Tree House Wedding- Scotland

It’s a Wednesday in early October 2017 and we’ve just  returned from an incredible and original wedding location,  The Lodge in Argyllshire, Scotland. A scenically perfect venue sporting exceptional late 19th Century architecture, an outstanding vista of Loch Goil and the venues focal point: a treehouse which is guaranteed to take the breath away!

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The Tree House overlooking the Loch

The happy couple, Lisa and Gordon had liased with us, deciding on choosing the perfect songs for their ceremony. One of the benefits of being flexible with our set-list, is being given songs to learn which we’ve never heard of before. This was the case with Marty Mones’ ‘Better Than A Dream’. Mone is an Irish country singer and was chosen by Gordon. A real upbeat song where the lyrics were particularly pertinent to the bride and groom.

The ceremony entrance song was Jack Johnsons ‘Better Together’ as the bride and groom entered the ceremony hand in hand, in front of all the guests.

Gordon and Lisa then made their way to sign the register in the tree house,  as we serenaded them on ukuleles playing ‘It Must Be Love’. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect.

As we made our way to the Arts and Crafts room for the drinks reception, the name given to the room for the unique pre Rennie Mackintosh decor. The walls share the same hand painted wall paper with only one other room in the world, that is the library in The House Of Commons. During the drinks reception we were given many song requests by the guests. Lisa and Gordon had invited 26 guests in total: an ideal number for such an intimate setting. With the roar of the coal fire and the rich dark oak and classical chic of the venue, the atmosphere was almost like a Christmas party! We made our way to the venues different rooms so as to include all guests in our requests: we certainly like to keep mobile and provide a troubadour element to our performance!

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A great selection of local whiskey’s in the bar area

The Lodge has, without question, one of the most friendliest and efficient wedding organising teams we have ever had the pleasure of working with. From start to finish, the team headed by Alice were attentive to all the guests needs, made the day run effortlessly and were responsible for the joyous atmosphere throughout the day. It is easy to see why they are inundated with enquiries for wedding’s at the The Lodge. Every part of the day ran smoothly, stress free and the food served at the wedding breakfast could easily have been of a five star Michelin standard.

After the wedding breakfast during the room turnover, we offer a ukulele set… a laid back, informal, unplugged, sing-a-long, where guests are more than welcome to join in! We decided this would work perfectly at The Lodge, it is always fun to have some interaction with the wedding guests and take requests on the spot!

At dusk, the tree house was a perfect backdrop for our weekly feature on our Instagram page for #ukuleletuesday. So we recorded a ukulele version of Scottish singer/songwriter Paulo Nuttini’s Pencil Full Of Lead. Click HERE for the link to our Insta page to see the video.

As we took it up a gear after our post breakfast ukulele set for the evening function, guests joined in with Lisa and Gordon on the dance floor for the contemporary classic first dance song, ‘All Of Me’ by John Legend. After that it was a case of anything goes, where Motown classics and hits all across the decades kept all the guests dancing right up until midnight, with a repeat performance of Marty Mones ‘Better Than a Dream’, concluding with The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles: well it was Scotland after all!

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The breathtaking view from the top of the drive

We wish to thank Alice, Iain and all the staff at The Lodge for making us feel so welcome and their wonderful hospitality. This is certainly a standout premiere wedding venue and we hope to join the team again soon. We would also like to thank Lisa and Gordon for asking us to play at their wedding. It was a huge honour to play for them both and their guests and furthermore, as the wedding season for 2017 comes to a close it was a wonderful way to begin to bookend a hugely enjoyable year.

Angrove Park

One of the great joys of being a wedding singer is turning up at a brand new venue you’ve never set foot in before, knowing for the next 12 hours this beautiful setting will be your place of work.

This was certainly the case when in August 2017 we arrived at Angrove Park in North Yorkshire to perform at the blessing and wedding celebration of Dan and Claire. As we made our way through the picturesque village of Stokesley and approached the venue we were greeted by the great expanse of the Cleveland Hills and North Yorkshire Moors. With ominous clouds on their retreat, exposing clear blue skies and with this stunning backdrop we knew already that this was to be a country wedding where people could relax and enjoy the British summer at its finest. Upon arrival we were greeted by Louise and the team at Angrove Park who helpfully showed us where each part of the day would be taking place. The park itself is a genius idea all round-a camping cabin site for people who don’t do canvas, yet want to experience life in the outdoors. The near luxury venue includes exceptional facilities and complete with tepee, doubles as the ideal outdoor bespoke wedding venue.

Only a few weeks ago we had been playing a destination wedding ceremony in the baking heat of Marbella, Spain and on our return to England it had seemed as though summer was well and truly behind us. Today however, we were all to be treated to the last throes of sunshine and daylight the year had to offer-and used it to our advantage. Having already had their official wedding day the day previous, the ceremony saw the happy couple receive a blessing of their marriage with guests and ourselves gathered at the top of the field with the full panorama of the Cleveland Hills surrounding us. Piles of shaved twisted logs were arranged in a neat semi circle to resemble a rustic setting to carry out the ceremony. Outdoor weddings are a gift to Rock My Reception as we get the freedom to bring our acoustic mobility to the fore. As Claire and her bridesmaids made their way up the luscious makeshift green aisle and we played Snow Patrols’ Chasing Cars, there were less nerves than usual as the couple had got all the formalities of the official ceremony out of the way yesterday for real. As the brief blessing came to a close, Dan was permitted to ‘snog his bride’! The couple then made their way back down the aisle to the strains of our acoustic rendition of Dakota by the Stereophonics.

Throughout the day we performed outside of the tepee around the bar area where guests were seated and would hand us request cards with a wide range of requests from The Clash to The Wonderstuff, Joe Brown to Bruno Mars. We certainly endeavor to bring variety to all wedding receptions and try our best to bring something to the table for everyone!

After being kindly invited to join Claire, Dan and their guests for the wedding breakfast we then made our way back outside for our post meal ukulele set. The ukulele is an instrument that is really capturing people’s imagination at the moment and already we’ve had feedback from wedding couples saying that guests have taken up the uke after seeing us perform at their wedding. It’s portable, dainty-even quite humorous and with its four strings and tiny neck, is a much less daunting for a beginner than a guitar. Indeed Dan’s Uncle Michael explained to us how he’d transformed his electric guitar into an electric ukulele by removing two of the strings and raising the nut. He then joined us for a Joe Brown sing along with Brown’s 1962 hit Picture Of You. We even got the opportunity to play Divine Comedy’s National Express on the Angrove Park’s Double Decker bus, now being used as a bar!

British weather can always be hit and miss so we always try to make the most of good weather should we be blessed by it. One of the ways in which we can utilise this, especially in cases of outdoor weddings, is to suggest having the first dance unplugged outside as not only does it give the occasion a festival atmosphere, but also lends itself beautifully for the perfect romantic photo of the couple dancing with the expansive picturesque scenery in the background. Dan had suggested an acoustic version of Bryan Adams’ Heaven. A joy to play and got everybody singing and joining in dancing with Dan and Claire. We also posed for photo’s perched on the logs with Dan and Claire kissing and playing our ukes as the sun went down!

One of Angrove Parks other hidden gems is the ability to be able to see the stars at night in the North Yorkshire skies, untainted by light pollution. Our evening DJ set was a pleasure to play and Dan’s sister made sure the guests were dancing all night with her Queen requests!

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and for the nights close we ensured everyone was still dancing around Dan and Claire for the couples last dance. What a magnificent day it had been: a superbly run venue in which Louise and her team organised the proceeding to perfection without a hint of stress and a ensured a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at all times, yet the whole team being attentive and on the ball at all times.

It was a real joy to play for Dan and Claire, not to mention all their wonderful guests and we wish them both luck and happiness for their future together.

Willington Hall

Wedding season is back in full swing, we left early this morning for Willington Hall, early 18th century manor house in Cheshire.

 

With a long day ahead of us, we will keep updating the blog as the day in folds…

Well what a stunning venue. A beautiful garden and terrace area is our location for the drinks reception. The weather is still slightly overcast, so we have rainy day plan, to play in the orangery should it start to rain. This will not compromise the day though as again this is a lovely room which will work great with our acoustic guitars. Continue reading

TWIA destination

Well, it’s November 2016 and as winter flooding and severe gales sweep across Britain, we are showing our true Yorkshire grit and resilience by joining the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards for a third year in a row. Continue reading