When ‘Lovibonds’ Two People Together!

Entering the De Vere New Place Hotel driveway with the towering manor and ornate gates meant no location could be better for Lauren and Stuart Lovibond’s wedding. It was the perfect summer evening, not too hot for the men in their suits but not too cold either. The guests were just finishing their wedding breakfast as we started setting up, noting the room was decorated with beautiful chiffon ceiling drapes matching the elegant lilac colour scheme of the table centre pieces.

The friendly catering staff helped clear the head table so we could set up efficiently before moving to the bar to have a quick catch-up drink before our first set. During this time, we met a couple of children, guests of the happy couple who told us all about the instruments they could play and were fascinated with all our equipment.

Once the dance floor had been set, the guests were invited back in to watch the cutting of the cake. This was rather unusual but inspired: the tiers were made of hundreds of cupcakes of five different flavours, ranging from salted caramel to passion fruit and white chocolate. The main cake sat on top of these mini cupcakes as one giant vanilla sponge cupcake. Each different flavour was labelled with a different topping including butterflies and violets to allow the guests to identify the flavours.

We started with the first dance, You Got a Friend in Me from Disney Pixar’s classic Toy Story, a family favourite which set the mood for the evening. The atmosphere was of sheer excitement and romance and we were ready and raring to blow the roof off this party!

Blasting through our first set, we had a packed dance floor, the children in particular busting some very fine moves. During our break, the children asked Sarah, Bex and Gemma to join them in the photo booth with their crazy glasses and feather boas. We happily obliged and made sure we could get some crazy pictures of the whole band as well.

In the second set, the dance moves got more outrageous and dad-like (although this may have been something to do with the number of alcoholic beverages consumed)! As always, we left the crowd wanting more, before blasting out our classic, Livin’ On a Prayer.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Stuart Lovibond! Thank you for inviting us to play on your special day and from all of us in Take Note, we wish you a lifetime of happiness.

A beautiful wedding for Richard & Amy

The King’s Court Masonic Centre in Chandler’s Ford, Southampton set the perfect rustic backdrop for our next wedding of the season.

Setting up as the guests were just getting dessert, it was clear the couple had put a lot of thought and effort into their special day: the mini-cheesecakes in individual glasses were a particular favourite. The children had a separate room to play and eat sweets while the adults could drink and chat by the bar. One child was fascinated with all our equipment and asked if he could play on Jon’s drumkit.

Starting with a new addition to our set for the first dance Brown Eyed Girl, the love and emotion in the room as the newlyweds danced was indescribable. Specially for the happy couple we added a couple of other songs to our usual set, I Will Wait and Build Me Up Buttercup. The dance floor was packed as the party officially got going with a particular shout-out to the gentleman in the grey suit who was throwing some serious moves on the dance floor.

The couple were very kind and said the band could help themselves to the buffet in between sets and as we relaxed before the second set, we all discussed our plans for the Easter weekend. Sarah told us all about her final training for the London marathon: we wish her the best of luck in the race!

Bex was feeling rather unwell by this point in the night but powered through and blasted out the second set like any other day. Proud of her!

One thing we love at weddings is watching guests descend further into the party spirit: and yes, there is always one guest who dances with real enthusiasm! As the drinks finish, the singing gets louder and the dance floor gets busier. For us: there’s no better vibe than a wedding and helping the couple celebrate their special day.

We wish the Rich and Amy all the best in their future together and look forward to seeing them soon at future gigs.

Celebrating At The Arrow

What’s that old phrase: three’s a crowd? And there certainly was at our third gig for The Arrow pub in Eastleigh, Southampton!

We picked a very long set list this week, one which we knew the crowd would love. Craig was very excited to be returning to his favourite watering hole and his mates were excited to see him! This year was particularly special as Richie’s 3rd year as landlord and to honour the special occasion, Kool and the Gang paid special tribute to him in their Celebration anthem courtesy of all his loyal patrons.

Since our last gig there in January, we’ve added quite a few songs to our set, and it was a great opportunity to give our old fans something new. Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine, Pencil Full of Lead and Everybody Needs Somebody were all absolute hits with the crowd. Mat, raging out his guitar solo in Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine, as always got a massive cheer from the rest of us who aren’t gifted with his nimble fingers.

It didn’t take long for the crowd to get involved and our main groupie Tara taking up the roll of honourary tambourine player. Another drunken fan managed to get hold of a microphone and belt out Mr Brightside (Beyonce wouldn’t stand for that)! But we found it rather funny as he, slightly less than tunefully, belted out ‘I just can’t look, it’s killing me’ for the whole pub to hear!

After our second encore and playing for 3 hours straight the band were exhausted. But the crowd weren’t done yet. Clamouring for more, and never failing to disappoint, Craig took it upon himself to sing Robbie Williams’ Feel with his voice of Angels (was that pun painful enough?) as the whole pub joined in.

We always love hyping up a crowd! But the best thing about gigs like these is when the crowd hypes itself up and we end up riding on their adrenaline. Some incredible videos of our performance are on The Arrow’s Facebook page and you can feel the energy shining through! In addition to this, Daisy very kindly took some lovely photos of us for future publicity – let me tell you it’s very difficult trying to pull an attractive face whilst playing the saxophone…! The Arrow is a firm favourite in our annual calendar, you always give us a big welcome and we look forward to playing for you again very soon. Links to some snapshots of our performance are found here;