A Thousand Years by Christina Perri - performed and arranged by Louise Spencer
Abi and Morgan real wedding "We got married at Haarlem Mill in Derbyshire in November 2019. We hadn’t thought about having a harpist play at our wedding until we met Louise at a wedding fayre at the venue. We were impressed by her repertoire of songs and were sold by the fact that she played the Star Wars theme as we were messing around walking down the aisle. We thought that having her play the harp during the ceremony and reception drinks would make our day extra special. We received lots of positive comments from guests about her music. For us, having live music was an essential detail and so we also booked a local band called “The Doghouse” who we met at another wedding fayre. They were excellent and even learnt a new song which we wanted as our first dance! For our wedding we chose “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri for the processional, “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and Game of Thrones theme for the signing the register and Hallelujah from Shrek for the recessional. Wedding day highlights: 1) Laughing with our friends and family during the speeches 2) Our first dance 3) Playing with sparklers in the evening in the rain Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts 1) Do ask your venue for recommendations about suppliers. They might be able to save you a lot of time searching, they often recommend the best, and we managed to get some good discounts by doing this. 2) Do try to meet with your photographer before the wedding day so they can get to know you more and what sort of photos you do and don’t want to have taken! 3) Don’t be afraid to ask the caterers to do something new. Our venue was brilliant at creating an all-vegan menu for us when we asked them to! 4) Do book your registrar early to ensure you get the time and date you want and get the legal side of things sorted early. 5) Don’t worry about other people’s opinion on when you should get married. People told us we should wait until 2020, and we are so glad we ignored their advice! 6) Do put some extra money aside when you are budgeting as things tend to cost more than you might expect! 7) Do make a list of all your creative and personal ideas prior to meeting with suppliers so you know roughly what details you want but be flexible to suggestions too. 8) Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what you want, suppliers are there to help you out with this as well! 9) Do think about attending wedding fayres and be open minded, you might come across something which you had never thought about including in your wedding day before. 10) Do think about having dance classes before your wedding day. It is good fun and will make your first dance extra special!"
Hey There Delilah - Plain White Tee's - harp arrangement by Louise Spencer
Elly and Luke's wedding "Luke and I got married at Hazel Gap Barn in September 2020. We were one of the very lucky couples who managed to tie the knot during the pandemic, albeit in a very different way to what we had planned. We were so fortunate that Louise was still happy to play at our wedding despite having to wear a mask and the worry of the pandemic around. Thank you so much Louise, you really made our day extra special. The plan had been for Louise to play at our ceremony, reception drinks and wedding breakfast, however we had to adapt this but Louise still played a beautiful array of songs. The guests loved her music. Despite the big change in our plans, the day was still absolutely breath-taking, and came together perfectly and it was actually really nice and intimate to just have our close family and friends there. For our wedding music we chose: ‘I Giorni’ - Einaudi for the processional piece ‘I’m Yours – Jason Mraz for the signing of the register piece ‘Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s for the recessional piece 3 wedding day highlights: That moment of pure joy as I walked down the isle towards the love of my life The speeches – both fathers, Luke and the best man spoke and it was lovely yet very funny The group photography sessions, the photographer was so relaxed and made having photos taken fun! Top Do’s and Don’ts Do: enjoy the morning before the wedding, give yourself enough time to breathe and have a moment to yourself Do: have a moment / grab a few moments together as newlyweds so you can take in and appreciate that you are now MARRIED, the day goes so fast you want to relish in that moment. Do: Have a videographer, it is so special to be able to re-watch all parts of the wedding as it goes so fast you can forget important bits Do: plan who is going to be in the room as you put your dress on in the morning, it can be quite an overwhelming feeling and with everyone fussing it can make you nervous Don’t: stress over numbers and who you have to invite and not invite, remember it is YOUR day and you want to share it with your closet friends and family, do not feel pressured to invite people that you don’t want too, or if you only have a limited number you can have, people will understand. Don’t: micro-manage on the day – that’s what the venue staff are there for to make sure your day goes smoothly, drop the reins, go with the flow and ENJOY getting married, it only happens once. Don’t: feel you have to do / have everything that you have seen at other weddings or have been suggested to you, make it your day not how others say it should be Don’t: always stick to the suppliers that the venue recommends, do your research and you may find little gems like we did!"