8/7/21 Near Harpeth on the Narrows

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

On 8/7/21 John married his sweetheart, Hailey, in a sweet ceremony in the front yard of his parents’ home. Silver Strings was a trio for this joyous occasion playing some lovely contemporary selections for the prelude including the Faure “Pavane”, “Ladies in Lavender” and “Stand By Me”. For the mothers, grandmother and one bridesmaid we played the mashup of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” with Canon in D. Then Hailey arrived at the altar in a gorgeous, flowing white dress to the traditional Wedding March, aka “Here Comes the Bride”. Vows and rings exchanged, the first kiss and presentation accomplished, they were sent back down the aisle with applause and cheers to the strains of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

After the ceremony we convened on a deck overlooking the Harpeth River near the Narrows to play for cocktails and dinner. We played a variety of selections to appeal to all age groups including “Unchained Melody”, “All I Ask”, “Billie Jean” and “Always on My Mind”. Before the cake cutting we played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the newlywed’s first dance and “Memory” from Cats for the mother/son dance. It was truly a magical evening and we were honored to be in attendance.

Silver Strings sends the happy couple and their families congratulations with many wishes for a long and happy life.

7/31/21 Wedding at the Venue at Birchwood

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

On 7/31/21 Gigi and Ted tied the knot at a relatively new place near Spring Hill called The Venue at Birchwood. Thanks heavens for gps to help us find our way. They accomplished the deed in a lovely little chapel decorated for the occasion and choosing contemporary songs for their prelude and processionals. Silver Strings started off with selections like “Thinking Out Loud”, “Latch”, “All of Me” and “Best Day of My Life. For the mothers we played a mashup of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” with the Canon in D by Pachelbel transitioning to “A Thousand Years” for the bridesmaids and men. The bridal processional was “Turning Page” from the Twilight Series. After the vows were said, the rings exchanged and the first kiss, we sent them back down the aisle to “A Million Dreams”.

Immediately after the ceremony Silver Strings regrouped between the chapel and reception barn to play music for cocktails. It was blazing hot that day but fortunately we were out of the sun with a fresh breeze cooling us. We played more of today’s music such as “Hallellujah”, “Shut Up and Dance”, “I’m Yours” and “Fly Me To the Moon”.

I want to compliment Hailey Kornman of HK Weddings and Events on her skill at coordinating the wedding. She was as cool as a cucumber with the thousands of details and never left us hanging out to dry…for which we are grateful (It’s all about us ;-).

Congratulations and many wishes for a long and happy life together to Gigi and Ted from Silver Strings!

7/3/21 Wedding at The Cordelle

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

On 7/3/21 Helen and Kirk sealed their vows with a kiss at The Cordelle in a lovely ceremony in front of friends and family. I have to say the little ringbearers nearly stole the show they were so cute in their tuxedos. The truth is, Helen and Kirk had already been married for awhile but due to Covid, they postponed the festivities until it was safer for everyone to attend.

Helen and Kirk were easy and fun to work with. They chose contemporary music for prelude with songs like “Thinking Out Loud” and “A Million Dreams” with “Beauty and the Beast” played right before the processionals began. Helen appeared to be a beauty but Kirk was definitely not a beast. They selected “Everything” for the entrance of the mothers, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” for the bridal party and for the kids “You Have a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. Helen met her “Beast” in front of the officiant to the strains of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. After a very funny introduction by the officiant (a relative who knew them well), the couple was once again happily pronounced husband and wife, who then recessed to “Cowboy Take Me Away”.

Congratulations to the twice happy couple! Silver Strings wishes them a lifetime of love and happiness!

6/19/21 Wedding at Trinity View Farm

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

On 6/19/21 at Trinity View Farm near Franklin, Gillian and Jerry tied the knot at the top of a hill overlooking a stunningly beautiful valley below. I’m not sure if the bride and groom noticed the view but I’m sure the guests were awed by the grand vista.

Gillian chose mainly classics such as “Sheep May Safely Graze”, “Largo” from Vivaldi’s Winter and “Before the Throne of God Above” for the prelude. Being at the top of a hill it was more than a little breezy that day. While we were grateful for the movement of air on a hot, sultry evening, we needed many clothes pins to keep our music from taking flight to the valley below. Right before the processionals two of the couple’s friends sang a special song accompanied by a guitar and violin. Then for the entrance of the pastor, mothers and grandmothers, the trio played the Handel “Passacaile” after which we launched into “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the wedding party…as soon as we could get our music securely pinned. Gillian then made her entrance on her father’s arm to the lovely “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. At the end of the ceremony we swept the newlyweds and their wedding party back down the aisle to a selection new to us, “Zadok the Priest” by Handel.

After the ceremony the trio trundled down the hill to play fun stuff the the cocktail hour. They left the choice of music for cocktails up to us so we pulled out selections such as “Take the A Train” and “A Million Dreams” so we could have some fun as well. Also let me give a shout out to Sarah of Regalo Designs for a fantastic job of planning and coordinating this wedding.

Time to say Congratulations to the newlyweds and wish them many happy years together!

Trinity View Farm from the back of the reception barn

6/12/21 Wedding at Cedarmont Farm

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

Another reminder: Always have a rain plan if you’re having your wedding outdoors!

On June 12/2021 Esther married her sweetheart, Jerry, in a slightly damp but joyous ceremony at Cedarmont Farm. Just as the Silver Strings trio consisting of David Johnson on violin, Linda Davis on viola and Gary Tussing on cello were preparing to begin prelude music, the heavens opened….for a good twenty minutes. Everyone dashed for the barn including the trio which played impromptu until the rain stopped. Melinda Melton, the coordinator did a fantastic job of remaining cool as a cucumber as she directed everyone from one place to another.

The trio decamped to the ceremony area and opting to stand while they played, finished the prelude and began the processionals: “Over the Rainbow” for the mothers, “Can You Feel the Love” for the attendants and “I’m With You” for the bride. The officiant, who was friends with the bride and groom, had several stories to tell about them, making us wish we had brought our chairs instead of opting to stand. Oh well. Finally it was time for the recessional for which we played “A Million Dreams”. Next came another move for the cocktail hour under the covered porch where we had fun playing some hot numbers so David could show off his improv chops.

Congratulations are in order for the happy couple and their families. Silver Strings wishes them much happiness in the years to come!

6/12/21 Wedding at Spring Haven Mansion

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

On 6/12/21 a trio of Silver Strings players brought the music to the nuptials of Alisa and Timothy at Spring Haven Mansion in Hendersonville, TN. Alisa had picked out music such as “You’ll Be In My Heart”, “Forever and Ever Amen” and “You Raise Me Up” for prelude followed by “My Old Kentucky Home” for the seating of the mothers, “Oceans” for the attendants and finally “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for her arrival at the altar. Luckily the rain let up long enough for the wedding to take place in front of the mansion as planned. After a short but sweet ceremony with the requisite vows and ring exchange, the happy couple, now Mr. and Mrs., recessed to the joyous strains of “Oh Happy Day”.

I attended the rehearsal the day before and found myself bonding with owners Tammie and Danny Sutherland over finding out we had all worked at the former Opryland Theme Park at about the same time many years ago. Both are musicians so I was confident the trio wouldn’t be forgotten in the excitement of the wedding preparations on the big day. They know how to run a tight ship and I would highly recommend Spring Haven for the most important day of a couple’s life. It’s also a relief for a venue to have a rain plan in place…so important in this area where the weather can be so capricious!

The time has come for congratulations to the newlyweds with wishes from Silver Strings for a long and happy life together!

5/31/21 Wedding at Cheekwood Wisteria Arbor

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

On 5/31/21 Amy married her sweetheart, Mark, in a simple ceremony in the gorgeous Wisteria Arbor next to the mansion at Cheekwood. Getting them down the aisle to be married was a little more complicated. The prelude consisted of contemporary tunes such as Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Next we played the “Stand By Me” version used at the Royal Wedding of Harry and Megan and to which the mothers, officiant and Mark entered. There were no attendants so we were instructed to play “Here Comes the Sun” followed immediately by “Canon in D” to which Amy’s dad escorted her meet her groom. After the couple was properly married and announced as “Mr. and Mrs.”, the trio launched into the first strain of Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March Recessional” quickly followed by “Home” from Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

After the ceremony the trio decamped to an area just down the stairs from the arbor to play for cocktails. We continued with the fun stuff like “Shut Up and Dance”, “I’m Yours” and “Uptown Funk”. Once again we were involved in a little bit of choreography to get the couple and guests back up the stairs to dinner by playing “Girls Like You” from Bridgerton.

Congratulations to Amy and Mark with wishes for many happy years together!

5/29/21 Wedding at Bellevue Church of Christ

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

On 5/29/21 Rita and Jeremy tied the knot in front of family and friends in the courtyard of the Bellevue Church of Christ. Rita chose hymns such as “Fairest Lord Jesus”, light classics such as selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and contemporary songs such as “Moon River”. When it came time for the processionals she chose “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the mothers and the “Air” from Handel’s Water Music for the bridesmaids. Rita risked letting the two young boys acting as bell ringers steal the show they were so cute. They took their job seriously and did exactly as they were told…ring two small bells as they crossed in front of the guests while the quartet began to play the bridal processional of “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. Their job accomplished Rita made her way, on the arm of her father, to the small, flower bedecked stage and her soon-to-be-husband. A friend of theirs led them through their vows and ring exchange. They sealed their covenant with a kiss and were off to the reception to the strains of “Spring” by Vivaldi.

The reception was held in a room next to the courtyard where beautifully decorated tables awaited the guests. The quartet decamped to a stage at one end of the room to play lots of fun stuff from soft rock to movie music to Country. After the long pandemic it felt good to be playing again and even better to have so many people express their appreciation for our performance.

Rita was (and still is I’m sure!) a delight. Jeremy is one lucky fellow! Nashville Silver Strings congratulates them and their families and wishes them a long and happy life together!

5/7/21 Wedding at Scarritt’s Skinner Chapel

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

On the 7th of May, 2021, in the tiny Skinner Chapel on the Scarritt campus, Susan was united in marriage with her sweetheart, Derek. A duo of Silver Strings was on hand to welcome guests into the chapel with songs such as “Butterfly Waltz” and a special request of “It Might Be You” (from Tootsie). As there was no seating of parents or wedding party we brought the groom and officiant in to “God Will Make a Way” followed by “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” for his stunningly gorgeous bride.

Both bride and groom were so excited and nervous to be married they needed to be prompted several times by the officiant to get the words out. When finally the vows were repeated and the rings exchanged, they were pronounced husband and wife. We sent them back down to the traditional “Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn.

Susan was such a joy to work with and Derek is the luckiest of men to have her as his bride. Congratulations to both of them with many wishes for a long and happy life together.

5/1/21 Wedding at the Estate at Cherokee Dock

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

On 5/1/21 a quartet of Silver Strings was in attendance at the wedding of Mary and Kurt at the Estate at Cherokee Dock, a gorgeous estate on the Cumberland river near Lebanon. Mary chose contemporary songs to set the backdrop for their wedding. We started off with songs like “When I Fall in Love”, “In My Life”, “Stand By Me” and “Best Day of Our Life”. Mothers and grandmothers arrived at their places to the Heartland song “I Loved Her First”. Next came the men and maids taking their places to a beautiful mashup of “Perfect” with “Canon in D”. The ring bearer, a babe in arms, nearly stole the show he was so cute in his little tuxedo. Then Mary arrived at the altar to take her place next to her groom to “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

The officiant made the guests smile with anecdotes of how Mary and Kurt met and progressed through their courtship. The vows and rings were exchanged and at long last they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. They sailed joyously back down the aisle to “This Will Be an Everlasting Love”.

Congratulations to the newlyweds from Nashville Silver Strings with many wishes for a long and happy life together!

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