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So this weekend has been preeeee-tay busy, but that’s how we like it. Last week we’re performing on the Allure of The Seas with our 1960s show. We arrived back yesterday to perform for Charlotte & Ian on their wedding day at Westonbirt House, it was brilliant. And today is the real cherry on the icing of our perfect weekend, we we’re performing at Ben, our lead guitarist’s, sisters wedding day!!! We been lucky enough to meet Tamzin and Dan at a few gigs over the years we’ve been playing with Ben, and we instantly loved them. So when they asked us to perform for them on their most special of special days, we jumped at the chance.

Ben was an usher on the day and took lots of photos throughout the day, (thank you Ben). Doesn’t he look dapper in his tweed suit?

Ben tells his ‘Storey’ of the day:

“May 30th was the day my sister Tamzin married Dan and became Tamzin Storey. 

My first job of the day was to fulfil my duties as an usher alongside Dan’s brother Joe and his good friend Andy. Tamzin had all of us groomsman kitted out in tweed suits and her bridesmaids wore floral peach coloured Tea dresses made by the skilled hand of Ann Woodman. Ann is the mother of Catherine who was a bridesmaid along with Xanthia and my other sister Lindsay. We all looked very good and our outfits blended perfectly, which I’m sure was a relief and a joy for Tamzin to see.
We all gathered at Edington Priory in Edington, Wiltshire which was where the wedding ceremony was to take place. This venue was chosen as both my mum (Julie) and Tamzin attend the church and sing in it’s choir. It is also a beautiful place and steeped in history.
The ceremony itself was very joyous and lovely and also amusing in places as the vicar twice went to miss out the hymns. Missing out a hymn on this occasion was quite a big deal as I was to accompany the choir with my guitar alongside John on piano and Andrew on flute. We played one of Tamzin’s favourite hymns called ‘In Christ Alone’ and it sounded very good considering we’d only had one rehearsal before hand.”

The wedding party then journeyed to the wedding venue in a delightfully decorated traditional marquee and a milking parlour, just off the village green of Urchfont. We’d been to Urchfont a few weeks earlier and met with Will, the owner and organiser of the venue. He was so super wonderful and helpful. He also runs Green Farm events, and comes highly recommended from us!! We were viewing the venue pre-marquee but it already looked beautiful. Nestled in the heart of Urchfont, tucked away just behind the green is this little retreat. This secluded orchard is where the wedding would be taking place. Will really was most accommodating and really did go massively out of his way to help us, which we really appreciated. We really cannot recommend Will and the team more highly, if you get a chance to work with or book these guys, do it!

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The next time we saw the venue, it had a wonderful marquee which had just been beautifully decorated, it was full of people, furniture, bunting and cakes! It was lovely. The marquee was provided by those chaps at Vintage Marquees in Bath. I loved how the marquee had lots of window type areas, allowing lots of natural light to come flooding in. It was just perfect. I simply adored all of the handmade touches, the bunting, the present table, the tree, the flowers, the table runners, the cakes, the decorations, it was just wonderful. Tamzin and Dan really had thought of everything. In the lead up to the wedding, Tamzin and I had run through the plans for the day and evening. After hearing about her ideas and seeing her invites and the wedding website, I was really excited to see what it would be like on the day. And what they had done did not disappoint! I loved so much about it, especially the cakes, created by Jo-Ann Austin, aren’t they fabulous? The marquee itself was so cosy and friendly and relaxed. We couldn’t wait to get started.

Here’s what happened in Ben’s words:

“Once everybody had arrived and settled in then came the speeches. They went in traditional order my dad Adrian doing his bit as father of the bride, Dan as husband and Jamie Grace as best man. All the speeches were both amusing, moving and full of love and I was enormously proud of all of them.” 

During the speeches the dream team in the form of The Zoots had shown up and were beginning to set up the equipment in the marque. From what I gathered everybody in the wedding party had been highly anticipating The Zoots performance and I was excited to show my nearest and dearest what we do. 
After setting up and sound checking we escaped to our cosy yurt to get changed and make some final amendments to the set.”

We had to do an amazing set for the bride and groom. As Tamzin & Dan had seen us before, they knew what type of songs they would like us to play from our repertoire and had picked loadsa good ones.

Following dinner (ah-mazing BBQ food, salad & dessert) we had all reached a point between being delightfully full and raring to go, we couldn’t wait to begin our set. Even our soundcheck got quite the applause, so we knew it was going to be a great night!

We launched in to set one. We then took to the stage (after ensuring that Tamzin was in the marquee!) we launched into Help by The Beatles. To our delight everybody jumped into action on the dance floor and remained there for the rest of the evening. Everyone was singing and dancing and Ben had loads of cheers throughout the evening.

Stuart did and an excellent DJ set and then we came back on for an even better second set. Here is a video of Boys vs Girls dance off, I was most impressed with the father of the bride (Adrian) fantastic moves. See if you can spot him.

At the end we had a round tunnel of love for Tamz and Dan which was a lovely moment.

The night went so quick it was soon time to switch of the music, pack down and have a chat with the family. What a wonderful day it was.

We’re just so happy that Tamzin and Dan chose The Zoots to perform for them on their wedding day.

Lots of love,

Jamie, Harriet, Stu, Mike and Ben xx

We’ll leave you with a few words from Mr Ben Jones:

I’d like to say a massive thank you to my band mates Jamie, Harriet, Mike and Stu for helping to make my sisters wedding day so special. You all performed brilliantly and I’ve heard nothing but praise from all who saw us. Extra special thanks to Stu for DJing during the band breaks too, the guests loved it!” – The Zoots lead guitarist Ben

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