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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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Australian Bridal Industry Awards | 8 December 2015

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ABIA PRESS RELEASE

One of New South Wales finest Vendors Of Wedding Services (V.O.W.S.). DJ:Plus! Entertainment was honoured at the 19th NSW Annual Bridal Industry Awards held at Dockside Cockle Bay on Tuesday the 8th of December 2015.

The ABIA’s are a much sought-after Award for V.O.W.S. as they are determined solely by past brides and grooms who have been through the oftentimes, exhaustive process of selecting V.O.W.S who not only possess the aptitude and talent to design and deliver the dream of the perfect day, but also have the skill and composure to cope with even the most challenging of brides.

The Chairman of the ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated DJ:Plus! Entertainment on the achievement as a Winner and Finalist in their wedding categories. Mr O’ Meara said that DJ:Plus! Entertainment should be extremely proud of the achievement especially when one considers that there are an estimated 40,000 businesses servicing the $3.2 billion wedding marketplace in Australia.

O’ Meara went onto say that it was business like DJ:Plus! Entertainment who complimented and elevated the wedding industry with their attention to detail and the pride, passion and professional manner in which they delivered their wedding product to the customer.

All ABIA Award Finalists and Winners are judged by their past wedding clients based on the Quality of Product, Quality of Service, Value for Money and Attitude of Staff, before, during and/or after the wedding day.

The Annual Bridal Industry Awards are held each year in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

End of Press Release

Best Wedding MC NSW

Finalist Best Wedding DJ NSW

Finalist Best Wedding Ceremony Music

 

It is truly such an unbelievable honour to be entrusted with a couple’s wedding day. Thank you to all my couples for this honour you give me, the friendship, the laughs and for allowing me to witness the love you share. I am greatly humbled. Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!!

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 14 February 2015 | Adrienne & Patrick Vera | Bendooley Estate, Berrima, Southern Highlands

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From the very first moments of my initial telephone conversation with Adrienne and Patrick, I felt a real connection with them. They must have felt the same! For a few days later on a Monday morning I received a telephone call from Patrick asking whether I would be able to see them later that morning for an Entertainment Design Consultation. I asked did they both have a day off from work and the response was, “No, but Adrienne and I have been talking about our wedding and based on our conversation the other evening, we both decided to take a sickie and were hoping you could see us today.” Well that normal two hour Consultation extended into something like five hours. To say that we immediately hit it off, is a massive understatement.

During that meeting they detailed how they had met on 12 February 2012 on Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Adrienne was in Phuket with her girlfriend Alice and they were walking along the beach when Patrick happened to be walking past – little did they know that this would be the beginning of their beautiful love story. Adrienne immediately caught Patrick’s eye, but he initially kept walking. Adrienne obviously had made quite an impression on Patrick as millions of thoughts were suddenly flooding through his mind. Something told him he should go back and talk to her. A little while after he caught up with them and some small talk, Alice headed into the water, Patrick followed and started talking to Alice. Adrienne joined them in the water and the conversation. Whilst in the water, Patrick found out it was Adrienne’s birthday and suggested they all go to dinner. All three enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and evening together. Adrienne felt there was something special about Patrick even though at one point she had briefly considered he might be a stalker, as he was never too far away for the next few days.

Once they returned to Australia, they kept in contact, regularly chatting on the phone and Skype – the fact that Adrienne lived in Melbourne and Patrick lived in Sydney was only a minor obstacle. A few months later Patrick went to visit Adrienne in Melbourne and being together again confirmed to the both of them, that ‘them’ was something really special. This long distance relationship continued for around 18 months, and whilst difficult, they made the most of each of their telephone calls, Skype dates and occasional plane trips. Eventually, Adrienne made the decision to move to Sydney to be with Patrick.

Their relationship blossomed and they enjoyed many adventures. In June 2014, whilst on a holiday to Thailand, Patrick surprised Adrienne by proposing, a special moment where it had all begun for them both, the place they had first cast eyes on one another, a place that was now even more special.

Fast forward to Valentine’s Day 2015 and the skies did not look very promising. Adrienne & Patrick selected to have their wedding ceremony and reception at Bendooley Estate, located in Berrima, near Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Even though there was the random drop of rain in the lead up, thankfully, it held off until the very end of the ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony in a picturesque, serene and idyllic location, officiated by Fiona Dacombe, it included heartfelt personal vows and was such a joy to witness Patrick & Adrienne finally become husband and wife.

The wedding reception, held in the Book Barn, was full of lots of fun, laughter, love and dancing. A beautiful moment for me, was during Patrick’s speech when he paid tribute to Adrienne’s late father, Russell. He did so by writing a letter to Russell and reading this letter out to everyone. It had many in the room wiping tears from their eyes and laughing out loud, and if anybody had any doubt as to Patrick’s love for and complete devotion to Adrienne, the reading of this letter would have certainly dispelled these thoughts.

Guests were treated to scrumptious canapés and a delicious table buffet, consisting of an array of South American inspired cuisine, a dessert station and later in the evening, whilst guests were dancing their little ‘tushies’ off, a Slider Station.

It was a beautiful wedding day in a fantastic location. Adrienne & Patrick had told me that they wanted their reception to be natural, authentic and warm – I believe it was all these things and more! The love of their family and friends was evident, everybody made everybody feel welcome, everybody was authentic, there certainly were no pretentious airs and graces – even to the extent of the odd ‘naughty word’ slipping into some of the speeches. These were real people, being themselves, enjoying themselves and united in the happiness they felt and love they shared for Adrienne & Patrick.

Adrienne and Patrick, thank you so much for gracing me with the honour and privilege of being a part of your amazing wedding day as your Southern Highlands Wedding DJ & MC. I enjoyed every moment of it and also truly value the wonderful time we spent together planning all the details. I hope to share more wonderful times with you both in the future. You are a very special couple who will continue to inspire others with your unwavering circle of love and your infectious zest for life. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional: “Follow The Sun” by Xavier Rudd

Brides Processional: “Follow the Sun” by Xavier Rudd

Register Signing: “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles

Recessional: “Is This Love” by Bob Marley

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen Entry: “Mi Swing Es Tropical” by Quantic & Nickodemus

Bride & Groom Entry: “Home Naje Al Beny” by Gente De Zona

Cake Cutting: “I Like It Like That” by Pete Rodriguez

First Dance: “Magic” by Coldplay

Bouquet Toss: “Young Hearts Run Free” by Kim Mazelle

Garter Toss: “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye

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

Final Farewell Song: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Fiona Dacombe

Photographer & Videographer: Kate Disher – Quill Photography

Florist: Emily Cooper Floral Decorator

Cake Designer: Alison Lawson Cakes


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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 9 May 2014| Peggy & Adam Hughes | Centennial Vineyards, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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For the second time within a week I made my way down to Centennial Vineyards in Bowral in the Southern Highlands region of NSW for the wedding of Peggy and Adam. The weather gods decided to play very nice to turn on a gorgeous autumn day. Peggy and Adam are a beautiful couple who totally love and adore each other. It turns out that their paths had already crossed a number of times before meeting, but it was not meant to be at those times and was not until two years prior that they finally ended up meeting, sparks began to fly, they shared their first kiss at Milson’s Point in Sydney and here we were today to witness and celebrate their wedding.

It was mid afternoon when guests started to arrive for the ceremony. In a lovely setting overlooking the vineyards on one side and  a courtyard on the other, we could have been in Tuscany, Italy. It was not long before, Peggy was escorted up the aisle by her mum Judy to be greeted by an excited Adam. The processional included a lovely tribute by Peggy to her dear father Colin, who passed away when Peggy was a teenager.  It was a beautiful ceremony, officiated by Rachel Harman, Peggy and Adam exchanged vows and were married – two individuals who had come together and had now become one. They added a personal touch to the ceremony and blended a collection of rocks they had collected from significant  places that led them to their wedding day.

Following the ceremony, whilst Peggy and Adam had photographs around the vineyard, guests enjoyed canapés and refreshments in the courtyard in front of the warm fireplace and around the fountain. A little while later guests made their way into the Restaurant before we welcomed the new Mr & Mrs Hughes with cheers and applause. They both then gave beautiful speeches, which were heartfelt, humourous and emotional. The entrée was served, we entertained everybody with the Newly-wed game, guests enjoyed their main meal, there was speeches from Bridesmaid Cindy, Matron Of Honour Kelly, Bestman Daniel, Peggy’s Mum Judy and Adam’s Dad Philip, the wedding cake was cut, desert and it was time for Peggy & Adam to take the floor for their first dance. This was a beautiful moment for the both of them containing many personal heartfelt sentiments. Guests then joined them on the dance floor to party and celebrate their love.

Before long the time had come to wind thing up, but not before special bouquet presentations to both the Mums, Judy and Wendy. A Circle of Love so that guests could be personally thanked for helping make their special day one which they will always remember, then a guard of honour to farewell Peggy and Adam.

Peggy and Adam, seeing you both so happy and so much in love with each other filled my heart with much joy. Thank you for giving me the honour and privilege of being able to experience your love, witness your life-long commitment to each other and the moment you became husband and wife – for me this is such a special moment and I feel so blessed that you granted me the opportunity to be your Southern Highlands Wedding DJ & MC. I know that you will both always nurture the love you share and that it will continue to grow deeper and deeper with each passing day. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional:  “Nothing Real But Love” by Rebecca Ferguson

Brides Processional:  “All I Want Is You” by Vitamin String Quartet

Register Signing: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, “Amazing” by Alex Lloyd

Rock Ceremony: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Piano Tribute Players

Recessional: “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams

Groom Entry: “All I Ever Wanted” by Mark Wilkinson

Cake Cutting: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson

First Dance: “First Dance” by Mark Wilkinson

Farewell Circle/Circle Of Love: “Time Of Our Life” by Green Day, “Glitter In The Air” by Pink, “All Of Me” by John Legend

Final Farewell Song: “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Rachel Harman

Photographer: Jonathan David Photography

Floral Designer: Absolutely Flowers


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Wedding Reception | 3 May 2014| Rebekah & Andrew Edwards | Centennial Vineyards, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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Rebekah and Andrew met way back in 2008 through friends. In early December 2012 whilst bush walking in the Blue Mountains, Andrew surprised Rebekah with asking her to be his wife. Fast forward to 3 May 2014, on what turned out to be quite a cold and chilly Southern Highlands day, Rebekah & Andrew became Mr & Mrs Edwards at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Berrima.

This beautiful couple chose to celebrate their marriage at Centennial Vineyards. When guests arrived they were greeted by a warm venue, canapés and welcoming drinks, but also the warmth of Rebekah and Andrew’s love. The celebration commenced with great applause as we welcomed the parents and members of the wedding party. A short welcome from Rebekah, followed by heartfelt speeches from the Dad’s, Tony and Peter, before guests were served a delicious entrée.

A little bit of fun with the newly-wed game, followed by the main meal, centrepiece give-away, speeches from Bestman, Mathew and Andrew, the cutting of the cake, dessert and it was time for Rebekah and Andrew’s first dance. This was a beautiful moment, dancing to a special edit of Michael Buble’s, Everything, it was full of love and lots of feeling – it was as if they were one.

The guests then flocked to the dance floor and moved and grooved to hits both old and new. Of course Rebekah and Andrew were there leading the way. In what seemed like no time at all, it was time to wind things up with the bouquet toss, garter toss, parent dance and then a farewell dance. Guests then formed a guard of honour for Rebekah and Andrew to depart through.

When I first met Rebekah and Andrew about a year ago, they told me of their plans for a simple, relaxed and fun wedding that involved lots of personalised details to make the day their own. I could tell instantly that they were perfect for each other and I loved hearing about their plans. So many beautiful details were present at this wedding.. plus a whole lot of laughter and love. I enjoyed every moment of this beautiful day. Rebekah and Andrew, thank you for your trust in allowing me to be a part of your wedding day as your Southern Highlands Wedding DJ & MC, it was an honour to be there and witness your beautiful love for each other, the love you have for your family and friends….and the love they all have for you both in return. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment



Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris

Bride & Groom Entry: “Can’t Get Better Than This” by Parachute Youth

Cake Cutting: “When I’m Sixty Four” by The Beatles

First Dance: “Everything” by Michael Buble

Bouquet Toss: “Girls” by Beastie Boys

Garter Toss: “Cherry Pie” by Warrant

Parent Dance: “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin

Farewell Dance: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Final Farewell Song: “Just The Way You Are” by Milky


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Jack Chauvel Photography

Floral Designer: All Occasion Flowers & Party Hire, Port Kembla


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