Birmingham’s circumference of motorways, the M42, M5 and M6, are notorious traffic black spots, so we made sure that we set off in plenty of time for the wedding which took us past Birmingham to a little village just north of Kidderminster called Cookley. We actually popped to The Queens Head at Wolverley for some food beforehand, as the hall didn’t have catering facilities. A hearty meal there, and on we went… Arriving at the unassuming village hall, we didn’t expect the venue to be as well equipped as it was! The load in was a real treat – straight onto the large stage which overlooked the delicately dressed room.
This wedding reception had the feel of a wedding party. The couple had opted for a small ceremony with only the closest friends and family, and a big wedding party in the evening. As such, they decided not to stand on ceremony, having no first dance and a short speech between the sets. It actually worked really well – the stage in the hall addressing a captive audience. With other rooms to explore the audience were there right through all the sets, which was great as no one missed a thing!
The set list was dotted with special requests from the happy couple, which was great as it gave us the opportunity to bring out some tracks that we often don’t have an excuse to play! Marry You by Bruno Mars was a fun addition to tonight’s set – the sample of vibraphone giving a really authentic sound. We were graced with Ben Ferrari on lead guitar, and he made excellent work of all the huge guitar hits – Place Your Hand, Don’t Stop Believing, and Sex On Fire were all marvellous with his delightful guitar tone.
The night came to an end with Come On Eileen and Hey Jude – a wonderful and raucous end to a wonderful wedding! The couple has even given us a testimonial before we got a chance to write this blog!