Last weekend marked the arrival day Mr and Mrs Evans had eagerly anticipated. They swapped vows and exchanged rings at the picturesque Ashes Barns, an award winning wedding venue located in the foothills of Sutton Park, Birmingham, in the West Midlands. Of course what was waiting for the evenings entertainment was the sensational wedding band Apollo Soul, more about that later…
Built with history in every brick, guests crossed over a 17th century stone bridge and entered a festival fairy tale. The established estate offers fifty acres of greenery, the perfect background scenery for wedding photographs, including a lake, formal lawns, an intimate stone courtyard and a Grade recognised Manor House. The perfect blend of country and rustic architecture at Ashes Barns made an already special day unforgettable.
Growing up and meeting in the Midlands, location was important to the the couple. When it came to picking their wedding band, they wanted better than the best, they wanted not only the placing but the sound of home. They found Apollo Soul, the No.1 wedding band in West Midlands, online. After reading reviews on their website and talking to the band, their choice became obvious.
After the day ceremonies were over, the guests filled the East barn. With its beautiful high ceilings and wooden beams the barn gave the perfect high-end festival feel. Apollo Soul designed the lighting to fit the venue, using moving head spot lights, disco fixtures and fairy lights to set the night alight.
At 8pm the band invited the Bride and Groom onto the floor for their first dance. A silence spread across the barn, as the Groom took his Brides hand. A soft piano, followed the soulful sound of saxophone, the band performed a unique cover of ‘Use Somebody’, by Kings of Leon. Apollo Soul lauded into their first set sweeping guests of all ages from their seats and onto the dance floor. They Played such classics as ABC by The Jackson 5, adding the personal line ‘ABC easy as Marrying Mr and Mrs E’. The couple praised all the small touches made by the band.
Succeeding the first set, the band took a short intermission whilst Ashes Barns catering team provided food to refuel the guests feet. The bar staff prepared for a rush of drink orders and made sure to supply the tables with bottles of wine and water.
Their return to stage was met with the applaud of happy hands. They brought the barn down with hit after hit, such as Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’, and Coldplay’s ‘Hymn For the Weekend’, that they introduced as a ‘Hymn For the Wedding.’ A special moment, and a surprise for the couple, came when Mrs Evan’s young nephew got onstage along side the band and played the drums for ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars.
By the end of the night, shoes had been sacrificed in favour of dancing, the guests commemorated the bands performance. The Groom remarked on how the band felt like family that night. Proving that when it comes to wedding band entertainment, Apollo breathes Soul into their profession.