As far as weddings go, Leigh & Dominic’s big day at Teybrook Orchard has to be up there with one of my absolute favourites!
I was originally booked way back in 2019 for this one in a different location. And then Covid hit, and for one reason and another the venue was changed, until eventually we get to October 2021 (a year later than planned!)
Unlike last week’s wedding for Emma & Paul at Rectory Farm though…the weather didn’t play ball. In fact, it rained solidly all day.
That didn’t stop the celebrations though!
Wet Wet Wet
This was the scene which greeted me when I arrived on site at 10:30am! It’d been raining heavily the day before and the ground was already waterlogged.
More rain was forecast!
A quick unload from the van (via the muddy puddle) saw the Rustic setup in place in a gorgeous little marquee which was already decorated for the day
Let's forget about the rain....the day was AWESOME!
I was there as an all-day DJ, so first order of the day was to setup and test the ceremony system (you can actually see it in the top-right corner in the outdoor photo further up this post).
All working OK, it’s on with the background music and wait for the arrival of Leigh who I must say looked fantastic!
Celebrant ceremony done and dusted (I love watching these from the sidelines), it’s time for the official photos and for the guests to start filtering into the shelter of the marquee for a fantastic barbecue. My jobs at this point included ushering guests to get food and of course to provide the background atmosphere to the afternoon.
And then……a well kept secret appeared….ALPACAS!
These had always been in the plan for the day right from the very start, so when they were led under the shelter where Leigh and Dominic had earlier been married, guests flocked to have a stroke and grab a quick selfie. After all, it’s not every day you get a selfie with an Alpaca is it?
So, on to the evening
Right from the time Leigh and Dominic booked me, I knew they had very specific styles of music in mind for the evening. I have absolutely no problem with that and I’ll do my very best to put your ideas in order and make them work on the night.
I must confess to having a couple of minor reservations about some of the choices, but I really needn’t have worried because the selections went down an absolute storm as you can see in the gallery below.
The evening reception started as is traditional with the First Dance. Leigh had wanted a multicoloured confetti shower during the First Dance, and who am I to disappoint with THREE cannons going off at the same time!
The rest of the evening was made up mainly of Leigh and Dominic’s own selections with a few well chosen requests from their guests to keep the party going. All in all, a full dance floor for pretty much the entire evening!
So, some photos
Remember dear reader, I’m not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination. The photos are taken on a camera phone and are here to give an impression of how things went on the night.
And finally, the playlist
Tom Odell – Real Love (First dance)
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
Lulu – Shout
Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
B-52’s – Love Shack
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
Bryan Adams – Summer of ´69
Bon Jovi – Livin On a Prayer
The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
OutKast – Hey Ya!
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Rihanna – DJ Beats: We Found Love
Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness
Avicii – I Could Be The One
Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Jay-Z; Rihanna – Umbrella
Usher feat Ludacris and Lil Jon – Yeah
Flo Rida Feat T-Pain – Low
Lizzo – Rumors
Rihanna – S And M
Kid Cudi vs. Crookers – Day N Nite
Saint Jhn – Roses
Cupid – Cupid Shuffle
Cameo – Candy (Radio Edit)
Wiz Khalifa – Black And Yellow
Tones and I – Dance Monkey
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
Amy Winehouse; Mark Ronson – Valerie
Spice Girls – Wannabe
John Travolta & Olivia Newton John – You’re The One That I Want
Usher Feat. Young Jeezy – Love In This Club
Justin Timberlake – SexyBlack
Ginuwine – Pony
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Through This
Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers
Artful Dodger And Romina Johnson – Movin’ Too Fast
Craig David – Ain’t Giving Up
Calvin Harris – One Kiss
Flo-Rida feat Kesha – Right Round (clean)
Dua Lipa feat. Madonna & Missy Elliott – Levitating
Drake – KMT
Jay-Z & Kanye West – N****s In Paris
Future – Mask Off
Saweetie feat. Doja Cat – Best Friend
Doja Cat – Say So
The Vaccines – If You Wanna
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Royal Blood – Figure It Out
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
Oasis – Wonderwall
Supergrass – Alright
Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O Mine
The Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division
Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
Kasabian – You’re In Love With a Psycho
Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life (Unofficial last song of the night)
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (Official last song of the night)
The Killers – Mr Brightside (one more DJ!)