Only a 14 hour day for me this time, but my lord – it flew by! One minute I was leaving my house at 10 am to make my way to the private woodland that Kat and Phil’s wedding was taking place on, the next minute I looked at my watch and it was 6 in the afternoon! I suppose it was because I had so much to do and to prepare that I didn’t have the chance to pause and look at my watch!
I had a lot to think about this day as the services required were varied and in lots of different areas of Kat and Phil’s friend’s property with adjoining woodland. I had to make the song ‘Pure Imagination’, sang by Gene Wilder, from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory play from the trees as people entered the beautifully decorated enchanted woodland. I also provided smoke and bubbles at the entrance to give added enchanted-ness!
It was a great and original idea by Kat and Phil; to have the guests enjoying drinks and then to be sent down the windy path into the woods to be greeted by the perfect choice of music, with a light sprinkling of mystical smoke and playful bubbles! It really worked! It genuinely felt special. The winding path, the music, the special effects and the brilliant decoration of the woods for the ceremony all came together to create a unique little atmosphere.
Once the guests were seated and Phil was ready and waiting for his bride, I started the music that signalled the bride was about to arrive into the woods and make her aisle walk. It was a song that Phil had sang and had specially recorded for the occasion! A lovely touch. Once again, I was hiding in the trees with my battery powered and 100% mobile PA system to make the music appear as if from nowhere. It was a strange part of the booking – me, crouched in all the leaves, burying any unsightly wires in the earth, cueing up the music as requested by the happy couple.
Another great touch was the choice of song for the wedding party to leave the woodland to – the theme tune from Happy Days! I thought it was a great suggestion as soon as they told me their potential choices and I’m glad they went with it. It was something fun and something different, which are the words that would sum this wedding up!
After the ceremony it was time for a drinks reception on the hillside while people enjoyed the cool and rustic style photo booth and a glass of champagne – not to mention the amazing views! So I just grabbed my portable PA system and started taking and playing requests from the guests as they drank and chatted. They were a really fun crowd and gave me lots of suggestions for songs. I particularly liked the many requests from one Liverpudlian man in attendance that kept shouting out obscure Beatles songs for me to play; I was more than happy to oblige!
There were so many different zones for this wedding – the woodland, the barn, the bar and seating area, some decking with a small marquee and disco lighting and even more! My job was to move around these areas with my portable system and play to whoever was there, mingling in, taking requests and having fun. So I did a set to some people that had set up shop near the barn, but it quickly became apparent that everyone would mainly be congregating by the bar, (Surprise! Surprise!) so I set up shop in that area and set to work! I played and sang for a total of about 6 hours with a couple of breaks! But, it was all so much fun and the crowd were so up for a laugh that everything just flew by. Perfect.
As night started falling, Kat and Phil invited everyone down to the barn area for their first dance. It was another lovely and well decorated area of the property, filled with lovely lighting, beautifully presented sweeties of all kinds, wedding favours, rustic tree stumps for stools and a lot more! It was the perfect place for a dusky first dance, the lovely ‘sparkler photos’ of the wedding party and the fireworks display that happened a little later! Yes, Kat and Phil pulled out all the stops! It was all like a fun little mini festival/carnival which is what I think they were going for. Either way, it was certainly memorable and a lot of fun.
As the evening wore on to the final stage all that was left was for a late night, woodland disco for the guests that had made their way to that area. People were dancing and having fun under the marquee and the woodland looked especially beautiful being lit by all the fairy lights, candles and disco lighting that was flashing across the trees. It was quite a spectacle! And most of all, it was all totally in keeping with this wedding in that it was a little bit different and A LOT of fun!