Oakwell Hall lies inside Birstall near Leeds in West Yorkshire. Gareth and Gemma approached me in mid 2016 to be their wedding singer in Yorkshire for their Good Friday wedding at Oakwell Hall. They had planned to have me for the full day so I could be there from the ceremony to the final dance providing music in the drinks reception, pre-recorded music in the meal and evening music to get the party rocking.
Oakwell Hall is a barn venue which is licensed for civil ceremonies. These take place in the great hall which isn’t as big as it sounds. I was placed upstairs on the balcony with my portable amplifier which was ideal for that situation. After the ceremony the guests moved over into the main barn area which was decked with bunting and other rustic decorations.
Since Oakwell Hall is a DIY venue the couples who book there have no access to sound systems or music of any kind. I was able to provide a sound system for each part of Gemma and Gareth’s day. During the drinks reception I sang for their guests before bringing in my larger sound system and providing a playlist for their wedding meal.
In the evening I was able to extend this sound system into a bigger one and provide music at a suitable volume to get guests on the dance floor with pre-recorded DJ music in between. I solved all of the music problems for their day by providing everything they needed for each part of the wedding.
Photographs by Sadie Ferriday of Baildon Wedding Photography