9/1/18 Wedding at Cheekwood

On 9/1/18 Silver Strings also was in attendance at the wedding of Valery and Bill in Will’s Garden at Cheekwood.  Ashley Porter of Posh Occasion did a super job coordinating the ceremony and reception.  I think maybe she might have even had some pull with the Big Man Upstairs to hold off the rain until the ceremony was over.  The garden was beautiful and the ceremony went flawlessly, maybe with the exception of the PA system not working very well but then I can’t remember a time in Will’s Garden when the audio didn’t have problems.  I think the garden must be haunted.

The couple chose traditional selections for the prelude, processionals and recessionals but then left the music up to us for the cocktail hour later on at the Hillwood Country Club.  Susan, Toni, Gary and I had entirely too much fun playing tunes like “Shut Up and Dance” and “Uptown Funk”.

Congratulations to Valery and Bill with many wishes for a long and happy life together from Silver Strings.

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9/1/18 Wedding near Fayetteville

On 9/1/18 Gary Tussing, Susan Mullen and I found ourselves on an early morning road trip to a residence near Fayetteville, TN to bring the music to the morning wedding of Leanne and Brian.  The weather was hot and steamy so we were grateful for the shade of the front porch of a beautiful home in rural Tennessee.

Leanne surprised her parents with a tribute to them in the form of Floyd Cramer’s “Last Dance”, a favorite song of theirs when they got married, right before she floated down the aisle to “A Thousand Years”.  Leanne and Brian found out the day before their wedding that the minister they had wanted to do the ceremony wasn’t able to do it for health reasons.  Another minister of their acquaintance was able to step in and do a fantastic job.  A highlight of the ceremony was the singing of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Matt Gress, a close friend of Brian’s.  It has to be one of the most moving performances of that song that I’ve ever heard.  (Some of the words were changed to be more wedding appropriate btw.)

Vows said, rings exchanged, the first kiss as husband and wife and we sent them off on their new life together to the strains of “Brown Eyed Girl”.  Congratulations to Leanne and Brian!  May they have a long and happy life together.

8/18/18 Wedding at Ravenswood Mansion

On 8/18/18 a trio of us braved the nasty weather to (finally) play the bride down the aisle at Ravenswood Mansion in Brentwood.  Under the capable direction of Sarah Goude of Regalo Design the trio was placed on the porch of the mansion out of the rain.  Fortunately none of us had any place to be right away so the delay of 30 minutes wasn’t a big deal.  After the rain stopped and the chairs were dried off with towels the wedding went on as planned.  We didn’t have so much to do this time as the groom had chosen a playlist of their favorite songs to be played as prelude.  Then we took over playing traditional wedding music for the processionals including “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and the Wagner “Wedding March” processional ( aka Here Come’s the Bride).

Note to brides:  Adorable children and dogs sometimes will steal the show….just saying.  At any rate a lovely ceremony ensued during the let-up of the rain and the happy couple were duly married.  Congratulations to them and their families!

7/29/18 Surprise Birthday Party

On 7/29/18 Silver Strings quartet was called upon to provide special (surprise) music for the pastor of the Living Truth Christian Center, first starting with a performance of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” during the service.  After the service they treated the congregation to more hymns and dinner music at a luncheon in honor of the Pastor’s 50th birthday.  After seeing pictures of the beautifully decorated room I was really sorry I couldn’t be a part of the quartet that day.  Check these out: