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The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble

Portland , OR
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7819 SE Henry St.
Portland, OR US 97206 (map)

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ABOUT US

The House of Cards Music is a full-service boutique music booking agency which features some of Portland's most eclectic musical performers, and stacks the deck in your favor. It is... Read more
The House of Cards Music is a full-service boutique music booking agency which features some of Portland's most eclectic musical performers, and stacks the deck in your favor. It is owned by professional musicians Jen Bernard and Pete Krebs, and showcases the talents of Portland's hippest musicians and bands. We feature The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble for ceremonies and cocktail hours, and many other great bands for receptions, such a The Stolen Sweets, The Pete Krebs Trio, Sneakin' Out, Vagabond Opera, 3 Leg Torso and many others. Parisian gypsy jazz from the '30s? Mind-bending Eastern Euro carnival insanity? Foot-stompin' bluegrass? Booty-shakin' new wave? Hauntingly beautiful chamber music? We've got it. Portland is a music town. No one should be stuck with boring, formulaic wedding music in a town as musically-rich as Portland.

Let us help you put together a fabulous ceremony/reception package to streamline your wedding. Or we're happy to book just your ceremony, or just your reception. Many reception bands can also play for ceremonies.

Jen and Pete have years of professional event experience under their belts, and know how to handle all the juicy logistics that crop up when you're planning an event. We're efficient, quick with communication and eager to help! Give us a call or shoot us an email to get the process started. We have great ideas, and we're excited to help you think outside the box with your wedding music. Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Acapella, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
We customize our attire to the relative formality of your celebration, be it black tie, dressy casual or vintage flair.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Sure.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
It depends on the instrumentation and/or need for amplification. Anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, typically.
How much space do you usually require?
Again, it depends on the size of the ensemble and the instrumentation. We can work with you or your wedding planner to iron out all these logistical details.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We have reasonable mileage charges for events that are outside of the immediate Portland area by 20 minutes or more. We calculate mileage on a case-by-case basis.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jen Bernard with House of Cards Music was fantastic! They played exactly what we asked for and even provided a last minute request to include the musical talents of my family in our ceremony. Everyone commented on the beautiful music provided by Jen and her trio of musicians. So easy to work with too...we planned our destination wedding without a rehearsal and it couldn't have been more lovely! Thank you Jen!'
Services Used: Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

Dear Mary and Rich,

You were DREAM clients.....it means so much to work with people who love music as much as we do, and who appreciate its magic. Best of life to both of you, and thank you again for having us!

Best,

Jen
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Ben
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
When we originally started looking into musicians for our wedding, our plan was to have one guitarist play for the ceremony only. We discovered House of Cards and Collage Trio during this search and decided to add a few more musicians, and have them also play during a cocktail hour and dinner. The three musicians were outstanding and the compliments we received from guests made us really happy with our decisions. The arrangement was a guitar, cello and flute/saxophone, and the music selection ranged from classical during the ceremony, contemporary during the cocktail hour, to jazz during dinner, and they were exceptional playing all those genres.

If I had to pick a few of the best reasons to choose Collage Trio to provide music at an event, I would go with customizable instrument and music selections, great advice for building the music plan, classiness, outstanding performance, and versitility (it rained on our wedding day and we had to make a lot of last minute changes). I’m not sure when we’ll have the opportunity to have them play at another event, but they will be our first choice when we do.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

A million thanks for such a glowing review, Ben! It was so much fun working you you, and I sincerely appreciate your kind words.

Ciao,

Jen
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Beth
Wedding:
8/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with The House of Cards to craft the music for our wedding was a total DREAM! Jen Bernard was over-the-top helpful in all aspects of the creative, communication and planning phases of the process. My husband and I had special ideas of including a variety of types of instruments and music styles to fit each phase of the wedding. We wanted an accordion player to welcome guests in an wandering Italian player sort of way. We wanted elegant and romantic music for the ceremony including a cello, classical guitar and violin. And we wanted the famous Pete Krebs and his swing band to play during our reception for a unique and danceable night. Jen was so responsive to every custom request, giving us feedback and amazing recommendations for songs and instruments along the way. We requested a trumpet player at the last minute and she delivered! The entire day and evening was magical and the music totally created the most personalized, loving, elegant, old world Euro feeling we dreamed about. Thank you House of Cards and Jen Bernard. I would recommend you to everyone for every event!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

Beth! You are such a goddess for posting this rave review. Can't thank you enough for the kind words and appreciation!

Best,

Jen
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Robyn
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Loved LOVED these ladies - wow did they do a great job! They played immediately before and after my ceremony and it was lovely. They have an enormous repertoire to choose from if you don't want "the usual" (though they know that stuff too, of course!) - I myself wanted something a little bit different than Canon in D and they delivered! A beautiful traditional Irish piece for me to walk down the aisle (my husband has Irish roots), a quirky French piece for our recessional (we fell in love in Paris) - great great ladies, hire them! They'll do a fabulous job.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

Hi Robyn!

Can't thank you enough for the rave review! It was a sincere pleasure playing for you, and we LOVED integrating those folk tunes into your program. Congrats to you both!

Best,

Jen
The House of Cards Music
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Scott
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
I love the Portland music scene, and when we were planning our wedding, my (now) wife and I wanted to have music from someone we had enjoyed seeing perform in Portland. One of our favorite local bands, The Stolen Sweets, had EXACTLY the kind of vibe, energy, and sound that we wanted for our vintage-themed wedding: hot, Twenties-to-Forties jazz with tight vocal harmonies and swinging guitar and bass instrumentals. We had enjoyed a number of their performances at cool Portland venues such as The Secret Society and the Alberta Rose Theater, and we were really hoping to get musicians of their quality and professionalism at our wedding.

We were delighted when The House of Cards Music was able to connect us with The Stolen Sweets. House of Cards principal Jen Bernard really simplified the process of selecting the length and content of our concert -- which is really what our reception turned into! We went for a two-hour set (which was very reasonable), and better still, Jen paved the way for us to incorporate some additional special features into the performance. My lovely bride wanted me to sing "Nessun Dorma" to her, and while Puccini was a far cry from the genre of most of the Sweets' oeuvre (they specialize in the Boswell Sisters, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington classics, with the occasional hint of Hot Fives and Hot Sevens), Jen was able not only to get a magnificent guitar backup for my solo, but also to transpose the song from its original key (G) into one more suited to my baritone voice (C).

Our guests LOVED the music, and thought it was SO FAR beyond typical "wedding musicians" that they were flabbergasted for the entire weekend. It would have been a lovely wedding even without them, but the music provided by the House of Cards made this a genuinely epic experience.

All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to book through House of Cards again. I don't expect to get married again any time soon, but perhaps for an upcoming anniversary or birthday party?
Services Used: Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

Dear Scott,

I can't thank you enough for your effusive and eloquent review! It was a sincere pleasure being part of your celebration, and we felt more like honored guests than the hired band. We are friends for life!

Cheers to you and your lovely bride Julie!

Jen
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience working with Jen, she was wonderfully responsive and full of insightful questions that helped us to come up a clear vision of exactly what we wanted. There was a perfect balance and use of The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble for our wedding ceremony and then kicking things up a notch with The Pete Krebs Trio for after dinner dancing. If I could change anything it would have been booking them for a longer period of time, we had no idea how late into the night we would want to dance and enjoy them!
My sister is getting married this year and we couldn't recommend them highly enough!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

Can't thank you enough for this sweet review! We had such a pleasure playing for you, and absolutely loved the beauty of your Alpine enclave. We wish we could have stayed all night too. Best,

Jen and Pete
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Rebecca
Wedding:
12/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Working with House of Cards was everything I hoped it would be, being a busy, and very particular bride. Our wedding was being planned in a very short timeframe, and Jen Bernard at House of Cards was able to find us the perfect music for our ceremony - The Ariel Consort, who was beautiful and amazing in our church - plus we were able to book The Pete Krebs Trio for our reception at the same time!! Jen was wonderful to work with, responded very quickly, and was very organized. All details were thought about and handled - right down to the exact song requests I wanted to hear for both church and reception music. Jen even went above and beyond helping me find a combination with the Pete Krebs Trio that fit our budget for the amount of time we wanted to have them play .. Trio for background music at dinner, couples and father/daughter dance and picked it up by adding horns to the Trio for the dancing hour!

Plus juggling so many vendors while planning a wedding is hard enough, so it's so nice to be able to book the whole day's talent at one time with ONE vendor - The House of Cards. I was impressed by the variety of artists and styles they represent. I'd highly recommend working with House of Cards for ANY of your music needs on your special day - you won't be disappointed. The talent of the musicians is top-notch, and the booking process was a piece of cake!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Aly
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough praise for Jen Bernard, the Ariel Consort, and the Stolen Sweets. I had so many special requests, and they met each one with enthusiasm. Planning a wedding is probably the most stressful thing I have ever done, but working with an organized and responsive vendor makes all the difference. During the ceremony, I wanted to have Jen sing "You Belong To Me" by Patsy Cline. She performed the song beautifully, and it brought tears to my eyes. Also during the ceremony, my dad surprised me with a Rascal Flatts song that he had Jen learn. I was so touched by his spontaneity , as well as Jen's willingness to fulfill his request.

For the reception, the Stolen Sweets played two sets of fantastic swing-Jazz music that had everyone on their feet. I have always been a big fan of the Sweets, so having them take my reception up a notch was icing on the cake. After they were finished, we were allowed to use their equipment to play a set list that I had compiled.

Music was a very important aspect to my wedding. When the Ariel Consort performed "La Vie en Rose" while my father and I walked down the aisle, I felt like I was in a dream. I highly recommend their services!

Aly Pierce
Services Used: Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

Hi Aly!

Can't thank you enough for this lovely review. We had such a wonderful time performing for your celebration, and your entire family is so kind-hearted. What an honor to be part of the festivities! Not to mention, we got flashed by an enthusiastic party-goer who requested Madonna from a 1930s swing band! Only in Portland!

Hugs!

Jen
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ashponce
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.7/5.0
Apparently the cue for when I walked down the aisle was somehow missed so there was some disruption there, but everything else was fabulous. Our guests really enjoyed the music.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
The House of Cards Music, featuring The Ariel Consort Chamber Ensemble responded with the following comments:

Hi Ashley. It was a pleasure playing for your wedding. What a beautiful day it was!

I'm sorry to see your comment about the processional cue being missed. As I recall, you started walking before we had a chance to change to your special music, and we scrambled to change pieces ASAP. Nerves can definitely get the best of an eager bride..... :) We did our best to adapt to the situation in the moment.

I would really hate for our prospective clients to think that we're insensitive to these crucial processional moments, since it's really what we do best.

All said, we truly appreciate your business, and it's ALWAYS a pleasure working with the fine gals at Soiree.

Best to you!

Jen
The House of Cards Music

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