‘A Million Dreams’, a school reunion at a historical venue and a Woodland Ceilidh in under 36 hours!

A bride and groom say their vows at a Church Wedding Ceremony.
The happy couple say their vows at the Wedding Ceremony in St Michael & All Angels’ Church Brooksby.

The first wedding was in the idyllic setting of Lanwades Hall near Newmarket, an incredible building with stunning grounds to match! We were particularly blown away by the beauty of the ceremony room – just look at those windows!

Cellist Sarah James on a window seat in the ceremony room at Lanwades Hall.
The window seats in the Ceremony room were the perfect place to perch while we were waiting for the Ceremony to begin.
Jaya Hanley tuning his violin before the wedding ceremony at Lanwades hall.
Violinist Jaya Hanley tuning up before the Wedding Ceremony.

The lovely couple had chosen a wonderful selection of music for their day, including our Violin and Cello versions of ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman for the entrance of the bridal party, ‘More Than Words’ Extreme (a bespoke request) for the signing of the register and ‘This Will Be’ Natalie Cole for their exit.

A floral display in the ceremony room at Lanwades Hall.
We loved this stunning floral arrangement in the Wedding Ceremony room.
View of the ceremony room with flowers in foreground.
The Ceremony room was so light and airy and there were flowers everywhere!
Wedding flowers
We love the colours they chose for their flowers.

After the ceremony we continued to play during the party’s drinks reception outside on the terrace, overlooking one of the venues stunning gardens. We caught the attention of the two flower girls who began to dance, skip and twirl to our music. They even got the mother of the bride to join in at one point! 

Violinist Jaya Hanley takes a break from performing at a wedding drinks reception at lanwades hall.
Taking a little break from playing during the wedding drinks reception at Lanwades Hall.
Lanwades Hall wedding venue.
A view of Lanwades Hall from the gardens.
The Gardens at Lanwades Hall.
The gardens looked beautiful in the sunshine at Lanwades hall. What an amazing setting for a drinks reception.

Our second wedding of the weekend took place at Brooksby Hall, a beautiful location with an interesting history! Hanging inside the church is the flag that was flown on the ship of Admiral Beatty, second in command at the battle of Jutland in 1916, who once lived at Brooksby. 

A bride and groom say their vows at a Church Wedding Ceremony.
The Happy couple say their vows at the Wedding Ceremony in St Michael & All Angels’ Church Brooksby.
Union Jack flown by Admiral Beatty.
Flag flown by Admiral Beatty at the Battle of Jutland.
A bust of Admiral Beatty.
A bust of Admiral Beatty in Brooksby St Michael & All Angels Church.

This particular wedding was especially exciting for Sarah as it was one of her old class mates from secondary school tying the knot. A few of the bridesmaids and guests were also old friends, it was nice to have a bit of a reunion! 

Wedding Ceremony Flowers.
The flowers in the Church were just gorgeous.
Stunning Wedding Venue Brooksby Hall.

We played for the happy couple’s Church Ceremony and Drinks Reception, during which we took several requests from excited guests who couldn’t wait to sing along – Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Titanium’ we’re particular favourites! We were also filmed by several people, one guy in particular sent us this clip of ‘Greatest Day’ Take That. 

A short excerpt of Greatest Day by Take That, thanks David for sending us the video.

No rest for the wicked as we left Brooksby and moved on to our third wedding of the weekend to play for a Woodland Ceilidh at Hothorpe Hall. Set in the middle of a wood, with cabins and tree houses all around, it felt a bit like we had entered a fairytale! The guests were wonderfully enthusiastic and everyone got up to have a dance, and even if they weren’t 100% sure what they were doing – Stripping the Willow caught a few people out! – a good time was had by all. 

Caller Charlie teaching the guests a Ceilidh dance at Hothorpe Hall.
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