Last weekend saw the longest days of the year and some of the best nights so far for us. We got to share in two couples happy day, visit a new venue, and return to an old favourite.
On Friday we made our first visit to Middleton Lodge near Richmond for Carla and Ian’s wedding. The venue is a beautiful Georgian mansion set in 250 acres of parkland, and we knew as soon as we arrived that we were in for a great night. The reception itself took place in a large marquee in the gardens. There’s always something a bit special about playing outside on a summer’s evening and the amazing marquee at Middleton Lodge made it that little bit more so.
From the moment we arrived we’d been made to feel welcome by everyone we’d met – staff and guests alike – and as soon as we started playing the dancefloor filled up. For once, we weren’t performing the first dance. Carla and Ian had asked us to learn ‘She’s Got You High’ by Mumm Ra and perform it as part of our set later in the evening. It was a great choice of tune and it fitted perfectly into our set.
The end of the night really did seem to come too soon; and before we knew it we were packed up and heading back down the A1. Hopefully we’ll be back at Middleton Lodge soon.
On Saturday we played for Laura and Andrew at Gray’s Court Hotel in York. This is a stunning venue and one of our favourites, it’s a boutique hotel literally in the shadow of York Minster and one of York’s best kept secrets. Parts of the building are over 900 years old and, as you can imagine, it’s a truly unique venue for a wedding.
We’ve played at Gray’s Court before so we were familiar with the set up. We quickly loaded in a soundchecked and started our DJ set. Come show time everyone was understandably making use of the weather and Gray’s Court’s stunning gardens and it took some sterling work by the bridesmaids to get everyone inside for the first dance.
Laura and Andrew had chosen ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by The Waterboys as their first dance. They danced to Ellie Goulding’s version of the song and we reprised it with the original later in the evening. It was a great idea and it worked really well.
The temperature in the room was well up when we started and by the end of the night it was truly tropical, but the crowd kept going. The sight of grown men doing knee slides and the ‘tie limbo’ kept pushing us to play harder!
This was really a great weekend of shows for us, and it makes us wonder what the rest of the summer will bring!