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  • Writer's pictureIan Bennett

A Beautiful All-Day Wedding at Coton House Farm

On a day filled with love, laughter, and the unpredictable charm of British weather, I had the pleasure of being the DJ at a stunning wedding at Coton House Farm in Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire. From the heartfelt ceremony to the lively reception, the day was a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences, perfectly encapsulated by the eclectic mix of music that kept the celebration alive.

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place amidst the rustic charm of Coton House Farm, a venue known for its picturesque settings and serene countryside ambiance. Despite the ominous weather forecast, the day started with a hopeful calm. As guests took their seats, the soft strumming of "Concerning Hobbits" by Beyond the Guitar filled the air, setting a magical tone reminiscent of a fairytale.

However, as the bride made her entrance, the skies decided to add their own drama. A sudden downpour accompanied by thunderclaps echoed above, creating a uniquely memorable moment. The couple, undeterred by the weather, exchanged vows with smiles that outshone the storm.

The Reception

Post-ceremony, the weather played a game of hide and seek with the sun, resulting in beautiful sunny spells that had everyone basking in fleeting warmth. The reception area was elegantly decorated, and as guests mingled, the sounds of classic hits like "It Must Be Love" by Madness and "Everlong" (Acoustic Version) by Foo Fighters provided a nostalgic backdrop.

Afternoon Celebrations

With the formalities out of the way, it was time to kick off the evening celebrations. The playlist was a blend of genres, ensuring there was something for everyone. Classics like "Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles and "Ordinary World" by Duran Duran had guests of all ages hitting the dance floor.

The energy kept building with rock anthems like "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles and pop hits such as "Everyday Is a Winding Road" by Sheryl Crow. The unpredictable weather continued to play its part, with occasional showers driving guests indoors, only for them to return outside during the sunny intervals.

Indie and Metal Highlights

The couple’s love for diverse music genres was reflected in the eclectic playlist, which included some fantastic indie and metal tracks that added a unique flavor to the evening:

Late Afternoon Party

As the afternoon progressed, the tempo picked up. The dance floor was alive with the sounds of reggae from Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Is This Love" and Protoje's "Who Knows." The crowd went wild when Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" played, its summery vibes perfectly matching the intermittent sunny spells.

The highlight of the late-night party was the string of energetic tracks that followed. "Starlight" by The Supermen Lovers and "Romeo" by Basement Jaxx had everyone dancing with abandon. The eclectic mix continued with funk and soul classics like "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder and "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players.

First Dance and Second Dance

As the evening approached, it was time for the first dance. The couple had chosen Eric Clapton's timeless classic, "Wonderful Tonight." The soft, romantic melody perfectly complemented their graceful dance, creating a touching moment that left not a single dry eye in the room.

Following this, they swayed to the soulful "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley for their second dance. The gentle rhythm and heartfelt lyrics seemed to encapsulate the essence of their love story, making it a truly magical experience.

A Night to Remember

As the night deepened, the music kept the energy high and the dance floor bustling. The playlist was a fantastic mix of pop, rock, indie, metal, soul, and dance tracks, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy.

The closing songs included "Rival" by Zach Bryan and "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls, ensuring the night ended on a high note.

Despite the weather's unpredictability, the day was a testament to love's resilience and the joy of shared celebrations. The mix of songs, ranging from romantic ballads to energetic anthems, reflected the day's emotional journey perfectly. It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful occasion at Coton House Farm, creating memories that the couple and their guests will cherish forever.

Playlist Beyond the Guitar Concerning Hobbits (From The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ) Guitar Covers, Vol. 1

Madness - It Must Be Love

Foo Fighters - Everlong [#] (Acoustic Version)

Feeder - Power of Love

The Beatles - Eight Days a Week

Duran Duran - Ordinary World (Single Version)

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

Sheryl Crow - Everyday Is a Winding Road

Alanis Morissette - Hand in My Pocket

PJ Harvey - Good Fortune

The Cranberries - Linger

Kate Bush - Hounds of Love

No Doubt - Spiderwebs

Bob Marley & the Wailers - Is This Love

Protoje - Who Knows (Feat. Chronixx)

Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar

Pixies - Here Comes Your Man

Jamiroquai - Little L

The Supermen Lovers - Starlight

Basement Jaxx - Romeo (Feat. Kele Le Roc)

Stevie Wonder - I Wish

Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster

War - Low Rider

The Commadores - Machine Gun

The Just Brothers - Sliced Tomatoes

Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice (Feat. Bootsy Collins)

Groove Armada - If Everybody Looked the Same

Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy (ABSOLUTE. Rework)

Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight (First Dance)

Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love (Second Dance)

Phil Collins And Phil Bailey - Easy Lover

Mark Ronson - Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse)

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor

Taylor Swift- Love Story

Lizzo - About Damn Time

Paul Russell - Lil Boo Thang

The Emotions - Best Of My Love

ABBA - Dancing Queen

Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours

Diana Ross & the Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - (Love is Like a) Heatwave

Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Mud - Tiger Feet

Sweet - Ballroom Blitz

Status Quo - Down Down

Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You

Spice - Girls Say You'll Be There

TLC - No Scrubs

Sia - Cheap Thrills (Feat. Sean Paul)

Blu Cantrell - Breathe (Feat. Sean Paul)

Kanye West - Homecoming (Feat. Chris Martin)

OutKast - Ms. Jackson (Radio Mix)

Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (2001 Remaster)

10cc - Dreadlock Holiday

Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Piña Colada Song)

The Four Tops - Loco in Acapulco

George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You

The Police - Roxanne

Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

Rusted Root - Send Me On My Way

Toto - Rosanna

ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man

Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell (Radio Edit)

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Metallica - Master Of Puppets

Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows

The White - Stripes Seven Nation Army

Madness - One Step Beyond

Hanson - Mmmbop

Steps - 5, 6, 7, 8

DJ Casper - Cha Cha Slide (Original Live Platinum Band Radio Edit)

Spice Girls - Wannabe

Robbie Williams - Rock DJ

Five - Keep on Movin'

Avril Lavigne - Complicated

Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom

The Killers - Mr. Brightside

Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire

Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop

Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff

Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade

Lower Than Atlantis - A Thousand Miles

The Kooks - Naïve

Hard-Fi - Toxic

Muse - Can't Take My Eyes Off You

ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)

Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

Bryan Adams - Summer of '69

Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer

Queen - Hammer to Fall

Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)

Guns N' Roses - Paradise City

Fall Out Boy - THNKS Fr TH MMRS

All Time Low - Dear Maria, Count Me In

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American (Salt Sweat Sugar)

Linkin Park - Points of Authority

blink-182 - Always

The 1975 - Chocolate

Zach Bryan - Revival

Goo Goo Dolls - Iris


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