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

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

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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

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

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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Bishopstrow House, Warminster: Live acoustic music at Mike & Kelly’s wedding

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Friday, 19th June 2015 – British Summer seems to have started warming up finally! We had beautiful blue skies for most of the day and it was lovely and warm when I arrived at the stunning Bishopstrow House Hotel.

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Mike & Kelly booked me to play during the break between the wedding breakfast and the evening party. With the weather set fair, I set up outside on the patio area.

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I kicked off the live music at 6.30pm – here’s Mike & Kelly’s acoustic playlist:

Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Magic! - Rude
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
Ellie Golding - Love Me Like You Do
Bob Marley - Stir It Up
Eric Clapton - Layla
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Lumineers - Hey Ho
Mumford and Sons - Lover of the Light
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Bastille - Pompeii
John Legend - All of Me
Lifehouse - You and Me
Ed Sheeran/Macklemore - You Need Me/Thrift Shop mashup
The Killers - Mr Brightside
MGMT - Kids
The coral - Dreaming of You
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Green Day - Time Of Your Life

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And, before I left, there was just time for one more song! A very important one – Mike & Kelly’s first dance as man & wife. They chose “Still Into You” by Paramore, I played a stripped back acoustic version which worked really nicely. Huge congratulations to the happy couple and hope you had a great day and evening!

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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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!!

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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