Wedding at the Schermerhorn 7/18/15

I know, I know…I’ve been neglecting my blog for the last two months. Blame it on the summer and my disappearance for a month to Ohio to play in a summer orchestra.

So….On July 18 Silver Strings presided over the music for marriage of Laura to David in a beautiful ceremony in the lobby of the Schermerhorn.  The musicians included a string trio augmented with keyboard, trumpet and a wonderful vocalist, Julie Cox.  Prelude included expansive movie music themes such as the theme from Starman (anybody remember this movie?), Last of the Mohicans and Somewhere in Time.  Having the keyboard, played ably by Mark Schaffel, really brought added dimension to the music.  Alan Suska on trumpet added the sparkle and anticipation to the expectation of the vows.  It was such a pleasure to accompany Julie Cox whose beautiful voice soared over the lobby of the Schermerhorn.  She sang “The Prayer” (at my request) for the prelude and “One Hand, One Heart” for the unity candle during the ceremony.

For the processionals mothers and groomsmen arrived to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” while the bridesmaids entered to the always appropriate and beautiful “Canon in D”.  Laura, however, stepped away from the traditional music to enter to “Heavenly Day”.  After the couple were pronounced married we sent them back down the aisle to the traditional Wedding March”.

I’m personally grateful, as I know the rest of the musicians were, to have the wedding conducted indoors.  The heat index that day was 106º F, a little toasty in our opinion to be outside melting even in the shade and enduring the noise from those annoying pedal bars.  Sara Willard is a pro at coordinating weddings which makes our job so much easier.  So we were comfortable and confident that we would get the proper signals at the proper time.  Who could ask for more?

Congratulations to Laura and David and many wishes for a long and happy life together.

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Wedding at Schermerhorn Symphony Center May 23, 2015

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center Courtyard was the scene of the wedding of Ashley to Eddie.  Jocelyn Sprouse took over for me with a trio to play the ceremony as well as a cocktail hour.  Ashley chose an elegant selection of beautiful classics for the prelude as well as the processionals.  Mothers entered to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze”, the wedding party to the beloved “Canon in D” and for Ashley, the traditional “Wedding March” (Here Comes the Bride for the uninitiated).  After Ashley and Eddie were pronounced husband and wife they made their way back down the aisle to the joyous “Hornpipe” by Handel.

For the cocktail hour the trio continued to play a mix of light classics and standards to add elegance to the festivities.  Leigh Barker of A Delightful Day Event Planning did a beautiful job of organizing and directing from start to finish, always answering my questions as soon as humanly possible.

Congratulations to Ashley and Eddie and their families!  Best wishes as they depart on their life’s journey together.

10/4/14 Wedding at the Schermerhorn

We started off October with a wedding in the courtyard of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  Jocelyn Sprouse and Gary Tussing made up the rest of the trio as we played traditional and contemporary music for the wedding of Jessi and Jeremy.  Jessi and Jeremy opted to keep the music simple, seating the entire wedding party of mothers maids and groomsmen to the Feather Theme from Forrest Gump.  The light and airy music fit the sunny, slightly breezy afternoon perfectly.  Jessi made her entrance to Con Te Partiro, a beautiful, majestic Italian song made famous by Andrea Bocelli.

As guests were seated they found little silver bells on their chairs which they were able to use during the ceremony to express their joy as Jessi and Jeremy made their way back down the aisle while we played All You Need Is Love.  But before that happened, instead of a unity ceremony the mothers came forward to ring chimes to symbolize the union of the families.

Bruce Pittman did a great job of coordinating this wedding.  It makes the musicians’ job so much easier to have someone coordinating who knows what he’s doing.

Congratulations are in order to Jessi and Jeremy and their families!  And a wish for many happy years together.

5/31/14 Wedding at the Schermerhorn

In the middle of the afternoon of May 31 Melia and Josh exchanged vows in the beautiful lobby of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  Just before Melia made the walk to her future husband, Sandy Merrill sang “When I Say I Do” accompanied by Silver Strings.  Then Melia, absolutely stunning in her gown, came down the aisle on her father’s arm to meet Josh at the altar to the strains of “Con Te Partiro”, a favorite song of hers from her days in high school band.

For this wedding the bridesmaids wore deep purple gowns along with the little flower girl whose frothy little dress of the same color looked good enough to eat.  Melia and Josh exchanged their own vows after which they took their first communion.  To close the ceremony we sent them back down the aisle to “This Will Be An Everlasting Love” and indeed it will be with all the palpable love that was felt among the newlyweds and their families and friends.

Congratulations to Melia and Josh with best wishes for a long and happy life together.