Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music at the Arrabelle in Vail

I knew from the moment that I spoke to this bride that she was a lovely person, and she was indeed such a delight to work with! This couple in their 50’s hired my flute and violin duo to accompany their wedding ceremony and cocktail hour with classical and popular music to give a mood of understated and classy elegance.

We played classical music selections as guests arrived and to set the mood for the ceremony to follow. For the processional of the wedding party and the bride, we played “Don’t Stop Belivin’” by Coldplay, a special music arrangement for flute and violin that I made specially for the couple. The bride said that the moment she heard us play, she just knew that our music was the most perfect choice for her wedding, and it brought happy tears to her eyes. The happy tears continued as the couple was joyfully united in marriage.

Imagine my surprise when I recognized the bride’s sister when she walked up to do a reading! She was the mom of one of my former flute students. My student and her mom were equally surprised to recognize me as the one playing the flute, and we had a brief and happy reunion.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Wedding Processional Music:
Wedding Party and Bride’s Processional: Don’t Stop Belivin’ (Coldplay)
Recessional: All You Need is Love (Beatles)

Sample from Wedding Prelude Music:
Air from Suite No. 3 (Bach), Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes), Allegro from Spring (Vivaldi), Arioso (Bach), River Flows in You (Yiruma)

After the ceremony was over, we continued to play for cocktails out on the patio of the Arrabelle.

Sample from Cocktail Hour Music:
Rigaudon from Water Music (Handel), Blackbird (Beatles), Minuets I & II (Devienne), I Will (Beatles), Intermezzo (Mascagni)

From the Bride:

“One week post-wedding and we and our guests are still singing the praises of Flute and Strings by Christen. Christen was the only musician I spoke with, unlike the myriad of vendors I spoke with virtually every other aspect of her wedding, instinctively I felt she was exactly what we were looking for. Boy was I correct. She is first and foremost an exceptionally talented musician, which you can hear from her music samples. She also offered a wide variety of music to choose from for both the ceremony and reception, and were flexible and accommodating to my own processional selection. She was quick to respond to my questions, highly organized and professional and showed up early on the big day. And then they played. It was WONDERFUL!!! Having beautiful live music during the ceremony was important to us and to have it played so well really made the day extra perfect. I can't say enough about Christen.” Bobbi B.

Add a touch of class and elegance to your wedding ceremony with the lovely combination of flute and violin. You can listen to music samples here.

Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute and Violin Duo
Planner: Glitter and Bliss Weddings
Venue: The Arrabelle at Vail Square
Photography: Daniel Alfonzo Photography
Flowers: Petals and Pours

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Violin Wedding Ceremony Music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens,  traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

It’s been a very rainy summer here in Colorado so I was very glad that the sun shone brightly for this Florida couple’s wedding ceremony. My romantic solo flute music was the first thing that guests heard as they approached the wedding site at Sapphire Point Overlook in Dillon, Colorado.

I played traditional wedding music selections as guests enjoyed the view and drinks . The kids and adults all enjoyed feeding the very friendly chipmunks, who delighted everyone by eating right out of their hands.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens,  traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

The ceremony was so sweet and intimate with only a few close family and friends witnessing the couple’s vows. Afterwards, photos were taken accompanied by more music.

From the Groom:

“Christen was wonderful to work with. She is an amazing musician and I would recommend her to anyone! Everybody at our wedding commented on how beautiful her music was!”

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens,  traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Fun Tip: Provide a beautifully decorated drink bar to welcome guests and give them something to enjoy as they wait for the ceremony to begin.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens,  traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony Music - Solo Flute by Christen Stephens
Venue: Sapphire Point Overlook
Photographer: Christina Craddock Photography
Officiant: Phil Gallagher

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Bride and Children- Canon in D
Recessional - Trumpet Voluntary

Sample Selections from the Prelude and Postlude:
Hornpipe Finale from Water Music (Handel), Hornpipe (Purcell), Trumpet Tune (Purcell), Meditation from Thais (Massenet), Postcard to Henry Purcell from Pride and Prejudice, Rondeau (Mouret), Selections from Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, What a Wonderful World, Minuetto (Mozart)

Hire my solo flute signature package to add beauty and romance to your wedding ceremony. Listen to solo flute music samples.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens,  traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, traditional solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon. Colorado

Royal Wedding Ensemble Wedding Ceremony Music at the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

Samples from Prelude and Postlude Music:
Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell), Hornpipe from Water Music (Handel), Gloria in Excelsis from Gloria, Psalm 19 (Marcello)

Processional and Recessional Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) - Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
Trumpet Tune (Purcell) - Pageboys and flower girls, family dog
Canon in D (Pachelbel) - Bride
Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson - Recessional

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

It was hard to believe that Vail, Colorado had a significant snowfall in late June! Just one week later, the weather was absolutely beautiful for this romantic mountain wedding ceremony. This Colorado bride and groom had the loving support of 220 family and friends to help celebrate their their marriage. It was the largest wedding that I’ve ever played for on the Holy Cross Event Deck.

The bride told me that she loves brass instruments, and she was so excited when I recommended our “Royal Wedding” ensemble which features a trumpet, flute, violin, and cello. It’s just like having a mini orchestra complete with string, woodwind, and brass sections. Our ensemble played joyful music as the guests arrived, and our music enhanced the magical mountain setting.

As the wedding party made their way down the aisle, our music played and the guests cheered their support. After the ceremony, we continued to play as photos were being taken.

Quick Tip:
If you would like a mini orchestra for your wedding ceremony, hire our Royal Wedding Quartet! We are like a string, woodwind, and brass section all in one elegant ensemble.

Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Ceremony Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens
Wedding Planner: Snapdragon Celebrations
Photographer: Adriana Klas
Venue: Holy Cross Event Deck

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Royal Wedding Quartet, Wedding Ceremony Music in Vail, Colorado

String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano's Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY STRING QUARTET WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC AT BEANO’S CABIN IN BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO. PHOTO BY MELISSA BRIELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY STRING QUARTET WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC AT BEANO’S CABIN IN BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO. PHOTO BY MELISSA BRIELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

This July, I played cello with my string quartet for a beautiful wedding ceremony full of rustic charm and elegance. The wedding ceremony took place at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The mountains in Beaver Creek were still lush and green after copious summer rain and cool weather. The wedding was to take place outside on the lawn, but shortly before were were to begin playing the prelude music, we heard a rumble of thunder. We hoped that the storm would quickly pass by, but it became very severe with torrential rain, bright lightning, and lots of hail. We joined the guests in the shelter of the cabin, and played a mix of classical and contemporary music as they enjoyed cocktails.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

After the worst of the storm passed, we moved back outside to the covered porch, and the wedding ceremony was accompanied by our elegant music and the sound of gentle rain. There was standing room only, and it actually made for a very intimate and sweet ceremony with family and friends surrounding the bride and groom and showing their love and support.

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Reign of Love (Coldplay) - Seating of the Parents
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) - Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Junior Groomsman, Flower Girls, Ringbearer
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis) - Bride
All You Need is Love (Beatles) - Recessional

Sampling from Wedding Prelude Music:
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Bourree (Bach), Salut d’Amour (Elgar), Minuet (Bach), Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Flower Duet (Delibes), Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

We ended the ceremony with a celebratory finish by playing “All You Need is Love” and the guests scattered with smiles on their faces. The rain stopped, allowing for more lovely photos in the outside mountain setting.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Wedding Vendors:
Venue - Beano’s Cabin
Planner - The Soiree Studio
Ceremony Music - Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - String Quartet
Photographer: Melissa Brielle Photography
Videographer: When it Clicks
Florals: Petals and Pours

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Quick Tip: Bright and colorful flower bouquets like these provide a vibrant pop of color, even on a rainy day.

Our string quartet is the perfect touch to give the feel of traditional elegance to your wedding ceremony. Celebrate one of the most important days of your life with the beauty of live music!

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Classical and Contemporary String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo by Melissa Brielle Photography.

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Cathedral Point in Boulder, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Cathedral Point Overlook in Boulder, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Cathedral Point Overlook in Boulder, Colorado

I was hired by a really sweet bride to play solo flute for a mid-week wedding ceremony at Cathedral Point Overlook in Boulder, Colorado. It would be an intimate wedding ceremony with only about 10 people total, and I met the groom, photographer and wedding guests at the Flagstaff Restaurant in Boulder and followed them to the ceremony site. The groom was in the lead car, but his phone lost signal, and with no help from GPS, he was lost!

I had studied the map and looked at satellite images before I left, so I was assigned to be the new leader and I successfully led the caravan of cars to the parking area for the overlook. It was the first time that I’ve ever led an entire wedding party to their own wedding location!

A short hike revealed a stunning and very private ceremony location. As we hiked, big fat raindrops began to fall, and by the time we arrived at the overlook, it was pouring in earnest. I hung my umbrella in a pine tree to cover me as I set up my things.

The bride wanted a light, calm, and soulful vibe, and she personally selected all of her music for the prelude, ceremony, and postlude. At her request, I even played a special song that I made up on the spot, inspired by the mountain setting, a song unique to her wedding day. Guests told me that as they hiked closer to the ceremony site, it was just like being in Lord of the Rings, with my flute music floating over the mountains and leading the way.

What a lovely and sweet ceremony this couple had, and the weather turned out to be perfectly beautiful with only a few stray drops of rain. Afterwards, I played more music during photos, and I also enjoyed getting to know the bride and groom’s family.

“The day couldn’t have been more perfect!”

“My daughter had a small mountain ceremony on top of Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder Colorado. Christen was able to play for us with very short notice. Most of the wedding party caravaned to the top but our groom lost phone signal and had trouble finding the way. Christen had studied some of the maps and was able to find the location. When my husband and daughter and I arrived a short while later we heard these lovely sounds coming through the forest as we hiked down to the ceremony site. There was truly a mystical feeling. She played mostly classical music with a few popular songs mixed in, and one she created while there and she continued to play during photos. We were also given a recording of the music from the event! That day couldn't have been more perfect and we were all so happy! We recommend Christen for wedding events as well as any others. Many thanks, Christen!” - from the mother of the bride

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Cathedral Point Overlook Boulder, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Cathedral Point Overlook Boulder, Colorado

Bride’s Entrance: Here Comes the Bride (Wagner)

Sample Selections from Postlude and Prelude Music:
Fly Me to the Moon (Sinatra), Hornpipe 1&2 (Handel), Vivaldi (Winter), What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong), Velvet Midnight - a custom improvisation by Christen Stephens, Blackbird (Beatles)

Fun Tip: Have a simple and heartfelt wedding ceremony on an overlook in the Boulder mountains. It’s near to the city and just as beautiful, private, just as nice as any pricey formal overlook setting.

Hire my solo flute Signature Package to set the perfect feel for your wedding day. My signature package includes:

  • Light, joyful, modern feel

  • Large repertoire including classical, pop, rock, and jazz

  • I will learn two new songs not on this list at no extra charge

  • Custom improvisations unique to your wedding, in any musical style available

  • Enjoy the luxurious sounds of my solid rose gold and silver flute

  • Optional amplification provides tastefully enhanced sound with added reverb, ideal for outdoor performances

  • No shaded location or tent required

  • Greater flexibility with outdoor performances than strings

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Cello Wedding Ceremony Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Cello Wedding Ceremony Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado

The weather forecast was for a 60% chance of afternoon thunderstorms in Vail, Colorado, but we were all hoping that this bride and groom could have the outdoor mountain wedding of their dreams. For the moment, the radar looked clear, so I took the gondola up Vail Mountain and we prepared to play.

We played beautiful classical prelude music that the bride custom selected to greet the guests as they arrived. Everyone was arriving from out of state, and I could hear gasps of appreciation as they first saw the panoramic mountain view, accompanied by our live music.

The ceremony was short, and afterwards, we played upbeat rock and rap songs to accompany photos. Clouds were moving in from all directions and it began to grow dark. I saw a few brilliant lightning flashes in the sky. We decided to soldier on and keep playing music, but minutes later the wedding deck staff told us that a big storm was coming in and we had to leave the deck.

The wedding party and guests were quickly whisked away in golf carts, and they continued the wedding celebration in the shelter of the Arrabelle at Vail Square. We remained to pack up our things as quickly as possible and escape the storm. We were one of last people allowed down the gondola before it was shut down for safety during the storm, and we made it to our car just before the heavens opened up and the flooding rains came.

Sample Selections from Prelude Music:
Selections from Handel’s Water Music, Air from Suite #3 in D major (Bach), Rondeau (Mouret), Hey Ya (Outkast), I Want to Hold Your Hand (Beatles), All of the Lights (Kayne West)

Ceremony Music:
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis) - Parents, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
Canon in D (Pachelbel) - Bride
Hornpipe Finale (Handel) - Recessional

Quick Tip:
Rain makes for beautiful photos, but lightning is dangerous. Have an alternate plan just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate for your special day, and just like this couple, you’ll probably be lucky enough to not have to use it.

Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony Musicians: Flute and Cello Duo - Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens
Venue: Holy Cross Event Deck
Photographer: Chad Fahnestock
Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy
Reception Venue: The Arrabelle at Vail Square

Add the beauty of live music to your Colorado mountain setting. Listen to flute and cello music samples.

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, CO

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

It was the end of May, and the Colorado mountains had been blanked in snowy weather and thick clouds for weeks. When I was hired to play solo flute for this wedding ceremony on Sapphire Point, I prayed for a beautiful day. Wow, were my prayers answered! The day started off very cold, but the hot mountain sun came out just in time for this magical wedding ceremony to take place. The mountains were covered in a fresh layer of gleaming white snow, which contrasted beautifully with the brilliant blue of Dillon Lake.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

The couple was married under a birch wedding arch which was bursting with purple and pink flowers. The flowers and greenery in the arch and the bouquets were chosen to create an Elvin forest feel, and I was absolutely in love with them! My joyful flute music completed the picture, bringing to mind dancing nymphs in a secluded forest setting.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

I played a mix of classical, pop, and Irish songs on my flute to greet the guests as they arrived. The bride walked down the aisle to Wagner’s “Bridal March”, and the ceremony was short and intimate. Afterwards, I continued to play as guests mingled and as photos were taken. My solo flute music added an air of festivity and beauty and announced that something special was happening at this park.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

A Sampling from the Prelude and Postlude Music:
Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, The Swan (Saint-Saens), Come Away with Me (Norah Jones), To Make You Feel My Love (Adele), Manx Lullaby (traditional Irish), When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Enjoy my solo flute signature package to add romance and a classy, modern feel to your wedding ceremony. Listen to solo flute music samples and learn more here. Learn more about solo flute by reading this recent solo flute blog post.

Fun Tip: In natural Colorado settings like this one, live music is the very first touch that will draw guests in and announce that a wedding is taking place. The music will be heard even before anything else is revealed. Then have welcoming signs to draw your friends and family in, and add fresh flowers for an elegant finish.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Flute/Cello and Harp Duo at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado

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I was recently hired to play both flute and cello for an elegant Secret Garden high rollers dinner at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. I was accompanied by a harpist, and I alternated playing my flute and cello to vary the sound and mood. I taught myself to play treble clef on the cello in the two weeks before the performance so that I could switch between the two instruments using the same sheet music.

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The room was lavishly decorated with flowers and mysteriously lit to create a magical fairy-like effect, and and we wore white togas and ivy crowns in our hair to fit with the secret garden theme. The sumptuous dinner was accompanied by a theatrical act in three parts, and we performed our music from the balcony between acts. We played airy classical and contemporary music which we enhanced with ethereal improvisations.

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The set that we were on was actually a scaffolding that we had to climb up into using a rolling ladder. It was quite wobbly up there, but we did get more used to it as time went on, and we had a great view of the room!

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The Boulder Symphony Flute and Strings Quartet Plays at the North Boulder Lucky's Market

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This past weekend, I enjoyed playing flute with the Boulder Symphony flute and strings quartet. We played at Lucky's Market for their Earth Day Volunteer Fair. I put together a set list of lively classical music and we had so many people tell us that we had totally made their day. I saw at least six different people dancing right in the middle of the grocery store. One lady said that she spent a very long time "looking at soaps" because she wanted to stay as long as possible to hear us play.

I enjoy playing my flute and cello with the Boulder Symphony, and I invite you to check out our concerts on the Boulder Symphony website.

Flute Trio Wedding Ceremony and Reception Music at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado

Flute and String Trio Classical and Popular Wedding Ceremony Music at the Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Flute and String Trio Classical and Popular Wedding Ceremony Music at the Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

It was a cold and blustery February afternoon in Denver, Colorado on the day that my flute and string trio played for this winter wedding ceremony. Inside the luxurious Brown Palace it was like a different world, and the perfect setting for an incredibly romantic wedding. The elegant stained glass windows made the room into a sanctuary and blocked out the gusty winter winds and bustling city sounds from downtown Denver.

Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Our trio played classical music and set the mood as guests arrived. During the ceremony, the bride’s mother sung the Jewish wedding blessings in Hebrew, and a feeling of perfect peace filled the room. The ceremony was lovely to watch, and I never tire of seeing two people who are obviously soul mates joined together in marriage.

Afterwards, it was time for everyone to feast, and we played lively modern music as everyone ate. The groom was so fun to work with, and very interested in every aspect of the music, so I enjoyed putting together a great custom set list to keep everyone celebrating throughout the evening. Everyone enjoyed our music so much that they clapped for us in between songs.

Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

We also had the opportunity to play two first dance songs, and we accompanied the vocals and guitar music with flute and strings. We played “To Make You Feel My Love” and “This I Promise You” and it was a beautiful moment.

We finished playing the dinner music with one of the groom’s favorite songs - a rousing rendition of the “Star Wars” theme! Then I got a request to play the theme from Jurassic Park, which I did briefly, to everyone’s delight.

From the Groom:
“Christen and her crew are all super talented, displayed the utmost professionalism, and are a pleasure to work with with our Feb 2019 wedding. They even were willing to work with us and the musicians in our wedding party to create an ensemble that made the first dance songs extra special. Christen is super accommodating and can't recommend her enough.”

Flute and String Trio Classical and Popular Wedding Ceremony Music at the Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Flute and String Trio Classical and Popular Wedding Ceremony Music at the Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Quick Tip:
Hire us to play for your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, dinner, and reception. It’s not only very convenient but we also have a large repertoire of classical and modern music to keep your guests celebrating all night.

 

Sample Selections from Prelude Music:
Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart), Air from Water Music (Handel), Salzburger Minuet (Mozart)

Wedding Processional Music:
Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Boy and Ringbearer ~ Largo from Xerxes
Bride ~ Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Recessional ~ Wedding March from a Midsummer NIght’s Dream

Postlude Music:
Fugue in D (Handel), Humoresque from Op. 101, #7 (Dvorak), Nocturne from Op.9 #2 for piano (Chopin)

Sample Selections from Dinner Music:
Over the Rainbow, Stand by Me (Ben King), Accidentally in Love (Counting Crows), A Thousand Years (Christina Perri), Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis), The Wedding from Legends of the Fall, A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay), Star Wars (Main Theme)

Wedding Vendors:
Venue: Brown Palace Hotel
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute Trio
Photographer: Kretuzer Photography

 

Experience the Elegance of the Flute and Strings for your Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, and Reception!

Flute and String Trio Classical and Popular Wedding Ceremony Music at the Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Flute and String Trio Classical and Popular Wedding Ceremony Music at the Brown Palace in Denver, Colorado

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

flute and Strings by christen stephens, Flute and violin wedding ceremony music in Estes Park, Colorado

flute and Strings by christen stephens, Flute and violin wedding ceremony music in Estes Park, Colorado

I spent the Halloween of 2018 in the best way possible - playing for a romantic Colorado mountain wedding ceremony! The bride and groom were from Florida, and they had their outdoor wedding ceremony in Estes Park at a private home.

The drive to Estes Park is one of my favorite drives because of the beautiful scenery. It was made even better by the fresh snow that had fallen the night before. The snow was still clinging to the evergreens and weighing them down like heavy white frosting.

The house was in a grand setting with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. I played flute along with my violinist inside, next to the crackling wood fire in the fireplace. I set up my speaker outside so that our music could be heard both indoors and out.

We played an elegant mix of classical music, and a few modern songs. I made a special arrangement of “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella for the bride. Just before the bride walked down the aisle, we happened to be playing “A Postcard to Henry Purcell” from Pride and Prejudice, and it was such a romantic beginning to the evening festivities.

The wedding ceremony took place outside, and even though it was chilly, the sun shone brightly in a very blue sky. The small group of family and friends stood during the short ceremony. Afterwards, we continued playing more lively classical music as the guests mingled inside and outside.

“It was a Dream Come True”

From the Bride:
My Wedding was on Halloween this year and as a special touch Christen surprised us with Cinderella- “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, and a few other Disney classics! It was a dream come true and I couldn’t have picked a better company to play for my Wedding. I truly felt like a Princess in white with the music playing perfectly on every step I made down the aisle. Thank you for making our day Perfect!”

flute and Strings by christen stephens, Flute and violin wedding ceremony music in Estes Park, Colorado

flute and Strings by christen stephens, Flute and violin wedding ceremony music in Estes Park, Colorado

Fun Tip: For an outdoor wedding ceremony in the snow, have your ceremony near an indoor location to give your guests the option of mingling indoors before and after the ceremony.

Sample Selections from Prelude and Postlude Music:
Gavotte (Bach), Largo from Winter (Vivaldi), Minuet (Boccherini), Air from Water Music (Handel), Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart), A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella, All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera, Allegro from Spring (Vivaldi)

Wedding Processional Music:
Bride’s Processional: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Recessional: Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Experience the traditional elegance of my flute and violin duo for your wedding ceremony!

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

On a late summer day, my flute and cello duo played for an elegant formal wedding ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The garden beds were spilling over with glorious autumn flowers, red berries, and ripening golden grasses. The ceremony took place in the Romantic Gardens, which were a lush, green oasis despite the hot and sunny 90 degree day.

Our duo played elegant and fun classical music to greet guests as they arrived. The little gazebo that we played under had the perfect acoustics for our instruments, and our music floated throughout the gardens, mingling with the flower-scented air.

Fun Tip: For a hot outdoor summer wedding, invite your guests to wear fancy hats to stay cool. I loved the hats that the ladies wore at this wedding ceremony! Just check out these sweet accessories.

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

“They completed my vision for a classy, romantic, elegant wedding”

From the Bride:
Christen performed for our intimate wedding ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens on 9/15/18. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, from start to finish!! Christen was professional, responsive, and able to answer any questions that I had (which for a Type A person like me was quite a few). Since I live out of town, all of our communications were via email and phone. I would usually hear back within a day with any questions I had, and the fact that we never met until day-of didn't detract from the planning, organization or execution of the music. She worked with my budget, and because of her affordable prices, I was able to get a flute and cello combo which I had not previously thought a possibility. Their performance the day-of was perfect, and I could not have asked for better musicians for our big day! They completed my vision for a classy, romantic, elegant wedding. Highly recommended!!! Thanks Christen!”

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Sample Selections from Prelude and Postlude Music:
Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Flower Duet (Delibes), Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke), Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel), Spring from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi), Bourree (Telemann), Sonatina (Anton Andre), March in D Major (Bach)

Wedding Processional Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) - Mothers and Grandmothers, Brothers and Sisters, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, Groom, Pastor
Ave Maria (Schubert) - Bride
Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers) - Unity Ceremony (sign marriage license and light unity candle)
La Rejouissance (Handel) - Recessional

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens
Ceremony Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute and Cello Duo
Photographer: LD Photography - Thank you for these beautiful photos!
Officiant: Scott Bebee - Awesome officiant who I had the pleasure of working with a couple times this year.

Whether you’re getting married in a garden or in the mountains, our elegant music will bring elegance and class to your beautiful Colorado setting. Listen to flute and cello music samples.

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music in the Denver Botanic Gardens, Photo by LD Photogrpahy

String Trio Wedding Ceremony Music at the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

I have played for many weddings on the Vail Wedding Deck, but this late summer afternoon was one of the most beautiful days that I’ve ever seen on Vail Mountain. Though technically still summer, in the Colorado mountains it was a golden autumn day. The aspens were in full color, with colors ranging from the most golden of yellows to summer green and everything in between. Wildflowers bloomed on the mountainside and the sun shone warmly, but with a gentle cool breeze.

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My string trio played for this intimate destination wedding ceremony, and our music complimented the beautiful mountain setting. The bride requested a peace + traditional elegance package, and we played a mix of slow and romantic classical and contemporary music. Our music greeted the guests as they arrived at the event deck, and accompanied the the wedding party and bride as they walked down the long aisle. We continued to play afterwards as photos were taken.

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado, gondola ride up Vail mountain

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado, gondola ride up Vail mountain

Quick Tip:
Request elegant and peaceful wedding ceremony music that will relax you and your guests leading into the ceremony, and then fast and cheerful music after the ceremony to celebrate!

A perfect day at the Vail Visitor’s Center

A perfect day at the Vail Visitor’s Center

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

Selections from Prelude and Postlude Music:
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Fughette in C (Handel), Largo from Winter (Vivaldi), St. Anthony’s Chorale (Brahms), Nocturne (Mendelssohn), Traumerei (Schumann), Arioso (Bach)

Processional Music:
Canon in D (Pachelbel) - Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girl
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart) - Bride
Ode to Joy (Beethoven) - Recessional

Hire our traditional and elegant string trio to play classical music, and even pop and rock songs for your wedding ceremony!

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

String Trio wedding ceremony music in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Ceremony Music on the Vail Wedding Deck

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Music in Vail, Colorado - Vail Wedding Deck

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Music in Vail, Colorado - Vail Wedding Deck

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Music in Vail, Colorado - Vail Wedding Deck

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Music in Vail, Colorado - Vail Wedding Deck

In late August, my flute and violin duo enjoyed playing for a mountain wedding ceremony at the Vail Wedding Deck. I left Denver well prepared because the weather forecast was predicting cool weather, rain, and thunderstorms. I really hoped that this Wisconsin couple could have the Colorado mountain wedding of their dreams, despite the weather predictions.

As I ascended the mountains and drove to Vail, the temperature dropped into the 40's and it was pouring rain. By the time I reached Vail, the rain had ended and the air had a cool and fresh feel to it. The smoke from the summer wildfires was momentarily completely gone and everything felt bright and clean.

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Music in Vail, Colorado - Vail Wedding Deck

Flute and Violin Duo Wedding Music in Vail, Colorado - Vail Wedding Deck

The sun started to peek through the clouds, and as the guests arrived, we greeted them and drew them to the seating area with our elegant classical music. In the middle of the ceremony, we played "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis as a beautiful musical interlude, while the guests had a chance to take in the mountain views and to enjoy the completion of their journey to arrive in this epic setting. Most of the guests had a plane flight, car ride, gondola ride, golf cart ride, and walk to arrive at the wedding deck.

We played a lively recessional at the end of the ceremony, and then we played a mix of classical music and Beatles tunes to entertain everyone and put smiles on their faces as photos were being taken.

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) - Bride
Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis) - Interlude to enjoy the scenery
Trumpet Tune (Purcell) - Recessional

Sample Selections from Prelude and Postlude Music:
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart), Rigaudon (Handel), I Will (Beatles), Blackbird (Beatles), Allegro from Spring (Vivaldi), Minuet (Boccherini), Allegro from Sonata in F Major (Handel)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Vail Wedding Deck
Photographer: Pixel Studio Photography
Officiant: Heather Rawlings
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute and Violin Duo

Bring the elegance of live music to the wild and beautiful Colorado mountains.

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Flute and Harp Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Music at the Lyons Farmette

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My flute and harp duo had a wonderful day playing for this charming wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at the Lyons Farmette in Lyons, Colorado. The venue features wide lawns, an assortment of farm animals, vintage farm equipment, and a riot of color in the beautiful flower gardens. Twinkle lights sparkled from everywhere, and the creek running behind the ceremony site completed the charming effect.

Shortly before we started playing the prelude, the wind guested very strongly and it began to sprinkle rain. I had my music stand set up outside, and a big branch fell from the tree right where I would have been standing, so I was thankful that I wasn't there! We were so happy that the weather calmed down just as we needed to start playing the prelude music. We played elegant classical music to welcome the guests as they arrived.

Then it was time for our big musical surprise, as planned by the bride. We played "Zelda's Lullaby" from the video game "The Legend of Zelda", as the bride walked down the aisle. For the recessional, we played "Shelter" by Porter Robinson and Madeon.

During cocktails, we continued the video game theme. The couple chose a number of special songs to be played during cocktails, and the songs included more Zelda music and the Pokemon Center theme. Many people recognized the tunes and were very excited and surprised to hear songs that they knew from the video games. The tunes worked perfectly on flute and harp.

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Wedding Ceremony Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) - Processional
Zelda's Lullaby - Bride
Shelter (Porter Robinson and Madeon) - Recessional

Wedding Music Special Selections:
Zelda's Lullaby, Shelter (Porter Robinson and Madeon), Kakariko Village, The Great Fairy Fountain, Ballad of the Goddess, Path of the Wind from My Neighbor Tororo, The Pokemon Center Theme, Saria's Theme (a surprise addition I included)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: The Lyons Farmette
Wedding Planner: A Touch of Bliss Events
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute and Harp Duo
Photographer: Dan Hand Photo
Videographer: Garrity Productions

Whether your love Zelda music or want another unique them for your wedding, I can make it happen. Contact me today!

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Flute Quartet Music for Annual Inspire at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado

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I led the Boulder Symphony flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) in playing for the Annual Inspire event in Boulder, Colorado once again this year. The event was held at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). The patio overlooks an incredible view of the Colorado front range, but in August, the view was partially obscured by smoke and haze from the wildfires that are burning in the west. We were grateful that towards the end of the event, a cool evening breeze came, bringing with it clear air and the scent of pine. It's an incredibly beautiful location, and I never tire of each amazing Colorado vista that we have the privilege of playing at. 

Our quartet played a selection of cheerful classical music before and after the speeches were made. As usual, the speeches from the students were personal and inspiring stories of hope and how they overcame difficult obstacles in order to achieve their dreams. It was an uplifting evening.

String Trio Wedding Ceremony and Reception Music at the Arrabelle in Vail

String trio wedding and reception music at the Arrabelle in Vail Square

String trio wedding and reception music at the Arrabelle in Vail Square

In late July, I played cello with my string trio for a classy wedding ceremony and reception at the Arrabelle in Vail. Since we played for both the ceremony and reception, we were there for about five hours, which rivals my longest performance ever! Instead of having to leave right after the ceremony, it was wonderful to have the extra time to spend playing our music and getting to know and enjoy the guests.

As we arrived, the weather was a little iffy, and it looked like it might rain. We hoped for the best and set up with our instruments on the beautiful balcony just outside the Arrabelle Great Room. The balcony overlooked the green Vail ski slopes and a part of charming Vail Village. Just as we were ready to start playing the prelude music, it began to storm, and the ceremony had to be moved indoors.

Our string trio played peaceful classical prelude music, as requested by the bride. The bride walked down the aisle to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, and the couple was married in front of grand fireplace in the Great Room.

Once the ceremony was over, the guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner as we played a set of modern pop and rock songs. It was fun because when we started playing each song, various guests would pay attention as they recognized their a favorite tune. The acoustics in the room worked beautifully for our trio and we didn't overpower the small room.

When there's no dancing, our live music is perfect for your entire wedding ceremony, cocktails, and reception. That way, you only need to book one group! We can start your ceremony and welcome your guests with lovely classical music and then switch to more contemporary music or lively classical music for your cocktails and reception. We can even add amplification if needed. For this couple, it was such an elegant touch to have our string trio play for the entire event, and our music created a beautiful ambiance for the entire evening.

From the Bride:
"We had an intimate wedding in Vail and Christen and her string trio team played for both our ceremony and reception. They did such a great job! Christen was so helpful and accommodating with our vision and timeline while planning the music for our day. Her website provides many great samples of music to choose from. She also worked on and added more music to her string trio repertoire in order to accommodate both our ceremony and reception. We received several compliments from guests on how much they enjoyed their music. They appreciated the elegant touch it added and the fact that they could easily converse with one another while they were playing. She was very responsive and so easy to work with. I would highly recommend her and her team for any special occasion or event! Thank you Christen!"

Experience classical and pop music with the elegance of strings for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception with my string trio.

Selections from Prelude Music:
Air from Water Music (Handel), Wedding Song (Peter, Paul, and Mary), Andantino (Mozart), Romanza from Eine Kline Nachtmusik (Mozart), Arioso from Cantata #156 (Bach)

Wedding Ceremony Music:
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) - Bride's Processional
Allegro from Spring (Vivaldi) - Recessional

Dinner Reception Music (a small sample):
Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany's), Accidentally in Love (Counting Crows), Romantic Flight (from How to Train Your Dragon), The Wedding (from the Legends of the Fall), A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay), Yellow (Coldplay), Anything Goes (Cole Porter), Don't Stop Believin' (Journey), Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol), Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter), Imagine (Beatles)

Flute Quartet Music at the Vail Wedding Deck

Vail Wedding Deck after a storm

Vail Wedding Deck after a storm

A bride celebrates when the Vail Wedding Deck gondola reopens after a thunderstorm

A bride celebrates when the Vail Wedding Deck gondola reopens after a thunderstorm

In early July, my flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) headed to the Colorado mountains to play for a wedding ceremony on the Vail Wedding Deck. When we arrived, the weather was unusually hot and dusty and unlike the cool crisp air that we usually expect from Vail. The sun was shining brightly and all was calm as we took the gondola up to the top of Vail Mountain. The moment we arrived, it was announced that a large storm was moving in, and the gondola would be closed!

Over 400 people were trapped at the top of the mountain, including two brides. One bride had just been married and the second bride was supposed to be married at the bottom of the gondola in Vail Village. The storm rolled in, bringing with it lightning strikes and heavy rain. Our wedding party and guests were waiting at the bottom of the gondola and we were waiting at the top, and we were all hoping that our couple could have their dream outdoor wedding on top of the mountain. It must have been about an hour, but finally the announcement came through that the storm had passed and the gondola would be running again. The crowd of people erupted into big cheers, and the cheering brides were escorted onto the gondola first.

Flute Quartet wedding ceremony music on the Vail Wedding Deck in Colorado

Flute Quartet wedding ceremony music on the Vail Wedding Deck in Colorado

Our wedding party made it to the top of the mountain for their dream wedding after all. The rain had washed away the hot and dusty feeling, and it was fresh and cool. Just as the bride and groom said "I do", the sun came out and shone on them as if for a blessing.

My quartet played elegant classical music as the guests arrived for the ceremony, and we continued to play after the ceremony to accompany the wedding party as they had their pictures taken.

Selections from prelude and postlude music:
Rondeau (Mouret), Ave Maria (Schubert), selections from Handel's Water Music, To a Wild Rose (MacDowell), selections from Bach string quartets

Hire my flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) to make your Colorado mountain wedding even more spectacular!

Vendors:
Venue: Vail Wedding Deck
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute Quartet

Vail Wedding Deck after a summer storm

Vail Wedding Deck after a summer storm

Flute and Cello Wedding Ceremony Music at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Flute and Cello Duo Wedding Ceremony Music at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Late in June, I had the privilege of playing for a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was my first time playing in the elegant Woodland Mosaic Garden, which is my favorite garden wedding site. The sun went behind clouds, and what started as a baking hot day turned into a cool day with a gentle breeze. The leafy canopy of trees arched over the conservatory and the sound of singing birds mingled Snow White style with our Disney themed music.

At the bride's request, and to my great delight, we played a lot of Disney pieces, and I even got to make a special arrangement of "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella to play as the wedding party walked down the aisle.

The ceremony and cocktail hour came off beautifully, and as cocktails were ending, a big gust of wind brought in a smattering of rain, and the guests moved to the reception location to enjoy a tropical inspired feast.

Prelude Music Included:
Tis the Last Rose of Summer, A Whole New World, Gavotte (J.S. Bach), Menuet (Bach), When You Wish Upon a Star, Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis)

 

Wedding Ceremony Music:
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella - Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Ringbearer
Canon in D (Pachelbel)- Bride
Largo from Winter (Vivaldi) - Sand Ceremony
Ode to Joy (Beethoven) - Recessional

Cocktail Hour Music Included:
Roses from the South (Strauss), Jr.), In the Still of the Nite,  Rondo Alla Turca, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Simple Gifts, Blue Spanish Eyes

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens
Planner: Serendipity Catering
Wedding Ceremony Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Cello Duo

Are you getting married in the Denver Botanic Gardens? I love playing there because I'm passionate about gardening and plants. I'm familiar with all of the wedding sites at the Gardens.. Learn how to add our beautiful music to your wedding!

Flute and Harp Duo Cocktail Hour Music at the Wellshire Event Center in Denver

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This fall, my flute and harp duo was hired to play for an elegant fall dinner for the Swiss American Friendship Society. Cocktails and dinner took place at the charming Wellshire Event Center in Denver, Colorado. The Wellshire Event Center is situated on a golf course and has a quaint German feel that isn't too common in Denver.

My flute and harp delighted the guests with a mix of elegant classical, jazz, and ballads as the guests enjoyed cocktails. The room was charmingly decorated with fall decor and candles. Many of the guests were excited to have the opportunity to hear a concert harp so close up, and the beautiful instrument added the the elegance of the room. The music of my flute soared over the harp as I played well-loved melodies.

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