Robert and Mikaela, Wedding Reception, Gate Street Barn, Surrey, June 2017

Great to visit Gate Street Barn again.  This time for Rob and Mikaela who had asked the band to play their first dance – Greatest Day by Take That.  With such a great beginning, the night pushed on in full swing, even as we battled against the warm weather, drawing folk outside (and the toasting giant marshmallows).

Lovely crowd, thanks for looking after us!

Fiona and Tim, Lurgashall Village Hall, West Sussex, June 2017

Tim and Fiona were married last year, so this was the big party to follow.  Out in the quiet village of Lurgashall, we unloaded our gear into the village hall and setup on the stage, behind the curtain.  The food was mini tortillas – Tim’s business is catering, providing this blend of street food for corporate events… so it was a wonderful treat.

First dance was DJ – ‘La Cienega Just Smiled’ by Ryan Adams … going into the band – ‘Let’s Have a Party’ by Wanda Jackson.  And the guests partied on.

It was an absolute pleasure to play to this crowd – congratulations to Tim and Fiona – many thanks for looking after us!

Cath and Rob, Wedding Reception, Farnham Castle, June 2017

Lovely venue – great view across Farnham.  We have played here quite a few times before, so knew the drill.  First dance was ‘Pride’ by Amy Macdonald – and they the band played. Great to see past bride and groom Katie and Tim in the crowd… and lovely to see all ages dancing.

Lovely wedding, friendly guests – thanks Cath and Rob for looking after us!

Lauren & James, Wedding Reception, Theobolds Park, Waltham Cross June 2017

This booking came about after we played Nikki and Ian’s wedding in 2016 at Loseley (look for pictures of Margot Robbie on our site, and that’s the one!)  The parents saw us play, which led to the bride and groom coming along to see the band at Kempton Park… which in turn led to confirmation of the gig… and Theobalds Park, one night in June!

The venue itself looks out onto a lovely courtyard, which is enclosed by rooms that the wedding guests book – so not far back after the reception for these folk.  We setup early, and chilled in the main hotel – then enjoyed the very fine food… De Verre venues have got this nailed – perfect pizzas, chicken curry, burgers…

Fast forward a few hours, and we were playing the first dance – Sade ‘By Your Side’ – which was DJ’d.  From then we pushed on with the set – and the crowd were fantastic.  We had Holly AND Jason on fiddle, so we could through in all the songs, whilst layering on the harmonies – this really is a great format to play with.

Second half, we threw in even more Irish tunes, and the crowd danced away.

This was a superb wedding to play – great to see last years bride and groom Nikki and Ian.  Lauren and James were a fun couple, and it was a pleasure to play for them.  Thanks for looking after us, and best of luck in the future.

Michael and Niamh, Wedding Reception, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, June 2017

This was a big wedding in between Coventry and Warwick, at a lovely country house venue.  We had Jason on fiddle, so we could through in more Irish tunes, to suit the audience!  First dance was DJ’d, then we pushed on with the set.

The crowds danced away – and definitely loved the Irish tunes.  Literally before we knew it, we had hit the venue’s curfew… but we played one more song, and everyone left happy!

Best of luck in the future to Michael and Niamh – thanks for looking after us!

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!