A 2 and half hour drive led The CoverUps to The Wellbeing Farm in Bolton last Saturday. What a fantastic venue it turned out to be! The Wellbeing Farm is not only a fully functioning farm. It is a host to various business events and vintage tea parties as well as a cookery school AND is also used for barn and tipi weddings! We don’t know how they do it, but they do it well!
A Humanist Wedding Ceremony
As a live band, we most often arrive well after the formalities are finished. So this was a rare treat with our singer arriving before the ceremony itself to set up for an acoustic set. As you can see from the photos below, the ceremony was a fairly relaxed affair, with the couple saying their own vows that they had written themselves. With the common religious texts off the cards, the couple chose song lyrics and poems that had significance to the pair of them. And as the ceremony came to a close, the congregation were asked, as they usually are, if they would support the couple in building their life together: a rousing ‘we will’ was the response!
The acoustic set over the drinks reception was well appreciated, with on and off showers bringing people back inside. It’s always fun playing more relaxed live music over the afternoon drinks, and tracks like Newton Faulkner’s Dream Catch Me set a lovely tone.
Treading Their Own Path
We’d always recommend putting your own stamp on your wedding day, and this couple did so in spades. From the ceremony which reflected their own beliefs, to the first dance which, well, was something unusual! 99 Problems, Hugo’s cover of the Jay Z track was their choice. We never did quite get to the bottom of the joke ourselves, but it seemed to be well appreciated by the friends gathered around!
With requests aplenty in the set, we ploughed on through the night with lively responses right through the night. With the Wellbeing Farm being itself fairly new to weddings, we’re hoping to be back there soon – until then, Congratulations Andy and Jess, and here’s to the next visit to the Wellbeing Farm!
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