Flute Quartet Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music in Estes Park, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

It was a beautiful and crisp day in late summer, when my flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) headed up to a very special location in Estes Park, Colorado. We had the privilege of playing for a wedding ceremony at Camp Timberline, a camp owned by the family. The camp was located in an isolated Colorado location and it featured panoramic mountain views with nothing around for miles.

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

In addition to playing flute at this wedding, the bride gave me the special opportunity to arrange a number new songs in various musical styles. I rehearsed with my quartet a week before the wedding so that we'd play the new songs seamlessly on the day of the ceremony. Some of the songs that were written for solo voice and guitar were challenging to translate to a quartet setting, but with a little creative thinking and a lot of  experimenting, I was really pleased with the end results, and enjoyed the process. This Georgia bride's song requests ranged from Thunderstruck by ACDC, to hymns and contemporary Christian music, to country, pop, and rock songs.

The processional was a mix of contemporary Christian songs played and sung by a few friends of the family, and then we played "Sheep May Safely Graze" by Bach for the moms, and transitioned to Thunderstuck by ACDC for the groomsmen's entrance.

Afterwards, we performed a custom playlist that the bride had selected as the guests enjoyed cocktails out on the lawn.

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

Wedding Processional Music:
Georgia Fight Song - Last song before ceremony
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach) - Seating of the Mothers
Thunderstruck (ACDC) - Groomsmen
Gimme Some Lovin' (Spencer Davis Group) - Recessional

Sample Selections from Prelude Music:
Sweet Child O'Mine (Guns N 'Roses), What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong), Stand by Me (Ben King), Home, Marry You (Bruno Mars)

Sample Selections from Cocktail Hour Music:
Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton), Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Washed by Water (Need to Breathe), Black River, (Amos Lee), Need You More (United Pursuit), Treasure (Bruno Mars), Moon River, Thunderstruck (ACDC) (last song before reception)

Wedding Vendors:
Venue: Camp Timberline
Wedding Planner: Tied with a Bow Weddings
Photographer: KJ and Rob Photography
Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens - Flute Quartet

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

Flute quartet wedding ceremony music in estes park, Colorado

My "Best of 2015" Colorado Wedding Ceremony Vendors

Every year, I enjoy picking my favorite wedding vendors from the past year and highlighting their work. As a wedding ceremony musician, it was a record year for destination weddings for me, and I had the pleasure of frequently traveling to the mountains where I enjoyed beautiful weddings and stunning views. My vendor picks and the following photos for this year showcase some of these wonderful locations. My vendor choices are the Donovan Pavilion- Vail Wedding Ceremony Venue, Rachel Olsen Photography- Colorado Wedding Photographer, and Collins Coordination- Dallas, Texas Wedding Planner.

Donovan Pavilion

Vail Colorado Meeting Facility and Destination Wedding Location


What I Loved: - The beautiful outdoor patio at the pavilion is a private and peaceful setting for a wedding ceremony - The outdoor wedding area is surrounded by a natural park area, a river and mountains, providing a peaceful ambiance - The pavilion is conveniently located in Vail but because it's not in the main tourist area, parking is always available and convenient - The beautiful and spacious indoor gathering area and outdoor areas are laid out in a way that brings guests together into one space without feeling crowded - Brides can have their wedding ceremony and reception in the same area - no need to move guests from one location to another


Rachel Olsen Photography

Colorado Wedding Photographer

What I Loved: - Rachel really gets to know her couples and captures their individuality in her photos - It is obvious that Rachel loves her job and enjoys each couple that she photographs - Rachel is a friendly person and so easy to work with - Rachel responds to communication quickly - Rachel's photos capture such a wonderful feeling of time and place - Can you feel yourself transported as you view the photos below?


Collins Coordination

Dallas, Texas Wedding and Event Coordination Company

What I Loved: Katie from Collins Coordination is located in Dallas, Texas so she is not local to Colorado, but she was so great that I wanted to feature her on my blog

- Katie was very organized leading up to the day of the wedding, including detailed lists that she shared with all of the vendors. She made my job easy! - Katie is easy to reach over phone or email - On the day of the wedding, Katie was calm, helpful, friendly, and involved with all aspects of the wedding