Wow!

The Candies would be the first to admit that we get to visit some pretty amazing venues; and todays was no exception.

We were heading about 3 hours south east, to the little village of Onet-Le-Chateau… but our destination wasn’t the ancient and magnificent castle the dominates the village… but  a few kilometres further on at Chateau de Labro.   This fabulous building dates back to the 16th century and has both a glamorous and not so glamorous history… but these days it’s been transformed into a luxurious hotel and spa.

We arrived at the venue at 1:30 and quickly set to work;  first getting ready for our  Champagne set and then after our sound check, we installed speakers, iPad and mics for the ceremony.  And when all was in place we found ourselves a quiet corner for a picnic lunch, then changed into our dresses and waited for this beautiful ceremony to unfold.

When the signal was given we started the music.  Mothers and brothers, followed my groomsmen and the dashing groom, followed by pretty bridesmaids and a stunning bride.  As today’s guest were a mix of French and English speakers the ceremony was conducted in both languages.  Vows were made, rings exchanged, champagne was opened, the crowd cheered and the party started!

Our Fabulously Vintage today included more than a few songs from our Disco set… we sang for well over 2 hours and when we finished our lovely guests cheered for more, so we obliged with a couple of encores.  We never had a dance floor during the champagne set, but nonetheless, by the end of our today the garden area in front of us was full… as bridesmaids, groomsmen, friends and families boogied the afternoon away with us.

And as the sun dropped, and people slowly meandered into the banqueting hall.. we packed up, loaded the car and headed back home.  What a beautiful September wedding… what a stunning bride… and what a venue… Wow!  We really do have the best job ever!

 

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Fairytales

Our Wedding this weekend was in the very beautiful Chateau de Cazanac nestled in the hills above Coux et Bigaroque in the heart of the Perigord Noir.  It was to be a busy day for music as Colleen sang during the ceremony, The Candies provided the music for the Vin D’honneur and REPLAY played for the evening party… and then we left our lights in situ so that the wedding party could dance until dawn!

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Pimms and Prosecco

A few days ago we had an email from a Irish couple… could we do a last minute vin d’honneur at the beautiful Chateau de la Durantie.  The Candies love weddings so how could we say no.  With a quick flurry of emails, arrangements were made and today we arrived at the chateau on the most beautiful of sunny of Dordogne days.

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The bride and over 100 guests left for the church and we changed and made ready… and at the given hour the cars arrived, along with many beautiful bridesmaids, men in suits, pretty children and the entire wedding party… followed by our beautiful blushing bride!

The bride’s father came to say hello and told us that he loved Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy… and that we should prepare to sing it more than once.  In the end we sang it three times, the last time with the her father making up the ranks!  And then we sang a few encores before the wedding party were ushered into dinner.

This may have been a last minute wedding for The Candies but not the bride and groom… today’s was a stunning wedding!  Durantie as always was fabulous!  The guests delightful… and even if we say so ourselves, The Candies did pretty darn well too!

We do love a good wedding!

Shade With a View

We first met Aurelie and Olivier in February to discuss their wedding plans.  As is often the case with French weddings, today’s couple held their legal wedding ceremony at the local Mairie.  Following this, they arrived in style with their huge entourage of family and friends for a ceremony in the gardens of the ancient church at St Privet de Pres.

The Candy Stripes were to provide the music during the vin d’honneur and we arrived early and installed under the shade of some trees and waited for the wedding party to arrive.

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We had been given a schedule of the day… the couple had asked us to play their favourite tunes over the PA during the arrival of the bridesmaids, the arrival of the groom and groomsmen and of course the arrival of the bride… I have no idea why, but I felt quite nervous standing there waiting to press the button!  We take our role in the wedding day seriously, we know that we’re part of the thread that will bind together the memories of this special day and we want our part to be just perfect.

We stood in the shade and watched this beautiful ceremony unfold.  Friends and family came and spoke of their love for the bride and groom… friends hugged, parents teared up and we felt very privileged to just be there.

At the end the bride cheered APEROES and that was our cue to start… two hours of fabulously vintage, toe tapping, champagne popping music.

 

This beautiful day was captured by Neil Cooling at Neil Cooling Photography – who very kindly allows us to use some of his very beautiful photographs in our blog!

Fabulously Vintage

Whether your event is a champagne reception, a corporate event, networking meeting or pre-dinner Christmas drinks, a vibrant yet subtle atmosphere is essential to welcome your guests or clients. The Candies charm your guests with up to two hours of close harmonies and popular hits.

The fabulously Vintage set is smooth and subtle; predominantly and shamelessly vintage with a sprinkling of 50’s and 60’s classic Motown harmonies. Always ambient, never intrusive and 100% fabulous!

 

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