Wedding photography by Katherine Ashdown
Once we had finalised our church and wedding venue and our English country garden theme continued to take shape, it was really important for us to focus on the entertainment for our day and ensure our wedding was accompanied by the joy and happiness that great music can bring. Also, as we knew we had quite a few children coming to our wedding, we wanted to create a really fun area in our field for the young’uns (and some adults too!) to run wild in and play to their heart’s content.
For the garden games we hired giant jenga and croquet from The Giant Garden Games Hire Company who efficiently delivered and picked up the games the same day so we didn’t need to worry about collecting or dropping them off after the wedding. It was such a joy seeing all the guests having so much fun, stacking and watching the wooden tower tumble and trying to master the art of croquet whilst Katherine snapped away and caught some lovely natural photos and moments.
For the music I had my heart set on a string quartet to play in the church and during our Pimms reception. I just love the elegant atmosphere and serenity that a string quartet can bring and once I had listened to Aaron String Quartet play I knew they were going to suit our wedding perfectly. They played as the guests arrived at the church, which created a really calming air before the ceremony, as well as playing my entrance music (Pachelbel’s Canon in D which will forever give me goosebumps), the music during the signing of the register as well as our recessional music – Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. They then joined us in the field afterwards to serenade our wedding with a beautiful mixture of classical and light music which was such a lovely addition to our day and gave our wedding an unforgettable happy, graceful style.
For the evening there was no question that we wanted a live band to play all night long as everyone loves a good dance at a wedding and nothing beats the sound of live music. We hired The Gifted through Monitor Music who were exceptional and kept the dance floor full from the first dance to the last boogie. What I loved most about our band was that you could customise the line up to suit your budget and venue. Whether you want a modest three piece or a full-blown eight piece ensemble, you can choose the acoustics and vocals you want and their repertoire is huge to suit all personal musical tastes. Everyone said how cool the band were and it was definitely a worthy investment from our wedding budget to see all our friends and family having a complete ball on the dancefloor and seeing those bridesmaids’ dresses twirling in all their glory!