Let’s travel back in time, where Lords ruled over small towns from big castles. A time where luxury was for the few, and far in-between. Where the relentless, rolling hills swallowed men whole. A time where there was more grass than concrete. For as far as the eye could see, the surrounding world was a wild, mysterious place. This is the medieval feel of the breath-taking New Hall Estate in Sutton Coldfield. For their perfect day, the Thompson couple were inspired by their favourite TV show, Game of Thrones. Tim, who is a professor of history, has always been fascinated by archaic architecture and the ways of the past. Along with that the wedding band hired for their evenings entertainment was non other than Apollo Live Wedding Band Hire.
Therefore, New Hall had everything to offer, with its 12th century setting, you can marry in The Great Chamber, a traditional church that has been kept it pristine condition. The ornate selling is encrusted with crests, red and blue against a white backdrop. It’s almost as if you can feel the past, and the people who designed such a beautiful castle that has stood the test, and trails of modern time. The thick oak panelled walls are surprisingly comforting, there is something magical about being in a room of such historical granular.
Tim and Victoria’s wedding ceremony were held at noon, luckily it was nothing like the Red Wedding in her favourite tv show, but a warming exchange of happiness and love. Next, was the feast fit for Kings and Queens. The venue transformed the ceremony room, by placing a long table down the middle of the room. Modern day wedding has been inspired by the medieval set ups of trestle tables. As the dedicated staff buzzed around to make everything perfect, the guests drank bubbles out on the lawns of the castle, enjoying the picturesque green gardens, and the heat of the summer’s day.
The feast only has one slightly different from the ages passed, the menu was contrived of vegetarian food. For mains their options were, Crispy angel hair spring onion cake with portobello shiitake mushrooms rags and romesco sauce, spinach timbales with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts or a pumpkin curry. The food was received with high regards, guests whom usually do not dabble in vegetarian food proclaimed it was extremely tasty and well put together. After the food, everyone’s favourite part of the wedding was ready to go.
Apollo Live set up their stage whilst everyone was eating. The couple wanted the evening event to take place mostly outdoors, but also with indoor areas in case guests got cold. The band arranged the lighting to fit the couple’s needs, providing bright floor lights that illuminated the front of the castle. There was a white half marquee attached to the building that allowed the band to keep their equipment dry in case of any weather changes. Luckily, the evening was a lovely temperature, the clear blue sky slowly spread into a velvet black with tiny little stars littered around. The venue provided lots of outdoor heaters to ensure that everyone was happy, as we know in Britain the weather can throw tantrums when least expected.
Apollo Live played hit after hit, knocking everyone onto the dance floor. Feet moving to the beat of the sax, piano and drum, every guest having fun. The guests noted how beautiful and strong the singers of the band were, it really helped define Apollo Live’s sound as a stand out band, rather than a mere cover act. The band used music from the Game of Thrones trailers to add an extra detail, Victoria loved this as ‘Wicked Games’ by James Vincent McMorrow had become one of her favourite songs.