Wedding at Country Music Hall of Fame 11/5/16

On November 5, 2016 Elizabeth wed her sweetheart, David, at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.  The ceremony took place in the Rotunda where Gary, Jocelyn and I played Country tunes for the prelude including “I Hope You Dance”, “Just a Kiss” and “I Loved Her First”.  Elizabeth kept the ceremony processionals simple by having us seat everyone to Canon in D before her entrance to “Wonderful Tonight”.  The recessional was Vivaldi’s “Spring” after which we gave the guests a taste of the fun to come by playing a postlude of “Friends in Low Places”.

The reception took place in the lobby where we played for cocktails and dinner.  Here we mixed more Country tunes with fun stuff like “Shut Up and Dance” and “Dixieland Delight”.  Kudos to planners Mary Alice Sublett and Whitney Gorbett of A Delightful Day Event Planning for doing a fantastic job of making the evening flow smoothly.

And of course congratulations and best wishes to Elizabeth and David.  May they live happily ever after.


Wedding at Belle Meade Plantation May 16, 2015

Meanwhile over in West Nashville at the Belle Meade Plantation Hilari was busy getting married to Grant in the garden behind the mansion.  I was originally looking forward to playing their wedding until necessary surgery intervened because they had chosen some really fun (for the musicians anyway) classical music for the prelude.  Selections included Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s Turkish March originally written for piano, a Handel Harp Concerto.  A trio consisting of Julianna Waller, Tammy Hobbs and Gary Tussing did justice to the masters’ works.

For the processionals Hilari chose Vivaldi’s “Spring” first movement for the mothers and then the third movement for the wedding party.  She chose for her entrance Handel’s “Hornpipe” from the Water Music.  At the close of the ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to the exciting Handel “Allegro from Solomon”.

The trio reconvened at the area between the stable and the carriage house to play for cocktails and dinner.  They played music from all different eras to cover the generations in attendance including Ellington’s “Take the A Train” to Ben Rector’s “White Dress”.  During dinner the trio played “old school” love songs such as “When I Fall In Love” and “At Last”.

Congratulations to Hilari and Grant along with their families!  Many wishes for a long and happy life together.

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!