Music plays an important role in all parts of the wedding experience
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“Thank you so much for such a wonderful performance at our ceremony and reception. Your energy and enthusiasm at our wedding matched our joy for one another that day. We loved your playing and so did our guests who all wanted to know how I found you!!!” --
E.N., Astoria NY
"Wow, I would rate these guys an 11! Judy was definitely one of my favorite wedding vendors and I can't say enough great things about her & Mark! First, she is super warm, friendly and very easy to work with! They arrived at my venue on time, and they played the most beautiful music! I'm only sad I didn't get to listen to more of it. Everything was exactly how I envisioned it, and my guests raved about how fantastic the music was, especially at our cocktail hour! We added a bassist for cocktail hour and it was super! They also know other fantastic musicians if you are interested in adding to their duo.
If you love guitar and/or mandolin music, both older and contemporary styles, these are the musicians for you! --
J.P., Brooklyn NY
I can't say enough good things about them. Judy and Mark played acoustic guitar music for our ceremony and cocktail hour at our wedding. I worked with Judy to figure out the songs, asked them to learn 2 or 3 new songs, and they were flawless. Not only did they drive several hours to our venue, but they showed up on time, fit the music to us and performed perfectly.
During a day that flew past, there were several key moments that I'll never forget. Hearing them play our processional was one of them. I had chills. They were perfect.
And everything we asked of them was delivered and sounded absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend. -- R.W., Woodridge NJ
We were SO impressed with their ceremony music that I would recommend them for anyone looking for something unique and special.They learned new songs that I requested and it made our day that much more special!! -- E.D., Springfield MA
“Thank you so much for playing at our wedding garden party. I will always remember that day as one of the best I had. The atmosphere was joyous, elegant, relaxed and your music played such a big role in that; it made our party really “festive” and fun!!” --
C.B., Cheshire CT
Judy and Mark are experienced professionals who have played for numerous weddings of all sizes and types. They perform as a duo and also with other top New England musicians. Judy and Mark work with each client to make sure that the music for their important day reflects the wishes of each person. They help to create an enchanting ambience for ceremonies and a fun, exciting atmosphere for receptions.
Guitar & mandolin, guitar duets
Trios, quartets & quintets with bass, drums and flute
Small classical ensembles including guitar, mandolin, flute, violin, or voice
Wedding music traditional & non-traditional
Italian mandolin and guitar
Irish and Celtic
Jewish and Klezmer
Brazilian Bossa Nova and Choro music
Swing/Jazz music of the 30’s & 40’s
Latin American - tangos, waltzes, Andean music, zambas, etc.
Spanish - traditional and Nuevo Flamenco
International requests - Italian, Greek, Russian, French etc.
60’s & 70’s music
State of the art P.A. system for indoors or outdoors
Microphones available for ceremonies, toasts and speeches
Smaller amplifiers for intimate spaces
Cordless amplifiers for settings with no electricity
“I wanted to let you know how much Chris and I enjoyed your playing at our wedding reception. We really liked the selections you played and will recommend you to our friends who are planning weddings. Thanks again!” --
E.S., Windsor CT
“Thank you so much for creating the perfect atmosphere for Amy & Ken’s wedding last week. Everyone has been asking me about the musicians and praising your performance.” --
B.K., Brooklyn NY
Music plays an important role in the entire ceremony. There are 4 different parts to the ceremony that can be enhanced by music.
Prelude – While guests are arriving and being seated. This is generally 15-30
minutes prior to the ceremony.
Processionals – There can be one processional for the entire wedding party. Often there is one for the bridesmaids and another for the bride.
During Ceremony – This is optional. Some people choose to have a musical selection during the ceremony. This can be used to stop and reflect on a reading or a part of the ceremony that has just happened. Or music can be played during events in the ceremony such as lighting a unity candle. Some people choose to have no music during the ceremony.
Recessional – Usually there is one recessional for the entire wedding party.
Sound Samples for Ceremonies
Traditional and non-traditional music excerpts
Demo CD with more samples available upon request
“Thank you for the magic, the beauty & the fun of your music for our wedding. It was perfect. We loved it and our guests loved it too. You’ve gotten so many compliments.!!!” --
J.D., Suffield CT
“Thank you both for making our wedding so very special. I so enjoyed the music.” --
K.L., West Hartford CT
Rehearsal Dinners, Cocktail Hours & Receptions
Judy and Mark can create just the right atmosphere for every aspect of your wedding celebration. They can help you to make this special day a memorable experience for you and your guests.
Listen to sound samples (at CDs page) for examples of a variety of styles. More music available upon request.
A duo or solo guitar will add to the special quality of a rehearsal dinner. It can set the tone for the events of the following day.
To start your wedding party, a duo or trio will pick up the tempo and get everyone in the mood to celebrate.
A duo, trio, quartet or quintet can entertain your guests with the distinctive sounds of Latin, swing, Brazilian, ballads and international music (Spanish, Italian, French, Russian etc). From more subdued music during the meal to more upbeat selections for dancing, there can be something for everyone.
Recent Wedding Venues:
Studio 450 (Manhattan NYC, NY)
Bushnell Performing Arts Center (Hartford, CT)
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT)
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa (Old Saybrook, CT)
Greenvale Vineyard (Portsmouth, RI)
Water's Edge Resort and Spa (Westbrook, CT)
Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington, CT)
Publick House Historic Inn (Sturbridge, MA)
Saint Mary’s Church (New London, CT)
Lincoln Square Synagogue (Manhattan NYC, NY)
Thalassa Restaurant (Manhattan NYC, NY)
The Ocean House (Watch Hill, RI)
Simsbury Inn (Simsbury, CT)
Barney Carriage House (Springfield, MA )
Lord Thompson Manor (Thompson, CT)
Tarrytown Mansion (Tarrytown, NY)
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate (Middletown, CT)
Old Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (Bloomfield, CT)
Camelot Cruise on the Connecticut River (Haddam, CT)
Saint Clement’s Castle (Portland, CT)
The Polytechnic ON20 (Hartford, CT)
Branford House (Groton, CT)
The Log Cabin (Holyoke, MA)
Jonathan Edwards Winery (N. Stonington, CT)
The Hartford Club (Hartford, CT)
Inn at Middletown (Middletown, CT)
The Bond Hotel (Hartford, CT)
Avon Old Farms Inn (Avon, CT)
Hartford Canoe Club (East Hartford, CT)
Union League Café (New Haven, CT)
Heritage Trail Winery (Lisbon, CT)
Sheraton Bradley -Bradley International Airport (Windsor Locks, CT)
Owenego Inn (Branford, CT)
Aqua Turf Club (Plantsville, CT)
Chez Josef (Agawam, MA)
The Nutmeg Restaurant and Banquet Facility (East Windsor, CT)
New Haven Country Club (Hamden, CT)
Manchester Country Club (Manchester, CT)
Hop Meadow Country Club (Simbury, CT)
Tunxis Plantation Country Club (Farmington, CT)
Silvermine Tavern (Norwalk, CT)
Griswold Inn (Essex, CT)
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, MA)
Webb House Barn (Wethersfield, CT)
The Mill on the River (South Windsor, CT)
Fairview Farm Golf Club (Harwinton, CT)
Onteora Mountain House (Boiceville, NY)
Camden Yacht Club (Camden, Me)
Glen Island Harbour Club (New Rochelle, NY)
Mount Hope Farm (Bristol RI).
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