Wedding at Arrington Vineyards 10/3/16

It was such a pleasure working with these families on this beautiful, intimate wedding.  Mother of the bride, Mona, and I immediately bonded over the phone.  Everyone came from Texas to Arrington Vineyards so all the preparations had to be done long distance…a daunting task to say the least.  Bride, Ina, had spent a year in Tennessee and wanted to come back here to be married in a beautiful setting.

So on October 3, 2016 Ina and Nathan were married in front of the Stone House facing a vineyard in the shade of large trees.  Ina was positively stunning in her flowing gown and long train.

The trio consisting of Gary Tussing on cello, Craig Duncan on violin and myself on viola played selections such as “Ave Maria” and “My Tribute” for the prelude.  Ina chose “The Gift of Love” for the entrance of the minister and Nathan along with Nathan’s mom.  Then we quickly switched to the Bach “Air” for the single matron of honor.  Ina followed to “Canon in D”, our personal favorite for the beauty and ease of helping to make a grand entrance.

Their ceremony included a unity candle with prayers and scripture readings through which we played “The Prayer”.  Then they constructed a cross after which they took Communion and had private prayer with just themselves as we underscored with “Be Thou My Vision”.  Finally the vows, rings and recessional sealed this beautiful couple’s union.  The abundant love displayed among these families was a joy to witness.  It truly was our honor to be there.

And now congratulations to Ina, Nathan and their families and many wishes for a long and happy life together.  Even if it is in Texas!


Wedding at CJ’s Off the Square 10/2/16

October is the new June you know.  On Sunday, October 2, 2016 Meredith and Andrew were wed at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, TN.  Meredith chose a Secret Garden theme that went very well with the surroundings, requesting music including “Winter Light” and “Nocturne” from the movie “Secret Garden”.  Other music choices were “Surely the Presence” for the grandmothers and mothers, the aforementioned “Nocturne” for the flower girl and ring bearer and the traditional “Wedding March” by Wagner for her entrance.  During the ceremony we accompanied Holy Communion for the bride and groom with “The Prayer”.

After the ceremony the newlyweds went back up the aisle to the traditional “Wedding March Recessional”.  After all were dismissed we played a couple of extra requests that included “Tennessee” from Pearl Harbor and “When God Made You”.

CJ’s is one of our favorite places to play.  Jennifer Rhem and the others always make our job so much easier.  Many thanks to them for their efficiency and consideration.

Congratulations to Meredith and Andrew and their families.  May they carry the romance and beauty of the Secret Garden with them for as long as they both shall live.

Wedding at Tulip Grove Mansion 10/1/16

On October 1, 2016 Shelbey and Jack tied the knot in front of the Tulip Grove Mansion on the grounds of the Hermitage.  The weather was perfect as was the temperature.  Shelbey was stunning in her gown and long veil and Jack cut a dashing figure as he watched his bride to be approach the altar.

Shelbey and her mother, Carol, chose the “Butterfly Waltz” to bring in the mothers and 10 pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen along with 5 flower girls and a ring bearer.  The littlest flower girl got cold feet and didn’t quite make it to the front.  We kept the music going until she was caught and comforted by her daddy.  Shelbey made the march to the altar to “Canon in D”, a favorite of ours as well because it sounds so beautiful and is easy to come to a graceful stop when all are in place.

The ceremony was short and sweet after which the new husband and wife made their way back down the aisle to the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  The guests were then invited to the cocktail hour and we put on our virtual party hats to play fun stuff, including music to appeal to the different generations represented.  As the newlyweds approached the porch after pictures we just happened to be playing “Love and Marriage”, which the younger generation will remember from “Married with Children” and the older generation will remember from Frank Sinatra.  Some tunes just have a way of staying relevant.

May this beautiful couple live happily ever after for many years to come.

Wedding at Union Station Hotel 9/10/16

On September 10, 2016 a trio of us convened in in the lobby of the Union Station Hotel to bring the music for the wedding of Kristin and Andrew.  I remember being in the Union Station many years ago when passenger trains still stopped there.  Pigeons flew in and out of the lobby doing what pigeons normally do….soil everything.  The lobby now is so incredibly beautiful it takes your breath away.

Andrew was involved in the selection of music, requesting “I Want to Hold Your Hand” for a hand binding ceremony with accompanying poems read by the parents.  (The minister I think forgot this part of the ceremony so we ended up playing this song as a postlude.)  He also requested “Happy Together” by the classic rock band, The Turtles, for the cutting of the cake, which we got to do at the right time.

The rest of the music was in the traditional genre including the Bach “Prelude in C” for the mothers and grandmothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the bridesmaids and the lovely, “Canon in D” for Allison’s entrance.  The newlyweds returned back down the aisle to the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.

After the wedding we moved outside for the cocktail hour, choosing to stand as we were soon playing rock and roll and jazzy standards.  One of the songs we played, “Take the A Train” was definitely apropos of the venue. Craig Duncan, the violinist, always brings excitement to this tune taking solos that kick up the energy of this much-loved duke Ellington classic.  I also want to acknowledge Elizabeth Wright of Simply Southern Events for doing a great job of coordinating a fairly complex wedding.

Congratulations to Kristen and Andrew and may they always be “Happy Together”.

Wedding atThe Cordelle 9/3/16

On September 3, 2016 Allison and David were married at The Cordelle, a wonderful old home brought back to life as a wedding venue on Lindsley Ave.  A string trio provided the music for their prelude and processionals.  Allison chose “Simple Gifts”, an old Shaker tune, for the mothers, the lovely “Feather Theme” from Forrest Gump for the bridesmaids and for her grand entrance “Here Comes the Sun”.  After a short and sweet ceremony the trio sent the newlyweds back down the aisle to “Everlasting Love”, a song that some of us older folks remember being sung by the group, Love Affair.  It was fun (for me anyway) to take a walk down Memory Lane while arranging this song for them.  I hope many years from now this song will be a walk down Memory Lane for them as well.

Samantha Reedy of Firefly Events very ably coordinated Allison and David’s wedding. She and her sister, Michelle, are the movers and shakers of bringing The Cordelle back to life.  I’m in awe of their courage and persistence in getting the job done so well.

And last but not least…Congratulations to Allison and David and their families with many wishes for a long and happy union.

Wedding at Hermitage Golf Course Rose Garden 9/3/16

On September 3, 2016 a quartet of us convened at the Hermitage Golf Course in the Rose Garden to the side of the clubhouse.  The weather cooperated nicely as we helped see to it that Amy and Milena were wed in classic style.  As something not done very often we brought the family members not processing as the bridal party in to Bach’s “Air” from the Suite in D.  Then came “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the officiant, the bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers.  Milena then entered to “Trumpet Voluntary” after which Amy met her at the altar to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  Milena’s brother-in-law, Daniel Aemisegger, performed the rite of marriage for them…his first time as an officiant, and did a terrific job.  We never would have guessed he hadn’t done this before.  After the exchange of vows and rings the brides were presented and they were off down the aisle to the reception to Purcell’s “Trumpet Tune”.

Amy and Milena along with their families were a joy to work with.  We wish them every happiness for as long as they both shall live!img_0506


Wedding at Scarritt 8/13/16

Silver Strings morphed into a trio of violin, cello and piano for the nuptials of Jessica and Tyler at the Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt campus.  Craig Duncan on violin, Kelli Cox on piano and Gary Tussing on cello played the classics for the ceremony.  Kristin Kaplan of Stunning Events did a fabulous job of coordinating this wedding.

For the processionals the mothers entered to “Trumpet Voluntary” while the bridesmaids entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.  Jessica chose the beautiful “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for her walk to the altar.  After they were pronounced husband and wife the newlyweds made their joyful way back down the aisle to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

Congratulations to Jessica and Tyler and their families!  We wish them a long and happy life together.


Wedding at Hermitage Hotel 8/6/16

On August 6, 2016 Silver Strings was in attendance at the nuptials of Mimi and Colin at the Hermitage Hotel.  Last year I was able to play Mimi’s sister’s wedding at their parents’ farm.  Unfortunately for me I was out of town for Mimi’s wedding but my able colleagues took care of business very nicely.

The ceremony took place on the veranda with the quartet playing hymns and songs such as “Be Thou My Vision” and Train’s “Marry Me” while the guests arrived.  The mothers and grandmothers were seated to the sweet lullaby, “Baby Mine”.  There was just the Matron of Honor for an attendant who arrived to “We Bought a Zoo” after which Mimi met her sweetheart at the altar to the sumptuous “Moon River”.

After the ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”, leading the way to the cocktail hour in the lobby.  Guests were serenaded with songs like “It Had to Be You”, “White Dress” and “Come Fly With Me” played by the quartet.

Congratulations to Mimi and Colin and their families.  Many wishes for a long and happy life together!

Wedding at Homestead Manor 7/30/16

Homestead Manor is fast becoming one of my favorite venues and Amy Parman is definitely my favorite event planner.  There are several places where ceremonies can take place and a large barn designed for receptions that can be open air or be curtained off in case of inclement weather.

So Homestead Manor was the site of the nuptials of Emily and Chris on July 30, 2016.  The ceremony took place in the barn with the ceremony area draped in long, white fabric.  For the prelude we played mostly contemporary music such as “Thinking Out Loud”, and “At Last”.  In a nod to the classics we brought mothers and men in to “Passacaile” by Handel, the bridesmaids to “Canon in D”.  Then Emily met her sweetheart at the altar to the not so classical “A Thousand Years”.  After a lovely ceremony the newlyweds returned back up the aisle to the theme from “Game of Thrones”.  This tune never fails to bring people running over to gush over how much they love the song.  One of the assistants even recorded it on her phone.

Congratulations to Emily and Chris and their families.  May they have a long and happy life together!

Wedding at CJs Off the Square 7/9/16

On July 9 at CJs Off the Square (one of my favorite venues) Kathrine tied the knot with her sweetheart, Casey, in the presence of friends and family.  We were a trio that day with Craig Duncan on violin and Gary Tussing on cello.  Kathrine had decided on contemporary music for the prelude so we performed tunes such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Tiny Dancer”.  For the processionals we switched to the classics, bringing the mothers in to Bach’s “Arioso”, the bridesmaids and children to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and finally for Kathrine’s grand entrance “Canon in D”.  After a lovely ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s famous “Wedding March”.

As I mentioned earlier CJs is one of my favorite venues.  They do such a good job of organizing the processionals and letting the musicians know when it’s time to begin the ceremonial music.  We really appreciate not being forgotten in the controlled chaos of weddings so that we can do our job easily and gracefully.

So it’s time to say congratulations to Kathrine and Casey and wish them a long and happy life together.

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