Wedding at Union Station Hotel 9/10/16

On September 10, 2016 a trio of us convened in in the lobby of the Union Station Hotel to bring the music for the wedding of Kristin and Andrew.  I remember being in the Union Station many years ago when passenger trains still stopped there.  Pigeons flew in and out of the lobby doing what pigeons normally do….soil everything.  The lobby now is so incredibly beautiful it takes your breath away.

Andrew was involved in the selection of music, requesting “I Want to Hold Your Hand” for a hand binding ceremony with accompanying poems read by the parents.  (The minister I think forgot this part of the ceremony so we ended up playing this song as a postlude.)  He also requested “Happy Together” by the classic rock band, The Turtles, for the cutting of the cake, which we got to do at the right time.

The rest of the music was in the traditional genre including the Bach “Prelude in C” for the mothers and grandmothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the bridesmaids and the lovely, “Canon in D” for Allison’s entrance.  The newlyweds returned back down the aisle to the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.

After the wedding we moved outside for the cocktail hour, choosing to stand as we were soon playing rock and roll and jazzy standards.  One of the songs we played, “Take the A Train” was definitely apropos of the venue. Craig Duncan, the violinist, always brings excitement to this tune taking solos that kick up the energy of this much-loved duke Ellington classic.  I also want to acknowledge Elizabeth Wright of Simply Southern Events for doing a great job of coordinating a fairly complex wedding.

Congratulations to Kristen and Andrew and may they always be “Happy Together”.

Wedding at Scarritt 8/13/16

Silver Strings morphed into a trio of violin, cello and piano for the nuptials of Jessica and Tyler at the Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt campus.  Craig Duncan on violin, Kelli Cox on piano and Gary Tussing on cello played the classics for the ceremony.  Kristin Kaplan of Stunning Events did a fabulous job of coordinating this wedding.

For the processionals the mothers entered to “Trumpet Voluntary” while the bridesmaids entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.  Jessica chose the beautiful “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for her walk to the altar.  After they were pronounced husband and wife the newlyweds made their joyful way back down the aisle to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

Congratulations to Jessica and Tyler and their families!  We wish them a long and happy life together.


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 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.