Turkey Mill was a finalist in the Kent Wedding Awards last year, and you can see why when you visit; they're clearly working hard to make this one of the more popular venues in Kent. For musicians it's nice to arrive at a venue and find the staff and management relaxed, as usually if they're not stressed you know that everything will be running to schedule and there won't be any unwelcome surprises! For this particular booking the manager, Caroline, had even phoned us personally beforehand to make sure we had everything we need and knew what we'd be doing. When we arrived the staff were organised and relaxed and took everything in their stride. Its an nice atmosphere working alongside fellow professionals who know how an event should run and understand how to make sure everything runs smoothly!
We had been booked to perform as a duo during the photos before the wedding breakfast with myself on saxophone and vocals, and Anthony Herridge on vocals and guitar). This is becoming an increasingly popular option for wedding couples, as there often tends to be a bit of a lull in proceedings for the guests at this point of the day as the photographer rushes to take photos before the guests go in for their afternoon meal. Musicians at this time can make the atmosphere a little more special.
We had a number of requests from the bride to sing and play certain songs. We started off with Your Song by Elton John, and then performed Somewhere from West Side Story (saxophone instrumental) and Mr Bojangles followed by When I Fall In Love, Let There Be Love and Fly Me To The Moon. We finished off with Careless Whisper by George Michael, and finally Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street which always seems to leave a favourable impression due to the famous saxophone solo!
We had a bit of a surprise as one of the duty managers in charge on the day at Turkey Mill was a landlord from a pub we used to play at called The Walnut Tree in East Farleigh many years ago. It was lovely to see Dom after all these years.