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!
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!
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!
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.