Mr & Mrs Gale, on the windiest day of the year!

Bride and Groom in wedding ceremony see each other for the first time.
We love that moment when the Bride gets to the top of the aisle and the happy couple see each other for the first time on their wedding day. There were tears from everyone in the room – especially the groom!

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!

Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia. People were dancing along to this one. Can you spot the kid teaching the bridesmaid how to floss?!

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!

Jaya Hanley poses by a pond at the granary estates.
We had some time to enjoy the venue before the Wedding Ceremony. The gardens were so beautiful and serene.
a pond at the granary estates newmarket.
The Granary Estates had some stunning gardens.

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. 

Violinist Jaya Hanley in the Ceremoyn room at the Granary Estates.
Violinist Jaya Hanley in the wedding ceremony room at the Granary Estates.
lawn games during wedding drinks reception.
The children (and some of the adults) played lawn games while we performed during the wedding drinks reception.

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.

Budapest by George Ezra Violin & Cello Cover. Isn’t that kid cute! We love to inspire children at Weddings.
Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac Violin & Cello Cover.
A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman Violin & Cello Cover . It was really windy!

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. 

horseshoe at a wedding.
Catch some luck for a happy marriage.
flowers on a wedding ceremony top table.
The flowers were so delicate, but what a statement.

Our third and final wedding of the weekend was closer to home at the stylish William Cecil Hotel in Stamford.

Cellist Sarah James
Our green room was one of the smaller Ceremony rooms at the William Cecil, we love the vintage styling.
Bird cage and flowers with cellist in the background playing.
The Groom’s Mother did all the flowers for the day. Aren’t they beautiful!
cellist in blue leaf print dress in the library at the William Cecil Hotel.
Couldn’t help taking a couple of pictures of Sarah in her new Seasalt dress in our green room at the William Cecil Hotel.

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!!

Bride and Groom in wedding ceremony see each other for the first time.
We love that moment when the Bride gets to the top of the aisle and the happy couple see each other for the first time on their wedding day. There were tears from everyone in the room – especially the groom!
Bride, groom and best man in wedding ceremony. The best man pretends to have lost the wedidng ring.
The best man pretended to have lost the ring. A joke like this is always nice in a wedding ceremony, it breaks the ice and reminds everyone that it doesn’t all have to be serious!

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!)

Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia. People were dancing along to this one. Can you spot the kid teaching the bridesmaid how to floss?!
Bride and Groom with violin and cello in the sunshine.
We always ask which instrument the Bride and Groom want to hold but usually the Bride ends up with the Violin and the Groom gets the Cello. The Violin is a bit easier to manage with a big wedding dress!
bride with violin and Groom with cello share a kiss with wedding dress veil blowing behind them.
The Bride and Groom shared a cheeky kiss while posing with our instruments. Can you tell it was blowing a gale! It really was a struggle for the Bride to keep her veil out of her face, but what a picture it made!

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!”

Shake it off by Taylor Swift Violin & Cello Cover.
Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia Violin & Cello Cover
Cellist Sarah James carrying cello in case through gardens.
We stayed and explored the gardens for a little while after our performance.
flowers in the gardens of the William Cecil Hotel.
There were so many flowers at the William Cecil Hotel. Such a beautiful setting for a drinks reception.
Cello in case being carried by Sarah James Cellist.
Sarah’s dress is from Seasalt. She loves it! They do such gorgeous patterns.
Bee on a lavender flower.
It was amazing to see so many bumble-bees in the gardens. Beautiful!

Congratulations everyone!!!

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