The Green, Cornwall: Live unplugged acoustic music at Mark & Shona’s wedding ceremony + canapé reception

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

Sat, 30th May and another trip down the M5/A30 – a well travelled road for me this year! Today’s venue was The Green Cornwall, a stunning self-contained wedding venue in the beautiful Cornish countryside.


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I arrived to the venue in the pretty village of Upton Cross, near Liskeard in the morning to another bright, sunny day – keeping up my 100% record of good weather at weddings this Summer! I’ve often joked with couples that I’m a good luck charm when it comes to weather – more often than not it seems to turn out fair. Maybe the UK weather’s not actually as bad as we think…?!

Anyway, plenty of time for me to get ready for the outdoor wedding ceremony – and a chance for me and the bride’s sister to do some practice; bravely, she sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” during the bridal entrance with my guitar accompaniment, which we rehearsed in the morning.

At about 11.30am I made my way down to the ceremony area with my guitar. This venue doesn’t permit outdoor amplification of any kind, so I was playing unplugged today – some subtle ambience!

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Setting acoustic ambience as guests are seated

The big moment arrived at 12am, and the bride’s sister did an incredible job singing the bridal entrance song – a really emotional moment. We had some more acoustic songs during the signing of the register, then the happy newlyweds exited their beautiful ceremony as I played Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson.

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Man & wife!

We then moved up towards the main building where drinks were served and canapés were brought out. As guests mingled, I roamed around playing some acoustic tunes chosen by Mark & Shona. I covered as much area as I could so that everyone could hear the music – it’s quite unusual for me to play completely unplugged but it works nicely for some subtle background ambience.

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Here’s Mark and Shona’s acoustic playlist:

George Ezra - Budapest
Jake Bugg - Lightning Bolt
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Ben E King - Stand By Me
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Bridal entrance: Somewhere over the rainbow
Signing of the register: The One, Kiss Me
Exit - Higher & Higher
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours 
MAGIC! - Rude 
Jack Johnson - Better Together 
Joshua Radin - I’d Rather Be With You 
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon 
Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay 
Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine 
Tracey Chapman - Fast Car 
Ed Sheeran - The A-Team 
Passenger - Let Her Go 
Zutons - Valerie
George Ezra - Blame It On Me 
Avicii - Wake Me Up 
Deep Blue Something - Breakfast at Tiffanys 
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Coldplay - Yellow
Lumineers - Ho Hey 
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah 
Oasis - Wonderwall 
Green Day - Time Of Your Life 
Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl 
Ben E King - Stand By Me
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered

A stunning day all round – congratulations to Mark & Shona and hope everyone enjoyed the music. I had a great day… and on the way out had a close encounter with some local wildlife!

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Friendly Rabbit!

 

Lusty Glaze, Cornwall: live acoustic music at Helen & Andrew’s wedding

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Wednesday, 27th May – a midweek trip down to sunny Cornwall for Helen and Andrew’s beautiful beachside wedding. Arrived in the morning to this stunning view:

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Steps to the beach!

Now, the bride & groom did warn me about the 133 steps down to the beach, which is mainly why I gave myself a couple of extra hours to set up! After five leg-burning trips up and down the steps, I was all set up and ready to play.

With some time to spare, I snatched an hour on the beach on the glorious sunshine – we couldn’t have asked for better weather!

 

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Set up – what a view!

The guests began arriving at about 3pm, and I began the acoustic entertainment. Here was Helen and Andrew’s set list:

Jack Johnson - Better Together
Bruno Mars – Marry You 
Beatles – Here Comes The Sun 
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight 
Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon 
Passenger - Let Her Go
Otis Redding - Dock of the bay 
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah 
Ed Sheeran – The A-Team 
Bastille – Laura Palmer 
Avicii – Wake Me Up 
The Verve – Lucky Man 
John Legend – All of Me
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours 
Magic – Rude 
Bastille – Pompeii 
Verve - Sonnet 
Newton Faulkener – Dream Catch Me 
Bill Withers – Aint no sunshine 
John Legend – Stay With You 
David Gray – Sail Away 
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years 
Ed Sheeran – Sing 
The Calling – Wherever You Will Go 
James – Sit Down 
U2 – Beautiful Day 
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Killers - Mr Brightside
Beatles - All You Need Is Love

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A tiring day once I’d dragged my stuff back up the steps – but an absolutely incredible day and such a memorable spot for the happy couple’s big day! Thanks so much to Helen and Andrew for inviting me down to this incredible place – and huge congratulations to you both!

Laura & Chris: The Manor House, Castle Combe. Wedding Guitarist & Singer – Ceremony + Drinks Reception

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Sunday 24th May, and a relatively short journey from my home in East Bristol over to the picture-perfect village of Castle Combe. This little gem in the Cotswolds has been described as “The prettiest village in England” – and as you arrive it’s hard not to pull over and take a few photos! Which, of course, I did!

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An incredible place to get married, and as you enter the Manor House Castle Combe the grounds of the venue are just as stunning…

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So a beautiful setting for Chris and Laura’s big day. The happy couple booked me for the wedding ceremony + reception package. The morning brought some light rain, so I set up inside ready to play at the ceremony. After playing some background music as guests assembled, Laura made her entrance to an instrumental version of “Let Her Go” by Passenger.

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Playing during the wedding ceremony

During the signing of the register I played “Won’t Let You Go” by James Morrison, and an instrumental version of “The Woman I Love” by Jason Mraz. The happy couple exited the ceremony to the ever-popular “Higher & Higher” by Jackie Wilson.

The weather cheered up in the afternoon – so a quick change of plan, and I did some rushing around to move my equipment out to the front of the building where the drinks reception took place.

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Outdoor music at Castle Combe

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Thumbs up from the bride! Enjoying the tunes 🙂

All in all, a beautiful day and I had a great time. Congratulations to Chris and Laura, who travelled down from Newcastle for the big day – hope everything was absolutely perfect for you both, and that everyone had a great evening as well!

Their acoustic playlist from the day:

Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Paolo Nutini - Last request
Michael Buble - Crazy Love 
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Ben Howard - Only Love
Ed Sheeran - Thinking out Loud
Passenger - Let Her Go (instrumental)
James Morrison - Won't Let You Go
Jason Mraz - The Woman I Love (instrumental)
Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher
Eagle eye cherry - Save Tonight 
George Ezra - Budapest 
Jack Johnson - Better together
David Gray - Babylon 
Ben Howard - Only Love
Frank Sinatra - Fly me to the moon 
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours 
Passenget - Let her go 
Lumineers - Ho Hey 
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me 
Avicii - Wake me up
Mumford and Sons - Lover of the Light
Ed Sheeran - Bloodstream 
Mumford and Sons - The cave 
George Ezra - Blame it on Me 
Paolo Nutini - Last Request 
Michael Buble – Crazy Love 
Jack Johnson - Good People 
Lighthouse Family - Lifted 
Train - Drops of Jupiter 
Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling 
Jackson 5 - I want you back
Van Morrison - Brown eyed Girl 
Tracy Chapman - Fast car 
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Wedding Guitarist Blog: Vicky & Scott’s Ceremony & Drinks reception at Coombe Lodge

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Saturday, 23rd May 2015 – a trip down to the incredible Coombe Lodge for Vicky and Scott’s big day. Summer so far in Britain has been a bit of a let-down, but thankfully we were blessed with incredible weather – hot and sunny!

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Views over Blagdon Lake from Coombe Lodge

Thank to the lovely weather, the wedding ceremony took place outside, and I set up my gear near the front entrance to the venue – ready to play some acoustic music at the ceremony and following drinks reception.

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After some background songs as guests arrived and were seated, it was time for the happy couple’s big moment! Vicky chose “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis as her entrance song to the ceremony. During the signing of the register I played “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and a special request by the bride & groom: “I Swear” by All 4 One. They exited the ceremony on a high with the brilliant “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder.

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There was ice cream, cold beer, warm sunshine and chilled acoustic music. A perfect afternoon! The tunes went down a treat…. here was Vicky & Scott’s playlist:

Adele - Make you Feel my Love 
Joshua Radin - I’d Rather Be With You
Lifehouse - You and Me
Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love (bridal entrance)
All 4 One - I Swear
Jack Johnson - Better Together (signing of the register)
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered (exit song)

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Bruno Mars – Marry You 
George Ezra – Budapest 
Ed Sheeran – Lego House 
Ben Howard – Only Love 
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours 
Otis R – Dock of the Bay 
Bob Marley – Stir It Up 
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together 
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffanys 
Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk 
Train – Drive By 
George Ezra – Blame It On Me 
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years 
Lumineers – Ho Hey 
Ed Sheeran – Sing 
Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror 
The Jam – Town Called Malice 
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl 
Ben E King – Stand By Me 
Beatles – Hey Jude 
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Tracey Chapman - Fast Car 
Green Day - Time of your life
Killers - Mr. Brightside

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Huge congratulations to the happy couple! It was a pleasure and a privilege to play at your beautiful big day 🙂

Charlton House: live acoustic music at James & Sally’s wedding reception + first dance

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I met with Sally and James a few months back at the fantastic Charlton House – a stunning venue and one of Duncan Bannatyne‘s hotels, of Dragon’s Den fame. Back then it was a dark Winter’s evening, but thankfully it was a completely different day for the happy couple’s big day!

There was rain around in the morning but thankfully the clouds cleared and the sun even made a brief appearance in the afternoon. I set up outside and played some acoustic music as guests arrived and mingled for the drinks reception. Sally & James chose an eclectic playlist, and the live music went down a treat!

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Sally & James arriving at the drinks reception as I played “Marry You” by Bruno Mars

Here was the afternoon playlist:

Bruno Mars - Marry You (as bride & groom arrived)
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Ben Howard - Only Love
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Ed Sheeran - The A-Team
Joshua Radin - I'd Rather Be With You
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Kodaline - The One
Lumineers - Ho Hey
Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffanys

Later on, I played a second set inside as the main room was turned around for the evening reception. Here was the second playlist:

Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
George Ezra - Budapest
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
James Blunt - Bonfire Heart
Coldplay - Yellow
Mumford & Sons - The Cave
Amy Winehouse - Valerie
The Kooks - Naive
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
Tracey Chapman - Fast Car
Jackson Five - I Want You Back
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Ben E King - Stand By Me

And just before I left for the evening, I played the happy couple’s first dance acoustically – the incredible “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. What an amazing song!

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James & Sally wowing the guests with their acoustic first dance!

Nicola & Ryan: The Grange Hotel, Winterbourne, Bristol North – Drinks reception live acoustic music

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After yesterday’s road trip to Cornwall, today’s wedding was a much more local affair! A short 20 minute journey North to The Mercure Grange Hotel in Winterbourne, Bristol for Nicola and Ryan’s big day. The happy couple booked me to play during the break between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.

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Setup and ready to play at Nicola & Ryan’s drinks reception

Despite a chilly wind (good old British Summer!), we managed to hold the drinks reception outdoors in the beautiful grounds of the hotel. The rain held off thankfully, and the photographer made the most of the beautiful surroundings, getting some great group shots and pictures of the happy couple. Meanwhile, I serenaded the wedding party with some acoustic covers picked by the newlyweds.

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Playing at the drinks reception

Nicola & Ryan picked a bang up-to-date playlist, including songs from Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, One Direction and John Legend. This was mixed in with some classics such as Fast Car by Tracey Chapman and Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson. I captured some of the set on film so will get this onto the YouTube page soon!

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Guitar selfie!

A great afternoon and the music seemed to go down well! I spotted the bride dancing away to “What Makes You Beautiful” while having photographs taken 🙂 And I managed to squeeze in a request for the lads. Massive congratulations to the happy couple – thanks for inviting me to be a part of your big day. Hope you had a fantastic day and that married life is everything you hoped for!

Nicola & Ryan’s acoustic playlist

Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Jack Johnson - Better Together
George Ezra – Budapest
Alex Clare - Too Close
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Bryan Adams – Heaven
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Pharrell – Happy
John Legend - All Of Me
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
The Killers - Mr Brightside
The Kooks - Naive
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher
Jackson Five - I Want You Back
Tracey Chapman - Fast Car
?Green Day - Time Of Your Life
Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry
Oasis - Wonderwall (request)

Claire & Mike: Watergate Bay, Cornwall (near Newquay) – Wedding ceremony & drinks reception live music

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An early start this morning for Claire & Mike’s wedding at the amazing Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. Just North of Newquay, Watergate Bay is a new destination for me, and I’m so glad I got to play at this incredible venue! The views as you walk into the hotel restaurant are just breathtaking – the restaurant looks out over the beautiful sandy beach, and fortunately we had a lovely sunny day.

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Stunning beach views from the restaurant

I set off just after 7am this morning and made it to the venue before 10am – plenty of time to get set up and ready for Claire & Mike’s 1pm ceremony. The events space is small, intimate and beautiful – and the styling looked fantastic for the ceremony. There was around 60 guests at the ceremony, which apparently is one of the larger weddings hosted at this venue.

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My guitar getting cosy!

Guests started to filter in at about 12.30pm, at which point I began playing some acoustic songs. Claire & Mike selected today’s playlist (see set list below) with some lovely choices, from The Beatles right through to Kodaline. The bride entered the ceremony to the traditional wedding march “Here Comes The Bride”, played on acoustic guitar. For the signing of the register they chose “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis and “Only Love” by Ben Howard – and they exited the ceremony to rapturous applause as I played “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.

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Love is… an acoustic guitar!

Canapés were served and guests had an afternoon drink while I played some acoustic tunes at the drinks reception. I had an absolutely fantastic day – I’d like to extend my congratulations to Claire & Mike and thank them for inviting me to play on their big day! Hope the evening was just as fantastic as the daytime… I wonder if anyone got carried away and decided to go for a swim!!

The Beach at Watergate Bay

The stunning Beach at Watergate Bay

Today’s wedding set list:

Better Together – Jack Johnson
Rude – Magic!
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
?Marry You - Bruno Mars
The One – Kodaline
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Blame It On Me – George Ezra
?Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
The Bridal March "Here Comes The Bride"
Ben Howard - Only Love
Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love
Beatles - All You Need Is Love
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Mash up – Get Lucky / Counting Stars
Budapest - George Ezra
Hey Ho – The Lumineers
Let Her Go - Passenger
The Cave - Mumford & Sons
Love Machine (acoustic version) – Girls Aloud
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

Tue 12th May – Gig diary updates

A couple of updates to the gig calendar:

– This Friday, May 15th at Smoke & Mirrors has now, regrettably, been cancelled due to a wedding involving a very early start the following morning.

– My 24th July gig at Illusions Bar has been moved to the 25th.

An up-to-date list can be viewed on the gigs page.

Laura & Matt’s wedding at Nailsea Tithe Barn: Singer & acoustic guitarist Pat McIntyre

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The weddings season is in full flow now, so I thought it would be nice to document as many events as I can on my blog! Well, May kicked off with a bang as I had a great night playing a private birthday party at The Station Kitchen, Bristol. Didn’t manage to get any photos of the event unfortunately, but it was a great evening with an eclectic mix of songs, from the Jackson Five right through to George Ezra!

The second weekend of the month involved a typically loud Friday night gig at my resident venue Illusions Magic Bar, followed by Matt & Laura’s spectacular wedding at the beautiful Nailsea Tithe Barn.

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The stage is set!

I play at a lot of wedding ceremonies & drinks receptions, so it was nice to play an evening set! Matt and Laura picked all the tunes on the night, with quite an indie/rock feel to the set list. I kicked off the night with their first dance – a song I’d actually never heard before “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. Stripped back, it worked brilliantly on acoustic guitar, and it was a lovely moment. I captured quite a bit of the evening on film – so when I get a chance to sync the audio/video, splice together the footage and make it look a bit prettier, I’ll upload some videos.

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 Later on, Laura & I surprised the wedding guests with a rendition of “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse! The bride joined me on stage to sing, and was absolutely brilliant! Maybe slightly too brilliant 😉 but if anyone’s allowed to outshine me, surely it’s the bride!!

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The bride showing me how it’s done!!

It was an absolutely brilliant evening, I loved every minute. We had a full dance floor all evening, despite the hog roast, cheese board and LOADS of cake!! So thank you to everyone who danced, sang along, and made it an evening to remember. And massive congratulations to Matt & Laura… I’m sure we’ll see each other soon as we live 5 minutes down the road from one another! Here’s last night’s set list:

Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling (first dance)
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
Amy Winehouse - Valerie (sung by the bride!)
Lumineers - Ho Hey
Train - Drive By
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Jake Bugg - Lightning Bolt
Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine
Avicii - Wake Me Up
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
Pharrell - Happy
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Killers - Mr Brightside
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Lady GaGa/Eurythmics medley - Bad Romance/Sweet Dreams
Rihanna - Umbrella
Maroon 5 - Payphone
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Razorlight - Before I Fall To Pieces
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Dani California
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger