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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9/1/18 Wedding near Fayetteville

On 9/1/18 Gary Tussing, Susan Mullen and I found ourselves on an early morning road trip to a residence near Fayetteville, TN to bring the music to the morning wedding of Leanne and Brian.  The weather was hot and steamy so we were grateful for the shade of the front porch of a beautiful home in rural Tennessee.

Leanne surprised her parents with a tribute to them in the form of Floyd Cramer’s “Last Dance”, a favorite song of theirs when they got married, right before she floated down the aisle to “A Thousand Years”.  Leanne and Brian found out the day before their wedding that the minister they had wanted to do the ceremony wasn’t able to do it for health reasons.  Another minister of their acquaintance was able to step in and do a fantastic job.  A highlight of the ceremony was the singing of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Matt Gress, a close friend of Brian’s.  It has to be one of the most moving performances of that song that I’ve ever heard.  (Some of the words were changed to be more wedding appropriate btw.)

Vows said, rings exchanged, the first kiss as husband and wife and we sent them off on their new life together to the strains of “Brown Eyed Girl”.  Congratulations to Leanne and Brian!  May they have a long and happy life together.

8/18/18 Wedding at Ravenswood Mansion

On 8/18/18 a trio of us braved the nasty weather to (finally) play the bride down the aisle at Ravenswood Mansion in Brentwood.  Under the capable direction of Sarah Goude of Regalo Design the trio was placed on the porch of the mansion out of the rain.  Fortunately none of us had any place to be right away so the delay of 30 minutes wasn’t a big deal.  After the rain stopped and the chairs were dried off with towels the wedding went on as planned.  We didn’t have so much to do this time as the groom had chosen a playlist of their favorite songs to be played as prelude.  Then we took over playing traditional wedding music for the processionals including “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and the Wagner “Wedding March” processional ( aka Here Come’s the Bride).

Note to brides:  Adorable children and dogs sometimes will steal the show….just saying.  At any rate a lovely ceremony ensued during the let-up of the rain and the happy couple were duly married.  Congratulations to them and their families!

7/29/18 Surprise Birthday Party

On 7/29/18 Silver Strings quartet was called upon to provide special (surprise) music for the pastor of the Living Truth Christian Center, first starting with a performance of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” during the service.  After the service they treated the congregation to more hymns and dinner music at a luncheon in honor of the Pastor’s 50th birthday.  After seeing pictures of the beautifully decorated room I was really sorry I couldn’t be a part of the quartet that day.  Check these out:

6/16/18 Wedding at Scarritt

On 6/16/18 Silver Strings was in attendance at Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt campus bringing selection of contemporary songs to the wedding of Rachel and Nick.  I got a last minute request for “Stand By Me” from Rachel.  I asked her if she had just watched the Royal Wedding to which she admitted she had.  Fortunately I had set my alarm to get up in time to watch the royal nuptials and heard the gospel choir sing their interpretation of this song.  I got out my stock arrangement of the the Ben E. King version, decided it couldn’t be what Rachel was thinking and transcribed what the choir did.  I told the quartet to play it as though we were a gospel choir…which they did admirably.

Rachel had also asked for “Your Song” by Elton John for the mothers and men, “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional for the bridesmaids, and finally “Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Ray for her entrance.  After the vows and rings were exchanged, the pronouncement of marriage and most importantly….the kiss….we played them back down the aisle as husband and wife to “Shut Up and Dance”.  And indeed it was time to dance with joy and celebration.

Congratulations to Rachel and Nick!  May they have a long and happy union!

6/15/18 Wedding at St. John Vianney Catholic Church

On 6/15/18 Kate and Derick were married in a Catholic ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin.  We were a quartet that day and very much appreciated the help of organist and cantor, Stuart Kelly, in navigating the details of the Catholic marriage rite.  We also all agreed that it was such a pleasure to play selections from the classical literature for this wedding.  Kate chose things like the Brandenburg Concerto #3 and the stunningly beautiful Pavane by Faure for the prelude.  We brought family members to their places with “Arioso”, the men to “Trumpet Voluntary”, the bridesmaids to “Trumpet Tune” and finally Kate, on her mother’s arm, to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.  We mostly got to watch this beautiful rite with the exception of playing “The Prayer” and “Panis Angelicus” during Communion.  Finally after all was said and done and the bride and groom were presented as Mr. and Mrs., we sent them back down the aisle to “O Happy Day”.

Silver Strings wishes Kate and Derick a long and happy together.  Congratulations to them and their families!

6/9/18 Wedding at King’s Chapel

On 6/9/18 a trio led by Craig Duncan was present at the wedding of Ansley and Matty at King’s Chapel in Arrington, TN.  Music was very important to them for this joyous occasion and there were more than the usual number of processionals marking the entrance of the mothers, the groom, the maids and the bride.  Selections included “Butterfly Waltz” for the pastor and Ansley’s mother and grandmother, “Hallelujah” for Matty’s parents and groomsmen, “Canon in D” for Matty, “Tiny Dancer” for the bridesmaids.  Last but definitely not least “A Thousand Years” for the lovely bride, Ansley.  The wedding took place in the wooded area behind the clubhouse rather than the little church with the guests facing a lovely wooded area.  After the ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to “Wedding March Recessional”.

Laurie Montgomery who works as coordinator for King’s Chapel did an amazing job of whipping the wedding party into shape during the rehearsal including such details as to how the men were to hold their arms as they escorted the women to and from the ceremony.

Congratulations and best wishes to Ansley and Matty!

6/9/18 Wedding at Ruby Cora

On 6/9/18 a trio of us made an afternoon trip to Adams, TN to provide the music for the nuptials of Taylor and Cory at a site overlooking the freshly harvested fields of wheat in the countryside.  Marcia Winn, owner of Ruby Cora, has taken great care to make her event venue beautiful and welcoming.

I mostly worked with mom, Chauncy, on the music as kids these days have way too much on their plates and welcome the help of parents and friends.  The processionals were mostly classics with my choice of prelude music.  The scenery begged for things like “Butterfly Waltz” as there were many swallowtail butterflies lending their grace and beauty.  The minister showed his sense of humor at the end of the ceremony by telling Cory he could now make out with his bride after which we played them back down the aisle to “Cowboy Take Me Away”.

The reception took place in a specially designed building for events that was mostly windows with beautiful views out all sides.  The trio played Country tunes, old and new, while guests had cocktails and barbecue.  We even wore our Cowboy boots in honor of the music requested.

Silver Strings offers many wishes to Taylor and Cory for a long and happy life together.

Ruby Cora

Rehearsal at Ruby Cora

5/27/18 Wedding at Castle Gwynn

On 5/27/18 it was our pleasure to convene at Castle Gwynn in Arrington, TN for a wedding in front of a magnificent replica of a castle worthy of the Knights of the Round Table.  There Kevin and Sarah said their self-penned vows in front of family and friends.  But I’m ahead of myself…the music included some well known songs from Disney movies including “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “Bella Notte”.  The entire wedding party including the bride and groom arrived to the strains of “Concerning Hobbits”.  As I mentioned earlier the couple wrote their own vows.  In addition to that they exchanged albums of pictures of themselves from their childhoods.  At the close of the ceremony they returned back down the aisle to “Meryton Townhall” from Pride and Prejudice.

Kevin and Sarah were a delight to work with and my colleagues and I wish them every happiness in their journey together as husband and wife.IMG_0674

5/26/18 Wedding at Long Hollow Gardens

Meanwhile at Long Hollow Gardens another wedding was taking place just after a cloudburst where Caroline wed her sweetheart, Andy in a traditional ceremony accompanied by not-so-traditional music played by a string trio of Craig Duncan, Julianna Waller and Gary Tussing.  Mothers were seated to “This Must Be the Place”, Andy then entered to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” followed by Star Wars “Throne Room” for the groomsmen.  Bridesmaids entered to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” followed by bride, Caroline, to “You’re My Best Friend” (Queen).  During the ceremony their unity celebration was of planting a Bonsai tree to the “Feather Theme” from Forrest Gump.  The newlyweds were then sent back down the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

The sun smiled on this happy occasion and the rain stayed away for the rest of the evening.  Callie of Lavender Events did a great job of coordinating the rehearsal and wedding.

And now congratulations are offered to the bride and groom and their families with wishes for a long and happy life together.

Wedding rehearsal at Long Hollow Gardens

Wedding rehearsal

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