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
We hit the road again … well the Skylark Golf and Country Club, Fareham, actually for Beth and George’s wedding! With an early start to ensure we were set up before the days celebrations began, the beautiful surroundings certainly took the edge off the long day ahead of us, (with the guests partying hard until 1am!) Acres of stunning grounds, coupled with a beautifully sunny, cloud free autumnal day!
Setting up proved to be a little bit trickier than usual with the stage being very “intimate”, but with a bit of organising from the brass section and a touch of Take Note Team work, we were able to get at least 5 of the members on stage – allowing our 2 fabulous vocalists to really interact with the wedding guests throughout the evening.
With the set list perfected by our guitarist Mat, Craig was up first to perform the first dance song for the newlyweds. What an amazing song – ‘Perfect’ (by Ed Sheeran), learnt by request, rehearsed and performed especially for the occasion.
We loved Beth’s choice in Wedding dress – incorporating lace & buttons down the back and train; she certainly gave Pippa Middleton a run for her money! Complimented perfectly by the beautiful burgundy bridesmaids dresses, who all looked utterly gorgeous!
With a small interlude for cake cutting, the band prepared themselves for what was to be a non-stop party for the wedding guests. The dance floor was absolutely heaving from the first number!
A brief break between sets, we were all determined to keep the momentum up for the entire evening to allow everyone to celebrate the start of a brand new adventure for George & Beth as the new Mr and Mrs Glass. From us all here at Take Note HQ, we wish the happy couple all the best for the future. Many Congratulations!
So our latest adventure was to help Lianne & Dave celebrate their wedding anniversary at the lovely Potters Heron in Ampfield.
We arrived at the lovely setting a little early so unloaded just outside of the event room while we waited for the room to clear. We rarely have the opportunity to see the amount of equipment it takes to put on a Take Note show, its quite daunting to look at but we have set up down to a fine art these days and only takes an hour or so to be ready to go…. and ready we were!
It was a night of firsts, Tom was debuting his new sound desk and was in full geek mode!!! That said, it’s a fantastic investment which enables us to all control our personal sound via our iPhones, but also sound check the sound out front remotely (and quietly I might add), which meant our live sound took on a fantastic new dynamic and sounded epic! Our other first was we surprised the happy couple by dropping one of their favourite songs (U2’s Pride (in the name of love). We had only learnt it in the week and the first time we played live together, and it went down a storm.
The night continued with a full dance floor from start to finish, with lots of singing and dancing (thank goodness the temperature had dropped this week!), with even one of the guests delivering an unforgettable performance with the band!!
We never underestimate the importance of delivering a fantastic night of entertainment, and it was a privilege to be a part of the memories made on Saturday night. All the band wish Lianne & Dave all the very best for the future.