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”.