Client: Holly & Danny Stupple

Event: Wedding

Venue: Pale & Interesting – website

Date: July, 13 2013

Package: Total Music Package

Music Requested: Latest Charts, R&B, Old School House, Guest Requests

Photos By: Julia Keeley – website


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If you are looking for an opportunity to create your perfect marquee wedding in beautiful surroundings with fantastic photo opportunities then read on, because this could be the “hidden gem” you have been looking for.

Pale & Interesting is located at Beach Studios in Brookland …so you can get your bearings its about a 10 minute drive from the south coast near Romney Marsh, as soon as Holly had booked me in and I’d seen the venues website at the start of last autumn it was a wedding I had really been looking forward to.

The venue is owned by husband and wife team Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote, first and foremost what I love about the venue is that its tucked away very discretely and you feel like you are getting something very different, rather than the conveyor belt commercial wedding venues. I have written in the build up to Holly & Danny’s wedding that this was due to be the last wedding that the venue were to stage, but I am very pleased to be able to say that we learnt from the owner Atlanta that the venue have again started taking bookings again which is fantastic news as there’s nothing else quite like it that I’ve come across in the south.

Essentially at Pale & Interesting you are hiring a stunning piece of unspoilt English countryside for you to then build your own perfect wedding vision, the way the venue is laid out and designed it definately does give you a subtle feel of the USA with its lovely American New England Barn used to stage the Civil Ceremony and some great places for photography including an American Airstream trailer which was used by boy band One Direction following their success on the X Factor in 2010.  With plenty of other quaint spots for photography and a lush wild meadow for amazing sunset photo opportunities the venue is a beautiful reflection of Atlanta & Dave’s background in the magazine, photography and design industries.

set up prior to guests arrival

We arrived early at 11am, I instantly fell in love with the idyllic setting, quality of the marquee and all the finishing touches planned by Holly and Danny, to top it all off it was a good 25 degrees, clear blue skies and quiet enough to hear a pin drop except for the wildlife and welcome light breeze occasionally passing through the meadow …it couldn’t of been more perfect. Very similar in fact to last weeks setting at Rachel & Michael’s wedding in Redenham, Hampshire, so we knew yet another great marquee wedding was on the cards !

We quickly met up with groom Danny and his entourage as they were applying the finishing touches before heading off to get changed for the ceremony. The setting couldn’t of been more the opposite to the bride and grooms life in the shadows of Canary Wharf, maybe the reason they wanted something totally different …they certainly achieved that. In fact it was a bit of a South London affair with a large contingent from Danny’s hometown Bermondsey, his best man (brother) even had a Millwall tattoo which I tried to do my best to ignore whilst proudly waving the Charlton one about on my forearm 😀 …seriously though they were a typically decent down to earth South London crowd that I could easily relate to being from the Woolwich and Eltham areas myself …and that was also reflected in the music as we went through the evening.

Also in attendance early doors was the food supplier …with no official sit down meal planned it was left in the hands of two guys who had come down from Tunbridge Wells complete with a £600 hog …so it was comforting to know we wern’t going to be the only ones roasting under the clear blue skies that afternoon – not to mention the mobile bar company who found themselves a nice little sun trap of their own adjacent to the marquee complete with chiller and add on tent for preparing the remainder of the buffet style menu. The only downside was being in the flight path of the roasting hog fumes, it was a tantalising few hours until I managed to get my hands on it just after 5pm but boy was that worth the wait, check them out – Kieron’s Game on 07811 182435. Even Atlanta’s friendly 5 year old German Weimaraner tried to get in on the act after the chefs had packed up and left, but with the meat proving to be extremely popular I’m afraid she was doing a lot of ground sniffing and not much else.
With the wedding party and guests arriving at the venue just before 2pm the scene was set …I have to admit it was quite amusing at times watching some of the female lovelies walking from their cars through the field into the marquee in their high heels but they all managed it and I’m pleased to say that unlike last Sundays groom they all managed to stay in an upright position all day. Just before 3pm Holly arrived and made her final preparations in one of the outbuildings as the guests made their way into the American New England Barn for the ceremony. In traditional bridal style Holly kept them waiting for about 35 minutes before making her entrance but just after 4pm we heard the cheers from the meadow as the newleyweds tied the knot …as the guests returned to get started on the bar the bride and groom went off to various areas to make the most of the lovely photo opportunities …actually I was lucky enough to get a little photoshoot done myself next to the Airstream trailer while the wedding was taking place, I won’t forget how hot it was standing in the meadow by the aluminium trailer for those 10 minutes but after a sun starved last couple of months I’m certainly not complaining at the current heatwave.

marquee at dusk


With the food starting to be served just after 5pm and Soul and Motown tunes in the background, it was probably the most chilled out wedding i’ve ever had the good fortune to attend …another defining memory of summer 2013 was taking place for sure. Talking of memories – no wedding is complete without a bit of behind the scenes drama somewhere along the line, this week the award goes to Holly’s friend Naomi who was scheduled to sing 4 songs with backing tracks, unfortunately it dawned on the new mum that the distraction of a baby had meant she completely overlooked actually bringing the backing tracks with her, oops …so we all went off to the owners property in search of an internet connection, fortunately we managed to get the songs downloaded much to the relief of a slightly panicstriken Naomi. Whilst at the house in conversation with Atlanta it transpired that the owner/stylist also had a thriving homeware and boutique business, definately worth checking out as she has designed some great pieces and they even hire out a self styled Pale & Interesting holiday cottage near the beach at Winchelsea. What I really admire is that Atlanta & Dave have built a way of living and a brand around their syle, I know from my own approach to business that this is the result of a great deal of dedication, time and effort but extremely rewarding when a client buys into the idea. The cottage looks amazing – check it out by clicking here.

bride Holly (with beer)


As a gorgeous orange sunset started to appear on the horizon Holly and Danny had hoped to get down to the nearby beach for some further photos but with it meaning they would be away from the venue for at least an hour they decided get some sunset photos in the long grassy field and move on with the evening.

“The speeches” …amusing and original without the usual cliches – the best mans speech will stick in the memory, “we went to Berlin for the stag do – that was nice”, “we went for a drink in Rye last night – not sure we’ll be welcomed back though” …dry to say the least from the Millwall fan, didn’t realise that lot from down the road had a sense of humour 😉 but it went down a storm ! So with the microphones provided for the speeches it was time for Naomi to take centre stage to sing her 4 tracks, despite not having sung for a while and having parental duties the singer gave an accomplished performance worthy of her friends special day so well done Naomi.

With timings running a little behind schedule and only about an hour of daylight remaining the first dance took place around 845 and it wasn’t long before the lighting started to show up, we used the trussing arch and two of our four plinths all linked up to a controller to give us the flexibility to change the colour of the framework which worked really well throughout the night, we also used the laser, 2 moving heads and 2 of our new barrels.

I feel like I’m saying it every week but this was yet another absolutely fantastic night. The playlist provided by Holly & Danny was a clear indication as to what this crowd loved and once darkness fell and we were in the middle of the field with the music playing it was all very summer festival like as we finished off the day in style playing R&B, Garage and Old Skool 90’s aswell as all the latest chart stuff. Very club like,

marquee heaving and could of definately gone on for a further few hours if we had the license.

guest dive bombs into bush

Several guests had photo moments throughout the night behind the decks as guests flashlights went off repeatedly during a “frenzied” ten minute spell which saw one particular guest grab my hat leaving me diving for cover with very flat hair before he then finished off his stint behind the decks by firstly standing on his head on the dance floor (see thumbnail pics) then finished off his virtuoso performance by dive bombing into the nearest bush …good times, great memories !

Check out the video highlights below of the last few songs and fantastic atmosphere at the end of the wedding reception

There’s literally far too many photos from this night to highlight below so make sure you click through to facebook to see all 127 photos, there’s some absolute crackers in there from this one.

Not sure where Holly and Danny have gone on their honeymoon but we wish them all the very best for the future, massive well done from us for what you achieved on Saturday and hope you have a great life together. Please do drop us a line on your return and share your memories of Saturday, it was a great experience and you totally nailed your wedding dream.
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Background Music
Trevor Nelson DJ Mix (Continuous Mix) Various Artists
Don’t Mess With My Man Lucy Pearl
Dance Tonight Lucy Pearl
Stay With You John Legend
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel Tavares
More Than a WomanTavares
Loco In Acapulco Four Tops
Two Hearts Phil Collins
Inside Out Odyssey
Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got) [Original Version] The Four Tops
Reach Out, I’ll Be There (Edit) Four Tops
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
Be My Baby The Ronettes
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone The Temptations
Mr. Big Stuff Jean Knight
Green Onions (feat. The MG’s) Booker T.
Papas Got A Brand New Bag James Brown
The Champ Mohawks
Come Fly With Me Frank Sinatra
I Get a Kick Out of You Frank Sinatra
I’ve Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra
Mambo Italiano Dean Martin
Baby Love (Single Version)
Treat Her Like a Lady (Single Version)
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now McFadden & Whitehead
Tribute (Right On) Pasadenas
Love Town Booker Newbury III
Midas Touch Midnight Star
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Sir Duke
Get Ready
Come Together
Master Blaster (Jammin’)
Jamming Bob Marley
Sweat (A la la la la Song) Inner Circle
Don’t Turn Around (Edit) Aswad
Kingston Town UB40
Shy Guy Diana King
Close to You Maxi Priest
You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) Dawn Penn
Respect Yourself Staple Singers
Come Into My Life Joyce Sims
White Lines Grandmaster Flash
Real Love Drizabone
Naomi Set
Marry You Bruno Mars
Two Become One Spice Girls
Misty Blue Dorothy Moore
Make You Feel My Love Adele


First Dance Daydreamer Adele

Happy People R. Kelly
Let’s Get Married Jagged Edge
Wifey Next
Every Little Step Bobby Brown
Turn Me On Kevin Lyttle
Return of the Mack Mark Morrison
Get Busy Sean Paul
Mysterious Girl Peter Andre
Get Lucky (Radio Edit) [feat. Pharrell Williams] Daft Punk
Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) Robin Thicke
So Good To Me (Radio Edit) Chris Malinchak
Need U (100%) [feat. A*M*E] Duke Dumont
Hungry For The Power Azari & III
La La La (feat. Sam Smith) Naughty Boy
LoveStoned I Think She Knows Interlude Justin Timberlake
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) Beyoncé
Blame It On the Boogie Jacksons
Le Freak Chic
Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse) Mark Ronson
I Don’t Feel Like Dancing Scissor sisters
You Can’t Hurry Love (Single Version – Mono) The Supremes
December 1963 (Oh What A Night) Frankie Vallie
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
California love Tupac & Dr Dre
Here Comes the Hotstepper Ini Kamoze
Hypnotize Notorious B.I.G.
Poison Bell Biv DeVoe
Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
Two Can Play That Game Bobby Brown
Show Me Love (Soulshaker Remix) Robin S. 1
Shine (Freemasons Mixshow Mix) Luther Vandross
Put Your Hands Up for Detroit (Club Mix) Fedde le Grand
Love Come Down (Original Vocal Mix) Double Take & MC Kie
Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta) Artful Dodger & Craig David
Little Man (Wookie Mix) Sia
Summer of Love (Radio Edit) Comme Ci Comme Ca & Lonyo
Blurred Pianoman
U Sure Do Strike
Salsoul Nugget M.S. & The Girl Next Door
Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden Remix) Tori Amos
Move Your Body Xpansions
Rhythm Is a Mystery K-Klass
Push the Feeling On The Nightcrawlers
Don’t You Want Me Felix
I’ll House You (House Music All Night Long Mix) Philippe B & Jungle Brothers
No Diggity (Radio Version) Blackstreet & Dr. Dre
Mo Money Mo Problems Notorious B.I.G.
Passion Gat Décor
Rhythm Is A Dancer Snap
Woman Trouble (Radio Edit) [feat. Craig David] Artful Dodger & Robbie Craig
One For the Money (Radio Edit) Horace Brown
Peaches & Cream (feat. P. Diddy)
Regulate Warren G & Nate Dogg
Golddigger Ft. Jamie Foxxx Kanye West
Lean Back Fat Joe, Remy & Terror Squad
Ni**as In Paris JAY Z & Kanye West
Pass Out (Radio Edit) Tinie Tempah
Earthquake Labrinth
Sandstorm Darude
Blind Faith Chase & Status
Beautiful People (feat. Benny Benassi) Chris Brown
I Found You Axwell Feat. Charles Salter
I Like the Way You Move Backstage
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Green Day
Mama Spice Girls
Oh Boy (feat. Juelz Santana)