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!



Would you like a DJ with that?

The Candy Stripes are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with a DJ for 2018!

If you book The Candies for either our Fabulously Vintage or Disco Diva sets, you can now extend your event with a special offer from our partner DJ.  The DJ package includes the latest sound system, along with the very latest professional lighting.

Ask about our Live Music and DJ Combo… and you really can have your cake and eat it!

Gold and Alchemy

This Saturday’s wedding was another joint venture with our REPLAY chums.  Colleen performed during the Ceremony, The Candies entertained during the Vin D’honneur and REPLAY played after dinner.

The venue was in the north of the Dordogne in the village of Jumilhac Le Grand.  The village lies on the road followed by Richard the Lionheart and is also on one of the many branches of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route.

The venue was the impressive Château de Jumilhac; a national monument with a rich history.  The castle was at first a 12th-century feudal fortress that has been rebuilt and increased many times; most notably in the 17th century during the Renaissance, when new roofs were added that are unique in France. These roofs have enhanced the reputation of the castle, also known as the “Black Pearl” of the Green Périgord for its distinctive black ridge tiles.

The first count of Jumilhac was an alchemist and whilst Gold and Alchemy was forbidden at the time, The Count left clues of his alchemy around the chateau.

Disaster almost ruined the day when Colleen suffered a tyre problem en-route but her Brother-in-law came to the rescue to ensure all was ready in time!  And whilst the weather didn’t play it’s part, today’s wedding was still fabulous… and what a beautiful bride!

A couple of footnotes… First a big hello to Lydia and Laura, brilliant wedding photgraphers and also the nicest folks you could wish to meet! And whilst maybe we shouldn’t blow our own trumpet our Fabulous Vintage set is always a huge hit at weddings… so if you’re looking for something a little bit different, totally fabulous and a little bit Vintage then you should get in touch!


Late Sunflowers

The last day of August saw The Candies heading back to the Charente for an evening wedding party.  It feels like we’ve spent half of our summer in this corner of France and by coincedence, this was the second wedding in this tiny village.

Driving in, we passed the beautiful and imposing 15th century Chateau de Chillac and a field of late sunflowers.  In June and July the sunflower fields spread out like a blanket as far as the eye can see, but in all my years in France, I dont remember seeing them at this time of year… what a real treat.

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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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Garden Party Party

We met todays couple a few months ago at one of our campsite gigs (they’d seen us previously and already booked us for their wedding) and they dropped by backstage to introduce themselves.  Their wedding had been planned as an informal affair in the garden of the village house… and whilst it was informal, it was also rather special.

Some French village houses can have quite compact gardens and as we arrived we did wonder if we were in for a difficult get in…. oh but Candies you should not have worried!  We walked through the terraces close to the house and were led through a beautiful garden that opened up into a fabulous area, bedecked with balloons and flowers and marquees… and a view of the rolling Charente hills that you would find hard to better… WOW!

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