“We’d just like to say a huge thank you to you all for playing at our wedding at Orchardleigh on 5th May! We loved your version of Faithless’s Insomnia – one of my favourite songs that me and my University friends haven’t danced together to for a long time so we really enjoyed your take on it. Many thanks once again! Natalie and Diarmuid”

Today is Friday the 5th of May, and we’ve been looking forward to this day for ages. Its a stunning venue in Wiltshire; we’re off to Orchardleigh House to perform for Natalie and Diarmuid on their wedding day.  We set off around 3:30pm, leaving some extra time to get to the venue. As it was Friday, you never can be quite sure of the traffic so we’d always rather be too early! Orchardleigh House was built in 1856 by Thomas Henry Wyatt for William Duckworth and the area has a history going back to the Neolithic times. Multry Hill Long Barrow (also known as Orchardleigh Stones) on the original grounds are thought to be over 5,000 years old.

We arrived at Orchardleigh House in good time. As we have performed here before, it saved us a lot of time as we knew where to load in our equipment, and where to set up. We loaded in as much as we could so that we were fully prepared to beginning setting up when the wedding breakfast finished at 5:30pm. We got all our equipment set up and had a quick change to get ready for the first dance.

For the first dance the lovely couple Natalie and Diarmuid chose England by The National. It was a fabulous moment as everyone cheered them on.

We enjoyed playing a few songs from bands we had been requested by Natalie and Diarmuid. We played a few we’d not played in a while including California Dreaming by Mama’s and Papas, Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd and I shot the sheriff by Bob Marley. Tommy sang Mony, Mony by The Shondells for the first time which went down really well.

The audience were great fun and people of all ages were dancing and singing along.

Thank you so much to Natalie and Diarmuid for choosing The Zoots to be the band for their wedding. We had the best time performing for such a lovely couple. Thank you to the team at Orchardleigh House for looking after us.

Lots of love from,

The Zoots

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