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Penn Strings

Stroudsburg , PA
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Stroudsburg, PA US 18360 (map)

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484-695-4499

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ABOUT US

Penn Strings provides elegant live string music for weddings, events, and special occasions across northeastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley, and the Pocono Mountains.

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Penn Strings provides elegant live string music for weddings, events, and special occasions across northeastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley, and the Pocono Mountains.

We can perform in any of the following combinations: Solo violin, Violin and Cello Duo, String Trio, String Duo + Piano, String Duo + Flute, String Quartet, String Quintet.

The music of the Pennsylvania String Ensemble creates a warm, inviting, and stylish atmosphere. Enchant your guests with the sophistication of live musicians performing arrangements of classical string quartet music and popular favorites.

We play the perfect music to fit any special occasion or celebration, and we take special requests! Our extensive music library gives us the opportunity to offer a wide variety of musical styles for your event. From the ambience of light classical selections to the energy of pop music, the Pennsylvania String Ensemble offers you the freedom to choose the music you love. Given ample time, we are able to honor special musical requests with custom arrangements. Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

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

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
I'm so glad I discovered Penn Strings! I hadn't thought much of ceremony music for my wedding until I attended an open house at my venue. Their rendition of "500 Miles" (yes, the Proclaimers song) sent chills up my spine. I knew I needed them at my wedding. It was really great having a mix of classical music with some of my favorite less traditional numbers (we walked out to "Don't Stop Believin'"). And having the music played live and on such beautiful instruments (violin and cello) really elevated our outdoor ceremony to something that felt magical.

I worked with Susanne who knew all the right questions to ask long before the big day. The musicians arrived, setup and played without any need for instruction. They were the picture of professionalism.
I'm so glad I discovered Penn Strings! I hadn't thought much of ceremony music for my wedding until I attended an open Read more...
I'm so glad I discovered Penn Strings! I hadn't thought much of ceremony music for my wedding until I attended an open house at my venue. Their rendition of "500 Miles" (yes, the Proclaimers song) sent chills up my spine. I knew I needed them at my wedding. It was really great having a mix of classical music with some of my favorite less traditional numbers (we walked out to "Don't Stop Believin'"). And having the music played live and on such beautiful instruments (violin and cello) really elevated our outdoor ceremony to something that felt magical.

I worked with Susanne who knew all the right questions to ask long before the big day. The musicians arrived, setup and played without any need for instruction. They were the picture of professionalism. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
What a talented group of musicians! Penn Strings was amazing from beginning to end (ceremony and cocktail hour). We had a special song request and they learned the song and played it at our ceremony. They are responsive, details and amazing. Thanks you Penn Strings - you made our day so special!
What a talented group of musicians! Penn Strings was amazing from beginning to end (ceremony and cocktail hour). We had a Read more...
What a talented group of musicians! Penn Strings was amazing from beginning to end (ceremony and cocktail hour). We had a special song request and they learned the song and played it at our ceremony. They are responsive, details and amazing. Thanks you Penn Strings - you made our day so special! Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Our daughter was married on 5/17/14 and we used Penn Strings for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They told us early on in the planning process that they were committed to delivering both an excellent musical performance and personal service. Well, we want to tell you that this was exactly what we received. Our daughter Lindsay dealt with Susanne Wilson throughout the planning process and she was truly wonderful. We had a String Trio, which consisted of a Violin, Viola and a Cello, for the ceremony. The music during the ceremony was beautiful. Our daughter wanted to have two readings during the ceremony with soft background music. This is not something that they normally do, but they did and it was absolutely wonderful. We had a piano player for the cocktail hour and he was wonderful as well. We couldn’t have imagined it any more perfect than it was. Thank you Penn Strings!!
Our daughter was married on 5/17/14 and we used Penn Strings for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They told us early on in Read more...
Our daughter was married on 5/17/14 and we used Penn Strings for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They told us early on in the planning process that they were committed to delivering both an excellent musical performance and personal service. Well, we want to tell you that this was exactly what we received. Our daughter Lindsay dealt with Susanne Wilson throughout the planning process and she was truly wonderful. We had a String Trio, which consisted of a Violin, Viola and a Cello, for the ceremony. The music during the ceremony was beautiful. Our daughter wanted to have two readings during the ceremony with soft background music. This is not something that they normally do, but they did and it was absolutely wonderful. We had a piano player for the cocktail hour and he was wonderful as well. We couldn’t have imagined it any more perfect than it was. Thank you Penn Strings!! Read less
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Katheryn
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Our music for the ceremony and cocktail hour was beautiful! Penn Strings was so easy to work with. I even selected my own songs from their list to play during the ceremony!. They were on on time and did a wonderful job! I would recommend anyone looking for a instrumental company to go with Penn Strings! Thank You, Kathy
Our music for the ceremony and cocktail hour was beautiful! Penn Strings was so easy to work with. I even selected my own Read more...
Our music for the ceremony and cocktail hour was beautiful! Penn Strings was so easy to work with. I even selected my own songs from their list to play during the ceremony!. They were on on time and did a wonderful job! I would recommend anyone looking for a instrumental company to go with Penn Strings! Thank You, Kathy Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
We used Penn Strings for a violinist to play during our ceremony at Skytop Lodge. I found it very easy to work with them. They provided a lot of guidance and were flexible. Communication was slow at times, but they were very responsive in the days leading up to the wedding. They even tried to accommodate me when I wanted to add a cellist a few days prior. We had the violinist play contemporary music (Coldplay, Jason Mraz) and we received a lot of complements from our friends. I would definitely recommend them!
We used Penn Strings for a violinist to play during our ceremony at Skytop Lodge. I found it very easy to work with them. Read more...
We used Penn Strings for a violinist to play during our ceremony at Skytop Lodge. I found it very easy to work with them. They provided a lot of guidance and were flexible. Communication was slow at times, but they were very responsive in the days leading up to the wedding. They even tried to accommodate me when I wanted to add a cellist a few days prior. We had the violinist play contemporary music (Coldplay, Jason Mraz) and we received a lot of complements from our friends. I would definitely recommend them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.1/5.0
Unfortunately, we had a very upsetting and disappointing experience with this group. We hired a string duo for our wedding and we were super excited about our song selection that we worked extensively with the coordinator to set up. The musicians we got were not only unprofessional, playing segments of songs and then abruptly stopping after each procession, but played the completely wrong song when I walked down the aisle (it was a song that had great sentimental value to me and my family as it was the song that my father, who is deceased, had sung to me as a child). This was something that was very clear in our planning beforehand too. I just want to make sure that no one else has such an upsetting experience like this in the future.
Unfortunately, we had a very upsetting and disappointing experience with this group. We hired a string duo for our wedding Read more...
Unfortunately, we had a very upsetting and disappointing experience with this group. We hired a string duo for our wedding and we were super excited about our song selection that we worked extensively with the coordinator to set up. The musicians we got were not only unprofessional, playing segments of songs and then abruptly stopping after each procession, but played the completely wrong song when I walked down the aisle (it was a song that had great sentimental value to me and my family as it was the song that my father, who is deceased, had sung to me as a child). This was something that was very clear in our planning beforehand too. I just want to make sure that no one else has such an upsetting experience like this in the future. Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Highly recommend! They not only provided a great touch to our wedding day but they were very helpful in the decision process as to choices of what songs to go with. We have received many complements from our guests about how much they enjoyed the duo! Thank you for helping to make our day perfect!
Highly recommend! They not only provided a great touch to our wedding day but they were very helpful in the decision Read more...
Highly recommend! They not only provided a great touch to our wedding day but they were very helpful in the decision process as to choices of what songs to go with. We have received many complements from our guests about how much they enjoyed the duo! Thank you for helping to make our day perfect! Read less
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Alissa
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.8/5.0
Penn Strings provided excellent music for my ceremony and cocktail hour. They allowed me to pick which instruments I wanted and they offered a wide range of music to choose from. Sometimes they were a little slow responding to phone calls or emails, but they took care of all of my concerns. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to talk to my musicians because I was busy with pictures after the ceremony, but I received many compliments on how beautiful the violin and guitar sounded for the ceremony and how awesome the guitarist was for the cocktail hour.
Penn Strings provided excellent music for my ceremony and cocktail hour. They allowed me to pick which instruments I Read more...
Penn Strings provided excellent music for my ceremony and cocktail hour. They allowed me to pick which instruments I wanted and they offered a wide range of music to choose from. Sometimes they were a little slow responding to phone calls or emails, but they took care of all of my concerns. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to talk to my musicians because I was busy with pictures after the ceremony, but I received many compliments on how beautiful the violin and guitar sounded for the ceremony and how awesome the guitarist was for the cocktail hour. Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Penn Strings was recommended to us by our wedding venue, the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem, PA. There is no better choice! We had a string trio play while our guests arrived, as well as during our ceremony. Everyone I spoke with at Penn Strings was helpful and knowledgeable. I made all of my music selections with the help of Christopher Souza and Susanne Wilson. Using the few pieces I knew I wanted, Chris and Susanne were able to make suggestions that helped us have smooth transitions from moment to moment. Chris even played a suggested selection for me over the phone! In addition, they were exceedingly helpful in helping us set up a microphone and background music for my mother in-law, who sang for us during our ceremony.

Our trio was amazing! They played flawlessly & I couldn't have asked for a more elegant addition to our wedding day.
Penn Strings was recommended to us by our wedding venue, the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem, PA. There is no better choice! We Read more...
Penn Strings was recommended to us by our wedding venue, the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem, PA. There is no better choice! We had a string trio play while our guests arrived, as well as during our ceremony. Everyone I spoke with at Penn Strings was helpful and knowledgeable. I made all of my music selections with the help of Christopher Souza and Susanne Wilson. Using the few pieces I knew I wanted, Chris and Susanne were able to make suggestions that helped us have smooth transitions from moment to moment. Chris even played a suggested selection for me over the phone! In addition, they were exceedingly helpful in helping us set up a microphone and background music for my mother in-law, who sang for us during our ceremony.

Our trio was amazing! They played flawlessly & I couldn't have asked for a more elegant addition to our wedding day. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
3/30/2013
4.8/5.0
I got married on March 30, 2013 at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. My wedding planner recommended Penn Strings to us. My husband and I loved them from the very first time we met. During the interview, the violinist played a variety of samples and had a great, friendly personality. Their website is wonderful if you are interested in hearing samples. If there is a song not in their repertoire (which is unlikely) they will learn it for you. The only complaint I had was that it was difficult at times to get in contact with their secretary. They were very professional though and our family and friends loved hearing them play for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I highly recommend Penn Strings.
I got married on March 30, 2013 at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. My wedding planner recommended Penn Strings to us. My husband Read more...
I got married on March 30, 2013 at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. My wedding planner recommended Penn Strings to us. My husband and I loved them from the very first time we met. During the interview, the violinist played a variety of samples and had a great, friendly personality. Their website is wonderful if you are interested in hearing samples. If there is a song not in their repertoire (which is unlikely) they will learn it for you. The only complaint I had was that it was difficult at times to get in contact with their secretary. They were very professional though and our family and friends loved hearing them play for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I highly recommend Penn Strings. Read less
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Ryann
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
We booked Penn Strings to do our ceremony music and cocktail hour music. We initially worked with Susanne to book them and then the music was chosen with Chris. We had a violin, guitar, and cello. I tend to leave everything until the last minute and Chris had no problem taking my musical selections the day before the wedding. They looked great, they sounded great, and their music helped bring together my ceremony beautifully. I can't tell you how impressed the guests were with them. I would recommend them to anyone looking for live ceremony and cocktail hour music. Thanks for everything!
We booked Penn Strings to do our ceremony music and cocktail hour music. We initially worked with Susanne to book them and Read more...
We booked Penn Strings to do our ceremony music and cocktail hour music. We initially worked with Susanne to book them and then the music was chosen with Chris. We had a violin, guitar, and cello. I tend to leave everything until the last minute and Chris had no problem taking my musical selections the day before the wedding. They looked great, they sounded great, and their music helped bring together my ceremony beautifully. I can't tell you how impressed the guests were with them. I would recommend them to anyone looking for live ceremony and cocktail hour music. Thanks for everything! Read less
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L. Stewart
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
We had two musicians from Penn Strings play for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They were amazing! They helped us with selections for important songs (like the processions), and made sure that the additional songs they played fit with our personality. They have a huge list of songs online to choose from. The musicians sounded fantastic and really made it special!! A HUGE thanks to Penn Strings!
We had two musicians from Penn Strings play for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They were amazing! They helped us with Read more...
We had two musicians from Penn Strings play for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They were amazing! They helped us with selections for important songs (like the processions), and made sure that the additional songs they played fit with our personality. They have a huge list of songs online to choose from. The musicians sounded fantastic and really made it special!! A HUGE thanks to Penn Strings! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Penn Strings was absolutely amazing from the very beginning. They were extremely easy to work with and listened to our every request. My husband and I even went to the studio and listened to live music so that we could plan out every single song with them and Chris made it so easy to plan out a very elegant ceremony. We opted for the string quartet and it brought such an element of class to the wedding! We received SO MANY compliments from our guests and would recommend Penn Strings to anyone!!!
Penn Strings was absolutely amazing from the very beginning. They were extremely easy to work with and listened to our Read more...
Penn Strings was absolutely amazing from the very beginning. They were extremely easy to work with and listened to our every request. My husband and I even went to the studio and listened to live music so that we could plan out every single song with them and Chris made it so easy to plan out a very elegant ceremony. We opted for the string quartet and it brought such an element of class to the wedding! We received SO MANY compliments from our guests and would recommend Penn Strings to anyone!!! Read less
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Morgan
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.7/5.0
Our ceremony music was beautiful! They even arranged a special song that we had requested which turned out beautiful!
Our ceremony music was beautiful! They even arranged a special song that we had requested which turned out beautiful!
Our ceremony music was beautiful! They even arranged a special song that we had requested which turned out beautiful! Read less
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ArynV512
Wedding:
5/12/2012
4.1/5.0
We had Penn Stings for our Ceremony and cocktail hour they were very good and everyone enjoyed listening to them
We had Penn Stings for our Ceremony and cocktail hour they were very good and everyone enjoyed listening to them
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Christine
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Penn Strings did an awesome job at our wedding. I was a bit scared as they had to play certain parts of the catholic mass but they did it with ease and grace. We hired the quartet and without a doubt was the best decision we made.
Penn Strings did an awesome job at our wedding. I was a bit scared as they had to play certain parts of the catholic mass Read more...
Penn Strings did an awesome job at our wedding. I was a bit scared as they had to play certain parts of the catholic mass but they did it with ease and grace. We hired the quartet and without a doubt was the best decision we made. Read less
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Krystle
Wedding:
6/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Penn strings are wonderfully talented musicians. Their selection of music to play is amazing. I couldn't have been happier, They are great to work with they arrived early and played perfectly.They worked with my budget and were just wonderful. If you want a beautiful touch to your ceremony choose Penn Strings for your ceremony music.
Penn strings are wonderfully talented musicians. Their selection of music to play is amazing. I couldn't have been Read more...
Penn strings are wonderfully talented musicians. Their selection of music to play is amazing. I couldn't have been happier, They are great to work with they arrived early and played perfectly.They worked with my budget and were just wonderful. If you want a beautiful touch to your ceremony choose Penn Strings for your ceremony music. Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Penn strings was wonderful! They were quick to respond to all inquiries and were able to work with our budget. We also loved the fact that they play current music on the strings which everyone at our ceremony loved! When they played U2 when I was walking down the isle, I nearly started crying! I could not have asked for anything better!
Penn strings was wonderful! They were quick to respond to all inquiries and were able to work with our budget. We also Read more...
Penn strings was wonderful! They were quick to respond to all inquiries and were able to work with our budget. We also loved the fact that they play current music on the strings which everyone at our ceremony loved! When they played U2 when I was walking down the isle, I nearly started crying! I could not have asked for anything better! Read less
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Erika
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Chris Souza and his fellow musicians was an AMAZING addition to our ceremony. We wanted almost all our music to be custom arranged/adapted and he went out of his way to do not just the pieces we requested, but others of the same kind. We loved their playing so much we had them stay to provide music for the cocktail hour as well. Everyone kept asking us where they were from. We particularly loved how flexible they were and how much they stayed in communication all the way up to the event letting us know the status of the pieces we had requested. Choose Penn Strings for live music, you definitely wont be disappointed!
Chris Souza and his fellow musicians was an AMAZING addition to our ceremony. We wanted almost all our music to be custom Read more...
Chris Souza and his fellow musicians was an AMAZING addition to our ceremony. We wanted almost all our music to be custom arranged/adapted and he went out of his way to do not just the pieces we requested, but others of the same kind. We loved their playing so much we had them stay to provide music for the cocktail hour as well. Everyone kept asking us where they were from. We particularly loved how flexible they were and how much they stayed in communication all the way up to the event letting us know the status of the pieces we had requested. Choose Penn Strings for live music, you definitely wont be disappointed! Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
8/14/2010
4.8/5.0
We truly enjoyed meeting with Chris and Agnieszka to go over music selections. They did a few custom numbers for us, including James Brown, I feel good. Anything they do sounds great on the Cello and Violin. Chris and Agnieszka were not available for our wedding date, so they selected 2 very talented musicians to come in their place. Everything went well and music added a great ambiance to our wedding.
We truly enjoyed meeting with Chris and Agnieszka to go over music selections. They did a few custom numbers for us, Read more...
We truly enjoyed meeting with Chris and Agnieszka to go over music selections. They did a few custom numbers for us, including James Brown, I feel good. Anything they do sounds great on the Cello and Violin. Chris and Agnieszka were not available for our wedding date, so they selected 2 very talented musicians to come in their place. Everything went well and music added a great ambiance to our wedding. Read less
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mitch2je
Wedding:
9/6/2009
5.0/5.0
They were WONDERFUL for our wedding. We had an outdoor ceremony and the music was beautiful. I called them based on finding them online. Since we live in Colorado and got married in PA we had to plan this part without meeting them until the day of event. They sent us a CD to listen to to help us pick what we wanted and worked with us on the phone to customize the music to our liking! Then on the day of they appeared right when they were supposed to ... played breathtaking music and were just wonderful! I would HIGHLY suggest to friends looking for strings for their ceremony - just wonderful!!!! :-)
They were WONDERFUL for our wedding. We had an outdoor ceremony and the music was beautiful. I called them based on Read more...
They were WONDERFUL for our wedding. We had an outdoor ceremony and the music was beautiful. I called them based on finding them online. Since we live in Colorado and got married in PA we had to plan this part without meeting them until the day of event. They sent us a CD to listen to to help us pick what we wanted and worked with us on the phone to customize the music to our liking! Then on the day of they appeared right when they were supposed to ... played breathtaking music and were just wonderful! I would HIGHLY suggest to friends looking for strings for their ceremony - just wonderful!!!! :-) Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
These guys are amazing! The music was perfect for our outdoor wedding. They have a very large list of songs they can play- and have plenty of modern, contemporary songs which we loved. They sounded so wonderful and many of our guests complemented on how great they were. They are very friendly and responsive and most importantly- VERY talented.
I highly recommend them if you want breath-taking music for your wedding!
These guys are amazing! The music was perfect for our outdoor wedding. They have a very large list of songs they can play- Read more...
These guys are amazing! The music was perfect for our outdoor wedding. They have a very large list of songs they can play- and have plenty of modern, contemporary songs which we loved. They sounded so wonderful and many of our guests complemented on how great they were. They are very friendly and responsive and most importantly- VERY talented.
I highly recommend them if you want breath-taking music for your wedding! Read less
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lorelai1028
Wedding:
11/15/2008
5.0/5.0
I LOVED working with Chris Souza! He and the cello player were fabulous! I wanted something small, but unique for our wedding and they played several pieces-both traditional and non traditional and everyone raved about their music. He was very fast at getting back to me and made me feel that my wedding was very important to him. I would definitely recommend his company! Very professional and they even played for me for about an hour as a 'tryout' when I had already planned to book them... website was very very helpful, too!
I LOVED working with Chris Souza! He and the cello player were fabulous! I wanted something small, but unique for our Read more...
I LOVED working with Chris Souza! He and the cello player were fabulous! I wanted something small, but unique for our wedding and they played several pieces-both traditional and non traditional and everyone raved about their music. He was very fast at getting back to me and made me feel that my wedding was very important to him. I would definitely recommend his company! Very professional and they even played for me for about an hour as a 'tryout' when I had already planned to book them... website was very very helpful, too! Read less
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