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Marquee Festoon Lighting – Eggington House

The journey of creativity is never ending.  We were very excited to be approached again by wondrous wedding planner, Katrina Otter, to provide marquee festoon lighting at the unique 17th century manor, Eggington House in Bedfordshire.   We love collaborating with Katrina and forming fabulous ideas for wedding lighting and decor as one of her go to suppliers.  Lisa and Tom’s day was no exception to the rule.

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Image Source – Rebecca Goddard Wedding Photography

Focus Feature with our Marquee Festoon Lighting

The whole marquee together with the quintessentially English setting looked simply stunning.  So much so that it caught the attention of renowned Coco Wedding Venues to feature in their popular blog.

“remember that it really isn’t just a day, it’s a wedding journey and you have to enjoy it all. It is such a special time.”

– Lisa (Bride)

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I know that Lisa and Tom had a few bumps in the road leading up to their day (like most couples planning a wedding), but they took everything in their own stride and had complete faith in their suppliers to deliver.  I think the end result in the photographs speak for themselves, don’t you?

 

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Image Source: Rebecca Goddard Wedding Photography

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Happiness looks gorgeous on Lisa, so we enjoyed making her smile!  We provided black cable droplet festoons with a mixture of warm glow vintage and geometric lamps hung in an asymmetric design from the marquee structure.

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Our custom created marquee festoon lighting gave a reason for their wedding guests to stare.  The geometric lamps gave a touch of contemporary whilst the vintage hanging lamps nodded to the traditional; both providing the jaw-dropping impact on arrival and then leading into the evening creating desirable ambiance with their dimmable glow.

“the festoon lighting was a great investment and something I’d definitely recommend.”

– Lisa (Bride)

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Image Source: Rebecca Goddard Photography

 

I have listed the suppliers who all contributed massively to Lisa and Tom’s day and presented the marquee to it’s full potential:

Venue: Eggington House

Wedding Planner: Katrina Otter Weddings

Photographer: Rebecca Goddard Photography

Videographer: Reellovefilms

Drinks: Bubbles Bros.

Wedding Cake: Seventh Heaven

Florist: Swaffham and Fakenham Florist

Musician: Eight Ray Music

DJ: The Wedding Smashers

Décor and signage: The Little Lending Company

Furniture: Classic Crockery Event Hire

Lighting: Dreamwave Events

Tableware: Duchess & Butler and Hélène Millot

Stationery: Emily & Jo

 

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Image Source: Rebecca Goddard Photography

 

If you would like to chat wedding lighting, contact us direct for a consultation.  But before you do, my blog post on what information we need to fulfill your lighting enquiry is definitely worth a read.

Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting – Chase the Vision

Wilderness Reserve is a wedding estate in Suffolk where your wedding memories will last a lifetime.  The inspiring setting within hundreds of acres of parkland, lakes and woodland offers the perfect English country house venue.  Our Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting offers the perfect accompaniment to it’s features and it certainly made an impact when it was hired for the whole weekend with the talented wedding planner, Michelle, from Pocketful of Dreams organising the event.

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Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

 

With the option of the whole state available exclusively for hire, Wilderness Reserve presents itself as the ideal wedding venue for a more extravagant event.  With this in mind, Michelle’s clients made the choice of hiring the estate from Friday to Sunday making use of all it’s splendor!

 

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Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

What Dreamwave Events Provided:

Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting Provided

We were asked to provide a vast selection of external wireless up-lighting throughout the grounds of this stunning wedding venue.  Pathways and large trees were illuminated to enable wedding guests to freely walk around the estate after dusk.  Further to this, our popular festoon lighting was hired to distinguish the BBQ dining area.

 

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Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

Wilderness Reserve Audio Equipment Hire

We provided a portable speaker for the clients audio inputs to use by the pool, around the estate and during their ceremony.   We arranged a band PA system as requested along with one of our highly skilled Dreamwave Sound Technicians to mix and control during their performance.

 

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Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting Hire

I have to say, for me, Wilderness Reserve is a place that I would love to get married (should I feel the urge to do it all over again!).  I highly recommend paying them a visit.  Should you fall in love with it, you will definitely need some lighting and decor to make the most of the amazing grounds.  We have worked there many times and are the recommended suppler for our services.

Contact us for more details.

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If you liked the look of any other features of this wedding, here’s the full supplier list:

Brides Dress: Rime Arodaky @rimearodaky

Marquees: Academy Marquees @academymarquees

Catering: Julie Abbs catering @trisabbs

Bar service: Cellar 27 @cellar_27

Videography: Storycatchers @storycatchersfilms

Welcome event florals: (Friday evening only) @figaandco

Wedding florals (Saturday): Swallows and Damsons @swallowsanddamsons

Tableware (Glasses and charger plates): @whitehouse_crockery

Lighting: @dreamwaveevents & @crescent_moon_events (Marquee Chandeliers)

Sound technicians & Pallet backdrop: @dreamwaveevents

Marquee lounge furniture: @crescent_moon_events

Dining furniture: @angliaelite

Napkins: @cmahire

Decor Hire: @weddingdayhire

Entertainment Friday: @radiopicturemusic

Entertainment Wedding day: @gfeltd, Foto Noire, DJ Terry

Brides & Bridesmaids makeup @sarahjanewai

Bridal party makeup & brides hair @by_jodie

Stationery and illustration: Naomi Haworth @naomihowarthillustrator

Bar Hire: Create Cocktails @createcocktails

 

Wedding Lighting Language – In the Know

I want to remind you how important wedding lighting and decor really is!  It can totally transform your space and set the scene for your wedding, accentuating the finer details and allowing you and your guests to enjoy the setting resulting in an amazing day and fabulous photos.  All of which could not happen if you had poor lighting!  To begin your journey, it helps to know the wedding lighting language:

Wedding Lighting Language

OK, so you know you need some sort of lighting at your wedding venue.  The question is what??? With so much choice our there, where do you even begin to start? Obviously, you will need to contact wedding lighting hire suppliers.  It will help to know some of the lingo so when it comes down to the nitty-gritty in the conversation, you will know what they are talking about!

Up-Lighting

One of the most popular lighting effect, due to it’s price, versatility and dramatic impact.  Up-Lighters are units strategically placed on the floor with the light pointing upwards in various choice of colours.  They provide a simple effect with maximum impact on walls and feature areas, both inside and outside.  Wireless options are also available, eliminating the need for outdoor power supply and additional matting to cover undesirable exposed wires.

Spotlight – 

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These are very handy when you want to focus on a specific person or place.  Simply a narrow beam of light that projects onto the chosen area.

Gobo Projection

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A gobo is a template that shines through to project a pattern or custom designed monogram.  Popular surfaces to project upon are onto the dance floor or wall for your evening party.  Read my blog post on gobo projections for further information and ideas.

Festoon Lighting

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Otherwise known as party, festival string lights, pontoons and bistro lighting.  Festoons are essentially wired bulbs attached to a flexible cable.  The atmosphere created by their inviting glow makes them perfect for weddings and can be used over short and vast distances.  An added bonus is that these gems are so on trend right now!

Pendants – 

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A pendant drop is a single suspended light that hangs form the ceiling.  The layout is pretty flexible as arrangements can be produced at various heights and spacing to create your desired affect.  There is also a range  of what can be hung from the pendants.  Different designs are available to suit your wedding theme from industrial lampshades, geometric bulbs to modern LED filament lamps. 

LED Light –

These lights are often used by lighting specialists as they are not only long-lasting and more vibrant in colour, but they are also cost effective.  As they radiate a striking glow, they can also be used with a dimmer to create your desired ambiance.

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Poseur Tables

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This refers to a small drinks table, usually used as a lean to surface.  With regards to lighting, LED Poseur tables are great for an evening function or wedding as they can be set to a colour of your choice or a chase of colours.  Both practical and easy on the eye!

Dry Hire/Wet Hire

Lighting hire specialists often offer two types of service; Dry or Wet Hire.  Dry Hire is where you collect and install the items yourself and Wet Hire is where an expert lighting team will install and create your desired look and then remove it at the end of your event.

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Backdrop

A lighting backdrop essentially describes illuminating the background of an area.  Often used behind top tables and band/DJ performance area.  They are so effective and absolutely stunning!

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Fairy Lighting

OK, so I know fairy lights are well known, but I thought I would include these as they are often just associated with Christmas lighting.  Fairy lights are wired strings with small LED lights attached.  They offer an attractive feature for wedding and events within backdrops, canopies and table decor.

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I hope this little article helps you out on the start of your lighting inquiry journey.  The wedding lighting language vocabulary can be a bit intimidating, like anything, when you do not know the lingo!

Before your inquire, you may also wish to read about what we, as lighting specialists, need to know from you to produce you desired look.  Have a read here. 

Festive Lights – Approved Lighting Installer

Our friends at Festive Lights have launched their approved lighting installer pages!  We are proud of our close partnership with this awesome team.  Further to this we are one of the first approved lighting installer of their range of lighting products and offer of this service within Essex, Suffolk, London and the south east of England.

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“Having been selected for their high standards of installations and expertise, Dreamwave Events are passionate about lighting design and have a dedicated lighting installation team who will work with you to create your vision.”

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As an Approved Lighting Installer our Services will include:

  • The planning and design of permanent and temporary installations
  • Custom CAD drawing plans on request
  • Full and detailed proposal and quotations
  • Site visits if required
  • Festive illumination displays for commercial and residential clients
  • Specialists in festoon and vintage light bulb designs for internal and external use

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Exciting Time as an Approved Lighting Installer for Festive Lights

A rising tide lifts all boats/nothing succeeds like success.  Our Dreamwave Lighting team are thrilled to see the approved lighting installer page live and we are looking forward to some very exciting times ahead working closely with Festive Light’s for installation of commercial and residential lighting displays, both temporary and permanent.

Matthew Higginson, Trade Sales Director at Festive Lights had this to say “Dreamwave Events are the perfect partner installer for Festive Lights’ as they are ultra-professional, are on the cutting edge of lighting trends and can design lighting displays to match anyone’s vision across the commercial and private sectors. They are fully vested in our product ranges and even have a hand in developing new ones, clients are in very safe hands with the Dreamwave team”.

They say if you’ve got it, flaunt it: We plan to launch a dedicated page for this service on our planned new website (coming soon!).   In the meantime, you can find out more about our service by contacting us by phone or email.

 

 

 

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!

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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

 

 

GeeWizz Midsummer Ball 2018 Kesgrave Hall

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.

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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.

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How did Dreamwave support the GeeWizz Midsummer Ball?

We were sooooo pleased that Gina approached us again for our help following our previous pairings at the Fenwick and Milsoms Fashion Show in 2018 and Secret Garden Charity Ball in 2016.  Gina asked us to provide our top quality DJ equipment for Guest DJ; PA Sound Systems; our skilled Dreamwave DJ’s and insatllation of our exquisite Lighting concepts. We gladly obliged as one of their main sponsors.

 

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.

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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 vibe and 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.

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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 Block and 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!

All photos by Lucy Taylor Photography

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