As professional musicians part of our job is travelling, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot! Last week we covered about 500 miles in 4 days, which definitely falls into the ‘a lot’ category! It was worth it however, to play at 3 beautiful and wonderfully unique weddings. The theme for the week was really strong winds, making travelling and playing tricky at times. It was funny, however, as our third couple of the week were Mr & Mrs Gale!
Our first engagement took place at The Granary Estates near Newmarket, an intimately quaint Barn venue with a spectacular courtyard and gardens – not to mention acres and acres of corn fields out the back!
We were booked for the Ceremony and Drinks Reception and the happy couple had requested 3 bespoke songs for us to play during the signing of the register; ‘Amazed’ Lonestar, ‘Let’s Stay Together’ Al Green and ‘You’re The Best’ The Style Council. We later discovered that these 3 songs held very special meaning for them both and it “made their day” to have them played during their ceremony.
The drinks reception stayed (mostly!) sunny, a bit windy on and off but we managed to get a few little snippets of some of our more popular covers.
The second wedding of the week was held down south near Petersfield, another lovely Barn Wedding. A few weeks before the wedding we were contacted by the bride who asked if we could play ‘Marry You’ Bruno Mars for her entrance. We said “yes absolutely!” but asked if she would like us to play a slower, more romantic version of the song. Her response went something like this… “oh wow! I didn’t even know we could do that! YES PLEASE!” One of the pros of having live music at your wedding.
Our third and final wedding of the weekend was closer to home at the stylish William Cecil Hotel in Stamford.
We actually got a bit nervous for this one as the Bride was one of Sarah’s old school friends and it just so happened our best friend was one of the guests! No pressure then!!
Of course we were just being silly, and not only were Bride, Groom and guests over the moon with the music, but we had an amazing time playing for everyone (especially the youngest members of the party – they must’ve been about 2 & 3 and were much more interested in dancing to our music and jumping in puddles than having their photos taken!)
Mr & Mrs Gale we so happy with the pictures we managed to catch throughout their day and we’ve since had so many lovely comments on social media from friends and family – including the Mother of the Groom who commented “not only are you exceptionally talented musicians but REALLY lovely people too!”