Happy New Year dear reader!
Since a crazy NYE party in the Forest I’ve been getting ready for the busy Wedding Fair season which starts this Sunday. I’ll be at the Ageas Bowl (The Rose Bowl ~ the home of Hampshire Cricket) this Sunday. As well as exhibiting I’ll also be providing the music for the fashion shows, so if you are looking for ideas for your wedding please come and say hello.
Here’s a list of the events we’ll be at in the coming months …
Sunday 12th Ageas Bowl ~ West End
CANCELLED Sunday 26th Winchester Hotel CANCELLED (This event has been cancelled)
Thursday 30th Southampton Guildhall
Sunday 2nd DeVere New Place
Sunday 23rd 5 Rivers Meet Salisbury
Sunday 2nd St Mary’s Stadium ~ Southampton
Sunday 16th Grand Harbour ~ Southampton
Derek Pengelly’s ebook “Wedding Day Secrets” is now available, exclusively at the moment, from Gary, Alan and I as a book! Up until now it’s only been on the kindle but we’ve had some printed for our couples.
If you’d like a copy please get in touch ~ email email@example.com or call me on 07973 617153
Way back on 25th April 2010 I did my first Wedding Fair since I returned to DJ’ing. It was held at Rownhams House and I eventually booked 3 or 4 weddings with couples I met there. I say eventually because these things often don’t happen straight away.
Somewhen in late Spring 2011 I had a meeting with a lovely couple, Jen and Martin, who’d met me at Rownhams House over a year earlier and, unbeknown to me, decided that day that they wanted me to be their DJ.
Jen and Martin’s wedding was held at Marwell House on 11th August 2012. It was a wonderful evening filled with some very special moments, you can see more, including a video, in my blog here
That was one of two weddings I played for at Marwell that summer. I’ve always loved the zoo and the weddings there are always very something special. The ceremonies are held in the house with the reception usually held in a marquee in the walled garden, all this right in the centre of the park and all the animals.
Later that year I was contacted by Sian who was on the events team at Marwell. Along with her colleague, Natalie, and another friend, Jordan, she was off to Austarlia and out of all the DJ’s they’d seen they wanted me for their leaving party!
So, on 25th January 2013 I played for Sian, Natalie and Jordan’s going away party which was held at Goals in Southampton. Goals is an excellent venue for a fun party. We had a great night – find out more here.
Now on duty at Goals that night was Aimee who told me she was planning her wedding and a few months later I got a call from her. I arranged to meet with Aimee and her fiance Matt and told them more about the options I offer and they booked me. Last Saturday, 9th November 2013, was their big day at The Hilton in Southampton – it was an amazing day! I’ll post more soon but for now here’s just one picture.
There you have it, from 25th April 2010 to 9th November 2013 … I wonder where this wonderful journey will take me next?
Friday 13th September may sound like a strange day to get married but for Sarah and Dave it’s a very special because seven years earlier on that very date they got together as a couple, seven years after they first met! So fourteen years since they first met, they finally got married on Friday.
They got married in church and then travelled the few mies to Foxlease, just outside of Lyndhurst. The site is well known as a camping centre for Girl Guides and is used by a wide range of organisations. The wedding breakfast and party were held in a marquee located in the walled garden. I was their master of ceremonies and provided music throughout the afternoon and evening. Their celebration was based on a very relaxed vintage afternoon tea theme and the atmosphere was lovely as friends and family mingled and chatted.
I introduced all the wedding party into the wedding breakfast and then the speeches before everyone settled down to a wonderful afternoon tea of sandwiches and homemade cakes provided by the excellent Hel’s Kitchen from Lymington. After the meal there was a lovely slideshow which combined pictures of Dave and Sarah growing up, we also put together one of our special Wedding Day Quiz’s for the guests to complete.
Then it was time for the evening guests to join us and we started the evening party with Sarah and Dave’s Love Story which prompted plenty of ooh’s, ah’s and laughter. Then it was time for their first dance, we also had a “Guess The First Dance” competition but nobody got the right answer.
There was a fabulous Hog Roast and then we got the party going. Sarah and Dave had set up a FaceBook groups for their friends to share ideas and requests for the party so there was no shortage of songs for us to play.
If you are looking for a marquee wedding I would recommend talking to the people at Foxlease. The marquee was lined and dressed by Finest Marquee Hire, talk to Michelle and the food was provided by Hel’s Kitchen contact helen.
I’ll be at several wedding fairs and exhibitions in the coming months.
Here are some confirmed dates to put in your diary …
Sunday 8th September ~ East Point Centre, Southampton
Thursday 26th September ~ Southampton Guildhall
Sunday 20th October ~ Winchester Guildhall
Sunday 3rd November ~ New Place
I have some FREE ENTRY PASSES available for the East Point Centre and Southampton Guildhall events. If you’d like some please drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org