Today on Married in Leeds we're sharing this urban-themed engagement shoot by Leeds wedding photographer John Hope.
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Here at Married in Leeds, we're always fans of alternative wedding venues. Steeped in history with original beams and fabulous real ales,
We've worked with some great make up artists over the last few years and Jo Bilham has a gentle and friendly approach when it comes to bridal make-up.
Booking a band for your wedding can be tricky. You have to get the balance right... something for the young uns, something for the old uns... so when it comes to finding the right band for you, remember to do your research... or... just book the New York Brass Band.
Never in my whole life have I seen a band work harder, have more fun and get more people on the dance floor. They are the king of party bands.
Married in Leeds caught up with them recently to find out how they create the magic and get our toes a tapping...
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Introduce yourself… My name is James Lancaster, I started New York Brass Band 3 years ago. I play the Sousaphone and score out a lot of the tunes for NYBB. The band has got so popular that I’ve had to quit my job as Head of Music at Ripon Grammar and now run the band as a full time business.
How did you start out? We started as a busking band on the streets of York, just as a bit of fun. I’d done some busking with smaller groups but the 7 piece band had a fantastic impact attracting big crowds. Busking was a great way of advertising the band and we soon started to get enquiries for weddings, parties and festivals.
How did the band meet? The band originally met at Ripon Grammar, some of them are my former students who I used to teach others are local musicians from York and Leeds. As the band evolved a few lads have moved away to study at University but we have a great pool of musicians who can help out if someone is busy.
What's the best thing about doing the job you do? The variety! The band is totally portable so with zero set up time we can just walk into a venue and get the party started. We’ve played on open top buses around the West End of London, we’ve played outside the Royal Box at Royal Ascot, we’ve played while paddling in the Mediterranean Sea at Soundwave Festival in Croatia and we’ve paraded a bride down the aisle playing ‘Take On Me’. It’s great to see people’s reaction when we just pop up and start playing.
What makes your band unique? Our repertoire makes us unique. We started playing New Orleans street tunes which are full of joy and energy, then started to add pop covers and originals. You never know what we are going to play next but it makes for an exciting mix. We are currently working on an EP of originals, a set of Brazilian football tunes, a James Bond set and a Jewish Wedding set.
What's been the strangest musical request you've had? Playing for a mock New Orleans Funeral at The Secret Garden Party complete with coffin so festival goers could bury their worldly vices? Or jamming with Rick Astley on drums at Rewind Festival?
Favourite part of the job? Saving the day at a wedding reception! When people are starting to get weary after a long afternoon of eating and drinking it’s great to see everyone get a second wind as the evening party kicks off.
What's the best advice for a bride and groom when it comes to choosing a band for their wedding? Book a band that will get all your guests involved in the party. Everyone has strong opinions about which music they like and you don’t want to leave a group of your guests sat in a corner unhappy with the music. Also check that your venue is set up with a stage and dance floor and is not restricted with a noise-limiter or a 10.30pm curfew that means the music has to stop early when you’re trying to have the biggest party of your life!!
What's your claim to fame? In 2014 we will become the first brass band to feature in Hello Magazine!