We had a really busy and fun weekend this past weekend! On Saturday, we played a wedding in Peachtree City, immediately followed by a cocktail hour at the most beautiful golf club! We all met in Atlanta and carpooled together. I love when we get to ride together because we have so much fun talking and eating snacks in the car!
No filter needed for this adorable church and insanely picturesque sky. It's as if the clouds were painted!
The inside of the church was just as pretty. Plus the acoustics were great! For the ceremony, we played a mix of classical tunes and hymns, including my favorite, "Come Thou Fount"
From there, we went to Flat Creek Country club to play the cocktail hour! We played a fun set list of Beyoncé, the Beach Boys, Adele, etc!
We try to keep it super serious when we play together. ;)
We snuck outside to get this photo in front of the ridiculously stunning golf course!
Then on Sunday we got together again to play a retirement party for one of the doctors from the Marietta Eye Clinic.
We played a two hour set list that consisted of a lot of fun tunes, ranging from the Beatles to John Legend!
And afterwards we got to eat the delicious brunch food! The folks at Common Quarter were so great! And oh my goodness was the food tasty!
It was such a fun weekend! We love spending time together and geting to make music together! 💙
Happy Mother's Day!!
Let's face it. Most musicians might not be musicians at all if it weren't for their moms. From driving them to music lessons every single week, not to mention orchestra rehearsals on the weekends, attending all the recitals, and most importantly making us practice when we didn't want to!! Oh, and of course there's the issue of actually having the patience to listen to us squeak and squawk while we learned to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Hot Cross Buns. So each of us wanted to take a minute and think our moms for everything they've done!
Like a lot of kids, I showed an interest in music at an early age. My mom was wonderfully patient wth me, helping me hold the violin, helping me practice every day until I was old enough to practice alone.
My mom drove me to every single lesson, every festival, every orchestra rehearsal, every workshop, and on and on!
My mom even sewed my dresses for recitals! This above photo is from my very first recital! I remember thinking that my peach dress that mom made for me was SO fancy! :)
Being a mom is exhausting. Mom fell asleep with me at a Suzuki conference!
This is my first violin, and mom sewed me a special shoulder rest for it!
This photo is from my senior recital in college. There's no way I'd be who I am today without my mom. There's no way to repay her for all she did for me!! Love you, mom! 🎶💙
So I was actually not good at the viola and it was very frustrating for me, but for my mother quitting was never in our vocabulary. She pushed me so far beyond my limits that I finally caught on to the fact that playing this complicated instrument wasn't an option! She figured out how to finagle me into the Metropolitan Youth Concert Orchestra and drove me EVERY single Saturday to all 4.5 hour long rehearsals until I was legal to drive myself. After years of playing, yes years.. I fell in love with music and the viola for real. She cried with me, got frustrated and excited with me.. She never got on stage with me or got to travel to far off countries like I did, but she supported me with zeal from afar. Never letting me quit. Mom, I am only who I am because of your perseverance. I can only pray that one day I will push my daughter to become something like you have, thank you for giving me a drive that cannot be quenched. Happy Mothers Day!
My mom is amazing! My parents started out as Canadian immigrants with just one suitcase with all their possessions in the world, but they worked hard and poured their lives into my two older sisters and me.
In the early days before she had a car, my mom walked and took public transportation to take care of us. Mom took us to learn ice skating, hockey, violin, cello, piano, dance, ballet, swimming, art – in addition to private music lessons, orchestra rehearsals, concerts, recitals, competitions, Chinese school, and Sunday School…multiplied by 3, activities for each of us! My mom always volunteered to be a chaperone and supported me at all my performances, even the ones in Europe and Australia! Mom, words cannot describe how much you have sacrificed for me all these years. I love you!
We just found out that a wedding we did last fall was featured on SouthernWeddings.com! In the interview with Sarah, the bride, she gave a really nice review of our group. Check out the article to read about it!
We had such a fun time riding to Athens together!!
The wedding was held at the UGA chapel, where we set up in the balcony and had a bird's eye view of the ceremony. Sarah chose beautiful, traditional classical pieces for the ceremony music.
Sarah was really the sweetest bride we could ever hope to work with, and the whole day was just a dream! Big thanks to Marilisa and the Chancey Charm for a stellar job coordinating!
No filter needed for this dreamy night! I mean really...
The cocktail hour and reception took place at the Taylor Grady House, where we played a set of fun, upbeat tunes--a mixture of Disney, pop, love songs, etc.!
Thanks to Anna K Photography for the above two photos! Check out the article to see all of her awesome photos from the day!
Congrats again to Sarah and Lee, and thanks for letting us be a small part of your big day!
Swan House wedding 4-30-16
This past Saturday we played a beautiful if not adventurous wedding at the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center.
The Swan House is such an incredible backdrop for a wedding!
We got to play the ceremony music with a great trumpet player, Kevin Lyons. How fun!
Here's where things got a bit crazy. Right as the ceremony was ending, the sky turned black and thunder came out of nowhere. A very severe storm popped up out of nowhere and everyone started running en mass. The cocktail hour had been moved into the History Center because of the rain, and we had to pack up our instruments and gear as fast as we could so nothing would get rained on. Everyone was crammed together, trying to run across the bridge to the History Center, meanwhile trees were falling down all across Buckhead, and West Paces Ferry was particularly hard hit!
Everyone made it inside the History Center mere SECONDS before the storm really hit. We were so thankful for that!
And of course, the ballroom was stunning as always! :)
We played some fun tunes for the cocktail hour, and then it was time to head home!
Many of the roads leading out of Buckhead were blocked by downed trees and power lines, but thankfully we all made it home safely!
All in all, it was an adventurous day, but the wedding turned out absolutely beautiful!