The Grounds Of Alexandria, Sydney

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In December last year I was pleased to be able to provide some assistance to facilitate my friends and DJAA colleagues from G&M Event Group in Brisbane provide entertainment for a wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney.

The Grounds exposed brickwork, hanging leafy garden, fountain, concrete floors, farm animals and a garden of seasonal vegetables and herbs provides quite a unique and stunning space for a wedding ceremony and reception – an indoor garden of sorts! Situated near the city centre, in the suburb of Alexandria, it surrounds a refurbished 19th century pie factory. Today it is home to a café celebrated for its specialty coffee.

The wedding was for Alexandra and Christopher and the location gave their wedding a very chic, indoor garden wedding vibe, which totally fitted in with who they were! Earlier in the afternoon, their ceremony was also held on the grounds with the fountain as the backdrop. Officiated by Josh Withers, the ceremony was very personal, meaningful and one of the best ceremonies I have had the pleasure of witnessing.

It was a beautiful evening in a wonderful location and everybody had an absolute ball! The dance floor was packed all night, testament to the ability of Glenn and Ben from G&M DJs. It was an honour to have been able to provide assistance and witness Alexandra and Christopher’s love!

The Grounds of Alexandria is a wonderful location for a wedding, an oasis in a city of concrete, tar and steel. If you are looking for a great venue for your ceremony and reception, you cannot go far wrong here!


Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment (except Grounds Logo on Brick Wall image – Unknown)

DJ:Plus! Entertainment Awarded Outstanding Service Award & Creative Talent Award in 2017 WedBiz Peer Appreciation Awards

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Very proud to once again receive the Outstanding Service Award and Creative Talent Award in the 2017 WedBiz Peer Appreciation Awards.

The WedBiz Peer Appreciation Awards honours wedding industry professionals whose passion, talent, expertise or products are outstanding examples in their field. Eligibility for an award is based on votes which come from local wedding industry peers, (wedding industry individuals/business owners and suppliers). A huge thank you to the my fellow wedding industry colleagues who endorsed the service provided, business practices and ethics embraced but also the continued creativity in delivering dream weddings for my beautiful couples.

 

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Australian Bridal Industry National Designer Of Dreams Awards | 28 March 2017

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On Tuesday 28 March 2017 DJ:Plus! Entertainment was excited to attend the 2017 Australian Bridal Industry National Designer Of Dreams Awards held at The Star (formerly Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino) on the Gold Coast, Queensland as a finalist in both the Master of Ceremonies and Disc Jockey categories. The ABIA “Designer of Dreams” Title is awarded to wedding suppliers who have consistently proven their ability to generate excellence in product, service, value and staff over a rolling 4 year period. Extremely humbled and proud to have been awarded “Best Wedding MC Australia” and “Best Wedding DJ Australia Top 5″. It was also especially pleasing to see my DJ Alliance Australasia friends, G&M Event Group, DJ Peter D Entertainment Plus & NikNat Entertainment and all my other industry colleagues also performed very well in the results!

DJ:Plus! Entertainment takes great pride in giving priority to it’s couples and looking after their needs. Quality and customer service are a priority and are what distinguish DJ:Plus! Entertainment from many others. I always strive to exceed my couples’ expectations and meet their requirements. I am honoured when selected to be a part of their wedding day, never betray that trust and love every moment of working with them to bring their wedding dream to fruition. Thank you all for allowing me to indulge in this passion for love that I have. You are all so very dear to me and will always hold a part in my heart. Love you all!

 

Image: Angelica Taguines Photography
Image: Angelica Taguines Photography
Image: Peter de Wever
Image: Peter de Wever

2017 ABIA National Designer of dreams awards highlights

2017 ABIA National Designer Of Dreams Awards Highlights
Posted by Bernadette Draffin Photography & Films

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 4 March 2017 | Dryridge Estate, Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains

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Following a week of rain leading up to K & M’s wedding and rain forecast for their wedding day, this beautiful couple, who have requested privacy, but graciously allowed me to share some location and décor photographs, took it all in their stride, made some slight allowances and let the day unfold without any fuss or stress whatsoever. Rain did fall throughout the day, sometimes heavy and sometimes creating a misty haze of water, but it did not dampen this couple’s resolve to have the best wedding day ever.

In the lead up to the wedding K & M also experienced their venue being sold and having to deal with finding an alternate location for their wedding only a couple of months from their wedding day. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as their replacement venue of Dryridge Estate, located in the Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains was so lovely. Dryridge Estate which is nestled in the beautiful Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains, surrounded by towering sandstone escarpments, Dryridge Estate is a stunning boutique vineyard which has recently added facilities for weddings and private functions.

Minutes before ceremony time we made the call to risk conducting the ceremony outside under the tree overlooking the vineyards. Except for a few drops here and there, the ceremony proceeded without incident and K & M were married. A quick group photo before the rain came down with guests just making it to the protection offered by the Marquee. Meanwhile K & M and the photographer braved the elements for photographs around this picturesque property.

Well what a truly wonderful evening it was!! K & M commenced proceedings by performing a choreographed dance on entry to “Cantina Band” from Star Wars by John Williams before guests joining them for a short dance set. This was followed by a delicious buffet where we released the tables one at a time after each table had participated in a selection of various activities ranging from Bride & Groom Trivia, Singing For their Supper and Guessing the Song. All this was interspersed with lovely heartfelt speeches, the Newlywed Game and the Cake cutting before everybody hit the dance floor again. Dancing continued until the end of the evening and ended with on a high with everyone singing and dancing to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

K & M’s wedding was lots of fun, intimate, personal,  relaxed and overflowing with love. It was an extreme honour and pleasure to have been given the opportunity to play a part in their lifetime event. They are an awesome couple who are so deeply in love. They created a wedding that was a joyous fun celebration.. and I LOVED every second of it. Thank you for the trust placed in me as your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ, Blue Mountains Wedding Ceremony DJ and assisting as your Blue Mountains Wedding MC – I will cherish the experience and memories. May, love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional: “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles

Bride Processional: “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles

Register Signing: “Here Comes The Sun” by Groom’s Dad

Recessional: “The ‘Opines’ of Mike & Katie” by Groom’s Dad

First Dance: “Cantina” by John Williams

Cake Cutting: “Cheese” by Tim Minchin

Farewell Dance: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Wedding Stories

Floral Design & Stylist: Sierra Blooms

Caterer: Diamonds Catering


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Wedding Reception | 14 January 2017 | Deckhouse, Woolwich, Sydney

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Whilst rain had been forecast, it ended up being a very warm, beautiful sunny day for A & D’s wedding. This beautiful couple have asked for privacy, so whilst there will be no photographs of them or their guests, they have graciously permitted me to to share some décor and location shots of their amazing wedding! A & D chose Deckhouse to celebrate their wedding. Located in the Sydney suburb of Woolwich right on the foreshore at Woolwich Dock, Deckhouse has a lovely setting, is tranquil and hidden but with spectacular views up the harbour to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline.

The wedding was filled with plenty of smiles and laughs for many reasons, but mainly because A & D are a fantastically cool couple with beautiful friends and family. There were tears, there was laughter, there was dancing, there was fun and there was the odd beverage. What else can I say about their day? It was a great wedding with a great couple.

A + D thank you for giving me the utmost honour of investing your trust in me as your Wedding MC Sydney & Wedding DJ Sydney. It was such a pleasure to be a part of your day and I enjoyed all our telephone conversations, our meetings and helping you both create your wonderful wedding day. I feel blessed to have witnessed a love that is deep, meaningful and honest; to have witnessed a family that loves you both and will be there if you ever happen to need them. Love is the strongest power…. It has the potential to make impossible possible… My wish for you both is that you are blessed with the power of love for life and always enjoy happiness and togetherness in your life. May, love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Bride & Bride Entry: “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Cake Cutting: “Let’s Stay Together” by Duan & Only

First Dance: “Thank You” by Chris Cornell/”Cheek To Cheek” by Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

Bouquet Toss: “Man! I Feel like a Woman” by Shania Twain

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

Final Farewell: “Home” by Phillip Phillips


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer & Videographer: Wattle & Lace – Wedding Photography & Film

Floral Design & Stylist: Honey Lane

Cake Design: Cammeray Cakes


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