Wedding

Video - Kelly and Rob Haynes Wedding at Crockwell Farm, Northamptonshire

This gorgeous video was filmed and edited by Seb Biddle who took this video of Kelly and Rob's Wedding at the beautiful Crockwell Farm Wedding Venue in Eydon, Northamptonshire. Having been preferred suppliers of live wedding music to Crockwell Farm for over 5 years, this wasn't Taylormade's first visit, but it was a very special one.

Kelly had booked us to perform during the Wedding Ceremony itself, and then a 60 minute set during the Drinks Reception too. We met Seb whilst we were setting up on the day and he contacted us afterwards whilst he was putting the video together and asked if we could provide him with a couple of our tracks to add to the soundtrack. It was an absolute privilege to be asked and as you will hear we gave Seb our timeless version of 'Songbird' by Eva Cassidy and our beautiful acoustic cover of 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' by The Darkness. 

Kelly had walked down the aisle to 'Songbird' and there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Kelly even emailed us after the day to say how everyone had been crying and thought that it was the Eva Cassidy CD version, and couldn't believe it was us performing live which was a massive compliment. 

We really hope you enjoy the video of the lovely Kelly and Rob's Wedding Day. Massive congratulations to them both and we wish them all the very best for their lives together with love, sunshine and happy days! 

Huge thanks go out to the very talented Sebastian for sending us the link for this video and please take a look at his other work which can be found at www.sbfilms.co.uk

Krakow - Wedding Abroad or Fantastic Honeymoon/Mini-Moon Destination!

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Hi guys! I’m going to write about something a little different today. I usually write about the Wedding Day, Song Choices, the ‘First Dance’ and try to give you little hints and tips about how to make the Wedding Day itself run as smoothly as possible. However, one thing I’ve noticed is that when we are chatting with the Bride and Groom at the end of the night, the conversation always seems to turn to the Honeymoon! Where are they going? How long are they going for? What are they looking forward to the most? So, as the Wedding doesn’t end when the music stops, I wanted to write about a possible Wedding/Honeymoon/Mini-Moon destination instead.

Main Square in the Snow - magical!

Main Square in the Snow - magical!

Matt and I have just returned from a week’s break to the beautiful Polish city of Krakow. According to legend Krakow was founded by a hero called Krak who killed a dragon by feeding it animal skins filled with sulfur. Well whether that’s actually true or not, I can honestly say that we had one of the best week’s of our lives! If you are looking for beauty, culture, history and fantastic cuisine, then Krakow is the place for you. Never mind the fact that you can get a beer for £1!!!

We have been lucky enough to visit some top destinations including Budapest, Prague and Rome. Whilst each of these city’s is incredible in their own right, there was just something about Krakow that pipped them to the post for us. I didn’t really have any big expectations….I’d heard all about the ancient colosseum in Rome, I knew that Walt Disney modelled his Magic Kingdom Castle on Tin Church in Prague and I certainly didn’t think it could compete with the majesty of the lions sculpted onto the Chain Bridge in Budapest.

How wrong we were. Krakow is a breathtakingly beautiful city. It’s medieval market square is the biggest in Europe at 200 x 200 metres and it’s history dates as far back as 966 AD. But there was a lot more to Krakow that it’s beautiful buildings, squares and castle. Krakow’s got soul…..and by the bucket load.

Market Square

Market Square

With a history as tumultuous as they come, Krakow, and Poland itself, seems to have a style all of it’s own. I quiet confidence, an assured resilience and an upbeat positivity. A phoenix from the ashes of history. After all the ‘Iron Curtain’ only came down in 1989 and, combined with this, Poland is just starting to find it’s feet again after the devastating losses of World War 2. All of this makes it an intriguing place to visit and whether for your Wedding, Honeymoon Mini-Moon or just a Romantic City Break with the one you love, we strongly recommend that you do.

So, what can you do on your Honeymoon or Mini-Moon in Krakow?

Have stunning Wedding Photos Here! Have breathtaking pictures taken around Wawel Hill on the banks of the River Wisla with the Castle and Cathedral as your backdrop. The locals have their Wedding photo’s taken here and best of all, it’s completely free!

Take a magical horse drawn carriage ride around the Old Town - Especially romantic during the Winter with a warm blanket, mulled wine and the snow coming down!

Get married in a Salt Mine! - Have your Ceremony or Reception in the stunning chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine with it’s chapels and rooms made of pure salt!

 

Eat delicious ‘Pierogi’! - Poland’s version of dumplings but made with pasta rather than bread or potato. We loved it!

The location of the famous film

The location of the famous film

Visit Oskar Schindler’s Factory - Most of you will have seen the film ‘Schindler’s List’. Oskar Schindler saved the lives of 1200 jews during the Holocaust by convincing the Nazi’s that they were indispensable to him to run his business. Visit his enamel factory to learn the dark and eternally uplifting stories from this time in history.

Try a Krakovian Bagel - ‘Obwarzanek Krakowski’! Protected by the European Union only bagels made in Krakow can be classed as authentic. Find a street seller and give it a go. With prices at just 1.5 Zlotys (25p!) you'd be mad to miss out!

Zakopane

Zakopane

Take a trip to the mountains! For those adventure seekers in you, just an hour away from Krakow is the beautiful mountain retreat of Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, on the border with Slovakia. Stay in a gorgeous wooden chalet and climb, hike, swim or ski, snow board and chill in the Winter.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

The above is far from an exhaustive list of things to do in this intriguing part of the world but I hope my blog has ‘whet your appetite’ for a destination that is a little different yet ticks every box. Adventure, History, Culture, Beauty, Brilliant Cuisine, along with a warm welcome make Krakow one of the best places we have ever been to.

If you would like any further advice or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Happy Planning!

Carley and Matt x
 

Rachael & Matt's Wedding Day

Ashorne Hill Wedding Taylormade

Ashorne Hill is a grade II listed country house set in 35 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Built in 1895 on the site of a medieval manor, the house and grounds are steeped in history and have been welcoming guests for many years.

On arrival, the original timbered entrance door opens into the Great Hall with its imposing stone fireplace, wood carved cherubs on the staircase and oak beamed high ceiling.....an impressive first site.

Rachael and Matt had booked our 4 Piece Live Band and DJ for their evening celebrations and so our first role in their special day was to perform 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol for their First Dance.

WEDDING TIP: Make your First Dance even more special by having us perform it live as the acoustic duo or 4 piece band. This moment is absolutely unique and brings the spark that only a live performance can bring, rather than just the CD version which everyone else has!

If you were thinking about learning a routine for your First Dance then we can go into the local studio and record our version of your First Dance track for a small charge, usually around £40. This will allow you to practice and polish your routine to perfection along to our version of the track, and also means you will have a stunning musical keepsake from your Wedding Day.

After the emotion of the First Dance we moved seamlessly into the Live Band set kicking in with the lady of the moment Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'. This signals the end of the formalities and everyone is allowed to let their hair down and dance the night away!

Live singer Ashorne Wedding

We continued our set with new tracks like 'Uptown Funk' by Bruno Mars and 'Love Shack'. Rachael and Matt's guests enjoyed our performances so much we even did 2 encores before leaving them with the DJ.

We'd like to wish Rachael and Matt all the very best for their lives together and thank you for choosing Taylormade for your special day! X