9/7/19 Wedding at Franklin Cumberland Presbyterian Church

On 9/7/19 Elizabeth wed her sweetheart, Patrick, in a lovely ceremony in the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Franklin.  Silver Strings was a duo this time consisting of Linda Davis on viola and Lindsey Smith-Trostle on cello.  As per Elizabeth’s request we played classical selections for the prelude and then traditional classics for the processionals such as a Handel “Passacaile” for the mothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the bridesmaids and the “Canon in D” for the bridal entrance.

I always try to attend rehearsals if at all possible and was really glad this time that I did.  Normally when the minister presents Mr. and Mrs. …….we launch into the recessional as everyone applauds.  This time the minister made the announcement and the guests broke into applause which went on which went on for what felt like a long time.  I’m sure everyone was wondering when the musicians were going to start the recessional and kept applauding thinking we needed to be jarred out of our stupor.  Finally the minister quieted everybody and proceeded to have a blessing that included the parents, a prayer and then a final blessing before looking at us for the start of the recessional.  Had I not been at the rehearsal I’m sure we would have crashed in at the wrong time.  The music BTW was “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

All’s well that ends well.  Elizabeth and Patrick are married and we wish them all the best in their new 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!

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!

 

8/3/19 Birthday Party

On 8/3/19 Silver Strings had the honor of playing for the celebratory birthday dinner of a Gospel Music composer and singer.  A quartet performed Joel Hemphill’s songs throughout the dinner as well as led the guests in a chorus of Happy Birthday.  Some of the songs the quartet played included “Master of the Wind”, “Good Things”, “Consider the Lilies” and “The Only Real Peace”.  These and many more beautiful songs recorded by the  Hemphills are all found on youtube.

7/13/19 Wedding at Cherokee Dock Estate

On 7/13/19 Silver Strings was in attendance at the nuptials of Laura and Todd at the Estate at Cherokee Park.  This estate, overlooking Old Hickory Lake, is absolutely stunning with beautiful pools, gardens and the grand mansion.  With this estate a couple can easily have contingency plans in case of inclement weather.

For her music Laura chose a combination of traditional classics as well as contemporary selections such as “Here Comes the Sun” for the prelude…appropriate because that day a storm looked imminent as the ceremony time was approaching.  Fortunately the rain held off until the ceremony was over.  Mothers were escorted to their seats to a combination of “Simple Gifts and Over the Rainbow”, bridesmaids to their positions to the Handel “Hornpipe” and finally Laura met Todd at the altar to the beautiful “Canon in D”.  During the ceremony they had a Glass Unity Ceremony for which we played “A Million Dreams.”  After the presentation of the newly wedded couple they made their way back down the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

After the ceremony we decamped to the mansion to play for cocktails.  As the weather was so unpredictable we played indoors.  No complaints from us to be able to play in an air conditioned room on a warm summer evening.

Angie Ruiz of Velour Premier Events, the planner and coordinator for this wedding did an amazing job of directing and making split second decisions required when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Congratulations to Laura, Todd and their families with best wishes for a long and happy life together!

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!

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.

Awards Dinner at the Hilton 1/18/19

On Friday evening 1/18/19 Silver Strings quartet, fleshed out with drums and bass, entertained the Tennessee Bar Foundation members during their annual Awards Dinner at the Hilton Hotel downtown.  We played a mix of classical and low key contemporary pop for the dinner.  Tunes included Piazzola’s fabulously sensual tango, “Oblivion”, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, Khachaturian’s “Masquerade Waltz” and a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

After dinner we let our classical hair down and launched into a dance set that included “String of Pearls”,  selections for tango, cha cha, rhumba, waltz and songs like “Born to Be Wild” and “Devil With the Blue Dress” for good old rock and roll.  One of the guests asked to sing Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” which we were happy to oblige and were pleased to hear a very acceptable rendition of that classic.

Congratulations to the award winners and thanks to the Foundation for having us back again this year!

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11/3/18 Wedding at Homestead Manor

On 11/3/18 Jessie and Max were wed at Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, TN in the beautiful barn…yes, the barn and there are pictures to prove it.  Silver Strings was a trio this time with Josh Shepherd, Gary Tussing and myself.  The ceremony itself went fantastically under the able guidance of Angie Ruiz and her team from Velour Premier Events.

At Angie’s suggestion I arranged a mashup of Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Ed Sheehan’s “Perfect” which we used for the first time at this wedding for the entrance of the family as well as the wedding party.  Gary did a beautiful job with his solo in the middle of this tune of an excerpt from the Canon, which allowed him to play something besides the usual eight notes over and over.  Jessie then met Max at the altar to the strains of “Wedding March” aka “Here Comes the Bride”.  After the vows were recited and the rings exchanged, their unity ceremony was the braiding of three cords while we played a verse of “The Prayer”.

After all was said and done Jess and Max, now husband and wife, made their way back down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March”.  Congratulations to the happy couple from Silver Strings!

10/27/18 Wedding at Scarritt

On 10/27/18 Silver Strings convened at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt Campus for the nuptials of Shannon and Eduardo.  Jocelyn Sprouse and Gary Tussing joined me in a mostly classical setting in this beautiful chapel.  Grandparents and mothers took their places to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” after which the attendants arrived to the no-so-classical Coldplay tune “Clocks”.  Shannon met Eduardo at the altar to “Trumpet Voluntary”.

Two friends of the couple lent their beautiful voices to moments during the ceremony.  At the beginning of the ceremony Maribeth sang “Blessed assurance”, accompanying herself on the piano.  After a scripture reading Dennis sang “In Christ Alone” with the trio along with the piano as accompaniment.  Both of them gave me goosebumps with the beauty of their singing.  After the vows and exchange of rings Maribeth and Dennis sang “The Prayer” with the trio in another goosebumpy moment.

When the Newlyweds were introduced we sent them back down the aisle to U2’s “Beautiful Day”.  And indeed it was a beautiful day for everyone.  Congratulations to Shannon and Eduardo and their families with wishes for a long and happy life together!

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