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Paradies Ensemble

Hudson Valley , NY
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Rhinebeck
Hudson Valley, NY US (map)

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845-706-2259

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ABOUT US

The most experienced wedding ensemble in the mid-Hudson Valley, The Paradies Ensemble (formerly Julie Berman's Violin Ensemble) has been providing quality ceremony music for 18 years. We... Read more
The most experienced wedding ensemble in the mid-Hudson Valley, The Paradies Ensemble (formerly Julie Berman's Violin Ensemble) has been providing quality ceremony music for 18 years. We will play your choice of what to walk down the aisle to: the traditional Bridal Chorus, aka "Here Comes the Bride", or the beautiful Pachelbel Canon, or the Trumpet Voluntary played joyfully and professionally by trumpeter Jim Paradies, accompanied by strings. Or anything else.

After you are pronounced husband and wife, start the party by exiting to Viva La Vida by Coldplay!

You choose the ensemble:

Solo violin

Solo trumpet with the organ at your church

Duo of violin & trumpet, or violin & cello

Trio of violin, trumpet & cello

Quartet of violin, trumpet, viola & cello or quartet of first violin, second violin, viola & cello

We can also play at your cocktail hour--your choice: classical music, or contemporary selections such as Yellow, At Last, All You Need is Love, or a mix of classical and contemporary.

We are all professional musicians with degrees from Oberlin College, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Purchase. We all live, work, and teach lessons in the Hudson Valley.

Trust in our musicianship and experience to help make your wedding a memory of a lifetime. Read less
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, String - Quartet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Trumpet, Viola, Violin

REVIEWS

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Michael
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.9/5.0
The Paradies Ensemble was absolutely wonderful. We could not have asked for a more professional or better musical ensemble for our wedding. Although, I would rarely give anyone a full five-star rating, this group deserves six (6) stars for all of your categories listed. While I would not like to admit it, in large part, their participation "made" the wedding. I recommend them highly.
The Paradies Ensemble was absolutely wonderful. We could not have asked for a more professional or better musical ensemble Read more...
The Paradies Ensemble was absolutely wonderful. We could not have asked for a more professional or better musical ensemble for our wedding. Although, I would rarely give anyone a full five-star rating, this group deserves six (6) stars for all of your categories listed. While I would not like to admit it, in large part, their participation "made" the wedding. I recommend them highly. Read less
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Paradies Ensemble responded with the following comments:

The ensemble at this event was the string trio of violin, viola and cello. It was our pleasure to play at your wedding, Michael.
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Donna
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Julie was an integral part of the wedding! The music at the ceremony set the tone for the entire event. She was sweet, understanding and responsive to all of our questions and needs. The music was outstanding! I highly recommend her!
Julie was an integral part of the wedding! The music at the ceremony set the tone for the entire event. She was sweet, Read more...
Julie was an integral part of the wedding! The music at the ceremony set the tone for the entire event. She was sweet, understanding and responsive to all of our questions and needs. The music was outstanding! I highly recommend her! Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
The Paradies Quartet played at our wedding ceremony on August 3, 2013. Julie was extremely accommodating of our requests, and that reflected a great deal of care for and attention to the ambiance we were seeking to create. Julie was very easy to work with and she provided us with ideas that never even occurred to us. The Paradies Quartet definitely made our wedding ceremony an event to remember. Our guests were raving about the trumpet being used and were amazed at just how much that made a difference to any wedding they have ever been to. We were so pleased with Julie’s professionalism and her overall demeanor throughout the planning process. Julie made this part of the wedding planning so stress free and we were grateful for that! I highly recommend The Paradies Quartet for an event to remember!
The Paradies Quartet played at our wedding ceremony on August 3, 2013. Julie was extremely accommodating of our requests, Read more...
The Paradies Quartet played at our wedding ceremony on August 3, 2013. Julie was extremely accommodating of our requests, and that reflected a great deal of care for and attention to the ambiance we were seeking to create. Julie was very easy to work with and she provided us with ideas that never even occurred to us. The Paradies Quartet definitely made our wedding ceremony an event to remember. Our guests were raving about the trumpet being used and were amazed at just how much that made a difference to any wedding they have ever been to. We were so pleased with Julie’s professionalism and her overall demeanor throughout the planning process. Julie made this part of the wedding planning so stress free and we were grateful for that! I highly recommend The Paradies Quartet for an event to remember! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This ensemble was great! The music was classic and professional. I got many compliments on the "classy" music.
This ensemble was great! The music was classic and professional. I got many compliments on the "classy" music.
This ensemble was great! The music was classic and professional. I got many compliments on the "classy" music. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/16/2012
0.0/5.0
I hired Julie as part of the quartet to perform at my ceremony, and it was the only regret of my wedding. A few months after I signed the interact I contacted her to move the time of the wedding from 3:00 to 2:00 because the photographer needed the time to take pictures before the sun set, which she agreed to. The day of our wedding, As I'm about to leave for the church, my fiancé calls me to inform me that they had the time wrong, and only one violinist was there. So myself and the bridal party waited over a half and hour outside of the church for them to arrive to get the wedding started and before I could walk down the aile. The best man did pay them the full fee, but julie did return her portion after. I had chosen to have a quartet for the guest seating be ause I thought it would be elegant and my fine and I took great care picking from their selections to play before the ceremony (as they are supposed to start playing the 15 minutes before the wedding begins) instead of having a private car. In the end I wound up having a panic attack before my ceremony with all the added stress, I had to skip my receiving line after the ceremony because there was no time, had to skip all of my portraits outside of the church, and rushed through the few portraits we could squeeze in (basically cutting our portrait list to 1/4 of what we wanted) before the sun set. I just got some of those photos back, and it makes me sad. There are no do-overs of your wedding day, I'll never have the receiving line I wanted or the pictures of my family, my parents, in front of the church I waited 33 years of my life to get married in. One little mistake can really mess up your once in a lifetime moment.
I hired Julie as part of the quartet to perform at my ceremony, and it was the only regret of my wedding. A few months Read more...
I hired Julie as part of the quartet to perform at my ceremony, and it was the only regret of my wedding. A few months after I signed the interact I contacted her to move the time of the wedding from 3:00 to 2:00 because the photographer needed the time to take pictures before the sun set, which she agreed to. The day of our wedding, As I'm about to leave for the church, my fiancé calls me to inform me that they had the time wrong, and only one violinist was there. So myself and the bridal party waited over a half and hour outside of the church for them to arrive to get the wedding started and before I could walk down the aile. The best man did pay them the full fee, but julie did return her portion after. I had chosen to have a quartet for the guest seating be ause I thought it would be elegant and my fine and I took great care picking from their selections to play before the ceremony (as they are supposed to start playing the 15 minutes before the wedding begins) instead of having a private car. In the end I wound up having a panic attack before my ceremony with all the added stress, I had to skip my receiving line after the ceremony because there was no time, had to skip all of my portraits outside of the church, and rushed through the few portraits we could squeeze in (basically cutting our portrait list to 1/4 of what we wanted) before the sun set. I just got some of those photos back, and it makes me sad. There are no do-overs of your wedding day, I'll never have the receiving line I wanted or the pictures of my family, my parents, in front of the church I waited 33 years of my life to get married in. One little mistake can really mess up your once in a lifetime moment. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Susan
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
The trio of Julie, Jay and Jim were terrific! They played at both our wedding ceremony and the cocktail hour and it was lovely. They were not only musically wonderful but they were very flexible when our timing of the program went a little awry. They adapted without skipping a beat! We are so pleased to recommend them - you won't be disappointed!
The trio of Julie, Jay and Jim were terrific! They played at both our wedding ceremony and the cocktail hour and it was Read more...
The trio of Julie, Jay and Jim were terrific! They played at both our wedding ceremony and the cocktail hour and it was lovely. They were not only musically wonderful but they were very flexible when our timing of the program went a little awry. They adapted without skipping a beat! We are so pleased to recommend them - you won't be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
The Paradies ensemble was excellent! Exactly what we were looking for. Absolutely beautiful music! Highly recommended!!
The Paradies ensemble was excellent! Exactly what we were looking for. Absolutely beautiful music! Highly recommended!!
The Paradies ensemble was excellent! Exactly what we were looking for. Absolutely beautiful music! Highly recommended!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Heather
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We enlisted the services of the Paradies Ensemble for our ceremony and a portion of the cocktail hour for our July 2012 wedding at Lippincott Manor. Julie was so helpful with our musical selections and simply a pleasure to deal with throughout the entire process. Our interaction with her could not have been any easier. We chose the three person ensemble, which consisted of Julie (violin), Jim (trumpet), and Jay (cello). We cannot thank them enough for truly adding such a wonderfully majestic feel to our special day. They were set up and ready to go on time, playing music for my guests as they arrived. They sounded absolutely impeccable and beyond professional, even braving the hot summer day we had. My guests are still raving about the Paradies Ensemble and how much they enjoyed listening to them during my cocktail hour and watching them perform. I had guests from 15 years old to 85 years old and they all loved the music selections. I would highly recommend the Paradies ensemble for you special day. You will not be disappointed!
We enlisted the services of the Paradies Ensemble for our ceremony and a portion of the cocktail hour for our July 2012 Read more...
We enlisted the services of the Paradies Ensemble for our ceremony and a portion of the cocktail hour for our July 2012 wedding at Lippincott Manor. Julie was so helpful with our musical selections and simply a pleasure to deal with throughout the entire process. Our interaction with her could not have been any easier. We chose the three person ensemble, which consisted of Julie (violin), Jim (trumpet), and Jay (cello). We cannot thank them enough for truly adding such a wonderfully majestic feel to our special day. They were set up and ready to go on time, playing music for my guests as they arrived. They sounded absolutely impeccable and beyond professional, even braving the hot summer day we had. My guests are still raving about the Paradies Ensemble and how much they enjoyed listening to them during my cocktail hour and watching them perform. I had guests from 15 years old to 85 years old and they all loved the music selections. I would highly recommend the Paradies ensemble for you special day. You will not be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Christina
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Julie and her crew were excellent!! My guest still rave about the amazing job they did. The music was beautiful and their prices were reasonable. Would recommend them to anyone
Julie and her crew were excellent!! My guest still rave about the amazing job they did. The music was beautiful and their Read more...
Julie and her crew were excellent!! My guest still rave about the amazing job they did. The music was beautiful and their prices were reasonable. Would recommend them to anyone Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Christine
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.8/5.0
I was extremely pleased with Paradies Ensemble's services. I thought the music played during our cocktail hour (that was not a selection). I felt once I had hired them, I trusted them to perform the music selections we discussed, which was mainly classical music, and they definitely performed to my satisfaction and added a very nice touch to our cocktail hour. I am very happy that we selected them to perform at our wedding.
I was extremely pleased with Paradies Ensemble's services. I thought the music played during our cocktail hour (that was Read more...
I was extremely pleased with Paradies Ensemble's services. I thought the music played during our cocktail hour (that was not a selection). I felt once I had hired them, I trusted them to perform the music selections we discussed, which was mainly classical music, and they definitely performed to my satisfaction and added a very nice touch to our cocktail hour. I am very happy that we selected them to perform at our wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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