Tonight saw the band play a beautiful wedding at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury in Herefordshire – the rural west of the West Midlands. It’s a wonderful part of the world – some of the more dramatic scenery in the southern half of England… Though I suspect that has something to do with it’s proximity to Wales!
Spectacular Wedding Venue
It has to be said; Eastnor Castle truly is amongst the most spectacular wedding venues we’ve had the privilege of playing. As a wedding band, we get to tour the UK and beyond playing for happy couples in some wonderful surroundings… but few match this Eastnor Castle – not least for it’s amazing armour collection (which you can see some of in the photos below!).
Excellent First Dance
The bride and groom tonight had planned a choreographed routine to When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating. While we could have played the song live, and would have done so happily, the couple chose to use the familiar version that they had rehearsed to. It makes a lot of sense when the routine is planned, to use the version of the song that you’re used to. Any band, however well rehearsed will sound different to the recording live, and in those circumstances the last thing you want is to be thrown by a missing cue!
It was mentioned in the planning that the audience was going to consist largely of people not from the UK. A big part of us choosing songs to play in the live set is making sure that they will be known widely enough so as to entertain the most diverse of crowds – and this certainly was that! As you can see however, their diversity was no match for our song choice; the dance floor remaining packed start to finish!
A Swift Exit
Due to licensing restrictions the set was curtailed at exactly midnight. Time had flown by, and we hadn’t even allowed time for an encore – and playing one song beyond midnight was a no-no, sadly! And so it was that we packed, and were on the road shortly before 12:45am.