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Hannah and James’ Modern Worcestershire Wedding with Jam Hot

Last updated on September 28th, 2018

Welcome to our first ever Real Weddings blog post!

We’re massively excited to feature Hannah and James’ beautiful modern and minimalistic wedding. Their wedding ceremony took place at St Matthews Church in the West Midlands, followed by a reception at Redhouse Barn in Worcestershire.

Hannah and James went for a light and airy green and white theme, allowing their already stunning church and reception venues to provide the perfect setting for their big day.

The day was filled with music and laughter, with every precious moment captured by photographer Hannah from Hannah K Photography and videographer Richard Rossington, owner and operator of Tell Your Story videographers. The happy couple started married life in style with a performance from internationally renowned show band Jam Hot – the groom even dusted off his guitar and joined the band on stage for a song!



Wedding Make Up

Bride Getting Ready

Groom in Suit

Bridesmaids Arrive at Church

Bride Arrives at Church

Groom Meets Bride at Altar

You May Kiss The Bride

Bride and Groom Kiss

Bride and Bridesmaids

Bride and Groom at Lake

Beautiful Wedding Photo

Bride with a Beer!

Happy Newlyweds

Wedding Group Photo

Fun Wedding Photo

Wedding Groomsmen

Bride and Friends

Wedding Cake

Wedding Table Plan

Wedding Bouquet

Wedding Table Decorations

Wedding Stationery

Wedding Jenga

Wedding Canapes

Bride with Canapes

Redhouse Barn Wedding Tables

Wedding Top Table Decorations

The Groom's Wedding Speech

The Best Man's Speech

The First Dance

Jam Hot Wedding Band On Stage

Wedding Guest Dancing

Wedding Dance Floor

Groom Jamming on Guitar


How did you meet?

“Hannah and I had known each other for a number of years. Our moms are friends, and our paths crossed every now and again as teenagers. We began to spend more and more time together as I became close to a group of people that she was very good friends with. Eventually, we began to speak and find out how much we actually had in common. Speaking became hanging out and hanging became being together. We fell in love and had an amazing time doing it.”


How did you propose?

“I proposed whilst doing one of our favourite things: we were slobbing on the sofa after just cooking a meal together. Hannah was working her way through Instagram while I sneakily recreated the scene of our first kiss (that’s another story). When I finally got her attention I was ready down on one knee with ring in hand. Hannah was so shocked she hid behind a cushion for a good 5 minutes before being coaxed out to accept and try her ring on.”

Redhouse Barn Wedding Top Table


How did you choose your venue?

“The venue chose itself really. We started out by choosing the day we wanted to get married, and as it was fairly soon (about 10 months from proposal) we emailed a bunch of places within 30 mins drive of the church we wanted to get married at. We then visited some of the ones who were free, and that’s how we found Redhouse Barn. We arrived there having already pretty decided on the venue before! But after speaking with the owner and a tour of the venue we were sold. Highlights included clean beautiful and airy spaces, stunning gardens and an award-winning catering team who will tailor the food to whatever you want it to be.”


Did you have a style or theme?

“Our style was modern, light, airy and fairly minimal. The church and venue were both so beautiful that just the addition of our flowers was enough to make it look unforgettable. We went with lots of white and green in the flowers.”

Wedding Flowers


How did you personalise your wedding?

“We were lucky in that we have so many talented friends… and we were able to draw on some of their talents to make our wedding one of a kind. All our signs in the church were hand painted by a friend of ours, and she made them look amazing. We then mounted them in lots of antique style gold frames that were picked up from a variety of charity and gifts shops.”

Wedding Decoration


“We also had friends perform musically in our wedding service, with a mixture of original, cover and modern Christian music played. Another of our friends gave the address in church, where another said grace at the venue before we ate. The food was also hugely personal, as Morgan’s Catering allowed us to completely pick our own menu.”


Who did you pick for your wedding entertainment and how did you choose them?

“We chose Jam Hot for our entertainment. We’ve known about them for a while, and we were so excited and lucky to be able to have them at our wedding. One of the best things about Jam Hot is seeing the detail and quality in all their promotional material. You just know that an act that has invested in such high-quality videos, photos and recordings are not going to turn up on the day and be anything but exceptional. We weren’t disappointed!”


What did your entertainment bring to the big day?

“We were so lucky to have so many “wow” moments throughout the day. From the flowers to the food, the church service to the speeches (mine was particularly excellent)… but having Jam hot as the final part of our day was just ridiculous. When things simply couldn’t get any better, these guys took to the stage and blew everyone away, delivering the final (and biggest) “wow” moment of the day.”


What was your wedding playlist?

  • Processional: “‘For My Father’ by Andy McKee”

  • Signing the Register: “‘Come Away’ by Emily, Alice and Lucy and ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles, both performed live”

  • Recessional: “‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen”

  • First Dance: “‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon”

  • Final Song: “‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ from Dirty Dancing by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes”


Dancing Bride


How was it booking entertainment through Entertainment Nation?

“So smooth, everything was decided in a few brief conversations, and you could tell these guys really do live and breathe entertainment. Nothing was left forgotten about, and they were so flexible to our needs. They even accommodated us having a bridesmaid sing the first dance with the band!”


Groom Plays Guitar


What was your favourite moment?

“Sitting back and watching all my friends and family talking and having a great time together.”

Anything you’d change?

“We both wish we’d been able to spend more time with our family and friends!”


What tips do you have for other couples planning their wedding?

  • “Listen to people who have done it before, book quality suppliers and listen to their advice. Your amazing harebrained idea might seem amazing to you, but you run the risk of confusing your guests and leaving them feeling excluded from what’s going on.”
  • “Trust your entertainment – don’t give them a list of your favourite songs, these guys know what they are doing and know how to keep the night flowing and the dance floor full!”
  • “When choosing a venue always quiz them on if the room can take a full band and if noise is an issue.”


Wedding Reception Partying


What wedding suppliers did you use?

“As mentioned before, the venue was Redhouse Barn near Bromsgrove. The catering was by Morgan’s Catering who are based there.”

“Our amazing photos were taken by Coventry-based Hannah K Photography. Hannah was amazing right from when we met for our engagement photos right up to the big day. She was an amazing support to Hannah and her photos are brilliant.”

“Our video was made by the incredibly talented Richard Rossington, owner and operator of Tell Your Story videographers. We opted for a highlight video set to music, which he delivered amazingly.”

“Our entertainment was delivered by Jam Hot. Stunning band… if you want the best at your wedding then there is no other alternative.”

“Our flowers were provided by Michele Gledhill Flowers and Styling the flowers were amazing, even the men at the wedding were commenting on them!”

“Our save the dates, invitations, table plan, order of service and menu were designed by Misty at Freckled Fox on Etsy. She was such a delight to work with, making changes until it was perfect. Everyone complimented us on them, they’re simply beautiful.”


Bride and Groom Holding Hands


A huge thank you to Hannah and James for sharing their treasured memories with us. We’re so glad it was such an amazing day and that Jam Hot gave such an incredible performance.


If you’ve been inspired to book Jam Hot or hire any of our other top wedding bands, get in touch with the Entertainment Nation team between 10am and 10pm, 7 days a week.


More Wedding Blog Posts to Enjoy:

The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

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The Best Acoustic Wedding Bands

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