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”

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

Tour De Yorkshire

Massive congratulations to everyone who took part and supported Tour De Yorkshire 2017 which took place in Tadcaster this weekend.

On route to our gig we were uplifted by West Yorkshire’s community spirit.

The streets were decorated with an array of colourful bunting, balloons and smiling faces. Yorkshire definitely knows how to celebrate!

And speaking of celebrations; Saturday was also significant as we got to bring out to play our big sister party band; Pure Mojo for the wedding of Matt & Nat.

Hornington Manor Yorkshire Wedding VenueWedding sign

Our ten piece wedding band Pure Mojo is led by three incredible vocalists Cherie Gears, Melody Reed and Sam Hendrix who are illuminated by the addition of a steaming horn section (saxophone, trumpet and trombone) – this combination takes Func On The Rocks to the next level!

Function Band Wedding SingersHorn section

The Bride and Groom Matt & Nat had planned their fairytale wedding to the very last detail and their wedding venue choice of Hornington Manor was the perfect setting for their perfect day.

Mat and Nat lights

Mr & Mrs Round love live music and were glued to the dance floor all night long with the amazing moves of the bridesmaids, groomsmen and fabulous family and friends.

Wedding band

The wedding guests sang their hearts out to each song, showed off their signature moves and together made the wedding reception extra special for the happy couple.

A big shout out to Hornington Manor who are an exceptional wedding venue. Thank you for being so easy to work with and accommodating we hope to be back soon for some more live music fun!

#firstdancefriday

If you and your partner have been racking your brains to come up with that perfect first dance choice but just can’t quite decide… To give you a bit of inspiration we’ve recently been uploading some of our past first dance rehearsals on Facebook every #firstdancefriday.

This week we’ve put together our top 5 faves as a little recap and we hope you’ll be tuning in to see the next installments over the coming weeks. Find us on Facebook here.

 

 

 

Because they’re happy…

Today we’re revisiting another of our absolute favourite weddings from this year, celebrating the marriage of the lovely Mr & Mrs Ellis at Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf. We’ve got a great little video to show you courtesy of Richard at Magic Moments Photo & Video which captures the mood perfectly and shows what a great crowd they were and how all of their family and friends made such a special evening for the bride and groom. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did being a part of it! Clap along…

“I can’t thank you and the band enough for last night. They were absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t have asked for more.
Our first dance was amazing and exactly what I had hoped for. It was brilliant how everyone rushed on to the dance floor as it picked up to full speed. I am so glad we went for “Happy” and trusted you to create an arrangement for us!
So many people last night were telling me how brilliant the band were and how great Cherie’s voice is, and I have had so many more positive comments today. I always wanted our guests to fill the dance floor and it was full all night thanks to you guys. It was just what I had hoped for!
Thank you too for all of your organisation and help along the planning process – you were always so accommodating and responsive and that was really brilliant.
Laura x”
– Bride

Wedding of the Year

We’re so excited to share with you a short snippet from our wedding of the year, celebrating two of our nearest and dearest tying the knot! What a beautiful day it was, the sun was shining bright on the hottest day on record in November as Stephanie & Aden married at The Old Barn in Esholt and it was our pleasure to have performed their first dance to Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud. We’re also delighted to share with you the amazing impromptu performance of Love is in the Air (which we’d never played before!) at the end of the night by Father of the Bride, Mike dusting off his microphone skills from the good old days when he was in a band much like Func On The Rocks.

With thanks to Tapebank Digital Video Productions

Steph & Aden wedding Old Barn Esholt“You were all fantastic last night!! Thank you so much. Xx”
– Stephanie Broadley, Bride

Wood Hall wedding

We love a good first dance, and you can’t get better than a happy couple putting their absolute all into it. This lovely bride and groom rocked the dancefloor from start to finish to one of our all time favourite songs, and an ever popular choice – Florence & The Machine’s turn on You’ve Got The Love. They have very kindly shared some beautiful photos with us from their big day at Wood Hall Hotel & Spa, Wetherby.

Woodhall-Wedding-Helen-Phil18

“The band were OUTSTANDING so so AMAZING!!
How can we ever thank them enough!!
Everyone loved them the dance floor was full constantly.
The first dance gave me goose bumps.
It was truly fantastic!!! Hope they had a good time too?
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts we really appreciate all you did for us.
Love Helen and Phil x”
– Bride & Groom

Huge thanks to Helen and Phil, we wish you all the best for the future x

Photos by Justin Zhang Photography

For One Night Only

The star of the show at a recent wedding this month was undoubtedly our honorary bass player, in the form of the blushing bride’s step-father Jon.

Jon on Bass

A musician himself from the bygone era of the 80’s, Jon just loves playing guitar and drums and still plays local charity gigs with friends. Both he and the very proud Mother of the Bride couldn’t wait to surprise the happy couple by Jon’s unexpected appearance on stage with us laying down a ‘phat’ groove on the bass to ‘Play That Funky Music’, which of course he did.

Here’s a little snippet of the stunning bride and groom, Danika and Gary’s reaction to their Func On The Rocks experience…

“Hi Guys!! Myself and Gary Shaw just wanted to tell you how AMAZING!!! You are all so talented, everyone said they could not sit down all night!! The extra saxophone really did just set every song off!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU you helped make our wedding day so special!!!! xxx”
– Danika Charlotte Shaw

They have also very kindly allowed us to share the special moment of their beautiful first dance with you. Enjoy!

I’ve got a feeling…

First DanceThere’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve put an extra big smile on the faces of a happy bride and groom by topping off their special day with a party to remember.

We still get choked up every time we’re given the opportunity to perform a first dance. Then we love to crank up the tempo and get your guests up and dancing the night away.

Party CrowdFor some inspiration for your first dance take a look at some of our most popular choices here.

Special thanks to Mr & Mrs Brown x

Your First Dance

Func On The Rocks understand how important the first dance is to every newly married couple on their wedding day and take great pride in being given the opportunity to perform live for that special moment.

Whatever your particular music taste, whatever your song choice, we will bring it to life just for you. Each booking with Func On The Rocks includes one personal song request, along with any selection of songs from our extensive repertoire.

This short video showcases an example of a Piano Duet performed by Cherie Gears and Lee Walker. The perfect choice for a first dance, or even to walk down the aisle to.

For more videos like this from our wide variety of Trio/Duet/Quartet combinations available please click here to visit our YouTube channel.