Wedding at Opryland Hotel 9/26/15

September 26 found Silver Strings at the Opryland Hotel in the Delta Pavilion presiding over the music for the nuptials of Jennifer and Ryan.  When Jennifer saw the Delta Room in the hotel a number of years ago, she knew she wanted to get married there.  And it was finally so.

The music covered all the bases from the sublime to the ridiculous.  We played “Claire de Lune”, Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” overture and other classical selections for the prelude but switched to contemporary music for the processionals.  “The Luckiest” was employed to bring in the entire wedding party.  Jennifer chose “Dream a Little Dream of Me” for her entrance.  One of the interesting things during the ceremony included a cross construction.  The officiant described the symbolism of the construction of the cross while Jennifer and Ryan assembled the parts.  Afterward two of Jennifer’s friends sang the hymn “Love at Home”.  Now for the ridiculous….they recessed as husband and wife to Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight”.

After the ceremony we made our way to the Magnolia Ballroom lobby to continue playing rock and roll with a few standards thrown in.  We knew we did the right thing when the bride nearly teared up as we played “Mrs. Darcy” from Pride and Prejudice.  Krisie Washington of A Magical Affair did a great job of making the wedding run smoothly.  We musicians are always grateful when the coordinator knows what she’s doing which makes it so much easier for us to do our job properly.

Congratulations Jennifer and Ryan!

Wedding at the Rosewall 6/20/15

On June 20, 2015 Keenan married her sweetheart, Ryan, in a Jewish ceremony under a chuppah at the Rosewall in the Gulch.  It was abundantly clear that the guests were excited for Keenan and Ryan when he was finally able to smash the glass in the final act of the ceremony.  There were loud cries of “Mazel Tov” and long applause while they made their way back up the aisle as husband and wife.

The cocktail hour took place across the street at another night club while the room in the Rosewall was turned over and quickly set up for dinner.  The quintet took the time to regroup, set up a sound system and pull a set of classical and contemporary music for the dinner hour.  Yes, that was quintet…we had the luxury of adding bassist Roy Vogt to the usual suspects making it great fun for us to play our arrangements richly enhanced by the support on the bottom.

The chuppah was moved to one corner become the canopy for the beautiful cake.  The tables were decorated with gorgeous sprays of flowers in tall vases.  We played for dinner and once again played past our contracted time without even noticing we were having such a good time with the addition of the bass.

The event was very ably directed by Lauren Hartman and Krista Cook of Southern Soiree.  They’ve become some of our favorite coordinators for their cool and calm control of the details…and they never forget about us.

Congratulations once again are in order for our newlyweds Keenan and Ryan and their families.  Mazel Tov!!

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Wedding at Schermerhorn Symphony Center May 23, 2015

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center Courtyard was the scene of the wedding of Ashley to Eddie.  Jocelyn Sprouse took over for me with a trio to play the ceremony as well as a cocktail hour.  Ashley chose an elegant selection of beautiful classics for the prelude as well as the processionals.  Mothers entered to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze”, the wedding party to the beloved “Canon in D” and for Ashley, the traditional “Wedding March” (Here Comes the Bride for the uninitiated).  After Ashley and Eddie were pronounced husband and wife they made their way back down the aisle to the joyous “Hornpipe” by Handel.

For the cocktail hour the trio continued to play a mix of light classics and standards to add elegance to the festivities.  Leigh Barker of A Delightful Day Event Planning did a beautiful job of organizing and directing from start to finish, always answering my questions as soon as humanly possible.

Congratulations to Ashley and Eddie and their families!  Best wishes as they depart on their life’s journey together.

Wedding at Belle Meade Plantation May 16, 2015

Meanwhile over in West Nashville at the Belle Meade Plantation Hilari was busy getting married to Grant in the garden behind the mansion.  I was originally looking forward to playing their wedding until necessary surgery intervened because they had chosen some really fun (for the musicians anyway) classical music for the prelude.  Selections included Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s Turkish March originally written for piano, a Handel Harp Concerto.  A trio consisting of Julianna Waller, Tammy Hobbs and Gary Tussing did justice to the masters’ works.

For the processionals Hilari chose Vivaldi’s “Spring” first movement for the mothers and then the third movement for the wedding party.  She chose for her entrance Handel’s “Hornpipe” from the Water Music.  At the close of the ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to the exciting Handel “Allegro from Solomon”.

The trio reconvened at the area between the stable and the carriage house to play for cocktails and dinner.  They played music from all different eras to cover the generations in attendance including Ellington’s “Take the A Train” to Ben Rector’s “White Dress”.  During dinner the trio played “old school” love songs such as “When I Fall In Love” and “At Last”.

Congratulations to Hilari and Grant along with their families!  Many wishes for a long and happy life together.

Wedding at Saddle Woods Farm on May 23, 2015

Saddle Woods Farm is a new, rustic venue between Franklin and Murfreesboro that was the scene of Brooke marrying her sweetheart, Adam, in an outdoor ceremony in a garden next to the big barn built for such festivities.

Susan Mullen took charge of a trio bringing groomsmen in to the Beatles’ “In My Life”, the bridesmaids to “Wonderful Tonight” while Brooke entered to “A Thousand Years”.  They recessed as husband and wife to “All You Need is Love”.  Afterwards the trio moved to the barn to play more classic rock selections along with Coldplay and Jason Mraz tunes.

These pictures aren’t of their actual wedding but I wanted you to see the venue…

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Saddle Woods Farm Open House March 10, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Saddle Woods Farm, a new wedding and event venue on Hwy 96 between Franklin and Murfreesboro.  WOW!!  Saddle Woods Farm boasts a large barn that can be decorated sumptuously and romantically with lights and drapes.  Because it was dark when I got there I wasn’t able to visit the garden where ceremonies can be held but I’m told it’s gorgeous.  Google them for better pictures but I’m including a few of my amateur offerings.

I’d like to mention a couple of vendors showing their wares that I thought were really good.  Sean Begin of dailyDish catering from Franklin had beautiful, scrumptious salad and vegetables.  Niki Gilliam (whose wedding I played a few years ago) of Momma Nik’s had sensational cheesecake and chocolate covered pretzels for everyone to try.

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10/18/14 Wedding at Scarritt

On October 18 we brought a trio for the wedding of Brian and Eszter who are vying to be my favorites for how easy they were to work with.  Brian was so organized and it came as no surprise that the coordinator they chose, Brittany Coleman, was every bit as organized and on top of things as he was.  Made our job a joy to be a part of the entire evening.

What was really great for the musicians was the changes of styles of music as the evening progressed.  We started at Scarritt with traditional classics, switching to jazz and swing tunes for the cocktail hour after everyone arrived at the Frist for the festivities.  During dinner we played a mix of light classics and classical sounding movie music.  Then it was time for the first dances of “All I Ask of You” for Brian and Eszter, “I Loved Her First” for Eszter and her dad, followed by “What a Wonderful World” for Brian and his mom.  Now it was time to let our classical hair down to play dance music ranging from “Billie Jean” to “Poker Face”.  Fortunately for us the Frist provided amplification for the trio that was piped all through the room.  We were so grateful not to have to worry about feedback and faulty sound boards so we could concentrate on putting our energy into the music.

It was terrific working with Brian and Eszter and we wish them many happy years together.