Flute and Strings Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

I was excited to work with this couple because the bride was originally from my home state of Connecticut, and many of her family and guests traveled from there. To reach the Holy Cross Event Deck, guests took the gondola up Vail mountain, and then rode a golf cart to the ceremony site. I enjoyed watching the faces of those coming in from out of town when they saw the view at the ceremony site for the first time. The wildflowers were in full bloom, and because of all the rain, I’ve never seen so many in all of the years I’ve been playing in Vail.

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

My flute and strings quartet played contemporary prelude music before the wedding, as custom selected by the bride and groom.

Wedding Ceremony Music Selections:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) - Parents and wedding party
Canon in D (Pachelbel) - Bride
A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay)- Recessional

Prelude and Postlude Music Custom Selected by the Bride:
All of Me (John Legend), Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Over the Rainbow (from Wizard of Oz, Clocks (Coldplay), Sweet Child O'Mine (Guns N Roses), Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Add the elegance and beauty of live music to your wedding ceremony. Listen to music samples of my flute and strings quartet.

This summer, it rained and stormed almost every afternoon in Vail, Colorado, and the wedding planner and I were completely ready for rain plans B or even C if we couldn’t have the wedding outside. It turned out that we didn’t need to worry at all, because the weather absolutely smiled on this couple. In fact, it was the most lovely day that I’ve seen in Vail, Colorado this year. There was just enough cloud cover to keep us all pleasantly cool and provide the perfect backdrop for amazing photos. Thank you Callie Hobbs for these incredible photos!

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

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

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

From the Bride:

“We wanted to thank you so much for your beautiful ceremony music during our wedding! We could not have imagined a better accompaniment to highlight such a personal and special event for us. We appreciate all of your hard work and orchestration - the music was absolutely beautiful!”

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Wedding Ceremony Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute and Strings Quartet
Wedding Venue: Holy Cross Event Deck
Wedding Planner: White Birch Weddings and Events
Photographer - Callie Hobbs Photography
Florist: Petals and Pours

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Before the wedding, I was setting up the amplification for the officiant when suddenly this happened - a heartfelt surprise proposal on top of Vail Mountain!

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

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

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute and Strings Quartet, Contemporary Wedding Music on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail, Colorado, Photo by Callie Hobbs Photography

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.

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, Colorado

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

It was forecast to be a very cold day when I drove up to Dillon, Colorado to play solo flute for an elegant winter wedding ceremony. I was well prepared with lots of warm clothing, a hot drink, and a couple flutes in case one of them froze. The bride and groom and their guests were all from Florida and Texas, and they enjoyed seeing the novelty of the snowy landscape. They were also extremely cold!

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

When I arrived, it was cloudy with a temperature of 14F and a windchill of -5F, with wind guests up to 25 mph. Despite the chill, the setting was absolutely picturesque, and it was like being in a winter paradise. The view of Dillon Lake and the snow covered mountains was dressed in the muted winter tones of deep green pines, the blue-black lake, the grey sky, and the clean white snow. My flute music gave the setting a touch of sophistication, celebration, and elegance.

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

The bride had rented a nice warm patio heater for me to stand by, but when I moved it to the location where I needed it to be, the flame went out and I couldn’t figure out out to relight it. Neither could a few of the guests who tried. However, as one of the guests joked, it was mentally encouraging just to be standing under the heater.

When the groom arrived, he noticed the problem and in five minutes he had the heater working! It was just in time too, because my flute was just starting to freeze and the keys were just starting to stick.

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

I played a set list of contemporary music that the bride requested. The start of the wedding was delayed by 30 minutes, and the guests enjoyed hearing my music as they waited.

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

After the wedding, everyone cheered the couple and toasted them with champagne. Everyone scooted out pretty quickly after the ceremony was over, and I was the last person on the overlook. The sun was just starting to set, and other than the sound of the wind in the pines, the silence was profound. I took a minute to drink it all in and to feel the grandness of life and nature.

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography


From the Bride:

“I hired Christen for a Thursday mountain top wedding. Little did I know this would be one of the coldest days. I got her a heater and she played the notes out of that flute! It sounded incredibly beautiful and romantic. She's professional, committed and so easy to work with. She went above and beyond to ensure I had music at my ceremony! Definitely recommend!”

 

Quick Tip: Are you having an outdoor wedding ceremony in cold weather? Supply your guests with blankets, heaters, and warm drinks. Celebrate the winter theme!

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

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Samples from Prelude and Postlude Music:
A Thousand Years (Christian Perri), Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis), Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers), The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, Thinking out Loud (Ed Sheeran), Ave Maria (Bach), All I Ask of You From Phantom of the Opera, Make You Feel My Love (Adele)

Bride’s Processional:
Latch (Sam Smith)

Recessional:
All of Me (John Legend)

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Planner: Amanda Piper at Events 5280
Ceremony Venue: Sapphire Point
Ceremony Officaint: Scott Awbrey
Photographer: Mallory Munson

Hire my solo flute music to add simplicity, romance, and elegance to your wedding ceremony.

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Classical and contemporary solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado, photo by Mallory Munson Photography

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

My flute and guitar duo headed up to Vail on a chilly day in early October to play for a wedding ceremony at the Vail Golf Club. A cold front was moving in, and the weather forecast called for cold temperatures, wind, thunderstorms, and possibly even hail. We were all praying that the weather would end up being beautiful so that this couple could have the elegant wedding ceremony of their dreams.

Because of the cold temperatures, the wedding location was moved from the wedding island to the beautiful lawn space right in front of the Vail Golf Clubhouse. It was the perfect location for the guests to enjoy the heated patio, and then move outside to their seats right before the ceremony. There were a few sprinkles of rain during the ceremony, but the couple was able to have their ceremony outdoors with the stunning autumn colors and the sweeping mountains of the Gore Range as their backdrop. After the wedding ceremony concluded, the clouds poured rain and the guests moved back to safety under the covered patio to enjoy cocktails and our pop and jazz tunes.

Quick Tip:
If your wedding day isn’t sunny, it’s actually a great thing for photos! On cloudy days, colors pop and shadows disappear, making photos of both people and scenery brilliant and beautiful. If you don’t mind getting a little wet, rain and snow also add a sense of drama and romance to your wedding photos.

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Sample Selections from Prelude and Postlude Music:
Unforgettable (Nat King Cole), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton), The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, Come Away With Me (Norah Jones), Fly Me to the Moon (Sinatra), Cheek to Cheek (Sinatra)

Wedding Ceremony Music:
What a Wonderful World (Lois Armstrong): Parents and Grandparents, Groomsmen, Officiant
Perfect (Ed Sheeran): Bridesmaids, Ringbearers, Flower Girl
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis): Bride and Dad
You are the Sunshine of my Life (Stevie Wonder): Recessional

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Vail Golf Club
Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute and Guitar Duo
Wedding Planner: REL-Event Designs
Officiant: Scott Beebe
Photographer: Brooke Heather Photography

 

Autumn dates fill fast, so book us now to reserve our fun and elegant music for your wedding day

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Guitar Wedding Ceremony Music at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado

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

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

It was a cool and very windy day autumn day on the Holy Cross Event Deck in Vail when my flute and cello duo played for a stunning wedding ceremony accompanied by some fun and unique song selections. The groom had his heart set on hearing a few of his favorite rap songs played instrumentally. He sent me several music samples on YouTube and I knew that I could make awesome arrangements of the songs for flute and cello.

To make the arrangements, I combined both the original and classical versions that the groom sent me, and then I added a touch of my own flair that made them work well specifically for flute and cello. It was so helpful that I play both flute and cello, because I was able to incorporate some really cool sounds that very playable on each instrument.

I also made a special arrangement of “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel to accompany the bride as she walked down the aisle. The day was extremely windy, but we were well amplified with my professional sound system, so our contemporary and rap songs were heard by everyone.

We continued to play after the ceremony as photos were taken. The aspens were still in peak leaf, and the golden leaves made for an epic autumn backdrop.

“[Christen created a set of songs] that blew away our wildest expectations”

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

From the Groom:
”Christen and her playing partner were absolutely wonderful! We had some specific songs we wanted played and they took the time to learn the songs, understand what we were looking for, and create a set that blew away our wildest expectations. We feel very fortunate to have found Christen and are beyond thrilled at the way everything turned out. We would recommend Christen with the highest confidence!” - JW

Fun Tip:
It’s trending right now to feature music such as rock, rap, and pop on classical instruments. I enjoy making professional music arrangements of your favorite songs, in any style.


Listen to these clips of my flute and cello duo playing a few of the songs I arranged:

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery


Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Vail Wedding Deck
Wedding Planner: Eventique Productions
Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy
Photographer: Back Country Imagery
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens

Wedding Processional Music:
Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses): Seating of the Parents
All of the Lights (Kayne West): Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Ringbearer, 2 Flower Girls, Bulldog
The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel): Bride
Hey Ya (OutKast): Recessional

Prelude:
Imagine (Beatles), All You Need is Love (Beatles), A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella, Wildflowers (Tom Petty)

Postlude:
All of the Lights (Kayne West), Trap Queen (Fetty Wap), The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel), Can You Feel the Love Tonight? from Lion King

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

Flute and cello rap and popular wedding ceremony music at the holy cross event deck in vail, colorado, Photo by back country imagery

My Best of 2018 Wedding Vendors

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to celebrate love and marriage by featuring my Best of 2018 wedding vendors! Each year, I select outstanding wedding vendors that I have personally worked with in the past year. These are people who have impressed me and exceeded expectations for excellence at their job. This year, my winners are Back Country Imagery, The Lyons Farmette, and A Touch of Bliss Events. Congratulations!

A Touch of Bliss Events

Colorado Wedding Planner

This year, I had the pleasure of working with Natalie Sudia of “A Touch of Bliss Events”. Natalie is a lead wedding planner, and she’s fantastic to work with. Natalie reached out to me about the details of the wedding day well in advance, and she was very thorough in anticipating all of my questions and needs. On the day of the wedding, Natalie handled the wind and the rain preceding the wedding flawlessly, and she brought a joyful spirit and calm organization wherever she went. The wedding was so elegant and every detail was covered seamlessly from start to finish.

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Back Country Imagery

Colorado Wedding Photographer

Meg McGee of Back Country Imagery impressed me with her stunning photos and absolute professionalism on the job. I worked with her for a wedding ceremony on an extremely windy day, and not only did she alleviate the concerns from the wedding couple, but she worked with the wind to create exceptional one-of-a-kind photos that the bride and groom will be sure to treasure for a lifetime. Meg’s photographs draw me into their world, bringing to life colors, textures, aromas, and emotions. However, don’t just take my word for it; check out her amazing photos below.

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The Lyons Farmette

Colorado Wedding Venue

I loved playing at the Lyons Farmette this past year, and I have to say that it was simply delightful. Nestled among mature trees in a picturesque yet convenient setting, the Lyons Farmette features rustic elegance and vintage country charm. The adorable animals include llamas, goats, alpacas, and chickens. The vibrant flower beds and colorfully painted farm equipment all add to the Farmette’s unique appeal.

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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!

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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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)

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music on the Vail Wedding Deck in Colorado

Vow Renewal Wedding Ceremony on the Vail Wedding Deck, Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens

Vow Renewal Wedding Ceremony on the Vail Wedding Deck, Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens

Towards the end of July, I played for a wedding vow renewal ceremony on the Vail Wedding Deck. There was a pretty good chance of thunderstorms in Vail that afternoon, but the rain held off, allowing for the ceremony to take place under the sunshine and occasional clouds. The wind was extremely gusty, and it brought in smoke from the southern Colorado wildfires, but that just added a mysterious and magical quality to the setting.

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I played a mix of classical and contemporary prelude music on my flute, and I used my amplification so that I could be heard over the wind. Everyone gasped in surprise and delight when the couple's spunky and adorable daughter joined me on her flute to play "Can't Help Falling in Love" as the bride walked down the aisle.

The couple had been married for ten years, and their vows were as tender as first time couples, but also so refreshingly real as they had faced many years of life together. They had gone through many joys and challenges in their ten years of married life, and through them they grew closer to each other and were more in love than ever. I don't think that there was a dry eye by the time the ceremony was over. Then the bride gave everyone yet another surprise by announcing that a second child was on the way! Everyone cheered.

It was quite wonderful when the officiant announced "And now I pronounce you....are still husband and wife!" at the end. I was so inspired that I thought how nice it would be to do a 15 year vow renewal with my husband in a few years. I continued to play my flute after the ceremony to add ambiance as photos were taken.

From the Bride:
"Christen played beautifully at my ten year wedding renewal! She even worked with my daughter to perform a surprise duet together as I walked down the aisle which was such a hit. Thank you so much for everything!"

Enjoy the elegance and beauty of my solo flute music for your wedding ceremony! Here are solo flute music samples.

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Here Comes the Sun (Beatles) - Groomsmen
The Way You Look Tonight (Sinatra)- Bridesmaids
Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis) - Duet with Bride's Daughter for Bride's Walk

Prelude and Postlude Music Included:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach), Hornpipe (Purcell), Moon River, Prelude from Te Deum (Charpentier), When I Fall in Love (Nat King Cole),  Cheek to Cheek (Sinatra), All My Loving (Beatles)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Vail Wedding Deck
Wedding Planner: White Birch
Wedding Ceremony Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Solo Flute
Photographer: Ashley Waldron Photography
Videographer: Roots and Wings Productions
Reception Location: Arrabelle Ballroom

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

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

Photos Courtesy of Ian Riley Photography

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

In mid-December, I headed up to Dillon, Colorado to play solo flute for an outdoor wedding ceremony on Sapphire Point Overlook. Sapphire Point has stunning views of the Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding mountains. The mountains and pines were covered with snow, making an incredibly romantic setting for this Texas couple's wedding ceremony. I helped the guests feel warmer by playing a mix of contemporary, jazz, and Christmas music as they arrived and were seated. I think that "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" was particularly inviting to all of us in the steady wind and freezing temperatures.

The ceremony was fairly short and then I continued to play after the ceremony concluded while the wedding party had their photos taken. I can play my flute as long as the temperatures stay above freezing, but the temperatures were below freezing, and soon the inside of my flute was completely covered in a thick layer of ice from the moisture in my breath. I quickly changed flutes to my backup flute but soon that one froze too! Since a few keys froze together, I just avoided the notes that I couldn't play until the end of my booked time. It was quite an adventure!

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Samples from Prelude Music:

Isn't it Romantic? (Ella Fitzgerald), Annie's Song (John Denver), Cheek to Cheek (Sinatra), Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong), Deck the Hall, The First Noel, Frosty the Snowman, A Holly Jolly Christmas, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Processional Music:

Groom: Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis)
Bride: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Recessional: Fly Me to the Moon (Sinatra)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:

Venue: Sapphire Point
Photographer and Videographer: Ian Riley Photography
Officiant: Phil Gallagher
Colorado Wedding Musician: Christen Stephens on Solo Flute

Hire me to play my magical and romantic solo flute music at your wedding.

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo flute wedding ceremony music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Elopement Ceremony Music in Estes Park

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Around Christmas time, I played solo flute for an intimate elopement wedding at Della Terra Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado. The bride and groom chose to celebrate each other in a private destination ceremony, and I felt so privileged to be a part of their special day. Even though there were no guests, the couple chose to celebrate with a traditional wedding ceremony. The bride's dream was to have a magical outdoor ceremony in a snowy mountain setting. Despite the frosty day, there wasn't any snow on the ground, but there was a chance of snow, and we were all hoping for the best. A few flakes of snow ended up falling during and after the ceremony, and the mountain peaks in the background also had some white, completing a romantic winter backdrop. Since the temperature was well below freezing, and cold enough for ice to form inside my flute, I had to play my flute inside and let my sound float out the windows and doors. The couple was married outside on the patio and they were still able to hear my music clearly. The bride wore a beautiful wedding gown, crown, and a furry white shawl, just like an enchanted snow princess.

The couple selected a set of familiar contemporary songs from my current repertoire, and they customized the set list with additional song requests. I really enjoyed learning the new songs and adapting the vocal parts and instrumental interludes for solo flute.

Because of the frosty weather, the bride and groom decided to have their after-ceremony celebration indoors. The inside of the chateau was dripping with Christmas elegance, and we stayed toasty warm in front of one of several cheerfully crackling fires. I played "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran for the couple's first dance as a married couple. The simplicity of the dance with just the two of them serenaded by my flute was very sweet and romantic. I continued to play while they cut and ate their cake, toasted with champagne, and while they opened their gifts to each other. Being focused completely on each other was such a lovely way for them to spend their first few hours as a married couple.

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Sample from the Prelude and Postlude Music: Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran), Got to Believe in Magic (David Pomeranz), Love is All That Matters (David Pomeranz), Valentine (Jim Brickman), Your Love (Jim Brickman), Destiny (Jim Brickman), The Gift (Jim Brickman), Beautiful in White (Westlife), Love Was Made For Us (Cleo)

Processional: A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Recessional: From This Moment (Shania Twain)

First Dance: Perfect (Ed Sheeran)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Musician: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Solo Flute
Photographer: Crystaline Photography and Video

Add the versatile music of the flute to your wedding ceremony or event. Listen to Music Samples.

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Flute Quartet Wedding Ceremony Music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

At the beginning of autumn, my flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) headed down to Vail, Colorado to play music for a wedding ceremony at the Donovan Pavilion. The drive up to Vail was the most beautiful drive of the whole year. The first snow had just fallen the night before and the aspens were in peak season with their golden yellow leaves. When the sun shone, the aspens glowed, gradually making way to dark pines dusted with fresh snow at the tops of the mountains. Behind the mountain peeks, storm clouds made a dramatic and imposing backdrop. The rain and wind from a large cold front was quickly moving in, and when it was time for our quartet to start playing prelude music, it was sprinkling rain and the wind blew in from the west, bringing in clouds and cold temperatures. We couldn't play the wedding music outside because of the weather so, with the help of my high quality sound system, we were able to play indoors and still be heard clearly outside. We played a mix of contemporary music and hymns for the prelude and then played a traditional processional.

The wedding ceremony was so elegant and the wedding party braved the cold weather so that the couple could have their dream of an outdoor ceremony. The flowers and decor were romantic and glamorous with old-fashioned deep pink roses, greenery, and candles everywhere. The tables were covered in rich blue cloths accented by branches covered in deep gold. The color contrasts and textures were vibrant and luxurious.

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Christen is amazing!!! She is such a talented musician. She made my wedding vision come to life! - from the bride, Married in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Samples from Prelude Music: Make You Feel My Love (Adele), All You Need is Love (Beatles), Reign of Love (Coldplay), Come Thou Fount, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Processional and Ceremony Music: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) ~ seating of the parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen, ring bearers, flower girl Canon in D (Pachelbel) ~ Bride Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart) ~ Cord of three strands ceremony Wedding March (Mendelssohn) ~ Recessional Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars) ~ Postlude

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:

Planner: Ann Marlin of Cloud 9 Bliss
Photographer: Cassidy Brooke
Videographer: Emily Brumley of Storyteller Films
Musicians: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens, Flute Quartet
DJ: Elite Entertainment

Rain or shine, make your wedding day sparkle with our wonderful Flute Quartet Music >

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

Flute and Harp Duo at Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Colorado

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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!

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Prelude Music Sample:

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

Wedding Processional Music:

A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) - Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, Flower Girl
Beauty and the Beast - Bride
What a Wonderful World - Tree Planting Ceremony
I'm Yours (Jason Mraz) -  Recessional

Cocktail Hour Music Samples:

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

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and harp wedding ceremony music

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

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

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.

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music

Colorado flute and violin wedding ceremony music