Client: Lindsey & Daniel Duggan
Venue: Gaynes Park – website
Date: June, 3 2013
Music Requested: Party Classics, Rave, Garage, House
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After last nights wedding at Tewin Bury Farm, we moved on to a much anticipated wedding that I had been booked in for since DJ’ing at Lindsey’s sister Jo’s s wedding back in 2010 at Stockbrook Manor. On a day of many memorable and emotional moments at Gaynes Park, the sun shone on one of the warmest days of the year so far for a wedding that was originally scheduled to take place last year.
I have reviewed Gaynes Park a couple of times before so I’m going to concentrate on the wedding as there was one of the most memorable moments from all my time working in this industry. Included in today’s service was Civil Ceremony music and with Lindsey arriving slightly late in a stunning white Rolls Royce just after 2pm, the scene was set as the bridal party gathered on the other side of the wall preparing to make their way up the aisle. The aisle is a lovely long pathway that leads up to the conservatory in the gardens at Gaynes. In all the places that I have worked there is something very special about the bridal march at Gaynes which I havn’t experienced anywhere else, if your bridal march is high on your list of priorities then you won’t find a better venue for a Civil Ceremony.
Lindsey had overcome a serious illness in 2012 which had resulted in the wedding being delayed nearly a year and this was something that added to the drama and emotion of the occasion as I played the bridal march, Christina Perri’s “A thousand years”. As the music swept through the beautiful gardens, the entrance of the bridal party was rhythmically timed to perfection as the wrought iron gates were opened and the bridesmaids entered the arena one by one. As the music continued to play and the last bridesmaid entered the conservatory, there was a tantalising delay …and then Lindsey appeared on her fathers arm to take her long walk up the aisle to meet Danny waiting patiently for her in the conservatory. The combination of the music, the environment and the story behind the bride affected quite a lot of people and I have to admit that I found it very emotional as after all the planning the day had arrived and the bride had finally achieved her dream to enjoy those moments. As the music faded out, one or two tears were mopped up and the service ended what had been a very special couple of minutes that I will never forget.
The visibly nervous bride had to pause for water during the service but after 20 minutes they were announced husband and wife to the cheers of family and friends and had a chance to take some time out as I played a couple of tracks during the signing of the register before the couple walked out into the sunsoaked garden as husband and wife to Eric Carmens “Hungry Eyes”. Truly the perfect fairytale ceremony.
As the guests enjoyed a few drinks in the garden, preparations were under way for the meal back in the barn. We installed 10 uplighters set to pink for the bride and groom and prepared a selection of rat pack classics for during the meal.
After a fantastic meal which I was fortunate enough to enjoy, the daytime formalities drew to a close around 7pm as guests retired to the garden and gather barn with the sun still shining on a lovely warm evening, giving Lindsey and Danny a chance to meet and greet the evening guests before the first dance which got under way just after the 830pm, with Aerosmiths “I dont wanna miss a thing” being followed by the brides dance with her father to Frank Sinatra’s “The way you look tonight”.
You wouldn’t have guessed it was a Monday wedding with guests keeping the dance floor moving all evening …and as darkness fell just after 10pm, the disco lighting kicked in the bride and grooms requests for old skool 90’s ratpack, garage and house finished off the day with a very lively last couple of hours.
Accomplished singer Jo (Lindseys sister) had organised with me for a couple of songs to be played throughout the evening that went back to their childhood including “Those were the days” by Mary Hopkins before singing Tiffany’s “I think we’re alone now” in a repeat performance from her own wedding in 2010 when she sang “Hey big spender” to husband Dean nearly 3 years ago. Dean, who has been doing some DJ’ing himself as well as promoting his own River Thames boat parties also had a little “play” on my decks before the final “live” performance of the evening …
…In a carbon copy incident from Jo and Deans wedding it was left to Deano to belt out “Rabbit” by Chas and Dave as organised by Jo a few days before. The idea being that he comes on and clears the dance floor at the end, he’s becoming something of a legend with this, here’s the footage (below).
And so at 1130 the venue called time on the party, the end of a fantastic Monday wedding and just goes to show if you have a great crowd of people that will party with you regardless of the day of the week then a Monday wedding can be just as good as any other …and judging by groom Danny’s comments also considerably cheaper, well worth considering so check out the venues packages for more information.
So finally, huge congratulations to Lindsey and Danny on their marriage, two lovely people with a great crowd of family and friends made this one to remember for a long time to come …next up a first visit to The Little Silver Country hotel for Amy & Craig’s wedding, come back soon to read about their story.
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First Dance I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing Aerosmith
Father/Daughter Dance The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra
Return of the Mack Mark Morrison
She’s Got That Vibe R. Kelly
Respect Aretha Franklin
December 1963 (Oh What A Night) Frankie Vallie
Never Too Much Luther Vandross
Ain’t Nobody Rufus & Chaka Khan
Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake
Rock Around the Clock Bill Hayley & The Comets
Shake, rattle and roll Jerry Lee Lewis
Run Around Sue Everly Brothers
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (2003 Edit) Michael Jackson 119.01
Le Freak Chic
Celebration Kool & The Gang
Those were the days my friends Mary Hopkins
I Think We’re Alone Now Tiffany
Red Red Wine UB40
Mysterious Girl Peter Andre
Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta) Artful Dodger & Craig David
It’s the Way (99 Remix) F.U.N
Love Come Down (Original Vocal Mix) Double Take & MC Kie
Garage Girls (Sunship Remix) Lonyo
Let Me Be Your Fantasy (feat. MC Tails) Baby D
Do You Really Like It? (Full Length Original Version) DJ Pied Piper The Master of Ceremonies
Straight from the Heart (Radio Edit) Doolally
Break of Dawn Rhythm On the Loose
Anytime Nu Birth
Show Me Love Robin S.
Surrender your Love Nightcrawlers
I Believe Happy Clappers
Its My Life Dr Alban
Your Love Prodigy
The Bouncer Kicks Like a Mule
Brothers Sisters Ratpack
Raving I’m Raving Shut Up And Dance ft Peter Bo
Open Your Mind 007 U.S.U.R.A.
Silence (feat. Sarah Mclachlan) [DJ Tiësto in Search of Sunrise Remix] Delerium
Insomnia (Monster Mix) Faithless
Follow Me (Club Mix) Aly-Us
Passion (Naked Mix) Gat Décor 124.87 07:45
Dirty Cash Adventures of Stevie V 120.86 04:00
Playing With Knives Bizarre Inc 130.47 03:15
Searchin’ For My Rizla Ratpack 136.21 05:45
Dance With My Father Luther Vandross 80.99 04:21
Rabbit Chas & Dave 128.25 03:54