WOW! What an AWESOME night!
In fact, Sarah & Bryan’s evening reception is the type of party I live for!
Let’s step back in time a little bit…..cue the Scooby Doo wobbly bit as we go back in history…..
I first met this lovely couple in March 2017….yes…TWO YEARS before today’s big day. It happens….a lot!
We sat in a pub in Cambridge city centre working out the details of how the end of their big day was going to be over a pint of diet Coke. The plans didn’t change too much between now and then! There was to be lots of dancing, and a heavy-metal set for Bryan and his friends…no problem!
Many emails and another planning meeting later, and today’s the day. Sarah & Bryan got “married” at Bedinghams Farm just down the road from where I live.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to this hidden treasure in the Fens. They only do 10 weddings a year between May & September, so bookings here are actually quite rare, but very enjoyable!
I say “married” because, well…they cheated a little bit. They actually did the legal bits in a private ceremony a few weeks ago (as my own sister did last year), and opted for a humanist ceremony on the day. It’s something that’s becoming more and more popular! It’s a lot more personal and takes the legal side of things away from a day of celebrating and having fun!
So, to the evening bit where I come in. What’s to say…it was an absolutely AWESOME night as promised.
The playlist had been made up from requests in the wedding acceptances..and there were a LOT of them. I was booked for a 5-hour set and could have played for 8. Add to this the requests on the night and it was always going to be a good one! The heavy-metal set for Bryan and his friends went down an absolute treat!
The final song of the night came around much too quickly for my liking, but it’s always best to end on a high note and leave the guests wanting more from experience. I’d had a full dance floor all night and Sarah & Bryan were both tired after a long and stressful day – and I always do what my Bride and Groom want. I could have carried on for a couple of more hours without breaking sweat…….it’s your day though and I do what YOU want me to do!
There were technical problems….lots of them. Both myself and the photographer were experiencing massive problems with our wireless equipment, in his case his remote flash-guns, in my case, my lighting programmes. My lighting has various different programmes which are used to help set the mood of the evening. Despite exhausting all three of my backup solutions, nothing worked to resolve this issue so I had to resort to using the manufacturer’s in-built programmes. Not ideal (at least from where I stand), but it meant that the party continued with a light show….and although Sarah and Bryan were aware of the problems I’d been experiencing, nobody actually noticed anything amiss (phew!)
What caused the problems? We don’t know. It may have been wireless interference, it may have been down to the barn being a corrugated iron structure and blocking the signals. What I DO know is that testing everything the next morning at home….it all works flawlessly!
As already mentioned, the playlist was made up entirely of requests from Sarah & Bryan and their guests. Things may look like they jump around a little bit, but it worked very well on the night with a lot of DJ skills!
* Take That – Rule The World (First Dance)
* Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers
* Abba – Gimme Gimme Gimme A Man After Midnight
* Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
* Katy Perry – Firework
* BTS – Idol
* Maroon 5 Feat Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
* Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
* LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
* Run DMC Vs Jason Nevins – It’s Like That
* MC Hammer – U Cant Touch This
* New Order- Blue Monday
* Tiffany – I Think Were Alone Now
* Tina Turner – The Best
* Mud – Tiger Feet
* The Jam – Town Called Malice
* Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
* Backstreet Boys – Everybody
* Take That – Could It Be Magic
* Tina Turner – When The Heartache Is Over
* Love Affair – Everlasting Love
* Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
* David Bowie – Let’s Dance
* Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
* Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
* Little Mix – Black Magic
* Erasure – A Little Respect
* Take That – Greatest Day
* Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
* Take That – Shine
* The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
* S Club 7 – Reach
* Girls Aloud – Love Machine
* Bryan Adams – Summer of ´69
* Bon Jovi – Livin On a Prayer
* The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
* The Killers – Mr Brightside
* Billy Idol – White Wedding Part 1
* Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child
* The Clash – London Calling
* Primal Scream – Rocks
* Blur – Song 2
* Pulp – Disco 2000
* Supergrass – Alright
* Chumbawumba – Thubthumping
* Reef – Place Your Hands
* The Prodigy – Firestarter
* The Prodigy – Warriors Dance
* Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark
* The Almighty – Wrench
* Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
* Disturbed – Down with the Sickness
* The Mavericks – Dance the Night Away
* Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much
* Shania Twain – Man, I Feel Like A Woman
* The Script – Superheroes
* Earth Wind and Fire – Boogie Wonderland
* Earth Wind and Fire – September
* Donna Summer – I Feel Love
* Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
* Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My everything
* Take That – Never Forget (Last song of the night)