Being a travelling wedding band we get to see a rich variety of wedding venues around the country, from grand stately homes to the cosy working men’s club function room: we’ve played the lot! We’ve also played them in all seasons this frequently rain-sodden country has to offer, often adapting accordingly, rushing in from the elements to set up and play in the snug warmth for a fireside singalong.
Cubley Hall in Penistone is one of the venues we’ve had the fortune of playing several wedding events throughout the years, although never for an outdoor event. This was to be rectified for the beautifully resplendent summer wedding ceremony of happy couple Mathew and Katie Walker in Cubley Hall’s gardens.
It was Saturday 27th June 2015 and luck was on everyone’s side in Penistone as today it was decreed that the British summer would prove it possible to provide temperatures comparable with the Meditteranian . Although the day started off slightly breezy, Cubley Hall’s grand Garden Pavillion was in readiness for the couple to exchange their vows, already adorned with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We arranged ourselves at the side of the Pavillion so that we could be heard, but positioned inconspicuously to the side of the proceedings; we always think it important that the main focus of attention, especially for the ceremony, should be the proceedings with the Bride and Groom. We aim to be heard, but our presence, unless requested otherwise, should be on the periphery.
As guests were arriving, we not only played a selection of songs like ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and the requested ‘Songbird’ by Oasis, but also utilised the Ukelele for songs like ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and ‘It must be love’. The Ukelele has Hawaiian roots, therefore embellishing the already summery feel to the afternoon. It was now time for Katie to make her grand entrance; and how stunning she looked as she made her way down the lawn towards the Pavillion to the strains of Snow Patrols ‘Chasing Cars’, the backdrop of the scenic Peak District countryside glowing in the sunshine. Being Indie music fans, Mathew and Katie had asked for a rendition of Wonderwall to played as opposed to a formal reading. Many times a song can be just as pertinent and meaningful as a piece of poetry, prose or speech. Say it all with a song.
As the newly wedded Mr and Mrs Walker made their way down the steps of the Pavillion to grab a glass of champagne we played The Stone Roses ‘Sally Cinnamon’, carrying on to play to the guests who were basking in the glorious sunshine and continued to do so whilst Mathew and Katie were driven by the photographer to Langsett Reservoir for some stunning wedding photos to be taken: When gifted with the amazing rolling countryside setting that South Yorkshire has to offer, it’s vital to grab it with both hands!
Note to anyone who, like myself may not have the same follicular coverage as it may have done 20 years earlier, when attending a blistering summer wedding: Wear a hat!
At 4:30pm we all made our way to Cubley Halls barn dining area, complete with stone floors, high ceilings and oak beams. Having both played at this venue in winter and summer months we can say that it is perfect for all seasons: in the winter month’s it is warm, cosy and has a truly festive air about the place. In summer, the barn is well ventilated and not stifling as some venues can be, especially at meal times. Katie and Mathew had even offered us and the photographer a carvery meal which we greatly appreciated after our wedding breakfast set. Katie’s fathers speech was brilliant, warm and he gently poked fun at Mathews support of Barnsley FC! He even thanked us during his speech- completely unexpected, unnecessary but again, appreciated.
As ourselves and Greg the DJ set up for the evening we agreed to play for 2 hours solidly from 8:30pm to 10:30pm a let him take over the DJ set immediately after us. Mathew and Katie took to the floor to play their first dance ‘Everlong’ by The Foofighters. This was the second time we’d played this song as a first dance in a fortnight and I hope we get asked for it again soon as it’s a superb track to play acoustically.
Mathew and Katie’s guests were fantastic and really gave it their all on the dance floor. The atmosphere of the whole day was incredible and all their guests got into the spirit by having their photos taken in the fancy dress van later!
We would both like to take this opportunity to thank Mathew and Katie for asking us to rock their reception and wish them both a great honeymoon and a happy future together as Mr and Mrs Walker.