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!

Wedding at CJs Off the Square 6/4/16

Last but not least on June 4, Haley married Patrick in a lovely garden ceremony at CJs Off the Square in Franklin.  Haley chose an all classical program to be played flawlessly by symphony musicians I pressed into service between their obligations to the Nashville Symphony.

Some of the pieces played included Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the grandmothers and mothers followed by the Handel “Air” from the Water Music.  This is a tune we used to play often but in today’s world we rarely get to play it.  The bridal entrance music, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is still a favorite partly because it’s so doggoned beautiful and partly because it’s a perfect piece for a bride to make her way to the altar.  When all was said and done they recessed to Handel’s “Hornpipe” also from the Water Music, another piece we used to play often and not so much these days.  Times do change.

But what doesn’t change is that people meet, fall in love and eventually find themselves at the altar making covenants in front of their friends and families to be husband and wife.  Congratulations to Haley, Patrick and their families!!

Wedding at Foxland Harbor 6/4/16

Meanwhile in Gallatin Jocelyn Spouse was leading a quartet for the nuptials of Laurie and Alan.  Once again the timing of the rain was in their favor and the wedding proceeded without a hitch….well except for the two who got hitched that day.  I’d also like to mention Misty Saunders of Finishing Touch Event Design for her able coordinating that day.  Musicians are really dependent on the coordinators to give proper signals and to keep the traffic flowing smoothly.

Laurie chose traditional classics such as Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” for the mothers,  “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the bridesmaids and the all time favorite, “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for Laurie’s entrance.  She also had requested “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as the last song played before the processionals began.  Then after the conclusion of the ceremony the quartet sent them back down the aisle to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”.

The quartet stayed to play for the cocktail hour with more classic rock tunes.  They were glad to oblige with more Beatles, Beach Boys and Elton John.  The last song played before the call to the reception was “Rocky Top”.  Guess somebody was a UT fan.

Best wishes to Laurie and Alan.  May they have many happy years together!

Wedding at Two Rivers Mansion 6/4/16

June 4 of this year was the biggest day so far for weddings…and every one of them was for approximately the same time.  Fortunately I have several colleagues whom I trust implicitly to get the job done.

So the wedding I ran was at Two Rivers Mansion.  It was the day for women named Anna.  The bride was Anna, her coordinator was Mary Anna, the coordinator’s assistant was Maryann.  For my connection I added that my sister’s name  was Anna (who plays violin but doesn’t live here).

Anna (the bride) married her sweetheart, Kurt, on the front steps of the mansion.  They had requested contemporary pop music for their ceremony with selections such as John Legend’s “All of Me” for the bridesmaids and Train’s “Marry Me” for her processional.  We sent them back down the steps as husband and wife to “Don’t Stop Believing”.

We thankfully dodged the rain that happened earlier that day but the humidity made my already curly hair resemble the hair of the cartoon character, Nancy.  But this wedding wasn’t about me fortunately.  Anna was gorgeous and cool as a cucumber through her ceremony.

After the ceremony everyone made their way into the cool interior of the mansion for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  We were certainly grateful for the respite from the humidity and heat.  For the next hour we entertained those who remained in the cooler house with more classic rock tunes and the one tune that seems to be getting the attention of at least one or two guests enough to remark…”Game of Thrones”.

Congratulations are in order for Anna and Kurt and their families.  May they live happily ever after!


Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 5/29/16

Silver Strings capped off a busy weekend with a wedding at the amazing East Ivy Mansion Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2016, the scene of the marriage of Mandy to Tim.  Fortunately for us string players there was plenty of shade and a bride who was all about comfort.  We left the tux at home and wore white shirts/blouses with black slacks.

Note to any officiant who might by chance read this blog: Remember to invite the guests to sit before you launch into the ceremony.  They’ll be entirely too polite to sit on their own.  There must have been something contagious in the air as we noticed the same thing at an earlier wedding that weekend.

Mandy chose traditional music for the processionals and included “Panis Angelicus” as an interlude during the ceremony.  After the ceremony the trio pulled out the Gatsby-esque music as per Mandy’s request.  However when a little girl expressed interest in Susan’s violin we decided to play a kid favorite, “Let It Go”, and invited her to sing along which she did with great enthusiasm.  So cute.

Congratulations and best wishes to Amanda and Tim!

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