Sunday 29th May 2016
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the years of playing in Rock My Reception: it certainly improves your geography! During May 2016 we had travelled as far north as Bathgate in Scotland to Cambridgeshire with plenty of weddings at locations in between. For our final engagement of the month we were concluding a three day consecutive weekend of weddings with a full day reception for Jenny and Adrian Chatterton-Whipps in the picturesque setting of the Lose Hill Hotel situated right in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.
The Lose Hill Hotel is one the Peak Districts best kept secrets. Hidden at the end of a small and leafy country lane, this 1914 arts and crafts gem has been converted into a luxurious, 23 bedroom hotel and spa. Equidistant from the wonderful villages of Castleton, Edale and Hope, the venue boasts some of the most breathtaking views with its grandiose backdrop of Win Hill.
After the weather so far this year had been somewhat erratic it was anyone’s guess as to what the elements would throw at the proceedings, however as luck would have it, glorious sunshine prevailed and remained for the duration of the day.
As we waited for guests to arrive we chatted to Adrian, who unlike many grooms, seemed completely unfased and relaxed! As the ceremony room was relatively small we played some gentle ballads such as Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles and Your Song by Elton John whilst waiting for the ceremony to proceed, also including some light instrumental music. As Jenny made her magnificent entrance with her father to a recording of Handel’s Water Music no.2.
One of the great features of today’s wedding ceremonies is that, like all other aspects of the day, you pretty much tailor-make the occasion to your own tastes and requirements. This can result in the ceremony having more meaning, warmth and romance. The two beautiful readings from Jenny and Adrian’s guests were are a real case in point.
As the ceremony was brought to a close we struck up with ‘All You Need Is Love’ and the congregation made their way to the Hotel’s gardens for drinks and canapés. We played a selection of requests from guests who were brilliantly forthcoming and suggested songs from Simon and Garfunkel and The Rolling Stones. The whole location leant itself beautifully to the purpose of getting the perfect wedding photographs and special credit must go to Tim Hensel the photographer who’s enthusiasm and warmth really came across when calling and arranging the different guests for group shots. Some of the shots we’ve already seen are incredible and later on in the evening Tim even used smoke bombs to give the Bride and Groom shots are dramatic effect!
Jenny and Adrian had both chosen Coldplay’s Sky Full Of Stars as their first dance to be played acoustically. A brilliant choice for us as we’d never played it as a first dance before and another example of how you can really make elements of your wedding bespoke. Their guests were also some of the most energetic we’ve played to and a real range of ages from children to Grandparents. Rock My Reception also offer a DJ service, which comprised of the final couple of hours of the evening. This is where the couple and their guests get free-reign on the playlist for the night. Big thanks must go particularly to Adrian and to guest, Laura McKeown who provided us with an endless variety of requests ranging from The Killers and Take That to Fat Boy Slim and definitely a first for us: the theme to Baywatch which brought the house down!!!
Inevitably, the time of the night arrived whereby we had to play one more tune before the curfew. It had to be Oasis’s anthemic Don’t Look Back In Anger whereby we went back to acoustic and joined in with the guests gathered in a circle singing wildly all hand in hand. The perfect end to the perfect wedding.
Thank you to all the staff at Lose Hill who were so hard working professional and charming. Tim Hensel of Tim Hensel Photography who was a delight to chat to during our break and most importantly to Adrian and Jenny: thank you so much for your hospitality and for booking us to perform for your wedding day. It was a pleasure and myself and Kieran wish you both our best wishes for a long and happy future together.