Saturday, July 31, 2010

Deer Valley St. Regis

Cathy, Rebekah, Michelle, Brittany

St. Regis Hotel ~ Deer Valley Resort in Park City

Funicular: it looks like a rollar coaster but it goes really slow and shuttles hotel and wedding guests in a big elevator type contraption up and down the mountain side.

Our ride up the funicular with all our instruments and music.

It was a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony. But don't let the picture fool you. There was much wind and rain.
We took shelter under a large umbrella. One of us even played up on the rocks in order to stay out of the rain. It was eventful, but we pulled it off without a hitch. Afterward, we played for the cocktail hour (which got moved indoors).

Rebekah found a new friend!
It was so fun to have Rebekah (my sister) back for a gig so many years later - she was a member of the quartet from 2002-2004 before she moved to Tucson, AZ to get her violin performance undergraduate degree. She is now working on her Master's in Violin Performance in Conneticut at the Hart School of Music so it was special to have her in town to play with us!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oksana & Robert

Today we played for a lovely wedding at the Red Cliffs Ranch in Heber City. First we played for a cocktail hour. Then we hopped in a van that took us to a beautiful meadow for the ceremony. Oksana and Robert were surrounded by family and friends in a large yet intimate wedding circle.

Afterward, we played for another cocktail hour and a leisurely dinner which was followed by dancing with a live band. The wedding guests were enjoying themselves so much that the evening plans were delayed quite a bit - we were asked to play for an 2 additional hours until dinner was complete.

After we finished, we packed up to head home. But before we left we happened upon the prettiest porta-potty we'd ever seen.

The kitchen staff also welcomed us to enjoy a bite to eat before our long ride home. As a mother of two young boys, I don't remember the last time I stayed out past 1am. Thanks Anna, Marie, and Chelise for a 'randomly fun yet totally exhausting' evening!

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Luke & Kelli

Tonight we played a lovely wedding at Market Street Grill in Cottonwood. The ceremony was held outside in the heavy July heat, but no one seemed to mind. We were the lucky ones who were placed in the shade. The privilege of being part of others' wedding ceremonies never gets old for me. As someone who just celebrated her 7th wedding anniversary, I always feel grateful that I get to be reminded by the officiant of the things that are truly important. Today, Luke and Kelli's minister reminded me never to take the marriage relationship for granted, and that marriage is about putting your spouse's needs before your own. What an important thing to remember!

After we played the Wedding March, we followed the guests inside to accompany them during the cocktail hour. I was having such a great time playing first violin (I usually play second) that our remaining time passed very quickly and I almost missed our end time! The bride and groom then graciously invited the quartet to indulge in the delicious buffet, which we did. I was planning to buy a cup of Market Street's famous clam chowder on my way out, but a sit down dinner was so appreciated!

Congratulations Luke and Kelli! You make a gorgeous couple!

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