Sarah & Dan’s Wedding – Rookesbury Park

It was love at first sight for the TN team when arriving at Sarah & Dan’s wedding venue; we couldn’t get over just how beautiful it was! A long sweeping drive leading up to the marvellous Rookesbury Park in Wickham set the scene for what was clear to be a truly fabulous day.

We needed to be set up and ready before the guests made their way to the Orangery for the wedding breakfast & speeches, and despite setting up our full back drop and lighting rig we did it in record time! #goteamTakeNoteUK


It was clear everyone was ready to dance the night away right from the word go….. so we started our first set as the Hog Roast was served. Despite guests taking the opportunity to dine on some delicious evening food, the dance floor soon filled and was packed out by our third song!

Mat had a small technical issue; he knocked over a drink on stage within the first song so quite literally paddled his way through a few numbers; nice one Mat!!!!!


After a very quick pit stop to refill our glasses and take a speedy “convenience” break, our second set couldn’t come quick enough! Once again the dance floor filled and everyone was in fine voice… well… kinda! Sarah’s theatre chums gave us all a rousing performance of “Our House”, but the highlight had to be the quite simply awesome air guitar through “Sweet Child o Mine” from the coolest of dudes with a tie around his head! What a legend! As for “7 Nation Army”… you guys raised the roof!


It was a fantastic venue filled with amazing guests and super friendly staff who made us all feel really welcome and couldn’t do enough to make our visit one to remember! We even met a real life TV reality star! (If you haven’t seen Candy Man Dan off the telly then please proceed to YouTube immediately after this blog!)

The night was finished off with the band sat in the kitchen, having a well earned cup of tea and hog roast sandwiches. What could better sum up a Rock n’ roll lifestyle eh?


“What can we say… Other than you guys were absolutely EPIC!!!!!! Such an awesome night, we absolutely loved it, and great tunes too…”

“You guys were amazing and if we need a band again, you’re no1 on the list!”

– Sarah & Dan

Thank you Sarah & Dan for inviting us to be a part of your special day; it was both an honour and a privilege. Sarah, you looked breath-takingly stunning and as for the groom…… not at all shabby Dan, not bad at all!!!

From us all here at Team Take Note – welcome to married life!

Becky and Mark’s Wedding

Back on local turf for Saturdays gig – the celebration of Becky and Mark’s wedding day at the Hilton Hotel, Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

An early start saw Sarah, our fabulous singer, already up and away undertaking the makeup for not just the bridesmaids, but the bride herself – what an honour!


With Sarah tied up, Take Note teamwork rallied around to get the band set up and sound tested in a record time frame!

We all reconvened at 7pm to calm our nerves, and to spend some quality time together as a band before the first dance. Sarah and Mat did a great job of providing a stripped back acoustic version of “Lay It All On Me” by Rudimental – a special request by the Newly Weds. Mark took to floor in a lovely silver and blue waistcoat, beautifully complimented by Becky, in a fantastic floor length dress; stunningly elegant.

The band stage was slightly smaller than we’re used to and considerably bouncy to boot, (with any small movement making the drum kit play double time!), however this didn’t stop us getting our groove on! The dance floor was packed from start to finish – just what we love to see and strive for at every gig we play!


Take Note certainly had a fantastic time performing at the wedding and we feel very honoured to be a part of this very special day.

From all here at Take Note HQ, we wish both Becky and Mark a wonderful life together as Mr and Mrs Thompson. Congrats!!!!

Lizzie & Rob’s Teepee Wedding

On a slightly chilly but sunny autumnal afternoon, our road trip this week took us over to Farley, near Salisbury in Wiltshire for the wedding of Lizzie and Rob. It soon transpired that this was to be a wedding with a twist!

Through the winding country back roads and down a farm lane, we arrived late afternoon, and came across a small sign saying ‘car parking’ pointing to a field, and our destination for the night. We were all super excited to see what was in store!

After parking up, a quick glance to our left revealed a path lit by fairy lights leading to 3 HUGE teepees!!! Yes you read that correctly!

This was certainly a new one for the whole of TakeNote. With excited nerves, we waited discretely for speeches to end before a very quiet and swift set up all ready in time for a special request from the bridesmaids. We had been working secretly with them to provide a musical parody of ‘Black Horse and Cherry Tree’ for a very comical and musical bridesmaid speech, before the beautiful cake was cut.

The first dance was specifically requested by the newlyweds when Mat met with them before the big day, to run through all the finer details and to ensure that we had all the bases covered on the night, leaving them to concentrate on the most important part; having the best day of their lives!

‘Si tu vois ma mere’ by Bechet was the request for this evening, blending seamlessly into the Indiana Jones theme tune, (yes, you read that right too!). Alot of practice had been dedicated to this one. With the newlyweds taking to the floor (and the groom adorned in his Indian warrior hat!), the dance floor was immediately packed out with the rest of the guests joining them to dance… and that’s how it stayed for the rest of the evening, (with the homemade gin and brandy helping to create to some very interesting dance moves!) We teased the crowd throughout the entire second set with Mat playing only 2 bars from the other special request for the evening; Seven Nation Army. They went crazy when we finally broke into that tune, also learnt by request, with the dance floor in fine vocal (and foot stomping!) form for that one!

With the night being thoroughly enjoyed by all, (especially the bride and groom who were up and dancing the whole night long!), we wish you all the very best for the future as Mr & Mrs Houghton; Congratulations! Check out more photos on Instagram.

Matt and Take Note team, you totally made our day!!! Amazing, foot stomping, head banding, jive dancing, booty wiggling best band ever!!!! Xxxxxx