The Brides Choice Awards recognises Wedding Businesses that operate in Regional Areas of Australia. They can be Nano Businesses, Micro Businesses, Small Businesses or even Major Corporates. Launched in 2011, the Brides Choice Awards acknowledges those wedding businesses that have excelled and exceeded the expectations of their Brides from around Regional Australia.
2018 marked the launch of the inaugural Western Sydney Region Brides Choice Awards. Winners of this award are voted on by the brides themselves, so no outside judging, simply it represents a reflection of each nominee in the eyes of brides. The awards recognise excellent quality of service, professionalism and flexibility of wedding suppliers and are accordingly voted on by the brides themselves and their experiences in planning their special day. In my case, I knew nothing about this and wasn’t even aware that DJ:Plus! Entertainment had been nominated until tagged on a Facebook post by Brides Choice Awards announcing the Winners!
Extract from Brides Choice Awards Winners Announcement
Each wedding that DJ:Plus! Entertainment is given the privilege of entertaining at is extremely special. Each wedding is unique and each wedding deserves the same love, care and attention as the one before it to make it as perfect as it can be for every couple. Thank you to all the wonderful brides that took part in this process, have ever invested their trust in me and voted for DJ:Plus! Entertainment, your approval of what I do is very much appreciated and valued – it truly fills my heart with much love and happiness. Thank you! Thank you!
Cortney and Hil’s first encounter occurred in 2011, but it was not until 2012 that they started to interact more and a relationship began to develop. Cortney and Hil are a beautiful couple and their wedding celebration was full of family love, warmth and many emotions.
Following their ceremony earlier in the day at Barker College, Hornsby, they chose to celebrate at the Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. With the room looking stunning, thanks to the lovely ladies from Decorations By Jelena, the fantastic wedding cake by Pretty Parties and the photographic and videographic skills of the team from Hugo Photography & Film, it was such a great celebration. Surrounded by family and friends, we were so privileged to witness a deep tender love that has grown despite the difficulties that these two have faced due to distance, as one was studying in Townville, Queensland and the other in Melbourne, Victoria over the past four years.
From our first meeting in the first week of this year, I could see that Hil totally and utterly adores Cortney, the way he always has his arm around her, the way he looks at her with loving eyes, she is his angel and he treats as such. Just as equally Cortney adores Hil. When they are together, they are rarely separated and Cortney just radiates joy. Together they are an awesome couple who are very deeply in love and work hard to ensure it remains that way.
During the reception there were many emotional moments for both Cortney, Hil, their respective parents, siblings and those nearest and dearest. All the speeches throughout the evening were meaningful as well as entertaining and was enjoyed by all the guests.
Around five weeks before the wedding I received an email from Hil with the subject of “Secret Song”. As nearly all my dealings in regards to the wedding had been with Cortney and her mum, Jeanie, the fact that I was receiving an email from Hil and that subject line had me more than a little curious. On opening the email, I discovered that Hil was planning to surprise Cortney by singing her a song during the wedding reception. It also asked whether I was able to provide two wireless microphones, patch in a guitar and requesting suggestions as to when would be best to sing the song. I replied with all the information he needed and asked that he confirm certain details. As I subsequently learnt during the best man’s speech, Hil is not one for returning texts and if he does, they tend to be very, very brief. This also appears to apply to emails, or so it seems – as when I did receive a response about five days prior to the wedding, it did not contain enough information for me to ensure that I was up to speed on the finer details of exactly how this was going to executed.
On the day of the wedding I came prepared with everything I could think I needed to pull this off, but was not even sure if it was going ahead – until minutes before the doors were to open to commence seating the guests, when in strolls a gentleman with a guitar. Quick patch in, tune, determine the levels and we were set. During the evening, in those rare moments when Cortney was not by his side, he was frantically going over the lyrics to the song and then following the cutting of the cake it was time for him to sing. Personally, I thought it was a beautiful moment, there are some photographs below that I managed to capture, but take a listen yourself to Hil singing Ed Sheeran’s “Tenerife Sea” to Cortney, aided by his friend, whose name I unfortunately didn’t get, on guitar and the best man, Gideon on backup vocals. The applause at the end of the song certainly verifies that it was quite a performance and a special moment.
As mentioned above, it was truly a beautiful wedding and I enjoyed every moment of my involvement in it. Cortney and Hil, thank you so much for the trust you placed in me and the honour and privilege you gave me in allowing me to play a part in this very special day as your Wedding DJ Sydney and for part of the evening, your Wedding MC Sydney. I hope you enjoyed every moment of your amazing wedding day. Based on everything I learnt about the two of you in the lead up to your wedding, you are completely perfect for each other! Your love will continue to grow even stronger with each passing day and I see nothing but a life filled with love for the both of you. Have a fabulous time on your honeymoon in New Zealand!! May, love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!
Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment
Songs selected by Bride & Groom;
Wedding Party Entry: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Bride & Bride Entry: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Cake Cutting: “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban
First Dance: “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers
Parent Dance: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver
Bouquet Toss: “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor
Farewell Dance: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars
Very pleased to have been advised that at the 2016 Wedding Industry Experts Awards, for the fifth consecutive year, DJ:Plus! Entertainment was awarded the title of;
Winner: Most Popular Disc Jockey – Sydney
Winner: Most Popular Disc Jockey – New South Wales
Winner: Most Popular Disc Jockey – Australia
A huge thank you to all my couples for their trust, the opportunity they give me to be a part of their special day and lives, the continued support, friendship and so much more. It means everything to me and is never, ever taken for granted. I am truly humbled beyond belief. Thank you!!!
On Monday 14 March 2016 DJ:Plus! Entertainment attended the ABIA National Designer Of Dreams Awards on the Gold Coast, Queensland. So very proud to have been declared the No 2 Wedding DJ and No 3 Wedding MC in Australia for 2016. 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. DJ:Plus! Entertainment has qualified for this title since its inception in 2009.
To every couple who has ever contacted me, to all those that have shared their love story with me, to all the couples who have placed their trust in me and granted me the honour to be a part of their wedding day, to all my industry colleagues and friends who inspire me to continually raise the bar and improve, to family and friends who believe in me – no matter what!, all of you have an impact on me, enrich my life and make me a better person. All of you give me something far greater than you can ever imagine and for that I am so extremely grateful. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
The love story of Jenna & Aaron began whilst they were both deployed at sea in the Royal Australian Navy. As circumstances would have it, they had been on the same ship for around five months and had not run into each other. It was not until they were in Tokyo, that they met in a bar and felt very comfortable with each other that the spark was ignited, they had their first kiss and this relationship commenced.
A week later, they went on their first date – bowling, movie (which Jenna fell asleep in) and dinner. Since they were on the same ship, they met for dinner and a coffee regularly and the relationship commenced to blossom. By the time they got back to Sydney 4 months later, they realised that they were in love. It was not until Jenna was posted to Perth around four months later that they both knew that they could not live without each other.
At the end of March 2014, Aaron placed a ring inside a Kinder Surprise, knowing that Jenna always craved chocolate after dinner, organised Thai food for dinner and when Jenna returned from her afternoon Gym ritual, he knew she would ask for chocolate, which she did. This plan almost backfired on Aaron as Jenna could not feel/hear anything in the Kinder Surprise and thought it was empty, but was surprised by an engagement ring. A shocked and speechless Jenna eventually said yes and here we were overlooking beautiful Sydney Harbour at Pier One as Jenna and Aaron became husband and wife.
It was an absolutely perfect day for this lovely couple. A beautiful ceremony, officiated by Angela Blattman before Jenna and Aaron signed the official documents and were pronounced united in marriage. Congratulations all round, a group photograph and Jenna, Aaron and their wedding party were off for photographs by MM Photos, around the city.
Meanwhile, guests were treated to refreshments and canapés. A little while later we welcomed our newlyweds and their wedding party. A delicious entrée, speeches by the two dads, Mark and Brett, the father daughter dance, main meal, a few words from the best man, Adam and Aaron, a couple of fun activities, dessert and it was time for the first dance. This was a beautiful moment which I am certain that Jenna & Aaron will treasure forever. It was then party time!! and as you can see from the photographs and video below, they certainly did party!
All too soon it was time for the Mother Son dance, the farewell circle, a farewell dance and it was time for Jenna and Aaron to start the rest of their happy ever after as husband and wife.
It was an amazing wedding with an awesome couple who truly adore each other. It was a wedding which was filled with many personal touches and whilst the circumstances which led them to me when probably not the most ideal for them, I am so pleased that the universe decided that our paths should cross. It was not only a pleasure, honour and privilege to have been asked to take part in this lifetime event, but a whole heap of fun. Jenna and Aaron, thank you for selecting me as your wedding MC Sydney and also as your wedding DJ Sydney. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!
Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment except Photo Booth photos (Courtesy of Sydney Photo Booth)
Songs selected by Bride and Groom;
Bridesmaids Processional: “I Knew This Would Be Love” by Imaginary Friend & Gina Grannis
Bride’s Processional: “I Knew This Would Be Love” by Imaginary Friend & Gina Grannis
Register Signing: “XO” by John Mayer, ” Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran
Recessional: “Stuck On You” by Meiko
Wedding Party Entry: “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates
Bride & Groom Entry: “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates
First Dance: “I Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Sleeping At Last
Father Daughter Dance: “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen
Farewell Circle: “Mess Is Mine” by Vance Joy, “All Of Me” by Angus & Julia Stone, “Georgia” by Vance Joy
Farewell Dance: “Shake It Up” by Taylor Swift
Final Farewell Song: “Fire & The Flood” by Vance Joy