Wedding at Country Music Hall of Fame 10/14/17

October 14, 2017 was a busy day for us.  After a wedding at Ravenswood we jumped in our cars and sped downtown to take care of the music for a wedding booked by Craig Duncan, one of our colleagues who sometimes double books himself knowing we’ll take care of business.  Sarah Fried of the CMHoF very ably did the coordinating.

Alexis and Jared were wed in the Rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Alexis chose several Country tunes including “Amarillo by Morning” (George Strait) and “Cowboy Take Me Away” (Dixie Chicks) for the parents and wedding party and recessional respectively.  After an introduction from “When You Wish Upon a Star” Alexis  arrived at the chupah to “Forever and Ever Amen”.  Rabbi Rice of Congregation Micah performed the rite after which, of course, Jared stomped the glass and the festivities began.

Mazel Tov to the newlyweds!  Silver Strings wishes them a long and happy life together.



Wedding at Ravenswood Mansion 10/14/17

On October 14, 2017 Anna married her sweetheart, Brad, on the ground of Ravenswood Mansion in Brentwood, TN.  We were a trio that day with Sarah Goude of Regalo Design (one of my personal favorites) coordinating.  Anna chose a lovely program of classics with some beautiful songs from the movies such as “Secret Wedding” from Braveheart.  The processionals were traditional with Anna meeting Brad at the altar to the bridal favorite “Canon in D”.  After the vows and rings were exchanged and to help kick off the festivities to follow, we played “Bittersweet Symphony” for the recessional.  Beautiful weather, beautiful bride, my favorite musicians, Susan Mullen and Gary Tussing, and adept coordinating by Sarah, it was a fantastic day.

Congratulations and best wishes to Anna and Brad and their families!

Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 10/7/17

On October 7, 2017 it was my pleasure to lead a trio for the nuptials of Jessica and Sean.  Thankfully East Ivy was prepared for the rain that threatened all afternoon and evening with tents over the ceremony area as well as the reception area.  Gary Tussing and Kristi Seehafer joined me in playing traditional classics and a few beautiful, contemporary selections for the prelude.  Jessica kept the processionals simple.  Mothers, the wedding party and the dog entered to Elton John’s “Your Song”.  Jessica met Sean at the altar to the strains of “Tale As Old As Time” from Beauty and the Beast.  The recessional was one of my personal faves…”Shut Up and Dance”.  After the ceremony the trio continued with more Disney tunes and other contemporary rock songs.

Many wishes for a long and happy life together to Jessica and Sean.

Wedding at The Hermitage 10/7/17

On the afternoon of October 7, 2017 Christian married her sweetheart, Andrew, in a ceremony in the beautiful garden next to Andrew Jackson’s home.  Isabel Bartles did an amazing job of leading a trio for me.  She and a couple of symphony musicians stepped out of their usual classical mode to play contemporary selections for Christian and Andrew’s ceremony.  Selections included John Legend’s “All of Me”, “A Thousand Years” and Train’s “Marry Me”.  Christian chose “Seasons of Love” from Rent for her processional.  After the vows were exchanged and their union sealed with a kiss, the trio played Fla-Ga Line’s “H.O.L.Y”.

Fortunately for everyone that day the menacing dark clouds held off dumping their contents until just after the ceremony was over.  I doubt the rain would have dampened anyone’s spirits however.

Congratulations and wishes for many happy years together to Christian and Andrew!

Wedding at Drakewood Farm October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017 was a very busy day.  I had booked 4 weddings for approximately the same time.  Fortunately for me I have several colleagues who do a fantastic job of leading an ensemble.  Julianna Waller took charge of this wedding with a trio at Drakewood Farm in Goodlettsville, TN.  Julianna was the perfect person to lead the trio as Sarah and Ben chose a variety of rock (Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran) and Country songs for their prelude and ceremony music.  I have to say this is the first time Silver String brought in a bride to the song, “Teenage Dream”.  The recessional was “I Like Me Better”…another first.

Congratulations to Sarah, Ben and their families.  May they be blessed with a long and happy life together.

Wedding in Centerville, TN 9/30/17

Road trip!  On September 30, trio of us piled into my car to make the hour trek to Centerville, TN, to a beautiful little wedding venue tucked away in a hollow (or in Tennessee, a holler) off a lane that was off the main road.  There in an open pavilion replete with pews, in front of friends and relatives, Sara Beth tied the knot with Philip in a lovely ceremony.

We played mostly hymns and classical selections for the prelude after which mothers entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, maids to the Vangelis “Hymne” and Sara Beth to the much loved “Canon in D”.  During the ceremony they both read their self-penned, amazingly eloquent vows to each other.  After the rings and kiss were exchanged we sent them back down the aisle to the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Congratulations to Sara Beth and Philip.  Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

The Bridge Ministry Fundraiser 9/21/17

For a change Silver Strings got to do something really neat, yet humbling.  We played background music for a fundraising dinner for The Bridge Ministry in the David Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.  The Bridge Ministry was established by gospel singer, Candy Christmas, a few years ago to feed the homeless every Tuesday evening under the Jefferson Street Bridge.  Through her vision and guidance the ministry feeds sometimes hundreds of people every week as well as providing clothes and food boxes to take with them.

After we finished our part, the program continued with a performance by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum along with her father and Ricky Skaggs of songs she had written.  Following her performance Franklin Graham, the Reverend Billy Graham’s son, took the stage to deliver thanks and encouragement to all the volunteers who participate every week in the feeding and care of so many.

Following Rev. Graham, Jasmine, Candy’s daughter and singer in her own right, took the stage to once again prove that apples don’t fall too far from the tree.

It was such an honor to be a part of this celebration of the generosity and love of so many people for those less fortunate than they.

Weddings and More Weddings 9/16/17

As I haven’t figured out yet how to clone myself to be able to play four weddings all at the same time, I send my trusted colleagues to take care of business in my place.  Cellist, Elizabeth Browne, played solo cello for the wedding of Elizabeth and Keith at Homestead Manor near Spring Hill.  She played mostly traditional selections with the exception of “Throw the Coins” from Sense and Sensibility for the recessional.

Meanwhile at Cheekwood Susan Mullen led a trio for the nuptials of Kristina and Dustin in the mansion.  The couple also chose traditional music for their ceremony that included “Jesu”, “Wedding March aka Here Comes the Bride” and “Wedding March Recessional”, saving the fun stuff for the cocktail hour that followed.

And yet another wedding took place in Columbia with Craig Duncan presiding over the music.  This time the couple, Gracen and Shad, chose mostly contemporary music for prelude as well as the processionals.  Selections included “When God Made You” for the mothers, “U2’s “All I Want Is You” for the maids and “A Thousand Years” for Gracen’s entrance.

Kudos to Angelina Ruiz, Meredith Zeller and Kimberly Scruggs for their expert coordination of the weddings in their charge.  And most of all congratulations to all the couples with wishes for many years of happiness together!

Wedding at Trinity View Farm 9/16/17

September is the new June.  I had four weddings booked for about the same time on September 16.  I chose to play the one with the best view.  Jocelyn Sprouse, Charis MacKrell and Gary Tussing joined me at Trinity View Farm to play for the nuptials of Amanda and Will.

Trinity View Farm is near Franklin and sports a breathtaking view from the back of the stable where we played pre-prelude music as guests arrived, then later played the official prelude further up the hill from the stable.  The guests were able to view the ceremony with the stunning view as a backdrop.  Will, a very organized guy, sent the requests for each aspect of our part.  The prelude was a selection of contemporary tunes that included Coldplay’s “Yellow”, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”.  The processionals were traditional:  “Simple Gifts” for the mothers, “Jesu” for the bridesmaids and “Canon in D” for Amanda.  Amanda’s was stunning in a beautiful non-traditional gown of a rich light brown color.  We couldn’t resist a picture of a beautiful butterfly that on one of our chairs during the ceremony.

After the ceremony everyone returned to the stable for the cocktail hour for which we played a variety of classic and contemporary rock including songs by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay and Michael Jackson.

I’d need to brag on coordinator, Ashley Coston, of Love Southern Social.  If anything could go wrong, it did.  The shuttles were late because their previous job ran late.  The band for the reception lost the transmission of their van…fortunately at the bottom of the hill at Trinity View…but it put them behind for getting set up.  The officiant was a little late and a few other minor things happened but Ashley was cool as a cucumber coordinating everything to seamlessly take care of the delays and no one was the wiser.

Congratulations to Amanda and Will and their families.  They were all lovely, easy going people and a joy to work with.  Best wishes for a long and happy life to the newlyweds.



Wedding at CJ’s Off the Square 9/3/17

On Sunday, September 3, 2017 Silver Strings played for the ceremony and cocktail hour of Sidney and Stephen at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin.  What was neat and different was that the ceremony took place, not in front of the gazebo, but in front of the greenery to one side of the garden with a cross erected in the background.  The trio was in the gazebo this time.  Sidney chose “Ave Maria” for the seating of the mothers and grandmothers, “Trumpet Voluntary” for the bridal party and the beautiful “Canon in D” for her entrance.  There were tears of joy as self-penned vows were exchanged and afterwards cheers went up as they were pronounced husband and wife.

After the ceremony we continued with the fun stuff for a cocktail hour including “Thinking Out Loud”, “Shut Up and Dance”, “H.O.L.Y”, “Wagon Wheel” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.

Silver Strings wishes Sidney and Stephen all the best in their new life together as husband and wife.  May they have many, many happy years together!

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