The long days of summer are coming to an end and, for me, that means that we're already hurtling towards my busiest time of the year - the run up to *don't say it*... Christmas. Sorry. But before we start getting emotional about John Lewis adverts and tutting at shops playing festive jingles in September, I thought I'd tell you all about what I've been up to since my last blog.
Having looked back at my diary, I've realised that during July and August I have performed at no fewer than 16 weddings! "What is the collective noun for weddings?" I hear you ask. Well, I would like to coin it a bridal wave of weddings. While some may find the prospect of a bridal wave terrifying and flee for cover, I have found it refreshing how unique each wedding has been! I've enjoyed every single one, from weddings at local Hertfordshire venues that I regularly perform at, such as Tewin Bury Farm, Brocket Hall and The Grove, to venues further afield, such as Blackwell Grange in the Cotswolds, Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire and a private home in Stourbridge! Variety really is the spice of life.
Here's a snap from a recent wedding at Easthampstead Park in Berkshire where I performed classical and electric violin:
What is lovely about playing the violin is that I can be a part of any section of the wedding day - whether it's mellow gathering music as guests enter the ceremony, the special music requests as the bride walks in, or as the couple sign the register and exit. I can also perform some chilled pop music for the drinks reception or the meal, and then play over DJ to get the evening party started. I get to see it all! My favourite part however is always the vows. Oh, and the cutting of the cake. I love cake. I get equally teary about both moments.
One of my favourite weddings this year was Jade and Craig's wedding at Hengrave Hall. It was an absolutely stunning day with a church service in the chapel, drinks reception on the lawn, wedding breakfast al fresco in the courtyard, and the evening party in the venue's main hall. The wedding breakfast setting was beautiful: