Taylormade perform at Crockwell Farm's Open Evening in Northamptonshire

Acoustic Duo Crockwell Farm Northamptonshire Wedding

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.

Taylormade Acoustic Duo Live Wedding Music

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.

Taylormade Acoustic Duo and Live Wedding Band Crockwell Farm

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.

Taylormade Acoustic Duo Wedding Music

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 chated 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 

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

Taylormade Acoustic Duo Oxfordshire wedding music

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.

Acoustic Duo Castle Quay Wedding Music

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!

Live Wedding Band Banbury Oxfordshire

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

Taylormade Aacoustic Duo Crab Manor Wedding

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

Acoustic Music for wedding ceremony

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!

Taylormade Acoustic Duo First Dance Yorkshire

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!!"

Taylormade Acoustic Duo wedding Yorkshire

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.

Matt Taylormade Acoustic Duo

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

Taylormade Acoustic Duo Rock My Wedding Blog

Taylormade - preferred suppliers to Dodmoor House since 2010!

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Taylormade Acoustic Duo Dodmoor House

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: 



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


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.

Louise and Graham Wedding
"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

sarah and Graham First Dance

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

Becky and Jon Dodmoor House Wedding
Beck and Jon Wedding Acoustic Duo

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

Dodmoor House Acoustic Duo
Charlotte and Stuart's Wedding Dodmoor House

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

Chrissie and Ian Wedding


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

Taylormade Acoustic Duo

New Additions To Our Acoustic Duo Set List

Acoustic Duo Set List

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

Keith and Emma Friends and Family Wedding

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'!

Keith and Emma's Wedding Northampton

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!

Keith Emma Wedding Cake Music

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".

Acoustic Duo Northampton Wedding Keith

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.

Keith and Emma First Dance Wedding

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


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.


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.

Dan Elze Acoustic Duo Carley

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.

Dan and Elze Oxfordshire Wedding Music

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.

Dan and Elze Wedding Book

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

Acoustic Duo Claire Nic Kilworth House
Claire Nic Acoustic Duo Kilworth House Aisle

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!

Claire Nic Wedding Acoustic Duo Taylormade

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


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

Kirstie and Daniel's Wedding - Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire - 14th March


This weekend took us to the amazing Chicheley Hall, nestled between Milton Keynes and Bedford. Even though we are quite local to this area, we hadn't realised quite how lovely this venue is. Not only is the architecture stunning and the grounds impeccable, but the food is great and the Staff are very welcoming and really know how to keep an event running smoothly. Our thanks to Event Managers Karen and Tyrone. If you haven't yet chosen a Wedding venue, we think this would be a rather nice one to check out.


We played as Taylormade Acoustic Duo for Kirstie and Daniel's Wedding. A lovely couple who came to see us play live some months ago, as we played a set at the new Revolution Kitchen/Bar in Milton Keynes' Xscape. We began by providing pre-recorded background music in several of the rooms at Chicheley Hall whilst photos were taken, before performing a 45 minute Acoustic set prior to the Wedding Breakfast. Kirstie and Daniel picked out some favourites from our setlist, including 'Maggie May' by The Faces and Otis Redding's My Girl.

We took a little break for some lovely food whilst the Wedding Breakfast took place, followed by the speeches. We could just about hear the speeches from the back room and have to say the Best Man's speech was very good and had many in stitches!

We then relocated to the Main Hall where we set up our Acoustic Duo and DJ set as the room was being turned around. We performed another 45 minute acoustic set, with a few more lively tracks, including 'Save Tonight' by Eagle Eye Cherry and 'Someone Like You' by Kings Of Leon, as evening guests arrived.

We broke to announce the cutting of the cake and as everyone gathered round with their cameras, Kirstie and Daniel took to the floor for their First Dance, performed live by yours truly. It was a lovely moment and they were joined on the dancefloor by the rest of the Wedding Party. Kirstie and Daniel chose Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You', after quite a bit of deliberation! Kirstie contacted us for advice a couple of weeks previously as they simply couldn't decide on a first song As a married couple ourselves, we both know well just how hard it can be choosing… our advice is to choose something that means something to you both, or a song that you love the lyrics to, and we're always very happy to help if you're stuck.


Following the first dance, we kicked into our DJ set. This was a really fun, happy go lucky wedding and the dancefloor was always packed. We had the privilege of witnessing some rather funky moves throughout the night!


We would like to thank Kirstie and Daniel for having us play a part in their special day. We hope you had a fantastic Honeymoon in California and wish you all the best for your lives together. x