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by Mel LazarusComments Off
It might be rainy and cold outside, but there’s plenty to keep us warm with this month’s Real Fabulous Wedding! Let us transport you to a beautiful summer’s day in August, for the ‘secret garden’ wedding of Sarah-Leigh and Jeff.
The 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion of Wrest Park in Bedfordshire provided the backdrop for the couple’s elegant nuptials. After decades behind virtually closed doors, Wrest Park has been recently restored by English Heritage and hailed as one of Britain’s largest and most important ‘secret gardens’.
A truly regal affair, the wedding was styled in ivory with hints of gold and peacock, and an elegant sprinkling of feathers, pearls and sparkles. Continuing the aristocratic theme, the bride & groom made their entrance in an open-top Landau Carriage and Beauford respectively.
The marquee reception certainly didn’t leave their guests short on entertainment – including an operatic “singing waiters” duo and a stunning fireworks display. And all this before mentioning the star turn…
Sarah-Leigh and Jeff chose Schwing to entertain them and their guests with their contagious repertoire of Swing and Italian Classics, and dancefloor-filling Pop and Soul.
Here’s what they had to say at the end of the night:
“It was an absolute pleasure to have you share our day with us – it is because of your fantastic job as our band that made it extra special! Schwing were spectacular and our guests danced the whole night. I cannot recall one second where the dance floor was empty, that was a fear of mine and you stopped it from happening – BRILLIANT!! The feedback we got about you was wonderful everyone said you went above and beyond and i 100% agree with them!”
Thanks to Sarah-Leigh and Jeff for being such a fabulous Bride & Groom, and huge congratulations to you both! xx
Photography: Daniel Lee & Paul Cable
Venue: Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
Live Band: Schwing
Bride’s entrance song: Traditional Ashkenazim Hebrew verse sung to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”
Reception music: Apollo Strings
First dance: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Diana Ross)
DJ: Ian McNaughton
Bride’s dress: Basauri by Pronovias
by Mel Lazarus
Happy 2014! As we’re busy looking ahead to this year’s wedding trends, it’s also a good moment to look back and celebrate the best of 2013. So what a wonderful way to kick off the New Year with an absolute corker of a “Real Fabulous Wedding” from late August: Annika & Charlie‘s Shropshire wedding, featuring The Milestones of Motown, Disco, Funk & Soul.
The couple tied the knot in gorgeous rustic style: golden autumnal hues, dramatic wheat sheaf centre pieces (created by the bride’s mother) and fabulous, 5-tiered “cheese” wedding cake! Here Annika & Charlie tell us why they chose The Milestones to perform at their wedding, and why their guests said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to…
Did the band live up to your expectations?
The Milestones really made the evening a success! We saw them a year ago at Dover Street and thought they were brilliant, and on Saturday they were even more fantastic! We hope to book them again one day in the future when we have a good excuse for a party, Charlie and I are also going to make it an annual wedding anniversary celebration by going to see them every year with our close family.
What did your guests think of the band?
We have heard so many comments throughout the evening, and days after of how fantastic they were, and how most wedding bands can be a let-down so it was really refreshing to everyone. So many of our guests have also told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to, which is a lovely compliment for me and Charlie, but we definitely owe some of that credit to The Milestones as well!
What were you looking for in a live band?
We really wanted a band that was different from the norm, that would get everyone on the dance floor from start to finish and they truly delivered, with great vocals and the music that appealed to all age groups. They really gave a great performance, and interacted with our guests. They are extremely talented and we wish them all the best, please pass on our thanks again for such a wonderful evening.
How did you find dealing with MyFab?
We found you to be a pleasure to work with. Very reliable and organised which really put our minds at ease for the big day and the entertainment you provided really were a cut above the rest! The CD you sent was a really nice touch as well! Thank you for providing a great service.
Photography: Simon Whitten – Firehorse Photography
Venue: The Citadel – Weston under Redcastle
Live Band: The Milestones
Bride’s entrance song: Canon in D
Reception music: Julian Smith – Saxophonist
First dance: ‘Wherever you will go’ by The Calling (rehearsed dance was cha cha cha)
Last dance: ‘You’re the first, my last, my everything’ by Barry White
Any special song requests: Piano & singing performance by Matthew Acheson of
David Bowie’s ‘As the world falls down’
DJ: James Whittaker
Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander
Wedding Cake: The Cheese Shed
by Mel Lazarusposted in Real Weddings
Meet this month’s very fabulous bride & groom, Sylvana & Adrian. Their contemporary, elegant wedding in August had a distinctly international flavour and was full of personal little touches that reflected who they are as couple – including a beautiful traditional Asian tea ceremony.
The couple brought together friends & family from all over the world (check out their incredible creative table plan below!) to their stunning reception at Wentworth Club Surrey.
They hired The Milestones of Motown, Disco, Funk & Soul to entertain them and their guests, and here the couple tell us why the band was a real highlight of their day…
“Everyone kept asking me in the run up to the wedding what part was I most excited about, I kept telling them the band! Myself and Adrian’s tastes are very eclectic so our range of music was quite broad but The Milestones managed it perfectly making sure everything was played with a bit of funk which I loved”.
“The band really committed to playing our first dance song (which wasn’t in their repertoire, but was put together very well considering, trumpet and all!) and all the other songs I had asked them to play on the night.
All I can remember is dancing pretty much the whole evening! Our photographer mentioned at the end of the day that we were the most ‘active’ couple that she’d photographed!”
“The Milestones are very talented and really got the party started, we had lots of compliments about them. Wish they could have stayed all night. We enjoyed having them and would love to book them again in the future! Thank you for making the booking process so easy and for all your help in the run up to the day”.
Congratulations to you both Sylvana & Adrian, and thanks for being such a FABULOUS bride & groom! xx
Photographer: Yvonne Wong Photography
Bride’s entrance song: Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla played by a string quartet.
Reception music: String quartet playing a mix of modern pop adaptations & cool classical.
Wedding band: The Milestones
First dance: Gregory Porter – Real Good Hands.
Special song requests: Earth, Wind & Fire, Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson, Van Morrison, Harry Connick Jr. and other 80’s soul & funk classics.
Bride’s dress: Caroline Castigliano
Groom’s outfit: Ozwald Boateng
by Mel LazarusComments Off
Being a bride or groom is a surreal experience at the best of times.
And for a seasoned wedding pro like Jimmy Cannon – charismatic band leader of Rat Pack Style Swing & Jazz Band The Jazz Cannons – marrying his lovely fiancee Jaye this July was a wonderful, if not somewhat surreal experience!
Here Jimmy tells us what it was like being the groom at his own wedding, and what he’s learned from the experience that will change how he works with brides & grooms forever…
Talk us through your & Jaye’s special day
“We got married at Fowey Hall Hotel on the Cornish coast – the original inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind In The Willows. The day was in 2 parts: We started with the ceremony followed by a wedding breakfast with drinks on the lawns overlooking the sea and then got boats across the river and walked down to the beach. In the afternoon, we’d allowed an hour or so for us and our guests to relax before the evening festivities began. The party kicked off with an ice breaker of punch & traditional Cornish dancing, followed by a Hog Roast & wedding cake. And of course dancing late into the night”.
How was it being the groom this time?
“Getting married gives you an insight into how special the day really is. It’s really YOUR day. As a band leader, I could always understand the stress of the build up and juggling logistics etc, but having been through it myself I can really empathise on a deeper level what it actually means to the bride & groom”.
Did The Jazz Cannons perform at your wedding?
“No, they were a bit out of my budget, ha ha! No the Jazz Cannons were all guests – we’re all friends, infact Matt (The Jazz Cannons sax player) was my best man. I didn’t want to get up and sing, I wanted to be a guest at my own wedding. But I did end up doing a bit of spontaneous singing in my speech!”
What was the live music entertainment?
“I wanted a link with my roots, so we had a Cornish band with lots of traditional Celtic dancing, and a duo with a fiddle and a bazooka. In the evening we had a quirky 4 piece rock band, doing offbeat covers from other genres, like Britney’s ‘Baby hit me one more time’. It was fun”.
Were you a good client?
“I knew from experience that weddings don’t always run to time, so I was pretty relaxed. I also really appreciated the importance of giving guests time to chat in between the band’s sets – lots of our guests had come from far & wide and hadn’t seen each other for ages, so it was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to catch up”.
What will you take away from the experience?
“Brides & grooms on the night sometimes appear to be a bit stressed as they are panicking about things running on time etc. I’m naturally very relaxed and – although I’m used to it and always respond professionally – I might have inwardly baulked a little. Now I really understand what they’re going through, and how they just want their day to be perfect, so I’d take it much less personally than before!”
Wishing you both all the best for your future together Jimmy & Jaye – and special congratulations for the exciting arrival of Cannon Junior in February! Xx
by Mel LazarusComments Off
Boy, have we got a treat in store for you this month… Rachel & Richard’s colourful, elegant wedding – where Rustic Chic met Victorian Seaside Splendour.
They were keen to reflect their love of the Ocean in their day – having met whilst working in Sydney, Australia and doing their Scuba Dive Masters in Thailand together.
Rachel & Richard opted for a quirky and elegant wedding ceremony by the sea at Brighton Bandstand, famous for its stunning ornate Victorian architecture.
The couple then rode their jaunty VW Camper Van “Peanut” to the reception venue at Nymans Gardens, Handcross – a 20th Century National Trust gardens, set amidst the romantic ruins of a fairytale gothic mansion, complete with very fabulous wedding teepee.
The Milestones of Motown, Disco, Funk & Soul entertained them & their guests and had the dancefloor thronging all night. Even Rachel’s mother (who claims not to have danced for about 40 years) was up on her feet!
Rachel & Richard sent us this lovely note after the Big Day…
Party on, Rachel & Richard, and congratulations to you both! Xx
Photographer: Nigel Lees Photography
Ceremony venue: Brighton Bandstand
Reception venue: Nymans Gardens, Handcross
Bride’s entrance song: All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar
Wedding band: The Milestones
First dance: Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
Last dance: Kids by MGMT
Bride’s dress: Genevieve by Claire Pettibone
Groom’s outfit: Gresham Blake, Brighton
by Mel Lazarus
A fabulous welcome to Sophie & Chris, who tied the knot this June against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District, famous of course as one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.
Their rustic marquee celebration in Kendal was full of fun and laughter. The bride & groom busted some serious moves during their first dance to Toploader’s ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ and they chose Soul Fiesta to entertain them and their guests throughout the evening. The band blew everyone away with their unique mix of Soul, Funk, Disco and Latin, bringing a little bit of carnival spirit to the farthest reaches of the English countryside!
Here’s how Soul Fiesta helped to make Sophie & Chris’s wedding day so special for them…
What did you and your guests think of Soul Fiesta?
“Everybody, young and old loved them and that was evident from the number of people crowding onto the dance floor all the time they were playing. I think a lot of our guests were stunned by the band, especially up here in Cumbria. They thought they were coming to the desolate and unsophisticated North and so had quite a surprise! Their repertoire really fitted the bill and contrasted with the music the DJ played and at the end of the night – nobody wanted them to stop!”
How did you know the band were ‘The One’?
“We felt we were taking a bit of a gamble in making this booking as we selected the band from an internet search followed up by a phone call to Brad and listening to Soul Fiesta’s soundtrack online. It is easy to make a soundtrack better than the real thing but Soul Fiesta’s soundtrack represents the real thing and our gamble certainly paid off”.
How did you find dealing with the band?
“A few days before the wedding Charlie contacted me and we had a good chat about both our requirements and theirs. This is so important in making things run smoothly. He also telephoned on the day to tell me that they were 40 mins away. They were well organised, quick and discrete in setting up as the speeches were going on whilst they were sorting themselves out but they were totally unobtrusive. We were sorry not to have had more time to be able to chat with them a bit as they seemed to be lovely, friendly and interesting people”.
Congratulations to you both, Sophie & Chris! xx
Photography: Steve Green
Live Band: Soul Fiesta
First dance: Dancing in the Moonlight (Toploader)
Venue: Red Scar, Kendal, Cumbria
by Mel Lazarus
Real Fabulous Weddings comes to you this month from the famous rolling dales of North Yorkshire, as gorgeous bride & groom Hannah & Richard tied the knot at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate.
The historic venue, which exudes romance and mystery (crime writer Agatha Christie famously disappeared from the hotel in 1926), created the perfect backdrop for a wedding which combined Victorian Splendour with Contemporary Luxury.
The couple chose Schwing to entertain them and their guests, as they wanted to bring a splash of retro-style panache to their party, and fell in love with the band at a friend’s wedding.
Schwing’s repertoire of Swing Band and Italian Classics, combined with dance-floor filling Pop and Soul, meant that the party was still going strong well into the night…
At one point, Hannah & Richard even jumped up on stage with the band to serenade their guests, which proved a huge hit with the crowd!
Thanks Hannah & Richard for helping Schwing to put on a show, and congratulations to you both! xxx
All images credited to: Howard Barnett Photography
Live Band: Schwing
First dance: The Lumineers – Ho Hey (performed by the band)
Venue: Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
by Mel Lazarus
Happy June everyone! (Are we really there already??)
Meet Chloe & Joe, fabulous bride & groom and our featured Wedding of the Month. Their gorgeous English Country Wedding took place in early May, with the couple tying the knot at the church in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, followed by a stunning marquee celebration nearby in the village.
The couple chose The Milestones to entertain them and their guests, as they love all the old classic hits and wanted to create a fun, classic party vibe. The band’s authentic Soul & Motown repertoire was perfect for it, and the band proved a huge hit with their guests (check out the lovely note they wrote us at the end!).
Congratulations to you both, Chloe & Joe xxx
Bride’s entrance: Prince of Denmark March – Jeremiah Clarke
Reception: Compilation including Ray la Montagne, Sean Hayes, Passenger, Paulo Nutini
Live Band: The Milestones
First dance: You’ve Got The Love – The Source & Candi Staton (performed by The Milestones)
Last dance: Get Lucky – Daft PunkPhotography: Julia Eskell Photography Venue: Church & Marquee, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire
Bride’s dress: Luella’s Boudoir – Wimbledon, London
Groom’s outfit: Austin Reed