Wedding at Scarritt 7/2/16

On Saturday July 2, 2016 Brittany and Felix were wed at the wonderful Wightman Chapel at Scarritt.  We were a quartet this time that included flutist, Celine Thackston.  Since we were asked to play classical music it was easy to pick out some great music for prelude that really set off the flute.  Celine played so beautifully the lovely “Pavane” by Faure.    Other pieces we played included the Delibes “Flower Duet”, Handel’s “Passacaile” and Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” all of which sounded wonderful with the flute.

For the processionals Brittany chose “Canon in D” for the whole wedding party including the mothers with the flower girls and ring bearer nearly stealing the show.  The Brittany entered to “Trumpet Voluntary”.  During the service the guests were asked to sing the hymn “Joyful, Joyful” by Beethoven which we accompanied.

I want to compliment Lauren Hartman and Krista Cook (my apologies, Krista, I can’t remember your married name) of Southern Soiree on their excellent organization and running of this wedding.  It makes my job so much easier when I know the coordinators won’t forget the musicians.  (It happens.)

And now it’s time to congratulate Brittany, Felix and their extended families and wish them a beautiful and long relationship.

Wedding at the Rosewall 6/20/15

On June 20, 2015 Keenan married her sweetheart, Ryan, in a Jewish ceremony under a chuppah at the Rosewall in the Gulch.  It was abundantly clear that the guests were excited for Keenan and Ryan when he was finally able to smash the glass in the final act of the ceremony.  There were loud cries of “Mazel Tov” and long applause while they made their way back up the aisle as husband and wife.

The cocktail hour took place across the street at another night club while the room in the Rosewall was turned over and quickly set up for dinner.  The quintet took the time to regroup, set up a sound system and pull a set of classical and contemporary music for the dinner hour.  Yes, that was quintet…we had the luxury of adding bassist Roy Vogt to the usual suspects making it great fun for us to play our arrangements richly enhanced by the support on the bottom.

The chuppah was moved to one corner become the canopy for the beautiful cake.  The tables were decorated with gorgeous sprays of flowers in tall vases.  We played for dinner and once again played past our contracted time without even noticing we were having such a good time with the addition of the bass.

The event was very ably directed by Lauren Hartman and Krista Cook of Southern Soiree.  They’ve become some of our favorite coordinators for their cool and calm control of the details…and they never forget about us.

Congratulations once again are in order for our newlyweds Keenan and Ryan and their families.  Mazel Tov!!

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3/21/15 Wedding at the Wren’s Nest

I don’t normally do this but I found myself playing solo viola at the Wren’s Nest near Murfreesboro for the nuptials of Lauryn and Steven on March 21.  The weather was perfect and the little chapel in the woods near the barn where receptions are held was very pretty.  The couple had selected tunes like Sam Smith’s “Latch”, Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are”, Jason Mraz’ “I’m Yours” for prelude, then “Marry You” (Bruno Mars again) to bring in the groom and his groomsmen, “Can You Feel the Love” for the family and “All of Me” (John Legend) for Lauryn’s entrance with her dad.  The recessional, Train’s “Marry Me”, sent everyone to the barn for the continuing festivities.

Lauryn and Steve’s wedding was ably coordinated by Lauren Hartman of Southern Soiree.  She’s one of my favorite coordinators on whom I can always count to give me proper signals.

Congratulations to Lauryn and Steve and their families.  Many wishes for a long and happy life together.

Wedding at The Hutton Hotel 11/8/14

You know you’ve arrived when your bride is also a wedding planner and coordinator.  Krista and Tim were wed November 8 at the Hutton Hotel.  Her friend and former colleague in another wedding planning company, Lauren Hartman (now Southern Soiree), did double duty as bridesmaid and coordinator.

The music was contemporary with a tip of the hat to Tim’s Irish heritage as we brought him and his groomsmen to the altar to “The Blood of Cu Challain”.  The bridesmaids entered to “A Thousand Years” while Krista chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her entrance.  The ceremony was short and sweet and they went back down the aisle “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to the reception in the beautiful ballroom that shows off a stunning view of downtown Nashville.

Many wishes from Silver Strings to Krista and Tim for a long and happy marriage!

10/25/14 Wedding at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

I know, I know…I’ve let too much time slip by since I last reported on the Silver Strings’ wedding lineup.  October 26, 2014 was a busy day.  Not having yet figured out yet how to clone myself to take care of two weddings at once, I did the next best thing which was to send Craig Duncan to lead a trio for the wedding of Nikou and Mike.  They chose a very traditional program of music…something that is happening less and less for us.  Mother of the bride, Sya, wrote the kindest review for me which I excerpt here:

I was told about Silver Strings by a wedding planner. I went to their web-site and was immediately impressed by the quality of music and the range of pieces available for our daughters wedding. I signed the contract, indicated the times and they were there. The music was exquisite. The musicians were professionally dressed. They arrived at the requested time ready to play. Many of our guests commented on how lovely the music was. After spending a year putting a wedding together, and having to make sure that vendors were where they were supposed to be, it was a relief to have Silver Strings on board. I never felt the need to “double check”. They did exactly what they said they were going to do and it exceeded out expectations.

Lauren Hartman of Southern Soiree did her usual amazing job of making a wedding go smoothly.  Makes our job so easy and allows us to enjoy playing beautiful music without worrying about getting proper signals.

And lastly, congratulations to Nikou and Mike and their families!

10/18/14 Wedding at the Hutton Hotel

Meanwhile Craig Duncan was leading a wedding for me at the Hutton Hotel where Morgan married her sweetheart, Enrico.  What so impressed the musicians was the love shown among the family members.  Morgan chose “A Thousand Years” for her entrance which we choreographed so that she would be entering after a gorgeous introduction and progressing to the altar as the music built to its climax.  After a lovely ceremony the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle to the fun “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

Lauren Hartman of Southern Soiree did a wonderful job coordinating.  Silver Strings has worked with her several times this year and have nothing but good things to say about her skills as a planner and coordinator.

Congratulations to Morgan and Enrico their families along with wishes for many wonderful years together.

11/16/13 at the Wren’s Nest

I had the delight of bringing a quintet (string quartet plus bass) to the wedding of Erin and Andrew which took place November 16 at the Wren’s Nest outside of Murfreesboro.  Their ceremony was very touching with self-written vows and a lot of joyful tears.  Friend, Michael, set the stage after prelude with hymns that the guests joined in singing.  Then we began processionals, a mix of traditional and contemporary with mothers entering to Bach’s “Air” from the Suite in D and the attendants to the beloved “Canon in D”.  Erin chose to enter to “1000 Years” which was tailored to she would arrive at the altar to the chorus (“I love you for a thousand more (years)).  Very sweet.

During the service we accompanied Heather, Erin’s sister-in-law, as she sang “Holy Wedding Day” during communion.  Heather is a wonderful singer and it was truly our pleasure to accompany her.  After the presentation of the newly married couple we sent them off to the reception to U2’s “Beautiful Day”.  When I learned that was the tune she wanted, I at first thought she wanted a Michael Buble tune by the same title that is a break-up song…which I was prepared to talk her out of.

Silver Strings reconvened in the reception area to kick up the energy of the cocktail hour with some rock and roll which was especially fun for us because we had a bass for a change.  Heather, our singer, told us her little girls were mesmerized by what we were doing.  I’ll take that as a compliment.

The Wren’s Nest is a relatively new venue tucked away west of Murfreesboro off the beaten path.  It is a delightful barn with a chapel in the loft and room for the reception on the main floor for those who want to create a more rustic feel for their weddings.

And lastly I want to brag on Lauren Hartman of Southern Soiree, for pulling this wedding and reception together and keeping each part of the event flowing smoothly.  And brag some more on Michael and Heather for the great jobs they did lending their voices to this wonderful occasion.

And as always congratulations to Erin and Andrew and their families and a wish for many happy years together.ImageImageImageImageImage