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.

Wedding at Scarritt 7/2/16

On Saturday July 2, 2016 Brittany and Felix were wed at the wonderful Wightman Chapel at Scarritt.  We were a quartet this time that included flutist, Celine Thackston.  Since we were asked to play classical music it was easy to pick out some great music for prelude that really set off the flute.  Celine played so beautifully the lovely “Pavane” by Faure.    Other pieces we played included the Delibes “Flower Duet”, Handel’s “Passacaile” and Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” all of which sounded wonderful with the flute.

For the processionals Brittany chose “Canon in D” for the whole wedding party including the mothers with the flower girls and ring bearer nearly stealing the show.  The Brittany entered to “Trumpet Voluntary”.  During the service the guests were asked to sing the hymn “Joyful, Joyful” by Beethoven which we accompanied.

I want to compliment Lauren Hartman and Krista Cook (my apologies, Krista, I can’t remember your married name) of Southern Soiree on their excellent organization and running of this wedding.  It makes my job so much easier when I know the coordinators won’t forget the musicians.  (It happens.)

And now it’s time to congratulate Brittany, Felix and their extended families and wish them a beautiful and long relationship.

Wedding at Church of the Assumption 6/25/16

Meanwhile across town on June 25, 1016 at the beautiful Church of the Assumption in Germantown Shea was busy marrying her sweetheart, Brandon.  I put Craig Duncan in charge of leading a trio for the ceremony and later at the cocktail hour at the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The trio sometimes played along with the organist, Albennia Ladieu.  Albennia was such a sweetheart to work with…so pleasant and down to earth.  I smile when I think of her.

Shea had wanted a certain vocalist but unfortunately she had a last minute emergency and couldn’t make the wedding.  Craig stepped in to play the vocal lines for the tunes that Mary Corby was to sing.  Classical music was on deck during prelude as well as the ceremony.  Mothers entered to “Ave Maria”, maids to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.  Shea wanted to enter to the grand “Highland Cathedral” with both the organ and strings playing at full volume.  After the ceremony the newlyweds returned back down the aisle to “La Rejouissance” aka “The Rejoicing”.

Blessings and wishes for a long and happy life together to Shea and Brandon!

Wedding at Cheekwood 6/25/16

June 25, another busy wedding day.  We were a quartet this time at the nuptials of Andrea and Daniel in Will’s Garden.  We were very lucky to find shade close enough to the guests and had the luxury of being amplified a little.

After last minute back and forth the music was set with a mix of classics and beautiful contemporary such as “Ladies in Lavender” (the bridesmaids happened to be in lavender dresses, a detail I didn’t know beforehand) and “River Flows in You”.  The mothers, along with Daniel and the pastor, came in to “Baby Mine”, a song that Andrea’s mom was afraid would make her cry but managed to get through it just fine.  Bridesmaids entered to the favorite “Canon in D” while Andrea made her way down the stone steps from the mansion to “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

During the ceremony vocalist Kandi McIntyre sang “The Prayer” accompanied by Silver Strings.  Her delivery of this gorgeous tune was magnificent.  Nice touch, nice sentiment.  Also a last minute decision was the recessional which I just found out was the third most requested song for a ceremony.  Any ideas before I reveal this little nugget of knowledge?  It was “Shut Up and Dance”.  What a fun tune.  We had so much fun we played it twice.

After the ceremony we reconvened at the Massey building to play for cocktails as well as to play “Don’t Stop Believing” for the introduction of the wedding party into the reception hall.

Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together to Andrea and Daniel!!

Wedding at the Parthenon 6/18/16

Meanwhile on June 18 across the river at the Parthenon Craig Duncan was leading a quartet for the nuptials of Hailee and Charles.  The wedding took place on the east side of the Parthenon where there is a nice view of the pond.  Hailee chose a mostly contemporary program that included “Concerning Hobbits”, “Harry’s Wondrous World” and “Game of Thrones” for the prelude.  Mothers and grandmothers were seated to the beautiful “The Prayer” while bridesmaids and groomsmen entered to a lovely Yiruma tune called “River Flows in You”.  Hailee entered on her father’s arm to the favorite “Canon in D”.

The rain wasn’t quite as bad on the west side of the river but the musicians still had to move to a more covered area just to be sure.  After the ceremony where the bride did not get soaked, the newlyweds recessed to “Brown Eyed Girl”.  Gee, I wonder if Hailee’s eyes really are brown.  I only saw her from a distance.

Congratulations to Hailee, Charles and their families.  Best wishes for a long and happy life together.

Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 6/18/16

We almost could have left our instruments at East Ivy Mansion as we were just there the day before.  This time we were a trio again for the wedding of Alyssa to Adrian.  Unfortunately this time the weather didn’t cooperate.  We played “A Thousand Years” for the mothers but as we launched into “Forever and Ever Amen” for the maids and flowergirls, it started to sprinkle.  Paul, the cellist moved his music and cello to huddle with us under a patio umbrella I’d brought just in case (whew!).  The breeze blew Jocelyn’s music off her stand which she kept from totally blowing away with her foot all the while continuing to play.  We got Alyssa to the altar with “Bless the Broken Road” but as the minister began the rain started being more persistent.  They had planned a unity ceremony where we were to play “Holy” by Florida Georgia Line but as we began the song the heavens opened up and we had to throw our instruments into their cases and shut the folders to keep from soaking the music.  Many guests began dashing for cover as the minister determinedly carried on with the ceremony.  Alyssa and Will got soaked but the joy at their having tied the knot wasn’t dampened at all.

About the time the reception got into full swing the rain cleared and the evening continued with a wonderful time had by all.  There is a covered area next to the pool where we were able to set up in case the rain returned and played fun stuff including “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber and the theme to Game of Thrones.

Many wishes for a long and happy life together to Alyssa and Will!  We won’t forget your wedding for a very long time.


Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 6/17/16

With a Friday wedding at East Ivy Mansion the Silver Strings trio kicked off another busy wedding weekend.  On June 17, 2016 Kristen married Will in a garden ceremony with the weather behaving nicely for a change.  Kristin chose a mix of traditional classics and contemporary favorites for the prelude and processionals.  Included were their favorites, “I Loved Her First”, “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

During the ceremony Alexandra Cohlmia, a friend of Kristen, sang “Never Alone” by Lady Antebellum.  It was a truly a pleasure performing this with a professional.  Then with a nod to the festivities to come, Kristen and Will returned back down the aisle as husband and wife to the Coldplay “Viva la Vida”.

After the ceremony we moved to another part of the lovely garden inside the walls of East Ivy to continue to play fun stuff by the Beatles, Bruno Mars, the Beach Boys  Jason Mraz for cocktails.

And finally congratulations to Kristen, Will and their families and thanks for being such a lovely and easy couple to work with.


Wedding at the Schermerhorn 6/11/16

On June 11, 2016 Heather and Brian were wed in the beautiful lobby of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville.  Katie Butler of Southern Social Events did a fabulous job of pulling this multifaceted event together without a hitch.  We were a trio that day with the special addition of the amazing singer, Julie Cox.

Heather requested classical and beautiful contemporary music for the prelude to which we added “The Prayer” which Julie Cox sang.  Move over Celine Dion.  Julie’s performance of this song always moves those of us lucky enough to accompany her.  The processionals were selected from the classical literature.  During the ceremony Julie was asked to sing the Schubert “Ave Maria”, another delight for those of us involved.  Then with a wink and a nod to the celebration to come, we recessed the newlyweds to Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place”.

Many wishes to Heather and Brian for a long and happy life together!

Wedding at CJs Off the Square 6/11/16

CJ’s Off the Square was the scene of the nuptials of Emily and Cameron in front of the gazebo there on June 11.  Emily chose the intimacy of a single violinist for her ceremony music.  Toni Ferguson, who can play nearly anything from memory was the designated violinist for the ceremony.  Toni played a mix of classical and lovely contemporary tunes for the prelude such as “River Flows in You”, “Rondeau” from Masterpiece Theater, and the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts.”  Emily chose the classics for the processionals including the Bach “Air” for the mothers, “Canon in D” for the bridesmaids and Wagner’s “Wedding March” aka “Here Comes the Bride” for her entrance.  Then with a wink to the festivities to come, Toni played them back down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love”.

Best wishes to Emily and Cameron as they continue their life’s journey together!


Birthday Party! 6/5/16

On June 5, 2016 we were able to take a break from the wedding whirlwind to entertain for a birthday party at the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville.  I won’t mention any names, let alone ages, but what was so neat for us musicians was to see the abundant love of a doting husband, friends and family for the birthday girl.

We played an eclectic mix of classical, pop, contemporary gospel and whatever people requested.  These days the one song that really gets a reaction was the theme to “Game of Thrones” and this party was no exception.  Someday I’ll have to check out the series to see what the fuss is all about.

Congratulations to the birthday girl and many happy returns!

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