So, this weekend I played at the wedding of Matt & Helen Smith at the Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere and I have to say it was fantastic!
I arrived stupidly early due to me stressing that there would be traffic going up the M6 and I would be late for the 12pm ceremony. There, of course, wasn't any traffic at all and I arrived at 9:40am! This gave me enough time to set up and practise the ceremony songs several times. The ceremony proceeded without a hitch, my looped version of Pachelbel's canon being played as Helen walked round the top of the room along the balcony and down the stairs. I did stress slightly that I couldn't see anything over my music stand (I was upstairs on the balcony looking down) and had to wait until the registrar started speaking to know that it was my cue to stop playing! Fortunately she started speaking just as I was coming to the end of the chord progression so the song finished naturally and not with an awkward cut off!
It was also one of the hottest days of the year so after the Ceremony we all went outside and I slowly burnt to a crisp having not put any suntan lotion on or taken any with me!
Later in the evening, the other two guys from the Jonny Cooper Experience joined me at the venue to play for the evening party. Sam Packwood on drums joined myself and Conal as Gary, our regular drummer was away in Germany with Bolton Music Service's IYP trip. He did a fantastic job of not only playing the songs, but also of keeping his drum kit from sliding halfway across the room!
Matt & Helen told me they enjoyed all the music that day and I have to say I really enjoyed the day as a whole, meeting some of the other guests and chatting extensively about guitars (yes I am a guitar nerd but that's part of this job!). It also helped being right on the edge of Lake Windermere on a fantastic sunny day.