8/22/20 Wedding at the Pick Inn

Reminder:  All names have been changed to protect the guilty. 😉

On 8/22/20 Rob married the love of his life, Shari, in the beautiful, idyllic setting of the Pick Inn near Gallatin with Silver Strings providing contemporary music for the ceremony as well as for cocktails following the ceremony.  They chose songs such as “‘Imagine”, “This Will Be An Everlasting Love” and “Wonderful Tonight” for the prelude.  For the seating of the family we played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”,  for the attendants plus Rob and Shari’s dog, Sam Smith’s “Latch” and for Shari “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

After the ceremony we all moved to the open air pavilion for the cocktail hour where we played fun stuff such as “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Rocky Top”, several Coldplay selections, “Forever and Ever Amen”, “Secrets” and “All of Me”.  Amanda Jackson, the coordinator at Pick Inn, along with her assistants, did a phenomenal job of running the wedding like a well oiled machine.  We’re always grateful for coordinators who remember us and make sure we get proper signals.

Congratulations to the happy couple and their families with best wishes from Silver Strings for a long and happy marriage!

8/15/20 Wedding at CJ’s Off the Squar

Reminder:  The names have been changed to protect the guilty.

On 8/15/20 in the garden of CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, Marilynn and Sam were wed in front of the gazebo with friends and families in attendance.  Marilynn chose contemporary selections for the prelude such as Cold Play’s “Paradise”, John Legend’s “All of Me”, a Dean Martin Medley and “Always on My Mind”.  The processionals were traditional classical selections with “Sheep May Safely Graze” for the mothers and grandmothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the wedding party and the Wagner “Wedding March” aka “Here Comes the Bride” for the bride.

After a traditional ceremony with vows and ring exchange the newlyweds whisked back down the aisle to the strains of not-so-traditional “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to the pavilion where the celebration continued.  Owner and coordinator, CJ, along with her assistants do such a great job of making the weddings at their establishment run smoothly and beautifully.  They never leave the musicians hanging out to dry when it comes to giving us proper signals to get ready for the big moments.

Congratulations to Marilynn and Sam!  May their marriage be a long and happy one.

7/5/20 Wedding at the Estate at Cherokee Dock

As always, the names have been changed to protect the guilty. 😉

On 7/5/20 at the gorgeous Estate at Cherokee Dock Annie and Alex were united in holy wedlock by Annie’s grandfather.  Before this happened, however, there was a slight (read enormous) change of plans.  The ceremony was to take place outdoors on the lawn overlooking Old Hickory Lake but Mother Nature was not in a cooperative mood that day as she poured buckets of rain over the area, flooding the parking area as well as the floors of the reception area.  The wedding planners and coordinators from Premier Wed rose magnificently to the challenge and prepared the reception room to be the site of the nuptials.  Thankfully the joy of the occasion was undiminished as Annie and Alex were wed in a sweet ceremony illuminated by the candles on the tables.

Silver Strings was a quartet that day along with vocalist, Scot Tyler, to perform selections such as “Claire de Lune”, “Con Te Partiro”, “Perfect” and “The Lord’s Prayer” for prelude.  Several grandmothers and the mothers were seated to “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”.  The wedding party then took their places to the beautiful “Canon in D”.  Annie had very definite plans for her march down the aisle that started with the Mendelssohn “Wedding March” (which is usually played as a recessional) as her fanfare that immediately went into the “Wedding March Processional” aka “Here Comes the Bride”.

After Grandfather’s homily Scot sang a very moving rendition of “The Prayer” with Jocelyn Sprouse on violin playing the part usually performed by a female vocalist.  After the vows and ring exchange we played the newlyweds back down the aisle to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You”.

We still had half an hour left on the contract for a mocktail hour after all the rain delays so we were able to set up in an adjoining patio outside to play some fun stuff including “Cantina Band” from Star Wars, “Everlasting Love” and “Shut Up and Dance”.  It felt really good to us to be able to work again after 4 months of pandemic and canceled gigs.  We’d like to also give highest accolades to Dawn Schenkel of Premier Wed and her team for the amazing job they did of transitioning the ceremony from lakeside to the reception room without breaking a sweat.

Silver Strings congratulates Annie and Alex and wishes them many happy years together!

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6/27/20 Wedding at CJ’s Off the Square

As  before, the names have been changed to protect the guilty.  😉

On June 27, 2020 in the lovely garden at CJ’s Off the Square, Beth married her sweetheart, Andrew, in front of 8 close friends and family.  Beth didn’t want to walk down the aisle to no music or a cheesy recording so it was my honor to play her down the aisle as a solo violist.  Before that, while pictures were being taken, I played some selections such as “Butterfly Waltz”, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and a mashup of “Perfect” with the Pachelbel Canon.  At the end of the ceremony the newlyweds were whisked back down the aisle to “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, a joyful allegro from Handel’s oratorio “Solomon”.

Congratulations to the newlyweds and their families with wishes for a long and happy life together!

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2/29/20 Wedding at Opryland Hotel

As a reminder I’ve changed the names to protect privacy!

On 2/29/20 Allison and her sweetheart, David, were married at the Lion’s Gate Fountain in the Conservatory at Opryland Hotel, a beautiful setting for a small wedding.  We were a quartet playing the Thistle theme from Braveheart for the officiant, groom and Allison’s mother after which Allison arrived at the fountain to “Con Te Partiro”.  The ceremony included a candle-lighting for which we played a verse of “The Prayer”.  After the presentation we launched into the Mouret Rondeau, a tune familiar to those who watch Masterpiece Theater on NPT.

After the ceremony the bride and groom along with their 8 guests had their cocktail hour at the fountain.  When the location of the dinner was ready, we all moved to the Delta Landing in the Delta Pavilion.  The quartet entertained with a wide selection of Broadway and movie themes, some Country selections, Downton Abbey theme and some soft rock.  For their first dance we played Brad Paisley’s “Then” and then just before their exit we played James Otto’s “Just Got Started Loving You”.

Working with Allison and Dave was a joy as they were a lovely, easygoing couple.  Silver Strings extends their congratulations and wishes them a long and happy life together!

12/9/19 Christmas Party at The Bridge Ministry

On 12/9/19 a quartet of Silver Strings played for the annual Christmas party for the volunteers with the Bridge Ministry.  Let me explain a little about this work.  Fifteen years ago Candy Christmas, founder of the Bridge Ministry, saw a huge need in Nashville to help the homeless and those down on their luck.  She started with carrying a big pot of jumbalaya downtown to feed homeless people in the area under the Jefferson Street bridge.  This work snowballed over the years into a weekly Tuesday evening supper under the aforementioned bridge complete with semi trucks bringing food, tables, chairs and a stage from which they share their faith and encouragement.  The Bridge Ministry also provides warm coats, shoes, clothes and assistance with finding affordable housing.

If you would like to contribute to this wonderful work there are several ways.  You can donate through the Kroger community giving.  Go to this website to set up an account if you don’t have one already from which you can donate your points to The Bridge Ministry, Inc.

https://www.kroger.com/o/store-services/community-rewards

You can also visit the website to donate or volunteer at:

https://www.bridgeministry.org/

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Silver Strings!

11/29/19 Wedding at Opryland Hotel

Reminder:  The names have been changed to protect the privacy of the guilty. 😉

On 11/29/19, Darin and Joy were married at the Lions Gate Fountain in the Conservatory of the Opryland Hotel with their friends and families in attendance.  Silver Strings was a trio this time bringing a selection of beautiful contemporary and light classics for the prelude and ceremony.  It was an morning for dropping things.  First the officiant dropped one of the rings that thankfully didn’t roll into the pool but soon after during a prayer (thank heavens it happened with everyone’s head bowed) my shoulder pad fell off my instrument and rolled into the pool.  I retrieved it before the prayer was finished but had to continue without it because it was soaked.

After a short but sweet ceremony the guests as well as the quartet moved to the nearby Crystal Gazebo for lunch and festivities.  They choreographed the reception with special music for each presentation.  First off we played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for their introduction into the reception area.  When it was time to cut the cake we played a verse from “Forever and Ever, Amen”.  One of the guests acted as a sort of MC making presentations and announcing activities.  When it was time to cut the groom’s cake, a chocolate cake decorated in orange and white UT colors, we participated in a joke by playing “Sweet Home Alabama”, only to be interrupted by the MC who demanded we play “Rocky Top”…which we were happy to oblige.

For the send-off we first played “Wagon Wheel” as bottles of bubbles were passed out and then “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” as everyone cheered and blew bubbles as they left.

Darin and Joy were such a delight to work with.  It was our pleasure to be a part of their ceremony and we wish them every happiness in the future.

11/24/19 Wedding at Scarritt

Reminder:  Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the guilty. 😉

On 11/24/19 Darlene and Thomas were married in Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt campus.  Darlene chose traditional music for the prelude and processionals such as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for her mother and the rest of the family.  The bride arrived at the altar to the beautiful “Canon in D”.  Before the actual marrying began a friend of the bride sang “Surely the Presence” to set the stage for this covenant.  After a short, sweet ceremony the happy couple recessed to “Allegro” from Handel’s Solomon.

After the ceremony everyone, including the quartet, decamped for The Winery for the reception where the quartet let their classical hair down to play easy listening rock at first switching to more upbeat R&R as the festivities progressed.  Some of the selections were “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, “Wagon Wheel”, “All You Need Is Love” and “Stand By Me”.

This family was a joy to work with, lovely generous people from start to finish.  Silver Strings congratulates Darlene and Thomas and wishes them much happiness in their future together!

11/9/19 Wedding at Ravenswood Mansion

Reminder:  Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the guilty. 😉

On 11/9/19 Bill and Rita were married at dusk at the Ravenswood Mansion in Brentwood.  It was a bit chilly that evening as Silver Strings did their best with coats and fingerless gloves to bring the music for this lovely couple.  The quartet played hymns such as “Amazing Grace”, “How Great Thou Art” and “In Christ Alone” for the prelude.  For the mothers and the wedding party they played the theme from “Ladies in Lavender”.  It was a special moment for the bride as the quartet played a composition penned by her soon-to-be husband.  During the service their unity ceremony, creating a three cord braid, the quartet played a verse from “The Prayer”.  A mashup of “Over the Rainbow” with “Simple Gifts” was played for the recessional.

After the ceremony everyone made their way to a tent for the reception where they were grateful for the warmth.  Silver Strings continued the music with contemporary music from movies such as “A Million Dreams” (Greatest Showman), “Meryton Townhall” (Pride and Prejudice) and “Can You Feel the Love” (Lion King) as well as other easy listening selections such as “Moon River”, “Wonderful Tonight” and “Going to Carolina in My Mind”.

Congratulations to the happy couple and Silver Strings wishes them a happy journey through their life together!

11/2/19 Wedding at Autumn Crest Farm

Reminder:  Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the guilty 😉

On 11/2/19 Cassie and Andrew were wed at the beautiful Autumn Crest Farm near Franklin.  Guests had a idyllic view of the countryside during the ceremony.  It was a little chilly that day but all the hearts were warm at the marriage of these two.  Cassie chose contemporary music for the prelude which included “My Old Kentucky Home”, “I’ll Be There For You”, “A Million Dreams”.  Mothers took their places to “How Great Thou Art”, bridesmaids  to “Here Comes the Sun” and the bride to the beautiful “Canon in D”.

After a short, sweet ceremony the couple sealed their marriage ceremony with a kiss and proceeded back down the aisle to the strains of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.

The wedding planner/coordinator for this wedding was one of our favorites (real name here), Angelina Ruiz of Velour Premier Events.  She never fails to keep us apprised of what’s going on and signals are flawless.

Congratulations to Cassie and Andrew and many wishes from Silver Strings for a long and happy life together!

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