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       NOTES FROM EVENT PROFESSIONALS

"Forte Strings is a group of talented string players that I see often.  Their playlist runs from the usual classical pieces you hear at weddings, to Lennon-McCartney tunes, and even to more recent pop hits.  They handle it all with ease.  Sharon Hawkins is also one of the few musicians who actually attends wedding rehearsals.  They are absolute professionals and a joy to work with."
Ken Byrd (minister with Love Notes Weddings)

"Sharon,
I truly enjoyed working with you on Rachel and Timothy's wedding.  You have moved to the top of my referral list when it comes to Strings."
Rhonda Baker (CEO of Precisely as Planned, Weddings and Special Events)

"Wow! How do I begin to "sing" the praises of Forte' Strings?  I have had the privilege of officiating numerous weddings with this outstanding String Quartet.  When my part of the ceremony is concluded and Forte' Strings finish the last notes as the Bridal Party recesses, I want to shout bravo, bravo, encore.  It is not unusual for the guests to erupt in appaluse because of the sheer artistry and musical perfection of this group of musicians.  I highly recommend them to any bride who is asking about using live musicians for her ceremony, reception, or both.  I enthusiastically endorse Forte' Strings!"
Marty Younkin (Executive Director, Love Notes Weddings)

"Dear Sharon,
I always love working with you.  Forte' Strings is my favorite strings group to work with!  You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for everything.  Looking forward to many more."
Shari Johns (Certified Wedding Consultant, As You Wish...Wedding and Event Planning)

"A huge THANK YOU to you and your team.  Even with a delayed entrance to the ceremony, you all made it look flawless by continuing the beautiful music.  True Professionals!"
Ashlee Voda (Owner and Wedding Consultant, Mrs. Planner, Wedding and Events)

"Sharon and team,
Thank you all for making Madison and James' wedding day beyond perfect!  I so enjoyed listening to you all at the ceremony and I was so glad that Madison and James had chosen you all to perform.  You all are wonderful!!
Thank you again for performing so beautifully.  It was perfect!  I look forward to working with you again in the near future!"
Emily Noland (Event Coordinator, As You Wish...Wedding and Event Planning)

"Thank you Sharon.  I always enjoy working with your group. You are very professional and always on time.  You are at the top of my list for string groups!!" 
Julie Eastman (Extraordinary Events and Design)


          THANK YOU NOTES FROM CLIENTS

"There are other quartets out there, but it is wonderful to hear one that has been classically trained and plays with precision!  I really enjoyed your music."
Guest at Johnston wedding and reception

"You guys are freakin awesome!"
Coordinator at Special Moments

"Sharon,
I cannot thank you enough for that magnificent performance by you and your group!  It was so much better than I had expected.  My wife was extremely pleased with the music.  Thanks for making the evening spectacular!!!!
M. Manouel"

"Dear Sharon,
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the quartet at my son's wedding!  To be surrounded by such fabulous music made the event heavenly and my entire family was on cloud nine!  Thank you for making Daniel and Michelle's wedding an unforgettable day.  I will certainly recommend Forte Strings to everyone I know and I hope I get to hear you play again in the near future!  Please add me to your mailing list so that I can attend your performances!"
Betsy Hoover

"Todd,
We want to thank you for the excellent music you guys played at our wedding on Dec. 28th.  Everyone had only good things to say.  Thanks also for accommodating a string duo of the Coldplay song, it was a hit and our friends were asking about it."
Best wishes, Rahul & Kassandra (bride and groom)

"Todd,
The string trio was so perfect - so wonderful!  I am so glad I hired you.  It added so much to the ceremony, giving it that magical quality we imagined.  It was a thrill to sing with you as well!  Thank you again - we loved what you did!"
Mrs. Atchley (mother of bride)

"Dear Sharon and Forte Strings,
You guys are so amazing!  Thank you, thank you for everything you have done to make my wedding pieces so beautiful.
Sharon, thank you for being so patient and never complaining about my endless requests and additions!  You guys are such professionals and I'll be recommending you to everyone!"
Alaina (bride)

"Sharon,
We just wanted to thank you for making our daughter's special day so wonderful.  We have had many of the guests just praise the music at the ceremony.  The selections were perfect and the quartet plays beautifully.  It was a complete pleasure having the four of you help make the entire day so unforgettable.  Thank the group!!"
Mike and Sherry Marney (parents of bride)

"Our wedding was perfect!!!  Our string trio was the extra touch we needed to make our evening memorable and special for the bride and groom and guests!!!
My only regret was I did not get to meet you and thank you for playing at our wedding!!  The music was beautiful and if anyone needs to know if it's worth having live string music instead of it piped in thru the ceiling, have them call me!!  Worth it and more...Priceless!!
Thank you all and add to your long list for referrals for a perfect 10!!"
Mrs. Parsons (mother of bride)

"Good afternoon Sharon. 
I wanted to extend my thanks again to you and your group for the excellent music service that you provided at my daughter Whitney's reception Saturday.  The music was wonderful, so professionally performed.  We had many compliments about your playing.  There were other musicians that were our guests at the event and all said your group was the best they ever heard!  Thank each of you for making our reception the beautiful one that we know it was."
Mr. Smith (father of the bride)

SIMPLY ELEGANT
"Words cannot express how happy our entire family was with Forte Strings. I feel like I should hire an orchestra to play in their honor.
One can imagine perfection but Forte Strings has mastered it.  On April 21, 2013 they played an integral part in our daughter's wedding in the garden. The ambiance created by their strings before, during, and at the conclusion added the crowning touch to the romantic/sacred event. They are exceptional musicians who play very well together making each selection a delight.
In addition it is important to note that Sharon is exceptional at communicating with everyone involved. And the selection of music available is remarkable. So if they are available on the day of your special occasion do not think twice - they are the best ever."
Mrs. Nelson-Duac (mother of bride)

"Dear Sharon,
Thank you very much for all that you and everyone with Forte' Strings did to make our wedding so beautiful and memorable.  Jason and I received many compliments on the music and appreciate the extraordinary job that you did.  I am terribly embarrassed that I did not have an opportunity to thank you in person after the ceremony, but please know that we appreciate how much you honored our requests and made the day truly beautiful.  We will certainly recommend Forte' Strings to anyone seeking a quartet.  Thank you again so much!"
Whitney and Jason (bride and groom)

"Sharon,
I just wanted to send a note to say thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful job your team did at our wedding on Saturday!  I never got to meet you in person to thank you, so I wanted you to know how incredibly grateful and happy we are with the wonderful music.  It was beautiful and added exatly the right touch I was looking for to the wedding!
Thank you so very much for the wonderful job you did and I am going to recommend you to any and all of my friends/acquanitances/strangers I overhear talking about weddings that need musicians.
Everything was so perfect and beautiful, thanks again!"
Megan R. (bride)

"Forte' Strings was a superb ensemble who played in an outdoor venue, in high 90 degree temperature and displayed extraordinary professionalism.  Even without the benefit of a rehearsal to coordinate the wedding activites, they were flawlessly "on cue" filling the air with beautifully played classical music.  Their music far exceeded my expectations and enrichened the ceremony for all to enjoy.  Many, many compliments were given.  Simply the best trio I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  And, will call upon them again and recommend them without hesitation."
Dwayne L. (father of bride)

"Dear Sharon,
Thank you for being such a pleasant part of our 50th anniversary celebration.  The guests enjoyed the Forte' Strings music very much.  I will contact you on another special occasion.  Thank you again for helping to make our evening so memorable."
Amy V.

"Forte Strings,
Thank you so much for your beautiful playing!  Your music made our day so special!!"
Jessica and Kyle (bride and groom)

"Hi Sharon,
You guys were simply AMAZING! You helped make our dreams come true for our daughter's wedding :)
Thanks!!"
Ann Vanek (mother of bride)


"Thank you so much for the beautiful music you played at our daughter's wedding.  I'm sorry I didn't get to thank you in person.  It was perfect!  Everyone loved it."
The Kyle Peavy Family

"You all are amazing.  You sound even better than your CD!"
Felicity S. (bride)

"It was well worth coming to the wedding just to hear the quartet!"
Guest at Lewis/Lee wedding

"Wow!!  You've really set yourself out among the others.  One group just said "see website and decide for yourself if you
like our music...", but that response doesn't say anything about the group's personality or service.  I'm glad you responded so professionally and promptly.  We would like to hire you to perform for our ceremony."
Scott Sawyer, groom

"Thank you Sharon for all of the help that you have provided me. I can see that Forte Strings is the best fit for my event over ALL the other musicians in town! You have been the most pleasant to work with and helped me above and beyond the services anyone else has provided. I look forward to working with you in the future.
"Forte Strings was wonderful! All of our guests said the music was the best they'd ever heard at any wedding. They even learned a special arrangement of a Metallica song for my husband, and he and all his friends LOVED it! It was a dream to have such a beautiful quartet sound at my wedding, and I couldn't have picked a better one to make my wedding so memorable."
Ashlie Y. (bride)

"Thank you so much for being a part of our special day.  The music was absolutely beautiful!  We could not have asked for anything more lovely then the wonderful sound of the violin/cello duet.  The music created an enchanting atmosphere that truly helped in making our wedding even more special.
Words cannot express how much we appreciate you both in helping create a perfect day!  Thank you also for helping with the music program and also being there at the rehearsal. 
If we are ever asked about who we would recommend to perform the music for any occasion, we will definitely recommend Forte' Strings."
Matt and Karen C. (bride and groom)

"EXCELLENT STRING GROUP - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I have nothing but praise for Forte Strings.  Sharon, the group's contact person and lead violinist, was an absolute pleasure to work with.  I needed a trio to play for my mother's funeral at very short notice, and Forte Strings provided exactly what I was looking for.  Sharon was professional, communicative, prompt to respond to questions, and very knowledgeable about appropriate music.  They were able to play specific pieces I requested as well.  Fair price, appropriate attire, puncutal, professional.  Absolutely excellent.  I would use them again, hopfully under happier circumstances."
Carrie B. (client)

"Forte Strings - Quartet was absolutely PERFECT for our daughter's wedding day!  The group was particularly accomodating, even learning a new song that my daughter and son in law wanted played during the lighting of the unity candle.  They made the day even more complete by allowing us to personally select all the music.  They arrived early and met with me to ensure that everything was just as we wanted it.  Everyone is still talking about how wonderful the music was.  If anyone is looking for a group for a special event...look no further - you couldn't find anyone better than Forte' Strings."
Debbie L. (mother of bride)

"Sharon was wonderful to work with, she's incredibly helpful and was able to assist us laying out the best music arrangement for our ceremony.  I can't recommend Forte' Strings enough - not only were they talented musicians and sounded like a dream, but they are extremely professional, reliable, arrived early, have great communication skills and are very organized.  They made our big day a HUGE success.  We received many compliments from guests how much they enjoyed relaxing and listening to their elegant sound prior and during the wedding.  We couldn't be more pleased.  They are amazing!" 
Leslie C. (bride)

"Sharon and Forte' Strings,
Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding.  You all did an amazing job.  I will definitely be recommending you in the future.  The music was so beautiful, I couldn't have asked for anything better.  You are awesome!  Sharon, thank you so much for all your help."
Heather F. (bride)

"Dear Forte' Strings,
Wesley and I would like to thank you so much for playing at our wedding!  The music was absolutely superb and made our special day even better.  We got so many compliments regarding your music.  I am so thankful we found you all.  Sharon, thank you for helping me pick out the perfect songs for our perfect wedding.  Thank you again!"
Allison H. (bride)

"Dear Sharon and other Forte' Strings members...
My wife and I wanted to express our appreciation for your providing the music for our daughter Rebecca's wedding on September 8.  You were absolutely fantastic!  The music was beautiful and your interpretation right on the mark.  When I walked down the aisle with Rebecca as you transitioned to her entrance, I was overwhelmed.  The prelude and postlude music was superb.  We had so many people come up to us at the reception remarking how beautiful the string music was and that it set the wedding apart from any they had ever attended.  Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts."
Mr. Perkins (father of the bride)

"Sharon...many thanks to you and your incredibly talented string quartet.  Truly, the beautiful music you played was the highlight of our event.  Many of those present commented how much they enjoyed the lovely performance.  Please feel free to use us as references in the future.  We would be thrilled to tell anyone fortunate enough to book your quartet that they made the right decision."
Dr. and Mrs. Ignagni (parents of bride)

"I wanted to thank you for the beautiful music you played at Summer and Matt's wedding.  By far, you made the ceremony a perfect wedding.  If you would ever have a need to use us as referrals, please do.  I can't sing your praises enough!!!"
Denise B. (bride's mother)
 

"Thank you so much for your superb performance at our wedding.  We especially thank you for all the extra time and practice you put in for our special requested music.  We sincerely appreciate your willingness to include our special requests and working with our soloists.  You will not believe how many of our guests complimented you on your music.  Thank you so much for making our wedding so beautiful and memorable."
Arthur and Lori (bride and groom)

"Sharon...Chris and I are very grateful for the wonderful gift of music you gave us on our wedding day.  As I waited in the wings to walk down the aisle, it was your music that filled my ears and warmed my heart.  Your God given talent made our ceremony truly classic and unforgettable.  We have received so many compliments and I couldn't wait to extend them to you.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make our wedding day so special and memorable."
Rene L. (Bride)

"Everything done was extremely beautiful.  I'm thankful to God we were able to use your services for our special program."
Francis H. (coordinator of program)

"I want to tell you how completely satisfied we were with Forte Strings and your contribution to our daughter and son-in-law's wedding.  Working with you was a pleasure.  Your music is wonderful.
We appreciate your professional and co-operative interest in complying with our requests.  Thanks so much for providing exactly what we wanted and helping to make the ceremony such a precious memory."
Sandy L. (mother of the bride)


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