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.

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!

Wedding at The Cordelle 11/22/14

We’re finally winding down for the year 2014.  The Cordelle, a relatively new venue I’ve mentioned earlier, hosted the wedding of Kat to James on November 22.    We were a trio with Jocelyn Sprouse on violin and Steve Drake on cello.  The prelude included selections from the classical repertoire including the achingly beautiful slow movement from the Pathetique Sonata by Beethoven.  The first time I heard this piece was in an early Charlie Brown movie (decades ago) where Snoopy skated to it.  I was really happy to be able to recreate it as a trio for Kat.  Another request was for the Nimrod movement from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, also another favorite of mine.

For the ceremony we brought mothers in to Handel’s “Passacaile”, the maids to the gorgeous “Ladies in Lavender” from the movie of the same name and Kat to “Con Te Partiro”.  After a short and sweet ceremony they made their way back down the aisle to the joyous Handel “Hornpipe”.

These days I often communicate more with brides’ mothers because the girls are simply so busy with their careers and school that they’ve learned to delegate tasks to others, usually their mothers.  Martha was a joy to work with as she was organized and was able to make decisions is good time.  I really appreciated her kind words after the wedding smoke cleared when she wrote:

“Thank you again for putting together the music for Kat and James’ wedding ceremony.  It was exactly what we wanted and was beautifully performed.  So many of our guests have told me how much they enjoyed it.  Only regret was that it didn’t go on longer!”

Congratulations to Kat and James.  It truly was our pleasure to perform music from the Masters for their wedding.