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The sun was shining as we made our way into Somerset for today’s wedding at Orchardleigh House. The last time we were there in fact we were at an adjacent venue on the same estate which is Elmhay Park. On that occasion we were providing music for the wedding of Lewis and Carys.

Today, we were playing outside the main house for the stunning wedding of Sophie and Charlie.

The Wedding

Sophie and Charlie
Orchardleigh House
25 March 2022

JAM Duo Musicians
JAM Duo with Sophie and Charlie at Orchardleigh

On arrival at Orchardleigh House we were immediately impressed by the beautiful looking venue. With a history spanning three centuries, Orchardleigh Estate is one of the most magical wedding venues in the South West. 

Orchardleigh House was built in 1856 by William Duckworth, the Estate previously owned by the Champneys, whose family had owned the Estate since the Norman Conquest.

Orchardleigh´s indefinable English charm is testimony to the Estate changing family ownership only twice in 800 years. Veiled in a tranquil bowl of parklands and lakes, its horizon a sweeping backdrop of rolling Somerset hills, the Poet Laureate Sir Henry Newbolt, (1863-1938) was inspired to write his finest works from his love of Orchardleigh it´s Island Church.

Cello on Location in Somerset

Thankyou SO much for the beautiful music you played for our wedding at Orchardleigh, from making the arrangement for the signing and playing any music requested it really made the day all that more special. It was so wonderful to hear music I recognised and knew had asked for whilst we were being dragged around having photos taken! Your service and communication was beyond wonderful, and you played so beautifully and we have had so many lovely comments.

Sophie (Bride)

Sophie and Charlie’s Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony today was held in the Belvedere.

This breathtaking outdoor ceremony area can seat up to 144 guests. As the name suggests, this stunning space offers the most beautiful views across the estate and beyond.

The Belvedere – Outdoor Ceremonies at Orchardleigh

Music for the Ceremony

As Sophie made her grand entrance, we played the Theme from Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken. This is a very popular choice and hinted towards Sophie’s love of musical theatre – more on that later.

Bride and Groom
Sophie and Charlie with their registrar

Whilst the register was being signed, JAM Duo played a blend of ‘And this is my Beloved‘ from Kismet, seamless transitioned into Gabriel’s Oboe by Morricone. The ceremony then ended with the newly married couple walking out to ‘Dancing in the Moonlight‘ by Sherman Kelly.

Anne-Marie Humphries
Anne-Marie – JAM Duo Cellist at Orchardleigh

Wedding Drinks Reception

With the weather remaining glorious, we were outside for the drinks reception and set up on the patio at the rear of the house.

Bridesmaids at Orchardleigh House for Sophie and Charlie

Sophie had asked for a lot of music from musical theatre. And so that formed the majority of our playlist during the drinks reception. We switched seamlessly to our electric cello as a little subtle amplification really helps when we are playing outside.

electric cello
Drinks Reception with our electric Cello

JAM Duo – Cello and Piano

Jules and Anne-Marie really enjoyed being part of Sophie and Charlie’s Wedding at Orchardleigh House in Somerset. And we would also love to be part of your wedding. If you would like to talk to us about music for your wedding day which could include Ceremony, Drinks Reception, Wedding Breakfast and First Dance then please do get in touch.

The easiest way to reach us is via our contact page where you can email, WhatsApp or call us depending on what suits you best. We look forward to hearing from you.

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