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Real Wedding, Le Talbooth, Essex – Rebecca and Samuel

Rebecca and Sam set their date for their wedding day at Le Talbooth in Essex.  For me, the best way to describe their day in a nutshell in unsurpassed thoughtfulness.   Attention to detail was given to every aspect of their wedding day.  There were so many individual touches that really made their wedding intimate and unique.

 

The Wedding Planning

After Sam’s proposal in Thailand in November 2015, they got cracking onto the wedding planning.

The Venue – Le Talbooth

With the natural beauty of the River Stour as it’s canvas, Le Talbooth is one of the foremost wedding venues in Colchester.  Then they had the added bonus of Milsom Weddings acting as their host.  With their multitude of experience and list of professional recommended suppliers; Rebecca and Samuel’s wedding planning was off to a great start!

“The venue itself is absolutely stunning (even in the rain) and we knew we could do as little or as much as we wanted and it would still look amazing. That combined with the amazing reputation the restaurant has for luxurious cuisine, and the odd glass of champagne thrown in, just confirmed to us that this was it.”

Outside Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Venue

 

Lighting and Décor at Le Talbooth with Dreamwave Events

“Also with Le Talbooth, one of the main things that really drew us even more to the venue, was that Dreamwave was one of their recommended suppliers.  I love a good Instagram stalk and as soon as I had a proper browse, I knew that Dreamwave would be able to make our wedding even more special.  I knew they could take our wedding to the next level.  The whole team  just “got” what we were going for and could not have been more helpful in recommending ideas of their own.”

Dreamwave did the whole entrance walkway and full marquee ceiling in beautiful fairy lights (a must in my opinion if you get married at Le Talbooth – even during the day they looked so pretty).  They also supplied our S&R letter lights, the monogram dance floor sticker and  uplighters – they were simply incredible!!

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Letter Lights

Letter Lights
Images Source – Dan Casson

“Many people recommended that I download Pinterest, as it would really help me find some ideas that were slightly different and out of the ordinary.  One thing that I saw that I loved, was a lot of American weddings had these graphics on the dance floor; that suddenly became a must have for the wedding.  I had never seen any pictures of weddings in Essex that had done this before.  This made me want it even more as I felt like it was totally unique and original to us.  When we approached Dreamwave with my idea they were so helpful and asked what design we were thinking of and straight away I knew that the guest book design with our monogram would look amazing.  On the day, nearly every guest said to me how amazing the dancefloor looked, and it was a real wow factor, in my opinion.”

The Dress

Rebecca had a clear ideas of what her wedding dress was going to look like and traipsed the dress shops on a mission to find it.  After a few bad experiences she found “the one” at Amorae in Ongar.

“Like any girl I had spent hours leading up to the appointment looking at the website and picking out my favourites.  I tried one of them on first – lets just say it wasn’t the one! That’s when Maria at the shop said  “can I pick a dress for you”.  Now I need to set the scene here; my family and I were in a big room with a whole mirrored wall, and in one corner was a small space with a curtain that went around where you got into the dresses.  As Maria was zipping me into this dress, without even seeing myself in the mirror, I knew that this was it.  When I saw myself in the mirror, the tears started.  I loved the way it fitted my body; the traditional lace; subtle sparkle and beading – everything was perfect.  I really felt like the best version of myself.   I saw myself marrying Sam in this dress -my dress.  It was love at first sight”

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Personal Touches

“We really wanted the wedding to look timeless and elegant and that really drove all of our choices when planning and selecting for the wedding.  Sam always wanted to wear black tie and I have always loved the idea of bridesmaids in black and my dress pure white.  Like any couple we wanted our wedding to be personal to us, whilst remaining traditional.  After we found the venue and church we found an amazing stationer Jacqui at Print for LoveShe had this beautiful wedding set named the Hayworth.  That’s where the biggest and only theme you may say came from – S&R.”

Wedding Le Talbooth Essex Monogram Perosnal Touches Decor Dancelfloor Sticker Graphic

Personalized Dance floor Graphic. Images Source – Dan Casson

“The thing on the day that I was most proud of was my order of service at the church.  Due to my performing background, a family friend suggested that I should do it like a program you would get at a West End show.  I created the whole thing myself, including a ‘Who’s who in our wedding party’, fun facts about both myself and Sam along with some embarrassing childhood photos, ‘from our first date to our wedding day’ .  I also included a few pages of our favourite photos telling the story of our four years together, and so much more – it had 20 pages!  It was my pride and joy.  However, my favourite thing of all, although time consuming, was when they all arrived from the printers  I wrote inside each service book an individual hand written message to each guest from us both that was totally unique for each person. They went down an absolute treat, everyone loved them!!”

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church Personal touches

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Day of the Wedding, Le Talbooth

The Ceremony

After a hearty family meal at Milsoms Restaurant in Dedham with the family, Rebecca managed to get a good nights sleep before her wedding day in preparation for her wedding day…Eeeek!  Initially the morning was very calm – with a bottle of champagne to help Rebecca, her mum and her three bridesmaids get ready, everyone felt relaxed.

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

“I still think even then that it hadn’t really sunk in that I was getting married… it was only when it was time to get in my dress, that that all changed. Suddenly the room got very hot and I remember actually saying to Chris (my lovely videographer) “Oh my god, im actually getting married, I think I am going to be sick”.  This is not because I had any regrets, I just suddenly felt this wave of overwhelming emotion, and in that moment i realized that this was it – I was getting married!  In the car to the church, my dad held my hand and told me how happy he was that I was marrying Sam, it was a moment I will never forget.”

 

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

“Arriving at the church, was a blur and before I knew it, the bridesmaids had left me and it was just me and my mum standing at the doors of the church, waiting for the Bridal Chorus to start. As the music started, we both shed a few tears and then it all becomes a real blur. Walking down the aisle, all I wanted to do was focus on Sams face, I don’t remember even seeing anyone else and I know it sounds cheesy but even in that big church surrounded by over one hundred people, it really felt like we were the only two people in the room.”

 

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Wedding Breakfast, Le Talbooth

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Rebecca and Sam worked so hard to make their wedding day into their vision.  Every detail was thought about and it really showed in all aspects of the day.  I loved the personal touches included.  Using Dreamwave’s Complete Wedding Day DJ and Lighting Hire Services meant that we were providing background music during the Wedding Breakfast.  There entrance song into the Marquee was West Ham’s “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” for her soon to be husband (I might add that Sam begged for something West Ham to be included throughout the wedding day – which Rebecca did politely decline!).  I loved that Rebecca’s dad took on the Master of Ceremonies role – for me, its these subtle points that make the day intimate.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

“When we arrived to Le Talbooth in our vintage Rolls Royce,  Dan (our photographer) whisked us quickly into the marquee so we could see it before it was filled with our friends and family but also so he could get some great photos of us, whilst the marquee was empty.   I always had a strong picture in my mind of what I wanted the marquee to look like.  In preparation for the wedding, I am sure Sams neck must of ached for the continuous nodding and agreeing to all of my ideas.  I don’t think he was actually listening to me most of the time – typical man!  When we saw the marquee for the first time on the day, he could not of been more thrilled and loved every little detail, most of which I am surprised that he even picked up on.  Another personal touch that Sam also loved, was instead of table names, we marked each table number with photos of us at that particular age.  I loved seeing all of my hard work come together.  It was incredible and it actually looked better than I even imagined it would.”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Flowers

“Our flowers were beautiful, I always said the bigger the better and Stacey from Designer Flowers Essex certainly did not disappoint. My bouquet was made of pure white lisianthus and hydrangea.  Inside the marquee Stacey added roses, peonies and several types of foliage complete with hanging candles.  We also had four separate arrangements to frame both entrances to the marquee.  Lanterns and candles lined the steps down to the lawn and not to mention our beautiful floral frame for the table plan, which was another must for the day.”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Designer Flowers Essex

Florist – Designer Flowers Essex
Images Source – Dan Casson

The Cake

“Our five tier wedding cake was from Cookie Delicious.  I designed it alongside Amy and it was a complete original design in pure white.  I loved the individual handmade flowers and damask pattern.   It tasted just as good as it looked, from chocolate to lemon to the traditional fruit cake, every tier was yummy!”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Cake by Cookie Delicious
Images Source – Dan Casson

Stationary and Social Media

Print for Love created all of our table plan, menu cards and place cards continuing on from our invitation design – for the day we created two personalised snapchat geofilters for our guests to use and Jacqui also created special cards to go on each table to inform guests of how to use them and to use or hashtag #meetthemccarthys when posting any photos on social media.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

 

This is where I have some advice to my fellow brides –

try to relax and enjoy the wedding breakfast.  I mean don’t get me wrong,  everything was stunning and that combined with the music, the room just had a real buzz and electricity.  However, I couldn’t help but find myself looking around during the starters, trying to make sure everyone was having a good time, when really I should have concentrated on myself and my new husband.  Sam read me like a book and seeing I was a tad overwhelmed, he whisked me outside to have a quiet moment.  Everyone had told me to enjoy every second; but sometimes I found myself trying to take every moment in that I wasn’t actually being in the moment – if that makes sense.  After our quick team chat outside, I was back in the game, with a glass of pink champagne in hand and we were going round from table to table mingling with our guests – a brilliant suggestion from my husband.

 

The Evening Party for the Wedding, Le Talbooth

For the evening party, Rebecca and Sam were not afraid to plat it modern with energised décor and contemporary pink up-lighting that punctuate perfectly with the warm golden traditional elements.

The evening part of the wedding just flew by.  My bridesmaid Maddy and school friends surprised us both with the most amazing wedding present; it was a compilation video of lots of our friends singing along to different parts of ‘a town called malice’ – the reason why this song is a long story!  It was so thoughtful and it tied so many incredible, funny moments that I had shared with my friends together.  It is something I will never forget – plus I now have a copy at home.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Cutting the Cake, showing pink up-lighting that punctuates with the warm golden glow elements from the fairy lighting taking the colour pallet to the next level
Images Source – Dan Casson

 

The First Dance

Then it was our first dance…  from day one we always had a song – ‘Just the way you are’ by Barry White.  This came around after a drunken dance at a party when we first got together. However we were also keen on  ‘Love’ by Nat King Cole, which I normally dance around the kitchen whilst cooking dinner.  For our first dance we really struggled with which one to go with and decided on the first.  Much to Sams surprise on the day, I actually had my friend mix the two together – I will never forget his face when the track changed and everyone started singing along. Our first dance was so special to us and it was by far my favourite moment of the day.  I then shared a dance with my dad.  My favourite film is ‘Father of the Bride’ and the theme tune is ‘Just the way you look tonight’.  Like any father and daughter, we have a very special relationship and it is something I will treasure forever.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester First Dance

First Dance at Le Talbooth
Images Source – Dan Casson

The Party!

“And then the party started!! Before the big day we had to send Dreamwave over a list of the running of the day, plus a list of any “must plays” for the evening.  Me and Sam love music.  You will always find my friends and family on the dance floor till the end of the party.  We are normally the ones being asked to leave!  I just have to say that Darren (our DJ) certainly did not disappoint.  The next day we had a million messages and nearly everyone said “OMG how amazing was your DJ!?” Darren definitely added so much to our special day.  I mean, what’s a wedding without a good party!?  The dance floor was packed from start to finish, from the young to the old, everyone was having such a great time.  In true fashion nobody wanted it to be over, to the point where one of my best friends stood on our S&R floor sticker and said “NO, you cannot take this off until we have all left!” – sorry about that Dreamwave!!

Before we knew it, it was the next morning, the dress was in a heap on the floor, I had a slight headache, and it was all over.  I remember laying there thinking, how was that yesterday!?  I have never known a day to go by so fast and I don’t think I ever will again. It goes without saying that it really was the best day ever and we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together as Mr and Mrs McCarthy!”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Father/Daughter Dance

Father/Daughter Dance at Le Talbooth
Images Source – Dan Casson

Advice to future Bride and Grooms

“The most important advice I can give is to surround yourself with people who you love and trust.  This is by far the biggest day of your life and everyone from your bridesmaids, to the groomsmen, to the florist, photographer, should get that and be there to support you.  If anything, all of these people are bringing something very special to your day, so try to bear that in mind when selecting who you go with.

Please believe me when I say this will the best day of your life, whether it rains or you have glorious sunshine, try to remember that actually none of it really matters, all that matters is you are marrying the love of your life and that this is your special day, no one else’s.”

 

 

Like the look of Rebecca ans Sam’s Wedding.  Here’s a list of the Dream Team:

 

Church – Dedham Parish Church

Venue – Le Talbooth

Florist – Designer Flowers Essex

Cake – Cookie Delicious

Photographer – Dan Casson

Videographer – Chris Perry. 

Dance Floor Mongram – Dreamwave Events

Marquee lighting – Dreamwave Events

DJ – Dreamwave Events

Pianist – Piano DJ

Stationary – Print for Love

Brides Dress – Amorae

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Suits – Jack Bunneys

Bridesmaids Dresses – Forever Unique

Husband – my very own!!

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What Should a Wedding DJ Set Up Look Like?

Having been a bride myself, I know how most want the day perfect and we tend to be meticulous to details for the big wedding day.  But whist thinking about all these minute details, us brides then go forward and book a DJ for the evening and think “job done” without it even occurring to us what the DJ set up will look like.  Why would it? Well, lets face it, most of us don’t really have a clue about which speaker system is what and where it would be best to position those moving heads.  All we want is a darn good party where the “kids” can bop away and our granny’s can shake their hips later in the evening.   We entrust this to the expert DJ.

Now working for a DJ and Lighting company, I now have a basic understanding of the vastness of quality in DJ set up.  Believe me, this varies completely from one end of the spectrum to the other!

 DJ Set Up Dreawmave DJ Spike party disco DJ Colchester Essex

Keep the DJ Set Up Simple

It is a wedding after all, not a full blown rave.  When I think of a wedding DJ Set Up, I think of a tidy booth with some simple lighting that will produce the desired ambience of romance for first dance and a good family friendly party atmosphere in the evening.  For me, less is more.  I believe buying into a few pieces with better construction.  A colossal 80’s style over-head truss with multiple glaring lights, huge unnecessarily sized speakers and a smoke machine does not scream wedding party to me!

Dreamwave Event’s Evening DJ Set Up includes a choice of booth, discreet speakers, some moving party lighting for the dance floor and an LED wash on the wall behind the DJ in a colour of your choice.

So What does this mean?

The DJ Booth is where the guys work their magic on the decks.  Dreamwave offer a choice “look” from the classic star-cloth DJ booth to our signature Decks-on-Show where you can see you DJ mixing live bringing them into the party.  Having a vintage themed rustic wedding?  We also have our popular rustic styled custom designed pallet booths to match your theme.

The lighting behind the DJ is just a wash of your choice of colour on the wall.   The party lighting will shine onto the dance floor.  Both are perfect to create the ideal wedding party atmosphere.

For an evening party, this is enough.  You can then move forward to enhance the mood further with additional wedding suitable lighting such as fairy lights, festoons, gobo projections and LED Candles.

 

Hengrave Hall DJ Set Up Suffolk

No Need to Pop My Ear Drums

Generally a wedding venue seeks to be romantic and welcoming to entice the prospective bride and grooms.  The party room is not going to be massive and most will probably look to hold a maximum of 200 people, where some are much smaller.  A good wedding DJ will make sure their equipment caters for the venue.  They will balance their music volume so that it is loud enough to give a darn good party, but also low enough for guests to enjoy a good natter off the dance floor.

I know of some venues that have sound limiters installed to help control the over zealous DJ.  A good DJ will not trip this off.  Could you imagine being half way through your favourite song, busting your best moves on the dance floor and then everything suddenly stops as your DJ could not control the music level! Embarrassing for the DJ….and what a way to kill a party!

Don’t let a sound limiter scare you off from your dream wedding venue.  As long as your DJ is aware it’s there and know the settings – your evening party will be good to go!

DJ Set Up Wood Booth reclaimed

Bright Light, Bright Light!

Lighting is of course a key feature to any party.  It is easy for a DJ  to get over enthused about party lighting.  They have to consider that from the outside looking onto the dance floor, the lighting may look awesome, but as a bride, I really don’t want my family and wedding guests blinded!

Dreamwave used discreet and more then sufficient party lighting and the LED colour wash reflects onto the dance floor to help create that party atmosphere.  As mentioned the mood can always be further enhanced with use of suitable lighting and décor.

 

Cut the Clutter

Be safe not sorry!  Us brides don’t want to have to worry about ugly wires and yucky bright extension cords left exposed ruining our once perfect wedding venue! Dreamwave tape down all their wiring and is neat and tidy to avoid hazards and the visual abhorrence.

With Dreamwave’s fantastic and wedding friendly DJ set up, their experience and professionalism has surged them to the top choice of DJ entertainment for weddings in Essex and Suffolk.

Want to know more?

Contact us direct and we will be happy to discuss your wedding plans.

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Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair 2017

Step this way to love, laughter and happily ever after….  Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair is arriving on Sunday 17th September 2017.  Arrive to a welcoming of refreshing bubbly and scrumptious canapés then have a leisurely morning talking all things weddingy with expert suppliers.

 

The Venue

This place will take your breath away.  It is a romantically charming grade II listed country house in the picturesque setting of Wivenhoe Park.  Katie, Sarah and the rest of the team will be at hand between 10am and 1pm to discuss wedding packages and advise on the best suppliers (including us!).

Wivenhoe House Wedding LOVE Letters (Credit Ross Dean)

Wivenhoe House Wedding LOVE Letters (Credit Ross Dean)

 

Love is sweet, so take a treat.  Come and chat to the Dreamwave team at Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair.

Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair

 

When you walk into the room full of people make sure you make a detour to Dreamwave Events’ table.  Chat about specially designed lighting and décor services as well as how our DJ’s will bring you smashing party that you will always remember.

 

 

 Wivenhoe House Wedding DJ disco hire in Colchester festoon lighting hire in essexLighting and Décor at Wivenhoe House

At Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair our Dremwave crew will help bring make your wedding vision a reality.  We have a huge choice of lighting and décor options to suit all styles and themes, just ask us!  From classic chic draping, Fairy Lights, Festoons, LOVE Letter lights to name a few – come and check us out for further info.

The Evening Wedding DJ Wivenhoe House Wedding DJ disco hire in Colchester

Complete your wedding day with a cracking evening party.  Boogie on down and bust some moves to tunes of your musical taste provided by our DJ’s mixing live on the night.

 

 

So, follow your feet to Wivenhoe House Wedding Fayre cos September 17th is not far away.  Believe you are on the right track to a fantastic wedding day!

 

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One Person I’m Glad I Met – Hannah Bibby!

Introducing a lady who is a Fountain of knowledge and at the top of her game in the wedding and events industry.  She is based in Suffolk and is the Venue Director for the prosperous Hengrave Hall and thriving All Saints Hotel.  She is…… Hannah Bibby!

Hannah has really taken up the reins in her role and is revelling in her sweet smell of success.   It’s a pleasure to know such a lovely lady and accomplished individual.

Hannah Bibby Hengrave Hall Dreamwave Events DJ and Lighting Essex Suffolk

The Interview of Hannah Bibby

Right, I think I have made by feelings on Hannah Bibby crystal clear by now (hope I haven’t made her blush!).  Whilst I was visiting Hengrave Hall, I managed to nab Hannah on a fly by, busy co-ordinating an event.  We arranged a coffee for later at the newly refurbished All Saints Hotel.  This is how it went……

 

Where do we start…. I must say, All Saints Hotel looks absolutely stunning.  How’s it going here?

Thank you – the transformation that the owners have done really does make the hotel unrecognisable from what it was when they purchased it in October 2015.  Having launched the weddings side of the business only eight weeks ago we are thrilled with the response and our books are already filling for next year which is just fabulous.

 

Looking back, it was August 2009 we first met and got involved with you and the team at Hengrave Hall.  How are things at Hengrave going?

Time flies when we you are having fun……. it’s unbelievable to think back to Hengrave eight years ago when I joined with two weddings booked in to where it is now.  Hengrave is an extremely special place for many people and the team has grown hugely in the past years – with Catriona and Shona supporting me day to day.  We are proud to continually offer a very personal service and are there for our brides seven days a week when they need us.  The beauty of Hengrave is every wedding is different; different couples, different colours, different guests, different clients and different requirements and that’s what makes it fun and exciting for every wedding.  You don’t realise how well you to get to know your clients, but working with them (some for over two years in their build up to their day) means we are like friends by the time the wedding comes around.  We all still get very emotional when those doors open to the church or banqueting hall for the entrance of the bride.  It makes you very proud and we do think we have the best job to make peoples dreams come true.

 

For our readers who don’t know, we are your exclusive recommended supplier for DJ and Lighting Hire.  What do we have to offer that you like and your clients want?

You are indeed and have been for the past 8 years!!  We are so lucky to have the Dreamwave Team on board with us and we know our couples absolutely love working with you and the creative things you do!  We hear so much amazing feedback all the time.  I love the way you are ahead of the latest trends and the way lighting has evolved over the last 8 years is crazy.  Hengrave lends itself to such stunning lighting to really show off the amazing architectural features of the Grade 1 * listed mansion.  My firm favourite still has to be the stunning festoon lights hanging in the courtyard.  Of course all of your DJ’s must get a special mention as many a FABULOUS night is had on our dance floor thanks to Dave, Paul, Spikey, Martin, George and Darren!

The guys always say what a great night they have when DJing in your Banqueting Hall with you.  That room has something about it, doesn’t it?

It does, and I just love the way it gets transformed, particularly after people may have had a civil ceremony in the Banqueting Hall.  Once those doors close (whilst guests sip champagne on the West Terrace) the team come in and transform the room, with the black and white dance floor laid and gorgeous different lighting options. The extremely high vaulted ceiling and stunning stain glass bay window reminds you of the age of the house but with the modern twist of lighting and the dance floor it really does bring the whole room to life! We love it…!

As you know Dreamwave Events Lighting and Décor has completely rocketed and flying high especially at Hengrave. What areas do you like to see lit up?

It has indeed.  I am not surprised.  As I said before its because it compliments the Hall so well. As you know I LOVE the Courtyard, but the West Terrace must get a special mention particularly if our couples opt for fireworks, seeing the shepherds crooks line the path with festoons or fairy lights whilst the fireworks are going off in the distance really is an amazing sight (and great photo!). I do also love the personalised gobos you have done for some of our brides on the wall in the Banqueting Hall.  It just completely personalises it and I think its a stunning touch.

 

And how can we not talk about your wedding.  Eeeeek!  How are your plans going?  Can we give our readers a sneak preview of what we are providing?

Oh, it has come around so fast.  I am so excited and so lucky to be working with many of our recommended suppliers at Hengrave….. Paul and Dave have been absolutely amazing from our first meeting in late January when we had ideas flying around too now seeing it all come together. We have a Whatsapp group where we bat ideas around and they keep me posted on a couple of the surprises they are kindly sorting!! I am desperately trying to keep lots of things a secret and I don’t know who is reading this…. but there is a big focus on the courtyard for the early part of the evening after dinner, before the dancing.   I know the guys have got some brand new bits which are launching then which I am sworn to secrecy about!  As you can tell I am soooo excited!!

 

A big thank you to Hannah for taking the time out of her busy day to chat to me (though I’m sure she needed the caffeine!).  I hope you all enjoyed reading this.  Look out for the spotlight on Hannah’s wedding in September……

 

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Photo-shoot at Abbots Hall

Late last year saw Dreamwave Events provide the lighting and décor for a photo-shoot at picturesque Abbots Hall.  The photo-shoot was organised by Marie Clarke.  Marie co-ordinates the weddings and events at the venue.  The ever so talented Emily Fae took charge of capturing the stunning images produced.

 

Abbots Hall Photoshoot

 

Abbots Hall is a Grade II listed Queen Anne Style building situated on the 75-acre site of the Museum of Anglian Life.   The idea of the photo-shoot was to promote the different areas on site.  We was asked to use our expertise to enhance and define the Tithe Barn through lighting and draping among other areas……….

 

The Tithe Barn Lighting and Décor at Abbots Hall

In order to achieve the desired ambience, we used Festoon belts with hanging pendants and vintage filament lamps.  Their subtle effect along with the warm glow radiating from our up-lighters around the perimeter with white voile draping to bring a slash of femininity, brightened the barn to the perfect level of welcoming but not overpowering illumination.

Further refinement was offered through our feature area by installing an engaging backdrop of floating candles. Feature areas are very much are a primary focus of wedding trends for 2017 discussed in my previous blog. Click here to read more about the trending lighting and décor.

 

Abbots Hall Photoshoot

Woodland Area in Abbots Hall

We collaborated in the Woodland Area to establish a whimsical setting using rustic Lanterns and kindling LED Candles.

 

Several suppliers participated in the photoshoot to accomplish the fantastic results illustrated:

Abbots Hall Weddings & Events

Weddings for you by Marie

Emily Fae Photography

Wild Poppies

Dreamwave Events

Amelies Kitchen

Argent & Sable

Rock the frock

Anthology Vintage Hire

Lemonpie Stationery

 

Abbots Hall Photoshoot

 

Contact Us

For further ideas and inspiration or to discuss your own visions for your wedding or event, please contact us and we will be happy to help you realize it!

 

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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.

 

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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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2016 – A Year in Reflection

2016

A year in the life at Dreamwave, 2016

Wow, what an exciting year 2016 has been! As a result there has been little time for rest at Dreamwave Events HQ.  We have had plenty of weddings, corporate events and private parties where we were providing our DJ and Lighting services in Essex and Suffolk.

Sit back, grab a coffee and biscuit to read this post.  It’s long as its represents our whole years activities in a nutshell!

First of all the year 2016 saw a huge brand overhaul injecting a refreshing new look to Dreamwave.  Most noteworthy was the launch of our current website.  We feel this now reflects a befitting image of the company and its character by expressing the array of innovative services we can offer.

 

New Faces

With much demand for our services, we felt it was time to expand our team. Our answer to finding the perfect addition to our friendly bunch of misfits was George!  He has settled in well and has DJ’d some awesome weddings at Hengrave Hall and Private Marquees.  He has received some fabulous reviews on our Facebook.  For a December 2016 wedding, Matko Marlais wrote this: “Thank you for providing such a fantastic DJ and event lighting service for our wedding at Tuddenham Mill! You went above and beyond in obtaining some esoteric foreign music choices for us, and your professionalism and entertainment on the day was brilliant!”

We are now proud to have 6 DJ’s forming the Dreamwave team.

Moving further into 2016 we discovered new friends.  We are honoured to be the recommended suppliers of three new magnificent venues – Hutton Hall in Essex, All Saints Hotel in Suffolk and Captains Wood Barn in Essex.  We also teamed up with our good friend Sister Sax.  Kay is an awesome saxophonist who can be booked to jam alongside our DJ’s for a real unique Club Ibiza feel during the evening.   Keep an eye out for our dedicated pages on our website in the new year.

Events of 2016

2016 has been an exciting year for Dreamwave Events.  We have provided both our DJ and Lighting Services to an array of parties and events.  These have flourished under our illumination expertise! Hence a big personal thank you to all our clients who we provided our DJ and Lighting Hire to this year!

Here are some of my choice favourites:

 

Houchins Farm, August 2016

Houchins Farm experienced a total Dreamwave re-vamp to create a true fairy tale wedding illusion.  The set of this masterpiece boasted floating kilner jars suspended from the ceiling of the barn over the wedding breakfast area containing a mixture of sparkly fairy lights and LED candles.  Thus illuminating the room perfectly creating the ideal ambience for the whimsical setting.  An outdoor festoon pathway was installed establishing an area of ideal incandescence for the evening buffet of Paella and Ice Cream.  These services accompanied by our fairy lighting and Complete Evening DJ and Lighting Hire Service helped form an indisputably magical day for the bride, groom and all their guests.

 

Aspalls Ball, May 2016

For this distinguished occasion that took place at the beautiful Kenton Hall, we were commissioned to provide our full production hire services. This included staging; tech rider for the headlining band, Polar Collective; A complete sound and PA solution with added AV screens and switching for the charity auctions; plus a custom designed backdrop and set created by our very own Spike Grimsey, that was made from reclaimed wooden pallets and our signature hanging lamp pendants. The entire evening was a success and vital funds were raised for the Dylan Foundation. Guests partied into the small hours with the band and one of our Dreamwave DJs. Our services were well received and we look forward to working with Aspalls again in the future.

 

GeeWizz Secret Garden Charity Ball – The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall, October 2016

My year review wouldn’t be complete without telling you about our involvement with the GeeWizz Secret Garden Charity Ball, hosted by charity founder Gina Long MBE.   She has had more than 35 years experience of charity fundraising.

The ball was attended by more than 250 people and supported by former England cricketer Graeme Swann, operatic star Laura Wright and television presenter Chris Hollins who was the MC for the evening.  Entertainment included swing singer Mickey Fordola during dinner, eight-piece band Soul Beat finishing on our very own Dreamwave DJ Dave, DJing until the early hours keeping the dance floor rocking.

This magnificent charity ball raised over an incredible £94,638 for GeeWizz! All money raised will help children, young adults and their families with disabilities or those living with life-threatening diseases such as those who are affected by cancer, along with supporting essential cancer research.

Dreamwave are extremely proud to have been involved in such a remarkable event.  We look forward to working with Gina and her team again in the future.

 

Milsoms Halloween Ball, Kesgrave Hall, October 2016

This saw us present a full Halloween DJ and Lighting production to set the spine-chilling mood in the stunning Hangar. A lot of preparation and planning had gone into this event.   With us working closely with the events team and Geraldine Milsom herself to create a spectacular look and style.

Our crew had three areas to transform: the first was the outside area as guests arrived.  We illuminated the building and surrounding tress with an orange tone.  We then added mini strobes set up in the grounds to act as lightning.  A hidden sound system played atmospheric haunting sounds to create an eerie entrance.  Secondly, in the entrance drinks reception marquee, we introduced a warm orange glow that was slightly subdued.  This was then enhanced by around 100 of our signature ‘floating’ candles, cobwebs and black chandeliers. Lastly, the dining and party area of The Hangar. This saw the room transformto a deep purple with vibrant styling.

Our lighting team took control of the effects and created custom programmes to be used throughout the evening.  Supernatural projections played though out dinner to add to the theme. Once dinner service was complete our DJ’s ghoulish musical choices garnished with ghostly and glaring elevations witnessed Dreamwave delivering a truly spooktacular evening’s entertainment!

The evening was extremely well received and we are already in the planning stage for next year’s version.   This will bigger and better (and maybe a little more scary!)

 

Christmas Parties

The season of sparkles viewed Dreamwave bringing nothing less to Wivenhoe House, Le Talbooth, The Hangar and Suffolk Food Hall’s Christmas party season.   Our DJ’s enjoyment of the festive involvement shines through in their performance and our Christmas décor enhances the jovial season experience with the perfect mood lighting.

 

Celebrity DJ’s

We have been privileged to work with and alongside quite a few famous faces in the past.  2016 has been no exception. Throughout the year we provided DJ specification rider equipment (mainly Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus, DJM 900 Nexus mixers and Technics 1210’s.  All standard items that we hold in our hire stock).

The legendary DJ Spoony was among such DJs, along with MC Creed and the awesome Shortee Blitz. Plus, our very own Dreamwave DJs have had the pleasure of Djing alongside the likes of DJ Luck and MC neat this year.

 

Dreamwave join the UKAWP, December 2016

We are very proud to have been personally invited to become a Supplier Partner with in the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners. This industry body is the leading and most respected alliance in the wedding world that we live and breathe. The site is designed to provide an unmatched service for brides and grooms and easily obtainable links to it’s exclusive supplier index.  We were recently approached by UKAWP and invited to join their specially selected list of suppliers.  We cannot wait to interact with our new colleagues in the UKAWP and pass on our experiences  in our field of expertise to the alliance.  We are therefore very much look forward to being a part of this in 2017.

 

Popular Services of 2016

Due to high demand, the expansion of our hire services has seen the lighting and décor side of Dreamwave  flourish!  Our experienced lighting team have been busy expanding our lighting stock this year.  Thus increasing our ability to create the ideal lighting template to accompany any wedding or event theme.

We have seen a huge rise in demand of our Hanging Pendant Drops and Festoons. Our Floating Candles left an impression at Harry Potter and Disney styled weddings.  Furthermore, our Rustic Floating Chandeliers at Jimmy’s Farm added a real positive impact to the couples wedding venue.

 

Moving forward into 2017

Our team is always looking to progress; creating and keeping up to date with new trends.   This keeps our services indisputably up to date and leading the market for ideas and inspiration. 2017 will see Dreamwave launch a new personal app for our clients to help tailor our services for your day.  For more information contact us or watch this space for future blog posts to view our stimulating and innovative ideas…..

 

All the best during the festive period.  See you next year!

 

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Questions about Gobo Projection Hire?

The Curious Case of the Gobo Projection

 Gobo Projection

Ever wondered what a Gobo Projection is?

I had no idea until I started working at Dreamwave Events.  I found a Gobo Projection is a stencil placed in front of a light that controls the shape emitted.  The shape can be pretty much anything!

This remarkable idea is simple, yet unforgettable and positively effective. A Gobo projection will make an impressive and immediate impact on your guests at any wedding, party or corporate event.

 

What choices of Gobo can Dreamwave Events Provide?

Generic Gobo Projection Templates in stock

At Dreamwave we have Gobo Projection Templates in stock of basic images to enhance a theme.  Templates include snowflakes (perfect for your Christmas wedding or party) or stars along with my personal favourite, woodland.  We used the woodland template a short time ago  in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” themed wedding.

For your wedding party we also have a “Mr and Mrs” template to project to introduce yourselves as the newlyweds to begin your lives together as husband and wife. Alternatively how about:

 

Customised Gobo Projection Designs Gobo Projection

Our design team can also produce a customised and meaningful Gobo projection that can truly personalise your party or event.

You could illuminate your initials and date onto the wall for your wedding’s evening party.  You then get to keep the template as wedding memorabilia.

Or alternatively perhaps a business logo for a corporate event to give your conference or party further impact!

 

So the options of Gobo design are limitless and can be either simple and impressionable or significantly intricate. Each option results in an impressive memorable projection that is visually entertaining and revives the most uninteresting surface.

 

Gobo Projection

The price is dependent on the design intricacy and the materials need to produce the overall arrangement. Metal Gobos cost less and are generally used for basic designs.  Glass is more expensive  as it is required to support the more complicated gobo composition.  This material allows the image to be projected clearly.

Contact Us

To find out more about our Gobo Projections, please contact Dreamwave Events.  We will be happy to answer any questions you have.  I hope you found my blog post useful!

 

 

Bound for Lanterns – Lantern Hire

Lets talk Lanterns…Over the years Lighting and Décor has grown to play a huge part in the company and included in our stock is our stunning lantern range.  We can provide anything from your traditional looking and old fashioned rustic feel to original modern designs emanating sleek clear lighting.

Wedding lantern and candle hire in SuffolkWedding hanging learner for woodland wedding blessing at Kenton Hall

I feel our extensive range means we will have a lantern design to complement your venue and create your desired styling. Recently we used our rustic lanterns during a woodland ceremony at Kenton Hall which made the perfect accompaniment to the simple and picturesque scenery.

Have you thought about using lanterns as your table centrepiece? These alongside with our choice of realistic Flickering LED candles will illuminate the room during your wedding breakfast or corporate dinner with a natural warm glow.

When being used in both various indoor and outdoor areas for use as decoration, these additions can enable us to generate the right styling for your event or wedding décor vision.

If you would like to ask us about out lanterns or other lighting and décor ideas, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions.

I’ve added some pictures below of our recent lantern catalogue shoot showing off the scope Lantern choice. Happy lantern hunting!

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Dreamwave Blog Take Over…

Hello….!

Want some good ideas for your upcoming celebration? I’m Carina and I would like to welcome you to what I plan to become the hottest blog for event planning on the web!  Officially I am the Office Manager here at Dreamwave, but after over 5 years of watching the guys at work in front of and behind the scenes, I want to share my experiences at HQ to inspire your imaginations.  Watch out, the champagne cork is about to go pop as I go full steam ahead with a regular update of ideas for your entertainment and lighting décor!

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