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Thank You 2017

Thank You 2017, you’ve been amazing!

OK, maybe it’s a bit silly to say thank you 2017 but it has been a fun year and looking back I’m happy with how things worked out. I was thrilled to be ask to play for two of my previous brides as they celebrated “significant” birthdays, perform at a couple of great engagement parties and, of course, play a part in many wonderful WOW weddings! I also got to work at many of my favourite venues alongside many of my favourite suppliers. I continued with study, training and even did a couple of events as a speaker to help other DJ’s. It was a year full of “stuff” and another year where many unexpected changes and opportunities have brought me to a new place and a new plan for 2018… but more about that next year 😉

The year started with lots of wedding fairs/fayres/showcases and WOW events and a couple of birthday parties. There was Maxine’s 40th, then I was back at my Christmas venue The Port House for Sam’s 30th party.

In the Spring I was delighted to DJ for Vickie and Gemma’s engagement party and am looking forward to their wedding in 2018. It was great to see Karen and Ian, their friends and family again (I did their wedding in 2013) as Karen celebrated her 60th. Then it was Charlotte and Sam’s wedding and reception at The Marwell Hotel. They wrote a wonderful testimonial for me CLICK HERE.

In June there was Hannah and Alex’s stunning reception at Norton Park following their church wedding.

July started with Bex and Alex’s beautiful wedding with a church ceremony followed by a marquee reception set in the beautiful English countryside. They did another great testimonial for me CLICK HERE.

Highlights in August included Katherine and Sinbad’s wedding at The Tithe Barn CLICK HERE to see my blog post and their feedback It was also really great to be invited to the first showcase at Manor Court Farm – this venue is AMAZING! For more information PLEASE CLICK HERE Angie and Dean finally tied the knot at The Master Builders and Lucas celebrated his 21st with a huge black tie diner and dance in a marquee party at home.

September highlights included Amina and Tarik at the magnificent Tylney Hall Then there was another engagement party, this time for Libby and Glenn – I wonder if I’ll get there wedding?

October saw two brilliant weddings. Rachael and Remi at Woodland’s Lodge. It was another day full of different World traditions. The second was very special as I’ve known the bridegroom Matt literally all his life! Anna and Matt were married at their church in Southampton and then had their reception at East Horton

I decided not to “do” Christmas parties this year, instead Ce and I took another trip to Fuerteventura – and we are already planning our next visit there.

So many great parties, lovely people and amazing love stories … Thank You 2017 and bring on the New Year!

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Real Weddings

Party DJ Real Weddings

Real Weddings from real couples just like you! That’s the idea and that’s what I’ve finally got together with a lot of help from some very special friends.

One of the things I’ve always believed in is only using real pictures of couples I’ve worked with – I hate misrepresentation and the use of “stock images” and even stolen pictures on websites. So my website and literature has always featured my couples – Real Weddings that I’ve been blessed to play a part in.

Recently a few people, fellow wedding professionals and even clients, have told me I should feature more about these Real Weddings and so I’ve started this new booklet. What I’ve tried to do is give a flavour of each wedding without listing everything that happened – hopefully it will give plenty of ideas to couples planning their big day. I will be adding more weddings both old and new as time goes on, every couple have given their permission to be included and have also been consulted about their entry because that’s they way I try and do things – I never take anything for granted.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to open Real Weddings and have a look.

This is one of a number of booklets going onto my website now, so please have a look at the changes I’ve been making with the help of my brilliant website designer Deon from Deon Design.

I’d like to thank Shellie & Matt, Sarah & Dave, Kate & Colin, Axy & Jez, Amy & Kristin, Karen & Billy, Lisa & Karl, Kat & Gareth, Emma & Simon, Josh & Max, Abi & Marcus, Emma & Craig, Charlotte & Simon, Lauren & Dave, Claire & David and Kerry & Ashley for their support.

If you are one of my couples and would like your Real Wedding to be included please let me know, thanks.

Wow Real Weddings

#‎7DayMusicChallenge ~ Day 1 ~ Stevie Wonder ~ I Wish

Many thanks to top bloke and brilliant DJ Tony Winyard for nominating me for the FaceBook 7 Day Music Challenge. The challenge is 2015’s version of Desert Island Discs and as someone whose whole life has revolved around music this is something I’ve thought about many times.

I’ve been anticipating what direction I’d take if nominated for a few days … 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 months, maybe even 7 years would not be long enough! So let’s see where this goes …

As most of the friends I saw doing the challenge on FaceBook were other DJ’s and soul boys I thought I’d start with some of the fabulous artists I’ve been privileged to see live from that sector …

Stevie Wonder ~ “I Wish” from “Songs In The Key Of Life”

I could have picked any track from this album (double album with bonus e.p.).  Even listening to the album this morning it sounds as fresh as ever.

This was the first album I earned from my career in record retail.  Late in 1976, thanks to my friend Steve (who I now nominate to take the challenge), I tried out for a part time job at Virgin Records in Bargate Street, Southampton with management team Liz and Marty.  One of the payment options for a trial shift was an album – I was extra cheeky and asked for this double album with bonus e.p., although I did offer to pay the extra I think.

I’ve been compiling a list of all the bands I’ve seen and I have dates for most of them. I’ve seen Stevie at least once, I think it’s twice but I can only remember one for sure which was at Earls Court in the late 70’s (and I think it was an afternoon show – could he really have been doing two shows in a day back then?) but that’s as close as I’ve got so far!

Never forget ~ Life Sounds Better To Music

 

Happy First Anniversary Emma & Craig

Emma & Craig

Today is the first anniversary of Emma and Craig’s wedding ~ WOW, where did that year go!

They chose the lovely White Horse Hotel and Brasserie in Romsey for their big day – a venue they love and visit regularly with their family and friends. In fact this week Ce, my wife, and I had a wonderful afternoon tea there courtesy of Emma and Craig.

White Horse

The White Horse is a real gem right in the centre of Romsey, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it not just for brilliant weddings and afternoon teas but even if you’re in town and just want a coffee in a more relaxed atmosphere than the coffee shops its surrounded by. The standards of service and quality of food are exceptional.

For more information about weddings at The White Horse talk to Sarah Bingham their wedding co-ordinator

Here are a couple of “official” photos from the brilliant Mia Hooper which Emma, Craig and Mia have allowed me to use on my website and in my current brochure.

White Horse Ceremony music

I was with them all day starting with their ceremony music. Emma entered to Pachelbel’s “Cannon in D” ~ this is one of my all-time favourite pictures, White horse wedding MC

This picture was taken at the end of the wedding breakfast and I’m going through the answers to the table quiz they compiled – I’m not sure how many guests knew they named the squirrel who frequented their back garden Sally and Craig’s coffee machine Claudia!

White Horse wedding DJ

Their first dance as a married couple was to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

Happy anniversary Emma and Craig and thank you for your kindness and friendship ~ here’s to love, laughter and happily every after ~ cheers!

Sophie & Tom in Wedding Ideas magazine

1 coverThe April edition of Wedding Ideas magazine arrived in the newsagents this week and one of my couples from last year are among the featured weddings. Hey it’s Sophie & Tom in Wedding Ideas magazine.

Their wedding was held at Bartley Lodge, almost a year ago, at the beginning of May. In fact it was on May the fourth which explains some of the pictures you’ll see in the article.

I was introduced to Sophie and Tom by Mia, their photographer, and I was able to help with plenty of ideas that were included in their amazing day. Tom told me after their wedding that when we first met he couldn’t understand where I was going with my questions about their vision for the day but by the time I left he was really excited about my involvement with their planning.

At just £2.99 Wedding Ideas is great value for money with lots of great ideas to help couples plan their wedding day. There are also competitions with over £10,000 worth of fabulous prizes to be won including a chance to win a Photo Booth from our friends at Gigglebooth!

Sophie & Tom 1

Sophie & Tom 2

Looking back with Meghann and Chris

This is the latest in the “Looking Back” series of videos and this time it’s back to March 2013 for Meghann and Chris’ wedding at Winchester Guildhall.

They had their ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party in the King Charles Hall with drinks in the Wintonian Room and photos and a balloon release in the gardens next door.

You can see my original post about their wedding here, and here’s a video I cobbled together for Meghann and Chris at the time