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!

8/10/19 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!

 

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!

10/13/18 Wedding in Burns, TN

On 10/13/18 Silver Strings had the honor of playing for a wedding of a colleague from Wisconsin at a farm in Burns, TN.  Heather is a cellist in her Wisconsin city doing the same thing we do, but was here to be married to her sweetheart, Adam.  She provided the music for the processional and we were very impressed with her arranging skills.  Everyone who was part of the service entered to “Higher Ground” in which we played along with a track created by Heather of an oboist friend of hers who couldn’t be at the wedding but wanted to participate.

But I’m ahead of myself.  The wedding took place in a freshly mown meadow down from the house of her fiance’s brother in rural Burns.  Chairs for about 25 guests were placed in a circle.  At the beginning of the ceremony the officiant gave the rings to a guest to start the “Ring Warming” where the rings were passed around the circle of guests with each person silently conveying prayers, good thoughts or wishes as the rings were in their hands while the quartet played “The Book of Love” (Heather’s arrangement).  After the vows were recited and rings exchanged we sent them and the guests up to the brunch tent to the strains of “In Your Eyes/Solsbury Hill”, another of Heather’s arrangements.

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We soon followed to play fun stuff for their gourmet brunch, pulling out songs like “Uptown Funk”, “Istanbul”, Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Another One Bites the Dust”.  Toward the end of the brunch Heather asked if she could sit in and would Paul Nelson mind if she played his cello.  He happily let her have his place so he could warm up with a hot cup of coffee, it being quite cold that day.  When we were done we were invited to enjoy the buffet at a table set specifically for us….something only another musician would think of.

Congratulations to Heather and Adam!  It was wonderful meeting them, seeing that they were properly married and hopefully we’ll see them again when they visit Adam’s brother again.

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!

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.

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