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Happy Monday ~ I Really Love What I Do

Happy Monday everyone, have I ever mentioned that I really love what I do!

I’ve just been taking a break from writing the WOW Countdown blogs and took a look at the wonderful card I received from Kelly & Neil over the weekend. I haven’t really posted much about this years weddings yet – it’s all been such a mad blur! Kelly and Neil’s wedding holds a special place in my heart because I’ve known him since he was a nipper, in fact he was The Party DJ for a while when I stopped DJ’ing to focus on other thing.

Kelly and Neil met while they were both working in Shanghai, Kelly is from Canada and they now live in Denmark … as you can imagine their wedding took a fair amount of organising! I was glad I was able to help with this.

Kelly and Neil chose the gorgeous Norton Park just north of Winchester for their celebration and it was perfect. The ceremony was held in The Hampshire Barn, then everyone went for drinks, canapés and photos by the Manor House. The wedding breakfast was back in The Hampshire Barn and then the evening party was held in The Norton Suite. I provided ceremony music, master of ceremonies and DJ’d alongside the excellent band Hitwave .

It was also the wedding where I finally got to work alongside the brilliant Az Rehman from Lemontree Photography. I can see why so many local photographers speak so highly of Az, he’s a lovely gentleman and his photography (as demonstrated by the pictures on this post) are absolutely wonderful.

I really love what I do

Here’s an excerpt from their message inside …

“Dear Mr T,

We can’t even begin to thank you enough, in this card, for everything you did to help us have the wedding of our dreams.

Your time and advice before the big day were invaluable, and your calm, patience, M.C’ing, organisation, DJ’ing and general ‘Paul-ness’ on the day brought everything together in a way that only you know how to do”

I’m so lucky to spend my time with lovely couples like Kelly and Neil at beautiful venues like Norton Park working along side great people like Az and Simon from Hitwave, and that’s why I really love what I do.

All images Lemontree Photography

Bloomin’ Lovely

Flower Stables

I love flowers. It’s something that has been in my life ever since I can remember, my dad was a keen gardener and I also have early memories of my mum helping with the flower arranging at church.

If you look back through my blogs you’ll see I often use a cropped flower shot as a header on my entries.

One of the wonderful things about weddings is seeing all the different styles and designs of floristry and the wedding at Bartley Lodge on Easter Sunday was a good case in point, it looked “blooming’ lovely”! (see what I did there … comedy gold … or maybe not).

Carole Stables

Everywhere I looked there seemed to be spring vases filled with tulips, spray roses, mini daffodils and lots of other spring favourites. The centre pieces at he wedding breakfast were more vases surrounding mini white bird cages for this Easter themed wedding, it was all so pretty.

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I’m very lucky to know some brilliant florists, this was the work of the lovely Carole from The Flower Stables. You can see some more examples of her work here

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Friday Thirteenth Wedding!

Friday Thirteenth Wedding Friday was my first 2015 wedding and what an amazing start to the year at the brilliant Audley’s Wood.

Friday Thirteenth Wedding

Two fabulous people who are so in love surrounded by their nearest and dearest in a beautiful setting – it was such a privilege to be part of it. These are just a couple of phone snaps, hopefully when I find my camera I’ll have a few more I can share with you. A huge thank you to everyone who made it a great day for two gorgeous people.

Audleys Wood DJ

Bonkers!

I am still here, it’s a very busy August this year so forgive me for not posting for a few days.

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I’ve had a few Friday weddings this year ~ I love Friday weddings ~ one from a couple of weeks ago was for for Emma and Shaun and it was full of amazing touches – so many I’m not going to share them all with you. From their carefully chosen ceremony music to their after-party playlist it was epic! Emma’s attention to detail and Shaun’s passion for fun really shone through.

They chose the Southampton Hilton for their venue – this was my second visit and yet again I was really impressed by the service the guests received and the support and hall I was given the Hilton is well worth checking out if your looking for a venue in the Southampton area.

Shaun’s speech was one of my highlights, it was written as a poem and I found this section very moving – just check out this video and please excuse the photographer’s back.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Emma and Shaun’s wedding day everything they wanted.

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Saturday’s Wedding

First kiss as a married couple

First kiss as a married couple

Last Saturday’s wedding of Jen and Olly at the excellent Beaulieu Hotel was full of very special moments.

I was delighted to provide services throughout the day, from Ceremony music through to the last dance.

Jen had picked a beautiful song by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville called “All My Life” for her entrance. The Bridal party entered to an instrumental version and then I faded over to the original vocal version for her entrance with her Dad, they arrived at the front at the end of the first chorus – it was perfect.

Happy Anniversary Jen & Martin

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I’ve got so many happy memories of Jen and Martin’s beautiful wedding at Marwell. 

It’s been great to keep up with them both on FaceBook as friends and I’m looking forward to hearing some more great news from them soon 😉

Happy Anniversary Mr Mrs Gould 

Sarah & David ~ Friday 13th September

New Forest Wedding Host

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.

New Forest Wedding MC

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.

Vintage Wedding entertainment

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.

Foxlease Wedding DJ

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.

Foxlease Wedding Disco

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.

Marquee Wedding Disco

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.

Lyndhurst Wedding Disco

Katie and Andrew

Sorry, yet again I’ve neglected this blog – I have loads to catch up on so please keep an eye out for more posts very soon!

Kings Court DJ

Last Saturday was Katie and Andrew’s wedding and I was their evening party DJ. They used the FaceBook group method for collecting music ideas from their friends and, once I’d added in their choices, I had about 7 hours of requests to fit into about two and a half hours.

We had a LOT of fun and I’ll post more about it soon … I promise … honestly … you just wait 😉

Chandlers Ford wedding DJ

A Thank you from Saturday …

Eastleigh Wedding Master of Ceremony

“We would like to say a very special and big thank you to Paul Taylor who was not only a fantastic DJ, but a wonderful Master of Ceremonies. Paul helped us organise a fantastic wedding – we didnt have to worry about anything. It all went off without a hitch thanks to you, so again we cant say it enough, THANK YOU x x”

Thank you Charlotte and Simon, it was an honour to play a part in helping you create such a special day.

Eastleigh Wedding DJ

Ellie & Charlie … continued

Party at Kingston Country Courtyard

The evening reception saw even more guests arrive for a brilliant party. We added our photomontage screen and everyone flocked around to see the pictures of Ellie and Charlie through the years. We also added some pictures that we took during the day. I’ll post a separate post about the photomontage service soon.

Wedding at Kingston Country Courtyard

With ten minutes to go we got everyone back up on the dancefloor and then put the happy couple back in the middle of the dance floor for Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. Everyone formed a big circle around them and started to sing along.

Wedding Circle of Love

As the singing got louder the guests all squeezed in on Ellie and Charlie for an enormous group hug!

Kingston Court Party

Finally, family and friends made a “guard of honour” and Ellie and Charlie went through saying goodbye and thank you to the “Beautiful Day” track by Rattled.

Ce and I had an amazing day and would like to thank the new Mr & Mrs Clifford for asking us to share in this wonderful occasion.

Wedding Grand Exit

I wish Kingston Country Courtyard was closer to home, it’s a very special venue with a lovely ceremony and reception space and plenty of on-site accommodation. For more information CLICK HERE