9/7/19 Wedding at Franklin Cumberland Presbyterian Church

On 9/7/19 Elizabeth wed her sweetheart, Patrick, in a lovely ceremony in the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Franklin.  Silver Strings was a duo this time consisting of Linda Davis on viola and Lindsey Smith-Trostle on cello.  As per Elizabeth’s request we played classical selections for the prelude and then traditional classics for the processionals such as a Handel “Passacaile” for the mothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the bridesmaids and the “Canon in D” for the bridal entrance.

I always try to attend rehearsals if at all possible and was really glad this time that I did.  Normally when the minister presents Mr. and Mrs. …….we launch into the recessional as everyone applauds.  This time the minister made the announcement and the guests broke into applause which went on which went on for what felt like a long time.  I’m sure everyone was wondering when the musicians were going to start the recessional and kept applauding thinking we needed to be jarred out of our stupor.  Finally the minister quieted everybody and proceeded to have a blessing that included the parents, a prayer and then a final blessing before looking at us for the start of the recessional.  Had I not been at the rehearsal I’m sure we would have crashed in at the wrong time.  The music BTW was “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

All’s well that ends well.  Elizabeth and Patrick are married and we wish them all the best in their new life together!

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8/31/19 Wedding at Thompson Hotel

On 8/31/19 Tiffany and Emanuel were wed in a wonderful ceremony filled with music, humor and love at the Thompson Hotel in the Gulch.  The prelude started off with gospel music played by Tiffany’s brother-in-law, Kevin Blanton, on keyboard.  Shortly before the processionals were to start he turned the music over to the trio so he could take his place as a groomsman.  The mothers were seated to Handel’s “He Shall Feed His Flock”, the bridesmaids entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and the bridal entrance was to Bach’s “Air” from the Suite in D.

There were several officiants including Tiffany’s father who lovingly and with humor led the couple through their vows and ring exchange.  After the pronouncement of marriage we, along with Kevin, played “The Lord’s Prayer” while the newlyweds assembled a Unity Cross and then took Communion with their attendants.  When “The Lord’s Prayer” was finished we continued with “In Christ Alone” during Communion and was once again joined by Kevin who was able to just play the song off the top of his head totally impromptu.  It was great.

It was such an honor to be a part of Tiffany and Emanuel’s wedding and we heartily congratulate them and their families!

8/10/19 Wedding at Scarritt Bennett Chapel

IMG_0917On 8/10/19 Ann Claire wed Garrett in a lovely traditional ceremony at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt Bennett campus.  We were a quartet that day with the addition of organist, Jennie Smith, playing classical selections for prelude and processionals.  Ann Claire met Garrett at the altar to the strains of the powerful “Trumpet Voluntary” played by the organ and accompanied by the quartet.

The highlight for us was accompanying Martha Ann Hawkins, a friend of the bride, who sang “Surely the Presence” right after Ann Claire’s father gave her away.  Her performance was simply gorgeous…another goosebump moment reminding us of why we’re in this business.

After a simple ceremony the quartet again joined the organ to play the couple back down the aisle to Handel’s “Hornpipe”.  Congratulations to Ann Claire and Garrett with wishes for a wonderful and happy life together!

 

8/3/19 Birthday Party

On 8/3/19 Silver Strings had the honor of playing for the celebratory birthday dinner of a Gospel Music composer and singer.  A quartet performed Joel Hemphill’s songs throughout the dinner as well as led the guests in a chorus of Happy Birthday.  Some of the songs the quartet played included “Master of the Wind”, “Good Things”, “Consider the Lilies” and “The Only Real Peace”.  These and many more beautiful songs recorded by the  Hemphills are all found on youtube.

7/13/19 Wedding at Cherokee Dock Estate

On 7/13/19 Silver Strings was in attendance at the nuptials of Laura and Todd at the Estate at Cherokee Park.  This estate, overlooking Old Hickory Lake, is absolutely stunning with beautiful pools, gardens and the grand mansion.  With this estate a couple can easily have contingency plans in case of inclement weather.

For her music Laura chose a combination of traditional classics as well as contemporary selections such as “Here Comes the Sun” for the prelude…appropriate because that day a storm looked imminent as the ceremony time was approaching.  Fortunately the rain held off until the ceremony was over.  Mothers were escorted to their seats to a combination of “Simple Gifts and Over the Rainbow”, bridesmaids to their positions to the Handel “Hornpipe” and finally Laura met Todd at the altar to the beautiful “Canon in D”.  During the ceremony they had a Glass Unity Ceremony for which we played “A Million Dreams.”  After the presentation of the newly wedded couple they made their way back down the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

After the ceremony we decamped to the mansion to play for cocktails.  As the weather was so unpredictable we played indoors.  No complaints from us to be able to play in an air conditioned room on a warm summer evening.

Angie Ruiz of Velour Premier Events, the planner and coordinator for this wedding did an amazing job of directing and making split second decisions required when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Congratulations to Laura, Todd and their families with best wishes for a long and happy life together!