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These are some of the unsolicited "Thank You" notes we have received.



We thoroughly enjoyed the trio! Beautiful music and delightful people. With the rain we ended up with the wedding ceremony inside, which actually made it very intimate and special. As soon as it was done, the skies parted and everyone was able to enjoy the evening inside and outside the Skansonia. The music was a vital part of making it so special.


Thank you again!


Diana 5-25-2019


Hi Melissa & String Quartet,


I wanted to thank you for a fabulous wedding ceremony & cocktail hour for Celia & Paul at the Tacoma, Museum of Glass.

Melissa, I appreciate all the time you took with wedding couple in pulling together their details.  Even when you were on vacation in Ireland, you were still taking care Of all bridal concerns.

Seattle String Quartet will always be on the top of my refer list as amazing Harpist & String Players.  

Melissa, it was an honor to work with you and your great team.  I hope to work with you again very soon.


Sincerely, Debbie  8-11-2018, Museum of Glass

Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events



Hello Elaine,


As a former violin player, I really wanted to have a violin-cello duo for our wedding and I had some very particular song choices in mind. I spent hours listening to samples from different string groups around the Puget Sound, and we ended up hiring the Seattle String Duo due to a combination of fair, straightforward pricing and their sound samples sounded the best (in tune, the right tempo, etc.). Even though their pricing changed between my initial inquiry and when I formally hired them, they were so kind as to honor the initial estimate.

I worked with Elaine and Jan ahead of time on logistics and song selections and they were very friendly and willing to accommodate, without an extra charge, the specific selections I had in mind, even though it wasn't listed as part of their normal repertoire. Elaine gave me the best advice too-- to make sure to wait a few seconds before making my grand entrance as the bride. :-)

Day of, Barb and Jim played our ceremony and cocktail hour and they were absolutely amazing. Their years of professional experience shone through as they played selections ranging from classical to pop/rock to Disney (our genre choices), which contributed to an elegant atmosphere to our ceremony and cocktail hour.

If you're looking for a string group, don't do what I did and waste a lot of time listening to endless sound samples-- just hire the Seattle String Quartet!

Yan, 5-26-2018, Willow Lodge



I wanted to thank the quartet for their lovely work on my wedding day. With all the running around, I did not get to appreciate them as much as I would have liked, but their playing of Dawn and the rest of the ceremony set was amazing. I had to keep from crying in the back room while they played and things got started. 


One of my photographers heard the music from Anne of Green Gables and said he almost cried from hearing that, hehehe. He's never heard it at a wedding, and I'm jealous that I was still being secreted away at that point.


Please let the players know how much their playing meant to me and I hope that I can one day hire them just for the joy of getting to hear everything :)


Thank you!!

Courtney, 5-6-2018 Arctic Club, Seattle

Hi Elaine,


I just wanted you to know how fabulous the musicians were and everyone had a fabulous time.

The wedding couple even asked for extra time because all the Older folks kept dancing... even the Tango!

Who would of ever guessed??  Big hug to you for a fabulous team of professional players!!


Thank you for all you did to help us!!


Debbie McNairy PWC, 7-26-2017  Thornewood Castle, Tacoma
Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events
Cell:  253-888-2861


Hi Elaine,


Thank you for providing such lovely musicians for our ceremony, they were so great! 



Jenna, 6-16-2017 Robinswood House, Bellevue

Dear Seattle String Quartet,

Thank you so much for making the memorial for Francis Celentano wonderful.  The Concert was his gift to all of his friends, family and those who supported and shared his life.


University of Washington,  Jacob Lawrence Gallery 1-28-2017


Hi Barbara,

Sarah and I wanted to say thank you for your performance on Saturday. It was beautiful music and we were delighted to have it as part of the service. It was a pleasure to have you there so thank you.


Lake Crescent 2016

Dear Elaine:


Thank goodness the Seattle String Quartet was available to play at our wedding! They were Heaven-sent! We had engaged another group 5 months earlier and were disappointed by the lack of communication and commitment. It turned out to be a blessing- as we found the perfect (5 star) alternative in the SSQ!!! The music was divine, and the musicians could have been plucked right out of the philharmonic (as their backgrounds reflect). After our disappointment with the first group I was embarrassed to contact Elaine so close to our wedding, and then was amazed at how quickly she mobilized and arranged everything. I also found it a bit odd to be talking with Pastor Jan, Elaine's partner in Kansas, to discuss music for a wedding in Seattle, but worry was unfounded. After I spent hours on the internet searching for music Jan suggested the perfect pieces to co-ordinate with the different parts of our ceremony. We could not be happier with the results and highly recommend Seattle String Quartet for a perfect venue!


Foundry by Herban Feast



Dear Elaine & Jan

Thank you so much for the wonderful musicians & music for our wedding! The accompaniment, selections, and timing were no less than Perfect  please thank Barbara and the other 3 musicnas for their excellent skill and obvious love of the craft.  It felt so special to have them continue to play after the guests and gone during our photo session - so very thoughtful.  And Jan-blessings for your expertise & experience.  The selections were also perfect.  I'll be complimentary onyour website unless you select another venue. 

Our heartfult gratitude,

Paricia & Frank

Port Gamble Chapel 2015


Dear Elaine,
It is really unforgivable, but I just realized that I had not gotten back in touch with you after the September 21, 2014 wedding of my daughter.  We could not have been happier with the trio you provided. The music was well chosen, well played and well received. If you ever need another recommendation (though I’m sure you have plenty) I would certainly be more than willing.
Please relay profuse to the members of the trio thanks for a job well done from me, my wife and my daughter.
Happy New Year and all the best,





Thanks to you and Barb for the wonderful music the quartet played during our wedding.  I apologize for not being able to say my thanks at the wedding as I was so busy during the whole evening.  Also sorry for my late thanks as we just recently got back from the honeymoon.  But my wife and I were very very pleased with the music as well as the seamless setup and breakdown of the quartet.  I will for sure recommend you to all my friends and family
Steve and Sang Mi
Four Seasons, Seattle 2014. 



Dear Seattle String Quartet

On behalf the the Seattle Federal Executive Board I want to thank you and the members of the Seattle String Quartet for the lovely music last Wednesday as part of our annual Celebration of Public Service. You added a wonderful dimension to our little event. I was sorry about the bit of confusion in the morning with security about your playing in the lobby. Thanks for so graciously moving locations and continuing to play.

I heard many many positive remarks from honorees and federal employees at the event about your playing. Our speaker, David Whyte, was rapturous when you played Ashokan Farewell (so was I!).

Thanks you again. I hope you enjoyed the event as much we all enjoyed you.

Very sincerely,

Paul,  2013

Paul Carlson

Executive Director

Seattle Federal Executive Board
Seattle WA 




Please pass along our thanks, once again, to the musicians who played at our daughter’s Aug. 4 wedding. It was a very hot day, and they played as if it didn’t matter. Our guests were a bit reticent to sit in the blazing sun before the wedding, so, for quite awhile, the quartet just played for the sake of playing, really. But once we herded the guests to the area and had them sit, they really enjoyed the beautiful music. Everything went very well!

Thanks again, Cindy 2012


Dear Elaine,
I want to compliment you on the job your quartet did at my daughter's wedding (we hired you with just a few days notice as we had only 9 days notice to get the wedding together, and only talked to the musicians when they arrived) I was worried her wedding would look cheap, but you guys made it great! I still get compliments on how elegant her wedding was.
Debbie, 2012




Hello Elaine,
Thank you for a wonderful performance at our wedding on Saturday. Thankfully the rain waited until the last second. We had chills when we heard how amazing you played our wedding song. In the excitement of the evening we missed giving you something to say thank you for the extra effort you put into our special day. We are getting something into the mail today to show our appreciation.
Please extend our thanks to the other members of the quartet for going above and beyond our expectations. We received many complements from our wedding guests on your behalf.
Thank you!
Justin & Rhea



Dear Elaine,

We want to let you know how much we appreciate the performance of your musicians at our daughter's wedding. All we heard from our guests was that it was a perfect day. Please send our thanks and appreciation to your musicians for their contribution to the wedding, making it a very special day.


Rick and Susan 
Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA 8-24-2011



We wanted to send you a quick note to thank you and all of the talented musicians who played at our wedding on May 14th at the Salish Lodge.  The musicians were impeccable and the music created exactly the kind of atmosphere that we hoped for on our special day.  We could not have been more pleased with the trio that you selected for our event or the music that they played.  Please thank the members of the trio for us.  We would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends and acquaintances.   

Karen and Craig 

Salish Lodge 5-14-11  



Members of the Seattle String Quartet,

Thank you very much for your service to our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.  Your playing was superb, and your professionalism was very evident.  I’d also like to thank you for being flexible in your performance by accompanying the groom (myself) as he sang to his bride.  We really appreciated your musical gifts.  

Sincerely, Robert & Stephanie 

Woodmark Hotel & Spa, 2010




You helped create a wonderful wedding experience for Katherine and Doug and their guests on May 23rd.  What a magical, musical atmosphere you comfortably developed in the midst of a sunny, busy Golden Gardens Saturday.  Your music was lovely and special, enriching the wedding, the celebration, and the festivities.  

We appreciated your flexibility with the venue location and the delay as well as the "cocktail Hour" time.  What a stellar addition you were to the wedding!  Many thanks yous to you.

Best Wishes,  Elaine and Chris 2010

Golden Gardens, May 3, 2009

As I looked up from the amphitheatre, where I had to be for family
photography, I realized that I was not going to be able to listen to any
more of your beautiful music. I remain disappointed.
Thank you so very much for enhancing the joy of Laura and Paul's wedding.
My husband and I appreciate greatly the talent and experience of your group.
Perhaps one day we shall meet again.
Most sincerely,
The Olympic Sculpture Gardens, 2008



Elaine,The string quartet was wonderful.  It really made our ceremony and dinner hour so much more special.  Thank you for helping us create a beautiful evening.
Nathan and Colleen, Kiana Lodge  2008



Thank you very much for playing at our ceremony.  The music was so rich and
 beautiful, it truly made the ceremony complete.  We received many
 complements on your music from our guests as well.  We cannot thank you
 enough for your presence.
 Best Regards,
 Lauren, Orcas Island   2007


Good morning,

Now that the dust has settled from the various wedding activities and life is back to normal (whatever that is), I wanted to tell you how very pleased we were with the string trio that played at our daughter's wedding at Kiana Lodge on July 28th.  The women were lovely and personable, and had researched the couple of tunes that we had particularly requested they play - and did so beautifully.  They set a wonderful tone for the wedding and the cocktail hour that followed, and everyone enjoyed their music so much.  They were very professional and talented, and we couldn't have been happier with their performance.  Thank you so much for adding the "grace notes" to our special day.  

Best wishes,


Kiana Lodge, Paulsbo, WA  7-28-06




Thank you for all of your help in planning the music for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour!  Everything was beautiful and the musicians were just fantastic!!  We received a lot of compliments for our choice in music and were so impressed with the professionalism and kindness we received from all of you during the whole wedding process.  You all truly added to the happiness and beauty of our wedding day!

Thanks and take care!

Sarah, Alderbrook Lodge & Spa  2006


Dear Ekstedt Entertainment:

We want to express our gratitude and praise to you for your wonderful services at our reception at Kiana on Nov. 12th.  The Seattle String Trio did such a fantastic job and our guests admired their talent and music.  You made our evening more than perfect.

Best Wishes, Averyl and Christian

Kiana Lodge, 2005


Dear Jan & Elaine,

Jason and I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful job the Seattle String Quartet did at our wedding  in September.  We hope you will pass along our good wishes.  They were complete professionals and did such a good job.  We continue to receive compliments on the music and believe it was the key element to creating the perfect mood for our ceremony!

Thanks again for everything.

Salish Lodge 2005



Dear Jan and Elaine:

This is a belated note to thank you for the music you provided at our rehearsal dinner on July 13 and at the wedding ceremony the next day.  Your consumate professionalism made planning everything from here in Charlotte, NC very easy.  Thanks again for contributing to such a joyful occasion.
Evan and Jane 
Stimson-Green  Mansion 2005

July 16, 2005




I wanted to let you know what a gem Beth our pianist is.  She made my wedding.  My expectations were far exceeded by her talent and good-natured attitude.  She knew all the songs I requested, and our families started yelling out songs to play and she knew all those too!  She was just amazing; I think I got as many compliments about her as I did about my dress.  I just thought you’d like to know that she is a great employee and I will recommend her to anyone. 


The Sorrento


May 10, 2005

Dear Elaine, Jan, and Co;

Thank you ever so much for the most beautiful music that you provided for our daughter's wedding. We all so enjoyed the beautiful sounds on such a happy and glorious day.  May the Lord continue to bless  you and find that ministry for you.  

Sincerely, Norm & Mary

The Manor


August 8, 2004

Dear String Trio,

Thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding!  Although a lot of it is a fog, I do remember your music and received many compliments about you as will.  Thank you for helping to make my and my husband's wedding day everything we had hoped for.

Thank you, Heather & Buck



July 24, 2004

Thank you so much for making our special day perfect!  We received numerous compliments on your music!  Thank you!   (String Trio)          

 Phil and Lindsey



July 17, 2004

Thank you for being a part of our special day!  I'm so glad that I found you instead of/before I got a DJ!  Thank You!  (Swing Trio)         

Diane and Mark




Elaine:  I just wanted to thank you and Jan (and Sarah!) so very, very much for all of your hard work in putting our wedding ceremony music together.  I thought it was so beautiful and I can't tell you how many people came up to us at the reception commenting specifically on the music!  They loved the fact that the trio and the singer were so versatile.  It was truly beautiful and I can't thank you all enough for all that you did for us.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Love, Hillary and Doug




To the members of Ekstedt Entertainment:

The music that you all provided at our graduation celebration yesterday was incredible!  I thank you so much for your time, effort and incredible music!  

Thank you!  

Alyna at Fuller Theological Seminary




I just want to thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding.  We enjoyed the day so much and I am so happy we hired you to play at the ceremony.  I would definitely recommend you to anyone who asks.  You are very professional and easy to work with. 

Thank you, Kristy



Our guests, as well as our selves, are in no doubt that your performance was a highlight of our special day.  We have received a vast array of compliments on your appearance, professionalism, and largely, on your exquisite music.  It is  apparent that you are exceedingly accomplished and it was prized by all.
It is with genuineness that we thank you.  You unquestionably enhanced our special day.
Kathryn, 2002



The trio performed magically at our wedding.  Not even the finest details were missed by the trio.  Everything from their early arrival and quick set up to their professional appearance to the extraordinary talent in not only their ability to play the music to perfection but also in their improvisational skills of playing music that not only fits the ceremony but adds a whole new dimension to the aura that goes with it.

Both Elaine and Jan were not only extremely helpful, but were also very friendly and approachable so that I never felt as though I shouldn't ask even the most trivial of questions as they came to us.


Stimson-Green Mansion, 6-21-2002



It is with vast appreciation that I am writing this letter today.  You were the performers at our wedding on August 31, 2002 at Saint Edwards State Park.  From the beginning of our dealings with your business all the

way through the wedding itself, you treated us with the utmost respect, courtesy and demonstrated a superior level of professionalism.

St. Edwards State Park 2002

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful music you provided at my May 19th wedding.  We just picked up the video tape last night and watched it.  The music was wonderful!  Your quartet is amazing.  I waited to marry until I was older and really wanted a lovely, classy wedding.  Your music was exactly what I wanted.  Words can not describe how I felt listening to you last night.  I can just thank you and recommend you highly!

Thank you, Melissa

Bellevue Club, Bellevue, Washington, WA 2001



Dear Jan and the Seattle String Trio,

We just wanted to thank you for your wonderful work and patience with our crowd for the wedding.  You did an excellent job and made our wedding more memorable.  Your professionalism, attitude and appearance really made our wedding feel top-notch. 

Thanks again and I'd recommend you to anyone looking for wedding or event musicians! 

Sincerely, Amy

Skansonia Ferry,  Seattle, WA 2000



Dear Jan and Company

Thank you so much for making our wedding more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.  It has been a pleasure working with you over the last year.  I am sorry we did not get a chance to be formally introduced at the wedding.  Your string quartet was so perfect, the music made everyone so happy we couldn't have asked for more.  Thank you again, your gift of music is truly a blessing.

Sincerely, Laura and Dan

Holy Names Academy, Seattle, WA 2000


Dear Jan-

Thanks for putting together the beautiful music for our wedding.  It was wonderful, and we got so many compliments on the music that day, that we thought we'd pass them on to you.  Thanks again for a lovely job and for being part of our special day. 

Jackie and Jon

Columbia Tower Club, Seattle, WA 1999

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