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Wedding Reception | 16 April 2016 | Charlotte Simpson-Young & Jason Weeks | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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For the second time in a week, I made my way to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains and The Carrington Hotel, this time for Charlotte and Jason’s wedding celebration. It was an absolutely picture perfect day for their planned outdoor ceremony in Leura. From all reports it was a beautiful ceremony and was followed by drinks and cake at the location, before guests adjourned to The Lounge in The Carrington for pre-dinner drinks and canapés.

Charlotte and Jason met at a birthday party of one of Jason’s friends around November 2010. Charlotte was there because a friend of a friend of a friend was invited and did not particularly want to attend on their own. At the party besides striking up an in depth intelligent conversation, Charlotte, while getting a drink in the kitchen, went to tickle Jason’s stomach and was noticeably impressed that he had a very flat stomach. During that evening Jason also realised that there were many things that impressed him about Charlotte, not only was she also intelligent and smart, but funny and very pretty. Needless to say, they ended up being the last to leave the party. Destiny had played its card and the seeds of a beautiful relationship had now been planted.

A week or so later they went on their first date, Charlotte was meeting Jason for a drink before they headed to the Gaelic Club in Surry Hills, which was having an Irish night, where she was also meeting the two friends she went to the birthday party with. The friends, bailed at the last minute so Charlotte and Jason were on their own for the night. But it was obviously meant to be as not only did they win the door prize on the evening, but later on, a bottle of wine was up for grabs for the first person to dance for two minutes. Charlotte was the first on the dance floor and within 30 seconds or so was joined by Jason who did an Irish jig. So they also won the bottle of wine! The evening was also significant in that, Jason and Charlotte, whilst slow dancing, kissed for the very first time. About three months later they realised that they were very much in love and a little after that, as they would be apart for some time, there were some discussions about the relationship and marriage.

Fast forward to September 2014, and with the excuse of Charlotte’s upcoming birthday, Jason organised a getaway to Tasmania. On 13 September 2014 on top of Mt. Wellington, Jason proposed to Charlotte. Based on discussions, they had in the past when talking about marriage, Jason expected Charlotte to respond with, “Its about time!”, because this is what she had always said she would say when he finally proposed. But being caught completely unawares, Charlotte’s immediate reaction was to burst into tears of happiness before giving a resounding “Yes” response!

So here we were, Charlotte and Jason surrounded by their guests and celebrating the beginning of the rest of their lives. It was a wonderful evening that was interspersed with a great first dance, even though Charlotte may not think so (there were a couple of technical difficulties which appeared to have been caused by Charlotte’s dress getting in the way), wonderful speeches and LOTS of dancing right through to end the evening! I don’t think Charlotte or Jason left the dance floor except to re-hydrate once in a while. They were there amongst their family and friends having the absolute time of their lives!

As with any event where everyone is having such a wonderful time, it felt like it was over all too soon. Charlotte and Jason, thank you for the great honour and privilege you granted me the day you decided to place your trust in me. It was such a pleasure getting to know you a little, helping you plan certain aspects of your reception, witnessing the great love, fantastic relationship and meeting the beautiful families you share. It was such fun being your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ and seeing everybody truly enjoying themselves and so happy for the both of you. You both have a unique relationship and your love is so obvious (I saw a few of those sneaky little kisses and the way you looked at each other throughout the evening). This love will continue to grow and make your marriage stronger with every passing day. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

First Dance: “Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz II” ” by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Ricardo Chailly; Andras Schiff

Farewell Dance: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen


Other Wedding Professionals

Charlotte and Jason used Friends to photograph various aspects of their day. Florals were by the Groom’s Mum, Pauline and Charlotte.


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Wedding Reception | 9 April 2016 | Cassie & Ben Kirton | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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“No person really decides before they grow up who they are going to marry. God decides it all the way before and later on, you find out who you are stuck with.” ~ Kirsten Age 10

Cassie and Ben first met at an 18th birthday party of a mutual friend in 2008 and whilst they can’t recall the exact circumstances of the meeting, this was to be the beginning of their wonderful love story. A few months later they realised they were falling in love. Within twelve months following this, they knew they could not live without the other, but it took some time despite constant hints from family and friends for Ben to pop the question.

In May 2015 Ben arranged a trip up to the Gold Coast as part of Cassie’s Birthday celebration. He had organised a Hot Air Balloon ride on which he was intending to propose, but decided against it at the last minute and proposed before going out to dinner that evening. A surprised Cassie of course said yes and here we were celebrating this beautiful couples wedding!

Cassie and Ben exchanged vows at Our Lady of the Nativity in Lawson. Family and friends then made their way to The Carrington in Katoomba for the reception. They were greeted with canapés and drinks in the Lounge before settling into the Grand Dining Room for the evenings festivities. A short time later everybody enthusiastically welcomed the members of their wedding party but saved the biggest welcome for Cassie and Ben; who were surprised with everybody cheering and twirling napkins in the air as they entered the room!

After the entrees, we heard from Cassie’s brother Eric, Ben’s Godfather Bill and the Chaplain from Ben’s school Chris, who is affectionately known as “Chappy”. During this time we heard some wonderful heartfelt stories about Cassie and Ben, how their relationship developed and how perfect they truly are for each other. A little bit of fun then followed with the Newlywed Game.

The main meal was then enjoyed. It was then time to hear beautiful words from Matron of Honour, Abby and a humourous story or two from Best Man, Sam. Last but not least it was Ben’s turn and with Cassie standing by his side, he thanked everybody for attending, a special thank you to Cassie’s mum, Deborah and to those that had travelled before ending by thanking Cassie for being his wife and expressing how happy she had made him in doing so. The speech ended with a loving kiss for his stunning bride.

Dessert was then served, Cassie & Ben cut their wedding cake and a special first dance before being joined by the wedding party and guests on the dance floor. All too soon it was time for the bouquet and garter toss, farewell circle and a journey through a tunnel of love as Cassie and Ben departed to commence their married life together and this beautiful, intimate, loving reception came to an end.

Cassie and Ben you are both beautiful individuals and together make a very special couple. I can tell how much you are loved by your family and friends and how happy they are that you both have decided to take this next step in your relationship. I know you are both very excited about the future, your new home and the many new adventures that lie ahead. Thank you for allowing me to play some part in your very special day as your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ & MC, it was nothing but a total pleasure getting to know you both and witnessing the happiness and deep love you both have for each other. I know this love will continue to grow throughout your together forever and to reference Kristen Age 10 above, I am so glad that God decided you two should be stuck with each other! May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!  

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Everything” by Michael Buble

Bride & Groom Entry: “True Love” by Pink

Cake Cutting: “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor

First Dance: “Amazed” by Lonestar

Bouquet Toss: “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor

Garter Toss: “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

Farewell Circle: “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen, “A Sky Full Of Stars” by Coldplay, “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson Feat. Justin Timberlake, “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars

Final Farewell Song: “Ain’t Nobody” by Felix Jaehn Feat. Jasmine Thompson


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Still Photography

Floral Designer: Poppies & Peas Floral Design

Cake Designer: Cake Art

Photo Booth: Sharebooth


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Wedding Reception | 16 November 2013 | Tanya & Brad Bower | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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Well here I was back at the Carringtion Hotel in Katoomba again for the second time in four weeks, this time for Tanya and Brad’s wedding. Unfortunately the rain somewhat ruined Tanya and Brad’s plans for an outdoor ceremony, but none the less their love shone extremely brightly and surrounded by family and friends, they were married in the Lounge area of the Hotel and became husband and wife.

It was a beautiful ceremony that included Tanya and Brad’s little daughter Ellie as Flower Girl and their friend Heidi providing the music for the ceremony and pre-dinner drinks. Following the ceremony there were photographs taken before Tanya, Brad and the Wedding Party went on a limo ride around Katoomba.

Later guests made their way into the Grand Dining Room for the reception. The  Wedding Party made their way into the room to personalised introductions before everyone was up on their feet to give Tanya and Brad a really great welcome. A few words from Brad then guests were served a beautiful Entree.

Wonderful speeches from Tanya’s Parents Narelle and Richard and Brad’s Mum, Cassie before we had a little fun finding out how well Tanya and Brad knew each other, which was enjoyed immensely by all the guests. The cutting of the cake, Main Meal and we then had a speech from Brad’s brother and Best Man, Mitch. Brad was up next to speak, but unbeknownst to either Brad or Tanya, Brad’s Mum Cassie had assisted me in obtaining a message from Brad’s grandmother who was unable to attend the wedding. When I played this message and Brad heard his grandmother’s voice, he became very emotional and we needed to pause for a very brief moment whilst he recomposed himself. It was a such a beautiful moment and demonstrated the special love between a grandparent and a grandchild. When Brad finally got up to speak he was still visibly affected by the message and found it difficult to speak at times.

Dessert was then served and then we witnessed a beautiful choreographed first dance from Tanya and Brad which ended with a spectacular lift, dip and kiss which I was unfortunately unable to capture due to ensuring the music finished at the right moment. Guests then joined our newly weds and partied for many hours.

Despite the rain it was a beautiful wedding and based on comments received, Tanya and Brad’s brief of wanting a beautiful, smooth-flowing and fun wedding was met and maybe even (hopefully) exceeded. Tanya and Brad, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your special day. It was such a pleasure to have been a part of your day as your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ & MC. I enjoyed getting to know you both, your families and your friends. I hope you both had the time of your lives and that whenever you look back or think about your wedding day, it brings back nothing but fond memories. Enjoy your honeymoon in Singapore and Thailand and may love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!

Brad and the boys.

Above: Bridesmaids Mel and Janna

Above: Bridesmaids Eva and Kate

Above: Matron of Honour Cherise and Tanya and her Dad, Richard


Music throughout the ceremony and for pre-dinner drinks was provided by Tanya’s friend Heidi

Tanya, Brad and their adorable little daughter, Ellie

 Best Man and Brad’s brother, Mitch

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Everything” by Michael Buble

Bride & Groom Entry: “True Love” by Pink

Cake Cutting Song: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz Feat. Colbie Caillat

First Dance: “Beautiful In White” by Westlife

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell

Farewell Dance: “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Final Farewell Song: “Let’s Groove” by CBD


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Instinctive Images


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Amy & Jordan’s Wedding | 12 October 2013 | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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Amy & Jordan met in kindergarten way back in 1992…….little did they know that this meeting would be the start of a of a truly wonderful friendship which would eventually grow into a deep love and lead to marriage 21 years later. But this is exactly what happened and here we were at The Carrington in Katoomba on their wedding day where two beautiful individuals married their kindy sweetheart!

It was the perfect spring day with the sun shining brightly, not a cloud in the sky and there was even a surprise flash mob that happened moments before Amy was to walk down the aisle!!! (The flash mob was for some other unrelated purpose but we’ll just pretend that it was part of the planned pre-ceremony entertainment just for Amy & Jordan’s special day).

Guests were gathered in The Lounge with Jordan waiting with his Best Man, Nathan and Groomsman, Josh. The music started and bridesmaid Rebecca commenced the walk down the aisle followed closely by Maid of Honour, Danni. Amy, escorted by her Dad, Barry fought to keep her composure as they made their way to Jordan. A beautiful ceremony, officiated by  Laurel-Anne Kenny-Levick followed and Amy and Jordan, after a seven year engagement, which began with Jordan’s  plans for a romantic proposal on Amy’s parents’ farm near Dubbo. He had planned to ask Amy to marry him on trip away on the farm. Having already received Amy’s parent’s blessing, it was to have occurred the day after it actually did. Whilst they were at the farm, the excitement he felt at the end of a perfect day spent together and an incredible feeling that, that particular moment was just right time, Jordan ditched his plans and that evening, whilst in their pyjamas, Jordan dropped to one knee, told Amy how much he loved her, told her how much he had always loved her and that he wanted to be by her side forever – and so here they were finally married!

Following the ceremony, whilst Amy and Jordan and their wedding party went for photographs, guests enjoyed canapes and refreshment in the Lounge and Bar area of the hotel. A short time afterwards, we welcomed them all back for the start of the reception in the Grand Dining Room. It was such a lovely wedding full of much fun, laughter, tears, singing and of course, dancing. Surrounded by their dearest family and friends they celebrated surrounded by much love and those that only wanted the very best that life has to offer for them both

Amy and Jordan, thank you for entrusting me with the huge responsibility of being your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ & MC. I feel extremely privileged that I got the opportunity to meet you both and witness the start of what will be, an amazing marriage. I enjoyed every moment of your wedding and beyond that from that initial enquiry. I could feel the love you both have for each other and know that you will both continue to nourish this love and it will continue to flourish. You both have beautiful values and your happiness is assured. Amy, it was an absolute delight planning the wedding with you -you have such a bright and bubbly disposition that I could not help but feel on top of the world after each and every single one of our conversations.  May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional:  “Love Me Like The World Is Ending” by Ben Lee

Brides Processional:  “Love Me Like The World Is Ending” by Ben Lee

Wedding Party Entry: “Stuck On You” by Meiko

Bride & Groom Entry: “Stuck On You” by Meiko

Cake Cutting Song: “Cut Da Ting” by Loxen Morre

First Dance: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Father/Daughter Dance: “Tattoo” by Jordin Sparks (Acoustic Version)

Bouquet Toss: “Be Faithful” by Fatman Scoop Feat. The Crooklyn Clan

Garter Toss: “Chick Magnet” by MXPX

Farewell Dance: “Your My Best Fried” by Queen

Final Farewell Song: “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Laurel-Anne Kenny-Levick

Photographer: Instinctive Images

Floral Designer: Emu Florist

Cake Designer: Cake Art


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Wedding Reception | 24 October 2011 | Marianne and Adam Little | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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A year ago, Marianne had organised a getaway camping trip in the Blue Mountains with a group of friends for her birthday. As circumstances would have it, it was not the perfect weekend, weather wise, and everybody else decided it was too wet to stay, so decided to leave. With the rain falling and Marianne and Adam left alone, Adam, who had planned the proposal out many times in his head, felt this unplanned situation was the perfect moment to ask Marianne to marry him. He did and an extremely happy Marianne said yes!

So here we were twelve months to the day, on a Monday, in the Blue Mountains celebrating their marriage. The weather today was just perfect, brilliant spring sunshine. The ceremony was held at Evans Lookout it Blackheath before the 85 guests made their way back to The Carrington in Katoomba. The Carrington is a heritage listed hotel and one of the few remaining Australian examples of a Victorian Grand Hotel, The Carrington features a magnificent Grand Dining Room, which was where Marianne and Adam decided to hold their reception.

 

Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés with Marianne and Adam in The Lounge, before making their way into the Grand Dining Room. Once everyone was comfortable, all the very important people were acknowledged along with the members of the wedding party. This was done in a fun way where interesting facts about each individual person was communicated to the guests. Where appropriate, this was enhanced by the use of sound bites. Finally, everybody whooped it up for Marianne and Adam, before Marianne thanked everyone for being a part of their day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the tantalising entrée, it was time for the speeches. First up we had Adam’s Dad, Michael, then Marianne’s Dad, Hector, the best man Conor, Maid of Honour, Michelle and finally bridesmaid Katrina. The speeches were humorous, heartfelt and really lovely. Of interest to note was that Marianne and Adam’s wedding party also consisted of a Grooms Maid and two Brides Men.

Guests were then served and enjoyed a delectable main meal. We then had some very special messages from near and far. There was the messages from Marianne’s Uncles in Ireland, one of which had a group of people gathered at his home and they left numerous messages throughout that evening – starting with wishing Marianne and Adam all the very best, through to singing songs, playing up and joking around and finally finishing up with a tearful message which was very moving. There was a message from Kentucky in the U.S. and messages from others that wanted to express their best wishes, but unfortunately could not be there. It really was quite a special part of the evening.

The time had arrived for the cutting of the cake, as it was also Marianne’s birthday, the top layer (the huge cupcake) had candles for Marianne to blow out. Ably assisted by Adam, who stabled the cupcake tower, Marianne blew out the candles and cut the cake to great applause.

 

Marianne and Adam then took to the dance floor for their first dance, they had beautiful personal messages in their song which caused a large number of the guests to shed a tear – it really was a magical moment.

 

Grooms man Ash, used to work at Club Med, and teach the Club Med Dance, so immediately after the first dance Ash, assisted by Best Man, Conor and Groomsman, Adam took to the floor and proceeded to teach everybody some fantastic moves – whilst many were shy and reluctant at first, they eventually warmed to the idea and it was a hit!

 

 

 

 

 



Ash’s segment segued into general dancing and Marianne, Adam and the guests then proceeded to dance the night away. In what appeared to be no time at all it was time for the bouquet and garter toss. Marianne then had a special dance with her Dad, which contained a lovely message from Marianne, this touched him and brought some happy tears – another special moment. A final farewell dance with all the guests joining in and Marianne and Adam left to begin their new life together.

It was a fun reception with lots of surprises. Marianne and Adam wanted a reception which was easy going, yet energetic – I believe they got exactly this. Marianne and Adam, thank you for the trust you  ultimately placed in me. I really enjoyed getting to know you both, sharing your day and adding to your memories.  I loved the way you two kept sneaking kisses all night long, the way you both find joy in life, the way you like to make each other laugh and the way you both like to have fun! May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever.

 

 


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Cake Cutting Song: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue

Farewell Dance:The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas

Final Farewell Song: “Home” by Edward Sharpe And The The Magnetic Zeros


Fun On The Dancefloor

 

 

 


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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