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For today’s wedding we found ourselves in Essex just near Braintree. In fact it followed on from Lisa and Garrick’s wedding vow renewal ceremony near Chesterfield. Driving down to Braintree the day before meant we found ourselves in a Premier Inn overnight, but more importantly meant we were only moments away from today’s wedding.

We started the day in a curious Fast Food establishment called Tim Horton’s. This seemed to be a cross between McDonald’s and Costa almost to the point of plagiarism but nevertheless was a fairly good option for breakfast. Jules particularly enjoyed the banoffee latte, but then he does have weird tastes.

The Wedding

Ellie and Kaif
Gosfield Hall, Essex
Sunday 12 March 2023

Today we were booked to play for the wedding ceremony. We had also been asked to use the venue’s grand piano. This is always something we are happy to do, provided the instrument is in tune and maintained so it is at least playable!

The instrument in Gosfield Hall just about passed for this purpose. Whilst it was of course not in tune it did mostly work, although had a horrid tone to it. Luckily it was about enough in tune with itself that we could tune the cello a quarter tone flat and proceed with caution!

This always presents a challenge for us because we do like to accommodate our clients wishes and we had been specifically asked to play the venue piano. Fortunately on this occasion it was ok (just) but it is worth bearing in mind that most musicians (particularly Jules!) will be reluctant to use an instrument which is not going to show their skills in the best light.

Anyway fortunately on this occasion it was all ok and we matched up our Yamaha Electric Cello to a Bechstein Grand piano. There were some fab music choices for this wedding which included:

Pre Ceremony
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Beneath You’re Beautiful – Labrinth
All Of Me – John Legend
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Diamonds – Rihanna
Girls like you – Maroon 5

Bridal Entrance
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Rewrite The Stars – The Greatest Showman
Without You – David Guetta ft. Usher

Symphony – Clean Bandit

We particularly enjoyed playing Symphony for Ellie and Kaif’s exit!

It was a real pleasure to be part of Ellie and Kaif’s wedding although it was over (our part at least) all too soon. We hope they enjoyed the rest of their wedding day and we wish them every happiness in their future married life together.

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