10/5/19 Wedding at Fieldstone Farms Clubhouse

On 10/5/19 a quartet of Silver Strings was seen playing for the nuptials of Susan and Presley and for the subsequent festivities.  It was quite warm outside that day but we were cool in the shade playing a mix of light classics and lovely contemporary songs such as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and “The Prayer”.  Classics were chosen for the processionals, “Trumpet Voluntary” for the maids, “Canon in D” for Susan.  The ceremony was short and sweet, getting the job done quickly so as to move on to the celebration.  We played them back down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” from Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For the reception we played a lot of my old favorites.  We had discovered during the planning of the music that we had attended the same college at about the same time so there really was a lot in common in our contemporary music tastes.  Susan was great fun to work with in choosing music.

Congratulations to Susan and Presley!  We wish them many happy years together on this second time around.

9/21/19 Wedding at Cedar Grove Baptist Church

On 9/21/19 a trio of Silver Strings were present for the wedding of Sallie and Carson at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.  They chose mostly traditional classics maybe with the exception of a special request for Carson and his groomsmen for whom we played an excerpt from “Attaboy” from the Goat Rodeo Sessions.  Yes, folks.  You heard it here first.  Not easy trying to emulate Edgar Meyer, Yo Yo Ma and Marty Stuart but Susan Mullen and Steve Drake stepped up to the plate with me and hit a home run with the piece.

The wedding ceremony was coordinated by the very able Helen Morrisette.  We count on coordinators to do the right thing to the right music and Helen is always on the money.

Congratulations to Sallie and Carson!  They were a joy to work with and we wish them a long and loving life together.

9/14/19 Wedding at Cedarmont Farm

On 9/14/19 at Cedarmont Farm near Franklin, Samantha married her sweetheart, Kristof in the shade of large trees near the manor.  They chose contemporary music for their ceremony.  For the prelude the trio of Susan Mullen, Gary Tussing and myself played selections such as “You Make My Dreams Come True”, “1979”, “White Wedding” and “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”.  Then came the processionals with Kristof’s mother arriving to the Beatles’ “In My Life”, the three bridesmaids and the couple’s daughter to the Beatles’ “Something”.  Samantha came down the aisle on her mother’s arm to a lovely request of “Armellodie”

The ceremony was lovely but was punctuated by their 2 year old daughter charging across the yard, stealing the show.  She was retrieved my her grandmother, placed in the arms of her mother and the little nuclear family was sealed in matrimony.  Ceremony completed they recessed to the most appropriate “Sweet Child of Mine”.

Congratulations to Samantha and Kristof!  We at Silver Strings wish them a long and happy life together!

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!

 

6/29/19 Wedding at the Estate at Cherokee Dock

On June 29, 2019 Nashville Silver Strings quartet had the honor of providing the music for the wedding of Taylor and Bryce at the beautiful Estate at Cherokee Dock near Lebanon, TN.  This is one of those places where you leave the world behind when you pass through the gates it’s so peaceful and idyllic.

Taylor chose mostly contemporary music along with “Canon in D” and “Ave Maria”.  We played “To Make You Feel My Love” for the mothers and grandmothers, “Stand By Me” for the bridesmaids (as in the last Royal Wedding) and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for Taylor’s entrance.  After a lovely ceremony we played the newlyweds back down the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

Soon after the recessional we decamped to the poolside area behind the mansion to play for cocktails while the wedding party had pictures made.  The pool is stunningly beautiful, very artistically done.  We entertained guests with Beatles, Elton John and many other classic rock tunes.

Angelina Ruiz of Velour Premier Events was the planner/coordinator for this wedding.  Angie is an amazing planner and coordinator…one of the very best.  I can’t say enough good things about her ability to coordinate events.  As musicians we’re at the mercy of the coordinator and Angie never forgets us in the heat of the moments leading up to the processionals.  We have the luxury of being able to relax and play our best knowing we won’t have to do any damage control.

Time to congratulate Taylor and Bryce and wish them a wonderful and happy life together!

 

6/22/19 wedding at the Pick Inn

On June 22, 2019 Lauren wed her sweetheart, Derek, in a “Plan B” ceremony at the Pick Inn near Gallatin, TN.  Trust Nashville weather to get crazy just when you’re ready to walk down the aisle to say your vows.  Fortunately for all of us they had a very beautiful Plan B where the stage in the Pavilion was transformed in minutes into a lovely setting for the ceremony.  While the rain pelted down everyone was dry and comfortable and the ceremony proceeded on time and in good form.

Silver Strings trio of Toni Ferguson, Gary Tussing and myself played pretty selections from our contemporary repertoire for the prelude and processionals.  One of our more recent additions is a lovely mashup of “Perfect” with “Canon in D”…check the title out on youtube and have a box of tissues handy.  Selections for the processionals included “The Gift of Love” for the mothers and grandmothers, “Forever and Ever Amen” for the men, the “Vangelis Hymne” for the bridesmaids (this tune was used for the commercial some years ago that claimed “no wine shall be served before its time”) and finally “A Thousand Years” for Lauren.  For the grand finale…the recessional…we played “Rocky Top” as a prelude to the festivities that followed.

Cool-as-a-cucumber Amanda Jackson, the coordinator, did an amazing job of directing her people to transform the Pavilion into the scene of the ceremony.  The Pick Inn is not only a beautiful venue for weddings and other events, the coordination is flawless.

Congratulations are in order for Lauren and Derek with many wishes for a long and happy life together!

6/15/19 Wedding a Church of the Assumption

On 6/15/19 at the beautiful, historic Church of the Assumption Molly and John were united in Holy Matrimony in the presence of friends and family.  Silver Strings was a quartet for this wedding in collaboration with the Albennia Ladieu, the church organist.  We were also joined by Steve Patrick on trumpet.  The music was chosen from the classical literature including “Ave Maria”, Handel’s “Rejoicing” and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.  We brought the mothers in to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, the bridesmaids to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze and finally with a fanfare from the trumpet Molly, escorted by her father, met her groom at the altar to “Trumpet Voluntary”.  Vows recited, rings exchanged and Molly and John pronounced married, it was time for the grand finale…the familiar Mendelssohn “Wedding March”.

Congratulations to Molly, John and their families from Nashville Silver StringsMay their lives be richly blessed in the years to come.

5/25/19 Wedding at Opryland Hotel’s Lion’s Gate Fountain

On 5/25/19 Silver Strings gathered to perform music for the nuptials of Tiffany and Brent.  I have to say this was one of the sweetest, most wonderful services of which I’ve been a part.  Matt, the officiant, told the story of Brent’s proposal.  They apparently met through an online dating website and the rest is history.  Brent had taken Tiffany on a holiday to Bermuda where he invited her to take a walk on the beach with him early one morning.  Unbeknownst to her he had half buried a bottle, decked out to look old, in the sand with a message (the proposal) on aged-looking paper.  He made sure she found the bottle and it was several sentences into the message before she realized it was his marriage proposal to her.  That right there was worth the price of admission.

For the music Tiffany chose contemporary songs such as “Beautiful Day”, “1979” and “Bittersweet Symphony” which we interspersed with a few selections from the classical repertoire.  “Ave Maria” was selected for the wedding party and “Con Te Partiro” was selected for Tiffany’s entrance.  After the opening words and a prayer by Tiffany’s dad, Matt cleared his throat signaling us to begin playing the chords to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” as in inside joke for Brent.  He recited a couple of the opening sentences and after a flourish by the strings, proceeded to the serious business of uniting the lovely couple.

The unity ceremony consisted of the parents mingling wine in a cup that was set on a nearby table along with the aforementioned bottle and framed message.  Tiffany and Brent shared a sip of the wine after which they exchanged rings and were ultimately pronounced married.  Appropriately enough they recessed to James Brown’s “I Feel Good”.

Tiffany, her mother, Mona, and officiant Matt were a joy to work with.  So it is with a big smile on my face that I congratulate Tiffany and Brent and wish them abundant happiness in the coming years!

 

5/18/19 Wedding at Magnolia Country Chapel

On May 18, 2019 Silver Strings found their way to Adams, TN to Magnolia Country Chapel where guests were witness to the nuptials of Katie and Nick.  The venue boasted gorgeous views of the rural setting and the location of the gazebo where the couple was married was well shaded and with the help of a gentle breeze, all were comfortable.

Katie had definite ideas as to the music she wanted for her ceremony.  While she let me choose most of the music for the prelude we did include “Ocean Eyes” (Billie Eillish) and “Sweet Creature” (Harry Stiles).  For the mothers’ processional we revisited “Stand By Me”, the version used at the latest royal wedding.  Katie floated down the aisle on her father’s arm to “Cigarette Daydreams” (Cage the Elephant).  Thank heavens they chose to braid three chords for a unity ceremony as the breeze would have immediately blown out a unity candle…not an auspicious sign for wedding.  When all was vowed and exchanged we sent the newlyweds back down the aisle to “You’re the One” (Greta Van Fleet).

Congratulations to Katie and Nick and their families!

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