Following an abysmal week for English football which saw us eliminated from the Brazilian World Cup after just two matches, happier life resumed for Queenie & James wedding on Friday at Fanhams Hall in Ware, Hertfordshire …the weekend concluded last night down at Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire for Harriet and David’s wedding.
With no disco photography booked for either wedding we have included just the set up photos in the blog starting with Fanhams Hall (below).
Queenie and James had booked the basic plug and play package, we arrived at the venue an hour early but with the meal, speeches and photography all running later than planned we didn’t get in to set up following the meal till after 9pm making it a short but very sweet couple of hours.
I have played at the venue before, although not booked on this occasion the room does benefit massively from uplighting. The Great Hall is quite a dark room so once the sun goes down the colours show up really well around the room. Pinks, Reds and Purples work really well.
Londoners Queenie and James got the first dance underway at around 10pm followed by their favourite track, the 90s Hip Hop classic ‘California Love’ by Tu pac & Dr Dre, even the brides dad got in on the action as seen in the video below. It was a great start to the night and ensured the couples special day ended with a perfect couple of hours consisting of mainly R&B, Hip Hop, Latest Charts and some 80s Classics.
Saturday saw a completely different experience as we made the 2 hour trip down to Winchester Cathedral for Harriet and Davids wedding with the reception taking place in The Cathedral Refectory which is the visitors restaurant. The meal and speeches actually take place in a separate marquee in the garden area.
The Refectory is then closed off to the public at around 430 giving entertainment and venue styling an opportunity to transform the room for the evening disco.
Its a room thats full of natural daylight, so with this being the longest day of the year and the 1130 finish there was only around 90 minutes of time where the lighting made a difference to the room at the end of the day. As you can see from the set up photos some silver draping behind the DJ booth in the Refectory, this was to cover up some of the venues information boards in the restaurant.
If you are a DJ or Band reading this its important to stress the access is a little tricky. Initially I was advised that my nearest point of access was around 100 metres away however Gordon at the venue very helpfully arranged for me to get a little nearer so it was around 30 metres, he also very kindly provided a member of staff and barrow to help get the equipment in. Its not so bad for Bands but if you are a DJ or artist who works alone then its a definite two man job …plus the public are still on the grounds so you need the extra man to watch the van, park up and assist.
Once you are in the room set up is straight forward and there are plenty of plugs, watch out for the two double white sockets as they are connected to the sound limiter (85db), fortunately Gordon advised we could use the alternative plugs so the sound limiter doesn’t come into play, plus you can use haze inside the room.
Congratulations to both Harriet and David who were straight off to the Maldives on Sunday for the honeymoon and Queenie & James.
Next up for us is our publicity event on Wednesday at The Innovation Centre, ME5 9FD on Wednesday. This is to showcase our new Wonderland Package, click here for further details and we hope to see you there on the night.