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.

Lisa and David’s Wedding

Who doesn’t love a winter wedding?! With the recent weather warnings, we were worried the day would be snowed off! But thankfully the only glistening white for miles around was the beautiful bride, Lisa!

Arriving at Otterbourne, Winchester Village Hall for 3pm to set up on stage before the guests arrived, the room was adorned with fairy lights. Looking at all our equipment again for the first time after our Christmas break, it took us a few minutes to remember where all the different cables went! But we soon got going and set up in a very speedy 40 mins. This left us enough time to warm our instruments and voices with a quick revival of the set before leaving the guests to enjoy their delicious 3 course dinner.

As with all good weddings, everything was running a little behind schedule, which gave us a great opportunity in the back room to catch-up on our Christmas breaks. Moving onto other topics of conversation, we discussed ‘classic’ wedding subjects of ‘What would you do in the event of a nuclear strike’ before we all concluded its far too unlikely to have to worry about! But you know the classic boy scouts’ motto, ‘always be prepared’!

Leading on straight from a beautiful first dance, the guests were clearly ready for a party. Sarah and Craig are always ready to warm up a crowd but clearly none was needed here. From the first note of Let Me Entertain You all the way to our final Oh What a Night, the dance floor was packed for every song. A particular shout out to the lady in the black dress at the front who didn’t step off the dance floor all night – she seemed to have a different dance routine for every song!

The bride and groom were very kind to give us each a slice of cake after we packed up – a delicious sponge which really rounded off the evening on a high. We hope they enjoyed their big day and wish them all the best in the future. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day and we hope to see you at other gigs soon!

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