Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 6/18/16

We almost could have left our instruments at East Ivy Mansion as we were just there the day before.  This time we were a trio again for the wedding of Alyssa to Adrian.  Unfortunately this time the weather didn’t cooperate.  We played “A Thousand Years” for the mothers but as we launched into “Forever and Ever Amen” for the maids and flowergirls, it started to sprinkle.  Paul, the cellist moved his music and cello to huddle with us under a patio umbrella I’d brought just in case (whew!).  The breeze blew Jocelyn’s music off her stand which she kept from totally blowing away with her foot all the while continuing to play.  We got Alyssa to the altar with “Bless the Broken Road” but as the minister began the rain started being more persistent.  They had planned a unity ceremony where we were to play “Holy” by Florida Georgia Line but as we began the song the heavens opened up and we had to throw our instruments into their cases and shut the folders to keep from soaking the music.  Many guests began dashing for cover as the minister determinedly carried on with the ceremony.  Alyssa and Will got soaked but the joy at their having tied the knot wasn’t dampened at all.

About the time the reception got into full swing the rain cleared and the evening continued with a wonderful time had by all.  There is a covered area next to the pool where we were able to set up in case the rain returned and played fun stuff including “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber and the theme to Game of Thrones.

Many wishes for a long and happy life together to Alyssa and Will!  We won’t forget your wedding for a very long time.


Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 6/17/16

With a Friday wedding at East Ivy Mansion the Silver Strings trio kicked off another busy wedding weekend.  On June 17, 2016 Kristen married Will in a garden ceremony with the weather behaving nicely for a change.  Kristin chose a mix of traditional classics and contemporary favorites for the prelude and processionals.  Included were their favorites, “I Loved Her First”, “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

During the ceremony Alexandra Cohlmia, a friend of Kristen, sang “Never Alone” by Lady Antebellum.  It was a truly a pleasure performing this with a professional.  Then with a nod to the festivities to come, Kristen and Will returned back down the aisle as husband and wife to the Coldplay “Viva la Vida”.

After the ceremony we moved to another part of the lovely garden inside the walls of East Ivy to continue to play fun stuff by the Beatles, Bruno Mars, the Beach Boys  Jason Mraz for cocktails.

And finally congratulations to Kristen, Will and their families and thanks for being such a lovely and easy couple to work with.


Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 9/12/15

While I was busy elsewhere on 9/12/15 seeing that another couple was suitably married across town, Susan Mullen was taking care of business for me at the gorgeous East Ivy Mansion at S. 5th Street and Fatherland, the scene of the marriage of Deidre to Patrick.  I did attend the rehearsal and decided that any officiant named Vito had to be ok.

Deidre and Patrick chose music from the Beatles for their processionals.  This came as no surprise as Patrick is a rock musician.  The trio played Beatles along with other soft rock tunes for prelude and then began seating parents to “Let It Be”, after which the bridesmaids entered to “All My Loving” which I had arranged especially for them.  Deidre entered to a particular part of “Here Comes the Sun”, saving the chorus of the same song for their recessional after all was said and done.

The trio continued with more Beatles and classic rock for the cocktail hour.  The coordinator for East Ivy, Jamie Lane, does a perfect job of making a wedding run smoothly.

Congratulations to Deidre, Patrick and their families and many wishes for a long and happy life together.

Wedding at East Ivy Mansion 6/27/15

June 27, 2015 found Silver Strings trio at the East Ivy Mansion on the east side of the Cumberland performing for the nuptials of Megan and Nick.  The weather for late June couldn’t have been more lovely for an outdoor ceremony on a lawn next to the mansion.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this wedding was the bridesmaids all having different dresses but each had a gold metallic look in some way.  Really stunning.  Another thing was the little flower girl who found us so mesmerizing that she stopped in her tracks in front of us still dropping her petals and wouldn’t budge until Jamie Lane, the coordinator, dashed over to encourage her to keep walking.

Megan arrived at the altar on her father’s arm to the favorite “Canon in D” and recessed on her new husband’s arm to “Here Comes the Sun”.  We performed a mix of traditional and contemporary music for the prelude that included Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.  After the ceremony we turned our chairs to face the mansion to continue to play fun music for “mocktails”.

East Ivy Mansion is a gorgeous venue for a wedding and Jamie Lane, the coordinator there, did a wonderful job of directing the action.  Definitely worth checking out if you are a bride planning a wedding.

Congratulations to Megan and Nick and their families with many wishes for a long and happy life together.

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