from Thais ~ Knot tying ceremony
Simple Gifts ~ Recessional

Sample Cocktail Hour Music:
Clair De Lune (Debussy), Flower Duet (Delibes), The Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini), Minuet of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck), La Vie En Rose (Louis Armstrong), Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin), Over the Rainbow, Largo from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi), When I Fall in Love, The Swan (Saint Saens)

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String Trio Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Wedding Island

Photos Courtesy of Michele DeVries of IN Photography
It was during a gorgeous day at the end of June that our string trio had the pleasure of playing for a large wedding ceremony at the Vail Wedding Island, located at the Vail Golf Course. The happy bride and groom had an epic backdrop of sparkling water reflecting a view of the Gore Range Mountains. There were about 35 people in the wedding party and the processional was grand. The bride looked stunning in a fitted lacy wedding gown and she wore an elegant and delicate vintage lace veil which she had carefully attached just before the wedding. The weather was perfect as the guests enjoyed cool drinks and champagne at the beverage table before the wedding.

The bride made a special request that our string trio play “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey for the processional of the ringbearers, flower girls, and bridesmaids. I made a special arrangement for the processional by adding some rhythmic elements played underneath the soaring melody, and it worked perfectly for walking.

From the bride:
“Christen Stephens is absolutely the best. She played the most fabulous music during our ceremony. It was gorgeous. She went above and beyond mixing classical music with modern music just as I requested. She even created a gorgeous rendition of a new song for the wedding that went perfectly with the rest of the classical songs played in the processional. I would HIGHLY recommend Christen Stephens.”

Sample Prelude Music:
All You Need is Love (Beatles), Don’t Stop Belivin’ (Journey), Make You Feel My Love (Adele), Yellow (Coldplay), Reign of Love (Coldplay), A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) ~ Seating of the Family and Groomsmen
Young and Beautiful (Lana Del Rey) ~ Bridesmaids, Ringbearers, Flower Girls
Canon in D (Pachelbel) ~ Bride
Wedding March (Mendelssohn) ~ Recessional

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Wedding Planner – Meg Stepanek of Gemini Event Planning
Venue – Vail Wedding Island at the Vail Golf Club
Photographer – Michele DeVires – IN Photography
Cake – Mountain Flour
Rentals – Alpine Party Rentals
Music – Christen Stephens – String Trio

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music at the Wedgwood Center in Boulder, Colorado

Photos with a watermark are courtesy of TomK Photography
In June, our flute and cello duo played for a very musical destination wedding ceremony at the Wedgwood Wedding and Banquet Center in Boulder, Colorado. The bride and groom had many fun song selections that they incorporated throughout their ceremony, and they each had a secret song that they chose for each other. The groom sang his secret song (“All I Ask of You”) to the bride as we accompanied on flute and cello. The groom even sang some of his vows. The ceremony was full of laughter and fun and was truly a celebration of love. I adored the vintage bottles and colored sand that the couple used for their sand pouring ceremony.


Sample Prelude Music:
New York, New York, The Sound of Music, The Ludlows, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Moon River, All of Me, Wildflowers (Tom Petty)

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) ~ Seating of the Families

Canon in D (Pachelbel) ~ Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Beatles) ~ Flower Girls and Ringbearer

Sweet Child of Mine (Guns N’ Roses) ~ Bride’s Processional

In the Still of the Nite (The Satins) ~ Sand Ceremony

La Vie En Rose (Louis Armstrong) ~ Bride’s song for the groom

All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera ~ Groom’s song for the bride

Wedding March (Mendelssohn) ~ Recessional

Simple Gifts (Lord of the Dance version) ~ Postlude

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center
Photographer: Tom K Photo
Musicians – Christen Stephens – Flute and Cello Duo


Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at the Denver Botanic Gardens


I recently enjoyed playing solo flute for the wedding ceremony of a delightful couple in Denver, Colorado. The bride was from Turkmeninstan, the groom was from England and their former college teacher from California officiated the wedding ceremony. Of all the places in the world to get married, this couple chose the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado. They were married under the Water Garden Gazebo by the peaceful Monet Pool, which reflected the beautiful flowers and puffy clouds.The weather was beautiful with just enough clouds in the sky to keep the temperature very comfortable. The ceremony was small with just close family and friends and everyone was so warm and friendly that I felt quite welcome.

From the bride:
“Christen was absolutely amazing! We had our wedding ceremony at Denver Botanic Gardens on June 7, 2016 and couldn’t have wished for the greater experience with Christen. We were absolutely impressed with her music, she made our special day magical! The guests loved Christen’s playing. I recommend her to anyone who wants beautiful music for their ceremony/wedding, you will be amazed!!!”


Prelude Music:
The Swan, The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, Minuet from Eight Minuets and Trios, K 315a (Mozart), Romance (Beethoven), Spring (Vivaldi), Simple Gifts, Menuet from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach)
Postlude: Gavotte (Handel), The Lord’s Prayer

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Processional ~ Amazing Grace
Recessional ~ Hornpipe – Purcell

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue – Denver Botanic Gardens
Musician – Christen Stephens – Solo Flute