No business should be without a Dave Drane: A cool cat with a head packed with invention and imagination! Dreamwave Events could not be where it is today and it still rapidly moving on up. The sky’s the limit!
Our Co-Director – Dave Drane
Dave keeps Dreamwave ahead of the game. He is well and truly our ideas man. His confidence in his own ability and that of the team, keep Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting leading the way in innovation.
Like any creative individual, Dave Drane can be a slightly left of the middle. Fixated on his photographic pose (yes there was much debate on which photos to include in this blog post), chiseled features and receding hairline (😱) he is still a complete teddy bear! But make no mistake his professionalism and focus provides the motive power required for success; and nothing succeeds like success!
Image Credit Lucy Taylor photography. All copyright remains with the photographer Dave Drane Speaking at GeeWizz Midsummer Ball
Dave Drane – What you are will show in what you do (Thomas Edison)
A young Dave begun his career as DJ, “Dave Dreamer.” He also gained a wealth of sound and lighting production knowledge working successfully for Highlite International, a Dutch based audio and visual equipment supplier. Whilst working for Highlite, Dave joined forces with DJ Paul Pollard(our other Co-director) at “Making Waves” to form Dreamwave Events!
I think I have made it quite clear that Dave is our ideas man. I caught up with Dave to get his insight into his perspective on Dreamwave and his role in the mechanics of the business:
When Paul and I started out together almost ten years ago, we never dreamt we would be where we are now within the industry and with such a strong team beside us.
As with any business; roles change, as well as direction. I don’t personally get to DJ as much these days as I’d like but am very happy to hand over the ‘platters’ to our good skilled team of guys. More is required to be done on a day to day basis but we like to stay true to our routes providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality.
Looking ahead Dreamwave is moving in to new areas of the sound and lighting industry with developments in to rental and installations that is proving very exciting and productive.
Milsoms Kesgrave Hall is hosting it’s amazing wedding open day 2018 on 7th October, 10.30am until 2pm. The Milsoms Wedding team know how to put on a wedding fair and you need to see it to believe it! They have everything covered that you will need for your day as well as their awesome venue to view!
Wedding Open Day 2018, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.
We are proud to be the Milsoms Group recommended supplier for DJ services and Lighting hire. Of course, we will be in attendance! There will be an array of other professionals in their field from photography to Casinos. Make sure you make the most of their expertise!
If you cant make the date, or simply have more questions about our DJ or lighting services, get in touch and we will be happy to help!
When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world (George Washington Carver). Sophie Hannah Richardson and Robin certainly achieved that! Her original and creative wedding day can only be described as EPICCCCCCCCCC!
The Wedding Venue – Captains Wood Barn
Captains Wood Barn set the scene for this awesome day. Found in 50 acres of Essex woodland, Captains Wood barn can be hired for the whole weekend to be dressed as you please. This was a perfect choice to allow Sophie’s innovative ideas to be brought to life…and boy, did she do just that!
Alberto & Yago Videographywere flown from Barcelona. With Sophie being an avid and successful vlogger a fab wedding vid was a must have!
” I wanted someone who created more of a music video style wedding film that was edgy, fast-paced and fun to watch”
(Rock n Roll Bride)
Creative Wedding – The Lighting and Decor
We are soooo pleased Sophie approached us to take part in her day. Her natural upbeat and cool personality was emanated on her wedding day with her emphasis on refreshing, original and lavish design .
“We were so happy we picked Dreamwave to create our lighting and DJ area for our wedding. They really listened to what we wanted to achieve and excelled in making it happen. They were a pleasure to work with and we can’t thank them enough for making our ideas come to life! Would 100% recommend to everyone!”
The Barn – Creative Wedding Lighting
We wanted to create Sophie’s desired style and cool wedding vibe. Seriously, when you see the end result it will make you want to get married all over again (to the same husband!).
Go on; swoon over our Festoon belts used to hang Pendant Drops and larger Vintage Filament Lamps of different heights and sizes. Additional Festoon strings were hung higher in the the barn to add further depth. Further pendant drops were also added behind the top table as a mini festoon backdrop to create an ideal focal point.
Our “Naked” wire floor standing lampshadesadded to the overall theme.
Sophie knew exactly how she wanted her reception venue to look. Captains Wood Barn lent itself to all her ideas. Our Wooden DJ Booth and Lit studio signs truly complement.
This spectacular couple know how to put on a party. They hired our top quality DJ Equipment and had additional special effectsof Smoke Machines, Moving Heads, Pyrotechnic Confetti Blasts and Vintage Blaze effects on the dance floor. We have it all at Dreamwave HQ!
Outside the Barn – Creative Wedding Decor
The outdoor covered barn was the ideal place to feature some additional lighting and decor for guests to catch some fresh air in the evening. A full festoon backdrop completely lit the back wall to illuminate the area and our Retro Lampshades hanging from the barn ceiling.
Additional Outdoor Lighting
What wedding outdoor lighting doesn’t need a festoon walkway to guide the way? The difference is, is that this pathway, in true wedfest style, had a flame beacon at the end of it – yep a bonfire!
Dreamwave Lighting and Decor featured in Rock N Roll Bride
Sophie knew from the outset that her wedding would be anything but conventional – The Pastel Palm Springs inspired theme incorporating California and Cacti caught the attention of Rock n Roll Bride – the bible for the alternative bride!
Sophie and Robin managed to balance their love of creativity and D.I.Y wedding along with choosing the right professionals who understood their vision. With the help of Rock the Day Stylingto co-ordinate their original concepts, Sophie saw all her ideas come together.
“I cant believe I managed to pull it off and create what had been in my brain for the last year”
(Rock n Roll Bride)
Get in Touch
If you want to be original, be ready to be copied: This creative wedding is one for the history books when it comes to planning and design. I know this will illustrate a lot of couple’s wedding goals! Contact us to see what we can do for you to re-create the look. Before your do check out what we need to know about your enquiry.
Introducing the lovely Gemma Giorgio! Gemma is a talented, Essex based, documentary wedding photographer. If you are lucky enough to have secured Gemma Giorgio as your wedding photographer, you can relax; This camera wielding magician will capture your days atmosphere, vibe and feel of your wedding; delivering your memories in framed still-shot excellence.
Her obviously likable personality will put you at ease almost immediately allowing Gemma to express her skills through shooting those beautiful spontaneous moments and naturally posed images.
Essex Wedding Photographer, Gemma Giorgio
In the case of Wedding of wedding photographer, a picture definitely speaks a thousand words. Gemma has kindly sent us through a selection of photos where we had the pleasure of working alongside her:
We worked alongside Gemma in August 2018 providing our Wedding Day package with one of our skilled DJ’s entertaining from the afternoon into the evening at Le Talbooth in Essex along with our marquee Fairy Lighting.
Every picture of Gemma’s tells a story and I would highly recommend her for your day.
The team at All Saints Hotelin Bury St Edmunds, Suffolkare hosting The Wedding Showcase 2018. Their aim is design an event to create opportunities for you that create interactions! This is the time to start planning your wedding. The Wedding Showcase 2018 is a great place begin. Grasp the chance to discuss your ideas with wedding suppliers face to face and take advantage of their expertise.
Wedding Showcase 2018 at All Saints Hotel
The Wedding Fair is taking place on Sunday 30th September 2018 from 11am until 3pm. An array of professional wedding suppliers, including us, will be ready to greet you with a universal smile and armed with ideas, expertise and advice in their craft.
Where and and How do I begin Planning!
Remember no communication will be your arch enemy when planning your special day! Be prepared for information overload and be organised! My post on Wedding Fair Preparation is a good place to kickoff!
Relax, you have plenty of time
Why not make the most of the stunning wedding venue and ground of All Saints Hotel? Take your time at the Wedding Showcase 2018 and book afternoon tea with your Bridal Party, on offer for the day at £16pp)
Dreamwave will be there
We, the Dreamwave Events team, look forward to welcoming you at The Wedding Show to chat all about the DJ Services we can offer and inspiring Lighting Design ideas we can install for your wedding day.
Of course, of you have questions prior to your visit (or after), feel free to give us a shout.
Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018 – Dressed to Impress
If you are planning to get married in Essex/Suffolk you wont regret seeing Wivenhoe House in Colchester all dressed up for a wedding day. It looks absolutely stunning! The drawing room will be dressed for a Civil Cermony and the Garden Suite and Garden Gazebo will be fully dressed as you would expect on your wedding day.
The team at Wivenhoe House are great. They will be on hand to give you a tour of the grounds and answer any questions you have.
Where can we be found at the Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018?
Team Dreamwave will be found in the Garden Suite where your evening party is held. We offer highly skilled DJ entertainment and a comprehensive and striking lighting and decor services. Our drapingof the Garden Suite is particularly popular. We will be able to answer any questions you have.
Attention all engaged couples. This is the one you have been waiting for: Pencil Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day in your diaries for Sunday 2nd September.
Where and when is Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day?
Le Talboothis set in the beautiful Essex Countryside on the Suffolk border, nestled by the river Stour.. The Marquee will be open to view in all it’s glory from 10.30am until 3pm on Sunday 2nd September 2018 set up the the amazingMilsoms Wedding Team who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.
What Suppliers will be Attending Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day?
Of course, as the solely recommended company for DJ and Lighting Hire for the Milsom’s group, we will be attending and showcasing our lighting flare and DJ set up in Dreamwave style. We have a multitude of choice ofLightingstyle, DJ servicesand Set up options to suit every wedding theme. Our Cocktail DJ Service for your Drinks Reception music is particularity popular on the lawn in the sun!
We do not need magic to change the world; we need people like Gina Long, MBE and founder of GeeWIzz Foundation, to raise funds for charity by organising events like the GeeWizz Midsummer Ball. Her success is from championing a cause greater than herself. GeeWizz was created to help children, young adults and their families, living with disability and those affected by cancer in Suffolk and Norfolk.
GeeWizz Midsummer Ball 2018
The first ever GeeWizz Midsummer Ball was held this year at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk. We, at Dreamwave Events, are proud to have offered our support. I’m please to say the event was a more than a sound success raising nearly £50,000!
Hundreds of guests attended a glorious evening of fantastic food and exceptional entertainment. There was music, dancing and a grand auction to be enjoyed by the all in a sunny summer setting.
How did Dreamwave support the GeeWizz Midsummer Ball?
Gina said: “We just wanted to say the BIGGEST THANK YOU for your WONDERFUL support in helping us raise £48,797 for our very special GeeWizz Charity at our Midsummer Party, on what was the most perfect Friday evening at Milsom’s Kesgrave Hall. To say you so went above the call of duty, would be an understatement. I am indebted to you, you really are SUPERSTARS, thank you, thank you, thank you. The Hangar and Kesgrave Hall Gardens, looked so absolutely beautiful. It really was the best, most memorable, magical evening, one that everybody loved being at. Ali LOVED working with you all, we can’t wait to work with you again and again.”
Outside – DJ and Concept Lighting at Kesgrave Hall
Our Festoons were positioned outside in Festival style lighting hanging from tree to tree, decorated with foliage from Figa & Co, leading guests down steps to The Hangar entrance. Selected trees were also wrapped in our Fairy Lights to further enhance the festival feel.
Outside – The Hangar Entrance – BBQ Area
The festival feel event lighting continued down the steps leading to our Dreamwave designed outdoor stage wood pallet composition with a hessian backdrop. This was additionally complemented by hanging lamps, our Wooden DJ Booth , large Vintage Blaze retro lights to add to the vibeand a stunning enrichment of foliage. The composition of this set up completely blew me away! On top of this, our Dreamwave DJ performed our renowned Cocktail DJ Set whilst guests arrived to upbeat festival music in the mix.
The Hangar, Marquee Entrance
We supplied and installed lose hanging festoons in the entrance marquee and further greenery was added by Figa & Co to continue the theme.
The Main Hangar Area
The festival vibe progressed into the main Hangar area by hanging pendant lamps and foliage around the wall areas. A simple Fairy Light design was hung to a central point.
Our specialist Dreamwave Lighting Technician controlled the lighting from our own control desk to create the inspired festive effect.
The guest DJ’s, Brandon Blockand Alex P, performed their stupendous sets on our supplied DJ Equipment and Dreamwave designed Pallet Booth with one of our Dreamwave DJ’s filling the gaps.
All in all it was a pretty awesome day. Judging by the amount raised the event was obviously a huge success that was enjoyed by all who attended. We had a great time. Thank you to Gina Long and GeeWizz for asking us to be part of the day!
Mick is a man who knows a lot about everything. He is our resident being in the warehouse and an invaluable member of our team. Not only in the warehouse, he can also be founds crewing on events or with a hot brew in his palms.
What Does Mick Do at Dreamwave Events?
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but if it is; give it to Mick! He is definitely the daddy of Dreamwave, taking care of us all. He’s an organisational crackerjack and our warehouse wonder-man. Mick Pollard, the master of mending is repairing the world one light bulb at a time. He keeps all our products in tip top condition, checking each individual item carefully prior to each event, making sure it’s to the Dreamwave high standards of expectation.
Being the Lord of the warehouse, he has to be meticulous in his workings. He always has several assignments on the go from simple painting and decorating, staying ready for the busy season to being part of implementing new lighting project designs. Thus helping Dreamwave Events keep ahead of the game by bringing new inspirational arrangements that lead the way in wedding and party lighting and decor trends.
Current Projects with Mick Pollard
As Mick is pretty handy with a soldering iron, he can be found in the centre of new projects tinkering away in the warehouse. His current work is directing him to the design of a new prototype DJ Booth to add to our current collection of DJ set ups. Watch this space…..
Creative people dream big and make their own rules. Captains Wood Barn is the perfect venue to draw outside the lines and put your own stamp on your wedding. Dan and Andrea opted for this wedding venue in rural Essex for that very reason. Being totally dry hire and exclusively theirs for the weekend, every decision was their own!
“We’re both creative people and we both love adventures. This lead us to start our own blogjust over two years ago. We both love D.I.Y, and can turn our hand to most things. Dan designed our invites, games, signage, tattoos, custom glasses, posters and just about everything else you see printed. We LOVED wedding planning, it was so much fun and we both contributed equally to the process and just wanted the day to reflect us, our loves, our interests, everything was considered. We were so pleased with how it turned out and just had the best day ever. Everyone still says it was the most personal wedding they’ve ever been too!”
The Lighting Dan and Andrea had at Captains Wood Barn from Dreamwave Events
Image Source: Jess Soper Phototgraphy
“Many thanks again for the stellar job you did with the lighting. It really looked amazing – especially the low seating area. It was better than how we imagined it. “
The Dance Floor Area at Captains Wood Barn
Remember; Elegance is not standing out, it is being remembered. Our Hanging droplet festoons defined the dance floor area for Andrea and Dan’s evening party. Striking vintage filament lamps hung from droplet festoon strings to create their desired look.
The Moroccan Seating Area at Captains Wood Barn
We worked with Amy from Anthology Vintage Hire to create this alluring low seating area. Andrea and Dan’s guests could escape the barn to a quiet outside cozy setting when the need arose! We feel our on trend Geometric Hanging Lamps complemented the theme perfectly!
What did Andrea and Dan think?
Why did you choose Captains Wood Barn as your Wedding Venue?
“Once we saw Captains Wood we just couldn’t get it out of our heads. It wasn’t a predefined space, we could set it up and lay it out how we liked. It was relaxed and informal enough to throw a great party, but we knew we could zone it so the grandparents and kids would have a quieter space. We also loved Bob, Sally and Amy (who also runs AVH) they were so friendly and open to ideas and kind. Sally even gave us some sweet peas from her garden to take home after a viewing – a much nicer gift than a glossy folder or tote bag. We just had such good vibes we didn’t want to give our money to anyone else!”
How did you find our about Dreamwave Events?
“When started to think about great parties we thought about the vibe of Beertopia at Milsoms; live music and pour your own drinks. We went with friends last October too and it was the first time we noticed the lighting. It was Dreamwave so we’d seen their work in situ and in the context of a great party too!”
Real DIY Wedding of Andrea and Dan; Captains Wood Barn Wedding Venue in Essex
“We just wanted the day to reflect us. We write about travel a lot, so we included a lot of things we love from our own adventures in the décor. Our colour scheme was pinks, greens and golds and wanted natural elements that reflected the beautiful woodland setting of the barn.
The dancefloor was an important area to get right. Dan was performing in a band so we wanted something special that really encouraged everyone to get on the dancefloor. The lighting was really key to zoning the areas too as there’s no definitive dancefloor – like we said you can lay it out how you like at CWB.
We also wanted a quieter chill area. When we go out these days we tend to prefer quieter bars where you can have actual conversations. We also love a good roof top bar to chill out in when we visit new cities so the idea of a low seating area stemmed from there. It’s the kinda thing we’d have in our garden – if we had one – so we wanted to create the kind of space you could chill and chat with your mates in. I think we ran away with the lighting in our first meeting with Dave – the options for impact are endless and when we pitched the idea of a low seating area in the outdoor covered barn – we knew Dave’s mind was working overtime with ideas.”
Tell me about how you think the lighting added to your wedding and the over affect?
“We did so much of the décor, the coordination and the set-up ourselves. There was actually very little we hired or bought in. We invested in the things that were most important to us and we knew we weren’t capable of achieving, things like the lighting and furniture. The lighting really helped to elevate our D.I.Y Wedding, providing us with enchanting spaces and gave perfect ambiance to the party.”
I particularly loved the Moroccan seating area created with our new geometric lamps and décor form Anthology Vintage Hire. Was this how you envisioned it?
“Yes, absolutely. This is something we couldn’t have achieved without our suppliers. It looked amazing and was as cosy as we’d hoped for too. When it came to asking for the lighting for this area, we knew you’d be able to get this right and translate our ideas into realities. It really made a lot of people say wow, it was the first hint of the wedding everyone had as the main barn doors were shut when everyone arrived.”
Re-create the look using Andrea and Dan’s suppliers: