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!

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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!

5/11/19 Wedding at CJ’s Off the Square

On May 11, 2019  Katie and Mike tied the knot at CJ’s Off the Square.  The light rain that fell during the ceremony did nothing to dampen the spirit of the day.  CJ and her crew immediately brought out the umbrellas as Katie and Mike recited their vows and exchanged rings.  In a few minutes the trio played the recessional and the festivities began under the Pavilion.  But I’m ahead of myself.  Katie chose music from the classical literature for the prelude and processionals.  The recessional, a favorite of Mike’s, was “Never My Love”, originally done by the Association.

The trio, consisting of Craig Duncan, Gary Tussing and myself, then played for the cocktail hour as well as the dinner.  We started off with “It Had to Be You” for their first dance, after which we played a wide range of classic rock, jazz and contemporary favorites and even a waltz by request of one of the guests.  Another one of Mike and Katie’s favorites was “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” which we played not once, but twice, to make sure Mike heard it.

Katie was a delight to work with and the guests were an appreciative audience.  It was truly a joyous evening all around.  Congratulations to Katie and Mike – a match made in heaven.  Best wishes to the newlyweds for a long and happy life together.

 

3/30/19 Wedding at Wightman Chapel, Scarritt

In the late afternoon of 3/30/19 Caylor wed her sweetheart, Cody, in a lovely ceremony at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt campus.  Silver Strings quartet was present to play an eclectic mix of light classics, Country and Broadway songs.

The prelude started off with “Cowboy Take Me Away”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and a mashup of “Perfect” with “Canon in D”.  Mothers processed to “The Prayer”, lighting candles placed on a table to one side of the stage to honor loved ones who had gone before.  Assuming it was Cody who listens to Country music, the groomsmen and he entered to “Friends in Low Places”.  Next came the bridesmaids and children to “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera after which Caylor made her entrance on her father’s arm to “All I Ask of You”, also from Phantom.

During the ceremony Caylor and Cody had a unity rite that consisted of pouring together glass beads of black and white that would later be melted into something beautiful to signify the permanence of their union.  During this rite we softly played “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”.

After their self-penned vows, exchange of rings, the kiss and the presentation of Mr. and Mrs., we launched into “Forever and Ever, Amen” to end them back down the aisle as newlyweds.  The picture below is of Caylor’s stunning bouquet.  What a gorgeous idea!

Congratulations and best wishes from Silver Strings to Caylor and Cody!

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Wedding at Hermitage Hotel 1/26/19

On Saturday evening, 1/26/18, at the Hermitage Hotel, Pamela wed her sweetheart, Zach, in a lovely ceremony on the veranda.  Silver Strings was a quartet this time playing mostly contemporary selections such as “When I Fall in Love” and “All of Me” for the prelude.  For the processionals Pamela chose the Royal Wedding rendition of “Stand By Me” for the grandparents and her mother.  Next as we played “Canon in D” Zach entered after the minister to place roses on two chairs to honor his parents and was then followed by the attendants.  Pamela entered on her father’s arm looking absolutely stunning in her white gown with an enormous, wide train to the strains of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”.

As Zach is a proud member of the United States Navy, he and his groomsmen were dressed in uniform.  Very sharp!  After a short ceremony they recessed to the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love”.  Then to the delight of the guests Pamela and Zach entered the festivities through an arch of swords, being stopped by every pair of swordsmen with the demand that Zach kiss his bride.  Pamela was duly welcomed into the Naval family.

As young people these days are incredibly busy I worked mostly with Pamela’s mother, Vickie, on the music selections.  She and Becca from Modern Vintage Events were a joy to work with, telling stories over coffee and making the music selection a lot of fun.

Congratulations to Pamela and Zach and their families with many wishes for a long and happy life together.

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