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Established in 2004, Ceremonious Strings is dedicated to providing you with the finest ensemble of musicians for your special day. Our musicians have all gone to college for music and/or music education, and have years of performance experience. 

Jaime Chavan (Cello), Susan Degoey (Violin) & Susan Elsayed-Davenport (Violin) are the "heart" of ceremonious strings. Jaime is the string orchestra director for the Southern Regional School District, in Manahawkin; Sue Degoey is the string orchestra director for the Toms River High Schools; and Sue Davenport is the string orchestra director at the Brigantine North School and at Mainland Regional High School.

All of the Ceremonious Strings players are local string teachers and active freelance musicians. We play together frequently and have experience in a multitude of performance areas! In addition to our school teaching and wedding gigs, we can be found in the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St Peter by the Sea, with the Jersey Shore Pops and on the podium directing the Garden State Youth Orchestra.


Wedding Planners: 

  • Jenny Orsini Events
  • Best Day Ever Event Planning


  • Kay English Photography
  • Styled Pink Photography 
  • Portraits by the Bay 

Invitations & More: 

  • Stephanie Somodi 


  • MDS Floral, Manahawkin 


  • Merri-Makers Catering
  • ​Taste Catering


  • Reverand Jill Dillner


  • ​Blanc Noir Event Group 

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