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

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!

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!

CanapĂ©s 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!!

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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

Sun, 29th March: Bristol Vintage Wedding Fayre

It was wild, wet and windy here in Bristol this morning. Combine that with the fact that I was out gigging until midnight, and that British Summer Time had the nerve to steal an hour of sleep from us, and I must be honest – I didn’t fancy getting out of bed when my 8.30am alarm sounded this morning!

However, drag myself from my pit I did, and I had a great day playing acoustic songs for the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fayre at Freemason’s Hall. It was lovely to meet lots of brides and grooms-to-be and chat all things wedding music. Lovely to see lots of friendly faces and mingle with fellow wedding suppliers too!

That’s my last wedding fair of the year (unless I book in any last-minute) – so if you want to catch me singing live, keep an eye on the gigs page 🙂

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Thanks to The Little Wedding Helper for this photo!

Sun, 15th March 2015: Live recordings from the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair

Last Sunday I played some acoustic tunes at the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair, hosted at the Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens. I recorded some of my set and am just in the process of editing/uploading some live videos from the event. Here’s the first one, a cover of George Ezra’s “Blame It On Me”.

George is a local boy, from right ‘ere in Brizzle town! I love his album “Wanted on Voyage” – his voice is amazing and the album’s full of upbeat, Summery songs. I’m also looking forward to seeing him live in Bristol this Summer!

Sun 8th March, 2015: Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair

I was a last-minute addition to the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair today! Fortunately there was a spot for me to play, so I dusted off the acoustic guitar (to be fair, it was probably still warm from last night’s gig at Smoke & Mirrors!) and headed on down to Clifton Pavilion at the Bristol Zoo Gardens. I played three sets, showcasing some of my favourite acoustic tunes – and it was a great day meeting brides and grooms-to-be and mingling with the finest wedding suppliers that the South West has to offer. My next wedding fair performance will be at The Vintage Wedding Fayre in Bristol on the 29th March. If you want to hear me sing and have a chat about wedding music, pop along to Freemason’s Hall from 11am to 3pm.

 

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Lighting courtesy of LightHaus Events – picture courtesy of The Little Wedding Helper

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Action shot! Performing at Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair

 You can read my blog entry on the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair site here.