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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Downing College Cambridge Wedding

Returning to an old place of study might send shivers down many spines, but tonight’s happy couple could hardly have been happier. The bride and groom met and studied at Downing College, Cambridge, and chose to return to celebrate their marriage. The ornate buildings of the campus university provided a great back drop to their special day, and was made all the more special with the history they shared there.

The first dance tonight was Ben E King’s Stand by Me. A lovely choice, and as the couple had rehearsed a choreographed dance they felt it safety to run with the recording. In these situations we readily agree, asĀ  the smallest change in arrangement could throw a spanner in the works!

Despite the bar being downstairs in the Howard building, and us playing upstairs, the dance floor remained packed all evening. From our first track, Stuck In the Middle, right through to tonight’s epic finale, Hey Jude, friends and family of the wedding party danced the night away.

Tonight we had a little time to ourselves earlier in the evening, and took the opportunity to do some more work on a special surprise… Watch this space for more information!

Returning to an old place of study might send shivers down many spines, but tonight’s happy couple could hardly have been happier. The bride and groom met and studied at Downing College, Cambridge, and chose to return to celebrate their marriage. The ornate buildings of the campus university provided a […]

28/08/2011

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Big Wedding in Little Horwood

The wedding tonight took place at Horwood House in Little Horward, near Milton Keynes. The venue is a characterful mix of old and new, with the original house adjacent to a much larger modern facility. I think there were two or three weddings actually taking place in the venue, though we saw little to give the game away.

We were setting up in a bar adjacent to the room in which the guests were eating, giving us plenty of time to get things sorted. The load ins at Horwood House aren’t our favourite (down windy corridors), but we were set, ready and fed with time to spare.

The first dance tonight was “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars; not to be confused with the Billy Joel track of the same name, which incidentally we played earlier this year. The bride and groom had asked for us to arrange a more chilled out version than the radio friendly recording we all know, and I think our acoustic lead version was well received. The young couple had requested to hear a number of recent artists, so there were a few more of our most current tracks than usual. Fireflies was probably our highlight for the evening – additional keyboards provided by Matt on tonight’s 5 piece line-up really added to the produced feel of the song. The wedding’s floor fillers were the usual suspects; Forget You, Pokerface and Don’t Stop Believing all rousing a great response from the diverse audience.

Scarcely 10 hours before the car needs to be packed for tomorrow night’s wedding in Cambridge, so I best get some sleep! Good night all…

The wedding tonight took place at Horwood House in Little Horward, near Milton Keynes. The venue is a characterful mix of old and new, with the original house adjacent to a much larger modern facility. I think there were two or three weddings actually taking place in the venue, though […]

27/08/2011

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Ham Polo Club: Lovely Wedding Venue, Lovely Couple

It was an early arrival today at the Ham Polo Club in London. Being set by 5pm was the order of the day. While it gave us a pretty early start to the day, it did afford us a little time to recover after set up, and to discuss any matters arising on tonight’s set list.

Unusually for such a young couple there was a request to err the songs toward classics from the 60s and 70s. We were more than happy to oblige, rolling out a few Beatles numbers amongst others that hadn’t seen the light of day for a while.

Tonight’s first dance was Elvis with the Wonder of You, and the happy couple chose a live recording of the track to dance to. Their request for the first track to be played by us was From Me To You by the Beatles. While not the band’s best known song, it certainly had the dance floor going from it’s classic intro onward!

The three sets tonight seemed to fly by. The audience, bride and groom, and even the venue and quirky photo booth guys (google “groovy booth”) all enjoyed the show. A job well done!

It was an early arrival today at the Ham Polo Club in London. Being set by 5pm was the order of the day. While it gave us a pretty early start to the day, it did afford us a little time to recover after set up, and to discuss any […]

20/08/2011

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Back To School: A Wedding At Arden House, Warwick University

Tonight’s wedding venue was none other than the CoverUps’ former ‘stomping ground’, Warwick University. Having cut our teeth on the functions circuit while attending Warwick University, it was great to return with several years’ more experience to play for a young couple with strong ties to the establishment too!

The bridal party had been heavily involved with decorating the venue, which gave it warm and elegant feel. The meal was a barbecue, and the grooms men giving no speeches created a relaxed evening vibe, which led to a gentle start to the evening.

It was the likes of Forget You that really got the dance floor going, and the second half – starting as it did with Valerie – lifted to an energetic climax! We hope to bring you some photos of the show; good friend and previous client Leighton Joskey was this evening’s photographer.

As is so often the way with wedding receptions right on our doorstep, the load out tonight wasn’t as snappy as usual. Still, bed before 3 isn’t bad going!

Tonight’s wedding venue was none other than the CoverUps’ former ‘stomping ground’, Warwick University. Having cut our teeth on the functions circuit while attending Warwick University, it was great to return with several years’ more experience to play for a young couple with strong ties to the establishment too! The […]

13/08/2011

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