Amanda Estrada and Nate Beita met online on Match.com in 2014. Amanda was keeping an open mind about finding that special someone when she set up a date with Nate for the Monday after Valentine's Day. On that first date, as they shared good conversation together, they only had to spend 3 hours together until they realized that this was the beginning of something special.
After dating for a little over a year, Amanda and Nate got engaged in 2015 and began planning their wedding under the guidance of Johnell Huebner of Clearly Classy Events. Finding the right venue was their favorite part of the wedding planning. At first, they were considering a downtown vibe, but they found that to be too fast paced for their taste. As they searched for accessible elegance outside the city, Amanda and Nate found Ian’s Chapel at Camp Lucy to be the perfect solution. Choosing their venue helped them to bring all the rest of their ideas together, including...
One of our favorite things about being a part of people’s special day is being able to customize their music to fit their sense of style and taste. Kelsey and Jimmy were a wonderful union of classic rock and indie music that helped create a memorable musical experience!
Kelsey and Jimmy met while attending The University of Texas at Austin. They were in the same co ed organization and met at a retreat. Kelsey needed someone to throw a football with and Jimmy hapilly volunteered. 4 years later, Jimmy proposed at the same spot and surprised Kelsey with a celebration that evening with their closest family and friends. Their wedding took place on November 6 at Barr Mansion, on their 5 year dating anniversary.
They did an incredible job fusing their musical tastes together to create a playlist that flowed well together and that was very entertaining for their guests (and enjoyable for us to play).
Seating of the...
Whenever we prepare to play music for a wedding, we begin by getting to know a couple, their family, their story, and their personal taste. Mallory and Scott recently had a great wedding story, and gave us the honor of participating in a family tradition.
As we got to know them better, we discovered that they Mallory came from a family familar with wedding music. Her Grandmother, Fran Slack, was a pianist. She played Wedding Bells by Dudley Peele as part of wedding prelude music at numerous weddings for more than 40 years, always dedicating the song to her husband Jack. She also played it in church the Sunday before their wedding anniversary those same years and as recently as July 2015 for their 65th wedding anniversary.
Mallory and Scott met as Freshmen at Texas A & M through mutual friends that were in a freshman leadership organization. Even though they were young—Mallory was only 18—they knew they were a great match.
They dated for six years. Scott...
Your music should be a reflection of who you are and we want you to be yourself! Check out the latest awesome tracks we have added to our library and Thank You for your help in creating this list!
There are a lot of reasons we love playing music for weddings. But if we had to choose a favorite, it might be participating in so many the great stories.
Recently, we got to help a pair of high school sweethearts tie the knot at a Masquerade!
Ashley and Patrick have known each other for a long time. They met when they were just in hight school, taking classes in computer science.
When it came time to head off to college, they went their separate ways, Patrick to UT and Ashley to UTSA. But that bond forged over pixels and keyboards remained strong, and they officially became a couple their sophomore year.
Ashley and Patrick love to travel, and it was during a trip to Italy that everything changed. After seeing the classical art in Florence, they headed the canals of Venice to take in Carnivale. They watched a delightful costume contest and then spent some time wandering around on a bridge where they could get a lovely view of the City of Masks.
It was there on the bridge that...
Part of why we really love taking a very personable approach to helping people plan their wedding music is we get to be inspired by their story. Kenda and Clai's is one that it teaches us about how love and commitment can withstand the test of time and distance. We hope their story is inspiring for you!
Kenda and Clai met on their high school debate team in South East Texas. They pursued their love of debate through college, competing nationally. After college and law school in North Carolina, Clai moved to Dallas to pursue his career, while Kenda moved to DC to pursue her masters at Georgetown University and begin her career in international development. Eventually, Clai's career took him to London. Coincidentally, Kenda passed through London for a book launch, after writing a few chapters in a book. They met up again and started dating within 24 hours.
"If it's meant to be, it is possible."
We absolutely love working with families who are wedding planning together. It is truly one of the most special times in a mom’s life to help her daughter plan her wedding, and can sometimes feel more special than when she planned her own wedding. Planning a wedding together should be some great mother/daughter bonding time. Treat yourselves to a nice lunch, glass of wine, or day at the spa to make this a fun and memorable time.
Here are 5 helpful tips to help plan your music together as a family
1. Brides, talk about the ambiance that you are envisioning for your ceremony, especially about aspects that are very important for you.
2. Moms, help support your bride to be in selecting music that fits well within the ambiance she is envisioning.
3. Moms, share some stories from your wedding with your bride to be. Possibly make a list of some of the songs that you really enjoyed at your wedding.
4. Brides, it...
Having the right music played at your ceremony is just as important to the ambiance of your wedding as the decorations and setup of your venue. It is our job to help get your ideas and set them to music. Check out our previous article "How Should I Choose my Prelude Music" for details about choosing your prelude music.
Here are some of our favorite selections to help you.
Air- J.S. Bach
Arioso- J.S. Bach
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Meditation from Thais
Clair De Lune- Debussy
Trumpet Voluntary- Clarke
Sheep May Safely Graze- Bach
Eine Kline Nachtmusik
Somewhere Only We Know- Keane
Young and Beautiful- Lana Del Rey
Viva La Vida- Coldplay
Secrets- One Republic
All of Me- John Legend
Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol
Hoppipola- Sigur Ros
Home- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
La Vie En Rose- Piaf
Shanna and Thomas Hunter are dear friends of Terra Vista Strings. Their story is an inspiration for why we do what we do!
It Began With a Wink
Thomas was a professional chef was working at Arro, a modern French restaurant in Austin when he decided to go in a different direction. He hatched a plan with a friend to move from Austin to North Carolina to start a restaurant of their own.
Although he had other plans, a friend convinced him to move his going away party to the Parish, a music venue on 6th St. in Austin, TX. It was a good thing he did!
Although it is normally a packed club, the Parish was quiet that night. As Thomas walked past a group of friends sitting by the bar, he was caught off guard when a cute brunette winked at him. That brunette was Shanna.
Sitting nearby was a mutual friend. Thomas got a quick introduction, and they spent the next three hours immersed in conversation.
The following morning, Shanna asked, “Why do you have to move...
Are you planning your wedding by yourself?
There are certainly a lot of things to think about. Getting everyone lined up for your wedding can be very easy!
Our first article “These 5 key elements will guarantee a perfect wedding soundtrack” talked about the different sections of your wedding ceremony and some ideas on how to get started choosing your music. The next question is, “How will our musicians know when to change the music at the appropriate time?”
Some of the elements that have really helped many of the weddings we have done have extremely successful transitions are:
1. Have your officiant line up with all of your entire wedding party (families, bridesmaids and groomsmen, kids, and of course the bride).
2. When everyone is ready to proceed down the aisle, have your officiant proceed to the front of your venue and make a short announcement asking people to "turn their cell phones off". This will...