Road trip to Essex

At 9am we set off on our journey from Leeds, West Yorkshire down South on the A1 to sunny Essex. Our bass player Chris was super excited as he is an Essex boy himself so was looking forward to visiting his home town.

Func on the Rocks function band

We arrived at Boreham House, Chelmsford and made our way to the marquee round the side of the Manor House to set up on the band equipment and organise plans with the Events Manager for the wedding day of Mr & Mrs Heighway.

Boreham House Wedding Venue Chelmsford Essex

Monique and Craig's Wedding Marquee Essex

The wedding ceremony was held in the magnificent Manor House, followed by the drinks reception on the lawn overlooking spectacular views. We managed to spot a little fawn under a tree! Which we were very excited about.

The guests were led into the grand marquee for speeches given by the Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man. Smoothly followed by wedding breakfast, the cutting of the cake and Monique and Craig‘s first dance as husband and wife.

Monique and Craig Bride and Groom with wedding singers

We were so thrilled to see everyone spilling onto the dance floor from our first song. The groomsmen called out for Stevie Wonder so we obliged and performed Superstition whilst the guests showed off their best moves!

Dance floor singer

After our first set of live music we managed to catch up with Jackie, the mother of the bride who had been conversing with our Manager Annie when booking the band to make sure everything was perfect for her daughter’s big day. Jackie couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly to Func On The Rocks; and after chatting with Mum and Dad, we soon felt like new additions to the family!

Mother and Father of the Bride

Once the sun had gone down friends and family were guided outside to watch a spectacular firework display; it was truly breathtaking and a highlight of the evening wedding reception entertainment.

Fireworks

By the second set of our party music the night was in full swing. We made sure to include all of the bride and grooms favourite songs and special requests, which were guaranteed dance floor fillers.

The saxophone and trumpet solos enticed the guests to release their inhibitions and boogie the night away in style!

Wedding Live Music Band Trumpet Singer Guitar

Towards the end of the set we heard cries from the bridesmaids and groomsmen to perform some Fleetwood Mac, so for our encore we played a special rendition of the classic ‘Everywhere’, and we encouraged all the guests to sing along. It was a very special moment.

As northerners we really were blown away by the hospitality and kindness of the staff and managers at Boreham House. The Giordmaina family could not have been more accommodating and lovely, we really hope to be back down to Essex and Boreham House again soon!

Some kind words from the Mother of the Bride:
“Hi Annie, I would like to say a BIG thank you to the band on Saturday, they were just brilliant.
The stage was full all the time they were on. Everyone commented how good they were,and they enjoyed them so much.  You must be proud of them.
We wish the band good wishes for the future and I for one would recommend them to anyone who wants a band.
Take care Annie
Kind Regards
Jackie Giordmaina”

Heat Wave in Yorkshire

What an incredible burst of sunshine we had to help celebrate an abundance of events last weekend.

The Great Gathering, organised by local communities around the UK, showed an abundance of street parties, picnics and bake offs. The events gave communities the chance to show compassion and support and were held in loving memory for Jo Cox, the Labour MP who we lost in June 2016. The weekend is said to have been one of the biggest community celebrations planned since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

It was also a very busy weekend of celebrations for our six piece function band – Func On The Rocks.

Wedding Band

On Friday we shared in the second wedding reception of Laura and Phil who had just returned from their wedding holiday and honeymoon on the beautiful mediterranean island of Cyprus. Holding their ceremony at the stunning Louis Ledra Beach Hotel, Paphos. To make sure none of their family or friends missed out on celebrating with the happy couple, the Bride and Groom arranged an evening party for their return to England.

Laura and Phil certainly brought the weather back with them as Huntington, North Yorkshire was basking in glorious sunshine. As the guests began to arrive it was clear just how excited friends and family were to see the sun-kissed couple after their adventure abroad.

We started the live music with the couple’s first dance, a piano and vocal rendition of All of Me by John Legend (a personal favourite of mine).

Wedding Party Live Music

Once the party was underway we noticed some very talented musicians on the dance floor. With the help of some blow up instruments we found ourselves a new member of the band. This little guy strummed his green guitar with all his heart and soul from start to finish!

Guitar hero

During a bit of rock and roll, the infectious strumming of Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry we invited the little rock star up onto the stage to show us his skills! It was such a heartwarming sight.

Laura and Phil Wedding Huntington Working Mens Club

We continued the weekend of fun with the 50th birthday party for Mark Wilcox at the super stylish The Mere Golf Resort and Spa.

Birthday Party Mere Golf Resort and Spa Cheshire
Happy Birthday Mark

Friends and family had come from far and wide to share in the celebrations with the Wilcox clan and they certainly made it extra special for Mark.
Joining together to sing him a big Happy Birthday we managed to get some excellent dance moves off the birthday boy in the middle of the circle.

Birthday Party Dance Floor

It was a lovely mixed group of ages at the party so we tried our best to keep both sets of live music varied from soul to indie, Motown to pop. The younger guests sang their hearts out to Rather Be Clean Bandit, whilst the more mature guests showed us, they still got it! With their incredible swing dancing moves and lyrical perfection to Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison.

A fabulous, hot weekend all round. Congratulations to everyone who was celebrating we hope to join in the fun with you again soon.

Magnificent marquee wedding

Congratulations to everyone who took part and supported ITU World Triathlon in Leeds this weekend, truly inspirational athletes.

We were aware roads around the City Centre would be closed for the event, however luckily for us we only had to make a short trip to one of Yorkshire’s little gems – Ilkley.

We were stunned to see Ilkley Golf Club green had been transformed into a Wedding Wonderland.

The Marquee was beautifully decorated with delicate summer wildflowers and embellished with charming bunting, which was handmade by the Mother of the Bride. The Father of the bride designed stunning planters, which were gracefully poised at the entrance to the marquee.

The personal touch made Ilkley Golf Club the perfect setting for our Bride and Groom Jen and Rich.

Ilkley Golf Club Wedding Marquee

Whilst the guests enjoyed a cool glass of Pimms our boys performed a jazz trio ensemble; playing some well-loved Jazz standards and Rat Pack favorites including Autumn Leaves, Summertime and Fly Me To The Moon.

The trio played ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ as a special request for the Bride and head Bridesmaid to bring back memories of their time together in Brazil.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches Func On The Rocks we ready to get the party started and begin the evening reception.

The happy couple performed their first dance as husband and wife and chose one of our favorite Van Morrison classics Moondance.

Mr & Mrs Bean had perfected their unique dance routine, which stunned all their friends and family. It set the bar when it came to dancing for the evening!

Jen and Rich Wedding First Dance

The guests were certainly up for the dancing challenge and joined the newlyweds on the dance floor with delight, they even brought a blow up sheep with them which we found hilarious.

Yorkshire Wedding Party

Wedding Band Horns

After our first set we had a catch up with some familiar faces Cathrine and Jeff. We performed at Jeff’s Birthday party in Bramham Village Hall a few years ago and always spot the gorgeous couple on the dance floor at The Bramham Summer Ball at Bowcliffe Hall.

We will be performing at Jeff’s daughters wedding in September, which we are really looking forward to.

Familiar faces

We also had a chat with England Rugby star Phil Dowson and his beautiful fiancée Dani who are getting married in 4 weeks. Good luck guys we know your Wedding day will be incredible!

Wedding Singers with Phil Dowson

By the second set of live music the full moon was out in full glory, as were the extra special dance moves from Jen and Rich and their friends and family. There was such a sense of love and friendship on the dance floor, a truly humbling sight for us.

Wedding Band Dance Floor

Leeds Wedding Band Singers

To bring the live music to a close we got the crowd to sing their hearts out with us and I’m sure the passion in their voices could be heard for miles around.

Jen and Rich Wedding Ilkley Golf Club

Thanks so much to everyone for helping Jen and Rich celebrate their big day, I’m sure they will look back with such fond memories as their day was pure perfection from start to finish.

Bride and Groom Dance Floor

Lots of love to you both Mr & Mrs. Bean, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

Jen and Rich Wedding Ilkley Golf Club