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A Wonderful Wedding at Wroxall Abbey

Tonight saw the band return to one of their local’s – Wroxall Abbey. Arguably the most complete wedding venue in the West Midlands with Abbey on site and a wonderful main building with beautiful rooms. It was great to be back, and with any luck we’ll return there soon!

Food and First Dance

Food was ready on arrival – always very welcome, and tonight’s roast really hit the spot! The wedding guests finished their speeches and deserts, the venue staff cleared away the tables and the stage was ready to be set…

With no sound limiter to contend with, sound check itself was straight forward. The groom for tonight’s wedding was to play a few tracks with us toward the end of the first half, so we had a little more than usual to get ready, but we were all set and ready to go by 8:30pm – and had the first dance prepared.

The first dance was an interesting choice – Green Eyes by Coldplay. It’s a largely acoustic number, but with an unexpected (for Coldplay) swung feel. It certainly is a song that could go two ways, but the bride and groom set the tone by dancing enthusiastically from the start. When the song finally kicked into a full band arrangement the wedding guests flooded the dance floor. And now, hours after playing the song it’s still going through our heads!

Groom’s Guest Appearance

There was a large musical contingent, with guests being adept at a variety of instruments. With that said, we didn’t expect a groom quite so proficient at the guitar. He contacted us a few weeks ago asking if he could play a few songs with the band, and his choices from the repertoire were ambitious to say the least! With the band backing him, and the whole room behind him, the lead guitar parts to I Believe in A Thing Called Love (The Darkness) and Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns and Roses) soared from his guitar. It really was a great moment of the wedding reception, and hopefully something he and his new wife will remember with fondness in the coming years.

Highlights of the Wedding Reception

When the dance floor remains packed through the entire wedding reception it’s hard to pick particular highlights. For us, having the groom join us and demonstrate he’s a very accomplished musician was a really lovely moment. More photos of that are soon to follow from our good friend and wedding photographer, Leighton Joskey – we’ll keep you posted.

Aside from that, the impromptu a capella rendition of Chesney Hawkes’ The One and Only was good fun, along with the always enjoyable Moves Like Jagger. The return for this season of 2 Princes by the Spin Doctors was great fun too, and very well received. Might have to wheel that one out again soon!

Bye Bye Wroxall Abbey

It’s so often the case when playing a wedding venue so close to home (Wroxall Abbey is a mere 20mins from The CoverUps’ band HQ) that we’re lulled into a false sense of security, and end up leaving later than we otherwise would! Staying around for an extra 20mins or so though was hardly an issue, and despite the leisurely pack down it’s now scarcely after 3am – and the Blog’s already written. See you again soon Wroxall Abbey!

Photos courtesy of Leighton Joskey Wedding Photographer.

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CoverUps’ usual ‘back of the stage’ shots!

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