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!