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Original Fun Creative Wedding – Captains Wood Barn

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 Videography were 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!”

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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!).

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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 lampshades added to the overall theme.

The DJ Area – Creative Wedding Decor

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 effects of Smoke Machines, Moving Heads, Pyrotechnic Confetti Blasts and Vintage Blaze effects on the dance floor.  We have it all at Dreamwave HQ!

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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.

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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

You can also see this wedding 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!

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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 Styling to 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.

 

Sources:

Photography: Jess Soper Photography

Video: Alberto and Yago Videography

Lighting, Decor and DJ Equipment Hire: Dreamwave Events

Ceremony Venue: St Peters Ad Vincula, Coggeshall

Reception Venue: Captains Wood Barn

Brides Dress: Lazaro

Bride’s Shoes: Dolls Kill

Brides Head Piece: Beretkah

Brides Jacket: Isolated Heroes

Grooms Attire:  ASOS

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jarlo London

Cake: Blondi’s Bakery

Flowers: The Flower Arranger

Glitter Station:  Luna Glitter Bar

Coordinator:  Rock the Day Styling

Furniture: Anthology Vintage Hire

Transport: Whites Chauffeur

 

 

Venue Décor – Draping for weddings and parties

How can you use Draping for your wedding or party?

Have you found the mac to your cheese or the gravy for your mash and are you’re now planning your wedding? I am going to plant the seed of my wisdom in this blog post…. My wedding was in a standard village hall and without draping, the whole place would have been downright daggy!  A big shout out to mummy for making them as this was very time consuming and stressful for her – but if you plan draping allowance within your budget, you wont have to put the parent unit through the same turmoil!

Venue draping is so utterly versatile and in my opinion one of the most effective ways to make a venue completely transform.  By adding layer and texture to your venue you can completely revamp your space.  Whether you’re looking to support a rustic vintage theme, establish classic elegance or give your venue vibrant intensity; draping décor can achieve this.  Here are my thoughts on the best ways to use draping……….

 

Complete Coverage

If you don’t like the naked walls of the room, you can totally transform your venue by embellishing it with fabric making it more intimate with white or pastel draping. Alternatively use energetic colour for a modern, lounge room feel.

Wall Draping

Ceiling and Wall

If you have a venue that brings a lot of its own character, like a barn, by placing swoops of fabric from beams across the ceiling you are focusing attention on these unique features.

Cover un-appealing wall décor or simply change the ambience by covering the room borders.

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Entrance Areas

Visitors always give pleasure – if not the arrival, the departure.  Your may as well give them a stylish entrance and exit by defining the areas.   These spaces give the option of classic arrangements but also allow opportunity to use a-typical styling.

 

Feature areas

A key Wedding Trend of 2017 is the use of feature areas.  Venue draping is the perfect way to characterize an area you wish to designate.

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Backdrops

You can represent a space with a scenery of fabric behind a top table, Band/DJ Performance area (Our Dreamwave DJ’s love focus on the party area!) or enhance a simple ceremony area.  Backdrops are a both totally gorgeous and versatile.

Draping and Fairy Light Backdrop

How to enrich draping décor

So, you have decided on the fabulous draping, but you now need to complete the look. Fairy lights are an ideal candidate to add that bit of sparkle.  I personally love the use of intense Fairy Lighting on a target area placed behind a focal backdrop.  These radiate streams of light and so add to the party feel.

The flexibility of Up-Lighters make them optimal candidate for a party or wedding.  Situated behind the draping yielding a natural warm glow (a favourite for weddings) or glaring a vibrant hue of colour to party the night away.  These simple and affordable units are perfect to complete your sought after atmosphere.

LOVE the idea of having the warm glow during your wedding breakfast and then changing the setting by altering the colour and vibe for your evening party.  Signify day to night with the impact of a bright colour to boogie the night away!

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Where Draping can be used

Dreamwave Events has installed draping in barns, conference rooms, marquees, private homes and even castles to create impressive focal points.  Check out our Pinterest page for further inspiration.

 

Don’t Worry About the Fixings

We use a pipe and drape system for our wall coverage and backdrops, so no fixings are required. Where fixings are required, we would get express permission from the venue and will adhere to their specifications to produce the draping look required.

 

What Dreamwave Events Do

Our team will keep those wedding stress levels under control.  They come armed with buckets of experience and professionalism.   Where required we will provide a design consultation to give a customized quotation to achieve the gorgeous look envisioned.

To set up, we arrive at the venue in good time prior to an event and guarantee our draping is in excellent condition upon installation.

 

Check out our guys in action at Wivenhoe House…..

 

I know that everyone wants their wedding venue to look and be perfect.  Just remember perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence!

So how much is this going to cost????

I’m not going to beat around the bush; Draping takes a lot of preparation time and labour but honestly, the effect is worth it.  I cannot give a set price as there are so many variables to consider.  Obviously the less draping used and ease of installation will be the cheapest option.  If you want to find out more……

Go on…Give us a call!

Contact us to discuss your requirements.  We want to help you achieve your lighting and décor image.

 

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Aisle and Carpet Runner

A Carpet Runner for all Occasions

 

The final piece to complete your wedding ceremony room would have to be an Aisle and Carpet Runner.  This often-overlooked piece of luxury décor can ultimately be the missing element that can transform any area into a more intimate affair and provide a focus in an open space whether this be in a church, civil ceremony hall or building or in a private house or marquee.

 

Ceremony Carpet Runner

Photo (above) taken at Hengrave Hall

Ivory Aisle/Carpet Runner

With understated style and effortless quality, the Ivory Carpet Runner embodies warmth and contentment for a ceremony. Its neutral colour presents a comfortable centrepiece and embraces all the features within the room.  The carpet runner also concentrates the attention of guests on the bride floating down the aisle, the happy couple during their ceremony and departure of the doting newlyweds.

The ambience created and emphasised with our LED candles and Lanterns will subtly intensify your tender occasion.

 

Red Carpet

Concentrate your entrance and capture your guests focus with our glamorous Red Carpet walkway. A radiant Red Carpet will invite your arrivals in VIP style, guiding them into your event.

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Photo (above) taken at Prested Hall

Other colours

Dreamwave do not only provide red and ivory carpet runners. We are able to cater for request of a multitude of colours and designs upon request.

 

Installation

Dreamwave Events will ensure your Carpet Runner is conscientiously installed, maintained and scrupulously cleaned prior to the arrival of you and your guests.

The quality of our service is attributed to the preparation of the carpet runner.  With extreme attention to detail our Dreamwave Crew assure that it is lined perfectly for your occasion and meticulously cleaned in our warehouse and again at your venue.

 

Contact Us

I am confident that the addition of an aisle or carpet runner is worthwhile addition to any event. They really do set the scene and unify all the ingredients at an occasion providing the perfect recipe whether for a romantic ceremony or centralised focus as an entrance walkway.

For further information on services we offer, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

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Wedding Trends 2017

2017 is looking to be an exciting year to get married. Wedding trends are aiming to be truly engaging.  We have oodles of design perspectives to share and give your wedding the ‘Dreamwave treatment’.

I have catalogued below what I feel are the coming wedding trends.  This focuses on our specialist industry of DJ and Lighting, Décor and venue styling…

 

Industrial Warehouse Weddings

Wedding Trends of 2017 are honing in on the rustic theme with an interesting twist; concentrating on an industrial notion.  It is bringing warehouse style weddings combining metallic colours and décor along with geometric designs. This along with a splash of floral or other decorative femininity makes the ideal mash up between macho and elegance.

Using a venue that already has more of an industrial look and feel is going to be popular this year.  The permanent architectural features such as its brickwork walls and supporting beams can be used to highlight this theme making a perfect canvas for décor and lighting.

With this said, by adding elements of industrial design to any venue or space is also possible.  A good example of this is our steel cages.  These can be placed around a ceremony or reception then filled with either festoon belts, hanging lamps or candles.

 

Wedding Trends 2017

 

The Metallic Revolution

Whilst always being steadily popular, the eruption of metallic features and colours are fast becoming a primary concept of wedding themes of 2017.  When using the glamorous vintage tone of copper, silver and gold used along with the correct warm glow lighting; you can form a metallurgic sensation!

 

Geometric Compositions

 

Wedding Trend 2017 Essex and Suffolk

(Pictured Below: TERRAIUM from Festive Lights website)

 

Continuing with the industrial theme wedding trends there is a focus on geometric compositions. The placement of copper/gold Terrarium with their angular shapes and corners look awesome when set on table centres.  These urban looking and detailed vessels can add a mini botanical feature to your wedding theme.  They can either be filled with plants, foliage, LED candles or battery fairy lights. Our friends at Festive Lights have a large range of these Terrariums for sale.

 

Structures, Hanging Wonders, and Feature Areas

A clear forerunner and key focal point in this post is the wedding trend up-rise of feature design areas such as suspending structures and centrepiece displays.

Suspending structures take advantage of un-used space above heads to give an optic punch.  Especially relevant is our purpose built Rustic Chandeliers with hanging Edison bulbs.  This has been growing in popularity and is a notable attribute for a special occasion.  Our Chandeliers come in various sizing and styles to suit your desired look and theme.  Working with florists and merging our expertise to complete the design as a whole to tie in all the elements together is a must.

I chatted to Bev from Jades Flowers about this trend and how floristry is going to trend this year. She had this great information…

‘Hanging florals and foliage is a trend that looks set to continue throughout 2017.  There are numerous ways to add impact to a ceiling to create a jaw dropping, unique display that wows guests all day and looks simply spectacular in photographs.

Ceilings can be adorned with anything from floral chandeliers, tree branches dripping with hanging flowers and either light bulbs or meters and meters of garlands made from sweet smelling eucalyptus and rosemary.’

 

Wedding Trends 2017

(Photograph above by Jasmine Jade Photography)

 

This overall industrial theme mixed with an array of mesmerizing floristry not only makes this approach extremely rewarding; but when this combination of manly and dainty design styles are used together, they result in fabulously balanced décor.

Concepts such as macramé (knotted criss-cross deigns) backdrops or even a vibrant coloured panel of ribbons make for an impressive canvas to direct the focus on dedicated food stations and interactive guest experiences.

The huge surge in wedding trends is to use reclaimed wood to adorn feature areas.  Amy and her team at Anthology Vintage Hire are experts at this.  They can construct quality themed areas to make your day unique.  Following this theme, we also have our new DJ Tables made from reclaimed wood to tie in with this rustic affair.

 

Wedding trend for 2017 reclaimed

 

Contact us….

The guys here have been busy in the warehouse designing and making concepts to match these upcoming wedding trends of 2017 to create visionary actualisation that can be witnessed on your special day.  Please get in touch so we can help you bring your individual wedding design objectives to fruition.

 

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