If there’s one thing thats a priority for many couples about to get married, it’s the wedding venue. The whole physical backdrop for that big day. Its no big surprise therefore, that we get a lot of feedback on our website regarding some of the beautiful scenic buildings and gardens we get to perform at. We came to realise that we had more than enough photos of ourselves playing, and that perhaps by showing some of these grand venues we could perhaps help and inspire a couple with their own choices.
One particular venue we played at on Sunday 22nd March 2015 was Northcote House in Ascot, Berkshire. We packed our acoustic guitars into the car and travelled down from Yorkshire the day before and stayed in a nearby town, ensuring a good nights sleep and a stress-free arrival to the venue. Upon our arrival we were greeted by a splendid Grade II listed, Neo-Georgian Mansion, lit perfectly by the morning sun.
Northcote House was designed by Capability Brown and nestles among 65 acres of woodlands, rolling lawns and a mirror flat lake, sporting views stretching across the Berkshire countryside. Perfect for wedding photographs. Kieran remarked that he expected to see the president strolling round corner, such was the mansions similarity to the White House!
As we assembled our equipment we met the bride to be Sarah-Jane and her parents. Immediately, we could tell that the wedding would be a joyous and laid back occasion as they were all relaxed, friendly and in great spirits. Sarah-Jane had also chosen some great tracks for the ceremony: ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’ by Elvis, The Power of Love’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley and to walk out of the ceremony, ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ requested specifically to be played on the Ukelele.
We played for 90 minutes during the drinks reception then two and a half hours for the evening function whereby we kicked off the night by playing Sarah-Jane and her husbands first dance, Billy Joels’ ‘Always a woman to me’. The guests were also brilliant to play for and kept coming over and handing their requests for us to play. One of particular note was ‘Barbara Anne’ by The Beach Boys for Sarah-Janes mum, which she got everybody up dancing to!
Not only was it a pleasure to play for their families and friends, but to chat to them afterwards. A thoroughly warm crowd and a beautiful setting, on what was also, thankfully, a sunny day in March!