Dwight/Sheard Wedding – Oulton Hall – 2nd July 2016

Matthew Stephens All Day Wedding Package at Oulton Hall

The first entry on my new blog feature is the wedding for the Dwight/Sheard partnership. Jenny and Joe were married on the 2nd of July 2016 and had their drinks reception, wedding breakfast and wedding evening celebration at the beautiful Oulton Hall in Leeds. They were married at St John’s Evangelist in Cleckheaton and then they made their way over to Oulton Hall.

I have to say that the food, decoration, staff and the general feel of Oulton Hall were absolutely perfect – I would definitely recommend the venue to anyone and after having some food in the champagne bar, I may just nip back with my partner for a meal and cocktails in the near future. The food was ridiculously nice and the cocktail menu was vast! What’s not to like?! 

 I was hired to play acoustic guitar and sing at the wedding drinks reception, provide some gentle accompanying music for the wedding breakfast and to finish the evening with a wedding DJ service; but I was more than happy to provide some extra services on the day when asked by the guests. I was able to provide some boxer-style entrance music to the father of the groom’s very unique speech as he took to the stage to the Rocky movie classic – Eye Of The Tiger!

I was able to quickly download two traditional Irish dancing musical pieces for an impromptu dance performance by one of the younger guests and to use my facilities to quickly download the backing track for the Disney song ‘Part Of your World’, which was the bride’s favourite Disney song and was sung by another of the wedding guests as a special gift. I was also able to provide Andy Dracup, the filmographer with an audio feed from my equipment so that he had perfect audio for his subsequent videos of the day. All in a day’s work!


The speeches were all first class and the speech given by the best man, who was the younger brother of the groom, contained an especially touching moment when he mentioned that their grandfather was buried at the church at which the couple was wed. Given that the bride, groom and the majority of the guests had flown in from Australia and Ireland for the wedding to take place at this most special of places, it made this point especially sentimental and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  


The first dance was performed to David Gray’s ‘This Year’s Love’ and was incredibly moving, the bride and groom looked as if they felt like the only people in the room. Then the bride and groom invited the guests to join them on the dance floor to dance during Van Morrison’s ‘Someone Like You.’ It was really nice to see the couples young and old gazing into each other’s eyes, very touching – even to an old salt like me! As a wedding singer – these are the moments that really stand out for me!

The evening finished with a very lively disco that went on until 1:30 in the morning!  

A beautiful couple and a beautiful day.

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