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I had met Debbie and Mark so many times at various wedding fayres that I had almost forgotten that they were one of our wedding couples - they felt more like old friends!
'Unconventional' would be the word that best describes the finishing touches that this dynamic duo sprinkled over their wedding day at the wonderful McDonald Ansty Hall... Mark even arrived for his nuptials by helicopter! Show off! :)
Amazed by Lonestar Performed Live by Adam Thomas
<a href="http://adamthomas.bandcamp.com/track/amazed">Amazed by Adam Thomas</a>
As I've said before, every wedding is unique and, other than the helicopter, the other thing that stood out for me was their choice of second dance: following on from Adam's live performance of Amazed (Lonestar) the bride's colleagues (fellow school staff) were ordered to join the lovely Debbie in a rendition of... (drum roll please)... the Birdie Song! What a way to break the ice! (Watch the video below and join in!!)
Michael Buble, Hey Ya and Swinging!
When it came to the rest of their wedding entertainment, Adam's live performances kicked off with a little bit of Michael Buble and swing followed by a full-on Pop and Soul second set for dancing. Once again this was slightly adapted to include a few of the numbers that we've been performing in our brand new Soul show: Forget You (Cee Lo Green) and Hey Ya (Outkast)... Both were well received as always with lots of shimmying and shaking being done by all ;)
The atmosphere was fantastic (you would never have believed it was a Sunday night!) The dance floor was full all night long with the wedding party jigging away to everything from Take That (Debbie is a mahoosive Take That-ite!) to Amy Winehouse, Erasure to Scissor Sisters... There's nothing better than a couple with an eclectic taste!
A beautiful day weather-wise was rounded off with a barbeque plus a wonderful evening entertainment-wise. Here's to Debbie & Mark, all the very best guys... Congratulations! :) x x x
What a lovely couple...
On Friday 20th August 2010 we performed at the lovely Bestwood Lodge in Nottingham for Jodie and Ashley Burton and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
The Big Day
Having performed at Bestwood Lodge in August 2009, it is a venue that we are now very familiar with and a venue that we always look forward to performing at. We always find the staff to be professional yet friendly, the food is of a very good standard and the variety of suites offer a great canvas on which you can add your own style to.
Adam was kindly asked by Jodie and Ashley if he could perform Lonestar's lovely ballad, 'Amazed' as their first dance. It is probably the most popular wedding first dance song that Adam gets asked to perform yet it never seems to lose it's sentiment and is still as magical today as it was in 1999 on first release. (Take a listen to Adam's Version below:)
"Adam Thomas to the stage..."
Adam performed all of his usual crowd pleasing favourites including 'Haven't Met You Yet,' 'Save The Last Dance,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and Michael Buble's 'Everything' as the bride and groom's second dance with the remainder of the wedding party. Swing and Big Band first half over - phew!
Act Two got the party into full swing as Adam kept them all going with a blend of Soul, Indie and Pop tracks such as 'My Girl,' 'This Love,' 'Mercy' and 'I Kissed A Girl.' As we've said before, Adam's renditions of Paolo Nutini's 'Pencil Full Of Lead' and '10/10' have really proven to be massive hits with all of his audiences this summer: they fill the dance floor every time!
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A lovely day was had by all...
We first met the lovely and bubbly Laura (along with her entourage! :)) at the Leicester Tigers Wedding Fair after a recommendation from one of our previous couples had proven enough to convince Laura that she should see a live performance by Adam. She travelled down to Leicester to see him perform and to see if she thought he could become a part of her wedding plans. Thankfully, she loved him!
The Day Itself
After arriving at the venue we realised that Laura and Jonathan had thought through every single meticulous detail and everything looked simply stunning: from the flowers to the cake, the dress to the venue itself - beautiful!
Hodsock Priory is a lovely, traditional country house and it has a real contemporary feel to the place following its renovation last summer. The house has been lovingly restored by its owner and current tenant, George Buchanan. George's family have owned the property and wonderful grounds since 1765 (Wow wee!) and he has created a magical venue which incorporates the past and present quite beautifully.
Laura and Jonathan's choreographed first dance was to Jamie Cullum's version of 'What A Diff'rence A Day Makes' and their request list was very diverse and fun (although a little heavy on Take That! - we got the feeling that Laura was a massive Take That-ite!) This video is just for you Laura:
"Adam Thomas to the stage..."
Adam performed all of his usual crowd pleasing favourites including 'Haven't Met You Yet,' 'That's Amore,' 'Ain't That A Kick In The Head' and Michael Buble's 'Everything' as the bride and groom's second dance with the remainder of the wedding party. Swing and Big Band first half over - phew!
Act Two got the party into full swing as Adam kept them all going with a blend of Soul and Pop tracks such as 'Everybody Needs Somebody,' 'All Night Long,' and 'Valerie.' As we've said before, Adam's renditions of Paolo Nutini's 'Pencil Full Of Lead' and '10/10' have really proven to be massive hits with all of his audiences this summer: they fill the dance floor every time!
Bang Bang Bang?
Now, most Father's of the Bride (or FOTB's as you planning brides call them!) request a lot of ACDC, Queen, some Robbie and maybe even a little Erasure... but Mark Ronson's 'Bang Bang Bang'!! Really?? And knowing all of the words too? Well, Laura's Dad did and it happens to be his favourite song too!! There's nothing wrong with that of course... it's just a little out of the norm that's all! We applaud him in fact! ;)
Hodsock Priory is our family home (and has been since 1765). We’ve spent the past year lovingly renovating the house and we now have a sensational new entertaining space available to hire for private events.
Whether it’s an intimate dinner for 6, a wedding for 120 or a great big bash for 500, we welcome you. Our background in hospitality, entertainment, food and wine means we are well placed to host Weddings, Family Gatherings, Anniversaries, Birthday Parties, Corporate Functions and Special Events.
From the minute you sweep through the archway of the Tudor Gatehouse, you will have this peaceful, secluded corner of England to yourselves. You are free to entertain your guests in an informal environment where everyone will relax. Children can run around. The party can spill outside. We invite you to bring Hodsock to life.
Need some First Dance inspiration? Let's see what we can do!
For some couples, they have always known exactly what there first dance would be from the moment they got together. For them, it was as clear as day, possibly because they got engaged whilst listening to it or maybe they have a favourite film that had a great soundtrack or a concert performance that resonated with them. For them it's easy!
For some, however, they either have too many songs to choose from or just haven't found the song yet that encapsulates everything about their relationship. The pressure to find the Perfect First Dance Song can take its toll!
The Perfect Song... For You As A Couple
One thing worth mentioning at this point is that you shouldn't choose a song simply because you think it would be nice for your guests to hear or because it fits the bill of the typical floaty and magical first dances that we see in films.
The perfect song to choose is, quite simply, the perfect song for the two of you as a couple.
I have seen so many first dances that were incredibly romantic, very touching and the songs they chose suited them perfectly. I have even seen fully choreographed first dances that wouldn't look out of place in Strictly Come Dancing and they were, quite simply, stunning first dances. But don't be scared to try something a little 'out there' if that's what you two are all about!
The box step and running man!
Kim and Andy Newberry, for example, were well and truly outside the box when it came to their first dance!!
They started their first dance with a really lovely Coldplay track with all of their guests ohh-ing and ahh-ing as they swayed nervously in the centre of the dance floor. Then, the music cut out, the guests looked around in dismay (believing the DJ to be a complete idiot!) then they burst into Michael Buble's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" complete with a choreographed dance routine of the box step and the running man! It was so much fun, totally unexpected and it worked brilliantly for them. It's still talked about to this day!
Not for all!
Whilst I don't believe that the following songs fit every couples' first dance requirements, they do, however, fit the personalities of the couples that chose them and they sum up their relationships quite perfectly: the feeling from the couple and the audience as they danced to these, slightly obscure, tracks was truly magical and will never be forgotten by those who were there that night.
After the success of JK's Wedding Dance and with literally hundreds of adventurous First Dance Videos on YouTube as a result, what reason do you have not to try something a little different should you feel the urge?
Show Off or Shy?
Consider whether or not you want to dance your entire first dance on your own or if you would like to bring everyone else onto the dance floor halfway through? If you are a couple that can show off then do so with aplomb however, if you are the shy types, you may want to involve everyone as quickly as possible!
Your First Dance performed LIVE!
Finally, depending on the arrangement of the song you have chosen, a truly great way to make your First Dance extra special is to have a Wedding Singer or Band perform it live for you. Live Music really adds something magical to the whole proceedings and will be something you and your guests will never forget.
Enjoy the process
So relax, don't put too much pressure on trying to find a Wedding Dance that sits well with your audience... find one that truly incapsulates the essence of who you both are as a couple.
My Top 10 Wedding First Dance Chart below will give you a few more ideas should you need them and please let us know what dance you choose in the end. We'd love to hear from you.
"And with this vow, forever has now begun."
In case you were wondering, our own First Dance was to "This I Promise You" by NSync: it fits our relationship perfectly.
Top 10 First Dance Suggestions:
- The Prayer - Celine Dion & Josh Groban
- Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
- Everything - Michael Buble (also great as a 2nd dance)
- Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
- Amazed - Lonestar
- From This Moment On - Shania Twain
- Happy Together - The Turtles
- Stuck On You - Lionel Ritchie
- When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
- The Way You Look Tonight - Father Of The Bride Soundtrack
Adam Thomas, Our First Dance CD is available from the shop.
If you’re struggling to choose a Wedding Dance Song, "Our First Dance" by Swing & Soul Singer, Adam Thomas, will definitely give you some inspiration.