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Eloise and Thomas’ wedding on 7 April 2023 was our second visit to Crowcombe Court in Somerset.

Crowcombe Court is a Grade 1 listed Manor House near to Taunton in a beautiful setting just near to the Quantock Hills. To help create stunning photos of your wedding there is a beautiful gazebo, a natural spring, outdoor features like a love-swing, birdcage and garden archway!

With today’s wedding being held on Good Friday, ie the start of the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, we made sure that we allowed plenty of time for the journey down the M5 from our home in the Cotswolds. Indeed a quick look on the map suggested that the M5 even at 9am was a bit of a no go zone and so we headed through Bristol and then down through Somerset.

This turned out to be an excellent plan. Firstly it meant we arrived at the venue exactly on time with just over and hour to spare in order to set up. Secondly a little later in the day, in fact just before the meal was served. some wedding guests arrived who had in fact been caught up in delays on the M5 which made then some 3 or more hours late!

Wedding Ceremony

Proceedings started in the Great Hall at Crowcombe and we were directed to set up at the back of the ceremony area.

This gave us a great view of the ceremony as well as the entrance of the bridal party. Musically speaking there were some great choices for this part of the day:

Pre Ceremony
Your Song – Elton John
One Day Like This – Elbow
Yellow – Coldplay
Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
All of Me – John Legend

Bridal Entrance
Tale as Old as Time

Perfect Day
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Wedding Reception

We were booked to provide music for the drinks reception and the wedding meal but fortunately on this occasion we found a spot in the Great Hall which worked for both of these parts of the day in terms of our location.

We absolutely loved Eloise’s dress – flowers were clearly a theme for this wedding as was Disney!

The music for the drinks reception included:

Eloise – The Damned
Painted Black – Rolling Stones
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Little Bit of Love – Tom Grennan
Wonderwall – Oasis
I’m in Love with You – The 1975

We were also requested to play any song by Iron Maiden in memory of Eloise’s Grandma who we understand was a huge fan.

Moving into the wedding meal we played a selection of songs which included:

Kiss the Girl
Can you feel the love tonight
Someone you loved – Lewis Capaldi
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
A Whole New World
Gangstas Paradise – Coolio
Creep – Radiohead

This was also the first outing for our newly purchased Drum box. Whilst we don’t want to move too far away from a traditional Piano and Cello Duo, taking inspiration from the Brooklyn Duo and The Piano Guys, sometimes it’s good to add a beat to songs to give a different vibe to suit different parts of the day.

Below is a link to a short video kindly recorded by one of the wedding guests of our performance of Africa by Toto during the wedding breakfast. The sound is recorded live from an iPhone but gives you an idea of how JAM Duo can add some great vibes to your wedding.

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