Crow Wood Wedding Pianist

Crow Wood is a luxury hotel is set in 40 acres of private parkland in Burnley, Lancashire. If you are looking for a Crow Wood wedding pianist, it is a pleasure for me to perform there and provide the soundtrack to your wedding. https://crowwoodhotel.com

With spectacular views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside, a beautiful ornamental lake and fabulous gardens, it is a most wonderful place in which to get married.

Here I am celebrating with Daniella and Ben at this beautiful hotel after a lovely outdoor ceremony here at Crow Wood. When they were looking for a Crow Wood wedding pianist, they found me after a recommendation. It is so nice to be able to enjoy your wedding outside.

They had an amazing unique picnic outside for their wedding breakfast. This couple had a top list of suppliers! I particularly enjoyed working with https://christopherlewisphotography.com Chris and Wayne, eating really delicious ice cream from https://www.abbeyicecream.co.uk

Also with them werehttps://exceedevents.co.uk and https://creativevenuestyling.co.uk/

The Riverbarn

The Riverbarn is a beautiful, rustic, exclusive wedding venue close to the River Wyre in Lancashire. I’m proud to be a recommended supplier at this beautiful venue which is a stunning space to hold your wedding, with the added luxury of gorgeous accommodation within both the Manor House and the Oak Tree Cabins.

The Riverbarn
Inside the Riverbarn

My white ‘dutchgrand’ is a lovely addition to this room which has a Bose sound system to help make a fabulous sound with the superb acoustics. It’s so nice to have a bespoke live instrumental piano version of your favourite song as you walk down the aisle.

Liz Hendry at The Riverbarn


A recommended Supplier at The Riverbarn

I am very lucky to have played at The Riverbarn many times and was especially pleased to play for some close friends of the owners, who were the first couple to get married there after its amazing refurbishment and reinvention in 2022.

Liz Hendry at the Riverbarn
Liz Hendry with Mr and Mrs Rydings

The Wedding of The Whitesmiths at The Riverbarn

In summer 2023 I was honoured to play for Jason and Joe Whitesmith at The Riverbarn. I have known and worked with Jason for many years as he is the events manager at Knowsley Hall. Jason wanted to choose his favourite suppliers to use at his own wedding and I was pleased and proud to be able to play for him on this special moment in his life.
Jason and Joe wanted a mash up of two songs, one to represent each of them. And so I arranged a special entrance song especially for them, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Jason and ‘Smash into you’ by Beyoncé for Joe. I was able to use my musical proficiency to extend each part of the piece on the day, to fit in with the timing of each groom as they walked down the aisle, behind their own entourage of bridesmaids and special guests. I also played during the drinks reception, performing from my repertoire, with a mixture of songs of all styles.


A Review from The Whitesmiths after their wedding at The Riverbarn


Jason was kind enough to write me an amazing review saying

“This amazing Lady was always going to be part of our wedding day! From the moment I met Liz at Knowsley hall (where I work) and working alongside each other at numerous weddings and events she really is the best of the best! Myself and my new husband Joseph Smith can’t thank her enough for making our day the best day possible ❤️❤️ she even learnt Joseph’s aisle song (Beyoncé – Smash in to you) from scratch because she knew how much it meant to us. If you are looking for a Pianist please look no further! I am honoured to call this lady a friend she’s magical 🩷 you will forever be part of our special day and there are no words to thank you for making our wedding the best it possibly could be! Love you lots Liz 😘😘 all our love the whitesmiths ❤️❤️🏳️‍🌈”


Click to see some of my blogs where I have worked with Jason at Knowsley Hall. https://www.lizhendry.co.uk/category/wedding-venues/knowsley-hall-wedding-venues/

The photographer for the day was Jeff Langhorne and I was pleased to get this great image that he took whilst I was playing for the drinks reception. Jeff’s website is here https://jefflanghorne.com

The Riverbarn
The Riverbarn Drinks Reception
Liz Hendry with The Whitesmiths
Liz Hendry with The Whitesmiths

Here are some of other beautiful brides and grooms that I have had the honour to play for at The Riverbarn.

Amelia and David who were married at The Riverbarn

Rebecca and Brodie Evans had an amazing wedding at The Riverbarn in October 2023

The Mere Court

I am delighted to be one of the recommended suppliers at the Mere Court Hotel near Knutsford. I can often be found playing the piano at the regular open evenings or wedding fairs. Both myself and my husband Mark the Piano Guy https://www.thepianoguy.co.uk love playing at The Mere Court as it is a very versatile welcoming and pretty wedding venue in Cheshire. https://www.merecourt.co.uk

Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist at The Mere Court
Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist at The Mere Court

Using a Piano at The Mere Court

When booking a pianist at The Mere Court, there are several areas available for your wedding ceremony and my piano can be set up in any of them. I always work with a ‘Dutch grand’ electric white baby grand piano which is portable and can be moved around the venue as necessary. Moving the piano takes about 10 minutes. Couples often book me for their ceremony and drinks reception, or their ceremony and wedding breakfast, or some book me for the whole of their daytime. I am keen to help take the stress out of choosing ceremony music, by offering a FaceTime consultation to give advice and play examples for my clients.

Music for the drinks reception adds a lovely, classy ambience during photographs and mingling, and music throughout the wedding breakfast adds a beautiful soundtrack to the meal, adding background music without dominating too much.

The Conservatory

The conservatory is a beautiful light room that is often used for larger weddings ceremonies and is used for most wedding breakfasts. I can set up anywhere within this room.

Piano at The Mere Court in The Conservatory
Piano at The Mere Court in The Conservatory

The Arboreum

Another popular ceremony location at the Mere Court is the Arboreum which is a lovely room for up to 80 guests. I have played for many ceremonies using my Dutch Grand in the Arboreum but if you are close to capacity on your numbers I can also use a white piano on a stand which takes up much less room.

Cheshire Pianist Liz Hendry at The Mere Court
Cheshire Pianist Liz Hendry at The Mere Court
Piano in the Arboreum at The Mere Court
Piano in the Arboreum at The Mere Court

The Dunkerley

This recently refurbished room has a lovely contemporary look and can hold up to 100 guests. It is a great setting for exchanging your vows.

Wedding Ceremony in The Dunkerley
Wedding Ceremony in The Dunkerley
Mere Court Pianist Liz Hendry in The Dunkerley
Mere Court Pianist Liz Hendry in The Dunkerley
Outside in the Gardens

In the summer months, when the weather is fine, a beautiful option is to get married in the gardens at The Mere Court. The grounds are truly amazing for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. I am able to set up and play for your wedding outside as long as it is dry.

An outside ceremony at The Mere Court
An outside ceremony at The Mere Court

An outside ceremony with a live pianist
An outside ceremony with a live pianist

I have also played for drinks receptions outside at The Mere Court on dry days. If the weather is changeable and guest are popping in and out of the bar area, I can set up in the bar with the windows and door open, so that the music can be heard all around.

An outdoor drinks reception
An outdoor drinks reception

Feedback from recent weddings at The Mere Court

Amy and Josh Healey

I was delighted to play for the wedding of Amy and Josh Healey.

Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist with Mr and Mrs Healey
Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist with Mr and Mrs Healey

They got married in the Dunkerley and had a lovely wedding breakfast in the Conservatory. Song choices included Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley) Pointless (Lewis Capaldi) Perfect (Ed Sheeran) Marry You (Bruno Mars) and The Climb (Miley Cyrus.)

Amy was kind enough to leave me a google review saying, “Liz played for our ceremony and wedding breakfast on Sunday and well she was absolutely amazing! Blended in so well and the music was just lovely. Such a lovely lady was a pleasure to have her at our special day. Would recommend her to everyone! Xx

A ceremony at The Mere Court

Photo by https://rickdellphotography.co.uk/

Michelle and Luke Brooman

Mr and Mrs Brooman were married recently in a stunning outside ceremony, and I was delighted to play for them all day, for the outside ceremony, outside drinks reception, and the delicious wedding breakfast in the conservatory.

Liz Hendry Pianist with Mr and Mrs Brooman
Liz Hendry Pianist with Mr and Mrs Brooman

Song choices included A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) Heaven (DJ Sammy) and Symphony (Clean Bandit.) Michelle was kind enough to give feedback on my Facebook page, saying “Thank you so much Liz for playing at our wedding. You was absolutely amazing and everyone commented on what a special touch you was to our wedding day. I couldn’t recommend you enough to anyone.”

Alesha and Rob McMahon

It was lovely to play for Alesha and Rob in the Mere court bar area for the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast in the conservatory.

Liz Hendry with Alesha and Rob
Liz Hendry with Alesha and Rob

Mr and Mrs McMahon asked for a wide selection of music during their wedding breakfast. I included Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay) Wings (Birdy) Wildest Dreams (Taylor Swift) and One Day Like This (Elbow) Alesha wrote a recommendation on my Facebook page saying, “After seeing Liz at a wedding fair we knew that she would be a wonderful addition to our wedding day. Liz Played during our drinks reception and wedding breakfast and lots of our family and friends passed on how much Liz added to the atmosphere. Thanks so much Liz xx” For more of my reviews visit https://www.lizhendry.co.uk/category/reviews/

Dream wedding at Bartle Hall

In July I played for an absolute dream wedding at Bartle Hall for Melissa and Paul. I was delighted to play outside for both their ceremony and drinks reception.

A Dream wedding at Bartle Hall


A Dream wedding at Bartle Hall

The whole day was just wonderful with all guests having an amazing time with this gorgeous couple! During the drinks reception there was a fabulous white bouncy castle for the kids to play on whilst the guests relaxed with drinks. This was from The Luxury Occasion Company https://m.facebook.com/luxuryoccasioncompany/

A drinks reception at Bartle Hall

There are so many ceremony options at Bartle Hall. The Manor House, The Barn and several beautiful spots throughout the gardens.

Working with
M and G Wedding Photography
A & A Video
Make It Stand Out

Dream wedding at Bartle Hall
Dream wedding at Bartle hall

Here I am with Melissa and Paul who both looked amazing on the day. Melissa was kind enough to say

“Liz played at our wedding in July, liz was absolutely perfect. liz played for our outdoor ceremony which was just stunning and then kept the guests entertained until our wedding breakfast. From the moment I got in contact with Liz she was so helpful, from deciding what songs to have and recommending what worked well with our style of wedding – liz was so helpful. On the day liz played utterly beautiful and took her time to pull Paul and I aside to take the most amazing pictures of us and of the day so that we had them on our phone which we will treasure forever.
Thank you so much liz, you played a special part on our wedding day and we will highly recommend you to anyone.
we also had to postpone twice due to covid and liz couldn’t be more understanding, thank you 🤍”


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Find out more about Liz and Mark, who play the piano at Bartle Hall at http://Www.livepiano.co.uk

Larkspur Lodge Wedding

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!

Live Piano Ltd at a Larkspur Lodge wedding

The staff here made me really welcome and were super organised!

The Your Ceremony team did a fantastic job as usual and made this ceremony so special for Carl and Rachel!https://yourceremony.org.uk/

Beautiful Larkspur Lodge Wedding Music

I loved playing Jurassic Park and lots of alternative tunes chosen by this lovely couple.

Mr and Mrs Whitfield getting married at Larkspur Lodge

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/

Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist with Rachel and Carl

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😀🎹

Piano music at Larkspur Lodge


A song for walking down the aisle

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)

Pachelbel’s Canon

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)

Halo- Beyoncé

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

Primavera- Einaudi

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!

Liz Hendry

Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist
Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist at a ceremony in Liverpool

Peckforton Castle wedding pianist

Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist

Peckforton Castle wedding pianist Liz Hendry

Liz Hendry was joined by her husband and business partner Mark the Piano Guy for this lovely wedding at Peckforton Castle.

Liz performed for the ceremony in the stunning hall.  She started playing as the guests sat and the beautiful bride arrived in a horse drawn carriage provided by The Ostler carriages.

Mark The piano Guy mingled with the guests getting this footage for this beautiful video.  Then he performed outside for the drinks reception in his inimitable fun piano/vocal style.

Liz and Mark shared duties during the wedding breakfast with Liz performing her more ambient style during starters and main course then Mark getting the crowd singing along during dessert.

Enjoy the video!

Park Hall Wedding Pianist Liz Hendry

Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist

Park Hall, Chorley, Lancashire

Liz Hendry Wedding pianist with Mr & Mrs Eccleston at Park Hall, Lancashire

“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!”

Mrs Keeley Eccleston

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Wedding Pianist at Overwater Hall

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/

The Bride

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.

Liz Hendry x

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