Friday, October 31, 2014

Review from Michael and Maureen


Event: Michael and Maureen's Wedding on 10/4/14 at The Grand Ballroom At The Priory
From Michael with rating of 5.0 (options 0-5)
"The Violinist was on time and sounded great.  She helped make our day great!  Thank you!"

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Review 10/27/14

"The Knot" Review

"We used Steven Vance Strolling Violins for our DJ and our ceremony music.  What an amazing group of people.  When we first decided to go with Steven, he met with us and got a sense of what we wanted from our day.  We got to work with two individuals from his team to do the ceremony and reception and they both were fantastic.  We got rave reviews about the violin during cocktail hour and the procession was a perfect mix of contemporary and classic.  The DJ played everything we wanted during dinner and kept people dancing all night which is all I wanted!! Hands down the best experience!"

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Wedding Wire Review from Cory

Cory gave rating of 5.0 (options from 0-5)

"Steven and his partner were wonderful!  We got so many compliments on the wonderful music and the strolling violin during dinner.  Everyone thought it made the night!  We loved his work with announcing us during the reception and introducing the speakers.  I would recommend him to anyone!"

October 12, 2014  Robert Morris University Chapel and Hyeholde Moon Twp
Steven Vance Keystring Duo

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"The Knot" Review Lindsay

Review from "The Knot"
Lindsay and Billy October 25, 2014 at The George Washington Hotel

"Where to start? Steven Vance Strolling Violins exceeded all of my expectations. I had always dreamed of a string quartet for my wedding day and their performance was absolutely stunning. I had heard him perform as a solo at a friends wedding and spoke with him again at a bridal convention where he was extremely professional yet personable. Steve was a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. He is punctual in all of his responses and proactive in creating different options for the big day. He was very good keeping me on track and provided great resources and insight during our planning. I booked him with their string quartet for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at the reception, Steve acted as our MC for the reception and performed as a solo violinist during dinner, and last the DJ for the remainder of the reception.

When I took my first step into the church I was overwhelmed with how beautiful the quartet sounded - it was truly a dream and really set the tone for the day/evening!! Following the ceremony was an equally impressive performance during cocktail hour. I have had so many guests compliment the quality of music and say how much it added to the evening. I was looking for a very elegant repertoire of classical pieces during the ceremony and cocktail hour and that is what I got!! Steve let me pick everything I wanted and made it is very simple in mapping out what was to be played. During dinner we wanted to change the mood from a more formal setting to fun and Steve did so very elegantly during his solos during dinner. He provided a mix of classical and modern pieces that blew our guests away when they heard some of their favorite "modern" songs played so beautifully on the violin. After dinner we continued onto dancing and fun for the reception. We had a mix of younger and older adults and everyone was on the dance floor enjoying the music!! 

Some other great additions to the night were the photobooth and uplighting that I was able to book with Steve. I am very particular with uplighting and was skeptical as to how it would turn out but it was BEAUTIFUL!! The photobooth was also a great touch - everyone had a blast and my husband and I got a lot of laughs looking through the album the next day!!

What else to say other than Steven Vance Strolling violins was absolutely magnificent!! Their services and performances were more than I could have ever hoped for and certainly surpassed all expectations!"

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 10, 2014 Phil and Marsha

Marsha sings "Through the Eyes of Love" to Phil.

Venue:  Allegheny Country Club
Steven Vance Keystring Violin and Piano/Keyboards Duo and DJ Package for Ceremony and Reception
Bridal Party Procession: "Canon in D"
Bridal Procession:"Bridal March" Jonathan Cain
Recessional: "All Of Me" by John Legend

Bride Singing: "Through The Eyes Of Love"
First Dance: "A Thousand Years" Christina Perri
10-year-old guest Pianist Eric Wang played during First Course
Violin and Piano Duo During Dinner

Cake Cutting: "How Sweet It Is" James Taylor
The dancing featured both a ballroom dance demo and swing dance lesson as well as a Indian Bhangra dance demo and lesson
Last Song: "We've Only Just Begun"

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October 12, 2014 Ben and Cory

Ceremony Venue: Rogal Family Chapel Robert Morris University
Reception Venue: Hyeholde Restaurant - Moon Township
Steven Vance Keystring Violin and Piano Duo 

Bridal Party Procession: "Prelude In C" Bach
Bridal Procession: "Canon In D" Pachelbel
Recessional: "Ode To Joy" Beethoven

Ben and Cory allowed Duo to choose all music for Reception.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Interesting Wedding Ceremony Program Design

I've never seen one quite like it.

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Thank You Note from Hello Productions

"Thank you for all your help to make Marissa & Mike's Wedding Day as a perfect start to their new life."

Colleen Hello Productions
Steven Vance Keystring Duo 
Wedding Ceremony in Youngstown PA

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Thank You Note For AAA Duo

"Our thanks to Sarah and her Duo partner.  Beautiful beginning to out special night"

Neal & Bernadette
Southpointe Golf Club

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Joe & Drakie's Rainbow Table Covering

Wedding Reception at Bistro To Go on the North Side.
Strolling Violinist Steven Vance

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Wedding Reception Music - Groom/Mom Dance

Again, the guests at the wedding will not forget when the groom dances with his mother.  

A Song For My Son – Micki Viereck 
Unforgettable – Nat and Natalie Cole
The Perfect Fan – N Sync
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler 
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men 
Three Times A Lady – The Commodores
Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
All To You – DJ Keo
For Your Eyes Only – James Bond Film
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Sunny – Johnny Mathis
You Are My Sunshine – Elizabeth Mitchell
Forever Young – Joan Baez
A Place In My Heart – Sounds Of Blackness
Love – John Lennon
Danny Boy
You’re Still You – Josh Groban
A Mothers Song –T. Carter
The Man You’ve Become – Molly Pasutti
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
Because You Loved Me – Johnny Mathis
The Man You've Become – Molly Pasutti
In My Life - The Beatles
Everything That Touches You - The Association
Find Your Wings - Mark Harris
Let Me Call You Sweetheart – Bing Crosby
Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynrd
I Won't Let Go – Rascal Flatts
Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon and Garfunkel
Let it Be – Beatles
Rise - Eddie Vedder
A Mother's Song - T. Carter

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Comments on Solo Violinist Steven Vance

"Friendly and played beautifully. I would recommend him for any event"

Eve & Jared  Wedding Ceremony in their backyard in Mt. Pleasant PA.

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Thank You Note For Steven Vance Violin & DJ Package

"Great addition to our wedding".

Bethany & Justin Succop Conservancy Steven Vance Violin & DJ Package for the Ceremony and Reception

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Keeping Up With Steve


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Tuesday I'm in Rochester PA Beaver County for the grand opening of the new Rochester Manor Senior Living facility.

Thursday night I'm with John Garrick on Piano and Brian Stahurski on Bass playing with my SkyView Jazz Trio for the annual UPMC Seniors Awards Dinner at the Omni William Penn.

On Saturday we start with a String Quartet at  The Church of the Covenant in Washington PA for a ceremony then move to the George Washington Hotel for a Violin and DJ Package at a Wedding Reception.

We also have musicians at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Phipps Conservatory, Duquesne University Chapel, The Club at Nevillewood, the Duquesne Club, and Plum Creek Presbyterian Church

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October 19, 2014 Nick and Michelle

Peaceful Lake-Side Ceremony

Venue: Green Gables in Jennerstown, PA
Steven Vance Violin and DJ Package  
Bride Processional: "A Thousand Years"
Recessional: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".  First time I used it but it will not be the last.

Strolling Violin playing Italian, Irish and Classical music during Cocktails

Wedding Party Intro Music: "The Final Countdown" Europe
Bride and Groom Intro Music: "I Gotta Feelin" Black Eyed Peas
Musical Toast: "All Of Me" by John Legend
Strolling Violin During Dinner 

Cake Cutting: "Sweetest Thing" U2
First Dance: "Dance With You" Live
Second Dance: "Everything I Do"
Bride and Father: "A Song For My Daughter"

Bouquet Toss: "If You Wanna Be My Lover" The Spice Girls
Garter Toss: "Another One Bites The Dust" Queen
Last Song: "I've Had The Time Of My Life" from "DirtyDancing"
Click here to see video of their Grand Sparkler Sendoff at the end of the night              

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October 18, 2014 Brian and Christin

Christin and Brian cut their wedding cake made by her Mom.  It was good.

Venue: Mansions on 5th Ave  in Pittsburgh, PA
Photographer: Brian and Lisa Leavall
Steven Vance Violin and DJ Package   
Strolling Violin for Cocktail Hour

Bride and Groom Intro Music: "Turn Down For What"
Cake Cutting Music: "I'm Yours" Jason Mraz
Musical Toast: "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)"

First Dance: "You're My Best Friend" Queen
Bride and Father: "O Mio Babbino Caro"
Groom and Mother: "The Man You've Become" Molly Pisutti

Intro First Dance: "Blow" Kesha
Last Song: "The Parting Glass" Clancy Brothers

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October 17, 2014 Carrie and Jonathan

Venue: Longue Vue Club in Verona, PA
Steven Vance Keystring Duo  Violin and Keyboards/Piano Duo for Ceremony and Cocktails
Mom's entrance: "In My Life" The Beatles
Bridesmaids Procession: "The Holiday/Maestro"
Bridal Procession: "Turning Page"
Presentation of Roses to Mothers: "Prelude in C/Ave Maria" by Bach/Gounod
Recessional: "Viva La Vida"

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

"All Of Me" by John Legend New Violin and Keyboards Video

This past weekend we played a wedding ceremony at the Robert Morris University Rogal Chapel and had a little extra time on our hands so we shot a Duo version of this song.  It was one of the top 2 most popular wedding songs of this past season along with Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years".  Enjoy !

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Thursday night I will be attending the "Music Smiles" fundraiser for the Sonny Pugar Foundation at The Meadows Casino in Canonsburg. Great cause and I do performances in hospitals for them. Great bands. Go to for more info.

Friday John and I will be doing a Violin and Piano Duo for a Wedding Ceremony at Longue Vue Country Club in Verona.

Saturday at The Mansions On Fifth I will be doing a Violin & DJ Package for a Wedding Reception.

On Sunday I'm off to Jennerstown to perform a Violin & DJ package for a Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Green Gables.

We also have musicians at the Church Of the Resurrection in Brookline, Sheraton Station Square, St. Stephen Church in Sewickley, St. Boniface Church on the North Side, Grand Concourse, Benton Grove B&B in Morgantoen WV, Doubletree Hotel in Moon Twp. and the Summerset plan in Squirrel Hill.

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New Review on Wedding Wire

From Trisha and George received on #WeddingWire today

"We initially booked Steven Vance Strolling Violins violin/piano duo for our ceremony. Knowing that we love the Celtic sound, Steven suggested that we add a tin whistle. Steven went out of his way to find a tin whistle musician and added her to create a trio. The combination was absolutely lovely. We chose a few pieces of music ourselves, but the arrangements with the Celtic sound that the trio came up with made them so special. The rest of the music chosen by the trio and the arrangements perfectly set the tone for each part of the service. So many people commented on the beauty of the music. We could not have asked for anything more."

Tin Whistle, Violin and Piano
9/27/14 Calvary United Methodist Church  North Side Pittsburgh
See videos in blog post below.
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Wedding Reception Music: Wedding Party Dance, Longest Married Couple Dance

Some couples will invite their wedding party to the dance floor for a song.   This can be a very special moment for the couple surrounded by their closest friends.  Here are the most commonly selected songs for this dance.

The Prayer – Andrea Bocceli and Celine Dion
You’re My Best Friend -  Queen
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
From This Moment – Shania Twain
That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
Lucky – Jason Mraz
Sweet Love – Anita Baker
Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World – Izzy K
Kiss Of A Rose – Seal
Wonderful, Wonderful – Johnny Mathis
All Your Life -  The Band Perry
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Dance So Good - Wakey, Wakey
Then - Brad Paisley
Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Then He Kissed Me -C51
Shake Senora
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Some couples include a dance that invites the logest married couples to dance with each other.  As the song continues, traditionally the emcee will announce “couples that have been married for ___ years may keep dancing,”  until there is only one couple left.  This is the longest married couple. Everyone applauds, we announce how many years they have been married, a photo is taken with the newest and oldest couple, and the party continues.

When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
In My Life – The Beatles
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole
Dream A Little Dream – The Mamas And The Papa
Always And Forever – Luther Vandross
Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

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11/9/12 Thank You Note

"Thank you for your wonderful work at the Wedding.  You made our day even more wonderful with your wonderful talent.  Thank you."

Paula & Bryan
November 9, 2013
Mayernick Center

Strolling Violin for Cocktails and Dinner.
Dj dance music the rest of the night.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

September 6, 2014 Megan and Pranay

 Megan in Traditional Indian Bride Attire with Priest

Venue: Heinz History Center with planner Erin Calvimontes of Divine Celebrations
Photographer: Rachel Rowland
Officiant: Tim Limpert

Cocktails: Strolling Violins
Bridal Entrance: "Jashn E Bahara"

DJ Steven Vance for Reception
Intro Music: "Let's Get It Started" Black Eyed Peas, "The Final Countdown", and "Love Never Felt So Good"
Bride and Groom Intro: "Feels So Close" Calvin Harris

First Dance: "Make You Feel My Love"
Cake Cutting: "How Sweet It Is" Michael Buble
Father and Bride: "Unforgettable" Nat Cole

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September 26, 2014 Bethany and Justin

Autumn colors have arrived for the Ceremony beside the pond at the Succop Conservancy in Butler County

Venue: The Succop Conservancy
Photographer: Beth Kakucka

String Trio Ceremony Music:  "Largo" from "Winter" "Voluntary" "Jesu, Joy"  "Rondeau"
Bridal Procession: "Canon"
Recessional: "Hornpipe"
Postlude: "Spring" "La, Rojouissance" 
String Trio for Cocktail Hour Music  
Intro Music: "Raise Your Glass" Pink and "I Gotta Feelin" Black Eyed Peas
Bride and Groom Intro: "OMG" Usher
Cake Cutting: "The Best Is Yet To Come" Frank Sinatra

Strolling Violin During Dinner Musical Toast: "Open Arms" by Journey
DJ Steven Vance
First Dance: "I Can't Wait" Ben Rue
Father and Bride: "I Loved Her More" Heartland
Mother and Groom: "My Wish" Rascal Flatts
Last Song: "My Best Friend" Tim McGraw

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September 27 Michael and Danielle

Their wedding cake is complimented by tea lights and a pin spotlight.

Venue: The DoubleTree Hotel in Greentree, PA.  Thanks to Kelly Thornton
Photographer: Kevin Pieto
String Trio for Cocktail hour playing Irish, Italian, and Classical Music

Intro Music: 'I Gotta Feelin' Black Eyed Peas
Bride and Groom's Intro Music: 'The Way You Make Me Feel'

Keystring Duo for Dinner 
Musical Toast to the Bride & Groom; "Greensleeves"
DJ Steven Vance
First Dance: 'Halo' Beyonce
Cake Cutting: 'That's Amore' Dean Martin
Father and Bride: 'What a Wonderful World' Louis Armstrong
Mother and Groom: 'Stand By Me' Ben E. King
Bouquet Toss: 'Womanizer' by Britney Spears
Garter Toss: 'Bad Boys' by Inner Circle
Exchange: 'Pony' by Ginuwine
Last Song: 'In The Air Tonight'

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Steven Vance Logo Graphic

The new Steven Vance Entertainment logo.  Tell us what you think. #PittsburghWeddingMusic.