Carl and Rachel’s beautiful Larkspur Lodge wedding!!!! I love visiting new venues and wow, what an amazing place!! It was my first visit to Larkspur Lodge and I was blown away how lovely this venue is with a really unique ceremony room and a gorgeous and stylish wedding breakfast and bar area!
The staff here made me really welcome and were super organised!
I loved playing Jurassic Park and lots of alternative tunes chosen by this lovely couple.
Larkspur Lodge Wedding Suppliers
Other suppliers included Little Wren Photography and Perfect Bouquet Full Of Flowers who added to the beauty of this venue with some fabulous arrangements in beautiful colour combinations.https://www.perfectbouquet.co.uk/
Mrs Whitfield said, “Thank you so much Liz! Everyone told us how beautiful your music was and they absolutely loved the Jurassic Park entrance. You really helped to make the day feel extra special.” Xxx (Instagram- lizhendry_pianist)
Congratulations to Rachel and Carl and I wish you a lifetime of happiness! Liz x😀🎹
Possibly the most important decision for any couple about to marry, is choosing a song for walking down the aisle.
Who walks down the aisle and who waits?
Traditionally the groom waits for the bride at the alter, in church. With civil ceremonies the groom waits for the bride at the end of the aisle, where the registrars are placed. An old-fashioned tradition seems to be that the groom shouldn’t turn around and look at the bride until she is next to him but this is outdated, and I can’t imagine a bride doesn’t want to be seen by her groom as she walks down the aisle looking so beautiful! These days children are often included in this lovely moment which makes it all the more special.
Same Sex Weddings
In more recent years this walk down the aisle takes many forms, especially with same sex weddings. I have played at weddings where one partner has waited for the other or sometimes both partners walk down the aisle, either separately or together. This decision should be made based on making the ceremony feel special, and whatever makes both partners feel comfortable. One of the most important factors to consider when walking down the aisle is the song.
Popular in 2019 for walking down the aisle
I have compiled list of all the songs chosen for me to play on the piano, for walking down the aisle, during 2019.
The most chosen song, which has been popular for a number of years is ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri from the Twilight films. I played this for 15 wedding ceremony entrances this year. It was also requested by countless couples where I was playing during the drinks reception or wedding breakfast. It is a very popular and beautiful wedding song.
Also popular for walking down the aisle in 2019 was Pachelbel’s Canon (5 weddings) for a more traditional entrance. Jonathan Cain’s Bridal March (5 weddings) is also popular for a traditional entrance with a modern twist.
A Song For Walking Down The Aisle – 2019 list.
Here is a list of all songs for walking down the aisle, requested in 2019, starting with the most chosen songs.
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri (Twilight)
Bridal March -Jonathan Cain
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars
Can’t Help Falling in Love- Elvis Presley/ Hayley Reinhart
Perfect- Ed Sheeran
Heaven- Bryan Adams/ DJ Sammy
Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
A Million Dreams (Greatest Showman)
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
The One- Kodaline
Kissing You – Des’ ree (Romeo and Juliet)
A Whole New World (Disney)
All of Me- John Legend
From This Moment- Shania Twain
Love You Til The End- The Pogues (P.S. I Love You)
Rewrite The Stars (Greatest Showman)
Latch – Sam Smith
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler (Beaches)
Hedwig’s Theme (Harry Potter)
Every Time We Touch- Cascada
Turning Page – Sleeping at Last (Twilight)
You’re Still The One- Shania Twain
Love is All Around- Wet Wet Wet (4 Weddings and a Funeral)
Always- Blink 182
Someday My Prince Will Come (Disney)
Too Close – Alex Clare
I hope this gives you some ideas when thinking of a song for walking down the aisle and as always, I would advise keeping it live, as having a live musician can have a wonderful impact on your wedding ceremony! Happy Wedding Planning!
When I arrived at Cheshire Wedding Venue, Mottram Hall on Saturday, I discovered a winter wonderland full of beautiful trees and glamorous guests ready for this Christmas wedding. Elizabeth and Christopher Redfern had chosen this amazing place to say their vows, with some of the best suppliers in the North West Wedding Industry playing a part in their special day. I was booked to provide wedding piano music for their ceremony and drinks reception.
Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist with Liz and Chris Redfern on their wedding day.
I was thrilled to be working alongside one of our industry friends Stefan Remneson of YSD Media who was capturing this special day with both photography and videography.
Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist with Stefan from YSD Media
White Baby Grand Piano from The Live Piano Experience at Mottram Hall.
Alison also provided the venue with the amazing trees that can be found in each room, all dressed in a different theme and enhancing a Christmas wedding.
Remembrance Day Tree
Alice in Wonderland tree
The guests all looked wonderful, dressed in dinner suits and beautiful evening dresses as if they were attending a fabulous film premiere.
Liz was a stunning bride and a big music fan. She surprised Chris by asking me to play ‘Everything I do ‘ by Bryan Adams as she walked down the aisle in the St. Andrews Suite. I also arranged ‘This is the One’ by The Stone Roses to play during the signing, as another surprise, as this is one of Chris’s favourites.
Liz Hendry about to play for the wedding of Liz and Chris at Mottram Hall
‘The guests then retired to The Garden Room where they mingled during photographs whilst I provided a variety of piano music in the background. Everything from Christmas songs to rock classics, recent chart hits to Disney favourites. After a group photograph at the front of the hall, a number of guests returned to the garden room asking for requests and sing-alongs.
Great guests having a sing along with Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist.
They had a great time singing along whilst I played Oasis hits, Christmas Classics and Elton John songs. Here is a selfie with these lovely guests who were great fun and a pleasure to play for.
Chris and Liz Redfern had a wonderful Christmas Wedding at this beautiful venue and I was pleased to provide wedding piano music for them. I wish them a lifetime of happiness!
Liz Hendry, The Live Piano Experience x
Picture taken by Lasting Memories by Alison of this gorgeous family who had their special day at Mottram Hall.
“Liz Hendry put on a spectacular performance on our wedding day. Her music set the atmosphere during our big day and made it so special and romantic. Our guests were singing along during the wedding breakfast and they all commented on how amazing Liz was. Liz is an extremely talented and genuinely lovely person, she is very professional and organised and we had nothing to worry about when it came to our wedding music. We picked some music that was not on Liz’s set list and it was not a problem.”
Why did you book Liz Hendry for your wedding at Park Hall?
“Liz is extremely talented and friendly. She is a lovely person and we instantly liked her. The piano is such a romantic instrument it be played at a wedding. Liz has very fair prices and booked us in professionally and quickly with no stress. She provided us with all the information we needed but we didn’t feel pressured. Nothing was too much trouble and we are very grateful!”
As a wedding pianist working mostly in the Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester area, I was delighted to have the chance to return to Overwater Hall. A beautiful, Lake District wedding venue that is a hidden gem for more intimate weddings. The scenery alone will leave you astounded. It is a gorgeous 18th century hotel, with award winning catering, stunning rooms and an attentive and friendly management team. It was lovely to work with Stephen Bore, and Angela and Adrian Hyde. Check out the venue at http://www.overwaterhall.co.uk/
I was contacted online by Polly Barrett who was looking for a modern wedding pianist, able to play a selection of more alternative music, including rock and heavy metal. She particularly loves ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters. My varied musical background and training means that I am able to adapt many musical styles for the piano. I am especially keen to play music from this genre, being a fan of rock music myself.
The Venue – Overwater Hall
I was welcomed to Overwater Hall by Stephen with an offer of help and a lovely cup of tea. My portable, electric, white baby grand piano fitted perfectly in the stylish lounge/welcome area where I was able to play for guest arrival before the ceremony, and throughout the drinks reception. Polly and Chris were married here and then mingled with their guests in the fabulous surroundings with glasses of champagne and lovely cream soda cordial from ‘the re-hydration station.’ They also spent some time in the lovely grounds here with Jono Symonds Photography, working his magic to capture some lovely memories from their day. When chatting to Jono, he mentioned what a delight it was to take photographs at Overwater Hall due to the stunning scenery. The different stylistic elements in each of the rooms also make for really interesting photography. I have added the beautiful photograph that Jono posted on facebook of Polly and Chris.
I would like to congratulate the new Mr and Mrs Walton, thank them for booking me and wish them a long and happy marriage. I am hoping to return to Overwater Hall soon (not just for the lovely sandwiches and cups of tea) but to be able to work in such wonderful surroundings. It was an absolute pleasure, especially with all the staff at the venue being so welcoming, friendly and helpful.