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Following yesterdays wedding in Wrexham we travelled across to Chesterfield and stayed locally (another Premier Inn) in readiness for Tamsin and Anthony’s wedding at the Peak Edge Hotel. Before heading to the wedding we had a little time to explore Chesterfield with its famous crooked spire.

Chesterfield’s parish church of St Mary and All Saints is the largest in Derbyshire. Begun in the late 13th century, the church was completed around 1360 and features a mix of Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular Gothic style.

THE CROOKED SPIRE

St Mary’s is famous for its peculiar 13th century twisted spire, which leans at an alarming 9 feet 5 inches from true. But why does it lean? The typical explanation is that the builders used green timbers, which warped over time. Yet that explanation is only partly true. Medieval builders used green timber all the time, and would have known what to expect.

So why did the spire twist so markedly?

The answer lies in the lead tiles used to cover the spire’s timbers. Over 32 tonnes of lead tiles created such a heavy weight that the timbers simply couldn’t bear the strain, and twisted alarmingly. An additional reason is that the builders didn’t use a cross-brace to compensate for the weight of the tiles.

The Wedding

Tamsin and Anthony
Peak Edge Hotel, Chesterfield
26 August 2022

Today we were playing for the wedding Ceremony followed by Drinks reception and wedding breakfast.

The Wedding Ceremony

Setting up by the outdoor ceremony, our gloss black piano shell looked fabulous against the backdrop of the Peak District. Some might even argue the first shot above is slightly piano guys ‘esque… Whilst it was a little on the hot side, we decided not to ask for any form of shade as we felt that would spoil the look of the ceremony area. And after all if the guests were sitting in the sunshine, within reason so could we!

Music Choices

Pre Ceremony
Modern / contemporary

Bridal Entrance
Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

Signing
Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
Human League – Together in Electric Dreams

Exit
The Rembrandts – I’ll be there for you
(This was mostly played by Jules on the Piano – Tamsin had requested that it be ‘upbeat and quite jazzy’!

Wedding Drinks Reception

After the ceremony we moved our instruments across the lawn so we could be nearer to where the drinks were being served.

Tamsin had requested the following songs for the drinks reception:

Maroon 5 – Girls like you
Oasis – Wonderwall
Bruno Mars – Just the way you are
Taylor Swift – Love Story
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
The killers – Mr Brightside
Kodaline – The One
Robbie Williams – Angels

Wedding Breakfast

After an hour or so out in the sunshine, we then moved indoors for the wedding breakfast. There was no specific music choices for this part of the day although Tamsin had said she really liked the style of music from Bridgerton and anything in a similar vein to that.

JAM Duo at Your Wedding

Jules and Anne-Marie love playing for weddings all over the UK. If you would like to find out more about how we can bring live music on cello and piano to your day then please do get in touch via our contact page.

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