Wedding at Cheekwood 9/5/15

Once again I’m reminded of the old saying “the hurrier I go the behinder I get”.  That’s my excuse this time for not blogging for nearly a month.

But it’s not about me this time.  It’s about Beth marrying her sweetheart, Taylor, in the lovely Will’s Garden at Cheekwood on September 5.  I didn’t get the memo about the ceremony starting 30 minutes later than the contract so Susan Mullen, Gary Tussing and I arrived early and just decided to serenade the soon to be married couple while they had pictures made so they actually got to hear the prelude music including the request, Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” I had arranged for them.

Beth chose a mix of traditional and contemporary music including “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Canon in D” for the mothers and bridesmaids but went 20th century with Coldplay’s “Paradise” for her entrance.  After a very short ceremony we shooed everyone to the reception area to Muse’s “Starlight”.

The reason the ceremony was foreshortened was the rain threatening a downpour.  Drops started falling as we played the bridal processional and then went dashing for our cases to keep our instruments out of the rain as soon as Beth and Taylor were in place.  We threw our folders into their case keeping the recessional out in case the rain decided to hold off for another five minutes, which it did.  That was a close one.

After the ceremony was over and the guests were on their way to the Frist Learning Center for the reception, we dashed over there ourselves to play for the cocktail hour.  The final request by the bride and groom was for us to play “Another One Bites the Dust” as they were introduced as husband and wife to the guests just before dinner.

Congratulations to Beth, Taylor and their families and warm wishes for a long and happy life together!

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