Vow Renewal Music

Anthony and Gill Rudd chose me to provide their vow renewal music with my White Baby Grand Piano at one of my favourite wedding venues- Ashfield House in Standish. The couple, who normally reside in Australia, decided to celebrate their many years together by having a wonderful ceremony to renew their wedding vows, and then a gorgeous celebration at award winning wedding venue, Ashfield House.

Ceremony room vow renewal

The beautiful ceremony room ready for a vow renewal at Ashfield House

Vow renewal music on the piano

Liz Hendry from The Live Piano Experience ready to play vow renewal music

Vow renewal music choices

The day began with Gill walking down the aisle,looking absolutely stunning, to ‘Pachelbel’s Canon in D.’ The ceremony included beautiful readings from their lovely daughters. At the end of the vow renewal ceremony was a surprise for Tony. An old friend from his military background, Anthony ‘Bruce’ Draper played ‘Highland Cathedral’ on the bagpipes as the couple walked out of the ceremony hand in hand. This was a very emotional moment with this haunting melody adding to the amazing atmosphere.

The day then continued with drinks in the bar and photographs outside taken by one of our industry friends, Christopher Lewis Photography . Gill and Tony also had a video made by Lauren Simpkin Films which would be a lovely momento of the day.

Vow renewal music and photography

Liz Hendry with Darren and Chris from Christopher Lewis Photography.

Vow renewal music and videography

Liz Hendry with Lauren Simpkin Films.

The guests then relaxed in the restaurant with a delicious three course dinner provided by the catering team at Ashfield House whilst I played piano music throughout. Gill had requested a few songs which I added to my selection for the day including ‘How Will I Live Without You’ by Leanne Rimes, ‘Heaven’ by Bryan Adams, ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ by Aerosmith, ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness and ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.

Vow renewal music and meal

The beautiful restaurant at Ashfield House where I provided piano music for Gill and Tony

 

It it was an honour to be a part of this very special day which was all about the importance of family and a fantastic couple, still very much in love after their many years of marriage! It was fantastic to speak to Tony at the end of the day who thought that their choice of vow renewal music, especially music played live on the piano had made such a difference to making their day really special.

Vow renewal music on the piano

Liz with Tony and Gill Rudd at the piano

 

Wedding songs for a Beautiful Manchester Bride

Saturday was a very exciting day for me as I love to visit new venues. The Macdonald Hotel and Spa, Manchester was the setting for the wedding of Jade and Rupert Butcher who said their vows here, in the presence of all their friends and family,  a very special little bridesmaid- their lovely daughter Phoebe.  Here I was to play the wedding songs for one of the most special moments of their life!

I arrived at the venue to find Michelle from Bow So Sweet dressing the room with a beautiful, white, wintery theme that you can see on my photographs. The room was divided off for the ceremony to be later opened up into a larger space for the wedding breakfast.

Wedding songs – The Couple’s Choice

The couple opted for ‘Heaven’ by Bryan Adams/DJ Sammy for Jade to walk down the aisle. (This is one of my favourite wedding pieces and there is a video at the bottom of the blog showing my performance of this for another wedding at Peckforton Castle.) Jade later told me how, as she heard the music being played, she struggled to hold back the tears as she set off down the aisle towards Rupert.

The couple opted for light hearted, upbeat choices for signing the register, and danced their way out of the ceremony to Steve Wonder singing ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ with their guests following to celebrate.

The drinks reception was held in the hotel bar and then it was back upstairs for the wedding breakfast, with the couple entering the room to my rendition of ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me.’

The couple were obviously enjoying catching up with all their guests during the meal and in between courses they tried to speak everyone, going around the room for a chat whilst I provided background music throughout. It was a lovely atmosphere and a great time was had by all.

Whilst there I met a lovely couple – Photoluminaire who were documenting the day with Photography, and also the boys from Starkfilm Weddings who were filming all the special moments.

Congratulations to Jade and Rupert and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

See a complete list of my wedding songs at Liz Repertoire

Piano Music for Manchester Ceremony

Piano Music for Manchester Ceremony

Liz Hendry with Jade, the beautiful bride

Liz Hendry with Jade, the beautiful bride

White Baby Grand and beautiful room dressing.

White Baby Grand and beautiful room dressing.

Wedding breakfast with White Baby Grand from The Live Piano Experience

Wedding breakfast with White Baby Grand from The Live Piano Experience