Wedding at Mitchell House in Lebanon June 6, 2015

On June 6, 2015 Silver Strings convened again as a quartet for the nuptials of Ashley and Chris at the Mitchell House in Lebanon, TN.  This stately old house sits in front of the Castle Heights Military Academy there in Lebanon.  The ceremony took place in a small courtyard next to the house.

Ashley chose classic wedding music for the processionals and recessional.  There were three children in the wedding party, a flowergirl and two boys, one of whom was assigned the task of ringing a bell and shouting “Here Comes the Bride”.  However he forgot his line or was too shy to say it after seeing all the guests but he got the job done of ringing the bell.  Ashley entered on her father’s arm to “Canon in D” to meet her groom at the altar.  Applause and cheers accompanied their first kiss as husband and wife and their retreat back up the aisle.

After the wedding was over we found out that we had played for Ashley’s sister’s wedding several years ago.  I thought the matron of honor’s name looked familiar.  At any rate, congratulations all around to Ashley and Chris and their families.

Wedding at CJs May 30, 2015

Those of us who have lived in Nashville for any length of time know how capricious the weather can be and that brides must have a Plan B if they are having an outdoor wedding.  Sure enough Lauren and Jacob had to go to Plan B as the heavens opened up 5 minutes before the processionals were to begin.  Fortunately CJ’s has a lovely pavilion that was quickly turned into the ceremony site.

Silver Strings was a quartet that day playing classics for the prelude including “Ave Maria”, Bach “Suite #1” for solo cello, “Marriage of Figaro” to name a few.  The ceremony was exceptionally nice and included a unity candle for which we played an excerpt from Eclipse, “My Love”.

Congratulations to Lauren and Jacob and their families.  Many wishes for a long and happy life together.

The intended wedding site

The intended wedding site

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Wedding at Cumberland Park 5/24/15

I’d heard there was a park on the East side of the Cumberland near the Titans stadium and finally got to see it for myself.  The day was quite warm and I envied the kids and adults who were splashing around in a water play area.  But we had a job to do…to see that Katie and Ray got married to the proper music.  And proper for them meant Beatles, Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor.  Fortunately for us there was a DJ who was willing to hook us into the amplification system he was using for the minister.  Sound doesn’t carry so well outdoors and the stage where the wedding took place was quite large so it was very fortuitous that we were able to clip on contact mics and not have to play our instruments as though they were made by Black and Decker.

Katie and Ray chose traditional music for the mothers and bridesmaids.  Katie joined her groom waiting on the stage to “The Luckiest”.  Pastor Buzz Swett officiated with a lovely ceremony that included the unity ceremony of sand mingling.  Luckily they chose that over a unity candle as it was quite breezy that day.  After their union was sealed with a kiss we played them back down the aisle to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”.

Congratulations to Katie and Ray who were “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” that beautiful day in May.