Pippa & Gary take the first dance

 

Pippa & Gary celebrated their wedding last Saturday at the George Vaults, Rochester, Kent in what turned out to be yet another massive highlight this year.

The couple who live in Hampshire returned to Gary’s hometown for the wedding which was all staged in the stunning vault function room. Pippa & Gary included Creative Mood Lighting as part of the service to highlight the stunning archways and finished it off with a scrolling name projection onto one of the walls which provided the perfect backdrop for the first dance. The room was also adorned with various Halloween themed props and balloons.

11pm-midnight was 90s Ibiza Classics hour

Pippa & Gary were more into their Indie, Rock and Glam Rock with Gary being a particular fan of Metal, so a lot of their pre selected music was based around these genres with some 80’s and latest charts thrown in for good measure, however 11-12pm saw the music dominated by an unexpected swing into classic 90’s Ibiza courtesy of some cracking guest requests.

With the gig finishing at 12, some last ditch negotiations with the venue and myself  resulted in a much needed 2 hour extension and we picked up where we left off in the 90’s, the music then reverted to Rock and 80’s, even a bit of Metallica and Iron Maiden crept in at the end for Gary !

A Metal moment for Gary

The George Vaults is a bar in Rochester High Street that serves food and has a late lounge also, from the photos on this review you can see that the vault function room is oozing in huge character. I didn’t ask but I would imagine you could make a substantial saving over one of the more commercial wedding venues due to the vaults high street location, but don’t let that put you off for one moment, it works fantastically well. You get married in the vault which has to be a seriously atmospheric experience, the guests then eat in the vault only leaving to accommodate the room turnaround and disco install which doesn’t take very long, even with creative mood lighting and name projection it was only about an hour. During this time the guests happily moved upstairs to the ‘late lounge’ suite. The vault itself is by no means the smallest room we have played in, the dj booth area is in the corner but our adaptable booth fitted in there perfectly, we installed some floor standing moving lights to counteract the lack of space to install overhead lighting. This was our first run out with a new speaker system which you can read on our Disco Heaven blog but from this experience the acoustics are great amongst all the stone and brickwork.

George Vaults Archways

It’s got a bit of a gothic feel I guess, the ceilings are not too low and there are a couple of stunning archways in the middle of the room which we uplit using red creative mood lighting, the length of the room is around 40ft approx with the bar located at the end of the vault keeping everything nice and close knit for the evening reception.

bar located at the end of the vault

This was the second time I have played at the vaults and it’s definately one of my favourite places, the staff were great and keen to please, the guests loved it and judging by some of the comments they loved the food too. It was another one of those nights where everything just flowed excellently …so if your looking for something a bit different amongst the hustle and bustle of a high street rich in character and atmosphere …this could just be the place for you !

 

 

 

Article written by DJ Phil Webster 

Click here to see more photos from this wedding on our facebook group. Here’s the marathon set list from Saturday, if you were at the wedding how about leaving us a comment.

 

20:26 : Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
20:31 : Gorillaz – DARE
20:34 : The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
20:37 : Steelers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle with You
20:41 : Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
20:43 : Queen – We Will Rock You (Remastered)
20:46 : Jerry Lee Lewis – Shake, rattle and roll
20:48 : Bill Haley and his Comets – Rock Around the Clock
20:50 : Chuck Berry – You never can tell
20:53 : Bryan Ferry – Let’S Stick Together
20:56 : David Bowie – Modern Love
20:59 : The Jam – A Town Called Malice
21:01 : The Clash – Should I Stay or Go Now
21:03 : Ladyhawke – My Delirium
21:05 : Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous
21:09 : Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage
21:10 : Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch
21:16 : ACDC – Back In Black
21:18 : Led Zepplin – Whole Lotta Love
21:23 : Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
21:26 : Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
21:28 : Beyoncé РSingle Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
21:31 : Katy Perry – Firework
21:33 : Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
21:36 : Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World)
21:37 : Rihanna – We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
21:43 : Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
21:46 : Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden – Bonkers
21:48 : Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘N Roll
21:51 : Adam And The Ants – Prince Charming
21:54 : Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
21:58 : Madonna – Holiday
22:02 : Michael Jackson – Thriller (Single Version)
22:07 : Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters Theme
22:10 : Erasure – A Little Respect
22:14 : The Communards & Sarah Jane Morris – Don’t Leave Me This Way
22:18 : The Cure – The Love Cats
22:22 : Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
22:24 : Chubby Checker – The Twist
22:27 : Yolanda B Cool – We No Speak Americano (UK Radio Edit)
22:28 : The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
22:31 : Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me (Night Rider’s Remix ) [feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome]
22:33 : Katy Perry – E.T.
22:37 : Pearl Jam – Alive
22:43 : No Doubt – It’s My Life
22:46 : Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away
22:48 : ACDC – Highway to Hell
22:53 : Pulp – Disco 2000
22:58 : Iggy Pop & The Stooges – The Passenger
23:02 : Run DMC – It’s Like That
23:07 : MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
23:09 : Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden Remix)
23:12 : The Original – I Luv U Baby
23:15 : Faithless – Insomnia
23:19 : Delirium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence [link to three drives]
23:25 : Liquid – Sweet Harmony
23:26 : Southside Spinners – Luvstruck (Radio Edit)
23:31 : Dario G – Sunchyme ’09
23:32 : Phats & Small – Turn Around (Norman Cook Remix)
23:34 : Paul Van Dyke – Binary Finary
23:38 : Paul Van Dyke – For An Angel (Robert Miles & Ayla rmx)
23:40 : Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar
23:49 : Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
23:51 : Olive – You’re Not Alone
23:56 : MGMT – Kids
23:59 : Nirvana – Smells Like Teens Spirit
00:04 : Oasis – The Swamp Song
00:17 : Alex Party – Don’t Give Me Your Life
00:18 : Armand Van Helden & Duane Harden – U Don’t Know Me (Featuring Duane Harden)
00:19 : ATB – 9 PM (Till I Come)
00:21 : Matt Darey Feat. Marcella Woods – Beautiful [link to silence]
00:26 : Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
00:30 : Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
00:32 : Reef – Place Your Hands
00:36 : The Killers – When You Were Young
00:39 : The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
00:44 : Aha – Take on me
00:47 : Aha – The sun always shines on TV
00:51 : Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams
00:54 : Blondie – Atomic
00:58 : Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
01:02 : Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
01:06 : Yazoo – Only You
01:09 : HouseMartins – Caravan Of Love
01:12 : John Farnham – You’re the Voice
01:17 : Toto – Africa
01:21 : Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
01:24 : Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
01:27 : Europe – The Final Countdown
01:32 : Starship – Nothings gonna stop us now
01:36 : Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
01:40 : Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
01:43 : Blur – The Universal
01:44 : Electric Six – Gay Bar
01:46 : Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
01:50 : Metallica – Enter Sandman
01:55 : Prodigy – Fire Starter
01:57 : Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast