Wedding at the Zoo 5/6/17

Following an earlier wedding in Germantown, Silver Strings had just enough time to get to the zoo to first play for a cocktail hour and then for the nuptials of Audrey and Jhones. Apparently both Audrey and Jhones are animal lovers and word has it that they met doing what they love most…taking care of animals.  The fun part was to see the animal masks on the adults and face painting for the kids.  The cocktail hour took place at the carousel where everyone was able to take a ride or two.  We played a number of Celtic tunes, several Beatles songs “here Comes the Sun” (wishful thinking for a rainy day), as well as movie music from Beauty and Beast and Aladdin for this part.

As the sun went down the quartet and guests walked to the nearby Croft House where the ceremony took place in the back yard.  We played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the seating of the family, “What a Wonderful World” for the wedding party and finally “Canon in D” for Audrey.  After a simple ceremony we played them back down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love”.

May Audrey and Jhones have many years of sharing their love for animals and especially for each other!  Congratulations!


Wedding at Church of the Assumption 5/6/17

May 6 was a busy day for us with back to back weddings.  We started in mid afternoon playing for the full wedding Mass for Katherine and Scott at the beautiful Church of the Assumption in Germantown.  We were a quartet that day with vocalist, Julie Cox, and on trumpet, Steve Patrick.  The acoustics in the sanctuary are wonderful and it’s such a joy to play there.

For prelude the quartet played the first movement of the Bach concerto for two violins.  Susan and Toni did themselves proud with this one.  Julie Cox gave us all goose bumps with her lovely rendition of “The Prayer”.  The processionals were traditional classics of Handel and Bach with Katherine meeting her groom at the altar to the Wagner “Wedding March Processional” led by  on trumpet.

After the Mass and when all was said and done we sent the newlyweds back down the aisle to the Mendelssohn “Wedding March Recessional”.  Then it was time for a bit of fun.  While organist, Albennia Ladieu, played a postlude the quartet and trumpet dashed outside to play “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” as guests were leaving.

Congratulations to Katherine and Scott and their families and best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Wedding at CJ’s Off the Square 4/23/17

As I was saying….the weekend of April 23, 2017 was crazy busy and made even more chaotic by the rain.  On this day Amanda and Dustin tied the knot in a damp ceremony at CJ’s Off the Square.  Susan Mullen was in charge of a trio that day to see them through the ceremony and cocktails afterward.  Kandi McIntyre was also pressed into service to sing several chosen songs including “There You Are” for prelude, “If I Should Fall Behind” for the mothers’ processional and “The Prayer” for the unity candle, all accompanied by the trio.  Just before the announcement of the newlyweds Kandi sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with words a little more appropriate for a wedding ceremony.  I never thought tying someone to a kitchen chair, breaking his throne and cutting his hair was particularly appropriate for a wedding.  But ours is not to question music choices…only to perform them beautifully.

Congratulations to Amanda and Dustin and their families.  May they continue to roll with those little showers that rain on people’s parades with love and good humor.


Wedding at Cedars of Lebanon Lodge 4/23/17

It was a very busy – and chaotic weekend with the rain forcing certain adaptations.  A trio of us gathered at the Lodge at Cedars of Lebanon State Park on April 23, 2017 to bring beautiful music to the nuptials of Ann and Jason.  Ann chose mostly classical selections which we are always happy to play.  Two friends of theirs sang songs, “Love Never Fails You” for her processional and “Clean” for their Communion and Unity Heart construction.  Chris, the male vocalist, got lost trying to find the Lodge and we didn’t get a chance to rehearse with him before the ceremony began.  The performance went flawlessly thanks to the experience and professionalism of all involved.

Jason and Ann wrote their own vows which were very lovely and touching.  After the kiss to seal their union, they made their way back down the aisle to “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, a very joyful piece by Handel.

Congratulations to Ann and Jason and their families.  May they be able to share their love and faith for many, many years to come.

Wedding at George Jones Museum 4/22/17

Saturday found a trio of us convening on the third floor of the George Jones Museum at2nd Ave. N. on April 22, 2017.  There we played for the fun wedding of Maggie and Will.  They had requested contemporary music such as “Marry Me”, “Theme from Forrest Gump” and “Gangsta’s Paradise”, the song we used to bring in the groomsmen.  The guests laughed out loud when we launched into that tune.  Maggie met Will at the altar to the strains of “A Thousand Years”.  As their unity ceremony they chose to place a bottle of wine in a box to be opened in five years to celebrate their anniversary.  We accompanied them doing this with the Beatles’ “In My Life”.  And finally, we sent them back down the aisle as husband and wife to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.

Congratulations to Maggie and Will and their families!

Rehearsal Dinner at Hermitage Hotel 4/21/17

The trio, after dashing from a previous wedding close by, played for a rehearsal dinner at the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville.  The family requested classical music which we were glad to play.  We don’t get to play the classics so often anymore as tastes have changed.  We were even asked to continue playing after the contracted time which we were also glad to oblige.  Lauren and Krista of Southern Soiree, coordinators for this dinner and the wedding the following day, did their always flawless job of running things and making everyone comfortable.

Wedding at Riverwood Mansion 4/21/17

While rain is usually welcome for many reasons, it can certainly wreak havoc with wedding plans.  A couple needs to be prepared to roll with whatever happens with good humor and the fact that in the end they will be MARRIED.  That’s just what happened Friday evening at Riverwood Mansion.  Krystal and Greg were married in the garden in between showers with umbrellas held over them while the guests held umbrellas as well.  Their ceremony had a couple of interesting rituals including being “lassoed” by their mothers and later a processional of bridesmaids and groomsmen circling around the guests and back down the aisle to deposit coins.  Not sure of the significance because we, being parked on the porch to keep our instruments out of the rain, couldn’t hear the officiant explain what was happening.  At the end of the ceremony they also passed through a sword arch done by some of her colleagues.

Congratulations to Krystal and Greg and may they have a long and happy life together.

Wedding at Two Rivers Mansion 3/25/17

The second venue on our wedding tour of March 25 was the Two Rivers Mansion near McGavock High School.  The scene of the ceremony was to be on the front steps of the mansion but Mother Nature had other ideas.  About five minutes before the processionals were to begin the heavens opened and the guests had to make a run for the house.  Minutes went by while we moved closer to the walls on the porch and continued to play for the guests while the decision was made to go ahead with the ceremony in the foyer of the house.  While the hair and clothes might have been a little damp, the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the guests for the wedding of Kacey and Zach.  Dave, the officiant lead a lovely service while Kacey and Zach stood in the doorway of the house looking out over the maze.

After the nuptials we moved into the foyer to continue to play for cocktails.  By this time the rain had stopped and most guests had gone outside on the back porch or the front porch so we just hoped our sound carried in both directions.  Eventually I talked Kacey and Zach into a first dance for a photo op in front of the house.  We played “When I Fall in Love” for them while the photographer snapped away.

Kacey and Zach are a lovely couple, both singer/songwriters.  We wish them all the best in their continuing life’s journey as husband and wife.  Congratulations to them and their families!

Wedding at the Wren’s Nest 3/25/17

The first of a double header on 3/25/17 began at the Wren’s Nest near Murfreesboro with the wedding of Jeanne to Dave in the loft of the barn.  We were a quartet playing hymns and the two versions of “Ave Maria for the prelude.  As this was a second marriage for both of them they dispensed with a wedding party but seated the parents.  Jeanne made her entrance to “Canon in D”.  After a short but sweet ceremony they made their way back down the aisle and downstairs to the reception area to “Hymn of Joy”.

This all took place in the middle of the day so that it was a brunch after the ceremony.  Both guests and musicians had a big time with tunes such as “Wagon Wheel”…which we ended up playing twice so everyone could sing along and dance.  The highlight was the Johnny Cash portion, again with the singing along and dancing.  Jeanne had requested a couple of Johnny Cash tunes for Dave who had no idea we would have anything like that.  We did “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire”.

The cake was made by a friend of the couple and boy, was it good!  The planner/coordinator was Lauren Hartman of Southern Soiree, another one of my favorites.  She never leaves us hanging out to dry with no direction.  She makes our job so easy (it’s all about us, you know ;-))

Congratulations to Jeanne and Dave!  They are lucky to be surrounded by a large and loving now-blended family and we wish all of them every happiness for many years to come.

Wedding at the Schermerhorn 3/19/17

On March 19, 2017 Silver Strings was in attendance above the chuppah for the nuptials of Tara and Brian in the lobby of the Schermerhorn.  We played a variety of contemporary songs for the prelude with a couple of traditional Jewish wedding songs including “Dodi Li” and “Erev Shel Shoshanim” mixed in.  When it came time for the processionals we brought the men down the aisle to “Game of Thrones” after which the groom was escorted down the aisle by his parents to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”.  Next came the bridesmaids to “A Thousand Years” followed by the bride, escorted by her parents, to “Canon in D”.  In a Jewish ceremony the bride circles the groom seven times before the rabbi begins the marriage service.  We continued with the Canon while this was done.  It was tricky for us  being above the chuppah because we couldn’t see the bride except for a few times when she came far enough out for us to see her.  It must have been ok because the rabbi began right after we cadenced.  After the ceremony we sent them back down the aisle as husband and wife to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”.

After the ceremony we quickly decamped to an area above the west lobby to play more Coldplay, Beatles, etc.  I want to mention the planner, Bruce Pittman, who in my opinion is one of the best I’ve worked with.  When we’re parked in the balcony of the Schermerhorn, we’re pretty much at the mercy of the coordinator for proper signals.  Bruce never lets us down.

It’s time to say Mazeltov! to Tara and Brian.  It was a pleasure working with them and their families.  May they have many, many years of happiness together.

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