Wedding at CJs Off the Square 7/9/16

On July 9 at CJs Off the Square (one of my favorite venues) Kathrine tied the knot with her sweetheart, Casey, in the presence of friends and family.  We were a trio that day with Craig Duncan on violin and Gary Tussing on cello.  Kathrine had decided on contemporary music for the prelude so we performed tunes such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Tiny Dancer”.  For the processionals we switched to the classics, bringing the mothers in to Bach’s “Arioso”, the bridesmaids and children to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and finally for Kathrine’s grand entrance “Canon in D”.  After a lovely ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s famous “Wedding March”.

As I mentioned earlier CJs is one of my favorite venues.  They do such a good job of organizing the processionals and letting the musicians know when it’s time to begin the ceremonial music.  We really appreciate not being forgotten in the controlled chaos of weddings so that we can do our job easily and gracefully.

So it’s time to say congratulations to Kathrine and Casey and wish them a long and happy life together.

Wedding at Scarritt 7/2/16

On Saturday July 2, 2016 Brittany and Felix were wed at the wonderful Wightman Chapel at Scarritt.  We were a quartet this time that included flutist, Celine Thackston.  Since we were asked to play classical music it was easy to pick out some great music for prelude that really set off the flute.  Celine played so beautifully the lovely “Pavane” by Faure.    Other pieces we played included the Delibes “Flower Duet”, Handel’s “Passacaile” and Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” all of which sounded wonderful with the flute.

For the processionals Brittany chose “Canon in D” for the whole wedding party including the mothers with the flower girls and ring bearer nearly stealing the show.  The Brittany entered to “Trumpet Voluntary”.  During the service the guests were asked to sing the hymn “Joyful, Joyful” by Beethoven which we accompanied.

I want to compliment Lauren Hartman and Krista Cook (my apologies, Krista, I can’t remember your married name) of Southern Soiree on their excellent organization and running of this wedding.  It makes my job so much easier when I know the coordinators won’t forget the musicians.  (It happens.)

And now it’s time to congratulate Brittany, Felix and their extended families and wish them a beautiful and long relationship.

Wedding at Church of the Assumption 6/25/16

Meanwhile across town on June 25, 1016 at the beautiful Church of the Assumption in Germantown Shea was busy marrying her sweetheart, Brandon.  I put Craig Duncan in charge of leading a trio for the ceremony and later at the cocktail hour at the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The trio sometimes played along with the organist, Albennia Ladieu.  Albennia was such a sweetheart to work with…so pleasant and down to earth.  I smile when I think of her.

Shea had wanted a certain vocalist but unfortunately she had a last minute emergency and couldn’t make the wedding.  Craig stepped in to play the vocal lines for the tunes that Mary Corby was to sing.  Classical music was on deck during prelude as well as the ceremony.  Mothers entered to “Ave Maria”, maids to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.  Shea wanted to enter to the grand “Highland Cathedral” with both the organ and strings playing at full volume.  After the ceremony the newlyweds returned back down the aisle to “La Rejouissance” aka “The Rejoicing”.

Blessings and wishes for a long and happy life together to Shea and Brandon!

Wedding at Cheekwood 6/25/16

June 25, another busy wedding day.  We were a quartet this time at the nuptials of Andrea and Daniel in Will’s Garden.  We were very lucky to find shade close enough to the guests and had the luxury of being amplified a little.

After last minute back and forth the music was set with a mix of classics and beautiful contemporary such as “Ladies in Lavender” (the bridesmaids happened to be in lavender dresses, a detail I didn’t know beforehand) and “River Flows in You”.  The mothers, along with Daniel and the pastor, came in to “Baby Mine”, a song that Andrea’s mom was afraid would make her cry but managed to get through it just fine.  Bridesmaids entered to the favorite “Canon in D” while Andrea made her way down the stone steps from the mansion to “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

During the ceremony vocalist Kandi McIntyre sang “The Prayer” accompanied by Silver Strings.  Her delivery of this gorgeous tune was magnificent.  Nice touch, nice sentiment.  Also a last minute decision was the recessional which I just found out was the third most requested song for a ceremony.  Any ideas before I reveal this little nugget of knowledge?  It was “Shut Up and Dance”.  What a fun tune.  We had so much fun we played it twice.

After the ceremony we reconvened at the Massey building to play for cocktails as well as to play “Don’t Stop Believing” for the introduction of the wedding party into the reception hall.

Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together to Andrea and Daniel!!