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Today we started in church. And what a beautiful church it was. The Church of All Saints in East Stratton, Hampshire was the venue for Lucy and Harry’s wedding ceremony.

All Saints Church
All Saints Church East Stratton

The Wedding

Lucy and Harry
All Saints Church, East Stratton, Hampshire
2 July 2022

Starting with the church ceremony our role today was to provide music as JAM Duo, but also for Jules to play the organ for three hymns! Luckily Jules is fairly accomplished as an organist and has played for numerous Cathedral Services around the UK.

Church Wedding
Church Ceremony – view from the organ

Photos weren’t strictly permitted during the ceremony but Jules couldn’t resist this lovely view from the organ loft of Lucy and Harry as they said their vows together.

There were three hymns during the service plus music by JAM Duo for the entrance of the bride, the signing of the register and the exit of the newly weds (500 Miles by the Proclaimers!).

Lucy and Harry then departed the church in a very stylish horse drawn carriage which was also how Lucy had arrived earlier.

Horse and Carriage
Horse and Carriage

It was then a short drive for us to find the wedding reception which was held in a very stylish marquee just behind the church.

Anne-Marie Humphries

We didn’t have much time and had to set up our piano shell as well as being ready to play the song ‘Everglow’ as Lucy and Harry arrived at the reception. Luckily it turned out the horses took a slightly longer route to the reception venue and we were also able to sneakily park behind the big tent! So with a little effort we had everything ready and we were playing as the newly married couple arrived for their drinks reception.

Anne-Marie Humphries

The drinks reception was relatively short and before long guests were being called into the meal.

Anne-Marie and Jules
Anne Marie and Jules

This is where our plan of setting up just inside the entrance to the marquee paid off as we also had to play a song (Better Together) for the entrance of the Bride and Groom into their wedding breakfast. Of course none of this is any problem at all and we love going that little extra mile to accommodate all our couples wishes. It just means we have to think about the practicalities of that when we set up as it would be no good us trying to move instruments and our piano shell around when the wedding breakfast was announced.

Indeed, our job is always to blend seamlessly into the background. Not quite a case of heard but not seen because of course we do like to present a professional image which makes us look as well as sound good. But nevertheless ideally we try to make sure no one sees us moving things around. Our job is to just be there ready and providing music at all the appropriate moments.

We really enjoyed today’s wedding and were delighted to be chosen by Lucy and Harry to provide day time music for their special day. The wedding had some beautiful unique touches and was extremely stylish in every way. We wish them both every happiness in their married lives together.

To find out more about JAM Duo and if you would like to discuss music for your wedding do please get in touch via our contact page.

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