New Hot Cross Club at The Olde Bell for Wedding Planner Mary Herrington

February 24, 2012


 In the midst of the wind, rain and snow that February generally brings, I like to think back to slightly sunnier times wherever possible. Fortunately, when you book entertainment for weddings – there are always a few summer events to look back on with fondness and one wedding in particular stands out from last August.

We worked with wedding planner extraordinaire Mary Herrington from Forever and Ever Events for a wedding at The Olde Bell in Hurley, Berkshire to help create the perfect ‘Town & Country’ theme for the day.  If you’re not familiar with Forever and Ever… well you should be.  Mary is a genuine superwoman when it comes to creating unique weddings that are packed with personality and it’s always inspiring to see the 'final product.'  We’ve worked with her a few times in the past more recently at a stunning black and white themed wedding for Alexis (of OMG I’m Getting Married Blog fame) and the Altar-ed event in April which we were honoured to be a part of.

Pictures courtesy of Caught The Light Photography
Mary overcame a host of timing and logistical constraints, not least of which was the fact that the couple were based in the Middle East – so no popping over for a quick coffee and a chat about seating plans, then.

With Hay bales, pub-sign stationary and themed furniture adding to the delightfully ‘tweedy’ feel of the wedding, all that was needed to cap things off was the entertainment which came in the shape of our Jazz Quartet the New Hot Cross ClubNew Hot Cross are a jazz ensemble made up of violin, guitar and double bass who recreate the sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the ‘Hot Club’ style from the late 1930’s onwards, in a rich melodic fusion of Parisian Swing, Latin American rhythms and early jazz.  The band were more than happy to enter into the spirit of things donning boaters and bow ties to fit seamlessly into the English Country Garden Party theme.

Pictures courtesy of Caught The Light Photography
For the ceremony the band created a bespoke arrangement of ‘Estrellita’ by the Mexican composer Manuel Ponce. With a close friend of the Bride and Groom taking vocal duties, it was performed with enough panache to leave me wondering whether to give her a card and get her in for an audition (unprofessional, Alice – not at a wedding!) The quartet then provided background music for the outdoor drinks reception while The Tithe Barn was changed round for the wedding breakfast.

Pictures courtesy of Caught The Light Photography
The wedding was featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website (no mean feat in itself) so if you’d like to ogle some more pictures from the day or take a look at a full list of suppliers, head over there for a full write up.

For more info on New Hot Cross or any of our brilliant wedding entertainment acts, get in touch. (A Big Thank You to Chloe form Wedding Photographers Caught the Light for supplying photos of the New Hot Cross chaps.)