Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 6/27/15

June 27, 2015 found Silver Strings trio at the East Ivy Mansion on the east side of the Cumberland performing for the nuptials of Megan and Nick.  The weather for late June couldn’t have been more lovely for an outdoor ceremony on a lawn next to the mansion.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this wedding was the bridesmaids all having different dresses but each had a gold metallic look in some way.  Really stunning.  Another thing was the little flower girl who found us so mesmerizing that she stopped in her tracks in front of us still dropping her petals and wouldn’t budge until Jamie Lane, the coordinator, dashed over to encourage her to keep walking.

Megan arrived at the altar on her father’s arm to the favorite “Canon in D” and recessed on her new husband’s arm to “Here Comes the Sun”.  We performed a mix of traditional and contemporary music for the prelude that included Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.  After the ceremony we turned our chairs to face the mansion to continue to play fun music for “mocktails”.

East Ivy Mansion is a gorgeous venue for a wedding and Jamie Lane, the coordinator there, did a wonderful job of directing the action.  Definitely worth checking out if you are a bride planning a wedding.

Congratulations to Megan and Nick and their families with many wishes for a long and happy life together.

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Wedding at the Rosewall 6/20/15

On June 20, 2015 Keenan married her sweetheart, Ryan, in a Jewish ceremony under a chuppah at the Rosewall in the Gulch.  It was abundantly clear that the guests were excited for Keenan and Ryan when he was finally able to smash the glass in the final act of the ceremony.  There were loud cries of “Mazel Tov” and long applause while they made their way back up the aisle as husband and wife.

The cocktail hour took place across the street at another night club while the room in the Rosewall was turned over and quickly set up for dinner.  The quintet took the time to regroup, set up a sound system and pull a set of classical and contemporary music for the dinner hour.  Yes, that was quintet…we had the luxury of adding bassist Roy Vogt to the usual suspects making it great fun for us to play our arrangements richly enhanced by the support on the bottom.

The chuppah was moved to one corner become the canopy for the beautiful cake.  The tables were decorated with gorgeous sprays of flowers in tall vases.  We played for dinner and once again played past our contracted time without even noticing we were having such a good time with the addition of the bass.

The event was very ably directed by Lauren Hartman and Krista Cook of Southern Soiree.  They’ve become some of our favorite coordinators for their cool and calm control of the details…and they never forget about us.

Congratulations once again are in order for our newlyweds Keenan and Ryan and their families.  Mazel Tov!!

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Wedding at First Christian Church, Hopkinsville, Ky on 6/20/15

Meanwhile also on June 20th in another state, Lauren married Shawn in a ceremony that took place at the First Christian Church in Hopkinsville, KY.  Julianna Waller led a trio in a program of contemporary rock and traditional classics.  There was some resistance on the part of a few people at the church to contemporary music so we engaged in a little bit of subterfuge by renaming a couple of songs on paper so that Lauren could have the music she had her heart set on.  Silver Strings lives by the premise of “Bride Gets What the Bride Wants”.  It is not our place to judge, only to make it happen.

The trio was joined by Anne Glass on piano and singers, Cait Robertson, Julia Mahre and Tyler Saunders, Cait singing “How Long Will I Love You” just before the mothers’ processional and Julia and Tyler singing “Marriage Prayer for a foot washing ceremony during the ceremony.  The bridal party entered to “Life in Technicolor ii” aka “Holy Wedding Day”.  At the end of the ceremony the happy couple recessed to “Maison” aka “Home” by Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, another bit of subterfuge.

Ok, I’m shameless but it is my firm conviction that it is nobody’s business what music a couple should have for their wedding.  This is music that has meaning for them and who can argue with that?  Congratulations to Lauren and Shawn and many wishes for a long and blessed marriage.

Wedding at The Cannery 6/20/15

The Cannery Ballroom was the scene of the nuptials of Tara and Michael.  Tara asked for a mix of contemporary, classical and Christian contemporary for the ceremony and jazz from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s for the cocktail hour.  The one person I could think of who could do it all was Peter Hyrka, king of gypsy jazz, along with Tiger Fitzhugh, guitarist par excellence.

The prelude included such songs as “Breathe” (Michael W. Smith), “Marry Me” (Train), “My Tribute” and “You Raise Me Up”.  The mothers and the wedding party entered to “Canon in D” while Tara chose John Legend’s “All of Me” for her march down the aisle.  Their unity ceremony was a little different this time where everyone had a candle.  Peter and Tiger played the Chris Tomlin version of “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” for this part of the ceremony.  When all was said and done and their union sealed with a kiss, they went back up the aisle to Jason Mraz’ “I’m Yours”.

Best wishes for a long and happy marriage to Tara and David!

Wedding at Laurelbrooke Clubhouse 6/20/15

June 20 was a banner day for Silver Strings.  We divided ourselves among four weddings that day.  This particular wedding took place in Franklin at the Laurelbrooke Clubhouse.  Jocelyn Sprouse took the reins to guide a trio through their paces for the wedding of Kristy and David.

The trio played traditional music for the prelude but gave a nod to the contemporary music when a friend of the bride, Kelley Dugan sang John Legend’s “All of Me” with the trio.  Then mothers were seated to “Butterfly Waltz”, a lovely, lilting tune to start off the processionals.  The wedding party entered to the beloved “Canon in D” with the two flowergirls bringing up the rear with one of them carrying a sign that said “Here Comes the Bride!”

Kristy entered to “Wedding March” aka “Here Comes the Bride” on her father’s arm.  When the Kristy and David sealed their union with a kiss the were played back down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s familiar “Wedding March”.

The trio stayed to play Buble, Sinatra, Jason Mraz and Bruno Mars selections for the cocktail hour.

Congratulations to the newlyweds Kristy and David and a wish for a long and happy marriage.

Reception at the Schermerhorn 6/16/15

To our great delight we were invited to play for a reception for the attendees at a meeting of the Bible Museum (Corporate Headquarters in Oklahoma City) at the Schermerhorn.  To our further delight it was requested that we play classical music.  Placed in the balcony overlooking the lobby, we were able to hear each other enough to be able to play any classical piece we wanted and had such a good time that we didn’t notice that we’d played 15 minutes past our contracted time.  This time I can honestly say a good time was had by all.

Wedding on June 13, 2013

June 13, 2015 found Silver Strings driving up the winding drive to Alan Jackson’s former residence for a wedding ceremony in the back yard of the home overlooking a gorgeous pond with a fountain.  The weather cooperated beautifully so that Erin and Anthony successfully became husband and wife in front of this breathtaking backdrop.

The bridal party along with the pastor and groom entered to Canon in D after which Erin, on her father’s arm, arrived to the the popular “A Thousand Years”.  When they were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. we launched into the most fitting U2 song “It’s a Beautiful Day”.  And indeed it was.

Congratulations to Erin and Anthony along with their daughter and families.  May their lives remain as beautiful as the day they married for as long as they both shall live.


Wedding at The Cordelle 6/7/15

The Cordelle, a historic home brought back to life as an event venue near the Howard School on Lindsley Ave., has become one of my favorite wedding venues.  So Rachel and Alex were married in the side yard next to the house on the afternoon of June 7.

Rachel, along with her best friend when they were younger, were big fans of the Beatles so we included a few Beatles songs in the prelude as well as for the bridesmaids processional and the recessional.  The bridesmaids entered to “With a Little Help From My Friends”.  I had gotten an arrangement of it from a friend of mine who had found it on the internet.  It looked a little strange to me so I keyed it into Finale and had my suspicions confirmed.  Also confirmed was my conviction to never buy arrangements off the internet.  Weddings are just too important to play bad arrangements so I set about writing a new arrangement With a Little Help From My Friend, Craig Duncan, who provided me the original Beatles score.

Rachel met her sweetheart, Alex, at the altar to the strains of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  Officiant, Denise, conducted a lovely service and the happy couple recessed to the Beatles classic “All You Need Is Love”.

It was old home week for us musicians to see Rachel Gladstone, the coordinator, at the Cordelle.  We had worked many times with Rachel at Scarritt’s Wightman Chapel until she went off on her own.  It makes our job so much easier to have someone coordinating who knows what they’re doing.

Rachel’s mother, Jan, was a joy to work with as we emailed back and forth getting ready for Rachel and Alex’s big day.  Congratulations to the newlyweds and their families.  Many wishes to Rachel and Alex for a long and happy life together.IMG_0407