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On a rather chilly day we made our way down the M5 to the lovely coastal town of Ilfracombe. Just nearby we found today’s wedding venue, the Sandy Cove Hotel where we had been booked to play for Amy and Ben’s Ceremony.

The Wedding

Amy and Ben
Sandy Cove Hotel, North Devon
Monday 27 March 2023

Arriving with plenty of time to spare, the first thing we spotted as we made our way toward the ceremony area was many white chairs set up outside. A quick check with the wedding planner confirmed that even though it was only 9 degrees the wedding was indeed being held outside.

Sandy Cover
Ceremony Outside

Of course this is absolutely no problem for us and to be fair in the sun it really wasn’t too cold. Making use of our portable power pack we set up to the left of the ceremony area as directed and started to tune the cello. We are used to playing outside but the only thing we have to sometimes allow a bit of extra time for is to tune the cello when its suddenly taken from a warm car to chillier or indeed hotter temperatures outside.

Whilst we predominantly use a Yamaha Electric Cello it is still made from wood and has to be tuned in the same way an acoustic cello does.

Setting up it was soon very clear why Amy and Ben had opted for the outdoor ceremony as the views were stunning.

Music Choices for the Ceremony

Pre Ceremony
How long will I love you
Yellow Coldplay
On a day like this Elbow
Paradise Coldplay
Better together

Bridal Entrance
A Thousand Years – piano version the 1st listing on your pre recorded songs

Can’t help falling in love (not the Elvis version the other one on pre recorded songs)
Wonderwall – oasis

Here comes the sun

You can hear a lot of these songs and many more by heading over to our listen page where there are currently in excess of 200 tracks.

We had a really lovely time at Ben and Amy’s wedding and it was a lovely ceremony. We wish them every happiness in their future married lives together.

As we were only playing for the ceremony today, we had some time to spare during the afternoon and so made our way to nearby Arlington Court where we found a spot of lunch in their delightful cafe as well as wandering around the house and the national carriage museum.

From there we headed over to Lynmouth where we felt obliged to have a go on the famous Victorian Cliff Railway built in 1881. Amusingly AM made friends with a hound!

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