Wedding at Opryland Hotel 9/26/15

September 26 found Silver Strings at the Opryland Hotel in the Delta Pavilion presiding over the music for the nuptials of Jennifer and Ryan.  When Jennifer saw the Delta Room in the hotel a number of years ago, she knew she wanted to get married there.  And it was finally so.

The music covered all the bases from the sublime to the ridiculous.  We played “Claire de Lune”, Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” overture and other classical selections for the prelude but switched to contemporary music for the processionals.  “The Luckiest” was employed to bring in the entire wedding party.  Jennifer chose “Dream a Little Dream of Me” for her entrance.  One of the interesting things during the ceremony included a cross construction.  The officiant described the symbolism of the construction of the cross while Jennifer and Ryan assembled the parts.  Afterward two of Jennifer’s friends sang the hymn “Love at Home”.  Now for the ridiculous….they recessed as husband and wife to Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight”.

After the ceremony we made our way to the Magnolia Ballroom lobby to continue playing rock and roll with a few standards thrown in.  We knew we did the right thing when the bride nearly teared up as we played “Mrs. Darcy” from Pride and Prejudice.  Krisie Washington of A Magical Affair did a great job of making the wedding run smoothly.  We musicians are always grateful when the coordinator knows what she’s doing which makes it so much easier for us to do our job properly.

Congratulations Jennifer and Ryan!

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Wedding at Schermerhorn Symphony Center May 23, 2015

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center Courtyard was the scene of the wedding of Ashley to Eddie.  Jocelyn Sprouse took over for me with a trio to play the ceremony as well as a cocktail hour.  Ashley chose an elegant selection of beautiful classics for the prelude as well as the processionals.  Mothers entered to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze”, the wedding party to the beloved “Canon in D” and for Ashley, the traditional “Wedding March” (Here Comes the Bride for the uninitiated).  After Ashley and Eddie were pronounced husband and wife they made their way back down the aisle to the joyous “Hornpipe” by Handel.

For the cocktail hour the trio continued to play a mix of light classics and standards to add elegance to the festivities.  Leigh Barker of A Delightful Day Event Planning did a beautiful job of organizing and directing from start to finish, always answering my questions as soon as humanly possible.

Congratulations to Ashley and Eddie and their families!  Best wishes as they depart on their life’s journey together.

4/25/15 Wedding at the Opryland Hotel Delta Pavilion

April 25th, 2015 found the Silver Strings Quartet performing the backdrop of music for the wedding of Melanie and Brian at the Opryland Hotel in the Delta Pavilion.  Melanie and her mom, Judy, were so easy to work with and as nice as could be.  They chose mostly classic wedding repertoire along with several hymns and the Christian song, “My Tribute”, a request by Judy.  During the service Melanie and Brian’s friends, Brett and Chris, did a wonderful job of performing “Surely the Presence” and “You Raise Me Up”. Melanie and Brian recessed as husband and wife to the Mendelssohn Wedding March…the one everyone knows as a wedding recessional.

A big thanks goes to Brian, the sound man, who did a great job of dealing with the surprise of having to amplify the strings so they could be heard over the din of the nearby waterfall by the singers as well as the guests.  And thanks to Krisie of A Magical Affair for her able coordination of the gazillion details of a wedding.

After the ceremony we dashed upstairs to the Magnolia Ballroom area to play the jazzy standards for cocktails and later during dinner inside the Ballroom to play love songs and more easy listening contemporary music.  We took the liberty of playing a new arrangement of “Downton Abbey” from the PBS series from which several of us are experiencing withdrawal pains.  After our part was done we didn’t stick around long enough to be able to sample the cake but it was gorgeous. (See below.)

Wishes for a long and happy life to Melanie and Brian.  It was truly a pleasure being a part of their ceremony.IMG_0380

4/4/15 Wedding at King’s Chapel

The little church at King’s Chapel is a delightful sanctuary with wonderful acoustics for a string trio.  Pamela married her sweetheart, Timothy, on a beautiful spring day with beautiful music as a backdrop.  After a prelude of classic wedding music friend, Natalie, sang “How Beautiful” just before the procession of the wedding party.  Pamela met Timothy at the altar to the beloved “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  After the newlyweds were announced as Mr. and Mrs. we sent them back down the aisle to “O Happy Day”.

Jocelyn Sprouse on violin and Gary Tussing on cello joined me in the trio.  Michelle of A Magical Affair took care of business as the coordinator.

Congratulations to Pamela and Timothy and their loved ones.  The best is yet to come.

Wedding at Church of the Assumption 11/1/14

I got a little ahead of myself with my last post.  We actually started November 1 earlier that day with a wedding at the beautiful, historic Church of the Assumption.  Iliana married her sweetheart, Josh, in a Catholic ceremony complete with Mass and Communion.  We were a quartet that afternoon and got to play some gorgeous music that included the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” adapted from the Time for Three version and then Gary playing the first movement from the Bach Unaccompanied Sonata #1 for the prelude.  Scot Tyler sang several songs during prelude and the ceremony including “Ave Maria”, “The Lord’s Prayer” and “The Prayer”.  It was a thrill to hear these songs sung in a sanctuary with such wonderful acoustics.

Iliana was a stunning beauty as she made her way down the aisle to the altar to “A Thousand Years”.  An old friend of her family, Father Sam Messina, had traveled from Mississippi to perform the rite.  After exchanging vows Iliana and Josh laid roses in front of the statue of Mary as Scot sang “Ave Maria”.  Then during Communion the quartet played the lovely “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” as well as “Panis Angelicus”.

Krisie Tiffner of A Magical Affair handled this wedding with all its myriad details and curve balls with total aplomb.

Once again congratulations are due all around to the bride and groom and their families.  Many wishes for a long and happy marriage.Church of the Assumption IMG_0328

Reception at Opryland Hotel 10/25/14

Meanwhile at the Opryland Hotel in the gorgeous Magnolia Ballroom a trio of us, wired for sound, played ballroom music for Leila and Joseph.  They had been taking dance lessons for the last year and wanted to show off what they had learned.  So their first dance was a waltz to the beautiful “Butterfly Waltz” at the end of which was a long kiss to which we kept the music going until they came up for air.  After that Leila danced with her father to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and Joseph with his mother to “Sunrise, Sunset”.  I understand some of the older guests got a little misty to that one.  It would be difficult to say who had more fun…us or them.  Waltzes and tangos and foxtrots, oh my!  We could have played this stuff all day but as soon as it was over we had to make a mad dash to make sure someone else got married that day.

Many thanks to Krisie Tiffner of A Magical Affair who was the coordinator for that day.  We have been working with Krisie more lately and have come to really appreciate her skill at running events and not forgetting the musicians.

Leila and Joseph were a pleasure to work with and we wish them a long and happy life together!