Jo Cordell

Singer, Vocal Coach and Pianist

Wedding at Birling Manor

Tentepi tepi at Birling ManorAfter all the rain we’ve had over the past week, I was extremley lucky to have sunny weather for the wedding I was playing at. The ceremony and reception both took place at the beautiful Birling Manor wedding venue in East Sussex, just up the road from the picturesque Birling Gap. The ceremony took place in the flint-walled Bardolphs Hall which dates back to the 16th century, and was decorated with ivy. I was asked to sing Songbird by Fleetwood Mac for the bride’s entrance, Nothing Else Matters by Metallica during the signing of the register and Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles for the exit music.

I then moved out onto the terrace by the pool to provide music for an hour for the post-ceremony drinks reception in the company of a multitude of Swallows playing in the golden afternoon light and the venue’s two resident dogs: a Jack Russell and a very sweet Springer Spaniel.

Finally, I played for the duration of the wedding breakfast in a stunning Tentepi adorned with fairy-lights and laid out with hand-carved wooden tables and benches with a bar and chill-out area at the far end. The guests were particularly enthusiastic in their support for the day with much laughter and cheering which allowed me to tweak up the volume a little. This was a nice change from the usual quiet background music I provide.

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