It was just over an hours drive from The CoverUps HQ, in Coventry, that lead us to Wrest Park– a historical park previously owned by Thomas De Grey, 2nd Earl De Grey. We drove through the small town of Silsoe straight onto a dirt road leading up to the towering country estate of Wrest Park. The beautiful grounds forced us to roll down our windows and get out our phones to grab a few pics- hardly did the view justice! After taking in the view of the mansion and golden trees lining the gravel driveway, we pulled our cars around a corner towards the wedding. A few narrow dirt roads quickly led us to a standalone building overlooking even more pristine landscape with stone steps and prestigious architecture. This was the famous Orangery!
Singing Waitresses And An Already Buzzing Crowd!
Before we set up for the evening reception, the guests were treated by singing waitresses! Belting out the power ballads had the Bride and Groom and all their family and friends up and dancing before we even finished our dinner! What a great way to start the evening. With everyone up on their feet, drink in one hand and the other pointing and waving in the air, we knew this was sure to be an energetic bunch!
Our load in was fairly easy, though we needed to watch our feet on the slippery, stone staircase leading up to the Orangery. Another interesting quirk to the night would have to be the overly friendly crane flies! Being in a rural location sometimes means you need to get involved with the ‘locals’!
“You Are The Best Thing”…
Our lead singer, James, hit the night off with Jo and Steve’s personal request for their first dance, “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray La Montagne. It wasn’t long before the guests joined the Bride and Groom on the dance floor and partied on as we picked up the tempo with “Stuck in the Middle”.
Spirits were high, drinks were flowing, everyone was busting out their best dance moves and we were having a blast. To our surprise it was an earlier ending to an evening than usual with a pack up starting at 11:00pm. We were on our way home by 11:50!
Thank you Jo and Steve for being such a lovely pair. We wish you all the best in your newly married life together!
Enjoy the photos below by Hannah K. Photography!
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It was just over an hours drive from The CoverUps HQ, in Coventry, that lead us to Wrest Park– a historical park previously owned by Thomas De Grey, 2nd Earl De Grey. We drove through the small town of Silsoe straight onto a dirt road leading up to the towering […]
One of The CoverUps last weddings for September 2014 happened to be Caroline and Andy’s wedding at Hampton Manor!
On Friday, 19th we made our way down the road (literally!) to Hampton in Arden, Solihull for Caroline and Andy’s wedding. The Manor itself is a beautiful wedding venue very close to our HQ, in Coventry, with only a 12 mile journey to go! Though nothing makes us happier than a satisfied bride and groom… when the drive is easy, the load in is simple and the food is filling, our night is just that much better!
Hampton Manor is a restored estate hired out for weddings, parties, meetings, weekends away- practically everything! The estate has stunning gardens, stylish contemporary rooms and offers great wedding packages for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. We love that it is a beautiful venue nearby and we hope to be returning here for many more weddings in the future!
Introducing… Adam Kibble!
Tonight, The CoverUps introduced a new member of the crew, Adam, on lead vocals. It was Adam’s first gig with The CoverUps and we threw him into the deep end… of course trusting fully in his ability to swim. 😉 The feedback was excellent and Adam was all smiles at the end of the night while raving about how great it went! After the couple’s first dance to their chosen recorded track, “How Long Will I Love You” covered by Ellie Goulding, we started the night with a classic hit, “Moondance”, and followed it by “Stuck In The Middle”, another favorite. As always, we are more than happy to take requests from the Bride and Groom and in this case the requests fit perfectly with the night! The dance floor stayed full all the way through to the end with high energy and encores!
Something we just have to mention was the mid-evening entertainment – fireworks!! After our second set, the guests were welcomed outside to enjoy a firework display organized by the bride and groom. What a fantastic way to keep your guests dazzled during the usually “quieter” segments of the evening!
All In For A Spontaneous Conga Exit!
“Take Me Out”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “500 Miles” were just some of the favored requests and they went down an absolute treat. You can’t go wrong with a bit of Stevie Wonder and Bon Jovi!
We finished the night with The Killers’, “Mr Brightside” and it turned out to be the perfect ending tune for the night. To make it even better, towards the end of the track, as the Bride and Groom were getting ready to leave, all of the guests suddenly ran into formation from all corners of the room and started a conga line! When timings are tight and you want to get everyone outdoors in an efficient fashion, a conga line is probably the best way we’ve ever seen this done!
Thank you to Caroline and Andy for being wonderful clients and for allowing us to host your evening wedding celebration! We had a wonderful time and wish you the best on your new adventure together as husband and wife.
Please enjoy the photos below!
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One of The CoverUps last weddings for September 2014 happened to be Caroline and Andy’s wedding at Hampton Manor! On Friday, 19th we made our way down the road (literally!) to Hampton in Arden, Solihull for Caroline and Andy’s wedding. The Manor itself is a beautiful wedding venue very close to […]
Once again down in the heart of the Cotswolds, the band arrive at a new wedding venue in good time after cutting through Friday evening traffic. The wedding venue section at Elmore Court was purpose-built and opened late in 2013. Now with a diary filled through to 2016, it is immediately clear why this venue is so popular. The owner himself, a DJ who has performed at high profile events such as Glastonbury, Glade Festival etc, built an excellent in-house PA and lighting rig into this venue as well as designing the entirety of it to be completely soundproof! While these things may not immediately appeal to prospective couples looking for somewhere to celebrate their marriage, they make the world of difference to the entertainers, and besides, the venue in itself is a stunning building.
The CoverUps feat. DJ Chris, The Groom!
So often we’re booked by complete music fanatics. Tonight was one of those occasions! The groom, himself a guitarist, had spent years playing as a DJ at London venues. He took the opportunity during one of our breaks to perform a half hour DJ slot. Armed with only an iPad he wowed the crowd with a varied selection of tracks masterfully mixed. We love these moments; they bring a very personal touch to the evening’s live entertainment. Before long it was time to get the band back on stage and we cracked on with a second set of 80s tunes which filled the dance floor.
An Illuminating Experience
Tonight was great fun for us. As you can see in the photos below, the room looked wonderful and the staging and lighting really helped to set the scene for a great evening of live music. Highlights for us included an impromptu drop into American Pie (by request of one of the groomsmen) and a Welsh accented rendition of Park Life in honour of the South Walian contingent!
Hopefully, we’ll make another trip back to Elmore Court again next year- they do tremendous, gorgeous weddings there! Until then, enjoy our shots from the evening…
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Once again down in the heart of the Cotswolds, the band arrive at a new wedding venue in good time after cutting through Friday evening traffic. The wedding venue section at Elmore Court was purpose-built and opened late in 2013. Now with a diary filled through to 2016, it is […]