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 CJ’s Off the Square 10/2/16

October is the new June you know.  On Sunday, October 2, 2016 Meredith and Andrew were wed at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, TN.  Meredith chose a Secret Garden theme that went very well with the surroundings, requesting music including “Winter Light” and “Nocturne” from the movie “Secret Garden”.  Other music choices were “Surely the Presence” for the grandmothers and mothers, the aforementioned “Nocturne” for the flower girl and ring bearer and the traditional “Wedding March” by Wagner for her entrance.  During the ceremony we accompanied Holy Communion for the bride and groom with “The Prayer”.

After the ceremony the newlyweds went back up the aisle to the traditional “Wedding March Recessional”.  After all were dismissed we played a couple of extra requests that included “Tennessee” from Pearl Harbor and “When God Made You”.

CJ’s is one of our favorite places to play.  Jennifer Rhem and the others always make our job so much easier.  Many thanks to them for their efficiency and consideration.

Congratulations to Meredith and Andrew and their families.  May they carry the romance and beauty of the Secret Garden with them for as long as they both shall live.

Wedding at CJs Off the Square 7/9/16

On July 9 at CJs Off the Square (one of my favorite venues) Kathrine tied the knot with her sweetheart, Casey, in the presence of friends and family.  We were a trio that day with Craig Duncan on violin and Gary Tussing on cello.  Kathrine had decided on contemporary music for the prelude so we performed tunes such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Tiny Dancer”.  For the processionals we switched to the classics, bringing the mothers in to Bach’s “Arioso”, the bridesmaids and children to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and finally for Kathrine’s grand entrance “Canon in D”.  After a lovely ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s famous “Wedding March”.

As I mentioned earlier CJs is one of my favorite venues.  They do such a good job of organizing the processionals and letting the musicians know when it’s time to begin the ceremonial music.  We really appreciate not being forgotten in the controlled chaos of weddings so that we can do our job easily and gracefully.

So it’s time to say congratulations to Kathrine and Casey and wish them a long and happy life together.

Wedding at CJs Off the Square 6/11/16

CJ’s Off the Square was the scene of the nuptials of Emily and Cameron in front of the gazebo there on June 11.  Emily chose the intimacy of a single violinist for her ceremony music.  Toni Ferguson, who can play nearly anything from memory was the designated violinist for the ceremony.  Toni played a mix of classical and lovely contemporary tunes for the prelude such as “River Flows in You”, “Rondeau” from Masterpiece Theater, and the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts.”  Emily chose the classics for the processionals including the Bach “Air” for the mothers, “Canon in D” for the bridesmaids and Wagner’s “Wedding March” aka “Here Comes the Bride” for her entrance.  Then with a wink to the festivities to come, Toni played them back down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love”.

Best wishes to Emily and Cameron as they continue their life’s journey together!


Wedding at CJs 5/7/16

We assembled as a quartet May 7 at CJs Off the Square for the wedding of Erika to Russ.  Erika chose contemporary songs for the prelude such as “The Luckiest”, “All of Me” and Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”.  We then prefaced the seating of the mothers with “To Make You Feel My Love”.  The bridesmaids and the groomsmen entered to the beautiful “Canon in D” after which the Erika floated to the alter on her dad’s arm to her favorite song, “Over and Over”.

Lately unity ceremonies have gone from lighting candles to pouring sand or tying knots.  This unity ceremony was the construction of a unity cross which they did while we softly played “The Prayer”.

With the saying of vows, the exchange of rings and the kiss completed we sent them on their way back down the aisle as husband and wife to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  And may they live happily ever after.  Congratulations to them and their families!

Wedding at CJs Off the Square November 7, 2014

I really like this trend of weddings happening on days other than a Saturday.  November 7 was a Friday and we were a trio this time with Craig Duncan and Gary Tussing on violin and cello.  The weather was a little chilly but I don’t think Jessica felt a thing as she made her way to meet her groom, Eric, in front of the gazebo.  She chose traditional selections for their wedding including “Sheep May Safely Graze” for the mothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the maids and “Canon in D” for herself.  After they were pronounced husband and wife we played them back down the aisle to the familiar Mendelsohn Wedding March.

After the recessional we put on our party hats to play fun stuff like Beatles and Journey tunes for a cocktail hour.  My new-this-year viola let me know it didn’t care to play outside in the chilly weather by opening a seam.  I have yet to name this guy but for right now “brat” seems to fit.

To Jessica and Eric…Congratulations!  Live long together and prosper.

10/25/14 Wedding at CJs Off the Square

I have to admit we exceeded the speed limit a little to get from Opryland Hotel to CJs Off the Square in time to play for the wedding of Ashley to her sweetheart, Sean.  Ashley and Sean preferred more contemporary music for their prelude and processionals with the exception of “Here Comes the Bride” for Ashley’s entrance.  Between Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Stevie Wonder the trio kept the upbeat tunes coming through the recessional of “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey.

The crew at CJs always run a tight ship, never forgetting the musicians.  (It’s all about us if case you’ve forgotten.)

Silver Strings extends congratulations and wishes for a long and happy union to Ashley and Sean.

10/11/14 Wedding at CJs Off the Square

While we were putting plan B into action in one place, Jocelyn Sprouse was leading a trio at the wedding ceremony of Julie and Andrew at CJs Off the Square in Franklin.  Julie and Andrew chose traditional wedding music for their prelude and ceremony with mothers coming into the ceremony area to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, the maids to Canon in D (we like this one because it’s so easy to come to a logical stop quickly.  Makes us sound good.  It’s all about us) and finally Julie arrived at the gazebo to Trumpet Voluntary.  After the ceremony they all recessed to the Mendelssohn Wedding March in keeping with their other traditional choices.

Mary Alice Sublett from StudioWed was the planner/coordinator for this wedding.  Mary Alice is an immense pleasure to work with.  She’s organized, kind, and doesn’t forget the musicians (see I told you it was about us).

Many wishes to Julie and Andrew for a long and happy life together.  Congratulations many times over!