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Effesenden Music

Portland , OR
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LOCATION

Portland, OR US 97228 (map)

PHONE

503-860-7688

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ABOUT US

Do you imagine floating down the aisle to the strands of Pachelbel’s Canon in D? Or maybe you’re not so traditional—you envision the train of your dress dancing to a rousing fiddle song... Read more
Do you imagine floating down the aisle to the strands of Pachelbel’s Canon in D? Or maybe you’re not so traditional—you envision the train of your dress dancing to a rousing fiddle song that nobody has heard before. You know what it sounds like in your dreams. Effesenden Music will make that dream come to life!

With the most diverse collection of live violin/fiddle music in the Pacific Northwest, Effesenden Music is the clear choice when you are looking for creative options and exceptional quality. Listen to our music and learn more at www.effesenden.com!

Solo Violin • Violin & Guitar • Violin, Guitar & Cello • Pop Music arranged for String Trio & Quartet as well as traditional Classical Music • Jazz Violin •Bluegrass & Celtic Music • Sacred Music with optional vocals

Contact us today at (503)860.7688 or by email at contact@effesenden.com for a customized quote Read less
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin

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Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Wendy and her quartet at Effesenden music added an extra special element to our wedding. A few times, they had me close to tears with your beautiful renditions of modern love songs. (i.e. Damien Rice "I can't take my eyes off of you") Guests came up to me at different parts of the wedding and the next day asking how I found them and how much they enjoyed hearing tunes they new and could swing or sing along.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Cynthia
Wedding:
8/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Wendy and the musicians from Effesenden were stunning to work with. We lived quite a distance from Portland and Wendy was so kind to talk with us over the phone at length to truly get a feel for what our vision was. My husband's only request for the wedding was to have a string trio and Effesenden more than made that come true! They arranged some special pieces for us and I was even able to surprise my husband by walking down the aisle to a favorite song of ours.
Thanks so much to Wendy and Effesenden for making are beautiful wedding at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches Oregon even more breathtaking. Best, mike and cynthia
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Efessenden did a wonderful job at our wedding! We had our ceremony in Hoyt Arboretum, precluding us from having any electricity or amplification. Luckily we had Efessenden and Wendy to provide some gorgeous acoustic music! Sadly I was running around prepping for the ceremony and did not hear as much as I wanted, but what I did catch was absolutely beautiful and set the tone perfectly. They had a huge repertoire and also learned a new song for us which was really special. They added so much to the ceremony. Wendy is very laid back and easy to work with and even offered advice and recommendations on ceremony timing, etc. Book them today!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Wendy Goodwin was very helpful and responsive during the planning and preparation for my daughter's wedding. Effesenden provided the music for both the wedding and reception - absolutely one of the best decisions we made for the event. The music was fabulous - including Wendy's vocals. We received many compliments. Effesenden would be at the top of my list if I were planning another wedding or event.
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Diane
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Wendy was great to work with while planning the wedding and was very flexible. The ceremony music was beautiful and exactly what we wanted!!
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Julie
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I knew they were going to be great, but I didn't realize just how great until I heard them play live at my wedding! Just wow! And all our other vendors, who attend weddings for a living and hear lots of bands and DJs, were beyond impressed with Effesenden. Everyone asked me for their business card.

From the beginning Wendy was thorough with the details and planning process. She understood well the vibe my husband and I were going for, both during our ceremony and reception. I felt confident in letting Wendy and Effesenden run with what they do best and I didn't feel the need to over plan. She was professional and responsive and an absolute pleasure to work with.

The sound they projected during our wedding ceremony was so powerful and beautiful. It was such a highlight for me, hearing them play acoustically in the lodge where we held our ceremony. And I loved their song selection during the cocktail hour. It was such a treat to have live musicians play. Later in the evening, they transitioned into playing recorded music for those of us wanting to get our grove going on the dance floor. It was the best of both worlds - live and recorded music.

And finally, they learned a new song and performed it live for our first dance. It was just gorgeous and gave me chills to hear it live. I cannot say enough great things about Effesenden and the overall feeling their music provided during our wedding. Hearing them play was an absolute joy!
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Effesenden really made our wedding at Atticus Vineyard extra special. We had several special requests - like Culture Club, Nirvana, & The Foo Fighters - that Wendi and her team had no qualms about learning perfectly. They are very accommodating, extremely professional, and incredibly talented musicians! Everyone loved them at our wedding... especially us. Their music really helped create a beautiful ambiance for all our guests to really enjoy. Thank you so much!
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Brandi
Wedding:
8/31/2012
5.0/5.0
We were lucky to have a string trio from Effesenden play during our ceremony. They were absolutely perfect! We received so many compliments from our guests, I would highly recommend them!
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Effesenden gets 5 stars across the board! They were a pleasure to work with from our first visit with Wendy. We hired a guitarist and violinist for our vineyard wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and they were amazing. They learned two of our favorite Ben Harper songs which sounded like they had been playing them for years. My husband told me after the ceremony that he took extra time pouring the sand during our sand ceremony so that he could keep enjoying the musicians. Effesendens music made our wedding extra special and it added such a special touch!
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J and T
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Effesenden provided us with absolutely beautiful ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception music. Our musical choices were really eclectic - from Chinese music (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and traditional Irish folk songs, to oldies, classic rock, and soul. They executed everything so well. Our guests had a lot of fun dancing during the reception.

I had great experiences working with Wendy during the planning process. She was very organized, professional, and clear about what to expect.

I highly, highly recommend working with Effesenden for an unforgettable wedding!
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Amy
Wedding:
11/1/2008
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about Wendy and her team of musicians at Effesenden..they are nothing short of amazing! As a professional coordinator I've witnessed many groups perform for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours, and Effesenden tops them all. Wendy doesn't just show up and play the same songs at each celebration, rather she and her team are happy to learn any type of music a couple desires to ensure their day is uniquely theirs. As a 2008 bride myself, I experienced this tremendous service my husband and I were thrilled with our ceremony music! I would recommend Effesenden to anyone out there looking for a single guitarist to a quartet for their wedding...whichever the case, Wendy's your gal!
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wjeverly
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
From the very beginning of our contact with Effesenden we were impressed with Wendy's willingness to work within our somewhat unique requirements, and to provide exactly what we wanted. The best tribute I can give is to say that every one of the guests that we've talked to since the wedding has been effusive in their praise for the music. It was wonderful to not have to worry or supervise in any way, but to be able to leave the music in their hands and not give it a second thought. From setup to take-down at the end of the day, they were completely professional.
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Brittaney
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Effesenden Music was beautiful! Thank you for making my wedding that much more amazing!!! They were all so kind and made my ceremony PERFECT!!!! My guests loved Effesenden Music as well!!! The price may scare some brides but trust me!!!! It is worth every penny!!!
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Claire
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Jeff and I married at Garden Vineyards in Hillsboro, OR on August 6, 2011. Inevitably there is a montage of little details and minutia that go into a wedding…fine points and fun accents that bring the celebration to life. As a bride, the music that day was by far the most important and most impactful piece of the puzzle, and Wendy understood my passion for getting it right. I was hoping for a momentous, epic feel during the processional. She intently listened to me share my vision for how the music of the ceremony would sound and feel, and then worked with her amazing team over many months to make it a reality for us. Effesenden even arranged for one of their musicians, who is also an accomplished vocalist, to sing for three numbers during our processional and brought in an Irish percussionist to “complete the sound.” I cannot tell you how many emails/cards/comments Jeff and I received post-wedding from friends and family raving about the absolutely beautiful music during the ceremony – so personal, so breathtaking. I will forever remember the lovely sounds they made on my special day, and how enjoyable Wendy made the entire process of creation! Thank you Effesenden - we were truly lucky to have worked with you! Claire + Jeff
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lkbba
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
From the initial emails through every detail of the wedding, they were the epitome of professionalism and did everything imaginable to make everything perfect! Beautiful music, superb attention to detail, and flawless execution. Brides in Portland are so lucky to have Effesenden!
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Megan
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
We were so fortunate to reserve Effesenden Music for our wedding. Wendy was wonderful to work with: she was available throughout the wedding process to answer questions, discuss music selections, and help us develop a song list that would best fit our musical interests. On the day of the wedding Effessenden was very professional and added the perfect touch to our ceremony. We received countless compliments from our guests as well. We would highly recommend her to other future brides!
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Barbara
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Wendy was wonderful to work with! She was patient and flexible and arranged most of our prelude and ceremony music. The quartet was professional and performed beautifully; consequently the music for my daughter's wedding was like a dream come true!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jonathan_Weedman
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Effesenden music was AMAZING! They were the easy to work with, creative, fun, and truly an inspiration. Wendy when above and beyond to make our day special. I am honored that they played at our wedding. They are true artists.
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kahli
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.9/5.0
Professional. On time. Very good quality musicians. Added an extra touch to make my wedding day even more special.

The music was so beautiful. They even learned a new song just for us. When the processional went a little long and the music wasn't long enough, they quickly added a little extra ending to the song to make it work.
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Mrs. Stockdale
Wedding:
6/11/2011
4.9/5.0
Effesenden Music was the perfect addition to our wedding. We had so many comments on them and how much people enjoyed the music provided. Wendy was wonderful to work with, 100% willing to learn a new song and take suggestions of what songs in particular we would like to hear.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Janelle
Wedding:
7/29/2006
4.9/5.0
Effesenden provided exceptional music for our wedding. We were completely thrilled with the effect and mood created by such a professional group of musicians. Our interactions with Wendy Goodwin were incredibly positive and we highly recommend her music to all our friends and family!
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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