Tournerbury Woods Estate, Hayling Island
One of the best things about being a musician is being a part of someone you love’s wedding day. We were lucky enough to be asked to play at my friend’s wedding, Heather and Tim. They had been together for 14 years (we think) before tying the knot so it was always going to be a very emotional and special day, and long awaited for all their friends and family.
Being music lovers, they wanted live music throughout the day. Myself and Joe played music before they headed down the aisle together, while Tim eagerly awaited the arrival of Heather and her fabulous bridesmaids. Being the spiritual couple they are, Tim and Heather chose a humanist ceremony which was utterly beautiful. I loved the sentiment of them both walking down the aisle together towards their future as married couple, rather than Heather being ‘given away.’ There were many teary eyes (and burnt foreheads as it was an absolute scorcher of a day) in the ceremony.
The ceremony itself was carried out by an awesome celebrator. It was clear the officiator had spent time with them as it felt so personal, with anecdotes of how they met and and places they’d been together.
As they waked out as a married couple, we played them out and then during the drinks reception overlooking the water in Tournerbury (which was like something out of a postcard – an absolutely perfect scene!) After our soulful summer set on the grass, which at times turned into a happy singalong, we headed inside to set up for our 7 piece set.
We always love it when people ask for the horns section too. It’s so much fun to play with sax and trumpet and it really adds another level to the sound and performance. Especially when the first dance was Incognito’s ‘Always There.’ It was probably the most fun we’d had playing a first dance… and why not have a disco tune! It got everybody up on the dancefloor and set the mood for a party.
The whole day was gorgeous. The grounds were idyllic, the food was incredible – the most delicious spread of salads, bowls of gorgeous veg with dressings, fresh fish and a variety of meat – and everyone danced and talked and laughed throughout the day.
My favourite thing that Heather and Tim did to the decoration of the room was the potted plants that were on the tables and sat hanging beams from the ceiling. They were all green, some herbs which gave a wonderful smell, some ivy, some small evergreen plants. Everyone was encouraged to take a pot home which I thought was a charming wedding flavour.
Everybody left smiling, and with aching feet a very successful wedding indeed.