Wedding venues in the Southwest – the BIG list!

Wedding Venues in the Southwest

Following on from my previous blog post, where I put together a list of 10 of my favourite wedding venues, here’s an exhaustive list of every venue I’ve played at down the years! I’ve arranged them by area, and each has it’s own web link so that you can check out what they have to offer…

Wedding venues in Bristol

The Avon Gorge HotelHotel Du VinMercure Bristol North HotelPaintworksNumber 4 CliftonBerwick LodgeThe Bristol Golf Club AlmondsburyClifton Pavilion (Bristol Zoo)The Square ClubColliters Brook FarmGlassboat BristolGoldney Hall (The Orangery)The Bristol Packet (a boat!)The Grain BargeMerchants Hall, Ashton Court Mansion

The Orangery, Goldney Hall, Bristol

Wedding venues in Bath, Somerset & Wiltshire 

Aldwick EstateThe Roman BathsOrchardleigh HousePriston Mill Tythe Barn and WatermillWick Farm BathCoombe LodgeAmerican MuseumBathwick Boatman RestaurantClevedon Hall,  Haberfield HallCadbury HouseRookery ManorThe Gathering BarnCornerhouse HotelNailsea Tithe BarnCharlton HouseBishopstrow House HotelCombe Grove ManorBailbrook HouseKilver CourtAbbey Manor Centre YeovilCourt Farm BanwellThe Old Mill BathMoonraker HotelHuntstile Organic FarmLimpley Stoke HotelHomewood ParkFolly Farm PensfordBatch Country HouseBabington HouseYarlington BarnHare & Hounds (Lansdown, Bath),  Haselbury MillBrympton House, The Battleaxes, Quantock Lakes

The Roman Baths, Bath

Wedding venues in Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds

Kingscote BarnCripps BarnStone BarnBerkeley CastleGreat Tythe Barn TetburyThe Manor House Hotel (Moreton-In-Marsh)Westonbirt ArboretumThe Manor House (Castle Combe)The Matara CentreThornbury CastleThornbury Golf ClubThe Hare & Hounds (Tetbury)Eastwood ParkManor By The Lake CheltenhamHatton CourtRendcomb College, Elmore Court, Egypt Mill

Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham

Wedding venues in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset

Watergate BayTunnels BeachesTrevennaDunster Tithe BarnLusty GlazeThe Green CornwallMill End HotelThe Lynhurst (Lynton)Ever After – A Dartmoor WeddingPolhawn FortSt. Elizabeth’s HouseYeoldon HouseBovey CastleWoolacombe Bay HotelBridwell ParkBranksome Dene, St. Audries Park

Trevenna Barns, Cornwall

Wedding venues in Wales

Canada Lake & LodgeGlen-Yr-Afon HotelWest Usk LighthouseLlancaiach Fawr ManorThe Barn at West FarmFforestOxwich Bay HotelNew House Country HotelCardiff Marriott HotelClearwell CastleManorbier CastleBarn at BrynichBryngarw HouseFlorin, Llechwen Hall

Clearwell Castle

Others

Friars CourtCaswell HouseSpittleborough FarmhouseSulgrave ManorOaks Farm (Surrey)Bordesley ParkBirtsmorton CourtBrockencote HallAldwickbury Park Golf ClubMorden Hall, Little Channels, The Mill Barns

Birtsmorton Court

Wedding Venues in Bristol, Bath and the South-West

Wedding Guitarist Blog – Wedding Venues

As a wedding musician, I get to see a lot of fantastic venues. Based in Bristol, I’m lucky that there is a big, varied choice of amazing places to get married nearby. There’s hidden gems right here in the city, and in the neighbouring counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire you’ll find everything from country manor estates to tithe barns, boutique hotels to castles. Heading West towards Wales and South to Dorset, Cornwall and Devon you’ll find stunning beachside venues, farms… I’ve even played at a lighthouse once!

It’s hard to have favourites when there’s so many brilliant venues around, but here’s a few of my top picks. I must say, it was very hard to narrow it down to just 10 and there are lots more I’d love to include. For a list of ALL the venues I’ve played at in my time as a singer/guitarist for weddings, see my full list of venues here.

Without any further ado then, here’s 10 of the best!

 

Wedding venues – Top 10 picks

1. Aldwick Estate

I’m lucky enough to visit Aldwick quite often – it’s a popular spot to get married and for good reason! It’s in a fantastic location, just half an hour South of Bristol near the beautiful Mendip hills. A perfect blend of countryside chic with a modern twist, it’s a working vineyard so you’ll have the opportunity to test their British wines, and if you get married here there’s some fantastic photo opportunities in the grounds!

There are two adjacent barns, one which holds the wedding ceremony and the larger barn which is set up for the wedding breakfast during the daytime. Later on, there’s plenty of space to hold a wedding band or DJ to keep the party going until late.

There’s a large outdoor space which is absolutely perfect in the Summer if the sun is shining. I have many fond memories of playing live acoustic music out on the terrace as guests mingle and the married couple have photos taken.

Apart from the stunning surroundings, I think my favourite thing about Aldwick is the people – you’re always greeted with a friendly welcome and the staff and catering team are so helpful!

2. Coombe Lodge at Blagdon

Just down the road from Aldwick is the bold, imposing building that is Coombe Lodge. Similarly to Aldwick it’s in an amazing location, just outside the village of Blagdon, adjacent to the Mendip hills. With stunning views of Blagdon Lake, out to the Chew Valley countryside, it really is an amazing spot and on a clear Summer’s day the views are hard to beat.

It’s a country house building with exclusive use of the house and gardens for weddings so you can truly make the place your own. I’ve never been to a wedding at Coombe Lodge that hasn’t been full of fun! I think the staff are a big part of what makes this place special – they always go out of their way to make sure everything runs perfectly and are always friendly and helpful. It’s always a pleasure to play guitar at Coombe Lodge, whether I’m out in the gardens in the Summer sun, or inside in the cosy surroundings in the Winter – it’s one of my favourite places to visit.

3. The Kingscote Barn

Set in the middle of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, this barn venue is absolutely gorgeous – pay it a visit and you’ll fall in love with it instantly! They’ve won many awards at Kingscote and it’s easy to see why. Apart from the incredible views and the fantastic buildings, the team at Kingscote are just brilliant and always on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.

I’ve played guitar in various locations at Kingscote Barn – in the main barn for the wedding ceremony, near the bar and in the reception room as guests have drinks and canapés. There’s also an outdoor area, and in the Summer you can get married outside with views of the glorious countryside as you walk down the aisle. I can play acoustic music outside if the weather allows, and the gardens out the back are quite a sun trap when the sun is shining. Drinks, relaxing in the sun and live acoustic music – perfection!

4. Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe

On the North-Western Devon coast, Tunnels Beaches is surely one of the most amazing places in the UK to get married. The location is simply jaw-dropping – you even get your own private beach if you’re married here! After walking down the famous tunnels which were hand carved in the 1820’s, you enter the venue, nestled neatly into the rocky coastline. The vibe is stylish and relaxed – seaside chic with a modern twist.

The open plan layout of the venue means that you always feel like you’re outside, even if you’re not – and you have that relaxing sea view at all times. It’s a spectacular place to get married, and I always have a tingle of excitement when someone books me to play their wedding music at Tunnels!

I’ve played here during the daytime, in the evening, inside and outside and each time it’s been an fantastic occasion. A word of warning if you’re interested in getting married here though, it’s highly in demand as you could imagine, so you may have to book well in advance to secure this amazing place as your wedding venue!

5. Wick Farm Bath

Wick Farm Bath is actually a venue I’ve not visited that often, but I wanted to include it on the list because a/ it’s stunning and b/ I got married here! I also think it’s a little under the radar – although it’s certainly very popular as a wedding venue, it seems that not that many people I speak to have heard of it. So a worthy mention for this lovely barn venue. The owners are relaxed, friendly and are happy for you to really make the place your own. They were tremendously helpful when we were planning our wedding, and equally as welcoming when I came back to sing at a wedding a few months later!

The inside of the barn is cosy and warm with underfloor heating if the weather isn’t so great, so perfect for Winter weddings. In the Summer sun, guests can mingle outside in the beautiful grounds so it’s a winner in all seasons. I love playing guitar here – the acoustics in the main barn are beautiful for wedding ceremony music, and if the sun is shining you can’t beat a bit of acoustic music out on the terrace!

6. Priston Mill

Priston Mill, not far from Bath, comprises two separate buildings – the Watermill and the Tythe Barn. Both equally stunning in their own right, the Watermill is totally unique and the Tythe Barn is warm and inviting. You can host your wedding in either of the venues – the Tythe Barn has a bigger capacity but the Watermill may be on your list if you’re looking for somewhere a little more quirky.

Both venues are perfect for music, especially if the weather is good. Guests can wonder the gardens and enjoy the beautiful North East Somerset countryside… whilst listening to some live acoustic music in the sun!

7. Clevedon Hall

If you have your heart set on a stunning manor house with beautiful grounds and plenty of amazing photo opportunities, Clevedon Hall may be just the place for you. Located in the sleepy seaside town of Clevedon, the beach is just a stone’s throw away – so as well as getting amazing photographs in the extensive grounds (you may even see some deer if you’re lucky!), you could also pop over the road and get some pictures by the sea, or by Clevedon’s famous pier.

Acoustic music works fantastically at Clevedon Hall – the grand main hall plays host to the wedding ceremony, where I’m often booked to play during the bridal entrance, the signing of the register and as the married couple make their jubilant exit. Afterwards it’s outside for drinks in the sun, weather permitting, where I’ll play some music as people mingle and enjoy their afternoon. Later on, the place is transformed for the evening party and it tends to get pretty lively! I’m often booked to do a kind of ‘warm up’ set before a DJ or live band take over for the rest of the evening.

8. The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury

There’s a lot of wedding venues in the Cotswolds, but this stands out as one of my favourites. Just outside the picturesque town of Tetbury, it’s main feature is the beautifully restored 16th century barn, and it also has accommodation on site with self-catering cottages which can be used by the wedding party.

Equally beautiful inside and out, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining at the Great Tythe Barn – the grounds are lovely in the sunshine but it’s just as good inside if the British weather isn’t playing ball! Again, at this venue I tend to be booked for the wedding ceremony and drinks reception but I’ve also done a few evening events here which are always good fun!

 

9. Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding

Now, this venue I think falls into the ‘hidden gem’ category! Not far from Tavistock in the Dartmoor countryside, this venue is truly one of my favourite places to visit. The word ‘magical’ sounds a bit cheesy, but there really is something other-worldly about this place. From the moment you drive through the large wooden gate, you realise this is no ordinary wedding venue. It sits next to a small river, and as you walk around you notice unique personal touches everywhere – the attention to detail makes this spot really stand out from the crowd.

As well as having a beautiful location for the wedding ceremony, there’s also a grand luxury marquee which hosts the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. Some of my favourite memories are of singing in the sunshine as guests mingle and explore this unique place.

However, I think the thing that really makes Ever After tick is owner Nicola and her team. Nicola works with you to ensure you get your perfect big day – she’s incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and will even style the wedding to make your vision a reality. It’s a truly personal service, and every time I have the privilege of playing a wedding at Ever After, it’s clear how much time and effort has been spent preparing for the big day. Just a really special place, with wonderful people.

10. Stone Barn

Last on my list but most certainly not least, it’s another barn venue (you’re probably realising that I really love converted barns by now!) – and one of the most spectacular ones you’ll find. In the heart of the Cotswolds, you drive down a country track to get there and at first you may wonder where you’re headed! As you drive on, the barn emerges in front of you, almost hidden in a little dip amongst the fields that surround it. The first thing that strikes you is the corrugated iron roofs over the Dutch Barns, which gives it a rustic, traditional feel.

When you walk in, it really takes your breath away. It’s a big space which can accommodate up to 250 guests if required, and is tastefully decorated with draped lighting and a stunning open plan layout. The other thing you’ll notice is the smell of food being freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen, as the chefs flame grill delicious offerings right in front of your eyes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

The ceremony room is equally as stunning with it’s stone walls, high ceilings and traditional styling. Outdoors you’ll find a relaxed area where guests can enjoy drinks and canapés, and later on the fire pits are lit to create a warm, cosy atmosphere. It’s an absolutely amazing place to play live acoustic music and I just love visiting this gem in the Cotswolds.

 

So there you have it. 10 of the best wedding venues in the Southwest – but there’s plenty more to choose from! If you want to see a full list of venues that I’ve played at, arranged by area, click the link below.

Wedding Venues Southwest – the Big List!

I hope this blog was informative – if you’re planning your wedding and found this article useful, let me know! Or if you have some feedback about wedding venues I’d love to hear from you… drop me a line at info@guitaristforweddings.co.uk or via the Contact Page.

 


Pat McIntyre is a singer and acoustic guitarist from Bristol, UK. An experienced live performer and music aficionado, Pat is available to book for weddings and other events.

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13.01.18 – The wedding of Will & Vicci


13th January 2018 – Will & Vicci’s wedding music at The Gathering Barn

My first wedding of 2018 saw a visit to the fantastic Gathering Barn near Warminster. A new venue for me this one, and it’s an absolutely beautiful spot in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside. After driving down a farm track for a couple of miles, I was worried that the sat nav was sending me on a wild goose chase, but thankfully I arrived at the barn with plenty of time to spare – I don’t think that was the official entrance though!

The barn was looking absolutely amazing thanks to Helen of I Do Weddings, who was busy making sure everything ran smoothly when I arrived to set up. Will and Vicci booked me to sing at the wedding ceremony and drinks reception, so I set up and put some music on as guests started trickling in.

As everyone entered the ceremony room I began playing some live songs to set the ambience, ready for Vicci’s big entrance. Shortly after 1.30pm I began playing Vicci’s bridal entrance song – Marry Me by Train. We had some live songs during the signing of the register, then finally ‘My Universe’ by The Shires for the exit of the married couple. A new song for me this one that that I learnt for the day and it worked perfectly!

Then it was through to the bar area for drinks, photos and of course more live music! I played acoustic songs from 2-4pm as guests mingled and took in the beautiful surroundings. An absolutely fantastic day, and a wonderful couple – congratulations Will & Vicci, aka Mr & Mrs Tonking!

Here’s their acoustic playlist:

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Bridal Entrance: 
Train - Marry Me

Signing of the Register:
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Jack Johnson - Better Together. 
Jason Mraz - I’m yours

Recessional (exit): 
The Shires - My Universe

 Drinks Reception music

Bruno Mars - Marry You
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Blackstreet - No Diggity
Outkast - Hey Ya (acoustic version)
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Michael Bublé - Everything
Passenger - Let Her Go
Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
David Gray - This Years Love
Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way
The Zutons/Amy Winehouse - Valerie
John Mayer - Your Body is a Wonderland
Kodaline - The One
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
The Coral - Dreaming of You
McFly - It's All About You
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
Noah & The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You

Live acoustic music at the Lynhurst, Devon: Sarah & Kevin’s afternoon wedding reception

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image: The Lynhurst, Lynton, North Devon

Saturday 11th July saw a trip down to the beautiful surroundings of Lynton in North Devon. Sarah and Kevin were married in the afternoon at the local church, and booked out The Lynhurst for their afternoon/evening celebrations. They booked me to play a couple of acoustic sets during drinks and cream teas, with speeches during my break.

Following an unsuccessful fight with my sat-nav, I eventually located the venue thanks to some help from the locals. GPS/3G hasn’t quite reached Lynton yet! I walked up the pathway to the Lynhurst and was greeted by fantastic views with the sea twinkling in the distance.

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I set up my PA system, while the caterers carefully prepared cream teas, and we awaited the entrance of the newlyweds and their bridal party.

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Shortly after 3pm, the church bells rang out and I began my first live set:

Jack Johnson - Better Together 
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun 
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours 
Newton Faulkener - Dream Catch Me 
Lumineers - Ho Hey 
Mumford & Sons - The Cave 
Avicii - Wake Me Up 
Biffy Clyro - Many of Horror 
McFly - It’s All About You 
Bon Jovi - Livin’ on a Prayer 
Green Day - Time of Your Life 
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go 
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

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We then had a little break, during which the wedding speeches took place. At 5pm-ish I began my second set, which started with the happy couple’s first dance:

First Dance: Jason Mraz - You & I Both 
Justin Timberlake - Not A Bad Thing 
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight 
George Ezra - Budapest 
Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher 
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror 
Bruno Mars - Marry You 
Jessie J - Price Tag 
Amy Winehouse - Valerie 
Rihanna - Umbrella 
The Killers - Mr Brightside 
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire 
Bryan Adams - Summer of ‘69
Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl
Ben E King - Stand By Me

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A fantastic late afternoon/early evening with lots of dancing and singing along! Looks like the celebrations were set to continue long into the night, as a band were setting up as I was leaving 🙂

Huge congratulations to the happy couple – once again, thanks for choosing to have me play at your wedding – hope you enjoyed the tunes, and that you had an amazing evening after I left!

Saturday 27th June – The Mill End Hotel, Chagford, Devon: Wedding drinks reception live music

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Saturday 27th saw a trip down to Devon and the beautiful Mill End Hotel for Claire and Matt’s post-wedding ceremony drinks reception. They booked me to play some acoustic songs as guests arrived to the reception venue, and we had a lovely warm day for the occasion.

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I set up just outside the main marquee where the wedding breakfast was due to take place and played two acoustic sets in the sunshine.

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Here was the playlist from the day:

Set 1
Pharrell - Happy 
Damien Rice - Canonball 
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine 
Coldplay - Magic 
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me 
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do 
McFly - It’s All About You 
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony 
Elbow - One Day like this
Set 2 
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk 
Daft Punk - Get Lucky 
Ben Haenow - Something I Need 
Kodaline - The One
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven 
The Jam - A Town Called Malice 
The Beatles - Let It Be 
John Legend - All of Me 
Ben E King - Stand By Me

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Louise & Colin’s wedding at the Matara Centre – live acoustic entertainment

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Friday, 12th June and a trip Northwards to the Matara Centre, a beautiful, unique wedding venue in the Cotswolds. I’ve seen lots of photos of ceremonies at Matara, but this is the first time I’ve actually played there – and wow, what a stunning place!

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I arrived just before 5pm, with music scheduled for 7pm – some entertainment as guests exited the wedding breakfast for the room turnaround, before the party later on. I hoped to be set up in the courtyard area, but of course – after my last blog about being a “good weather charm” – we had rain! A warm, humid day with some drizzle meant I had to set up indoors under cover, but I positioned my speakers so that everyone could hear the music.

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Now, I’ve played at countless weddings over my 5 or so years doing this – but Friday’s wedding was a first. As I was casually setting my gear up at about 5.30 (still wearing t-shirt and flip-flops at this point!) guests started to arrive for teas and coffees. I’m used to weddings running half an hour, maybe an hour, behind – but this wedding was running an hour and a half ahead of schedule!! This, I can promise you, is VERY rare!

So I ducked off quickly to put on some more suitable attire, and returned to finish setting up. I started the music just after 6pm, and proceeded to play a selection of songs picked by the happy couple. Here’s Louise & Colin’s acoustic playlist:

Jack Johnson - Better Together
Tom Odell - Grow Old With Me
Passenger – Let Her Go
Zutons - Valerie
Bill Withers - Ain't no Sunshine
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
U2 – All I want is you
The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
Counting Crows – Accidentally in Love
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
John Legend - All of Me
Ray Lamontage - You are the Best Thing
The Fratellis – Baby Doll
Pharrell – Happy 
Avicii – Wake me Up 
Bruno Mars – Just the way you are 
Daft Punk – Get Lucky 
Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk 
Deep Blue Somethings – Breakfast at Tiffanys 
Razorlight – Before I Fall to Pieces 
Green Day – Time of your Life 
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You look Good on the Dance Floor 
James – Sit Down 
Oasis – Champagne Supernova 
Ben E King – Stand by Me 
The Beatles – All you need is Love
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

A lovely evening, and the music seemed to go down really well. Huge congratulations to Louise and Colin – hope you had a fantastic day, and a great evening!

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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!

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

Thu, 26th March 2015: Preferred Venues – update

An update on my Preferred Venues list. Along with Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard, I’ve now added Wick Farm Bath and Portland House, Cardiff Bay. You can read more here.

Wick Farm Bath

 

Portland House Cardiff