I say it best, when I say nothing at all ...
We booked Ray to play during the daytime of our wedding at The Parlour, Blagdon. It was a decision taken by my bride to be (Linda) in my absence but one that I am eternally grateful she took independently as it really did make the daytime special for us and all of our guests.
Planning and organising music for your ceremony is one of those stresses you can do without on your big day, but from the moment we booked Ray we were relieved of this stress as he took care of everything. He liaised with the venue, asked us the kind of artists and songs we would like him to play during our reception and also if we would like him to play any songs especially for us, and the ceremony in particular. We asked him to play an instrumental version of Groovy Kind of Love for Linda to walk down the aisle to, which was absolutely beautiful.
Aside from the ceremony itself, background music during the day of a wedding can be one of those seemingly small things that is often overlooked in the frenzy to sort out transport, caterers, accommodation etc. however, it is vitally important in creating an ambience whilst guests are mingling before and after the ceremony. Ray was perfect for this, and I received compliments from several of our guests about how excellent a balance he achieved between being loud enough to create an atmosphere but not so loud that people couldn’t socialise or talk amongst themselves.
I cannot emphasise enough how much having a live performer of Ray’s quality during the day added to our overall experience of an occasion we will never forget and which we certainly hope will be a once in a lifetime event!
Linda & Darren xxx
The Parlour, Blagdon
We got married at Bamburgh Castle – a truly magical day and all concerned helped to make it run like clockwork.
Ray played the grand piano in the Great Hall during the ceremony and his own piano during our reception drinks. His contribution was highly praised by many guests – he had to learn entirely new pieces we particularly wanted for the ceremony, and played them to perfection.
In all our dealings with Ray we found him friendly and very responsive to our wishes – recommend him highly for any event.
Eirik and Wanida
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Me and my partner were planning our wedding and couldn't decide on the kind of music to have, until one day we were having afternoon tea with family at Langley Castle and we noticed a piano playing as we entered the room. We were intrigued by the beautiful sound that surrounded us. At first we took time to listen and it was a talking point for a little while, as we tried to identify the songs and all discussed how really lovely it was. Then, as we all started to engage in conversation, the music kind of softened to where we somehow didn't notice it anymore. An hour passed, we were having such a nice time, until all of a sudden the atmosphere changed dramatically. We found ourselves whispering almost and leaning forward to speak to one another as to not disturb people sitting near us. We soon noticed the piano had stopped. It was at that exact time we decided that this was definitely something we wanted at our wedding - if I'm honest, it's not something I ever would of thought of.
I spoke to Ray just before we left and handed him my details. He got in touch the next day with a lovely gentle email (not pushy in any way). I gave him a few details i.e dates and times, then a little while later after I had chosen the songs I wanted, we discussed it over the phone.
Ray was so wonderful. I chose the beautiful River Flows In You by Yiruma to make my entrance - Ray learnt it and sent me a clip in advance - it was absolutely perfect. My other songs were three tracks from the movie The Greatest Showman, and again Ray delivered these to perfection.
Ray stayed all day from 12 till 5 (he has three pianos, so wherever my guests were, Ray was there playing in the background) – the arrival of my guests, the ceremony itself, our outdoor reception in the grounds of the castle and during our wedding breakfast. He played an array of tunes from chart tracks to old classics - such a variety of beautiful music. I truly believe that nothing could have come close to the atmosphere that Ray created for our wedding. His knowledge and understanding is outstanding - he knew exactly what to play and when to play it and at what volume! You DON’T get any of that from a CD player!
I have to say that Ray was wonderful, the talent he has is exceptional, the dealings I had with him were so relaxed. He was so down to earth, yet so professional. He is a true gentleman, and we wish him continued success - he deserves it!
Debbie & Steve xx
Langley Castle, Hexham
Ray came to our rescue! We had issues leading up to our wedding and it looked like we were not going to have a pianist. However, Ray was recommended to us and from the minute he replied to my email he seemed very upbeat, positive and had a good vibe - always wishing us well, and empathetic towards the stress a wedding can bring.
He is a brilliant pianist. We had so many fantastic compliments from a lot of our wedding guests. He was so easy to work with and such a friendly person. He made our drinks reception a lot more memorable than just having a bit of background music. The children loved to watch him and he played some lovely and meaningful songs which created a lovely, more personal and relaxing atmosphere. We would recommend Ray a million times over. Ray was a great communicator, and very approachable. We can’t thank him enough for making our day that little bit more special.
We both want to Thank You very much for rescuing our drinks reception at The Vermont Hotel. You played some beautiful music and did a tremendous job. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Melanie & Keir xxx
The Vermont Hotel, Newcastle
Jade and I got married at Horton Grange, it was a wonderful day made better by Ray and his piano. The planning was very easy and relaxed which makes a nice change when planning a wedding. We met Ray a few times to discuss our choices and get ideas from him, he was very friendly, approachable and has a great knowledge and expertise in his profession.
Ray’s music gave the day a great atmosphere and many of our guests commented how good it was. Our 2 year old daughter stole the show adding a lovely touch by joining Ray to play us back down the aisle. Ray is great with children and even let our daughter have a turn playing on the piano. I’m sure she’ll be back for lessons when she’s older!
We would definitely recommend Ray to anyone looking for live music at their wedding, once you meet him you’ll be sure he’s the right choice.
Paul & Jade xxx
Horton Grange, Ponteland
Ray played the piano at our wedding reception at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth. As a couple we have had some wonderful memories together relaxing at piano bars so when we got engaged we decided to look for a pianist to entertain our guests during our drinks reception.
We were both really impressed when we heard Ray playing at a wedding fayre. We got chatting with him and found he was just as friendly as he was talented. He really put us at ease and gave us a fantastic quote to play at both our drinks reception and wedding breakfast so we were excited to book him. In the lead up to our wedding he asked us for song requests and it was so lovely to hear them being played especially for us during the meal. So many of our guests commented to us that they had enjoyed listening to Ray on our special day. We couldn't recommend Ray highly enough! Thank you so much!
Jennifer and Malcolm xxx
Grand Hotel, Tynemouth
My husband and I got married at The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn and booked Ray somewhat last minute, with no music organised for any part of our day apart from our last dance. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we made for our day.
Ray is very friendly, passionate and incredibly professional, making this part of planning a wedding painless and incredibly easy. We were stuck with what songs we wanted but after speaking with Ray we narrowed down a few we’d like to hear and left Ray to play what he wanted. We requested some songs that weren’t in Ray’s repertoire with only a couple of weeks to go and Ray took the time to learn and play them for us. He even endulged us with our request to not play any Ed Sheeran!
From first contact to him leaving Ray was amazing. Having Ray there only added to an already great atmosphere with many of our guests commenting and praising Ray and his playing. We can’t thank Ray enough for making our day that extra bit special.
Samantha and Jamie xx
Tennants Garden Rooms, Leyburn
From the first contact with Ray he put our minds at rest. We gave him a list of what we liked and Ray sent us back some samples of what he play. There was no doubt we were going to book him. Our wedding day was perfect and his music added that touch of class to our special day. Ray spent the full day with us and never left the piano’s side for very long, playing perfectly from start to finish. Our guests loved our music and kept each other entertained by trying to guess the song the quickest!
Not only is Ray one of the best for music but his attention to detail is second to none and his communication is fantastic. I want to thank Ray for the early messages of me questioning the music and never once telling me I was over thinking! We had such faith in Ray before we even met him on the day through all the communication we had.
Ray also has a fantastic personality and that added charm to our music. The music is such an important part of any wedding day. It leaves you with memories and a tingle of nostalgia every time you hear your song after your day. Ray left us with new music memories that will last our lifetime. We can’t praise “our music man” as we called him enough - if you want your guests to have a talking point, Ray is your man.
Thank you Ray - we won’t ever forget our songs and for spending the most special day with us.
Selina & Ben xx
Beamish Hall, Co. Durham
Ray played the ceremony and drinks reception at our wedding at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth. My husband and I met him at a wedding showcase at The Grand a few months before our big day, and Ray instantly put us at ease when we chatted to him. He was so enthusiastic about our ideas, and knows the venue inside out. We emailed back and forth about ideas for the ceremony music: I knew for sure that I wanted to come down the aisle to Everlong by the Foo Fighters, but didn’t have concrete plans for the other songs. We sent a list of the kind of stuff we like and from there Ray came up with some beautiful suggestions which really worked, and fit with the ambience we were aiming for.
Ray’s playing on the day was incredible and many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music both during the ceremony and then in the bar afterwards. The version of Everlong that Ray arranged for us was absolutely perfect - we couldn’t have asked for better. We’d wholeheartedly recommend Ray for anyone considering having piano music as part of their wedding day. Thank you so much for making it so amazing!
Sam and Mike xx
Grand Hotel, Tynemouth
We can’t thank Ray enough. From start to finish he was amazing, contacting us to make sure everything was as we wanted, so friendly and professional!
If you are looking for something different to make your wedding day that little bit extra special we would definitely recommend Ray! The music he played in the background whilst we were having welcome drinks just made the atmosphere perfect! Our guests loved it as much as us!! Thank you so much!!
Love Mr and Mrs Moat :-) xx
Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle
My husband and I first met Ray at Preston Park Wedding Fair. We were considering some form of entertainment for our welcome drinks and wedding reception. We had tried a few different options but nothing quite appealed to us much - my husband wasn’t fond of magicians and I was not keen on having a caricaturist. We heard Ray playing and took a leaflet, so decided to drop him an e-mail for some more information. We were delighted to find that he offered a package that covered a 90 minutes drinks reception and 2 hours wedding breakfast - this was perfect for what we wanted, so decided to book him straightaway.
From his first email, correspondence with Ray was amazing, always checking in with us and making sure everything was in place to run smoothly on the day. I also admired his patience with me as I have a very hectic life and often overlooked e-mails ... oops! Ray is very professional and was all setup and ready for the guests arriving for our drinks reception. He added a very nice touch to the day. Without him being there would have been a real lack of atmosphere as my wedding was very small with only 30 guests. His music added a real lively feel to the day. He played non-stop for the entire reception and meal and all of our guests were commenting on how lovely it was to hear him playing such a variety of tunes - he even learnt a few new songs that we requested. I also had a few singalongs with my mother-in-law and my husband’s best man which make for amazing memories for us all.
I am so glad we decided to book Ray for our wedding. He was the perfect choice for our small, laid back wedding. His music reinforced the kind of relaxed mood I wanted to create for my day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend him to anyone that is struggling or unsure on what they would like for their day as this is how we felt, and he fit the bill perfectly. Thanks Ray for making our day extra special!
Melissa & Alex xx
Tees Valley Rowing Club, Stockton
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding yesterday. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. The music was just perfect from start to finish through our wedding ceremony, drinks reception until the end of our wedding breakfast.
Thank you again for everything and for making our day so special.
Mr and Mrs Lowe xx
Kirkley Hall, Northumberland
Big thank you to Ray for playing our wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast on Saturday 25th May at Lumley Castle. Ray was lovely to talk too, took our ideas on board and made them a reality! Couldn't fault his service and would highly recommend.
Mr and Mrs Murray xx
Lumley Castle, Co. Durham
We would just like to say thank you for the amazing playing during our wedding ceremony and drinks reception at Matfen Hall. Walking down the aisle to the sound of a grand piano is a truly magical experience. We have watched the video a couple of times now and what makes it so unique and gave that extra dynamic we were looking for, is your performance on the piano. All of our guests were impressed and many have said how much they enjoyed listening to you as they sat in the gardens (we were so lucky with the weather!). We love the piano and your repertoire was so varied we could not have asked for more. Thank you once again for creating such a perfect backdrop to our day.
Holly and Andy xx
Matfen Hall, Northumberland
We heard Ray playing the piano at a Wedding Open Day in the ceremony room we had booked for our wedding at Lumley Castle, and it really did create a lovely atmosphere. So we decided to book Ray to play our ceremony music and also music during our drinks reception. Ray is very friendly and communicating with him was very easy - he always got back to us promptly which was appreciated. We chose two specific songs we wanted to hear at the ceremony and he learnt these songs and put some nice arrangements to them that were very effective. He was very good at working off the cuff too, as there was a delay to me getting into the ceremony (the Bride) but from what I've heard the entrance song was extended by Ray seamlessly so no-one noticed! The atmosphere created during the drinks reception with the piano music was lovely. I definitely recommend piano music and played by Ray for your wedding.
Natalie and David x
Lumley Castle, Co. Durham
We had the pleasure of Ray playing at our wedding at Ramside Hall. He played during the ceremony, photographs and the wedding breakfast. He is an absolutely brilliant pianist with a very good personality. With Robert working away from home for several months at a time, he was very relaxed with us making decisions and throughout the booking process we found him very approachable. Ray was also very accommodating with any requests we had, even in the few weeks coming up to our big day. Our guests were very impressed with Ray and we are still receiving comments about the music afterwards. We are both extremely happy that we chose Ray and would certainly recommend him to anyone else who may be looking for a pianist for their wedding.
Ray, thank you for making our special day even better!
Chloe and Robert xx
Ramside Hall, Durham
Well, where do I start? I bumped into Ray at a wedding fair in Middlesbrough. He is such a likeable man. After deliberating to have Ray play at my wedding and looking on his website, the decision was made and I'm so glad I did.
After a few emails and calls he knew exactly what I wanted. My children adored him - he even played the 'Baby Shark' song for my flower girl (my daughter, Phoebe)
Ray turned up at the venue, Rushpool Hall, and played non-stop! He is an amazing pianist and a genuinely nice man, chatting with our guests whilst playing all the time. He even met his long lost brother at our wedding!!!
10 out of 10 for Ray and his piano! An amazing day was had by all.
Nicola & Dan xx
Rushpool Hall, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Ray played beautiful music for us at Middleton Lodge for our reception. It was wonderful to arrive and hear the music coming from the piano as we got out of the car and greeted all our guests. A lovely addition to the summer's afternoon! Ray was always so friendly and professional when we spoke to him and he seemed willing to do what he could to make our day special! The guests all really enjoyed the music and I would definitely recommend hiring Ray to play for you without second thought. It really was a wonderful addition to the day.
Laura & Michael x
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
We first met Ray at a wedding fayre whilst looking for ideas after we got engaged. There were many different people to speak to but Ray came across as the most professional yet friendly person in the room. Having spoken to him about our type of songs, Ray played a few samples and we just knew we had to book him for our big day. Being conscious of the budget, we enquired about our options and were pleasantly surprised. Ray kept everything simple, explaining what we could have and having booked, kept in touch at the key times to ensure everything was going to plan. Of the many things we booked for our day, Ray was the most pleasant and easiest to deal with by far!
On the day itself, we arrived at our venue to find a smiling Ray, all set up, looking smart and playing to our guests. Ray was booked to play during our drinks reception and wedding breakfast and was superb throughout. We had guests ranging from 2 years to over 80 years and everyone enjoyed the range of well played music and nothing was a problem for Ray. He played requests and even made sure that the children were entertained by playing child friendly songs when they got up to dance. My wife and I had a few personal song requests and he made sure they were played too. Having spoken to guests after the wedding, Ray’s playing was regarded as one of the highlights of the day.
Overall, we were over the moon with the ambience Ray created with his playing and know we made the perfect choice of wedding day entertainment. We have only positives to say about Ray and we would not hesitate to book Ray’s Piano again for any function, not just weddings.
Claire & Gavin x
Hallgarth The Manor House, Co. Durham
We had Ray at our wedding day, playing for us during our ceremony and the reception drinks. Ray was a real pro from start to finish, helping us pick our song list for the day and his confident yet relaxed manner meant we knew we were in good hands. Ray is a hugely talented musician and a really nice guy, he interacted well with our guests during the reception drinks and really contributed to the atmosphere of the day. We couldn't recommend Ray highly enough to anyone thinking of having a piano player on their big day - a real 10/10. Thanks Ray!
Alex & Mark xx
Lumley Castle, Co. Durham
Ray's playing created the perfect atmosphere at our wedding reception. He played as our guests were having arrival drinks and during our wedding breakfast. We didn't choose specific songs as we decided to go with Ray's songbook, but the songs were perfect. His music made the day extra special. Thanks Ray
Joanna & Ben x
Grand Hotel, Tynemouth
We first met Ray at a local wedding event last September. After having a chat and listening to some of his beautifully played music, we booked him for our wedding day. We exchanged emails soon after, each time Ray was very prompt and professional, but most importantly friendly in his replies. We requested a list of songs for him to play throughout the afternoon of our wedding, which ourselves and guests thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you so much Ray for being such a special part of our day. We received compliments from so many of our guests saying how wonderfully you played, and we will definitely be recommending you to family and friends in the future!
Sophie & Nick xx
Treebridge Hotel, Nunthorpe
We booked Ray to play at our wedding after meeting him at a wedding fair in Newcastle. From the minute we booked him for our wedding he was fantastic offering lots of help and advice with song choices, even things that he had never played before he would record and send it through to see if we liked it. My wife Laura was really struggling with what different songs were going to sound like, so we met up with Ray a few weeks before the wedding where he played a lot of songs for her to get a better understanding of how they would sound. This was invaluable as it cemented all of our song choices and took a lot of stress out of some of the final decision making.
On the day Ray was great. He came and set up with no fuss and constantly played when needed. Our guests loved having Ray there and we had a lot of people telling us how great it was. It certainly added an extra special feel to our day to have live background music and Ray ticked all the boxes. I would not hesitate to recommend him. Massive thank you for being part of our day.
Laura & Daniel x
County Hotel, Newcastle
We were contacted by Ray after visiting a wedding fayre. Right from the first email we knew we wanted to have Ray at our wedding. He was the most kind and considerate person we had spoken with. He was so helpful in ensuring we got all the music we wanted at our wedding and not just that but, he also offered help and support and his knowledge of other wedding contacts for our big day, which really helped. We wanted a calm and relaxed atmosphere during our wedding breakfast and he delivered that and more. All of our guests commented on how lovely his music was and how the ambiance of the meal was made by Ray and added a perfect special touch to our day. His music is so beautiful and he has such a warm and friendly energy. Ray made our meal extra special and we cannot be more thankful for his time and patience, even with four children running around him. Thank you Ray!
Samantha & Ben xx
South Causey Inn, Stanley
My husband and I had been struggling to decide on what kind of music we wanted for our wedding and happened upon Ray at a wedding fayre. Right from the off he was friendly, informative and playing little snippets of music for us, so we booked him for the full day.
We weren’t quite sure what songs to use for each part of the wedding and Ray was really helpful in advising us what kinds of music would go well. On the day of the wedding I was really impressed.
Ray’s music provided a great atmosphere throughout and I’m really pleased that we chose him. From walking down the aisle to background music during the wedding breakfast, everything was perfect and many guests commented on how good Ray’s piano playing was.
Thanks again for playing an important part in our day.
Katy & Ben xx
Headlam Hall, Darlington
We are beyond pleased that we booked Ray for our wedding on the 6th September 2019! Ray is extremely professional, accommodating, friendly and an incredible pianist (the list goes on!!)
Ray made our wedding day truly magical!
I can’t emphasis enough how effective the piano is and how great Ray is at playing it, all of our guests commented on how wonderful and emotional it made the day.
Ray played for our wedding ceremony, drinks reception and our whole wedding breakfast, he even managed to play all of the songs that we had told him we liked.
Thank you Ray for contributing to the best day of our lives and giving us the most amazing memories, it would not have been the same without you playing for us.
Lauren & Elliott xx
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
We can’t thank you enough for playing so beautifully throughout our big day - ourselves and everyone else were wowed and completely mesmerised.
It was definitely one of our favourite moments when you played Phantom of the Opera along with our two singers, Cathy and David, during the signing of the register - very moving. You even made my grandmother cry and she never cries!!
You have been so brilliant to deal with, very professional and friendly and you always got back to me so promptly with everything I needed to know.
We will definitely be recommending you to everyone we know!
Julia & Tim xx
Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York
We had our wedding reception at Lartington Hall and we booked Ray to play their grand piano as guests were arriving and having welcome drinks and canapes.
Ray has been a delight to deal with from the moment we first saw him at a wedding fair, regularly emailing to check in even though we booked him over 18 months in advance! We wanted a mix of showtunes and popular music and Ray was happy to learn some music from Les Miserables that we specifically asked for, it wasn't a problem at all.
On the day itself the music sounded amazing, with several guests commenting on how good his playing was. Ray even played a little something especially for my 2 year old niece who was particularly fascinated by him!
All in all, Ray was an incredible asset to our day and we would highly recommend him to anyone!
Bekah & Simon x
Lartington Hall, Barnard Castle
Ray played at our wedding during our ceremony and drinks reception. I had first seen Ray at a wedding fayre and fell in love with his music instantly. I hadn’t even considered a pianist for my wedding but after hearing Ray I knew instantly I must book him! The communication I received from Ray prior to the wedding was second to none. Ray accommodated my song choices and even took time to learn a rather unusual choice I asked for from the Beach Boys. Walking down the aisle to Ray playing A Thousand Years was just perfect. Our guests showered us with compliments on Ray’s music during the drinks reception, and I can honestly say choosing Ray for the wedding was one of the best choices I made. He made it even more perfect.
Katy & Rich xx
Treebridge Hotel, Middlesborough
Ray played for us at our wedding at Horton Grange on 30th November 2019. He played before, during and after our ceremony and our ceremony songs included John Denver’s Annie’s Song, Elton John’s Your Song, John Lennon’s Woman and Aretha Franklin’s I Say A Little Prayer For You. Fantastic!! We even had a little ode to the Aussie link with Waltzing Matilda in there too! We had the most fantastic memorable day and everyone has commented on how lovely it was to hear the tinkling of the keys before and after the ceremony whilst enjoying their canapes and fizz. Thank you Ray!!
Gillian & Jason x
Horton Grange, Blagdon
We booked Ray for our wedding in October after seeing and hearing him play at a wedding fair and It’s fair to say we were blown away by his performance. From our meeting to the day of our wedding, Ray was polite, charming and very helpful and was happy to give up his time to answer all our questions . Ray's piano provided us with a beautiful wedding ceremony, drink reception and wedding breakfast. It really did make a massive difference to our ceremony as it provided us with a relaxed and romantic atmosphere for ourselves and our guests .
Thank you for turning our melodies into memories!!!
Jess & Adam xx
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
Having Ray playing for our ceremony, reception and wedding breakfast was one of the best decisions I made. From the moment I heard him playing my aisle song I knew it was real, and it brings so much emotion back just thinking about it - it was perfect! I am not the best with choosing music and I am very indecisive, however, Ray made the whole process very easy for me, always available to answer my questions and even when I made last minute changes on the day! Our guests loved the romantic feel of the piano playing during the ceremony and he even played for extra time during our breakfast as we were running behind. All in all he was a pleasure to work with, very happy and easy going and a pleasure to have at our wedding!
Sophia & Danny x
Yorkshire Wedding Barns, Gilling West
Ray played piano for our wedding at The Lowry, Salford Quays on 16th November 2019 and we cannot recommend him enough.
We met him at a wedding fayre in North Yorkshire with relatives and didn't want them to know what we'd be walking down the aisle to so he asked us to tell him the song and he'd play something in that style. After 30 seconds we'd decided he'd be perfect!
He is such a lovely guy and so easy to chat to. In the lead up to the day he asked us to come up with a few songs for the ceremony and then, for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast, artists and particular songs that we like and things we definitely didn't want playing.
We have had so many comments from guests on the day and since about how great the music was and some of the kids had a great time joining in with him on the piano!
Thank you so much for being a special part of our day!
Becky & Shaun xx
The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays
This is just to say thank you so much for helping make our day so special. The music you played throughout our wedding ceremony, reception and wedding breakfast was a great success. We had so many of our guests comment on both the choice of music and what a good idea it was to have a piano player. We cannot thank you enough for making our day special and would not hesitate to recommend you. Thank you again.
Tonya & Paul xx
Horton Grange, Blagdon
My daughter got married at Alnwick Treehouse, a romantic and beautiful setting. Ray played at the ceremony and drinks reception which made it even more special. My daughter’s friends loved him at the drinks reception - lots of song requests and singing from them which Ray just went along with it – it made the reception so much fun. He is so friendly and very professional. I would 100% recommend him. Thank you Ray for being amazing!
The Treehouse, Alnwick
One thing that stands out on our wedding day is Ray playing me down the aisle so beautifully to my favourite song, I Giorni ... I will never forget it!
From start to finish Ray was really easy to deal with, friendly and enthusiastic. He is clearly talented given the list of random songs we gave him to play...from jazz to pop and the Grandstand theme tune! Ray definitely was a big part of our day playing from when our guests arrived, through the ceremony, drinks reception and throughout the wedding breakfast, and knew exactly how to set the tone to each part of the day. He joined in the fun and added to the atmosphere! Many of our guests commented on how incredible and unforgettable the music was.
A massive thank you to Ray for making our wedding day so special - we are hugely grateful!
Lucy & Dan xx
Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West
Ray’s playing was fantastic and created a perfect atmosphere for the day. Ray even went the extra mile and learnt the songs we requested to make our wedding ceremony extra special for us which we are very grateful for.
Jordan & Ross x
Horton Grange, Blagdon
Ray was a massive part of our day. The music he played brought us to tears and created such a lovely calming atmosphere on such a busy manic day! From the moment we met Ray we knew he would be perfect for our day. All through the planning and run up to the wedding he was always there willing to help us wherever possible, even if it was just so we could have a rant to him about the latest restrictions on our wedding! We loved having a FaceTime with Ray where he would play us some tunes and give us ideas for songs but every FaceTime, call or email he was always so positive, which is exactly what we needed at a time like this. Thank you so much for everything.
Ashleigh & Liam x
The Parlour, Blagdon
Ray - where do we even begin!
With all the changes that we had to make with our wedding you still managed to join us! From the minute I was waiting outside of the ceremony room and heard you play I started to well up! Craig also said when he heard you play it choked him up (this doesn’t happen often trust me ha!) It truly made the ceremony magical and everyone loved it. When we were relaxing with a drink and through our wedding breakfast, your music made it feel like we were in a fairytale!
Safe to say that you were so lovely to every one of our family and everyone commented on how talented and great you were as a person. We are so glad that we booked you and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you ever so much for an amazing day - we will remember the day forever and your music will always take us back to the day! Thank you so much once again!
Love The Sunderland’s xx
(aka Coral & Craig)
The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth
Thank you so much for being part of our special day!
It was wonderful to have you play. A lovely set with seamless transition between the pieces. You listened to all our (my!) requests with patience.
Such beautiful memories for us to cherish for years to come!
Manisha & Mitesh x
Rudding Park, Harrogate
Ray’s music was the perfect addition to a perfect day. We can’t thank Ray enough for playing so beautifully throughout our ceremony, reception and wedding breakfast.
The variety of music in his repertoire, from Elvis and Coldplay to Pachelbel and more, is simply incredible and suited all of our guests young and old.
Ray was so easy to work with and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. The music he played will always bring back the special memories of our day and we’re very grateful for that.
Katherine & Ian xx
Crathorne Hall, Yarm
From when we first enquired about Ray's availability up to the day of our wedding, Ray has been exceptional. The pre-wedding video calls where Ray showed us what sort of thing he could do were fun, and he was able to include song requests for our wedding.
On the day he played non-stop, timing Sarah’s entrance music to perfection. He played a wide mix of songs that we had requested as well as his extensive songbook and was loved by all the guests. We had many comments during the day and after about how he played the right songs to create a really nice atmosphere.
Always friendly and cheerful, it is easy to see that he really cared about making sure that we had the best day. Words cannot do justice for how much we would recommend Ray.
Sarah & Ross x
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
We booked Ray for our wedding in May of this year and couldn’t have been happier with him!
In the build up to the wedding Ray was fantastic to deal with and we regularly caught up with him to talk about what songs we wanted to be played throughout the day.
On the day itself Ray was simply amazing and the Glasgow Love Theme entrance as I came down the aisle brought more than a few tears to our guests. After the ceremony, Ray provided more fabulous music whilst our guests enjoyed a drink and then he also played during our wedding breakfast which was a great backdrop to the meal.
We couldn’t recommend Ray enough to any other couples looking to book him!
Chris & Ruth xxx
Horton Grange, Blagdon
We would like to start by saying a massive thank you for being part of our wedding day on 27th May at Middleton Lodge. The moment we heard you twinkling those keys at the wedding fair we first saw you at, we knew we had to have you at our special day … you had us hooked!
Thank you for being so accommodating and understanding during our wedding postponements due to COVID, and thank you for always being at the end of an email, phone or FaceTime - making us smile, laugh and generally getting us so excited for our big day.
Nothing has ever been too much trouble for you, even after the turbulent year that everyone has had - especially everyone working in the wedding industry. Contacting you has been a doddle and planning the music we wanted you to include at our wedding was so easy. You listened to everything that we said and suggested, and your performance was utterly amazing!
Our guests at the wedding thoroughly enjoyed listening to you and loved playing “Guess The Tune”… we are still getting messages about you now.
Dad doesn’t often share his Timothy Taylor’s, so he must of liked what you were doing ;-) … always remember UTB!
I will never forget walking into The Fig House and seeing you there, playing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ whilst I walked down the aisle to Ben. The beautiful atmosphere you created was more than I could ever have imagined for that special moment in our lives … a million Thank Yous!
We cannot wait to find another reason to plan a party over the coming years and have you there on your keys to celebrate with us. We will be sure to keep up to date with what you are doing on Instagram.
Thank you so much again from the bottom of our hearts.
Kirsty & Ben xxx
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
Not only would myself and Lee recommend Ray but every single one of our guests would also. The music and tones matched each part of the day from the more emotional parts to the celebrations at the drinks reception.
Ray was very precise by keeping in touch from the point of booking to the final weeks leading to our big day to ensure every song was personalised to us and made our day feel just as important to him as to us.
Our ceremony songs we carefully picked and created the atmosphere even more. It really helped make our day even more special.
Guests loved the musical touch and Ray even kept our youngest guest entertained (two year old page boy) by allowing him a go of the keys which he loved and we got many photos to keep in our memories.
To sum up, from start to finish Ray was brilliant and from all at the Blades wedding he gave us 5* entertainment
Thank you again Ray
Leanne & Lee xx
Horton Grange, Blagdon
Massive thank you to Ray for playing our drinks reception at the last minute!
He created an amazing ambience and was flexible to move from indoors to outdoors on the day. Lots of our guests commented on how lovely the music was and the range of songs he performed, saying they felt the atmosphere was very relaxed and they could catch up with loved ones after such a hard 18 months apart.
Thank you so much Ray, you're a genuinely lovely man.
Heather & David x
Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley
We would just like to take this time to say thank you once again for being such a special and important part in our day.
From the very beginning you made all of the planning for our big day as simple and easy as could be, and that took away a lot of our stress. You kept in touch throughout the build-up and even FaceTimed a few times whilst you were practicing our songs.
From being children we both imagined walking down the aisle to the songs we both chose, but never imagined it would be so magical and that is down to you. All of our guests thought you were incredible and rightly so. One of our guests mentioned their son has booked you for their wedding in the next few weeks and they were over the moon seeing you play first hand.
Thanks again Ray.
Bethan & Meg xx
Hallgarth Manor, Pittington
We got married at Matfen Hall on June 30th, 2021. It was an absolute pleasure to have Ray being our pianist during both the wedding ceremony and the drinks reception. He played two pieces by Ludovico Einaudi – ‘Nuvole Bianche’ when walking down the aisle, and ‘Primavera’ during the ceremony upon our request. They were totally new pieces, and Ray performed them with remarkable skill, as well as sincere emotions. The wedding wouldn’t have been so moving and perfect without his music.
Ray was very friendly and cheerful from our first contact. Though we postponed our wedding, he has always been prompt and supportive. We recommend him highly.
Viana & Barry xx
Matfen Hall, Northumberland
We had never thought of having a pianist at our wedding before we heard Ray playing at the only wedding fayre we went to, and I’m so glad we went that day!
Ray was so approachable and relaxed, but above all amazingly talented. Since the wedding we have had lots of compliments from our guests about how lovely it was to have Ray playing during the day.
We’d 100% recommend Ray to anyone looking for live music by somebody who fits perfectly into your day. Thank you Ray, and thanks for sticking with us for 3 years of changes of dates!
Jess & Dan xx
The Parlour At Blagdon, Northumberland
We met Ray at a wedding fair in 2019 and even though we walked in not knowing what we were looking for after speaking to him and hearing him play he was the first supplier we agreed on booking.
We eventually got married at Northside Farm 3rd time lucky after having to postpone and find a new venue due to COVID, but through all of the stress Ray couldn’t have been any more helpful. He was always easy to get in touch with and responded quickly. He was very accommodating with multiple date changes and he was extremely friendly and easy to talk to. It was a huge relief to have him on board for our big day.
On the day Ray was a pleasure to have around. He showed up with plenty of time for guests arriving and it was lovely to be able to hear him play as I finished getting ready. He played a good selection of music and there was definitely something for everyone. Ray was really good at getting guests involved, letting the younger children have a turn at playing and keeping the older guests entertained with Name That Tune.
Walking down the aisle to Ray playing our favourite songs was an amazing experience and he would be an asset to anyone’s big day, we couldn’t recommend him enough.
Shannon & Adam xx
Northside Farm, Northumberland
We were so lucky to have Ray perform during our reception and wedding breakfast. From the first time we spoke, he was so friendly and personalised everything to suit our music taste, as well as our guests music taste. From rock music to Motown, everything was perfect and really made our day just that little bit more special. Thanks so much for everything.
Sophie & Andy x
Black Horse Beamish, Co. Durham
We first met Ray when he was playing at a friend’s wedding a few years back and knew then he would be the perfect addition to our big day. Unfortunately Ray was originally booked on our date and we booked someone else, however, he contacted us several months later to say he had become available and with no hesitation we booked him for our date and boy did we not regret it!
Ray was absolutely amazing during our wedding ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast, and everyone loved his music. Ray also managed to keep our 2 little boys entertained during the drinks reception leaving us with some fantastic photos and videos making our memory of our day even better!
If you want a very special and personal touch to your big day then look no further! A true professional and an absolute gentleman who completed our Special Day.
Bethanie & Ben xx
Great North Hotel, Newcastle
To Ray Snowdon
(The best wedding pianist ever!!)
Thank you so so so much for supplying your amazing talent at playing the piano for our church service and drinks reception on the Saturday 24th July 2021 (the best day of the year!😉🤣)
Ray, not only did you play the piano, you also helped Jacob in the church calm down before the service began (I heard he was rather nervous🙈😅)
You played beautifully and really made a huge part of our day special. Thank you for entertaining our guests with requests of cheesy mash ups and also original classical music.
If we have any party or special occasion again in the future I will be certainly getting in touch with you again. We will be recommending you to all of our friends and family!!
Once again, thanks a million.
Suzie & Jacob xx
St Eloy's Church, Great Smeaton
Crathorne Hall, Yarm
We got married at Gisborough Hall - this was our 4th date due to cancellations caused by Covid. Ray was so flexible and accommodating and was more than happy to rearrange and fit in with all of our date changes. Any time we messaged him he got back to straight away and stayed in touch with us throughout.
Ray did a fantastic job playing throughout the wedding ceremony, playing through the welcome drinks and also through the wedding breakfast.
Ray is a great pianist and thoroughly entertained ourselves and our guests. We would highly recommend Ray - you can’t beat having live music at your wedding and Ray even took requests from our nephews which made their day.
Thanks very much Ray, you’re a star!
Erin & Simon xx
Gisborough Hall, Guisborough
We loved having Ray and his music at our wedding. He made the whole process so easy from beginning to end and was a highlight for our guests. We met Ray at a wedding fair and his music choice told us he was perfect for our wedding. He really listened to the type of music we enjoy and read the room well. We appreciated the attention to detail he took, including a Zoom during lockdown where we had a mini-performance so we could talk about our music selection.
As per our request, there was a lot of Elton John and mixtures of older hits as well as some more modern music thrown in. He was a hit with the guests and we couldn’t recommend him enough. If you are in any doubt about having music or which pianist to choose, we would definitely recommend Ray playing music for any arrival drinks and during the wedding breakfast as he did for us. He was a special part of our big day and we can’t thank him enough.
Grace & Ben x
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
We would like to say a massive thank you to Ray, for playing so beautifully at our wedding. Everything was exactly as planned. I can't explain enough how perfect all the selections and the timings were.
We would highly recommend Ray and will be using him again for sure.
Caroline & Peter x
Horton Grange Country House Hotel, Ponteland
We first met Ray at a wedding fair back in 2019 and straight away we knew we wanted him to play at our wedding. He is a dream to work with and during our video calls to chat about our music options, the way he could effortlessly switch from song to song on the piano just blew us away.
On the day the music was perfect and exactly what we wanted. Ray played during our ceremony and drinks reception and many of our family/friends commented on what a nice touch this was and added so much to our special day.
We would recommend Ray to anyone, he is so friendly, professional and excellent at what he does!
Amy & Andy xx
Matfen Hall, Northumberland
Ray provided the music on our wedding day. He played at both the church and the reception venue and was spectacular.
Ray was helpful and easy to deal with, offering us advice and support throughout the planning, such as what to play throughout the day.
All of our guests commented on how wonderful the music was and what a wonderful atmosphere it created, adding a wonderful touch to our very special day. One of the songs we wanted was a specific version of “How Long Will I Love You?”, Ray found the correct version and played it to perfection - putting my Dad into floods of tears!
Ray is a lovely man, totally professional and would recommend to everybody.
Emily & Simon xx
Judges Hotel, Yarm
Jason and I got married in Middleton Lodge where we were absolutely chuffed to have Ray play the piano for us throughout the day. Due to the pandemic our wedding planning process was somewhat out of the ordinary as we were unable to go to any wedding fairs, for the most part couldn’t meet with any suppliers in person, and so the majority of our wedding was researched online and planned via emails and FaceTime! Thankfully Ray made booking our musical entertainment an absolute breeze, and on the day itself Ray was a superstar.
When looking at venues, Ray was recommended by several of the wedding coordinators so we knew we had to check him out. On the website we were able to listen to recordings of Ray playing a wide variety of music, so we sent an email enquiry. Ray replied very quickly, was very polite and friendly, and we arranged an evening to FaceTime so that we could speak in person (sort of) and bounce around ideas for the sort of music we’d like.
During the FaceTime meeting Ray was amazing! He had one of his keyboards set up and literally any song we mentioned he could either play already or managed to improvise very competently and never once said ‘I can’t do that’. He instilled great confidence that he was exactly what we were looking for and would do a fantastic job on the day.
In the last couple of months before the wedding we finalised the type of music and songs we’d like playing during our ceremony. Ray was very positive and took note of all our preferences and even managed to learn a song for our ceremony which he hadn’t heard of before, for which we are very grateful as the song meant a lot to both Jason and I.
On the day itself, Ray had played at the venue multiple times before and so knew exactly where to set up and he added great atmosphere to our day. The bridal entrance music was ‘A Million Dreams’ from the Greatest Showman, we signed our wedding certificate to ‘Your Song’ by Elton John and our specially requested song of ‘Stolen’ by Dashboard Confessional (thank you so much for learning this especially for us Ray!), and we ended our ceremony to ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye.
Ray stayed with us and our guests throughout our drinks and canapés reception and also during our wedding breakfast. He played an absolutely amazing array of music and a great many of our guests commented on the ambience he created and how much they enjoyed listening to him play throughout our day.
Ray really helped to make our day very special and we are extremely pleased we were able to have him join us on the day. We cannot thank him enough and would highly recommend him as the musical entertainment for a great many events.”
Lizzie & Jason xx
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
Having seen Ray first at a wedding showcase, we knew we needed him for our big day. From start to finish Ray was fantastic. He played beautifully throughout both our wedding ceremony in the church and our reception and wedding breakfast.
Would recommend Ray to anyone, and already looking for an excuse to hire him for any future events we have!
Jane & Michael xx
Hallgarth The Manor House, Durham
We couldn’t be happier that we chose Ray to play at our wedding. He organised meetings prior to ensure he knew exactly what we envisioned and completely surpassed our expectations.
We loved the music Ray played at our church and also during our reception drinks and wedding breakfast! Ray played a huge variety so there was something for everyone and I could see a few people miming the words when they recognised the songs. Everyone commented on how lovely the music was and how it added to the relaxed atmosphere. Due to Covid, we had some last minute changes at our church and Ray was very flexible and adaptable which is something we’re very grateful for. He also played alongside the parish choir which sounded beautiful.
Ray is an talented pianist who listens and strives to make your day every bit as perfect as your imagined. Planning a wedding can be stressful but when it came to our music, Ray put us at ease and we trusted him completely.
Gemma & Owen xx
Linden Hall, Longhorsley
It was a pleasure listening to Ray playing at our daughter’s wedding at Homer Hill Farm. Ray set the perfect ambience for the wedding making everyone feel relaxed.
Ray played continuously at the reception and during the wedding breakfast. His music is varied so appeals to everyone.
We highly recommend Ray - he is brilliant.
Mr & Mrs Hide
Homer Hill Farm, Durham
Ray was absolutely amazing from start to finish. From the original booking, to final details and then on the day - wow, just stunning!
Excellent music throughout the ceremony, reception and wedding breakfast. All of our guests raved about him all day … and still are now.
We can’t thank you enough for making our day so special and memorable.
Ashley & Steve xx
Charlton Hall, Northumberland
From the moment we heard ray at a wedding fayre at Hallgarth Manor, we knew he would be an excellent addition to our wedding. We were very lucky to be able to book him at relatively short notice.
Every interaction with Ray was positive leading up to the wedding and also on the day. Even though we were quite indecisive. Ray thought of things that we wouldn’t have thought about ourselves.
On the day Ray was really professional, setting up multiple keyboards so he could play in the different areas of our wedding. Many of our guests commented on how lovely Ray’s playing was.
We asked Ray to play “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”, the theme from “Up” and also songs from Bruno Mars, Etta James and Christina Perri - all played beautifully.
We would definitely recommend Ray to help make any occasion special.
Laura & Liam xx
Hallgarth The Manor House, Durham
Ray played at our wedding ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast and we both feel this helped give the day a natural flow.
Ray made the whole process very relaxed and straightforward, no song request was too much for him. We received lots of compliments from our guests who really enjoyed the added atmosphere of live music.
We would highly recommend Ray!
Beth & Scott x
Holiday Inn Gosforth Park, Newcastle
We first met Ray at a wedding show near Durham and were immediately taken by his friendly and down to earth personality, and of course his brilliant piano skills - so booked him very shortly after.
Before the wedding, Ray was great in organising for us to have a video catch up to go through the sort of music we would like playing on the day. We had a really good chat about everything and felt confident leaving the rest up to him.
Ray played on the day throughout the wedding reception and the wedding breakfast. He was brilliant - the tone was lively throughout the reception when everyone was mingling / drinking and then was very mellow and subtle throughout the wedding breakfast which is exactly what we wanted. He played everything we wanted from classic songs to current chart music.
In terms of set up Ray was so professional, he got straight in and set playing at all the right times without any prompt. Our guests had nothing but good things to say and he really added to the atmosphere of the day.
Ashleigh & Will xx
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
Ray was absolutely spot on from beginning to end - he was so welcoming and friendly from us first reaching out, and nothing was too much trouble.
Ray added an extra personal touch to the day, and was a massive hit with all the guests - from my little nephew who insisted on "helping" Ray play, to our other relatives who were asking Ray to play some of their own favourite songs.
We'd recommend Ray to anyone looking to add that something extra for their wedding :)
Lisa & Liam x
Redworth Hall, Darlington
Ray is the utmost professional - through four date changes and setbacks he kept us informed all the way through.
Ray played during our canapés, welcome drinks and reception - he provided the perfect background to our 25th wedding anniversary party and our guests loved him. Our little guests loved the interaction with him too.
Ray was very easy to deal with and we knew what to expect due to his excellent communication and regular updates. It was lovely to finally see him on the day and hear him play. Thank you so much again Ray.
Louise & Scott xx
Rushpool Hall, Saltburn
So happy that we managed to book Ray for our wedding day. His music was such a special part of our day. Due to him being such a talented pianist, we could just pick our favourite songs and the next minute we're hearing them being played back to us. We have always wanted to walk down the aisle to a specific song because we love it so much, but something about hearing it on the piano just made it even better.
He was so friendly and professional and made the whole planning process and the day run so smoothly! All of our guests commented on how lovely it was having the piano playing in the background while we were outside having a few drinks.
We first met Ray 2 years ago planning our first attempt of our wedding and 2 years later he was still just as excited and enthusiastic for us. Totally worth the wait and so pleased he was available for Round Two.
Would highly recommend him to help make your wedding day that little bit more special!
Helen & Adam xx
Shotton Hall, Peterlee
Ray is amazingly talented, friendly, and just a lovely man, and I implore you all to book him to play the music at your wedding - you won’t be disappointed. He is so enthusiastic at what he does and this is visible when you first meet him. He goes above and beyond to make the day perfect and has an extensive repertoire that will please all of your guests.
I first met him at an open evening at Horton Grange and whilst I hadn’t thought about wedding music previously, as soon as I got home I knew that not only did I want a pianist, but I wanted Ray and I didn’t hesitate to book him straight away. During the wedding journey I found Ray very professional, and he was wonderful at his correspondence both with myself and the venue, which took some of the stress off me. He was also fantastic at the constant postponements during the pandemic and was reassuring despite facing uncertainty.
Ray helped me to choose the wedding music when we met virtually by playing all my favourites so I could hear what they would sound like and he even changed the style to make them fit the day, because that is how talented he is. He provided me with a beautiful sample of the music I walked down the aisle to which will be something I treasure and play over and over again. On our wedding day itself Ray played our music to perfection, I loved every part of our ceremony, reception and wedding breakfast and know the music played a big part in this. He was very professional and was very friendly to all of our guests and played any requests they could think of. We had many comments about how wonderful the music was and just how genuinely nice and amazing he was.
Thank-you Ray, I hope we cross paths again and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone and everyone in the future. It was a pleasure. 😊
Vicki & Tom x
Hartlepool Royal Navy Museum
What can we say - Ray was just amazing from start to finish. This was our third date due to Covid and every time Ray was brilliant at accommodating us, holding dates until we made final decisions.
Our date finally came and he didn’t disappoint. As soon as I started walking down the aisle and heard the song we chose ,it took my breath away - it was absolutely perfect.
He continued to play through our reception outside which was just lovely all our guests commented on how it was that added special touch.
Thank you Ray for being part of making our day special - it was an absolutely pleasure to meet you.
Kaley & Paul xx
Horton Grange, Blagdon
When we first heard Ray play at our local wedding fayre we knew instantly we wanted him to play at our wedding. We chose for Ray to play not only for our ceremony but also throughout our reception and wedding breakfast .
I chose Canon In D to walk down the aisle to - it’s a beautiful song and Ray played it to perfection! There was a certain point in the song that I wanted to walk out to after my bridesmaids and Ray timed this amazingly. During the day Ray played a mix of songs for us. He was setup to play inside and also outside - we were lucky enough to have sunshine and it was lovely having music played whilst our guests socialised around the grounds. We had so many compliments from friends and family throughout the day - having live music really does create a wonderful atmosphere.
Ray is so talented and can play absolutely anything you wish for. He’s professional, friendly and down to earth. We would recommend him to anyone! We want to say a big Thank You again for helping make our day truly amazing.
Gemma & Lewis xx
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
Ray really made our wedding day even more special than we could have imagined. His version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 'The Power Of Love' was absolutely fantastic and we loved it.
We loved listening to the piano play all day long as did our guests.
Ray is an amazing pianist who is very kind and so easy to get along with and nothing is too much trouble for him. We would recommend Ray to anyone!
Nicola & Steven x
Thief Hall, Northallerton
Thank you for making our day so special. Ray was very professional, kind and understanding of our requests from the outset. Everything we asked of him, he delivered on and gave 100%!
In terms of our day, as soon as I heard my entrance song coming into church it was exactly how I imagined it, and made everyone quite emotional. Everyone commented on how beautiful the music was and we both felt Ray’s music made our wedding day.
If any of our friends were to marry in the future, Ray would be top of our list for recommendations as he gave our day that special personalised touch.
Finally we would both like to say thank you again for making our day so special. Our testimonial is true account of how we feel, and our day wouldn’t have been the same without you there!
Helen & Mark xx
St Lawrence's Church, Pittington
Hallgarth Manor, Pittington
We came across Ray at a wedding fayre at South Causey Inn, I followed his Instagram page and started to listen to the videos of him playing and we knew instantly that we wanted him to be a part of our day. We saw Ray had posted a competition so we entered not really thinking we would win, but we did and we were absolutely delighted he was going to be a part of our day!
Ray made the planning so easy and made us feel so relaxed from the first time we spoke! Ray's playing on the day was incredible and a lot of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music during the ceremony and in the bar afterwards, not forgetting how much our son Louis enjoyed himself bashing the keys.
We highly recommend Ray if you are after that extra special touch on your wedding day!
Amy & Scott xx
South Causey Inn, Stanley
Couldn't have asked for a better pianist to play at our wedding!
With having to postpone our wedding a few times, we had been speaking to Ray for just over 2 years. Throughout everything Ray was professional and very helpful with any enquiries that we might have had.
Ray played from the ceremony until after our wedding breakfast. We wanted lots of different styles of music and Ray certainly fulfilled that request. It was amazing to have live music at our wedding - it made our day extra special, and all the guests especially loved trying to guess the songs Ray was playing!
We would highly recommend Ray to play at your wedding. If it's a friendly and fabulous pianist you are wanting at your wedding, he's your guy.
Rachel & Martin x
Crathorne Hall, Yarm
I fell in love with the piano about 20 years ago and when I bumped into Ray at a wedding fayre for my sister, I took a leaflet for myself. We weren't planning our wedding at this point, but I kept Ray's details safe for almost a year.
Ray went above and beyond for our wedding at Beamish Hall. He asked if we had any songs or artists we wanted or didn't want and he liaised with the venue about timings and where he would be located in each room/outside etc. We felt completely relaxed and had full trust in Ray so let him have full reign over our songs and he played them all perfectly. He played something for everyone and created a fantastic atmosphere from the ceremony to the drinks reception to the wedding breakfast. I had an unusual but sentimental song request to walk down the aisle to, and nothing was a problem or too much trouble for Ray. He learnt it, he FaceTimed me to make sure I was happy with it, and executed it magically on the big day.
Ray - all of our guests loved you and we would not hesitate to recommend you to anybody. You are such a lovely gentleman and it was our pleasure to have you there on our special day. Hope to see you again soon!
Megan & Dan xx
Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley
We booked Ray as we wanted live music all through the wedding to play in our drinks reception and through our wedding breakfast. Ray was familiar with our venue and was able to get set up with no issues on the day.
The music was a true eclectic mix from music our parents enjoyed to modern day chart music. It created a great atmosphere and all of our guests commented on it being different from a standard playlist in a venue - it really brings an energy to the day and also something for guests who don't know each other to talk about.
Ray was super easy to book with and considering we moved our wedding so much this made us feel confident in him on the day as he remained professional and understanding through the process.
We wouldn't hesitate to book Ray again for future events especially with us having big birthdays coming up!
Philippa & Alexander x
Ellingham Hall, Northumberland
We got married at Beamish Hall and asked Ray to play during our ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast.
We knew we wanted music for the ceremony based around the A View To A Kill soundtrack and asked Ray to take elements of the songs to create something subtle and romantic. He did it absolutely perfectly, capturing the feel beautifully. Our family commented how emotional the music was, even bringing a couple of them to tears! We walked out as man and wife to a cover of Bruce Springsteen's Tougher Than The Rest which we later had as our first dance; allowing our guests a secret preview of the dance, without them even knowing.
For the reception, we asked Ray to play general, easy listening background music which our guests commented on how relaxing the atmosphere was while mingling at the drinks reception and during the wedding breakfast. They enjoyed picking out songs they recognised too!
From the first email exchanged with Ray, all our communication with him has been perfect. From keeping us informed via email, to chatting on video calls and listening to the music he created for us, Ray has made it so personal and memorable. It is very evident how talented he is, and how much he enjoys playing.
We can't thank Ray enough for helping make our day so special!
Sarah & Jonathan x
Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley
Ray played at our wedding at Blackwell Grange Hotel in Darlington. He was fantastic from start to finish. He has multiple keyboards so there is no awkward setting up or moving as he played in three different locations throughout the day - nothing was too much for him.
My best man organised a shot of tequila for everyone after the wedding breakfast and it was a lovely surprise that Ray played the Tequila song to really set the mood of family and friends coming together. He plays a great range of genres which helped keep all our guests entertained throughout.
I couldn’t recommend him more! Fantastic pianist, and will no doubt make future brides and grooms wedding days just that little extra special!
Jess & Jonathan x
Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington
Where do we start? Booking you was a last-minute addition to our wedding, and Wow Wow, are we glad of it!
From our first Zoom meeting to post-wedding communication, you are a true delight, Ray! We loved your enthusiasm when discussing music options, especially when you agreed to go with our 80s A-Ha exit song!
On the day, your professionalism and talent really shone, and the atmosphere was perfect because of you. All of our guests commented on how special you made the ceremony - there wasn't a dry eye walking down the aisle to I Giorni.
We can't thank, or recommend you enough, Ray, for making our wedding day an unforgettable, magical occasion.
Thank you for everything
Sarah & Tom xx
Bowburn Hall Hotel, Durham
Ray was an absolute delight to have at our wedding.
The music he played was brilliant …. it was a really treat for our guests and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. In the run up to our wedding Ray was always on hand to help answer questions and give advice. He helped us create some beautiful memories!
Thank you Ray
Amanda & John x
Judges Hotel, Yarm
We first heard Ray play at a Horton Grange wedding fayre and, both being music lovers, agreed immediately that we wanted Ray to be part of our day. From the outset Ray was courteous and clear that anything we wanted on the day would gladly be provided - it was our day. Ray even came to our home to ensure he had everything correct to ensure it met our needs.
We asked Ray to play entrance music for the bride and other favourite songs during the service. We chose for Ray to play them and we are delighted we did as the personal touch just added to the occasion. Ray played a wide variety of tunes during the photographs and the wedding breakfast and numerous guests commented on the lovely relaxed atmosphere the music created.
We originally booked Ray for our March 2020 wedding which due to Covid was delayed to November 2020 and then finally took place in October 2021. In the intervening period Ray kept in touch, asking how we were, and checking our music requirements hadn't changed
All in all I would fully recommend Ray for anyone's wedding. Personal customer service is excellent and the music and occasion he creates is wonderful.
Kay & John x
Horton Grange, Blagdon
Greg and I would like to thank you so much for playing the piano at our wedding on 1st November.
We’ve had so many compliments on how beautiful the music was throughout the day. Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as I walked down the aisle definitely set the tears off! The music kept our guests entertained during the day and whilst we were off getting pictures taken. It added such a special touch during our wedding breakfast.
Thanks again for being part of our special day.
Emma & Greg xx
Shotton Grange, Blagdon