Hey friends, Amber here! August is almost here, which means that fall wedding season is right around tbe corner! With summer coming to a close, we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favorite summer weddings and events.
When the weather first started to get warm, we played a beautiful wedding high atop the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. The sky was beautiful that day!!
Love having both skyscrapers and trees as the backdrop for a wedding. So pretty!
Melanie and Ben's wedding took place at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, which is such a beautiful venue. They have both indoor and outdoor facilities, but this wedding took place outside under the trees. We were so lucky because it poured rain until the very minute that the prelude was supposed to start, and then it quit raining!
The cocktail hour took place next to the fine arts building.
We got to play a STUNNING wedding at Ventana's high above Atlanta. The weather was gorgeous and it was a breathtaking day!
How stunning is this bridal entrance!!
High above Atlanta! I have no fear of heights, so I love rooftop weddings.
The view just doesn't get much better than that! Natasha and Jerome's wedding was so sweet and stunning. They released balloons into the sky and had lots of modern, romantic music at their ceremony.
In June, we got to play a wedding at Venue 92 in Woodstock. We had never been there before, and it was such a cool venue! They have really neat indoor and outdoor spaces.
Holly and Anthony were such a cool couple, and they had really unique tastes in music. We ended up learning quite a few new songs for their wedding, including "Your Hand in Mine" by Explosions in the Sky. It was so fun!
The cocktail hour took place on the covered patio. What a neat space!
Cant wait to see what the rest of this summer has in store!
As we are getting into 2017, weve been thinking back to our favorite events of 2016! Below are some fun photos of our favorite Fall weddings and events from last year!
Buckhead Fall Fashion Show
Back at the beginning of autumn, we got to play at the Buckhead Fall Fashion Show, which was a super fun fashiom event put on my Modern Luxury and the Atlantan magazines! We played before the fashion show started, during the cocktails and hors d'oeuvres part of the evening.
This was a really fun event! There were a lot of pekple there and the energy was great. We played a set list of all modern, pop/rock type of music!
Autumn 2016 contained some really beautiful, fun weddings! We kicked off the fall with this sweet wedding at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. A rainy afternoon forced us insode, but that didnt stop us from having lots of fun!
Next up was a fun wedding at The Conservarory at Waterstone! The couple asked us to play the theme from The Magnificent Seven as their recessional. It was such a fun song to play! We actually went to see the movie after the wedding was finished! :)
Then we headed to the mountains of north Georgia to play a really sweet chapel wedding.
Next up, we headed to one of our very favorite venues in the city, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens!
Tge gardens are so beautiful in tbe fall!
How cute is this popcorn bar that they had at the reception?!
We'll be back soon with some more fun photos from our favorite weddings and events of fall 2016!
Hi everyone! Amber here. It's been so long since we've done a blog post! We have had a really busy and fun summer, and now fall wedding season is officially upon us! Fall weddings are my favorite because it finally starts to cool off a little outside (emphasis on "little." We are in GA, haha!)
Here are some highlights from weddings we've done recently.
We've been playing at Lake Lanier Islands a few times lately, which I love because the view is so incredible.
How pretty is this reception venue at Lake Lanier!
We also recently played a beautiful Jewish ceremony at the Georgian Terrace hotel in Atlanta. The ceremony was so sweet!
Next up was a wedding at Little River Farms in Alpharetta, which is a stunningly beautiful private residence turned wedding venue.
And then my bow promptly exploded while I was warming up for the prelude.
But the show must go on, so we got a good laugh out of the bow catastrophe and we kept on going! Good thing I had my spare bow!
The reception was held inside the house, which had been transformed into a veritable wonderland.
Next up it was back to the lake for anther beautiful wedding overlooking the water!
Weddings on the lake are SO beautiful'
Cant wait to see what else the fall has in store! :)
Last month, we were hired to play the ceremony music at a wedding at Agnes Scott College. Business as usual, except for one thing--the bride had no idea we had been hired!
The venue was beautiful!! The ceremony took place inside Agnes Scott College's dining hall, which had been transformed into a fairytale by Bre from EllyB Events!
For the bride's entrance, we played Beyonce's "Halo," and for the recessional, we played Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors." She had no idea there was going to be live music until the moment she started walking down the aisle. It was so fun to see her look of absolute surprise!
Music is so fun, and surprises are extra fun!
Until next time!
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! 💙
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!
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!
This past weekend, we played the most amazing wedding at Barnsley Gardens. The weather was absolutely PERFECT! And what a gorgeous setting!!
We got to play the ceremony music with Paul Taylor Smith (seriously, check him out on Spotify,) who is not only a great musician and an incredible singer, but a super fun person! We had the fun-est time playing (and cutting up 🙈) together!
Isn't this venue just breathtaking? Days like this make us feel extra blessed!
Last weekend Julienne and I had the pleasure of playing at North Point Community Church at all 3 of their services! We got to play with just a grand piano and really great vocalists. We love playing with the standard "band" setting (full band of guitars, drums, lots of exciting lights, etc!) but sometimes it's really fun to strip it way down and play in an acoustic setting. We played a song called "Out of Hiding," by Bethel Music. The lyrics are really raw and a bit emotionally intense, so playing it as an acoustic set was so fun.
So fun to get to play in a quartet with some other awesome string gals!
Here's a shot from one of the songs we weren't playing on. The singers and musicians at North Point are always so great!
Also, let's just talk about the food. Oh my, the food. Is there anything more thoughtful than making sure your musicians are well fed? :)
Thanks so much for having us, North Point!!
p.s., If you'd like to watch a video of our performances, check it out here on North Point Church's Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/NorthPointAlpharetta/videos/1125426270843103/