On Sunday 12th April we headed to the beautiful wedding venue of Priston Mill. This lovely venue is nestled in the countryside between Bristol and Bath and offers two venues in one...The Water Mill and The Tythe Barn which is where Clare and James had chosen for their special day.
The barn is surrounding by tranquil gardens and even a beautiful babbling brook makes this venue seem like something out of a fairy tale. The bunting and fairy lights added to its charm and we were lucky enough to start playing just as the sun began to set.
Clare and James had asked us to play an early evening acoustic set to create a stunning atmosphere as their evening guests arrived but whilst still allowing the Bride and Groom to greet their guests and chat with ease. We played a beautiful variety of acoustic covers such as our stunning version of 'Viva La Vida' by Coldplay and we also got toes tapping with the slightly livelier Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours'.
WEDDING TIP: If you are having a lot of evening guests you may want to opt for an acoustic set early evening to really set the tone as evening guests arrive or perhaps just have some background music for the first 45 minutes or so. Both of these options allow you to greet and chat with your guests with ease and mean the main highlights of the Live Band or Party Duo have a more significant impact when they start a little later on.
After the cake cutting it was time for the beautiful tradition of the First Dance. Clare and James had asked us to learn 'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran which is proving to be a really popular choice for 2015 Weddings! The track allowed us to show off our range and really capture the emotion of the moment for the brand new Mr and Mrs Raymond!
WEDDING TIP: If you are planning on learning a routine for your First Dance then please get in touch as we may be able to go into the recording studio and record a version of the track for a small charge, usually around £40. This will allow you to practice and polish your routine to our version of the track, and also means you will have a beautiful musical keepsake from your special day.
After the emotion of the First Dance we moved seamlessly into the Live Band Duo kicking in with the dance floor filler 'Valerie' by Amy Winehouse. This signalled the end of the formal part of the day and allowed everyone to let their hair down and dance the night away.
We stopped briefly to allow Clare to head up to the balcony and toss the bouquet to the eager ladies, and one or two gents, waiting to get their hands on those beautiful flowers. With a countdown from all, the bouquet landed in the arms of a very happy lady and we continued the night, filling the dance floor with tracks like 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams and ended the night on 'Summer of 69' to an appreciative crowd!
We'd like to wish Clare and James all the best for their lives together and thank them for choosing Taylormade for their special day.
Carley & Matt x