Couple’s Choice Award 2016!

We are thrilled to be the recipient of Wedding Wire’s 2016 Couple’s Choice Award! WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

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Head over to Wedding Wire to see what people are saying about Anthology Strings!

We Won the Wedding Wire’s 2015 Couple’s Choice

We are THRILLED to be a part of the Wedding Wire and even MORE Excited to share that we won “Couples Choice 2015” WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.  We look forward to being nominated again for next year!

End of the year wrap up! (photos too!)

Hello!

This has been a fantastic year for Anthology Strings.  We played so many fantastic weddings and events, it was such a fulfilling experience, both musically and emotionally.

There’s something so wonderful and also incredibly intimate about the process of being invited to perform at someone’s wedding: one of the most important days for couples. For us, the opportunity play the music that processes that transition from the top of the aisle as single people and then back down and united, is quite profound.

So many vendors can really get wrapped up in the whole “Selling”, “Getting”, “Business”, “Gig” of weddings, but it has never felt that way for us, even after all these years.  WE are truly honored to share this magical moment, often finding ourselves teary-eyed or having goosebumps as the bride emerges from behind the doors.  It’s wonderful! Here’s a few photos of our wedding season.

Sending happiest wedding wishes to all our couples this year! May your marriage be blessed with laughter, joy and adventure for many years to come!

Love,

The Anthology Strings

A Princess Wedding

Hey Everyone!

As we enter into fall, we are also leaving behind an incredibly fun and busy summer wedding season. We played all over this state and beyond.  From farms to penthouse suites, it’s really been exciting.  This has been a wonderful year of adding new songs to our modern playlist as well as revisiting ye ol’ classics such as Canon in D, the wedding marches…

Today I was creating a wedding programs for a client.  In trying to find some good tunes, I came across the royal wedding from 2011. I remember getting up at the crack of dawn to watch. I was in Vermont playing “Evita” in a small theater and was lucky enough to have a British friend staying with me, it was so exciting and I was blown away at the music. Just last summer I visited England for vacation. It was a solo trip and therefore I got to do all the touristy things that probably no one besides me would want to do. One of my stops was Westminster Abbey, where I walked down the very path that Miss Middleton processed…

To get back to my point, I found a really nice processional today inspired by this majestic and regal walk:
Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.  I’ve pasted the three music program samples below so you can see what kind of ideas I’m working on.  Enjoy!

Oh and yes, I’m a little bit of an Anglophile 🙂

Program I: (CLASSICAL)

Bridal Party: Wachet Auf: Sleepers Wake (Bach) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIOH2sCW13U

Bride: Air on the G Strings (Bach) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzlw6fUux4o

Recessional:  La Rejouissance (Handel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqQ-bRszLvQ

Program II: (CLASSICAL ALTERNATIVES)

BP: Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGY5_qi93Xo

B: For the Love of a Princess (Horner)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQuaUR7nX8U

R: Ode de Joy (Beethoven) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kcOpyM9cBg  (Go to minute 2:38 please)

Program III: (MODERN)

BP: Break of Reality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydRAb9cwHnA

B: Atlas March (Tykwer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KegOBMIZRho

R:  Best Day of My LIfe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecb51btpfDo

New Trend: Processional Song Dedications!

Hi Everyone!

We have a lovely couple getting married in November.  She is a sparkly and beautiful teacher and he is a super enthusiastic fiance.  Here’s their scoop:  At our sit down meeting, my client told me that she wanted her fiance to pick her processional song.  That it would be a total surprise to her, and she would hear it as she walked down the aisle. How cool is that?? 

A couple of days later, a somewhat frazzled fiance wrote to me, saying he had to come up with a processional and not to worry, he just had to find the right one.  

Late last night I got ‘THE’ email! Boy, he picked the PERFECT song! I’m kinda freaking out and so excited to arrange it for this lovely couple.  The video of the song brought me to tears, so I can only imagine how it will sound on their big day. Stay tuned, I’ll make sure and post the song after their wedding! 

Just thought I’d share my thoughts here, and hope that this becomes more of a trend, what a great way to honor, surprise and show one’s love for each other than a real, in-the-flesh made song dedicated to your beloved!?

Love,

A.S.

 

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2014 Wedding Kickoff!

Hi loves!

We kicked off our wedding season with a beautiful wedding at Studio Square in LIC Queens. The space is ah-mazing with great views of the city and tons of sunshine pouring in.

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The couple, Deepa and Louis contacted me via the phone, and in fact we never actually met until the day of the wedding. This is sometimes the case with out of town couples and the super busy- they settled on three new tunes:

Bridal Party entrance: “Married Life” from the sweet movie “UP”
Bride’s entrance: Ashokan Farewell – AWESOME piece to walk into
Recessional: Tonight- from West Side Story – love it!

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I’d also love to give props out to their fabulous wedding planner, Meg Hotchkiss of LVR Events. The night of the rehearsal dinner, she called me while she was running back to the couple’s apartment to pick up their typhoid fever medication for their honeymoon! Ha! She’s terrific and we really hope to work with her again soon!

Thanks for reading and congrats Deepa & Louis!!

Love
The Anthology gals!

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Pre-school Love

Yesterday we played at the wedding of Robert & Jennifer.  Why I’m running to my blog today to post is because it’s a phenomenal story of enduring love.  To start out, I met Rob & Jennifer via a Skype meeting a few weeks back, but they heard us play at their friends wedding two years ago. They decided then and there that Anthology Strings would play at their wedding, we were honored! Through the meeting I heard all about their love story, which is quite remarkable- it started in pre-school! The two were re-united four years ago and have never left eachother’s side. Yesterday, as we played to a room full of friends and family, the beautiful couple said “I do” and we all sat in the back getting choked up (the whole room was crying!).  Thanks Robert & Jennifer and may your love endure!

That's us!

the packed room!the recessionalYou can't get any sweeter than this!

Wedding Wire & The Knot & Paypal!

Hello everyone!

We are delighted to share the news that we have added ourselves to the Wedding Wire family and have been working to update our Knot.com profile!  We are loving the new looks and hope you will too!

Wedding Wire Page

Knot Page

On another note -we have recently started accepting Paypal payments – which I know is super easy for our clients.  We hope these improvements make your life easier with us!

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Anthology Strings

Bevin & Ned’s Wedding!

We are so happy to be playing fall weddings – the light is changing, the air is cooling and the leaves are turning a golden delicious color!

On Saturday, Amanda and I were lucky to return to The Old Field Vineyards for a duo wedding ceremony & cocktail hour. We played one of our favorite weddings of all time – Alan and Adam’s wedding a few years here, so returning felt wonderful. Brides, if you haven’t considered this location – its stunning: Sailboats lazily careening over the still bay waters, the moon was hanging perfectly over the waters edge.  Lights were dripping off the old oak trees… Dreamy!

So back to Bevin & Ned’s wedding! Amanda and I couldn’t help but notice just how dapper the entire wedding party and audience were – gorgeous! The ceremony was perfect, with the bride and groom reciting their own vows.  Bevin (myself included) Love Pride and Prejudice the movie – so we played the theme song from Pride & Prejudice for her processional – goosebumps! Cocktail hour was a blast – we played everything from classical to pop and rock and had a great time!  Oh and on the way back, we stopped to pet some goats – Love those farm stands 🙂

 

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The View!

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The guests

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The ceremony

 

 

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Goats!

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Cocktail hour w/ Reception Tent

 

 

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The Program

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Having a blast w/ Amanda!

 

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