Wedding at The Cordelle 11/22/14

We’re finally winding down for the year 2014.  The Cordelle, a relatively new venue I’ve mentioned earlier, hosted the wedding of Kat to James on November 22.    We were a trio with Jocelyn Sprouse on violin and Steve Drake on cello.  The prelude included selections from the classical repertoire including the achingly beautiful slow movement from the Pathetique Sonata by Beethoven.  The first time I heard this piece was in an early Charlie Brown movie (decades ago) where Snoopy skated to it.  I was really happy to be able to recreate it as a trio for Kat.  Another request was for the Nimrod movement from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, also another favorite of mine.

For the ceremony we brought mothers in to Handel’s “Passacaile”, the maids to the gorgeous “Ladies in Lavender” from the movie of the same name and Kat to “Con Te Partiro”.  After a short and sweet ceremony they made their way back down the aisle to the joyous Handel “Hornpipe”.

These days I often communicate more with brides’ mothers because the girls are simply so busy with their careers and school that they’ve learned to delegate tasks to others, usually their mothers.  Martha was a joy to work with as she was organized and was able to make decisions is good time.  I really appreciated her kind words after the wedding smoke cleared when she wrote:

“Thank you again for putting together the music for Kat and James’ wedding ceremony.  It was exactly what we wanted and was beautifully performed.  So many of our guests have told me how much they enjoyed it.  Only regret was that it didn’t go on longer!”

Congratulations to Kat and James.  It truly was our pleasure to perform music from the Masters for their wedding.

Wedding at The Hutton Hotel 11/8/14

You know you’ve arrived when your bride is also a wedding planner and coordinator.  Krista and Tim were wed November 8 at the Hutton Hotel.  Her friend and former colleague in another wedding planning company, Lauren Hartman (now Southern Soiree), did double duty as bridesmaid and coordinator.

The music was contemporary with a tip of the hat to Tim’s Irish heritage as we brought him and his groomsmen to the altar to “The Blood of Cu Challain”.  The bridesmaids entered to “A Thousand Years” while Krista chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her entrance.  The ceremony was short and sweet and they went back down the aisle “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to the reception in the beautiful ballroom that shows off a stunning view of downtown Nashville.

Many wishes from Silver Strings to Krista and Tim for a long and happy marriage!

Wedding in Shelbyville 11/8/14

On November 8, 2014 Amanda wed her fiance, Lee, in a lovely ceremony at the Fair Haven Baptist Church in Shelbyville.  We were a trio that day with Susan Mullen and Gary Tussing on violin and cello.  Amanda chose almost all contemporary music that included John Legend’s “All of Me”, Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Jason Mraz’ “I Won’t Give Up”.  (Do you think Jason needs to buy a vowel for his last name?)

Amanda was very specific about the parts of the songs she wanted played during the processionals.  I appreciate a person who knows what she wants and can articulate it, especially since we couldn’t be there for the rehearsal.  The mothers arrived to “Marry Me” (Train), the maids to “Yellow” (Coldplay) and Amanda to “A Thousand Years”.  A friend of Amanda’s who acted as coordinator did a perfect job of communicating with me so that we could get Amanda down the aisle to the exact part she wanted played.

Congrats Amanda and Lee!  Have a long and happy marriage!

Wedding at CJs Off the Square November 7, 2014

I really like this trend of weddings happening on days other than a Saturday.  November 7 was a Friday and we were a trio this time with Craig Duncan and Gary Tussing on violin and cello.  The weather was a little chilly but I don’t think Jessica felt a thing as she made her way to meet her groom, Eric, in front of the gazebo.  She chose traditional selections for their wedding including “Sheep May Safely Graze” for the mothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the maids and “Canon in D” for herself.  After they were pronounced husband and wife we played them back down the aisle to the familiar Mendelsohn Wedding March.

After the recessional we put on our party hats to play fun stuff like Beatles and Journey tunes for a cocktail hour.  My new-this-year viola let me know it didn’t care to play outside in the chilly weather by opening a seam.  I have yet to name this guy but for right now “brat” seems to fit.

To Jessica and Eric…Congratulations!  Live long together and prosper.

Wedding at Church of the Assumption 11/1/14

I got a little ahead of myself with my last post.  We actually started November 1 earlier that day with a wedding at the beautiful, historic Church of the Assumption.  Iliana married her sweetheart, Josh, in a Catholic ceremony complete with Mass and Communion.  We were a quartet that afternoon and got to play some gorgeous music that included the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” adapted from the Time for Three version and then Gary playing the first movement from the Bach Unaccompanied Sonata #1 for the prelude.  Scot Tyler sang several songs during prelude and the ceremony including “Ave Maria”, “The Lord’s Prayer” and “The Prayer”.  It was a thrill to hear these songs sung in a sanctuary with such wonderful acoustics.

Iliana was a stunning beauty as she made her way down the aisle to the altar to “A Thousand Years”.  An old friend of her family, Father Sam Messina, had traveled from Mississippi to perform the rite.  After exchanging vows Iliana and Josh laid roses in front of the statue of Mary as Scot sang “Ave Maria”.  Then during Communion the quartet played the lovely “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” as well as “Panis Angelicus”.

Krisie Tiffner of A Magical Affair handled this wedding with all its myriad details and curve balls with total aplomb.

Once again congratulations are due all around to the bride and groom and their families.  Many wishes for a long and happy marriage.Church of the Assumption IMG_0328

Wedding and Dinner at the Cordelle 11/1/14

Time to come out of my 4 day food coma.  We hosted a lovely T-day dinner at our house for friends, made them take food home and still had enough left over to last for days.

But to pick up where I left off with this business of weddings.  November 1, 2014 found us at The Cordelle, a new venue near the old Howard School/govt. buildings.  A couple of delightful women have renovated an historic home into a wedding/party venue.  It’s a wonderful place with the capacity to put up a large tent right next to the house to accommodate inclement weather as what happened Nov. 1.  The wedding took place inside the house where Heather and Stuart exchanged vows.  Heather had definite ideas as to the type of music she wanted.  We brought the moms in to “We Bought a Zoo” by Jonsi, the attendants to “Canon in D” and finally brought Heather in to “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last.  Heather and Stuart recessed to the Ben Rector song, “White Dress”.

The weather had taken a sharp nose dive so that a tent had to be erected in the side yard for the dinner.  I had warned Susan and Gary to dress for the weather but then found ourselves sitting right next to where heat was being blown in.  We nearly roasted.  After we finished our first set, toasts were given in honor of the newlyweds.  The groom’s twin brother was funnier than any stand-up comic I’ve heard in a long time.  Can SNL be far behind?

Congratulations to Heather and Stuart and their families!