Wedding Reception | 24 February 2018 | Debra & Adrian Watson | Loxley on Bellbird Hill, Kurrajong Hills, Hawkesbury

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Debra and Adrian’s first interaction with each other occurred through their work over the telephone. Adrian was a contractor for one of the contractors of Debra’s employer and the job required that Adrian speak with Debra a few times each day. Even though they had never met each other in person, Adrian eventually found the courage to ask Debra out on a date – in essence a “blind” date. On 22 July 2010, both feeling very nervous, they went on the date and whilst Debra was a little hesitant about going, she was glad she did as they had a wonderful time with the evening ending with a spontaneous first kiss in the car – instigated by Debra, before Adrian even had a chance to do the gentlemanly thing, and walk her to her door!

The relationship developed and love started to bloom in the following few months. In October 2011 they were on a cruise to New Caledonia. Unbeknownst to Debra, having already asked her parents for their daughter’s hand, Adrian was planning to propose on the cruise. Once on board, Adrian had arranged with the ship’s photographer to help him with the proposal. On 5 October 2011 during a formal dinner, it was suggested that they have some photographs taken. As arranged with the photographer, he had them stand back to back and took a few shots. The photographer then asked Debra to turn around. To her surprise there was Adrian down on one knee with a beautiful engagement ring in his hand as he asked her to be his wife and spend the rest of their lives together. With tears of happiness flowing, Debra said Yes!

Fast forward to 24 February 2018 and here we were gathered in the picturesque Kurrajong Hills at the stunning Loxley on Bellbird Hill in the Hawkesbury Valley, for their wedding. With the sun shining very brightly, invited family and friends took their seats in the Loxley ceremony area overlooking the gorgeous view of the Sydney Basin. Whilst a little on the warm side, Adrian kept his cool as his beautiful bride made her way down the aisle accompanied by her mum, Lois. A beautiful and meaningful ceremony, officiated by Martin Moroney followed and shortly afterwards they were pronounced husband and wife!

While guests enjoyed a fantastic selection of canapes and refreshing drinks, Debra, Adrian and their wedding party made their way around the property for photographs with the talented Russell from Inlights Photography. Before long, we were welcoming the wedding party and Debra and Adrian into the Kauri Reception Room, enhanced by the lovely florals from Wedding Flowers by Jody, with lots of cheers and twirling napkins! The scene had been set for a wonderful evening……and a wonderful evening it was!!

Commencing with a little game to see how well Debra and Adrian knew each other, it entertained the guests whilst they had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about our newlyweds. This was followed by speeches from Debra’s mum, Lois and Adrian’s dad, Wilfred. Both speeches were full of love, best wishes, emotion and laughter. We were off to a great start as the delicious entree was served by the impeccable Loxley staff. Following a short time for some mingling and another opportunity for guests to take advantage of the Photobooth provided by Flash Me Photobooths, we had speeches by Chief Bridesmaid Renee, Best Man Roy and Maid of Honour April. Once again all the speeches were heartfelt, full of back stories, much love and how Debra and Adrian were just perfect for each other – it was obvious just how much these two are loved by their family and friends (it truly made my heart smile). Guests were then served a scrumptious main meal.

During our planning sessions, Debra and Adrian had expressed that they wished guests to dance between the meals. Debra also expressed this wish to the guests in her brief welcome and thank you after entering. Well, after the main meal had been consumed, the dance floor spontaneously took off to a selection of 70’s and 80’s classics – a lot of fun, singing along, interacting as well as making room for the beautiful dessert which was to follow. Our last speech, by the man of the moment himself, Adrian was next. Whilst Adrian professes to be an introvert and was a little uncomfortable delivering his speech, he did so in a manner that certainly endeared himself to everybody and they certainly felt the sentiment behind everything that he said. Even when the nerves had him saying the wrong word, it drew everybody in and affirmed just how nice a guy Adrian truly is and how much love he has for Debra.

The cutting of the beautiful wedding cake, created by Celebration Cakes, topped with great look-a-like figurines of Debra and Adrian, before our couple took to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife to a very special version of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. Enhanced by low lying fog it was a lovely romantic moment that they both shared. The bridal party and guests were invited to join Debra and Adrian on the dance floor on the next song and we were then well and truly into party mode. Guests danced for the rest of the evening to a selection of current and past hits – you need only take a look at the photographs and video below to see just how much fun everybody had.

A short break for the bouquet and garter toss, before we were back into more dancing. Before we knew it it was time for the farewell circle. After thanking and saying goodbye to all their family and friends they quietly exited the reception without any fanfare or fuss, as I wrapped up this magnificent celebration.

Debra and Adrian, it was such an extreme pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet you both, help plan your wedding and an absolute honour and privilege to have been a part of it all as your Hawkesbury Wedding DJ & Hawkesbury Wedding MC – I enjoyed every moment of it (and yes! even when you were changing things in the lead up to the wedding 🙂 ). You are both beautiful individuals and whilst you are somewhat opposites, you both truly complement each other and your love for one another is undeniable. To me weddings are all about love. Your wedding was full of so much love. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever.



Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Sway” by Michael Buble, “Forever Young” by Youth Group, “Pony” by Ginuwine, “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, “April Sun In Cuba” by Dragon, “Single Ladies” by Beyonce

Bride & Groom Entry: “Forever” by Chris Brown

Cake Cutting: “How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye

First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Bouquet Toss: “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor

Garter Toss: “Mission Impossible Them” by Clayton & Mullen

Farewell Circle: “Meant To Be” by BeBe Rexta, “MMMbop” by Hanson, “Coming Home” by Sheppard

Final Farewell Song: “One Last Song” by Sam Smith


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Inlights Photography

Celebrant: Martin Moroney

Cake Design: Celebration Cakes

Floral Design: Wedding Flowers by Jody

Photo Booth: Flash Me Photobooths

Dancing On A Cloud Effect: Party Hire Group

Ceremony Musicians: Something Borrowed


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Australian Bridal Industry Awards | 27 November 2017

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Images: Elk Avenue Photography

There is nothing more profound than the strength and beauty of two hearts that love each other.

I am extremely thankful for the beautiful couples who invite me to take care of the celebration of the love they hold in their hearts. They invest their trust in me to give them the best celebration possible. I do not take this responsibility lightly and am so grateful that they decide that I am the person to help them create wonderful memories.

My sincerest thanks to each and every couple who has allowed me to contribute to making their wedding day special and then taking time to provide feedback to ABIA as well. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!!! ~ Serge


ABIA PRESS RELEASE
21st 
New South Wales 
Annual Bridal Industry Awards!

 

On Monday the 27th of November 2017, the Australian Bridal Industry Academy hosted its 21st New South Wales Annual Bridal Industry Awards as a means of determining the best wedding suppliers in New South Wales. A total of 36 categories were acknowledged for its contribution to the wedding industry.

Over 7,200 New South Wales couples (representing 1 in every 5 New South Wales marriages) selected 552 nominees, 287 finalists and 36 winners. Representing location venues, camera people, beauty stylists, fashion designers, musicians & entertainers, transport, jewellery, set designers & stylists, food and catering, hire and special services for what was a spectacular showcase of New South Wales’ Best V.O.W.S. (Vendors Of Wedding Services).

The Chairman of ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated DJ:Plus! Entertainment as a Finalist of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Award. Mr O’Meara went onto say that it was businesses like DJ:Plus! Entertainment which enhanced and enriched the industry, through their tireless pursuit of excellence in Designing the Dream for each and every one of their unique wedding couples.

On behalf of all the New South Wales couples who tied the knot over 2016/2017, we say thank you for the passion, pride and professionalism which you bring to the wedding industry and the assistance, advice and support which you bestow upon the future brides and grooms of New South Wales.


Winner Runner-Up Best Wedding MC NSW 2017
Winner Finalist Best Wedding Disc Jockey NSW 2017
Winner Finalist Best Wedding Ceremony Music 2017

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Vow Renewal Ceremony & Reception | 25 November 2017 | Natalie & Paul Johnson | Briars Country Lodge, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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Natalie and Paul are a gorgeous couple who met in the first half of 2004 whilst Paul was mid way through a two week trip to Australia from the UK. They spend the week together in which time, Paul managed to convince Natalie that she should follow him to the UK. A week later Natalie arrived in Mancester, three months later they were engaged and seven months afterwards, on 5 February 2005, they were married.

By the end of 2005 they welcomed their first born, Kiera and in 2007 their second daughter, Abbey. Four years later, Jaiden was born and in the lead up to the vow renewal, Natalie and Paul announced the wonderful news that there would be a fourth child joining the family in 2018!!

Unfortunately, when they married almost 13 years ago, Natalie did not get the dream wedding she had hoped for and had always wanted a chance to do it better, renew their vows and have a chance for the occasion to be more special. They chose to have the vow renewal and celebration at Briars Country Lodge & Historic Inn located in Bowral in the picturesque Southern Highlands. Whilst there had been a chance of rain forecast early in the week, the weather was absolutely stunning and the day was filled with the warmth and love of their family and friends!!

As Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” filled the air, the “wedding party”, consisting of Natalie and Paul’s children, nieces and nephews made their way down the aisle. As Natalie commenced her walk towards Paul, in her amazing dress, you only had to look at the huge smile on her face to know how she was feeling! It was a short, meaningful ceremony where Natalie and Paul re-committed themselves to a together forever with the following promises;

Today, I renew the promises I made to you 12 years ago,
I promise to continue to be loving and faithful
I promise to live alongside you and to love you, whatever the future holds, completely and forever
I promise loyalty and friendship, through happy times and sad times
I hope our future will be as happy as our past has been, and I look forward to sharing it with you.
I will give you the best of myself
I will continue to love you for as long as I shall live
It is with these promises that I recommit my love for you.

with which they then celebrated the renewal of their vows with a kiss!!

The ceremony was followed by congratulations, mingling and photographs on the Briars’ grounds. A little later the celebrations commenced with delicious canapes, beautiful speeches, messages from those unable to attend, fun games and dancing. It was hard keeping this gorgeous couple off the dance floor – they well and truly totally dominated it!!

There is not much I can say about Natalie and Paul that those that have met them don’t know – they light each other up and everyone around them. They are gentle, genuine, sweet, funny, totally in love and completely perfect for each other. Natalie and Paul’s intimate vow renewal celebration reflected who they are in everything they did.. relaxed, fun and loving! It was an absolute pleasure and honour to be able to spend time with them and their family and friends not only as their Southern Highlands Wedding MC & DJ, but also as the person who conducted their Vow Renewal Ceremony (a first for me!)! Thank you for allowing me to play a part in this beautiful celebration. May, love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!



Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Natalie & Paul;

Processional: “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

Recessional: “Inner Smile” by Texas

Attendants Entry: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars, “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, “Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men, “Party UP (Up In Here) by DMX

Natalie & Paul Entry: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

Cake Cutting: “Smile” by Uncle Kracker

First Dance: “500 Miles (I’m Gonna Be)” by Jefr Tale


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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 4 November 2017 | Jazel & Luke Bowman | Milton Park, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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I remember receiving a telephone call from Jazel back in November 2016 enquiring about my services for her forthcoming wedding. I remember the excitement in her voice as, when asked, she proceeded to tell me all about how she and Luke met, the proposal in the Maldives and what they were wanting for their wedding. Over a lengthy conversation, we explored some ideas on how to make the wedding not only very entertaining, but also how to have it reflect them both and their beautiful love.

Fast forward to 4 November 2018 and here we were at Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa for Jazel and Luke’s wedding day. With rain in the air, there was a chance that we would need to relocate the ceremony from the Tulip Lawn on the magnificient grounds of the property to the indoor backup option. A check of the weather map and the call was made to proceed outdoors!

With love songs filling the air, Jazel and Luke’s family and friends gathered in the Tulip Lawn area for the ceremony. An excited Luke waited with his groomsmen for Jazel’s arrival. As the opening guitar strains of Train’s “Marry Me” began, all eyes turned to watch Jazel and Luke’s adorable little flowergirl daughter Mabel, assisted by Jazel’s mum Ella, walk down the aisle. The bridesmaids followed and then Jazel and her dad, Joey. What followed was a beautiful and fun ceremony officiated wonderfully by Eres Akugner.

Eres commenced the ceremony with Jazel and Luke’s love story, which was as follows;

“So many of you here no doubt have been a part of Jazel and Luke’s journey together and will continue to be for a long time to come. Given the more modern forms of dating like Tinder, Snapchat and Instagram, it could be said that Jazel and Luke found each other the old fashioned way… RSVP.com. So their love story began like many of the 21st Century, little did they both know they were just a few clicks of the mouse away from meeting each other. When Luke came across Jazel’s profile on RSVP.com he was immediately drawn to her as she ticked all the boxes. It was now a matter of how to grab Jazel’s attention…So as one does he sent her a short introductory message. A message from Luke30 (who was actually 31 at the time really) to Bubblegum! A message that had no response for three months and 4 days. Luke30 waited patiently, constantly checking to see if she had finally responded… and there it was. In all its glory… Bubblegum’s response was finally in Luke30’s inbox.  You can only send a certain amount of messages on RSVP. Once Luke reached his quota he had to make a big decision…Should he pay $4.95 to upgrade his account so he could chat more with Jazel? Luke tells me he was so worried to give his credit card details as he was petrified his sister would find out he’s on dating sites! Well all I can say ladies and gents it is certainly the best 5 bucks Luke30 has ever spent and if he hadn’t have done so none of us would be standing here right now!

Their first date was at Public Bar in Manuka. Jazel tells me she had an emergency exit plan with her friend Kristina who was waiting for Jazel just around the corner. Just in case Luke was not what she expected… Luke… had not exit plan.

They both found an instant connection with one another. Over time they encountered various obstacles. Jazel moved to Sydney for work. Luke was working out of state but they managed to keep in contact and they made it work. Jazel met and absolutely fell in love with Xavier. Luke met and fell in love with Jazel’s family. After a year of long distance, Jazel decided to take a leap with Luke and moved back to Canberra.

Jazel turned Luke’s man cave into a liveable home that was suitable for a woman. Three years on, Luke took Jazel on a surprise holiday to the Maldives where him and Xavier proposed to Jazel to be in their lives forever. They were also blessed with a beautiful baby girl that wanted to make sure she witnessed this wedding, gorgeous Mabel Ella. Jazel still gives Luke butterflies, she makes him feel complete and he is obsessed with her cooking. There isn’t a day in Jazel’s life that Luke doesn’t make her laugh. She finds him entertaining, unpredictable, thoughtful and genuine. She is absolutely head over heels in love…even when he is playing FIFA on the PS4.” [Copyright Eres Akugner]

Before we knew it Eres pronounced Jazel and Luke as husband and wife. YAY they were finally married!!!

The Ballieu Ballroom for the reception looked AMAZING! From the spectacular florals by Little Bird Bloom, the detailed wedding cake and sweets by Applemire Cakery, lighting by Luminous Entertainment and the finer details looked after by Jessica Binks Weddings & Events all came together to create a beautiful and elegant feel in the room which provided a fantastic backdrop for photography and videography by SugarLove Weddings and Prolive Productions respectively. In addition, In An Instant Photography entertained the guests with a photobooth in the foyer!

The reception was just so much FUN! Humourous Video love story re-enactment of Jazel and Luke’s first meeting, personalised fun introductions, witty and meaningful speeches, modern and traditional dancing displays, a surprise twist to the father daughter dance, Jazel’s brother Christian singing the first song for open dancing and a dance floor that was never empty!! Jazel and Luke’s family and friends were so happy for them and were determined to celebrate every moment of their reception – you need only take a look at the photographs and videos below to see this.

Jazel and Luke are genuinely lovely and thoughtful people and it was so wonderful to witness them celebrating their marriage surrounded by so many close family and friends. So much attention to detail and love went into making it the amazing day it was.  Jazel and Luke’s wedding day reflected who they are in everything they did.. relaxed, fun and completely perfect for each other! I had such a great time with them and it was an absolute honour to have been able to play a small part in creating their wedding day as their Southern Highlands Wedding MC and Southern Highlands Wedding DJ! Married life is like a young rose bud waiting to burst open. When it blossoms into a beautiful flower it will fill your lives with the everlasting fragrance of love and the beauty of lifelong togetherness. May, love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!




Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Flowergirl Processional: “Marry Me” by Train

Bridesmaid Processional: “Kissing You” by Stan Walker

Bride Processional: “Kissing You” by Stan Walker

Register Signing: “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur

Recessional: “People Everyday” by Arrested Development

Wedding Party Entry: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars

Bride & Groom Entry: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars

First Dance: “This I Promise You” by Richard Marx & N’Sync

Father Daughter Dance: “My Girl” by The Temptations, “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, “Single Ladies” by Beyonce (DJ:Plus! Special Mix)

Cake Cutting: “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce

Farewell Dance: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Final Farewell Song: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings

Videography: Prolive Productions

Floral Design: Little Bird Bloom

Cake Design: Applemire Cakery

Day Of Coordinator: Jessica Binks Weddings & Events

Lighting: Luminous Entertainment

Photo Booth: In An Instant Photography


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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 14 October 2017 | Eliza & Duncan Gibbs | Seclusions, Rydal, Blue Mountains

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Eliza and Duncan met whilst on a course in Sydney in 2011. Duncan’s first impression of Eliza was that she was attractive and sophisticated plus she had this ever so infectious laugh. Eliza on the other hand thought that Duncan was a bit of a clown, laid back and easy going. On their first date, a very nervous Duncan pulled out all the stops to impress Eliza and treated her to takeaway, a case of beer and a “really crap movie”. But despite the movie, within weeks they knew they were in love.

Eliza and Duncan are opposites in many ways but at the same time complement each other. Eliza is a vegetarian whilst Duncan is a meat eater, Eliza can’t swim and Duncan is a sports lover and the list goes on. They both share a similar sense of humor, find it very easy to talk to each other, they calm each other down and are totally in love.

On 19 February 2016 Duncan proposed to Eliza and here we were today at Seclusions in the Blue Mountains where they would exchange vows and become one. Although there was a constant drizzle throughout the day, it did ease off for a little while and provided enough time for the ceremony, officiated by Carl Scully, to proceed in the stunning amphitheatre ceremony area and photographs & video to be taken around the property by Natalie Bailey Photography and Puzzleman Productions.

Guests enjoyed games, drinks and canapes in the rustic barn on the property and were later joined by Eliza, Duncan and their wedding party. Shortly afterwards we welcomed our newlyweds and their wedding party into the Pavilion for the reception. On entry Eliza and Duncan made their way to the dance floor for their first dance. This was followed by Eliza sharing a dance with her uncle. Next up was the first segment of speeches, the cake cutting before guests where presented with a delicious banquet of delicacies, prepared by RedPepper Catering. A fun game involving our bride & groom, the second set of speeches, a video clip from Eliza’s hens night, another fun game which engaged the guests, dessert and the centrepiece giveaway before speeches from Eliza and Duncan. From there on in it was dancing time!

It was a really fun wedding, everybody was relaxed, easy going and there to help Eliza and Duncan celebrate their wedding day. There were so many highlights, from the roasting that Duncan received to the sentimental heartfelt moments, I am sure those in attendance will always look back on this day with very fond memories. Eliza and Duncan are genuine, down to earth and totally adore each other – you need only look at the photographs below to see how their faces light up whenever they are together. They have FUN in everything they do.

Thank you so much for giving me the great honour and privilege. It was a great pleasure – all of it! I enjoyed our periodic chats, hearing about those little hiccups that were encountered in regards to the wedding, about your card playing, overseas trip, all of it, but being able to witness you become one as you both exchanged vows in typical Eliza & Duncan style, truly brought a smile to my heart. This love will continue to grow over the years and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity given to me to act as your Blue Mountains Wedding MC & DJ. Have a wonderful time in Broome! May, love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!


Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional: “Gift Of A Friend” by Demi Lovato

Bride Processional: “You Got Me” by Colbie Cailat

Register Signing: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder

Recessional: “Sugar” by Maroon 5

Wedding Party Entry: “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas

Bride & Groom Entry: “L8 Cmmr” by Lily Allen

First Dance: “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding

Cake Cutting: “Cut Da Ting” by Loxen Morre

Farewell Dance: “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” by The Angels

Final Farewell Song: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Natalie Bailey Photography

Videography: Puzzleman Productions

Floral Design: True Love Wedding Florist

Caterer: RedPepper Catering


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