August 10, 2013 at Bridal Veil Lakes

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Ensemble: flute, violin, guitar, & cello quartet (Susan, Marya, Bret, and Jon) WITH a chorus of 10 (!) singers, friends of the bride and groom, who joined us for ceremony songs.

Prelude: baroque and romantic classical

1. Entrance of parents/grandparents: Air on the G String – Bach

2. Bridesmaids and flower girl: The First Time It Happens (a Muppets song; instrumental version)

3. (incidental music while singers get organized): Canon in D – Pachelbel

4. Entrance of bride: He’ll Make Me Happy (also Muppets); vocal version with a chorus of 10 singers

5. Ceremony interlude/special song (this was actually at the very end, immediately preceding the recessional): Life’s a Happy Song (also Muppets, also with a chorus of same 10 singers who ROCKED this)

6. Actual recessional: Life’s a Happy Song (again, instrumental version this time)

Note from Susan: You guys.  YOU GUYS. This was the hands-down Awesomest. Ceremony. Music. Ever.  Am I a theater music geek? Well, kind of, but not like hardcore or anything. I was just incredibly impressed with this, on a conceptual level, and I was really impressed with our clients and the singers and how it came together brilliantly, exactly as it needed to be.  But seriously, TEN singers?! Oh, my stars.  The sheer epicness of it – I will never forget it.  This couple really knew how to put together a program.  No wonder, as bride and groom are both actors!

July 27, 2013 – Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic Church

Ensemble: String Quartet (2 violins, viola, cello)

Prelude: musicians’ choice of traditional classical

1. Processional of Attendants: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Bach
2. Entrance of Bride: Canon in D – Pachelbel
3. Presentation & Preparation of the Gifts: Air on G String – Bach
4. Communion: Arioso – Bach
5. Recessional: Spring from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi

July 20, 2013 – Private Residence in Damascus

Ensemble: quartet of flute, violin, guitar, and cello (Susan, Lauren, David, and Skip) with Susan on saxophone and vocals for cocktail hour

Prelude: classical and romantic selections of the musicians’ choosing

1. Entrance of Parents: O Mio Babbino Caro – Puccini
2. Processional of Attendants: Canon in D – Pachelbel
3. Entrance of Bride: Bridal Chorus – Wagner
4. Recessional: Wedding March – Mendelssohn

Cocktail hour: swing jazz standards with vocals and saxophone – yay our favorite!

June 9, 2013 – Zenith Vineyard

Ensemble: String Quartet (2 violins, viola, cello)

Prelude: musicians’ choice of mostly traditional classical

1. Entrance of Parents: Air from Watermusic, Handel
2. Processional of Attendants: Spring, Vivaldi 
3. Entrance of Bride: La Rejouissance 
4. Unity Candle: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
5. Recessional: Hornpipe from Water Music 
Cocktail hour: selections from our baroque, classical, and romantic repertoire

May 4, 2013 – Skamania Lodge

Ensemble: flute, violin, viola, cello quartet (Susan, Elizabeth, Lauren, Guy)

Prelude: musicians’ choice of romantic classical

1. Processional for Parents and Attendants: The Girl With The Flaxen Hair – Debussy
2. Entrance of Bride: Rondeau – Mouret
3. Recessional: Here Comes The Sun – Beatles

Cocktail  hour: contemporary rock and pop covers!

September 2, 2012 – The Reserve Golf Course & Vineyard

Ensemble: String quartet (2 violins, viola, cello)

1. Parents’ formal seating: Someone to Watch Over Me – Gershwin
2. Attendants’ processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
3. Bride’s entrance: Canon in D – Pachelbel
4. Recessional: You’re My Best Friend – Queen

August 4, 2012 – Waverley Country Club

Ensemble: flute, violin, viola, cello quartet (Susan, Justin M, Mattie, Kristin)

Prelude: classical, including requests for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 Allegro, Handel’s Hornpipe from Watermusic, and Haydn’s London Trios.

1. Entrance of Parents and Grandparents: La Rejouissance, Handel 
2. Processional of Attendants: Canon in D, Pachelbel
3. Entrance of Bride: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, Bach
4. Interlude (Sand Ceremony): Air on the G String, Bach
5. Recessional: Sweet Child of Mine – GNR

May 27, 2012 • First Baptist Church, Portland

Ensemble:  String Quartet (Justin, Lauren, Mattie, and Guy)

Prelude: musicians’ choice of traditional classical and baroque selections

1. Lighting of Candles and Entrance of Parents: Wachet Auf – Bach
2. Processional of Bridal Party: Air from Watermusic – Handel
3. Entrance of the bride: Canon in D – Pachelbel
4. Musical Interlude (song): “All I Ask Of You” – Andrew Lloyd Webber (sung by two singers and accompanied by the Collage Strings)
5. Honoring of Parents: “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban (instrumental)
6. Lighting of Unity Candle: Arioso – Bach
7. Recessional: Hornpipe from Watermusic – Handel

February 18, 2012 • the Governor Hotel

Ensemble: Quartet of violin, flute, cello and guitar (Susan, Lauren, Skip, and David)

Prelude: musicians’ choice of elegant traditional baroque and romantic selections

1. Processional for Everyone including Bride: Canon in D – Pachelbel
2. Unity Candle: Air on the G String – Bach
3. Recessional: Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Cocktail hour: a mix of swing and contemporary rock and pop covers

October 22, 2011 • First Unitarian Church

Ensemble: Quartet of violin, viola, cello and guitar

Prelude music: a selection of contemporary songs including Kokomo, God Only Knows, Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys), How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees), Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis), and Here Comes the Sun, When I’m 64, And I Love Her (Beatles)

1. Entrance of Honored Guests: All You Need Is Love – Beatles
2. Processional of Bridal Party: By Your Side – Sade
3. Entrance of Bride: Hysteric – the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4. Recessional: Beautiful Day – U2

September 10, 2011 • DeArmand Garden Estate

Ensemble: String Quartet (Justin, Lauren, Mattie, Kristin)

Prelude: musicians’ choice of traditional baroque and classical

1. Formal Seating of parents: Arioso – Bach
2. Attendants’ Processional: Yellow – Coldplay
3. Entrance of the bride: Canon in D – Pachelbel
4. Unity Candle: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Hymn) -played instrumentally by the quartet
5. Recessional: Viva La Vida – Coldplay

August 6, 2011 • Linfield College Campus

Ensemble: String Quartet (Justin, Lauren, Mattie, Skip)

Prelude: musicians’ choice of traditional baroque and classical

1. Parents’ formal seating piece: Flower Duet – Delibes
2. Processional for attendants: Canon in D – Pachelbel
3. Entrance of the bride:Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Bach
4. Recessional: Under the Sea (from “The Little Mermaid”)

Postlude: Custom medley of Disney songs including “Be Our Guest”, “Kiss The Girl”, “Whole New World”, and “Beauty and the Beast”.

August 27, 2010 • First Baptist Church

Ensemble: String Quartet 

Prelude: musicians’ choice of baroque, classical, and romantic selections

1. Formal seating of family: O Mio Babbino Caro – Puccini
2. Processional for bridal party: Air on the G String – J. S. Bach
3. Entrance of the bride: Canon in D – Pachelbel

4. Music for the unity candle and communion: Ave Maria – Franz Schubert
5. Recessional: Spring, from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi

September 12, 2009 • Garden Vineyards

Ensemble: Quartet of flute, violin, guitar, cello

Processional for everyone including bride: “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol
• Instrumental arrangement featuring additional musical intensity/volume upon entrance of bride.

Recessional: “The Way I Am” – Ingrid Michaelson
• Sung by flutist/vocalist Susan Langenes

July 11, 2009 • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Ensemble: Strings + Flute quartet

Processional for everyone including bride: Winter from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Mid-ceremony interlude: Hymn 516 “The Holy Spirit”
(we accompanied two singers who were wedding attendees)

Recessional: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Allegro (first movement) – J. S. Bach

March 13, 2009 • The Crown Ballroom

Ensemble: Quartet of flute + strings with Eric Stern, operatic tenor and pianist

Processional for parents: Air from Watermusic – Handel

Processional for attendants: Canon in D – Pachelbel

Entrance of the bride: Bridal Chorus – Wagner

Ceremony interlude song: “The Lord’s Prayer” – Alfred H. Malotte
Our tenor Eric sang this and played piano; the flute and strings accompanied him also.
As I recall the audience responded with unexpected applause!

Recessional: “All You Need Is Love” – Beatles
Again sung by Eric who played piano; with flute and strings accompanying also.