We’re firm believers that the show must go on, and we had a chance to experience this first hand very recently… Having a unique wedding is something many couples strive for, although the remarkably rare experience Gaby and Daniel Rosehill had at their wedding in the Grand Hotel, in Brighton was certainly not the memorable moment anybody would anticipate.
An anonymous source phoned the police and told them there was an explosive device in the building. The fire alarms started to ring when the couple weren’t married yet – they stood under a chuppah, just two minutes into the ceremony when it all went down!
Understandably, Daniel thought it was a prank at first and joked that it might have been ‘divine intervention’. In his own words, “You couldn’t write the timing of it with the alarm going off just as Gaby was walking up the aisle.”
Even the rabbi thought that nothing was wrong, as he joked that “someone had burnt the potatoes.” The fact of the matter is that we all had to leave when police told us there has been news of a bomb threat. Understandably, this certainly put an initial damper on things!
This resourcefulness was due to how the Grand Hotel became off-limits for five hours while police and bomb disposal experts swept the area.
Necessity truly is the mother of invention and we’re more than pleased about the way we solved the situation. The police were still conducting checks, so we couldn’t even leave the Hilton; still, we went around the hotel to try and find instruments and initially put together a bedside table acting as our bass drum, we filled cocktail shakers with sweets to shake and make some noise, and collected wine bottles that we could hit with forks too! We finally found the AV room by chance and set up some mics and speakers.
All in all, a unique experience that will stay with us for a very long time.
It wasn’t difficult to see that the couple and the family were a bit upset by it all at first (we certainly can’t blame them!). But Gaby and Daniel eventually believed that the events of their big day ended up making it remarkable and even unforgettable – and we can’t argue with that.
And we’re more than happy that they went off on their honeymoon to Tenerife to enjoy a relaxing few days away from it all.
So, what did our musicians have to say about all this? Well, reactions were varied, of course, but one thing was true; we held on strong despite the fright we got! From feeling like “we were the musicians on the Titanic” to “We’re here to give a party and that’s what we’ll do!”, the general sentiment was one of joy and determination.
As one of our musicians put it, “there was a lot of love in the room to help make the wedding special” and we were honoured to have been part of such a beautiful event – even if things didn’t go according to plan!
We’re relieved that in the end, nothing was found and that the police are now searching for the person who called it in, and we can’t deny that we had a fantastic time with everyone. This wedding was truly one-of-a-kind for us too, as guests and entertainers, but we don’t let something like a bomb scare stop us from getting the job done!
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