9/29/18 Wedding at King’s Chapel

This wedding ranks as one of my all time favorites.  Mother of the bride, Wendy, was a joy to work with.  We immediately bonded over coffee at our first meeting with a lot of laughter and animation.  I threatened to wear my vampire teeth to smile at her when she was seated to keep her from crying and running her mascara.

But this is about Katherine and Rod tying the knot at King’s Chapel, a tiny but lovely chapel near Franklin.  We were a quartet for this wedding, playing beautiful classics such as the Bach “Air from Suite in D” and the Delibes “Flower Duet.  We also mixed in the more contemporary “Hymne” by Vangelis and the gorgeous theme from “Ladies in Lavender”.

Hymns were the order of the day for the processionals with “For the Beauty of the Earth” for the mothers, “Come Thou Fount” for the wedding party and “All Creatures of Our God and King” for Katherine.  After the vows were repeated, the rings exchanged and the celebration of the first kiss as husband and wife, we sent them back down the aisle to Handel’s joyful “Allegro” from Solomon.

Congratulations to Katherine and Rod and their families with many wishes for a long and happy life together!

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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.

7/14/18 Wedding in Murfreesboro

On the morning of July 14, 2018 Asheton married Aaron at his mother’s home in Murfreeboro.  The ceremony took place on a veranda overlooking a lovely pool complete with fountains.  The little flower girl took her job very seriously, bending over to place each petal carefully in the aisle….until her mother scooped her up so we all could get on with the bridal entrance and ceremony.  Asheton and Aaron included a hand wrapping unity ceremony where the minister wrapped their clasped hands with a white scarf, said a prayer over them and then unwrapped their hands as we played “The Prayer”.

Asheton’s main music requests were “Over the Rainbow” and “Game of Thrones” which we played during prelude and then again after toasts to begin the luncheon which was served in the house.  The trio of Susan Mullen, Gary Tussing and Linda Davis continued to play through the luncheon including songs for the various generations represented.  The little flower girl couldn’t resist dancing to “Let It Go” from the movie, Frozen.

The families were wonderful to us, treating us like royalty making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed…including lunch when we were finished.

Congratulations to Asheton and Aaron and from what the minister said about them, they are sure to have a long and wonderful life together!

6/16/18 Wedding at Scarritt

On 6/16/18 Silver Strings was in attendance at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt campus bringing selection of contemporary songs to the wedding of Rachel and Nick.  I got a last minute request for “Stand By Me” from Rachel.  I asked her if she had just watched the Royal Wedding to which she admitted she had.  Fortunately I had set my alarm to get up in time to watch the royal nuptials and heard the gospel choir sing their interpretation of this song.  I got out my stock arrangement of the the Ben E. King version, decided it couldn’t be what Rachel was thinking and transcribed what the choir did.  I told the quartet to play it as though we were a gospel choir…which they did admirably.

Rachel had also asked for “Your Song” by Elton John for the mothers and men, “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional for the bridesmaids, and finally “Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Ray for her entrance.  After the vows and rings were exchanged, the pronouncement of marriage and most importantly….the kiss….we played them back down the aisle as husband and wife to “Shut Up and Dance”.  And indeed it was time to dance with joy and celebration.

Congratulations to Rachel and Nick!  May they have a long and happy union!

6/15/18 Wedding at St. John Vianney Catholic Church

On 6/15/18 Kate and Derick were married in a Catholic ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin.  We were a quartet that day and very much appreciated the help of organist and cantor, Stuart Kelly, in navigating the details of the Catholic marriage rite.  We also all agreed that it was such a pleasure to play selections from the classical literature for this wedding.  Kate chose things like the Brandenburg Concerto #3 and the stunningly beautiful Pavane by Faure for the prelude.  We brought family members to their places with “Arioso”, the men to “Trumpet Voluntary”, the bridesmaids to “Trumpet Tune” and finally Kate, on her mother’s arm, to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.  We mostly got to watch this beautiful rite with the exception of playing “The Prayer” and “Panis Angelicus” during Communion.  Finally after all was said and done and the bride and groom were presented as Mr. and Mrs., we sent them back down the aisle to “O Happy Day”.

Silver Strings wishes Kate and Derick a long and happy together.  Congratulations to them and their families!

6/9/18 Wedding at Ruby Cora

On 6/9/18 a trio of us made an afternoon trip to Adams, TN to provide the music for the nuptials of Taylor and Cory at a site overlooking the freshly harvested fields of wheat in the countryside.  Marcia Winn, owner of Ruby Cora, has taken great care to make her event venue beautiful and welcoming.

I mostly worked with mom, Chauncy, on the music as kids these days have way too much on their plates and welcome the help of parents and friends.  The processionals were mostly classics with my choice of prelude music.  The scenery begged for things like “Butterfly Waltz” as there were many swallowtail butterflies lending their grace and beauty.  The minister showed his sense of humor at the end of the ceremony by telling Cory he could now make out with his bride after which we played them back down the aisle to “Cowboy Take Me Away”.

The reception took place in a specially designed building for events that was mostly windows with beautiful views out all sides.  The trio played Country tunes, old and new, while guests had cocktails and barbecue.  We even wore our Cowboy boots in honor of the music requested.

Silver Strings offers many wishes to Taylor and Cory for a long and happy life together.

Ruby Cora

Rehearsal at Ruby Cora

5/26/18 Wedding at Long Hollow Gardens

Meanwhile at Long Hollow Gardens another wedding was taking place just after a cloudburst where Caroline wed her sweetheart, Andy in a traditional ceremony accompanied by not-so-traditional music played by a string trio of Craig Duncan, Julianna Waller and Gary Tussing.  Mothers were seated to “This Must Be the Place”, Andy then entered to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” followed by Star Wars “Throne Room” for the groomsmen.  Bridesmaids entered to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” followed by bride, Caroline, to “You’re My Best Friend” (Queen).  During the ceremony their unity celebration was of planting a Bonsai tree to the “Feather Theme” from Forrest Gump.  The newlyweds were then sent back down the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

The sun smiled on this happy occasion and the rain stayed away for the rest of the evening.  Callie of Lavender Events did a great job of coordinating the rehearsal and wedding.

And now congratulations are offered to the bride and groom and their families with wishes for a long and happy life together.

Wedding rehearsal at Long Hollow Gardens

Wedding rehearsal

Wedding at the Noah Liff Opera Center 4/21/18

On April 21st of 2018 a trio of us, Susan Mullen, Gary Tussing and myself, convened at the Noah Liff Opera Center to play for the nuptials of Carlenda and Jonathan.  The Noah Liff Center is a wonderful place for a celebration, tucked in a quiet neighborhood off Murphy Road.

Carlenda chose an eclectic mix of traditional classics along with songs such as “White Wedding”, “Clocks” and “Love Story”.  The three young ring bearers were so cute they nearly stole the show as did the darling little flower girl escorted by her mother.  I have to say here that planner/coordinator Carolyn Dohnal of Top Tier Events was wonderful with the children and did a fantastic job of making the wedding flow smoothly from start to finish.  I also want to mention Kenisha Buchanan of K. Renee Photography who captured the many wonderful funny, touching and memorable moments of the ceremony.  Can’t wait to see the photos.

After the ceremony the guests were invited outside for a butterfly release by the newlyweds with cocktails to follow.  The trio kicked the celebration into high gear with songs such as “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, “That’s the Way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I Like It”, and “Uptown Funk” to which the guests grooved their way to the reception area.

Congratulations to Carlenda, Jonathan and their families.  Silver Strings wishes them a long, loving and happy union.

Wedding at Wightman Chapel 3/10/18

On 3/10/18 a wedding, marked by quite a number of surprises that elicited emotion as well as laughter, took place at Scarritt’s Wightman Chapel.  A Silver Strings trio convened there to oversee the nuptials of Halee and Craig.  There was nothing typical about this wedding and the sense of humor displayed by the couple will see them through any rough patch in their marriage.

Halee chose things like the themes from Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice with a nod to their Catholic backgrounds Silver Strings played “Ave Maria” and the Prayer of St. Francis.  The first surprise happened as the flower girls took their places…actually it’s never a surprise when a 3 year old decides it’s fun to start walking across the front of the church and then back down the aisle just when we’re supposed to be playing the bride in.  We waited for someone to snag her before we began the next surprise — to the groom.

Halee swore me to secrecy that her processional, a song written by Craig, was not to be mentioned to him.  She had sent me a sound file so I could arrange it for the trio.  (Thank heavens Craig Duncan was playing violin with me this time as there were some omissions in the music, thanks to my music writing program, that would have been disastrous if we hadn’t gone through it first during call time.   He quickly saw where the problems were and we were able to repair our parts before the prelude.)  And maybe the delay created by the young flower girl’s distraction just increased the excitement of the moment so that when Craig realized what the song was, the tears flowed.

Shortly after the deacon opened the ceremony and the readings were done, he made his way to the lectern and joked that his homily was going to last 45 minutes at which point the groom threw up his hands and sat down on the stairs with his chin in his hands.  More laughter.  The homily was actually less than 5 minutes.

The next surprise was the period of time after Halee and Craig said their vows and instead of continuing to the exchange of rings, unbeknownst to the couple, had us play a verse of a hymn to give them time to contemplate what they had just promised.  Then after the ring exchange and again unbeknownst to the couple, the deacon had the parents come to the stage to participate in the Nuptial Blessing.  Very touching.

At long last Halee and Craig were pronounced husband and wife and we sent them off to Vivaldi’s “Spring” followed by Craig’s song again.  May their union be filled with fun and laughter in the years to come.  Congratulations to them and their families!

2/10/18 Marriage Proposal

Ok, guys…the bar has been set really high.  I mean this is pole vaulting high.  On 2/10/18 Ken asked Rhea for her hand in marriage.  But not right away.  First he brought her into his home blindfolded, guided her into the living area, had her stand in a particular spot and then signaled the string quartet to begin playing “A Thousand Years”.  She thought she was going to the opera and was dressed to the nines (or maybe in her case the tens…fabulous) but when the blindfold was removed she saw Ken in tie and tails and the musicians in tux playing her favorite song.  Then she saw at least eight arrangements of roses placed about the room in the soft candlelight.

For the next two hours they danced or just sat and listened to the music Ken had carefully chosen to express his love for her.  Then at the appointed song, “When God Made You”, he got down on one knee and proposed, producing a gorgeous ring to seal the proposal.  Violinist Toni Ferguson started crying and I nearly lost my place in the music when this happened.  We all felt honored and so delighted to be part of this grand scheme.

When the time came to pack up Ken announced that they were going out to Taco Bell dressed as they were and extended the invitation to join them since we were all dressed up as well.  We had a good laugh over that and had we not faced a long drive home we certainly would have joined in fun.

Congratulations to Ken and Rhea!!  Guys, remember what I said at the beginning…..FullSizeR2

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