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
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