Sam and Adrian, Wedding Reception, Hookhouse Farm, Redhill, Surrey, April 2017

This was our first visit to Hookhouse Farm, and what a lovely venue it is!  It’s very much a rustic farm – you can hear the cows in the barn, see the ducks waddling amongst the tractors

 

and farm machinery.  The barn itself looked beautiful, with decorated beams, and a permanent stage for the band – another great element.  It’s a busy venue, with weddings every weekend – and hopefully we’ll be heading back there some time.

Sam and Adrian had a large proportion of irish guests, so we had Jason on fiddle (sporting his most splendid beard), and threw in such songs as Fields Of Athenry and Fairytale Of New York.  First dance was Ho Hey, and from then we pushed on into the night… and the guests sang and danced (we were very lucky to have talented Irish girl come up and sing with us for a few songs – a bonus!)  In the break we visited the photo booth – a very cool mobile caravan style feature – and carried on with the second set until the final song.

It was a lovely wedding to play – congratulations to Sam and Adrian – best of luck in the future!

Al and Jason in the photo booth / trailer

Rob and Elizabeth, Wedding Reception, Birtsmorton Court, April 2017

As a band, we had met Rob and Elizabeth a few times before – this was a couple who loved their music… and who saw the music itself as a major part of the day (which is true!). First dance was to be played by the band – Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon. this was a great track to be pushed into learning, as it actually sits really well within the main band set… and hence will be included in all sets in the future.

After the first dance, the band played on, and the guests danced throughout – breaking only for the fireworks, which too place in the castle grounds (beautiful surroundings for a wedding reception).
Second set started with Rob and Elizabeth singing their first dance – a repetition for the band, with important guest singers!!! We then pushed on with the set and finished in the usual fashion, with the crowd singing, dancing, and calling out for more 🙂

It was a lovely wedding to play – thanks for looking after us – best of luck in the future!

Ewan and Amy, Wedding Reception, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, April 2017

This was a truly unique venue to be playing.  We arrived with the setting sun playing across the Thames, with the London O2 on the opposite bank.  The building itself was a large room, which in the past could have been a warehouse at the docks… though it had been converted to be a prime London venue, for weddings and corporate occasions.

With our regular caller Jason not present due to previous commitments, we had the very able Alan Simpson handling the calling for the Ceilidh section of the wedding.  First dance was DJ’d Bruno Mars song – and later we slipped in Shut Up And Dance – which we would be playing as the first dance the next night – for the first time.  The crowd danced away, and it went smoothly.  At one point, the groom jumped up to the stage to sing (during a DJ section) to Teenage Dirtbag – which was great to witness!

It was a lovely wedding to play – thanks for looking after us – best of luck in the future!

Ashlyn and Ben, Wedding Reception, Bury Court Barn, April 2017

Destined to be a great night, at one of the top wedding venues in the South, Bury Court Barn, with one of the top caterers, Jacuranda.

First dance was England by The National, played by the band, which was a lovely song to learn and play.  The crowds danced and sang straight through to the end, with Ashlyn and Ben leaving the venue under an arch of sparklers…. perfection!

One highlight was when Duncan kane – brother of Ashlyn, and long time friend to the band (the booking was an absolute co-incidence) got up and sang Pretty Woman.

Thanks for looking after us – best of luck in the future!

Victoria and Ben, Marquee Wedding, Cobham, March 2017

This was a great wedding, from start to end, in a lovely marquee (Inside Outside Marquees).  Kalm Catering were excellent as ever, and served welcome drinks as the Rollercoaster Duo entertained the crowd.

First dance was I’m A Believer, played by the band, and from then on, the crowds danced and the band played…. just check out the video and you can see!

Thanks for looking after us, and best of luck in the future!

Alan and Naomi, Wedding Reception, Bury Court Barn, April 2017

Back to Bury Court for another top wedding.  We had met Ålan and Naomi at a wedding open day at Bury Court, and they had since seen the band at Kempton Park racecourse.  As always, Jacuranda delivered on the tasty meals – and the mobile pizza van was setup outside to keep the guests fed throughout the evening.

First dance was a mixture of tunes edited by Alan… to accompany a marvellous dance routine, which was a joy to watch.  Then the band pushed on with the set – and into a wonderful night of music and dancing!

Thanks for looking after us, best of luck in the future!