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.

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.

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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12/29/18 Wedding at Granny White Church of Christ

Silver Strings had an end of the year wedding at the Granny White Church of Christ where Ashleigh wed her sweetheart, John.  On my way to the wedding I found myself singing “Get Me to the Church On Time” as my car suddenly started to run very roughly a few blocks from the church.  At the last stop light with my heel on the accelerator, toes on the brake and the clutch in, I was able to keep the car from stalling until I could limp the last few blocks to the church.

The wedding was lovely, Ashleigh’s train one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and the music which included hymns and Disney favorites favorites letting the guests know exactly who Ashleigh and John are.  For the mothers’ processional we played “Annie’s Song” which was played for Ashleigh’s parent’s wedding.    The beautiful Canon in D was played for the bridesmaids after which a fanfare brought everyone to their feet for the entrance of the bride to “Trumpet Voluntary”.  Vows were said, rings exchanged and as an accompaniment for their Communion, friend, Andy Flatt sang a very stirring rendition of “In Christ Alone” with the quartet accompanying.  Soon the newly married couple were joyfully returning down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March as Mr. and Mrs.

Congratulations to Ashleigh and John and their families!  May they enjoy a long and happy life together.

P.S. I managed to coax my little car to a gas station half a mile away, parked it and got a ride the last mile home sure that my car was going to cost an arm and a leg to spring from the station.  Turned out to be fouled spark plugs.  Whew!img_0778

 

11/17/18 Wedding at Schrader Lane Church of Christ

On November 17, 2018 Silver Strings quartet convened at the Schrader Lane Church of Christ to bring music to the nuptials of Janean and Trey.  When we entered the church we were struck by the gorgeous drape on the stage that would frame the couple as they said their vows.  The music was mostly classical for the prelude and processionals.  Janean chose Canon in D for her entrance.  After the couple mounted the steps to the stage a friend, DaJanae Burnett, sang “A Couple of Forevers” accompanied by Silver Strings.  After the exchange of vows and rings, DaJanae and her cousin, Rayshan Booker, gave us all goose bumps as they sang a very stirring rendition of “The Prayer” during Janean and Trey’s unity ceremony.  After all was said and done Rayshan sent the newlyweds back down the aisle singing “Fly Me To the Moon” with the quartet.

Congratulations to Janean and Trey from all of us with Silver Strings.  We wish them much happiness together!IMG_0758in the years to come!

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.

Tennessee Bar Foundation Dinner 5/5/18

May 5, 2018 was a busy day in downtown Nashville.  The Predators were playing a big game with a pre-game bash in front of the Hilton Hotel…the place we were supposed to be that evening to entertain at a dinner for the Tennessee Bar Foundation.  We all expected nightmare traffic but none of us had a problem, getting there in plenty of time.

We started off the dinner part with tunes like “Be Our Guest” and a Star Wars medley to bring the guests into the ballroom to find their tables.  Then we settled into beautiful background music to help create a convivial atmosphere for the diners.  We were a quintet that evening, an ensemble we absolutely love because the addition of a string bass really enhances the richness of the sound.  My favorite tune of the evening with this ensemble was “Oblivion” by Piazzolla.  Look it up on youtube if you’re not familiar with it.  So sensuous and compelling you’ll want to immediately run out and sign up for tango lessons.

After the dinner and presentation we kicked our music into high gear and played danceable music such as “Shut Up and Dance”, “Billie Jean” and “Born to Be Wild” during dessert.  One table of guests kept us playing a good half hour after our contracted time.  We winged an accompaniment to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” for one of the guests to sing and later a tango for one of the couples.  They were having fun and we were having fun.  Indeed a good time was had by all.

2/10/18 Marriage Proposal

Ok, guys…the bar has been set really high.  I mean this is pole vaulting high.  On 2/10/18 Ken asked Rhea for her hand in marriage.  But not right away.  First he brought her into his home blindfolded, guided her into the living area, had her stand in a particular spot and then signaled the string quartet to begin playing “A Thousand Years”.  She thought she was going to the opera and was dressed to the nines (or maybe in her case the tens…fabulous) but when the blindfold was removed she saw Ken in tie and tails and the musicians in tux playing her favorite song.  Then she saw at least eight arrangements of roses placed about the room in the soft candlelight.

For the next two hours they danced or just sat and listened to the music Ken had carefully chosen to express his love for her.  Then at the appointed song, “When God Made You”, he got down on one knee and proposed, producing a gorgeous ring to seal the proposal.  Violinist Toni Ferguson started crying and I nearly lost my place in the music when this happened.  We all felt honored and so delighted to be part of this grand scheme.

When the time came to pack up Ken announced that they were going out to Taco Bell dressed as they were and extended the invitation to join them since we were all dressed up as well.  We had a good laugh over that and had we not faced a long drive home we certainly would have joined in fun.

Congratulations to Ken and Rhea!!  Guys, remember what I said at the beginning…..FullSizeR2

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