Wedding atThe Cordelle 9/3/16

On September 3, 2016 Allison and David were married at The Cordelle, a wonderful old home brought back to life as a wedding venue on Lindsley Ave.  A string trio provided the music for their prelude and processionals.  Allison chose “Simple Gifts”, an old Shaker tune, for the mothers, the lovely “Feather Theme” from Forrest Gump for the bridesmaids and for her grand entrance “Here Comes the Sun”.  After a short and sweet ceremony the trio sent the newlyweds back down the aisle to “Everlasting Love”, a song that some of us older folks remember being sung by the group, Love Affair.  It was fun (for me anyway) to take a walk down Memory Lane while arranging this song for them.  I hope many years from now this song will be a walk down Memory Lane for them as well.

Samantha Reedy of Firefly Events very ably coordinated Allison and David’s wedding. She and her sister, Michelle, are the movers and shakers of bringing The Cordelle back to life.  I’m in awe of their courage and persistence in getting the job done so well.

And last but not least…Congratulations to Allison and David and their families with many wishes for a long and happy union.

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Wedding at The Cordelle 6/7/15

The Cordelle, a historic home brought back to life as an event venue near the Howard School on Lindsley Ave., has become one of my favorite wedding venues.  So Rachel and Alex were married in the side yard next to the house on the afternoon of June 7.

Rachel, along with her best friend when they were younger, were big fans of the Beatles so we included a few Beatles songs in the prelude as well as for the bridesmaids processional and the recessional.  The bridesmaids entered to “With a Little Help From My Friends”.  I had gotten an arrangement of it from a friend of mine who had found it on the internet.  It looked a little strange to me so I keyed it into Finale and had my suspicions confirmed.  Also confirmed was my conviction to never buy arrangements off the internet.  Weddings are just too important to play bad arrangements so I set about writing a new arrangement With a Little Help From My Friend, Craig Duncan, who provided me the original Beatles score.

Rachel met her sweetheart, Alex, at the altar to the strains of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  Officiant, Denise, conducted a lovely service and the happy couple recessed to the Beatles classic “All You Need Is Love”.

It was old home week for us musicians to see Rachel Gladstone, the coordinator, at the Cordelle.  We had worked many times with Rachel at Scarritt’s Wightman Chapel until she went off on her own.  It makes our job so much easier to have someone coordinating who knows what they’re doing.

Rachel’s mother, Jan, was a joy to work with as we emailed back and forth getting ready for Rachel and Alex’s big day.  Congratulations to the newlyweds and their families.  Many wishes to Rachel and Alex for a long and happy life together.IMG_0407

Wedding at The Cordelle 11/22/14

We’re finally winding down for the year 2014.  The Cordelle, a relatively new venue I’ve mentioned earlier, hosted the wedding of Kat to James on November 22.    We were a trio with Jocelyn Sprouse on violin and Steve Drake on cello.  The prelude included selections from the classical repertoire including the achingly beautiful slow movement from the Pathetique Sonata by Beethoven.  The first time I heard this piece was in an early Charlie Brown movie (decades ago) where Snoopy skated to it.  I was really happy to be able to recreate it as a trio for Kat.  Another request was for the Nimrod movement from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, also another favorite of mine.

For the ceremony we brought mothers in to Handel’s “Passacaile”, the maids to the gorgeous “Ladies in Lavender” from the movie of the same name and Kat to “Con Te Partiro”.  After a short and sweet ceremony they made their way back down the aisle to the joyous Handel “Hornpipe”.

These days I often communicate more with brides’ mothers because the girls are simply so busy with their careers and school that they’ve learned to delegate tasks to others, usually their mothers.  Martha was a joy to work with as she was organized and was able to make decisions is good time.  I really appreciated her kind words after the wedding smoke cleared when she wrote:

“Thank you again for putting together the music for Kat and James’ wedding ceremony.  It was exactly what we wanted and was beautifully performed.  So many of our guests have told me how much they enjoyed it.  Only regret was that it didn’t go on longer!”

Congratulations to Kat and James.  It truly was our pleasure to perform music from the Masters for their wedding.