9/7/19 Wedding at Franklin Cumberland Presbyterian Church

On 9/7/19 Elizabeth wed her sweetheart, Patrick, in a lovely ceremony in the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Franklin.  Silver Strings was a duo this time consisting of Linda Davis on viola and Lindsey Smith-Trostle on cello.  As per Elizabeth’s request we played classical selections for the prelude and then traditional classics for the processionals such as a Handel “Passacaile” for the mothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the bridesmaids and the “Canon in D” for the bridal entrance.

I always try to attend rehearsals if at all possible and was really glad this time that I did.  Normally when the minister presents Mr. and Mrs. …….we launch into the recessional as everyone applauds.  This time the minister made the announcement and the guests broke into applause which went on which went on for what felt like a long time.  I’m sure everyone was wondering when the musicians were going to start the recessional and kept applauding thinking we needed to be jarred out of our stupor.  Finally the minister quieted everybody and proceeded to have a blessing that included the parents, a prayer and then a final blessing before looking at us for the start of the recessional.  Had I not been at the rehearsal I’m sure we would have crashed in at the wrong time.  The music BTW was “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

All’s well that ends well.  Elizabeth and Patrick are married and we wish them all the best in their new life together!

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8/31/19 Wedding at Thompson Hotel

On 8/31/19 Tiffany and Emanuel were wed in a wonderful ceremony filled with music, humor and love at the Thompson Hotel in the Gulch.  The prelude started off with gospel music played by Tiffany’s brother-in-law, Kevin Blanton, on keyboard.  Shortly before the processionals were to start he turned the music over to the trio so he could take his place as a groomsman.  The mothers were seated to Handel’s “He Shall Feed His Flock”, the bridesmaids entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and the bridal entrance was to Bach’s “Air” from the Suite in D.

There were several officiants including Tiffany’s father who lovingly and with humor led the couple through their vows and ring exchange.  After the pronouncement of marriage we, along with Kevin, played “The Lord’s Prayer” while the newlyweds assembled a Unity Cross and then took Communion with their attendants.  When “The Lord’s Prayer” was finished we continued with “In Christ Alone” during Communion and was once again joined by Kevin who was able to just play the song off the top of his head totally impromptu.  It was great.

It was such an honor to be a part of Tiffany and Emanuel’s wedding and we heartily congratulate them and their families!

8/10/19 Wedding at Scarritt Bennett Chapel

IMG_0917On 8/10/19 Ann Claire wed Garrett in a lovely traditional ceremony at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt Bennett campus.  We were a quartet that day with the addition of organist, Jennie Smith, playing classical selections for prelude and processionals.  Ann Claire met Garrett at the altar to the strains of the powerful “Trumpet Voluntary” played by the organ and accompanied by the quartet.

The highlight for us was accompanying Martha Ann Hawkins, a friend of the bride, who sang “Surely the Presence” right after Ann Claire’s father gave her away.  Her performance was simply gorgeous…another goosebump moment reminding us of why we’re in this business.

After a simple ceremony the quartet again joined the organ to play the couple back down the aisle to Handel’s “Hornpipe”.  Congratulations to Ann Claire and Garrett with wishes for a wonderful and happy life together!

 

8/3/19 Birthday Party

On 8/3/19 Silver Strings had the honor of playing for the celebratory birthday dinner of a Gospel Music composer and singer.  A quartet performed Joel Hemphill’s songs throughout the dinner as well as led the guests in a chorus of Happy Birthday.  Some of the songs the quartet played included “Master of the Wind”, “Good Things”, “Consider the Lilies” and “The Only Real Peace”.  These and many more beautiful songs recorded by the  Hemphills are all found on youtube.

7/13/19 Wedding at Cherokee Dock Estate

On 7/13/19 Silver Strings was in attendance at the nuptials of Laura and Todd at the Estate at Cherokee Park.  This estate, overlooking Old Hickory Lake, is absolutely stunning with beautiful pools, gardens and the grand mansion.  With this estate a couple can easily have contingency plans in case of inclement weather.

For her music Laura chose a combination of traditional classics as well as contemporary selections such as “Here Comes the Sun” for the prelude…appropriate because that day a storm looked imminent as the ceremony time was approaching.  Fortunately the rain held off until the ceremony was over.  Mothers were escorted to their seats to a combination of “Simple Gifts and Over the Rainbow”, bridesmaids to their positions to the Handel “Hornpipe” and finally Laura met Todd at the altar to the beautiful “Canon in D”.  During the ceremony they had a Glass Unity Ceremony for which we played “A Million Dreams.”  After the presentation of the newly wedded couple they made their way back down the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

After the ceremony we decamped to the mansion to play for cocktails.  As the weather was so unpredictable we played indoors.  No complaints from us to be able to play in an air conditioned room on a warm summer evening.

Angie Ruiz of Velour Premier Events, the planner and coordinator for this wedding did an amazing job of directing and making split second decisions required when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Congratulations to Laura, Todd and their families with best wishes for a long and happy life together!

6/29/19 Wedding at the Estate at Cherokee Dock

On June 29, 2019 Nashville Silver Strings quartet had the honor of providing the music for the wedding of Taylor and Bryce at the beautiful Estate at Cherokee Dock near Lebanon, TN.  This is one of those places where you leave the world behind when you pass through the gates it’s so peaceful and idyllic.

Taylor chose mostly contemporary music along with “Canon in D” and “Ave Maria”.  We played “To Make You Feel My Love” for the mothers and grandmothers, “Stand By Me” for the bridesmaids (as in the last Royal Wedding) and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for Taylor’s entrance.  After a lovely ceremony we played the newlyweds back down the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

Soon after the recessional we decamped to the poolside area behind the mansion to play for cocktails while the wedding party had pictures made.  The pool is stunningly beautiful, very artistically done.  We entertained guests with Beatles, Elton John and many other classic rock tunes.

Angelina Ruiz of Velour Premier Events was the planner/coordinator for this wedding.  Angie is an amazing planner and coordinator…one of the very best.  I can’t say enough good things about her ability to coordinate events.  As musicians we’re at the mercy of the coordinator and Angie never forgets us in the heat of the moments leading up to the processionals.  We have the luxury of being able to relax and play our best knowing we won’t have to do any damage control.

Time to congratulate Taylor and Bryce and wish them a wonderful and happy life together!

 

6/22/19 wedding at the Pick Inn

On June 22, 2019 Lauren wed her sweetheart, Derek, in a “Plan B” ceremony at the Pick Inn near Gallatin, TN.  Trust Nashville weather to get crazy just when you’re ready to walk down the aisle to say your vows.  Fortunately for all of us they had a very beautiful Plan B where the stage in the Pavilion was transformed in minutes into a lovely setting for the ceremony.  While the rain pelted down everyone was dry and comfortable and the ceremony proceeded on time and in good form.

Silver Strings trio of Toni Ferguson, Gary Tussing and myself played pretty selections from our contemporary repertoire for the prelude and processionals.  One of our more recent additions is a lovely mashup of “Perfect” with “Canon in D”…check the title out on youtube and have a box of tissues handy.  Selections for the processionals included “The Gift of Love” for the mothers and grandmothers, “Forever and Ever Amen” for the men, the “Vangelis Hymne” for the bridesmaids (this tune was used for the commercial some years ago that claimed “no wine shall be served before its time”) and finally “A Thousand Years” for Lauren.  For the grand finale…the recessional…we played “Rocky Top” as a prelude to the festivities that followed.

Cool-as-a-cucumber Amanda Jackson, the coordinator, did an amazing job of directing her people to transform the Pavilion into the scene of the ceremony.  The Pick Inn is not only a beautiful venue for weddings and other events, the coordination is flawless.

Congratulations are in order for Lauren and Derek with many wishes for a long and happy life together!

6/15/19 Wedding a Church of the Assumption

On 6/15/19 at the beautiful, historic Church of the Assumption Molly and John were united in Holy Matrimony in the presence of friends and family.  Silver Strings was a quartet for this wedding in collaboration with the Albennia Ladieu, the church organist.  We were also joined by Steve Patrick on trumpet.  The music was chosen from the classical literature including “Ave Maria”, Handel’s “Rejoicing” and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.  We brought the mothers in to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, the bridesmaids to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze and finally with a fanfare from the trumpet Molly, escorted by her father, met her groom at the altar to “Trumpet Voluntary”.  Vows recited, rings exchanged and Molly and John pronounced married, it was time for the grand finale…the familiar Mendelssohn “Wedding March”.

Congratulations to Molly, John and their families from Nashville Silver StringsMay their lives be richly blessed in the years to come.

6/8/19 Wedding at Scarritt Bennett Chapel

On 6/8/19 Mara married her sweetheart, Dylan, in a beautiful ceremony at Scarritt’s Wightman Chapel.  Mara must be a dancer as the procession of the groomsmen and bridesmaids was beautifully choreographed.  Mara also knew exactly what music and what renditions of said music she wanted.  The prelude consisted of mostly movie themes such as “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman.  The processionals were hymns, “How Deep the Fathers Love” for the men and mothers, “Before the Throne of God” for the bridesmaids and finally a Celtic rendition of “Come Thou Fount” for the bridal entrance.  During the ceremony and as a surprise for Dylan’s father and family, Dylan’s sister, Ashley, sang “Fall on Me” in English and Spanish.  After the vows and ring exchange the chosen recessional, “Come On Eileen”, hinted at the festivities to follow as it shooed the newlyweds and everyone else back down the aisle.

Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together to Mara and Dylan from Nashville Silver Strings!

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5/25/19 Wedding at Opryland Hotel’s Lion’s Gate Fountain

On 5/25/19 Silver Strings gathered to perform music for the nuptials of Tiffany and Brent.  I have to say this was one of the sweetest, most wonderful services of which I’ve been a part.  Matt, the officiant, told the story of Brent’s proposal.  They apparently met through an online dating website and the rest is history.  Brent had taken Tiffany on a holiday to Bermuda where he invited her to take a walk on the beach with him early one morning.  Unbeknownst to her he had half buried a bottle, decked out to look old, in the sand with a message (the proposal) on aged-looking paper.  He made sure she found the bottle and it was several sentences into the message before she realized it was his marriage proposal to her.  That right there was worth the price of admission.

For the music Tiffany chose contemporary songs such as “Beautiful Day”, “1979” and “Bittersweet Symphony” which we interspersed with a few selections from the classical repertoire.  “Ave Maria” was selected for the wedding party and “Con Te Partiro” was selected for Tiffany’s entrance.  After the opening words and a prayer by Tiffany’s dad, Matt cleared his throat signaling us to begin playing the chords to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” as in inside joke for Brent.  He recited a couple of the opening sentences and after a flourish by the strings, proceeded to the serious business of uniting the lovely couple.

The unity ceremony consisted of the parents mingling wine in a cup that was set on a nearby table along with the aforementioned bottle and framed message.  Tiffany and Brent shared a sip of the wine after which they exchanged rings and were ultimately pronounced married.  Appropriately enough they recessed to James Brown’s “I Feel Good”.

Tiffany, her mother, Mona, and officiant Matt were a joy to work with.  So it is with a big smile on my face that I congratulate Tiffany and Brent and wish them abundant happiness in the coming years!

 

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