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Milsom Wedding Show 2018 – Kesgrave Hall Suffolk

Congratulations for saying “I do”.  Now come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned.  Just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings to your very own wedding wonderland!  Milsom’s Weddings hosted at Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk in partnership with The Wedding Planners and Dreamwave Events are hosting the ultimate Wedding Show 2018.  Showcasing beautiful dresses and delicious tastings, expert guests and wedding suppliers galore!

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Be inspired at Milsom Wedding Show 2018

With complimentary canapes and fizz, cocktail demonstrations, a mini spa, afternoon tea, a flower market, cocktail DJ and even a man creche! – the Milsom’s team will tick all your boxes with their ideas and inspiration.  Take the opportunity to view one of their amazing venues and speak to their wedding team about their other awesome sites; Le Talbooth and Maison Talbooth in Essex.

Make the most of the moment and read Caroline Gould’s advice,  from The Wedding Plannerson how to ride the waves of the Milsom Wedding Show 2018.


Running Order of the Milsom Wedding Show 2018

There is a great deal on to keep you buzzing about your wedding.  We have a tonne of inspiring ideas and opportunity to ask experts advice and see services first hand:



10.45 – 11.05: OUT WITH THE OLD’

– Michelle from Occasions Covered –

11.15 – 11.35: ITS ALL IN THE DETAILS…

– Tudor Rose –


– Emily from the Treatment Rooms –


– Mark from Bottle Proof –


– Gemma Jane Design –


– Tori from The Wedding Planners –


– Bev from Jades Flower Design –


– Mark from Bottle Proof –


– Emily from The Treatment Rooms –



– Caroline from The Wedding Planners –

10.20 – 10.40: MUSICAL SHOWCASE

– Sole Bay Strings –


– Carl from Bushfire Photography –


– Kay from Sister Sax with Dreamwave DJ’s –


– Bev from Jades, Dave from Dreamwave, The Milsom Wedding team, Paul Cudmore, Rebecca from Apple Tree Cakes –


– Tudor Rose –


– Abigail from Abigail’s Collection –


– Sole Bay Strings –


– Paul Cudmore –


– Rob from The Groom’s Room –


– Kay from Sister Sax with Dreamwave DJ’s –


– Julia from W Flowers, Dave from Dreamwave, The Milsom Wedding Team, Carl from Bushfire, Raluca from Luca’s Cakes –

3.25 – 3.30: “THAT’S A WRAP!”

– Caroline from The Wedding Planners –


Remember test things out, enjoy the process and most of all have fun – When its over, you will want to do it all again!

Get Inspired! – Real Wedding at Layer Marney Tower

Ali and Jim picked the perfect Autumnal day in October to get hitched at Layer Marney Tower in Colchester, Essex.    I spent a fab morning catching up with Jim and getting his take on their day over coffee and a much welcome box of Krispy Kremes (provided by Jim – they didn’t last long!).

A bit of Background

Ali and Jim had a whirlwind romance and our dream couple were engaged after only 5 months together.  But the sound of wedding bells were not to be heard for some time.  It wasn’t until they had undertook the life experiences of home owning and extending their family with their beautiful daughter, that Jim planned to surprise Ali 20 years later by re-proposing on a romantic beech in Norfolk.

A small shin-dig just wasn’t going to cut it after all this time.  Ali and Jim wanted to celebrate their lives together.  With Jim taking the reins on the planning side (Yes ladies, the groom planned most of the day!), despite the horror stories of groom-planned weddings – Jim is living proof its possible and he did a smashing job!…………

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Here’s Jim’s insight on the day….

Why choose Layer Marney Tower as your Wedding Venue?

“It has always been Ali’s dream to get married at Layer Marney Tower. So in that way it was an easy choice.  Having said that we did visit a few alternatives but that really just reinforced was an amazing venue Layer Marney Tower is. Yes, it’s a beautiful place in itself but what makes it truly special are the people who work there. We felt immediately comfortable with no question too small.”

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What Drew you to your Choice of Wedding Attire?

“With the help of the excellent Abigail’s Collection and Grooms Room in Colchester. They have such a wonderful setup there and we immediately felt so comfortable. 

Ali wasn’t going to have a dress with a train and I wasn’t going to have tails … but guess what? That’s exactly what we ended up with because in the end, they looked fantastic! Seeing Ali in her dress for the first time as she walked down the aisle really was a ‘WOW’ moment (I found out later from the guests, I actually said ‘WOW’ out loud when I saw her!). So, morale of the story: don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone a little and take the advice of the experts.”

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Any  Personal Touches?

“We settled on an Autumn theme early on which followed through from the wedding invitations to the decor at the wedding breakfast.  It kept a lovely timeless feel and created a flow which tied together pretty much every aspect of our wedding journey.

Ok, so some might say I went a bit over the top on this one.  I say, Ali deserved the wedding she had been waiting 20 years for.  One I especially like was a custom ‘Order of the Day’ board which we put outside the entrance to the Long Gallery. It looked perfect.”

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Décor and Lighting at Layer Marney Tower – An obvious focus!

Here’s where Dreamwave came into their own.  We had originally planned for a another DJ but he was unavailable on our date, so Plan B had to be found.  This was a real stroke of luck as it tuned out because not only would Dreamwave be able to provide the DJ for the evening but the added bonus of the fabulous decor and special touches too.

From the script-style ‘Love’ letters which worked brilliantly under the main window in the Long Gallery to the candles on the staircase (a late addition but totally worth it), the woodland “gobos” and the up lighters.  These are all the things that made the venue ‘ours’ for the evening. 

We settled on an Autumn theme early on which followed through from the wedding invitations to the decor (the woodland gobo’s worked complemented this perfectly) at the wedding breakfast.  It kept a lovely timeless feel and created a flow which tied together pretty much every aspect of our wedding journey.

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The Wedding Ceremony at Layer Marney Tower

“I was fine until about an hour before the ceremony.  We’d been at Layer Marney Tower all morning setting up and making everything “just so”.  We had the use of the bridal suite, which was perfect for us to get ready. From there it was a real blur and before I knew it I was standing in the Corsellis Room waiting for Ali to arrive.  I’ve been told that when the door opened and she began to walk down the aisle, I turned round and audibly said “Wow!”. She looked absolutely gorgeous; exactly as I’d dreamed she would.”


The Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast at Layer Marney Tower

“We were so lucky with the weather to be able to have our drinks reception outside, given it was late October.  It was lovely to go into the Long Gallery whilst it was still empty, just us with the smell of the log fire burning in the fireplace.  We were able to take a moment to admire everything and take a breath before the wedding breakfast.   The flowers, from W Flowers, were amazing and reflected the whole Autumn theme perfectly.  Wendy and Julia understood exactly what we wanted including Ali’s favourite Dahlias. They also provided a couple of Bay Trees for the entrance which set it off nicely.

All of the catering was taken care of by Bouquet Garni, the resident caterers at Layer Marney Tower.  They provide all the amazing food as well as serving canapés and drinks. 

Throughout the reception and wedding breakfast, Spencer Wood performed his brilliant magic to entertain the guests.  We had so many complements!  He was also able to provide all the Master of Ceremony duties too, so he really tied the whole day together.”



The Evening Party at Layer Marney Tower

“We opted for an Early Set Up with Dreamwave.  What a great move this was.  We didn’t have to worry about the the chaos of the room turn-a-round.  Our transition from day to night for the evening party felt like a natural progression.  Definitely worth the extra money!  Following the speeches, Spencer hosted another little surprise for everyone: a quick game of Mr & Mrs! It was so simple, yet so much fun too.  

I had one last ‘little’ surprise; my gift to Ali on our wedding day. We had a rouse to get everyone outside, a photo shoot with sparklers, which in itself went really well. Then the surprise: a full fireworks display by Dynamic Fireworks. Queue lots of oohs and aahs and a very, very pleased Ali!  A blow torch to light the sparklers was a great idea.  It was a pretty windy evening and we had not trouble lighting them!

Then it was onto the party! Our Dreamwaves DJ, Spike was amazing!  From the first dance (Still Falling For You by Ellie Goulding) to the last song the music and dancing just kept coming.  We had previously shared a Spotify playlist with Dreamwave so they had an idea of what we liked.  It was fun selecting songs you both love, but not too many: there’s maybe 60 tracks in a 4 hour party.  Also, make sure you let your DJ know if there are any songs you DON’T want played too!  I still have that playlist, it’s a cherished keepsake I hadn’t expected.  It’s something to take away from the day and enjoy again and again, much like the wedding photos.  Music is so emotive too and those happy memories just keep flooding back.”


TIP – You can backup Spotify playlists to files using Exportify.

Advice from the Groom

“I would definitely say to sort out the big questions to start with.  It makes it far less daunting.  So, big or small wedding?  Summer or Winter? Posh or Shabby Chic?  Get the basics right first and you’ll get a better idea of what you’ll need to do later on.

Plan as much as possible as soon as possible.  We set ourselves a goal to book all the main suppliers before Christmas 2016 (for October 2017) and even then it was tight.  Many suppliers will be booked up a year or more in advance, so it pays to get in quick.

Get Organised – Make a list for everything and start from day one.  It’s easy to keep on top of it then. On the day there is so much to do and just having a check list of things to do was invaluable.

Get to know your suppliers.

Decide on a realistic budget and keep a spreadsheet to help keep you in check.  There’s such a lot to think about, from the obvious like stationery, menu choices and wine selections to the more subtle details like easels and drinks.

Keep an open mind – What immediately springs to mind about something may not be what works out when you try it.  So consult your supplier on your thoughts, that’s what they are there for.

Leave a couple of surprises.  In our case the Fireworks and the “Mr & Mrs”

Find a good photographer.  Not just one who takes photos you like but one you would want to spend time with.

Take a moment.  This will be one of the best days of your life and one of the busiest.  During the day itself make a specific effort to take a moment to take in what’s happening.  It’s an amazing time but it is a whirlwind.  You will (necessarily) be whisked off here and there and before you know it, it can be all over before you realise.

Get on the internet. Etsy, Notonthehighstreet, Weddingspot, Pinterest.  These site were really useful for getting ideas.

Finally, have fun!  I met so many lovely people through thus journey. It was an honour and privilege to able to organise our wedding. Not only did I get to finally marry the love of my life,  I had such an amazing time doing it.”


A HUGE thank you to Jim and Ali for inviting us to be part of your day and taking the time to meet me to write about your awesome wedding!

Contact Us

If you liked the look of the Lighting and Decor at Jim and Ali’s Wedding or just want a fab wedding evening party; Contact Us to find out more!


Supplier Credits for Ali and Jim’s Wedding at Layer Marney Tower:


Venue – Layer Marney Tower

DJs, Lighting – Dreamwave Events

Caterers – Bouquet Garni Caterers

Flowers – W Flowers

Wedding Dress and Attire – Abigail’s Collection & The Groom’s Room

Photography – EPS Photography

EPS Blog:—21st-October-2017—Layer-Marney-Tower

Stationery – Dreams to Reality Wedding Stationery

Pianist – Phillip Keith

Fireworks: Dynamic Fireworks

Magician and MC: Spencer Wood

Bridal Hair and Makeup: The Uber Salon

Alterations: Tas’s Alterations

Photo Booth: Strictly Photobooth

Chocolate Fountain: Choc-o-Lush

Wedding Favours: Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics

Order of the Day Board: Paper Fudge

Preparation for the Wedding Fair Season

We are smack bang in the middle of the Spring Wedding Fair season.  I know how intimidating these can be.  All those suppliers waiting to pounce on you, ready to tell you how perfect their products will be for your day.  This is all very daunting and Brides and Grooms need to go in prepared.  So I have prepped this blog post to help you make the most out of wedding fairs and extract what you need from suppliers prior to stepping foot into the gauntlet!

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Plan what you want included in your day

Planning a wedding?  – if your anything like me, the list of services available leaves me dumbfounded.  Everyone is different and each couple needs to decide what they want from their day.  I recommend a brainstorm.  Forget budget at first just smash a list out of what will make your day about you.  After all, it’s your wedding and every inch of it needs to scream that it is!

Always bear in mind the season your getting married in and plan appropriately for this.  There is no point having a barbeque for winter wedding!


So, you have written down everything you want.  Now its time to out them in order of what is realistically doable and affordable for you.  After all, you don’t want to be paying for your wedding for the rest of your time on this earth.  If your in a position that you have enough for everything you want, that’s great! But make sure you don’t have any regrets of what you have spent your hard earned cash on.

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Set a Budget

This will be a guide to what you can achieve for your day and will help keep you reined in.  It is so easy to over spend and at the same time important to have an clear idea of your wedding day dream so you can get as close to its reality without over stretching.  Remember stay grounded!

Do your own Research

Personal Recommendation, is in my opinion, the best way to find a good supplier.  It gives you re-assurance that they are competent in what they do and deliver a great service!  But on top of this, do your own research online, in wedding magazines and look at reviews.  Prepare questions you wish to ask the wedding experts.


Know the Wedding Suppliers who are Attending the Wedding Fair

Prior to going to a wedding fair, make sure you know what suppliers are attending.  You know what you want on your wedding day and have completed your research and now know who you wish to speak to.  The next step is to ask the suppliers at the wedding fairs how to achieve your goals.  Remember only attend the wedding fairs that suit your style.

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Dave Drane showcasing our Cocktail DJ Service for your Wedding Drinks Reception Entertainment Image Credit: D&A Photography

Wedding Fair Action

You are now prepared to enter a wedding fair.  What is great about wedding fairs is that you will get some great ideas that supports your wedding vision, which is awesome.  Don’t rush, this is your opportunity to speak to the experts in their field and determine if they are the right supplier for your wedding day.  The temptation is to get carried away.  Take away the information and contact details that is relevant to you.

Look for the supplier who is on the same wavelength as you.  Immediately discard the tacky quintessential services and find the companies who “think outside the box”, who is fresh and inspirational.  They need to listen, gauge your personality and find your quirks that will make your day that little bit different and more importantly “yours”. … A company like Dreamwave Events for artistic, stimulating lighting and décor options.

Remember when speaking to wedding suppliers there is always room for negotiation.  But beware – don’t always go for the cheapest price.  In my experience you nearly always find there is a reason why they are cheaper.  Make sure you read the fine print and make sure there are no hidden costs and everything is included that you need.

But do you know what makes a cracking wedding (and what every wedding needs) is the best entertainment you can find.  Of course, I am biased in what I consider the best wedding entertainment available in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk (basically East Anglia!)  Read more about fantastic evening entertainment for your wedding here.

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Finally…….Be Organised

A life saver for me when organising my wedding, was setting up our own wedding email.  Myself and my now husband both had access and information about our day did not get lost in translation amongst our other online commitments.  This truly helped with keeping everything separate and clear making the whole planning process far less stressful.

Another tip is to create a methodical wedding day spread sheet of services, suppliers, costs, when balances are due, details required etc.  It can all become over-bearing, especially in the couple of months leading up to your day.  You will be thankful of this.  Trust me!


Want to find out more……

Dreamwave Events are the experts in DJ wedding entertainment, lighting and décor in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.  Drop us a line to discuss your ideas in more detail.  Alternatively, you can find us at the following wedding fairs this year:

You only get married once.  Enjoy it! We look forward to seeing you!!!



Cover Photo Credit: Ross Dean Photography

Open for Business – Bruisyard Hall Wedding Open Day 2018

2018 is a new year, a new start with fresh ideas needed to plan your wedding.  Where can you possibly get these ideas?  The team at Bruisyard Hall are having a Wedding Open Day on 28th January 2018.  With it come their contacts of professional suppliers on hand to give their expert advice.


The Wedding Venue – Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk

Bruisyard Hall was completely refurbished in 2012 into what I can honestly say is one of my favourite smaller wedding venues.  With the capacity to entertain up to 140 guests in the characteristic barn, this venue illuminates the perfect balance of modern contemporary with warm rustic features set in idyllic Suffolk countryside.

I love this venue, not only for its obvious welcoming demeanour, but also for its convenience.  Situated not far from the A12, the entire venue is available for hire including not only the barn, but the 14th Century stately home with it”s games room, attic bar and bridal party accommodation.

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The Wedding Open Day – Our Part to Play

Your in luck, Dreamwave Events will be at Bruisyard Hall showcasing a selection of our fantastic lighting services.  We are their only exclusive supplier for both wedding DJ’s and Lighting Hire.  An expert member of our fun, friendly team will be on hand to chat all things music and lighting.

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Our director, Dave Drane Says: “We have been working closely with the team at Bruisyard Hall to create brand new and exciting lighting concepts for 2018, that will be displayed on the wedding open day.  Any lighting can be booked directly through the venue.”

Have custom concept ideas? …That’s great!   It’s not just about the ideas, it’s about making ideas happen.  We can do just that.  Chat with the team at Bruisyard and we will look to implement them for you!

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Like Rock, Garage, Pop or even Heavy Metal; our skillful DJ’s will play the music you want and conduct your evening party how you see fit.   Our Complete Evening DJ and Lighting Hire package is designed perfectly to complement the features of Bruisyard Hall, especially our new Rustic Wooden DJ Booth, ideal for Barn Weddings.

Help us and Other Suppliers Create your Dream Wedding

All newly engaged couples have a wedding day vision.  Grasp the opportunity to speak to the professional that can make it happen.

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” —Guy Kawasaki, Alltop co-founder and entrepreneur


Questions? Who you gonna call? 


Paul Pollard – What I Want to be When I Grow Up

Our very own Paul Pollard is one half of the heart of  Dreamwave Events.  Certainly the calmer influence of our two co-directors;  Paul takes everything in his stride.  I think good ‘ole William Shakespeare describes him perfectly: “My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.”

Make no mistake, that whilst I describe Paul this way, he absolutely doesn’t lack ambition.  Without the driving force of himself and his partner in the business, Dave; Dreamwave Events would definitely not be where it is today.

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A snippet about Paul Pollard

Our hairless wonder is indeed a chief ingredient in the day to day running of Dreamwave Events.  His secure backbone provides the rudimentary foundations for the team both in the office; out in the field providing DJ entertainment at weddings and parties or building creative lighting installations.  Born in North Essex, Paul shared his childhood antics with my now husband.  Consequently, after getting to know Paul myself, he and Dave asked me to join them working at Dreamwave following the birth of my sprog lets.  A great friend, boss and godfatherly influence to my son; Paul is an individual you certainly want to meet.

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Lets find out more…. The interview with Paul Pollard

Since Dreamwave begun, it has quickly evolved into also providing lighting hire weddings and events: What direction do you see DWE going from here?

Dreamwave lighting has evolved quickly since its introduction back in 2015.  I think it was the natural progression for us to move into this area of the industry as we are creative with our ideas and always looking for new fresh looks.  That said we have our own style which I’ve always felt is a mixture of vintage style with a modern twist. Where from here? The sky’s the limit isn’t it!

What part of the business do you enjoy and why?

To be honest I love the day to day running of the business.  No day is the same whether it be on the road, in the office or constructing new concepts in the warehouse.  It also helps that I’m working with my best buddies, we have a good laugh along the way and work great as a team!

Could you have imagined when you started Dreamwave with Dave that it would be where it is today? Would you have done anything differently?

To be honest no.  I can remember taking on our warehouse and thinking we’ve got to pay for this each month! But we made it work and our hard work has got us to where we are today.  I don’t believe in looking back to see if anything would have been done differently, that’s in the past and I just want to look forward to the next chapter.

If Dreamwave Events carries on in it’s current flow, you can take early retirement! On a serious note, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I wish!!! 10 year’s time…….well…..who knows.  We have many ideas going forward for different areas of Dreamwave yet to be released which we are currently working on.  So there’s lots to come!  Stay tuned!

DJ Paul Pollard



Total Recall – Happenings of 2017

What can I say about the year 2017 for Dreamwave Events DJ’s and Lighting that hasn’t already been said about the wheel, penicillin or the iPhone!  In a nutshell, 2017 has been an incredible year which you will see as I rewind time, look back in wonder and flash on my favourite memorialised moments.

The best place to start is always at the beginning…..

Relationships, Ventures and Features of 2017

Install Division Expands

The Wünderbar at Milsoms Restaurant in Dedham

The terrace at Milsoms in Dedham, Essex has been enclosed so that private parties can exclusively enjoy their own bar and lounging area.   Dreamwave Events were asked by Geraldine Milsom to incorporate feature mood lighting and design aspects to set the scene for guests to relax in the unique Wünderbar area.    This unique setting available for exclusive hire is the ideal venue small parties; with a bar, leather sofas and then completed with our vintage filament lamps on festoon droplet pendants; this setting is fantastic for cosy dining during those winter months.

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Kesgrave Hall. Lighting Installations

We have been busy bees in and out of Kesgrave Hall with various lighting installation and production features throughout 2017.  From Gobo Projections, Haze Machine fitting and Large Mirror Ball accession – The Hangar is now kitted out with a legion of popular party effects!

Jamming with Sister Sax

The way to do great work, is to love what you do.  In February 2017, we joined forces with Sister Sax to form the ultimate DJ and Sax combo jamming session that you wish would never end!  See us in action.

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Feature Pod Cast

One of our Co-Directors, Dave Drane, loves to chat.  You can often find him gossiping away on insta-stories.  In 2017 he featured on a Get Wed Pod-Cast to yabber about wedding evening entertainment.

Snappety Snap! – Photo Shoots at Wedding Venues in 2017

A selection of fortunate wedding venues got the Dreamwave treatment in 2017 with our lighting and decor with a feature photo shoot complementing each venues attributes perfectly.  These lucky ducky’s were Glemham Hall, All Saints Hotel, Bruisyard Hall and Abbots Hall; all based in Suffolk.

The Beginning of Anything you Want – New Looks, New Style, New DJ Booth

Our design team are always busy bees, thinking of new innovative ideas to express our look and adapt to suit individual weddings and parties.  We have recently released a new range of DJ Booths to suit the vast themings available.

New lighting products have also been invested in this year, ever keeping ahead of the game.  Available to hire now are LED Filament Lamps and Pendant Drops (on display at Wunderbar!) and neat Vintage Blaze Lights; both bringing that extra “wow” factor.

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Say who your are without having to speak – Showing off Dreamwaves’s Style

We don’t worry about others using our ideas; we only worry when they stop!  There have been a couple of events this year that as really shown off what we feel is Dreamwave’s look and style:

Osea Island, Essex

We got to show what we were about on this Wedding Day at Osea Island.  The focal lighting installation looked awesome.  Planned by long-established bridal specialists, London Bride, this wedding was so captivating and on trend it featured in “Bride” magazine.

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Osea Island. Credits: Photography – The Kitcheners; Style and Planning – London Bride; Vervain Flowers; Anthology Vintage Hire

Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk

Working with the gifted wedding planner, Lisa,Carmel we were able to show off our passion and style of lighting at the quintessential multi-acreage venue, The Wilderness Reserve.

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Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk.  Florist: Emma Soulsby Flowers

Gift yourself a Gift – Wedding Planners

Don’t come untied before tying the knot.  We have worked with some truly awesome professional wedding planners that know how to take the pressure off so you can sit back and enjoy assured that your day is in good hands.

This year we have continued our relationships and worked alongside the talent of Katrina Otter, Bernadette Chapman, London Bride and Carmela Weddings.



Events of 2017

Real Weddings of 2017

We have had an array of super duper weddings this year oozing personal style and trending lighting,  If you want to read more about them, my focused blog pages show off their inspiring ideas.  My favourites of 2017 were Rebecca and Sam at Le TalboothEmma and Gavin at Hengrave Hall and James and Grace at Houchins.

University of Essex Graduation

For the second year running we have been involved in the lighting, decor and production at the University of Essex’ Graduation event.   Providing atmospheric dim-able Festoon lighting in the lakeside and woodland marquees accompanied by our signature magical floating candles; the effects left the students awestruck!  A fantastic time was had by all.

Charitable Cheer in 2017

Wear Your Wedding Dress Again 2017

Our DJ’s and Lighting Team once again we got stuck in to this unique Charity Event hosted by our friend Abigail’s Collection in Colchester.  This successful feature was held at Prested Hall, Essex and this year raised an amazing £4200 for Help for Heroes.  Click here to read more.  If you missed it this year, there is always next years shin-dig to look forward to! Look at some of the photo’s in our Gallery above by D&A Photography.

Take a look at the evening’s happenings in the clip by R J Films.



Fenwick and Milsoms Fashion Show

In September 2017, The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall hosted its first charity fashion show on behalf of the GeeWizz Foundation to raise funds for young people in Suffolk.   Fenwick in Colchester joined the party supplying a gorgeous array of Autumn and Winter wear.  This fabulous fashion feature raised more than £6300.  Dreamwave Events were proud to be part of deliverance supplying sound and lighting for this charitable event.

Fire and Ice Ball

Dazzling displays of fire and ice themed shenanigans were the focus of St James’ Place Charity Dinner Event. Entering the Hangar through a fiery flare of festivities into a glittering frozen world.  This glamorous affair offered fantastic entertainment from atmospheric music mixed by our Dreamwave DJ’s to live beats from  Hype Delux.  With climatic scenery during an exquisite three course dinner and fantastic entertainment giving the opportunity to dance the night away – this event had very aspect covered for a successful evening.

The Fire Room – Guests arrived along a red carpet with commanding flambos to a firey reception with high tempo inferno music played from our DJ and a greeted with a blazing cocktail.

The Ice Room – A chilled and frozen atmosphere was created to give the vision of ice.  Ice sculptures we enhanced by our frosty lighting effects with accompanying chilly musical notes. Brrrrrr.


Beertopia’s ethanol enthused event has been an annual success for Le Talbooth.  With live entertainment and barrels of ale to hand along with our Festoon lighting loosely draping under the marquee ceiling, this event is always a guaranteed success.  It’s so good that the whole Dreamwave team went together for a night out!

Sound and Lighting Events at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall.

We have spent so much time at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall this year being part of all there fabulous events.  Their first function was in February for the fanciful annual Valentines Ball leading to further exciting activities throughout the year.  The sizzling Summer Ball is always a successful affair and their Summer BBQ , along with Le Talbooth’s, equates to a guaranteed evening of delicious cuisine and fabulous entertainment (provided by us of course!).

Another spine-chilling event held by Milsoms in the Hangar section of Kesgrave Hall.  Spooky lighting effects and ghoulish music were provided by Dreamwave for their Halloween Night of 2017.  We did not disappoint!  Read more by clicking here.  This was a fast sell out, so look out for this one next year!

Christmas 2017

The 2017 Festive Season saw Dreamwave DJ’s at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Le Talbooth, Wivenhoe House and Suffolk Food Hall, bringing their perfect combination of Dreamwave suave and Christmas beats!

Moving into 2018

We have looked back on 2017 to see how far we have come; now we are full steam ahead, looking forward into 2018.   At Dreamwave Events we like to see things in the present, even if they are in the future (Larry Ellison, Oracel Co-Founder).  I’m saving you a seat.  Watch this space in  the New Year for lighting and decor trends of 2018 and be part of the journey.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.  That’s all folks – Carina, signing off for 2017!


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 is 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!!

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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 idea 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.”

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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!!”

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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.”


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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.  Their 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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.

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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 play 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.”

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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.

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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!”

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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!!


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.



Bridal Blog Name Drop – Levi and Steve

Levi and Steve took a shot and tied the knot on 7th September 2017.  Their celebrations continued at Maison Talbooth for their Drinks Reception and continued at Le Talbooth in Essex for their Wedding Breakfast and Evening Party.  But there is another side to Levi that we didn’t know about;  she is a writing enthusiast! Dreamwave Events came across Life as Levi on the web.  She has been keeping her blog updated recently with her nursing, wedding and travel larks.   Her wedding blog details the lead up to her wedding and, of course, the wedding day itself plus and most importantly, the suppliers that helped make it all happen!


“We arrived to people enjoying pimms, prosecco and canapés. Our marquee was beautifully decorated by the venue and vendors. ” (source:


Dreamwave’s Input

Levi approached us wanting to use our lighting hire services at Le Talbooth for her Wedding Breakfast and Evening Party.


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Levi and Steve enjoying their first dance under Dreamwave Fairy Lighting at Le Talbooth
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“The company deal with a large range of lighting; whether you want classic fairly lights to fan the roof of a marquee, rustic festoon lighting or something unique such as hanging lamps then they are the company to talk to. After our first contact with Dreamwave they were really helpful. We were invited to a meeting where they discussed any visual ideas we had and then suggested different props and lighting to match our theme. If they didn’t have something in their collection then they would try and source it from elsewhere.

We decided to go classic and have fairly lights for our marquee, light up poseur tables around our bar,  and party lights for our dance floor.

The people at Dreamwave are great to work with and do their best to bring your theme or ideas to life.” (source:


What did Levi and Steve Book with Dreamwave?

To decorate the marquee Levi and Steve opted for Fairy Lights at Le Talbooth.  These were arranged around the entrance walkway legs and set to a fan shape internally down both ends of the marquee.  These were both complemented beautifully by warm glowing Poseur Tables positioned in the bar area.  Details of these services can be found in our specifically designed Le Talbooth Lighting and Décor Brochure. 


Like the look of Levi and Steve’s Wedding Day?

If you like the look created by Levi and Steve or have further lighting and décor ideas you would like to discuss – Get in touch and we can make it happen!




Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After – Real Wedding Hengrave Hall

When love and skill work together, expect a master piece.  This is the way I would describe Emma and Gavin.  They made the decision to drop anchor and get hitched on the 10th June 2017 at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk with just 10 months to plan!  With Gavin working in Monaco, Emma had her hands full taking the reins organising their special day alongside caring for her two children.  Boy, did she do a smashing job!  This couple managed to achieve the perfect recipe of razzle dazzle along with romantic family intimacy.

“I considered hiring a wedding planner but I knew that I would want to look back and know that I planned it all myself.  Around 4 weeks before the big day, it all suddenly became real!  There were lots of last minute changes.  With the help of all our amazing suppliers these were all dealt with swiftly! I went to Hengrave the day before the wedding and started to feel more excited as I was so confident in every company we had hired.  Waking up at All Saints the morning of the wedding I felt nervous. But upon meeting the amazing Hannah Bibby at Hengrave I immediately felt at ease….she was amazing!”

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In the Courtyard at Hengrave Hall with our LOVE Letters and Festoons (Image Source: Martin Beard Photography)

Intrigued to find our more about Emma and Gavin’s Wedding Hengrave Hall? Read on……

Why did you choose to have your wedding at Hengrave Hall?

“I found a youtube video (UK’s Top 10 Wedding Venues – Bloomsbury Films) and watched it with my Dad on a rainy Sunday afternoon. As soon as we saw the church in the grounds, I called to enquire.  Within literally five minutes of the tour I knew… this is the venue!  I compare pulling up to Hengrave with pulling up to the first viewing of our house…..I had exactly the same feeling… just know it’s the place for you.  I called Gavin once home and after hearing how excited we all were he said if thats where you want to get married then let’s get it booked!”

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place in Hengrave’s own chapel found in the charming grounds.  The finishing touches provided by Tudor Rose Florist alongside the mesmerising vocals of Revelation Avenue resulted in a truly whimsical setting.

“As I sat during the ceremony listening to Revelation singing so beautifully, looking at all the proud, emotional faces in front of us the feeling was just amazing.  We both felt very special.  The Long Gallery, Courtyard, West Terrace and of course the Minstrels Gallery all looked perfect….every little element was included and it surpassed our every hope and expectation.”

Real Wedding Hengrave Hall

Just Married! Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“People told me that I wouldn’t even notice the decorations/little touches on the day but I noticed everything as it all looked so shiny and new but so tasteful and classy at the same time.  I was so busy in the Bridal Suite looking out at the view, watching Safe & Sound entertaining our children, getting ready and laughing with my special ladies that I totally forgot to put in my bridal earrings.  After leaving for the church I remembered and got in a panic!  Hannah overheard and literally within minutes the earring box was there and I was putting them in… MAGIC!”


The Dress

“My Mum, Sister and my friend Helen and I chose my dress together.  I loved all the lace dresses but they seemed to be missing that something extra.  So when I saw the Allure gown with it’s beautiful embellishment, my family told me this dress was very much me.  That made my mind up!  I’m so pleased I chose this dress.  Even though I would have liked to be the size I was before having children;  I think it suited ,not only me, but also Hengrave and the whole day perfectly!”

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Allure Dress. Image Source Martin Beard Photography

The Grooms Attire

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Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography

“Gavin, Zak & Sam’s wore bespoke made to match suits by Philip Alexander and we couldn’t have been happier…worth every penny!  I was very pleased with our choice for the back of the waistcoats as music brings emotion and joy to everyone so the navy and coloured guitars complimented the day perfectly . The Groomsmen also wore Philip Alexander bespoke hire suits.  I am so glad that we decided Gavin and the boys should look different to the groomsmen as it is after all as much the Grooms day as it is the brides.  Itwas important for him to stand out too and our boys were obviously a huge part of our big day.”

Real Wedding Hengrave Hall Phllip Alexander Saville row suits

Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography

Décor, Sound and Lighting

Emma and Gavin took full advantage of having Dreamwave expertise to hand.  From sound production for their Ceremony and Drinks Reception, a complete array of lighting hire throughout the day and a Dreamwave DJ for their evening.  This couple had the full Dreamwave Package!

“The decor was simply stunning.  I had seen many photos from various sites including your site but they just do not do them justice.  The West Terrace and courtyard looked amazing!!  The flooring in the Minstrels Gallery looked perfect and just added that something extra without taking away the historical elements of the room.  Dreamwave used the template from our wedding invites for the E&G for our gobo design and we used that theme throughout.  We saw so many pics on social media of the gobo so were made up it was something everyone wanted to take a picture of.   Every little detail I had requested was met and the candles along with a simple floral arrangement next to two picture frames of my Grandparents received so many compliments.  I adored the window sills and the gift table, they lit up the venue inside and was exactly what I had requested, not one thing was missed.”


Real Wedding Hengrave Hall Path Festoon Walkway outdoor lighting hire

Emma and Gavin with our Path Festoon Walkway. Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“We had hired Revelation and they made our day so special.  However, they did come with lots of extra and last minute organisation including sound equipment and a last minute request for a keyboard!  Dreamwave Events really did prove themselves to be a company that go above and beyond as they helped with every single requirement including the last minute keyboard search.  The sound, both in the Church and during the drinks reception on the West Terrace was spot on and the choir received so many compliments.  That said, you can have the best singers in the world but without the right equipment it wouldn’t have the same impact.  Thank you guys!”

“I thought the lighting outside may be a wasted element as it was 10th June so longest days of the year but this was my absolute stand out favourite and even when the sky was still blue but evening had come the lighting looked gorgeous and lit up to show the venue off!  One of my favourite photos is of us both walking along with the lights at our sides!”


Why choose Dreamwave Events

“I originally called and booked for DJ services as wasn’t aware of the other services.  We were sent the options for Hengrave and fell in love with them all.  I took time to meet with all the wedding suppliers but my meeting with Dreamwave stood out the most.  The guys were so friendly and patient and went through every single option.  I left the meeting feeling extremely confident in your knowledge of the venue and how good it would look.”

“We heard in the Bridal Suite that one of the Dreamwave staff had cut his head whilst setting up.  One of my Bridesmaids is a doctor so she went straight down to check he was ok.  He politely declined and said he was fine and continued his work!  What a true professional!  That on top of taking on the task of potentially sourcing a keyboard for our Choir at very short notice so goes to prove what a truly professional and bespoke service you offer.  We honestly could not recommend Dreamwaves highly enough. Thank you!”


Personal Touches

“I added 2 picture frames with photos of my Grandparents (who were too frail to attend) and both were placed on the piano with some flowers and a candle.  Family means so much to me and it looked beautiful.  So many of my family members came up and commented on what a lovely touch this was. “

Real Wedding Hengrave Hall Personal Touch

Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“The framed caricature of the four of us (sketched by the amazing John Roberts) on our gift table was something I first requested immediately after booking the date.  I didn’t want photos of the four of us around the venue that everyone had seen 100 times over on social media.  But I did include a little framed picture of our boys on one of windows close to the bar as it’s our favourite photo of them both together.”

Real Wedding Hengrave Hall Personal Touch

Image source Martin Beard Photography

“We used Angel creations for our Invitations with the E&G emblem and thought it would be nice to continue this throughout.  We used the same E&G symbol for all our stable stationary,  table plan, Gobo design for the evening, our welcome mirror, ring box and a hanging door accessory.”

Real Wedding Hengrave Hall

Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“Gavin bought some cigars last minute so I decided to add in the personalised matches which we put in a cognac style vase with a little personalised sign from Mr & Mrs Collins. This went down a storm with all of our guests and two weeks later some cheeky guests were posting pics on social medial of them smoking them in their gardens….but did include the hashtag so we let them off!”


Memorable Moments

“Although I didn’t see them as was still outside the church I was so proud of our two boys walking down the aisle.   Our eldest son Zak is 6 and so he understood what was happening and was so looking forward to it.  He was so proud to be Ring bearer (or ringmaster as he told all his friends|)!  His face in the church…he was so excited, happy, proud and at the same time a little nervous as he wanted to do his best for his Mummy & Daddy.  He made us the proudest parents alive….they both did.”

Real Wedding 2017 Hengrave Hall

The Collins Family. Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“The ceremony itself was beautiful.  My friend wrote a poem about our long 13 year courtship which included many comical but also heartfelt moments.   Lots of tears but also a few good laughs when we both had to state Gavin’s middle name ‘Wesley’ a couple of times during the ceremony.  Revelation sung beautifully and I think I will have to ask them to record “over and over again’ (a song they learnt and rehearsed especially for us) as I prefer their version now!”

Real Wedding 2017 Hengrave Hall Fireworks

Fireworks by Fully Fused with our Festoon Pathway and Yew Tree Up-Lighting.  Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“The whole day, although a blur was simply the best day of our lives but the most memorable moment was watching the fireworks.  Zak & Sam running up in their PJ’s and then holding them both in our arms, just the four of us as the ‘Collins Family’ is a memory we will cherish forever.”


The Evening Party with Dreamwave Events

Darren was our kind of DJ!  He was so friendly and people have asked if Gav or me we knew him!  I asked for a Justin Bieber song to be played especially for my eldest son Zak.  Darren made sure we were all in the room and did a shout out to him put then proceeded to put him in the booth with him and let him be DJ.  He stood on a stall so all the guests could see him, wore the headphones, picked the next track over the mic and danced away.  He was made to feel like the most important person there and weeks after the wedding and if anybody asks what was his favourite part of the day he says ‘being the DJ'”

Real Wedding 2017 Hengrave Hall Evening Party

Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“I also asked for a song be played for Gavin as it was his 40th birthday 5 days after the wedding day.  I must say every single thing I requested was done but putting my son in the booth just went above and beyond our expectations and made a little 6 year old very happy.”

Real Wedding 2017 Hengrave Hall

Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“Music choices were amazing and he managed to get even the dance shy guests up and boogying. Thank you so much Darren and we hope he enjoyed DJ’ing for us all.”


Advice for Future Bride and Grooms

“Gavin and I do not like to be centre of attention.  With my shyness around the camera the whole idea of a ‘big white wedding’ was daunting.  Because Gavin has so many friends and I am such a family orientated person we felt we couldn’t just fly away so decided on a wedding in the UK so that everyone could come.  I think, without saying it out loud, we booked Revelation Academy, Nick Einhorn the magician and requested a round table apposed to top table so that we would not be ‘centre of attention’! “

“Our advice would be do not spend time worrying about silly stuff like that…..enjoy the planning with family, friends, the stags, hens and all the fuss.  You never know you might surprise yourselves and  ‘LOVE’ all the fuss on the day just as we did.”

“The day will fly by and you won’t have long with every guest to stand and chat but do take a moment to take it all in.  Most of all take time to find your new Husband and tell him how much you love him!”


Like the look of Emma and Gavin’s Wedding?

Here is a list of their suppliers to help you on your way.  If you have any questions about the DJ, Sound and Lighting Production – Give us a shout!

Suppliers List:

Dreamwave Events – Sound and Lighting, Milsom – Catering, Revelation Avenue – Choir , Nick Einhorn – Magician, The Revue – Band , Safe & sound childcare, Fully Fused – fireworks, Vanilla Patesserie – Cake, Martin Beard – Photography, Humble productions – DVD, Kristina Gasperas/Kasia Fortuna – Make up and hair, Angel Creations – Wedding Stationary




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