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Great Barn Wedding near Godmanchester

Tonight’s wedding had a family connection for our front man; Mike’s parents-in-law being guests at the party. A little added family pressure definitely seemed to have the right effect, with the band playing with great fervour all evening.

The reception took place at a barn on a working farm least outside of Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire. The unassuming grounds hosted what had become – with additional decoration provided by the wedding party – a pretty sterling wedding venue. The barn was elegantly adorned with vines and candles, and had much of the feel of Bicester’s Tythe Barn; itself one of our favourite wedding venues.

The first dance, a recording of Faithfully by Journey, set the tone for the evening. The dance floor was packed start to finish with music fans from across the board, loving everything from the rocky stylings of Sweet Child o’ Mine to modern pop classics like Don’t Feel Like Dancing, and alternative songs including Teenage Dirtbag.

As always, a great time was had by all; and it’s always particularly special to play for friends and relatives.

Tonight’s wedding had a family connection for our front man; Mike’s parents-in-law being guests at the party. A little added family pressure definitely seemed to have the right effect, with the band playing with great fervour all evening. The reception took place at a barn on a working farm least […]

24/09/2011

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Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire: An Elegant Wedding Reception

The long and winding drive way to Langar Hall from the road tells you straight away that this venue is something a little special. We were met by Pascal; probably the most jolly and upbeat event coordinator we’ve worked with this wedding season. A quick perusal of the marquee, and we were away on the setup.

The marquee was beautifully decorated. The chequered dance floor was a little too close to the sides of the marquee to allow the conventional band setup, moulding us instead into almost a straight line across one corner. It ended up working better than we initially expected, and we were brought closer to the audience as a result.

As wedding’s go, this was textbook in it’s organization and running. The timings worked excellently, with the band performing 9.30pm-10.30pm, and 11pm-Midnight.

A couple of this summer’s new recruits, Matt and Gaz supplied bass and lead guitar respectively. Their performances had an exciting freshness to them, each taking moments in the set to throw in new ideas. The audience, as always, rapt with Gaz’s guitar solos, and drawn to dancing by the groove filled playing of Matt.

Don’t Look Back in Anger made an appearance tonight as the night’s last track; a fitting and well received choice with the groom a massive brit-pop fan.

At this time of year we’re often looking to the end of wedding season drawing in; this year we’re still a good 6 weeks from our customary rest! And that can only new a good thing…

The long and winding drive way to Langar Hall from the road tells you straight away that this venue is something a little special. We were met by Pascal; probably the most jolly and upbeat event coordinator we’ve worked with this wedding season. A quick perusal of the marquee, and […]

17/09/2011

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A Wedding at the Decadent Chiddingstone Castle

It’s not often you’re able to visit a museum after hours, but tonight’s wedding at Chiddingstone Castle was exactly that! The venue itself is an elegant attraction in the south east, far enough out of London to feel special, but close enough to be marvellously convenient.

Jake and Mike, bassist and vocalist respectively, arrived over an hour early having been perhaps slightly too pessimistic about the M25. So a relaxed setup ensued with the guests helpfully out of ear shot. The Great Hall was our room for today. Contrary to it’s name, we actually had a pretty small footprint in which to setup, between 5 doors, all of which needed to be kept clear. We’ve squeezed into smaller spaces over the years (not least in the Alps), so it didn’t pose too much of a problem.

Tonight our happy couple performed a neatly choreographed first dance to Islands in the Steam, followed by the start of the first set. There was a great atmosphere, a really close knit group sharing a lot of love, and they gathered round the couple quickly filling the dance floor.

Ironically, Don’t Feel Like Dancing really set the room alight, the squeaky lead vocal being supported by the talented crowd; a west-end star being one of a number of music aficionados in the room. Beyond that it’s hard to pick the highlights, save perhaps for an epic finale of Livin’ on a Prayer followed by Sex on Fire!

The edge has been taken off the nearly 3 hour drive home thanks to an 11pm curfew at the venue, but still the road rolls on!

It’s not often you’re able to visit a museum after hours, but tonight’s wedding at Chiddingstone Castle was exactly that! The venue itself is an elegant attraction in the south east, far enough out of London to feel special, but close enough to be marvellously convenient. Jake and Mike, bassist […]

10/09/2011

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