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Stacy Schnetzka

About Stacy Schnetzka

Considering she was born in Baltimore, raised in Richmond, and lived in Atlanta for most of her adult life, Stacy Schnetzka truly is an 'East Coaster'. She currently resides in Richmond where she books entertainment for the area's most fabulous weddings, corporate events and festivals.

ECE Coffee Talk: Music & Memory

ECE Coffee Talk is a new series we are beginning where, periodically, one of our agents or artists will share a more personal post full of musings and/or insight. Basically, talking and rehashing life as if you were sitting across from each other sipping coffee. ECE Richmond agent, Stacy Schnetzka, is kicking off the series today. Grab your mug and pull up a chair…

August already?!

I’m still trying to grasp how we are already over halfway through 2016! After the frenetic pace of the past 7 months, I’m allowing myself just a bit of downtime to catch my breath before launching into the second half of the year. So many wonderful life celebrations have happened over these past months, and there are many more to come.

In the wake of too many recent tragedies, it is such a joy to be able to focus on the positive moments in life. One of the reasons I love my job (and this industry) so much is because I’m able to take part in those monumental life celebrations every day. Clients aren’t calling me because they ‘have’ to buy something. They are contacting me because they are hoping to make their special celebration even more special by adding the element of live music.Stacy Quote
No  other art form is as connected to memory and emotion as music. Think about that. When you hear a special song, aren’t you immediately transported to a certain place? Because I like to stop in on many of my clients’ events, I often see some of that magic that is happening when the guests connect with the band’s energy. Our bands give it their all for hours on end, and the guests still want just ‘one more song!’ before the night is done. Nothing beats following up with my clients and hearing how much fun they had because the band set the perfect atmosphere for the night. Entertainment creates emotion.

Not a surprise to many of you, but I tend to be a bit of workaholic. To bring harmony to my life, it is important for me to volunteer in our community. I’ve been fortunate to find a volunteer project that connects my passion for music with my desire to help others, and illustrates the very profound link between music and the biggest moments of our lives.

Music & Memory, Inc. seeks to provide personalized, therapeutic musical experiences to elderly patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other health challenges. Across nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, home care, and more, the program has benefited thousands of individuals, and I’ve seen firsthand how important its impact can be.

Once a week or so, I steal away from the office to sit with a nursing home resident, now in mid-to-late stages of dementia, and act as her ‘Listening Companion.’ Together, we listen to songs that transport her to another time and place. I’m there every week, and she never recognizes me, but that is okay. For that time we are together, she listens to the music. It is incredible to witness this woman recall every single word to the songs. She cannot recall what happened earlier that day, but launches right into song when the music is played.

Be it a 25 year-old bride or an 85 year-old nursing home patient, music reaches into the mind and stays with us across lifetimes. Cheers to new memories soon to be made, and to the music that will help keep those memories alive!

Stacy Schnetzka
Considering she was born in Baltimore, raised in Richmond, and lived in Atlanta for most of her adult life, Stacy Schnetzka truly is an 'East Coaster'. She currently resides in Richmond where she books entertainment for the area's most fabulous weddings, corporate events and festivals.

Real Wedding: Danielle + Brendan| Trump Winery | Charlottesville, VA

Minutes from Charlottesville, Trump Winery boasts 1,300 acres of lush scenery and panoramic mountain views. The estate is as charming as it is grand, making it the perfect backdrop to Danielle and Brendan’s timelessly chic wedding.

After a lovely sit-down dinner, Ignition took the stage for dance party fun! We are so very grateful to Meredith Sledge Photography for sharing these beautiful images.

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VENDOR DREAM TEAM
ECE Agent: Stacy Schnetzka | Band: Ignition | Photographer: Meredith Sledge Photography | Reception Venue: Trump Winery | Planner: Amore Events | Cake: Passionflower Cakes | Catering: Catering Outfit | Ceremony Venue: Holy Comforter Catholic Church | Dress: Stella York  | Florals:  Foxtail Cottage | Hair and Makeup: Hello Darling Beauty  | Invitations: Reaves Engraving/Rock Paper Scissors |Calligraphy: Joie de Vivre
Stacy Schnetzka
Considering she was born in Baltimore, raised in Richmond, and lived in Atlanta for most of her adult life, Stacy Schnetzka truly is an 'East Coaster'. She currently resides in Richmond where she books entertainment for the area's most fabulous weddings, corporate events and festivals.

Event Recap: The Wedding Crashers Tour | Richmond, VA

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Last year, EastCoast Entertainment had the privilege of participating in the first-ever Wedding Crashers Tour in Richmond. The Tour is a one-of-a-kind wedding planning experience that brings couples face to face with local wedding vendors in a real reception setting. Everything at each venue – flowers, food, drinks, décor, music, and more – is styled to a T, so although no one is actually getting hitched, it’s not hard to imagine partaking in all the wedding merriment and festivities on the Tour.

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Of course, staging a wedding reception – even a fake one! – is no small feat. The Tour took plenty of teamwork, coordination, and elbow grease from some of our favorite event professionals. It was a labor of love, for sure, but with heavy emphasis on “love”: every day we are grateful for and amazed by our vendor partners and the downright beautiful events that we, as an industry, can create!

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The second annual Wedding Crashers Tour took place on Super Bowl Sunday (not to worry, our Planner made sure to set up a ‘gentlemen’s lounge’ area, complete with craft brews and Super Bowl classic clips), but we started working long before then. Our venue, the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, is located on historic Monument Avenue. It’s great for celebrations – but tough for load-in! To navigate alleyways, busy city streets, and limited parking, the Venue Manager (and one of my favorite ‘friendors’) offered the option of loading in a day early. We all took advantage of that generosity, so Saturday afternoon I arrived to help the band set up and assisted the other vendors; I can now officially add table set-up, linen arranging and catering dish transport to my resume!

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After the initial load-in and preliminary set-up was completed, a few of us from Team Branch hopped over to Tarrant’s Cafe, a Richmond favorite, to grab a drink and swap stories about this crazy whirlwind industry that we call our own. We couldn’t spend too much time socializing, of course, because we were back at it on Sunday at 9AM.

With the band already set up and ready to go Sunday morning, I tackled various tasks with other vendors: hauling in décor, helping hang cake pops with the Planners, setting up catering, putting out more linens, you name it. With all the details in place, the final product was nothing short of stunning – just look at the photos from Don Mears! Our first Tour group arrived at 11:45AM and, needless to say, they were impressed too.

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I may now be an above-average cake pop hanger, but my favorite part was, of course, what ECE does best: the music. Forest Hill Trio was the perfect option for the vibe we had at Branch. One of our newest artists, Forest Hill, offers the trio configuration as an option for ceremony/cocktail hour. I was instantly impressed by their professionalism and enthusiasm – not to mention their musical prowess! The trio (sax, mandolin, guitar) covered tunes from ALO to John Mayer to Pure Prairie League: We’re truly blessed with some talented artists here at ECE.

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It should be no surprise that the afternoon absolutely flew by. Before we knew it, the final group had come and gone and we found ourselves with a quick moment to take a group photo and celebrate a successful day – leftover Lushy Slushy’s and Pearl’s Cupcakes for all! As a team, we began breakdown, and in just a short time the venue was once again a pristine and historic space with no trace of the daylong festivities. We all headed out to the Quirk Hotel to meet up with our friendors from the Tour’s other venues, talk about the day, and – not to brag or anything – to revel in Team Branch’s successful defense of last year’s People’s Choice title!

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As much as I love to attend and drop in on my clients’ events, I’m not typically part of the set-up. The Wedding Crashers Tour was a wonderful opportunity to witness and appreciate first-hand just how much teamwork is needed to pull off an exquisite event experience. It also served as useful insight for guests to see how the individual vendors – bands, planners, caterers, and beyond – must work together, rather than as individuals. Bringing an engaged couple’s vision to life is a great responsibility, but with so many good friends and partners in the industry, we’re able to do exactly that with each and every event. And as for the Wedding Crashers Tour – well, I’ll see you next year!

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WANT MORE?
Wedding Crashers Tour site: http://www.weddingcrasherstour.com
Wedding Crashers blog w/ highlights from Don Mears Photography: http://www.weddingcrasherstour.com/new-blog/2016/2/15/team-branch-highlights-don-mears-photography

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Stacy Schnetzka
Considering she was born in Baltimore, raised in Richmond, and lived in Atlanta for most of her adult life, Stacy Schnetzka truly is an 'East Coaster'. She currently resides in Richmond where she books entertainment for the area's most fabulous weddings, corporate events and festivals.