Review from Mala and Mark's Wedding - 13th July 2018 - Quorn Country Hotel, Leicestershire

Taylormade Acoustic Duo and Live Band for Weddings Quorn Country House Wedding Leicestershire

Wow! What an amazing Facebook review from the lovely Mala and Mark Burns whose wedding we played on 13th July at The Quorn Country Hotel in Leicestershire.

It says: "Where do you start with this amazing group of people?

We booked our wedding at 4 months’ notice and we had a very clear idea of the type of day we wanted. However, because of the short notice we were worried we might not be able to create exactly what we wanted.

After booking the legal formalities we started to look at entertainment. We did some research and came across Taylormade Acoustic Duo and Live Wedding Band. We watched some trailers and decided they were exactly what we were looking for. However, would they be available at short notice? They were, and you have no idea how grateful we were.

From the first contact to the day itself, their passion and professionalism has been obvious. Carley is a dream to deal with and filled us with confidence. We went to the public showcase and they were even better live than in their online promotion stuff.

On the day itself, they did so much to create the vibe we were after for our wedding. Carley has such an amazing, beautiful voice she made people cry during the ceremony (including the groom!) They worked tirelessly all day to keep the mood and atmosphere perfect and in the evening were amazing. I don’t think the dance floor emptied from the first song to the last.

In between Matt did an amazing job with the DJ set and kept the mood exactly as we wanted it. He even turned his hand to tambourine when our boys surprised their mum with a Saxophone piece! Nothing was too much trouble and he even played the Bollywood playlist we asked for.

This band was the perfect accompaniment to our wedding day, so hardworking and accommodating but above all brilliant."

Mala and Mark - thank you so much for your kind words and for having us be a part of your day. You are such a lovely couple and we wish you all the very best for your lives together as Husband and Wife.

Love, Carley, Matt and the boys xx

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Taylormade - preferred suppliers to Skylark Farm Weddings in Northamptonshire

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We are absolutely over the moon to announce that Taylormade Acoustic Duo have become preferred suppliers to the gorgeous Skylark Farm Wedding Venue. Situated near Daventry, with stunning views over the rolling countryside on the borders of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, Skylark Farm takes your breath away and you can even 'glamp' on site to make this a truly special venue for your wedding. Conveniently, Skylark Farm is also one of our most local wedding venues, being just a 7-minute drive from our base in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

We first visited Skylark Farm back in August 2017. We had been booked to perform with our Acoustic Duo at Charlotte and Stuart's wedding and performed during their Wedding Ceremony, played a set during their Drinks Reception in the beautiful grounds and one final set as they dined and sipped champagne during their Wedding Breakfast. 

We met the lovely owners, Sam and Dave, who took a video of us performing as they had been enjoying us so much. When it came time to leave, Sam asked us for our business cards and said she absolutely loved our Acoustic Duo and wanted to recommend us to her couples! And the rest is history.

So, if you are looking for a gorgeous wedding venue, with a planning team that are second to none, you should come along to the next Wedding Fayre which will be on Sunday 7th October 2018 where we will be performing live with our Acoustic Duo.

If you have already booked Skylark Farm for your special day, ask Sam or Lamorna about the stunning soundtrack we can add by having Taylormade Acoustic Duo or Live Band at your wedding. You can also watch our beautiful Taylormade Acoustic Duo Promo Video here.

We look forward to hearing from you - if you would like a quote for your Skylark Farm Wedding, please Get In Touch.

Carley and Matt x

 Above: performing during Charlotte and Stuart's wedding Ceremony at Skylark Farm on 5th August 2017.

Above: performing during Charlotte and Stuart's wedding Ceremony at Skylark Farm on 5th August 2017.

Taylormade Acoustic Duo - Wedding Band Promo Video

We are so excited to release our brand new Acoustic Duo promo video!

Taken at the gorgeous Crockwell Farm Wedding Venue in Northamptonshire, this video shows you how we will add a stunning soundtrack to your wedding or bring a real spark to your event or party.

The video shows us performing 6 tracks, designed to show you our range and the variety in our set list, but most importantly to allow you to see why our Acoustic Duo is perfect for Wedding Ceremonies, Drinks Receptions, Wedding Breakfasts and even early evening sets to include a live performance of your First Dance. 

The video was filmed and directed by Jonathan Ruffle from Fresh Wed Wedding Videos. Between our vision and Jonathan's, we worked hard to create exactly what we wanted from our video. Rather than a bland, static video, where we would just be sat performing several songs in one location, we absolutely love how the video tells a story, taking you from romantic performances inside the Wedding Barn during the daytime, to a more upbeat, feel good vibe as the sun goes down. 

We hope you love the video as much as we do and now you can see, as well as hear, just how we can add a stunning soundtrack to your wedding or event. 

Love, Carley and Matt XX 

Taylormade Acoustic Duo - Brand New Video!

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We are very excited to announce that we will be filming a brand new Taylormade Acoustic Duo video next week.

We are so lucky to be shooting this at the breathtaking Crockwell Farm Wedding Venue in Eydon, Northamptonshire and to have the incredibly talented Jonathan Ruffle from 'Fresh Wed' filming and directing.

We had originally planned to film our video in March, but the 'Beast From The East' and it's snow and sub zero temperatures prevented us from being able to film or perform outside. Well, seeing as Crockwell Farm has such gorgeous grounds, we decided to postpone until the weather warmed up and we could make the most of this beautiful wedding venue, filming in several locations.

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So we've now got our fingers and toes crossed that the sun will be shining next week and so far it's looking good! 

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for some behind the scenes footage and sneaky peeks!

Carley and Matt xx

TAYLORMADE ACOUSTIC DUO DEMO - 'Latch' by Sam Smith

We are very proud to introduce our most recent acoustic duo demo - Latch by Sam Smith. We performed this beautiful acoustic version of 'Latch' by Sam Smith for Julie and Ian Bishop's First Dance at their wedding back in November at the beautiful Blackwell Grange Wedding Venue.

After the wedding, Julie and Ian got in touch to ask us whether we could record it for them as a keepsake of their day, so we went into the recording studio a few weeks ago!

We've just received this lovely note from them and it says:

"Thank you so so much for the CD! We absolutely love your version of 'Latch' and have listened to it so many times already. We definitely prefer it to the original!"

High praise indeed! Thank you Mr and Mrs Bishop x

If you would like us to record a version of your Ceremony or First Dance song, please just let us know. It would be our pleasure to provide you witj a beautiful keepsake of your most cherished day. x

Taylormade perform at Crockwell Farm's Open Evening in Northamptonshire

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Last night we headed to the beautiful Crockwell Farm wedding venue in Eydon, Northamptonshire which is just around the corner from the historic Canons Ashby - a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan Manor House which was built all the way back in 1550.

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Now, we can't say that Crockwell Farm has been around for quite that long but it is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Northamptonshire and the UK, and we are very proud to have been preferred suppliers there for almost 7 years now.

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Owners Hermione and Bay Harper are the original Crockwell Farm couple, having held their own wedding reception there back in 1987! Since then Hermione and Bay have transformed Crockwell Farm into the breathtaking venue it is today.

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Couples had been invited to attend the Open Evening between 6.00pm and 9.00pm and there were a lovely mix of couples that had already booked Crockwell for their big day and those viewing the venue for the very first time.

Crockwell Farm Wedding Music Band Acoustic Duo

We performed some beautiful acoustic tracks such as 'At Last' by Etta James, 'Let's Stay Together' By Al Green and a brand new track 'Latch' by Sam Smith as guests arrived and were given a glass of champagne and shown around the venue. We met lots of new faces and chatted with some couples who had literally got engaged within the last couple of weeks and were in the very early stages of planning their weddings, and others getting married this year just looking to book the last few details. Our table and TAYLORMADE letters received a lot of love and we had a fantastic time chatting away and performing throughout the evening. 

So if you haven't confirmed your wedding venue yet, we couldn't recommend Crockwell Farm highly enough! The team really are second to none and are passionate about making your wedding day absolutely perfect. Check out their website - www.crockwellfarm.co.uk 

We were also in excellent company during the Open Evening and worked alongside these highly recommended suppliers:

  • The Chopping Block - Wedding Caterers,
  • Dean's Chair Covers - Venue Dressing,
  • Hibiscus Floral Design - Stunning Wedding Flowers,
  • Jodie Cooling - Wedding Photographer,
  • Hockleys Cakes - Wedding Cakes,
  • White Cottage - Wedding Stationers,
  • BRS Wedding Videography - Wedding Videos,
  • Pure Rhythm Disco - Wedding DJ

NEW VIDEOS! Taylormade Acoustic Duo performing live at Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury

On Saturday 24th February we headed to Banbury's Castle Quay Shopping Centre as guests and recommended suppliers of 'The Wedding Emporium'.

As a recent addition to their recommended suppliers list, we had been invited to go along to perform and meet with lots of the couples who are currently planning their wedding with Catriona and Sarah and as you can see from these videos we had a great time!

At first it was a little weird for myself and Matt, we've never performed in a shopping centre before, but shoppers quickly started to enjoy the live music and we even had a couple dancing away in front of us! At one point a lady stopped and said "She has such a good voice, so much better than that rubbish you hear on the telly!" and walked away! Well, what could we say to that?!

We played some of our favourite songs including 'Rather Be' by Clean Bandit and 'The Way You Look Tonight' By Frank Sinatra, both of which were captured on the videos included here.

We also chatted with lots of couples about the prosect of performing for them on their wedding day and it was great to be able to show how we can add a stunning soundtrack to their special day.

We'd really like to thank Catriona and Sarah from The Wedding Emporium Banbury for having us along and letting us serenade them all day long!

Love, Carley and Matt xx

Taylormade performing at Castle Quay, Banbury - 24th February 2018

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We are very excited to announce that we will performing at Castle Quay Shopping Centre in Banbury (OX16 5UN) on Saturday 24th February.

We will be performing with our Acoustic Duo between 11.30am and 3.30pm and will be there as guests and recommended suppliers of 'The Wedding Emporium Banbury'. As a recent addition to their recommended suppliers list, we have been invited to go along and perform live and meet with lots of the couples who are currently planning their wedding with Catriona and Sarah from WEB.

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WEB hold a 7 day wedding showcase in the Castle Quay Shopping Centre twice a year and this year they will have a stand outside Debenhams in the main arcade from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th Feb. The ladies will be on hand all week to offer expert planning advice or any help you need, as well as there being lots of other highly recommended suppliers there throughout the week too. 

This public performance is the perfect opportunity for couples who haven't booked yet to come along and see us in action and have an informal and friendly chat about your live wedding music in a no pressure environment, along with a spot of shopping!

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If you have already booked us for the big day and would love to come along, then please get in touch with your song choices. When you pop along we can give you a personal rendition of your requests, giving you an advance preview of how we will sound on your wedding day. This is a great opportunity for us to work on these new additions to the set and get them perfected before your wedding this year. 

So if you happen to be in the area that weekend and would like to come along and say hi, please let us know and we can send you further details. 

Carley x

Georgina and Michael's Spring Wedding at the Crab Manor Hotel in Yorkshire

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We've just been sent this lovely blog and stunning photos taken by Avant Garde Photography at Georgina and Michael's wedding in Yorkshire

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We don't normally travel quite as far away to play at weddings, as we are preferred suppliers to so many of our local wedding venues in Northamptonshire, however Crab Manor is one of the most beautifully quirky venues we have ever played at. It was definitely worth driving the extra distance to be a part of Georgina and Michael's wedding, and, as these pictures show, it was a gorgeous spring day and the sun shined down!

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We performed  'Lucky' by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat for Georgina and Micheal's First Dance (see photo left with Matt in background!) which was a great choice as it has really beautiful lyrics for a wedding.

There's a lovely mention about Taylormade in the blog too: "We found Taylormade on the internet as we were looking for some music during the day and evening. Our venue was quite small so a large band would not have worked – the duo were exactly what we wanted and everyone was dancing all night!!"

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That's the great thing about having the option of either our Acoustic Duo or 4 Piece Live Band, no matter how big or small your wedding venue or if you are on a small budget, you can still add a stunning soundtrack to your wedding day and add the unmistakable spark of live music with our Acoustic Duo.

After our liveset we continued the evening with the DJ and everyone partied away until the small hours!

Thank you so much for having us be a part of your day Georgina and Michael, we wish you all the very best for your lives together. Carley and Matt xxx

For the full blog see: www.avantgardephotography.co.uk/crab-and-lobster-wedding-photographer-georgina-michael

The Sun Will Be Shining - Kingscote Barn - Rock My Wedding Blog

Gemma and Matt Kingscote Barn Taylormade Acoustic Duo

We are feeling amazing today after Taylormade Acoustic Duo and Live Band were featured in this beautifully written and gorgeously photgraphed blog by 'Rock My Wedding'!

The blog says about Taylormade: "A soundtrack to die for", "they made the wedding special and unique" and they even went as far as to name the blog 'The Sun Will Be Shining' after the lyrics in 'Songbird' which we performed as Gemma made her entrance. After such high praise, to say we are feeling totally awesome today would be an understatement!

Gemma and Matt Kingscote. Kingscote Barn Wedding Music

Gemma and Matt were married at the breathtaking Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire and had booked us for their Ceremony and Drinks Reception with the Acoustic Duo and then our 4 PIece Live Band and DJ add-ons to get everyone up and on the dance floor for the evening reception.

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We performed 'Songbird' by Eva Cassidy as Gemma walked down the aisle to a nervous Matt, followed by 'Kiss Me' and 'All You Need Is Love' during the signing of the register. They then walked back up the aisle together as Husband and Wife to 'Greatest Day' by Take That. We then headed outide to make the most of the amazing October weather to perform outside in the sunshine on the breathtaking terrace.

The blog reads: "We really loved the idea of having live music during our wedding ceremony and Taylormade Duo were perfect for this. Carley and Matt are a newly married couple themselves and Carley has such a beautiful voice that was perfect for my chosen song to walk down the aisle to “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy, accompanied by Matt on the acoustic guitar. The line “for you the sun will be shining” seemed particularly fitting on the day of our wedding as it was 28 degrees and beautiful sunshine outside in October, it really did feel like the sun was shining just for us!

As we signed our register they sang "Kiss Me" by Sixpence none the richer and then "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles and we walked back up the aisle to "Greatest Day" by Take That. The live music for the ceremony  was really something that made the day special and unique and they then carried on playing whilst everyone had drinks outside.

Taylormade then became a 4 piece live band for the evening followed by DJing for us and the dance floor was full all night!"

Thank you so much to Gemma and Matt for having us and for saying such lovely things about our performances. We wish you a wonderful life together as Husband and Wife.

You can check out the full blog and see the stunning photographs here    www.rockmywedding.co.uk/the-sun-will-be-shining

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Taylormade - preferred suppliers to Dodmoor House since 2010!

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We are incredibly proud to say that this year will be the 8th year that Taylormade has been highly recommended by the team at the beautiful Dodmoor House near Daventry, Northamptonshire. 

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Taylormade are one of their preferred suppliers of live music and wedding entertainment, with both our Acoustic Duo and our 4 Piece Live Band being featured on Dodmoor House's website since 2010.

We work closely with owner Louise and her amazing team to make sure the day runs seamlessly. You could even leave all the planning up to us and enjoy the build up to the big day, safe in the knowledge that Taylormade and Dodmoor House have it covered! 

Taylormade Acoustic Duo Dodmoor House Northamptonshire

We have performed stunning tracks during Wedding Ceremonies in the Courtyard Barn and played beautiful background music on the lawn during Drinks Receptions with our Acoustic Duo. We've also got everyone on the dance floor and partying the night away to our 4 Piece Live Band in the Catesby Barn during evening receptions. We can even follow our Live Band with our Wedding DJ until the very end of the night.

If you'd like to find out more about how we can bring a spark to your wedding and why Dodmoor House have recommended us for all these years, then please get in touch. We would love to chat with you about your wedding day at Dodmoor House.

You can find us under preferred suppliers on Dodmoor House's website: 

www.dodmoorhouse.co.uk/taylormade-duo

www.dodmoorhouse.co.uk/taylormade-band

THANK YOU! Sarah and Graham Jones' Wedding - Chester - June 2016

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We've received this beautiful 'Thank You' card from Sarah and Graham Jones whose Wedding we performed at in Cheshire on 24th July. We played as the Acoustic Duo during Sarah ad Graham's Ceremony, Drinks Reception and Early Evening and learned 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' for their First Dance.

It says: "Thank you so much for making our day truly perfect! Everyone has said how fantastic you were and we loved our First Dance!"

They also left us this fantastic FIVE STAR REVIEW on our Google Plus page.

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"Music is a great passion of ours and Carley and Matt made our day so special by performing during our ceremony and receptions. They even learnt our first dance song especially for the day and DJ'd right into the night! Lovely people with amazing talent. Thank you again to you both!"

Sarah and Graham, you are such a lovely couple and we wish you both all the very best for your lives together. Thank you for the sweet and thoughtful card. Love, Carley and Matt xxx

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THANK YOU! Becky and Jon's Wedding - Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire - 21st May

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We performed as the Acoustic Duo at Becky and Jon's Wedding at the gorgeous Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire on 21st May 2016.

We had the priviledge yet nervewracking job of performing as Becky walked down the aisle and we must have done Becky proud as we've just received this lovely note:

"I just wanted to send a quick message and say a massive thank you on behalf of myself and Jon for performing at our wedding. You were both so professional from start to finish and were a delight to work with. The music was absolutely perfect and all our guests commented on how wonderful you were. Thank you again!"

Thank you so much for your lovely email both, it was such a pleasure to be a part of your day. We wish you all the very best for the future!

Love, Carley and Matt x x x

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Charlotte and Stuart Johnston's Wedding - Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire - July 2015

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We have been preferred suppliers to Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire for about 8 years now and it's always lovely to return to this stunning venue. 

Charlotte and Stuart Johnston were married here in a stunning ceremony there last July and it was such a privilege to be a part of their special day. They are one of the sweetest couples we have ever played for and could not have been more perfect for each other.

We played as the Acoustic Duo on Dodmoor House's stunning Croquet Lawn during their Drinks Reception as the weather held out for them. 

Later that evening we performed their First Dance of 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol before getting the party going with the 4 Piece Live Band...the dance floor was packed all night!

Massive congratulations Charlotte and Stuart. We wish you all the very best for your lives together with days filled with love laughter and sunshine. 

Thank you to Sarah Vivienne Photography for allowing us to share these beautiful shots.

THANK YOU! Chrissie and Ian Kelly - 30th January 2016 - Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire

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We are really proud to say that we've received this wonderful email from Chrissie and Ian whose Wedding Reception we performed at on 30th January 2016 at the lovely Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire.

"Carley and Matt,
You two are amazing; nothing but the highest compliments for how incredible the whole package was; so many guests wanted your contact details and we can't wait to have another big party so we can hire you again. X"

Chrissie and Ian tied the knot in a beautiful wedding ceremony on the beach in the Florida Keys just days before heading back to the UK to have their party and reception with friends and family.

It was a beautiful evening and the Acoustic Duo was just perfect to bring a fantastic atmosphere but still allowing Chrissie and Ian to catch up with their friends and family who hadn't been able to make it over the pond to their Wedding.

Thank you so much for your lovely note Mr and Mrs Kelly. Wishing you all the very best for the future.

Love, Carley and Matt x

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New Additions To Our Acoustic Duo Set List

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It's been a busy 2016 for us so far playing at loads of beautiful Weddings and Parties!

So busy in fact we've barely had time to update the website. So whilst I have a moment to spare, here are the fantastic new tracks we have added to our Taylormade Acoustic Duo set list so far in 2016...

  • Diamonds - Rihanna
  • Songbird - Oasis
  • Set The Fire To The Third Bar - Snow Patrol
  • Nothing Else Matters- Metallica
  • 500 Miles - Sleeping At Last
  • At Last - Eta James/Eva Cassidy
  • I'll Always Be Right There - Bryan Adams

Keep an eye out for plenty more tracks being added to set list very soon! 

We can't wait to be a part of your special day!

Love, Carley and Matt x

Happy New Year! How Long Will I Love You Demo.

Happy New Year Everybody!

It's been a few months since I've had a moment to catch up on these blogs but I wanted to start the year by sharing with you a demo we recorded for Yvette and Andy back last Summer.

Yvette and Andy got married at Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire on 30th July 2015 and a few weeks before the Big Day Yvette asked us to record 'How Long Will I Love You' by Ellie Goulding for her so should could practice and time her walk up the aisle.

It was our pleasure to do so and this is our version of the beautiful 'How Long Will I Love You'. This song is one of our most requested tracks and it's obvious from the lyrics why. Maybe we will be performing it for you during your Wedding Ceremony or First Dance this year. If so, we can't wait!

We really hope you enjoy and look forward to performing at your Wedding very soon.

Carley x

Emma and Keith Chatterton's Wedding - The Marriott Hotel, Northampton - 16th May

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On 16th May we headed about 25 minutes east to Northampton to perform as the Acoustic Duo at The Marriott Hotel for Emma and Keith's Wedding. Keith had booked us as a surprise for his lovely fiancée Emma, so all of the details has been confirmed in 'Top Secret'!

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Keith had told us the 6 tracks that Emma had chosen for the Ceremony and it must have been fate that we knew 5 of the 6! The only track that was not yet on our set list was 'All Of Me' by John Legend and so we were very happy to learn this at Keith's request. 'All Of Me' is an absolutely beautiful track and is now a firm favourite for Ceremonies and First Dances.

WEDDING TIP 1: If there is a track that you have always imagined walking down the aisle to but it's not on our set list...don't panic! As part of our packages we offer to learn one special track completely free of charge with the acoustic duo...so you can have the Wedding you've always dreamed of!

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We arrived at the venue to meet a nervous, yet excited Keith and set up at the back of the lovely Ceremony room...The Delapre Suite. With 180 degree views of the countryside, it was the perfect room for a Summer Wedding! At 99% percent of the Weddings we perform at we play 2 tracks as the guests are taking their seats and waiting for the arrival of the Bride. Keith had chosen a lovely mix of old and new tracks and we started our performance with 'Viva La Vida' by Coldplay and 'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green.

Emma had always wanted to walk down the aisle to the candlelight mix of 'Heaven' by DJ Sammy so Matt had learned a special candlelight version of the track on his guitar especially for Emma.

When Emma walked through the door she was definitely surprised to see us but the beaming smile showed Keith she was loving every moment. We found a lovely place to stop in the track as the registrar announced "Please take your seats".

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The Ceremony was filled with giggles and fun, an informal yet touching start to their married lives together. During the signing of the register we played 2 more tracks and these were 2 more fantastic modern choices; 'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran and the track we learned especially for Emma 'All Of Me' by John Legend. (See Photo).

 

WEDDING TIP 2: It takes about 10 minutes to sign the register with photo opportunities, witnesses etc so it's best to choose 2 tracks to ensure that there's no long gap between the music ending and the registrar starting again.

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When Emma and Keith had finally exchanged rings and signed the register it was time to move on to the Drinks Reception and photos.

To a rapturous applause, the brand new Mr and Mrs Chatterton emerged to the strains of 'How Long Will I Love You' by Ellie Goulding...a fitting track for such a lovely occasion.

We'd like to wish Emma and Keith all the very best for their lives together and thank you so much for choosing us to be a part of your most cherished days.

Carley and Matt x

A May Day Wedding For Dan And Elze - The Red Lion Hotel, Henley On Thames - 1st May

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On 1st May we headed to The Red Lion in Henley on Thames for English born Daniel and Lithuanian born Elze's Wedding. Perched on the banks of the River Thames, The Red Lion was originally an old Coaching Inn between London and Oxford and dates back over 600 years so was filled with history and artefacts.

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Dan and Elze had booked Taylormade Acoustic Duo to be a part of their special day and we set up in the Isis Suite to perform during their Wedding Breakfast. It was really sweet to see Dan and Elze seated on a table for just the two of them facing out to all of their guests. A fun and less formal arrangement than the traditional long top table at the end of the room.

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We started performing as the first guests entered from the receiving line to add a beautiful atmosphere as guests take their seats for the Wedding Breakfast.

WEDDING TIP: If you are going to have a receiving line then, depending on exact numbers, you should factor in around 30 minutes to greet all of your guests. There can be quite a wait for the first guests that go through so you could have an acoustic set during the receiving line to keep guests entertained and to create a lovely atmosphere. The acoustic duo is not intrusive so still allows you to chat and greet your guests with ease, but has the unmistakable spark that only live music can bring.

Dan and Elze had requested some beautiful choices for the set and we performed them as they enjoyed their first meal together as Husband and Wife. We played songs such as Songbird by Eva Cassidy. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran and Cannonball by Damien Rice.

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Moving into speeches both English and Lithuanian traditions were being kept. The Mother of the Bride's speech was presented in both English and Lithuanian and it was a wonderful to see these two families come together despite the language barrier.

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For their First Dance Dan and Elze had asked us to perform Norah Jones' song 'Come Away With Me' and it was a beautiful moment as they took the floor for the first time as Mr and Mrs Maskell. Elze had even changed into a stunning sequinned evening gown for the dance. They had been working with a dance teacher to a choreographed routine and despite being a little nervous they absolutely nailed it!

We then went into our second set with some livelier tracks to get everyone warmed up and ready for the DJ. Dan and Elze had chosen feel good tracks like You're The One That I Want from Grease and A Little Respect by Erasure both of which got everyone on their feet and wailing away on the dance floor!

The night continued with a packed dance floor and some fun with silly games for the newlyweds and giggles all around.

Finishing the night with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne, as is tradition in Lithuania, brought an end to this lovely couple's day and we wish them all the very best for their lives together.

Claire and Nic's Wedding - Kilworth House Hotel, Leicestershire - 6th April

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On Easter Monday we headed to the beautiful Kilworth House Hotel in Leicestershire to perform for Claire Ellis and Nic Ross on their Wedding Day.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous with not a cloud in the sky, so we knew it was going to be a magical day!

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Claire and Nic were getting married in 'The Orangery' and as the sun streamed in through the windows we played two tracks as guests took their seats ready for Claire's big moment.

We played 'Your Song' by Elton John, the a cover by Ellie Goulding and the first of two tracks we learnt especially for Claire and Nic which was 'First Day Of My Life' by Bright Eyes.

Claire's Bridal Entrance was to 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri, a really beautiful track stripped back to just the acoustic and vocal.

It was an emotional moment as Claire walked down the aisle holding her father’s hand to a beaming Nic and we found a lovely place to stop on the lyrics of 'I have loved you for a thousand years...and I'll love you for a thousand more'. There was not a dry eye in the house!"

For the singing of the register, (which usually takes around 10 minutes), we played the second track we had learned for Claire and Nic - 'Viva La Vida' by Coldplay followed by 'Everlong' by The Foo Fighters...famous as Chandler and Monica's Wedding song in 'Friends'!

Claire Nic Wedding Acoustic Music

During the Ceremony there were 2 readings, as is tradition, and there was a reading called 'A Lovely Love Story' By Edward Monkton. A beautiful story about two lovely dinosaurs with a message as old as time itself – that being together is better than being apart! A really fun story and one that breaks the nervousness of a ceremony with giggles and silliness!

Finally as Nic kissed his beautiful Bride, we played the timeless classic 'All You Need Is Love'.

As they exited as Husband and Wife, Mr and Mrs Ellis-Ross at the beginning of their journey with a whole lifetime ahead of them.

We've since received a lovely note from Claire saying "Thank you SO much for performing for us both. You were simply amazing and brought me to tears as I walked into the ceremony"

Claire Nic Confetti Acooustic Duo Kilworth House

We wish Claire and Nic all the very best for their lives together and hope their days are filled with love, light and hope! Lots of Love, Carley and Matt xxx

CLAIRE AND NIC 2017 UPDATE:

We've since heard that there is a new member of the Ellis-Ross household!!

Wishing all 3 of you the most wonderful of lives together! x