My “Best of 2017″ Colorado Wedding Ceremony Vendors

My “Best of 2017” wedding vendor list is here! Every year, I select a top vendor from several different wedding service categories and feature them on my blog. Each of my chosen vendors is someone whom I’ve worked with in 2017, and each has earned this special mention by being outstanding in some way. This year, I’ve selected Officiant Phillip Gallagher, Laura Murray Photography, Snapdragon Celebrations, and Della Terra Mountain Chateau.

Phillip Gallagher
Colorado Wedding Officiant

What I Loved:
When I worked with Phil for a wedding this past December he became an instant friend. His upbeat personality, flexibility, and professionalism made everything fun and easy for everyone. When a wedding appears effortless, you know that means your vendors are doing their job amazingly well. At this small wedding with no planner, Phil acted not only as an officiant but he went above and beyond his job description in coordinating the little details and putting smiles on everyone’s faces despite the cold weather. I highly recommend Phil for any wedding from large to small!





Laura Murray Photography
Colorado and destination wedding photographer

What I Loved:
Laura Murray’s stunning photos are creatively crafted and each one tells a special story. She poignantly captures both the large and small moments of life, bringing out the personality of her subjects in a thoughtful and genuine way. These amazing photos speak for themselves!






Snapdragon Celebrations
Colorado wedding planner

What I Loved:
Jill Chalfant was so professional and easy to work with. She contacted me with all of the information that I needed well in advance and was communicative if I needed anything. She was also helpful and available on the day of the wedding, and the entire ceremony went so smoothly that you knew there had to be expert planning behind it all.



Snapdragon Celebrations Photos Courtesy of Laura Murray Photography

Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Colorado Wedding Venue

What I Loved:
I love Della Terra Mountain Chateau and the wonderful folks that work there so much that I just had to feature for a second time. The Chateau is situated conveniently near Estes Park and features grounds that have several elegant wedding spaces. The whole property is surrounded by the mountains, trees, and nature’s beauty. The inside of the chateau is just what you’d want from a mountain chateau, with a rustic elegance and lively seasonal touches. The ladies that work there are communicative and on top of every detail from start to finish. Della Terra is truly a stunning location for a wedding ceremony!


Della Terra Photos Courtesy of Crystaline Photography

Join Inspire Duo for a Live Performance in Boulder

Join us in February for an Inspire Duo performance! Our flute and piano duo creates purely improvisational music inspired by people, art and life. Often, performances may sound planned or composed, but actually each song is spontaneously created in the moment. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Flute and Harp Duo at Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Colorado

Photos courtesy of Adore Photography

It was a chilly late summer morning when I left my house to play my flute for a wedding at Mount Princeton Hot Springs. The drive took me quickly into the mountains and even though it was a long drive, the scenery was so beautiful that the time flew by. The changes in the location and elevation continually brought new vistas. Sometimes I drove thorough deep pine forests and at other times I was surrounded by airy aspen trees, their brilliant yellow leaves sparkling in the bright autumn sunshine. At other times, there were low scrub lands or open grassy areas that stretched for miles, reminding me of the Colorado plains.

The wedding venue and lawn at Mount Princeton Hot Springs had the feeling of grandeur. During the day, the reception hall was lit with golden sunlight coming through the many high windows, and at night the indoor lights shone out, illuminating the entire building. The hall opened out to a large sloping lawn with perfectly manicured emerald green grass. A river ran behind the ceremony site making a beautiful musical song that added to the ambiance of the location. The backdrop for this scene were the strangely white Chalk Cliffs that glowed in the sunshine. There was also a great view of Mount Princeton and Mt. Antero, dark with pines.

The sun shone in the bright blue sky and it was a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding ceremony. It was extremely windy, so I used my Bose amplification system to make sure that our flute and harp duo would be easily heard above the wind. We serenaded the guests with elegant classical music as they arrived and then we played for the processional. The bride came riding up in a fairy tale-like Cinderella carriage that was pulled by a white horse while we played “Beauty and the Beast”. The ceremony was incredibly romantic and there were many happy tears.

After the ceremony, we played for the cocktail hour indoors. We played a selection of contemporary and jazz style romantic songs that worked beautifully for flute and harp and complemented the theme of the wedding. The decorations inside were stunning and flowers were everywhere. The tall windows at the back of the building boasted a grand view of the chalk cliffs. I won’t forget this fairy tale wedding!

Prelude Music Sample:
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Beethoven), Meditation from Thais (Massenet)

Wedding Ceremony Music Sample:
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) ~ Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, Flower Girl
Beauty and the Beast ~ Bride
Tree Planting Ceremony ~ What a Wonderful World
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz) ~ Recessional

Cocktail Hour Music Sample:
Moon River, Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin), Over the Rainbow, The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, The Swan (Saint Saens), Simple Gifts, Love is Here to Stay (Gershwin), Unforgettable (Sinatra), It Had to Be You (Sinatra)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Mount Princeton Hot Springs
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens – Flute and Harp Duo
Photographer: Adore Photography
DJ: Elite Entertainment
Singer: John Redmon




I Have Received the “2018 Couples’ Choice Award” from Wedding Wire!


I’m excited to announce that I have received the “2018 Couples’ Choice Award” from Wedding Wire! This is the fourth year in a row that I’ve received this reward and I want to give a huge shout out to each of the amazing couples that were not only a pleasure to work with this past year, but also took the time to leave me a great review!

I’m looking forward to this new year and am excited to see what new joys and challenges it brings. Each couple is unique and I enjoy customizing their wedding music to reflect their personality and vision.This year, we played everything from weddings full of classic elegance to weddings rocking with Colorado country charm. Here’s to another great year!

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Music at The Sevens in Breckenridge


Photos courtesy of Bergreen Photography

It was a very chilly autumn day when my flute and violin duo traveled to the Sevens in Breckenridge to play music for a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Temperatures were hovering right around freezing and a light snow fell, sparkling in the sunny sky. The wedding ceremony was held outdoors and it was quick because of the chilly day. The guests enjoyed our music both indoors and outdoors because we played inside and amplified our music to the outside using my professional Bose L1 speakers.

This Georgia couple experienced the epic Colorado mountain ceremony that they dreamed of, graced with bright sunshine and a backdrop of snow capped mountain peaks. A beautiful Colorado mountain destination experience! After the ceremony, the guests moved indoors to warm up, and we entertained them during cocktails with a mix of classical and contemporary music. The bride’s favorite song is “River Flows in You” by Yiruma and I made a special arrangement of this song specifically for us to play on the flute and violin. We played part of it for the bride’s processional and then played it again at the end of the cocktail hour.

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Canon in D (Pachelbel): Seating of the parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen
River Flows in You (Yiruma): Bride’s Processional
Ode to Joy (Beethoven): Recessional

Samples from Prelude Music:
Trumpet Tune (Purcell), Minuet (Boccherini), Amazing Grace, Air from Suite No. 3 in D (Bach), Allegro Non Troppo (Bach)

Samples from Cocktail Hour Music:
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis), Si Bheag, Si Mhor (Irish Air), Allegro from Spring (Vivaldi), Andante from string quartet Op. 29 (Schubert), Postcard to Henry Purcell from Pride and Prejudice, What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong), A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Vendors:
Wedding Planner: Love Leigh Weddings and Events
Venue: The Sevens
Photographer: Bergreen Photography
Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens (Flute and Violin Duo)
Band: Narrow Gauge Band

Make your wedding come to life with the joyful music of my flute and violin duo.




Boulder Symphony Flute Quartet Dementia Friendly Concert

This week, I played flute and led the Boulder Symphony flute quartet for our first Dementia Friendly Concert. This concert was the brainchild of Leah Quiller, a Boulder Symphony member and music therapy specialist. For this concert, we played a fun collection of holiday tunes and got everyone to sing along and even play some percussion instruments with a few of the songs. We’re planning on doing more dementia friendly concerts in the future. We at the symphony are looking forward to creating a special experience for the elderly members of the Boulder community. In return, we are blessed in return by their enthusiasm and enjoyment of our music.

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.

An Enchanted Evening

I’m looking forward to playing cello and flute at this Boulder Symphony event. We’re playing a really great mix of classic rock, holiday, jazz music and more!

An Enchanted Evening

FRIDAY DECEMBER 8, 2017 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM

at The Highland City Club

Please join Boulder Symphony and Highland City Club for an evening filled with enchantment and magic.

Enjoy a mouthwatering buffet dinner of global flavors and the magical stylings of a Boulder Symphony chamber ensemble while mingling in the traditional setting of the historic Highland Building.

VIP tickets are available at $65, which include a gourmet buffet dinner, and 1 concert ticket to any Boulder Symphony concert this season (a $20 value).

Purchase a ticket before November 15th and get TWO Concert Tickets (a $40 value)!

Purchase VIP tickets below. A portion of all proceeds go to Boulder Symphony.

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Event Location:

HIGHLAND CITY CLUB
885 ARAPAHOE AVENUE
BOULDER, CO 80302

Flute and Guitar Duo at the Vail Wedding Deck

Photos courtesy of Two Elk Studios
Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto

Over Labor Day weekend, my flute and guitar duo played for a beautiful wedding ceremony on the Vail Wedding Deck. I believe that it was the most beautiful day that I’ve ever seen on the wedding deck with lots of sunshine and blue skies, but not too hot.

At the bride’s request, I chose a mix of classical and contemporary music for the prelude as the guests arrived. It was a little breezy so we played with amplification to make sure that our sound carried to everyone. We learned “Going to California” from Led Zeppelin for the bridesmaids and flower girl to walk down to. After the ceremony was over, we played while photos were being taken on the wedding deck.

client quote →

“Christen was truly amazing at my ceremony! Would absolutely hire her again!”
– Jena T., Bride

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto

Sample from the Prelude Music:
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis), Minuet (Boccherini), The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, Sunshine on my Shoulders (John Denver), Reign of Love (Coldplay)

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Going to California (Led Zeppelin) ~ Bridesmaids and Flower Girl
Wildflowers (Tom Petty) ~ Bride
Here Comes the Sun (Beatles) ~ Recessional

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Vail Wedding Deck
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens – Flute and Guitar Duo
Photographer: Two Elk Studios Website, Two Elk Studios Facebook, Two Elk Studios Instagram

Hire my flute and guitar duo if you want a flexible playlist for YOUR ceremony!

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto
Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music by Christen Stephens, Photographed by Two Elk Studios, Instagram: @jessestarrphoto

String Trio Cocktail Hour Music in Littleton, Colorado

String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens

This summer, my team of musicians provided elegant classical string trio music for a wedding cocktail hour in Littleton, Colorado. Jaimie Johnson Photography shared these beautiful photos with me. The Manor House in Littleton made for an elegant and inviting backdrop for this fun-loving couple’s wedding.

client quote →

“”Great job, guests enjoyed the live music during our wedding.”
– Matthew Z.

String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens
String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens
String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens
String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens
String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens
String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens
String Trio Cocktail Hour Music by Christen Stephens