Sometimes, one wedding celebration just isn’t enough; the venue is perfect, the couple and their guests are having a ball and nobody wants the day to end. Sadly, after every possible droplet of alcohol has been consumed, morsel of the buffet nibbled and shape has been thrown on the dance floor, even the most hard core of party animals have to concede that its time to let nature take its course, reluctantly retire to the boudoir and fall into a deep slumber.
But when you’ve hired such a splendid venue as Lartington Hall, as couple ? and ? did, why not really push the boat out and carry on the celebrations through to the following day?
This was to be another first for Rock My Reception as we’d never played a post-wedding party before and the destination was Lartington situated in the splendour of the Teeside hills just a few miles from the town of Barnard Castle. Lartington Hall is a 17th century, Grade II listed country house and as we made our way along its long, sweeping drive the abundant wildlife including a wild hare and Oystercatcher, seemed completely oblivious to our arrival!
As with all our trips to the various locations in the country we always give ourselves plenty of time to arrive and set up for a prompt start and, as it turned out, there was no need for any amplification to be set up as because of objections from neighbours, the playing of amplified music outside was prohibited. This is never a problem for us as it means we are not rooted to one spot and can move more easily to wherever the guests congregate without having to unplug and set up again elsewhere.
Upon our meeting with Bride and Groom ? and ? we were surprised how bright-eyed and fresh they both looked after celebrating only the day before; some of the guests, however, looked a little delicate as they sheepishly recounted stories of shenanigans involving various fancy dress items! Right from the offset, we could tell that ? and ? were a dynamic couple who did their upmost to ensure guests were well entertained. The younger guests were treated to the fantastic Children’s Entertainer Mr Bungle who delighted them with Magic, Puppets, Balloon Modelling, Music and Party Games. Not only did Mr Bungle do the rounds, but a remote controlled toy drone was also to be found floating around the vicinity (much to the envy of the adults, who clearly wanted a go themselves!).
It was decided that as we were playing unplugged that we should convene outside the main doors of the hall, which we did for a few songs until the breeze got the better of everyone so we decided to play inside in the main foyer. After a few more tunes it became obvious that the main focal point was by the splendid, and healthy buffet, which had caught everyones eyes, so we finally opted to play for guests as they queued.
? and ?, plus all their guests had a great taste for acoustic based bands and singers, so plenty of Ben Howard, Paolo Nutini and Jake Bugg was on the menu, including a request for Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ as a final request of the day.
The acoustics of Lartington Hall leant itself brilliantly to that of pure, stripped down, unplugged instrumentation and the whole house itself was perfect for guests to mingle and chat without being rooted to one spot. When we had finished our set, just when we thought the celebrations maybe coming to a close, ? told us that she and ? were setting off the following day for a honeymoon in Las Vegas. There certainly was no stopping this energetic and delightful couple, and who knows, they may have even got to meet The King himself on their travels!