Wedding Entertainment

  • Wedding Reception & Ceremony | 22 October 2022 | Marta & Jarrod | Hawkesbury Country Retreat, Cornwallis, Hawkesbury

    Marta and Jarrod have been together since 2016 and they continue to adore each other so openly and honestly. They are fun to be around. They have a gentle tenderness for each other, I love their light-hearted banter and how easily they make each other laugh, is a joy to behold.

    They created a wedding that was perfectly suited to their fun loving, relaxed and joyful family and friends. The ceremony and reception was held at Hawkesbury Country Retreat which is nestled amongst the Blue Mountains, on the Hawkesbury River, and offers impressive waterfront and mountain views, perfect for Marta and Jarrod.

    The ceremony took place in the tree lined driveway of the property, whilst there were moments leading up to ceremony time that it looked like we may have to opt for the indoor option, following 15 minutes of rain the dark clouds disappeared and it was perfect for the rest of the day.

    A few highlights of the ceremony was the bridesmaids, in their rustic green dresses, walking down the tree lined aisle, Marta and Jarrod’s daughter Kenzii riding a pony led by Maid of Honour, Angela, down the aisle and the pièce de résistance, as Marta walked down the aisle, a very emotional Jarrod, at times choking up, sang “Amazed” by Lonestar. This was such a beautiful and special moment.

    The ceremony itself, beautifully officiated by Darrin Noon, was filled with love, laughter, little witty and fun remarks plus some happy tears. The love these two share and how comfortable they are in each others company was very obvious and heartwarming to witness.

    Following the ceremony, whilst guests enjoyed refreshments and canapes as they relaxed in the picturesque grounds, Marta, Jarrod and their wedding party had photographs around the 20 acre property.

    To rapturous applause we welcomed the wedding party, then Marta and Jarrod into The Shed to commence the reception and celebration of this wonderful marriage. A welcome from Jarrod – delivered in a way that was Jarrod to a tee, followed by a surprise special dance routine for Jarrod by Marta and the bridesmaids to “Dear Future Husband” by Megan Trainor really kicked of the reception in a special way.

    Guests then enjoyed a delicious American style BBQ buffet, wonderfully prepared by Crosdales BBQ. This was followed by the Newlywed Game, the first round of speeches by Maid of Honour, Angela, Marta’s Mum and Best Man, Brent.

    Next Marta and Jarrod were invited to cut their wedding cake. This moment was made more special by their daughter Kenzii, singing along with the Pink, Willow Sage Hart duet of “Cover Me In Sunshine”. Truly a lovely moment, so much so that Marta and Jarrod were, understandably, so mesmerised, that I had to discreetly remind them that they needed to cut the cake, before the song ended.

    Another fun activity involving guests before the second round of speeches plus some surprises from Jarrod’s family which acknowledged the New Zealand heritage and traditions that were important on an occasion such as this. All the speeches were down to earth and hearfelt. There was laughter and more happy tears – the things that make a wedding so special and memorable.

    More fun as we set up Best Man Brent in a dancing competition, which was a lot of fun. Guests then enjoyed Dessert.

    It was now time for our lovely couple to take to the dance floor for their very first dance as a married couple. As the music commenced, the dance floor began to fill with low lying fog (dry ice), at the appropriate time the team from Series Of Events Australia, set off the spark machines and at another point also those from the ceiling creating a waterfall effect of sorts – it was all quite stunning, but what I noticed was that Marta and Jarrod were totally in the moment, savouring each second of this dance, it was if they were the only two in the room and they only had eyes for each other!! For a hopeless romantic like me, this was what made this moment so special.

    For the remainder of the evening guests danced the night away, there was a bouquet and garter toss before we bid our beautiful couple farewell.

    Marta and Jarrod are awesome people..they laugh easily, love openly, cherish each other deeply and are so much fun to be around! They are perfect for each other and they made their wedding day perfectly spectacular (with a little help from their fabulous family & friends and also the weather gods!) Thank you for sharing yourselves and allowing me to play a part in your beautiful day as your Hawkesbury Wedding MC & Hawkesbury Wedding DJ! Fate knew what it was doing when it bonded your lives together. Wishing you love and many more years of happiness to come. May your love for each other continue to flourish and blossom through all of life’s chapters!

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    Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment.

    Key Songs

    Bridesmaid Processional: “All My Life” by K-Ci & Jo Jo

    Flower Girl & Maid Of Honour Processional: “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham

    Brides Processional: “Amazed” by Jarrod (Groom)[Sung Live]

    Register Signing: “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Ronan Keating

    Recessional : “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder

    Wedding Party Entry: “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake, “Jump Around” by House Of Pain, “Yeah” by Usher, “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, “You Can Do It” by Ice Cube

    Bride & Groom Entry: “Throw Your Hands Up” by Quote Feat. Pitbull

    Cake Cutting: “Cover Me In Sunshine” by Pink, Willow Sage Hart & Kenzii

    First Dance: “You Are The Reason” by Callum Scott & Leona Lewis

    Bouquet Toss: “My Humps” by Black Eyed Peas

    Garter Toss: “WAP” by Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion (Clean Version)

    Farewell Dance: “You To Me Are Everything” by Real Thing

    Final Farewell: “From Now On” by Hugh Jackman

    Other Wedding Professionals

    Celebrant: Best Man Civil Marriage Celebrant-Darrin Noon

    Caterer: Crosdales BBQ

    Sparkulars Dry Ice: Series Of Events Australia

  • Wedding Reception | 9 September 2022 | Jeremia “Mia” & Michael “Smudge” | Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, Wollongong

    When I met Mia and Michael, who prefers to be called “Smudge”, not so long ago, they told me of their plans for a simple, relaxed and fun wedding that involved a beach-front ceremony, a fun reception and including the 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 to create a wedding day that was all about them.

    Mia and Smudge are a lovely down to earth couple who met through a mutual friend. Smudge thought Mia was sexy and Mia was drawn to Smudge’s sense of humour. On their first date, they went to Wollongong Beach, had coffee and then had fun ten pin bowling.

    Not long after, they realised that they were falling in love and within a month, Smudge knew that Mia was the one for him. Whilst there was a plan for a Valentine’s Day proposal, unfortunately delays with the ring postponed that proposal until March 2022.

    Fast forward to 9 September 2022 and there was a drizzle of rain throughout the day. Mia and Smudge selected the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, which is located opposite North Wollongong Beach with stunning ocean or mountain views, for the ceremony and reception. We all had our fingers crossed that the rain would hold out so that they would be able to have their ceremony on the deck overlooking the ocean.

    It was a simple elegant ceremony, wonderfully officiated by Renee Milthorpe, where Mia and Smudge made lifelong commitments to each other. In attendance were family and friends, some which had travelled from Brisbane, Melbourne and the Philippines to be there. Unfortunately, there was a brief moment whilst Mia & Michael were signing the Marriage Register where there was some rain and some guests needed to take cover until the retractable roof moved into position to shield everybody from getting wet.

    Immediately following the ceremony, guests gathered for group photos, organised by Shane from Capture You. There were multiple fun group shots and family photographs taken, before Mia, Smudge, Shane and the wedding party departed for more photographs in the Hotel surrounds.

    Before long, guests were seated in the Illawarra Rooms and enthusiastically greeted our newly married couple and their wedding party with great cheers and applause. The entry was made even more fun as each couple paused as they entered to show off some of their signature dance moves.

    Before moving on to the meal, Mia’s uncle, who had travelled up from Melbourne, led Grace. This was followed by a delectably delicious meal which was interspersed with some fun and games, that had everyone engaged, entertained and the room filled with laughter. Next were the speeches and two beautiful messages from Mia’s sister and mum, who regrettably were not able to travel from the Philippines to attend the wedding.

    The cutting of the cake, lovely first dance and open dancing followed as guests boogied the night away.There were also some traditional Filipino dances which you can see in the photographs and video in this post.

    In what seemed no time at all, it was time for the bouquet and garter toss, final farewell dance and for Mia and Smudge to depart to commence their happy ever after.

    Mia and Smudge, thank you for granting me the great honour to play a part in your wedding day as your Wedding DJ Wollongong & Wedding MC Wollongong. It was lots of fun and from my observations, everyone was having a fantastic time celebrating your beautiful love. Wishing you both a life filled with love and joy as you begin your new life together and congratulations on finding the perfect person to share all your days with. May love, laughter, joy and music continue to fill your lives forever!!

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    Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment.

    Key Songs

    Bridesmaid Processional: “All Of Me” by Rob Landes and Aubry Anne

    Brides Processional: “From This Moment” by Zet & Rusdi

    Register Signing: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole

    Recessional : “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates

    Wedding Party Entry: “All Of Me” by John Legend

    Bride & Groom Entry: “All Of Me” by John Legend

    Cake Cutting: “How Do I Live” by Leanne Rimes

    First Dance: “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

    Bouquet Toss: “Dear Future Husband” by Megan Trainor

    Garter Toss: “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen

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

    Final Farewell: “Ain’t No Mountain High Engouh” by Jimmy Barnes

    Other Wedding Professionals

    Celebrant: Renee Milthorpe Celebrant

    Photographer: Capture You Videography

    Floral Design: Splash Occasions

  • Professional Photos of Katie & Scott’s Wedding | Coast Golf Club, Little Bay, Sydney

    Three months ago today on the 16th March 2013 two beautiful people exchanged vows, professed their undying love for each other and become one ( happy three month anniversary Katie & Scott!!). I was so blessed to have been able to witness their ceremony and also be given the privilege of entertaining at Katie & Scott’s amazing wedding reception, both held at Coast Golf Club, Little Bay, Sydney.

    It was also a great pleasure to work alongside Sue Taylor Photography (Global Sanctuary) who share the same ethos, dedication, commitment and attitude in every aspect of their profession and passion as I do – this is no doubt why they were declared the NSW winner for Wedding Photography in 2012 at the prestigious Australian Bridal Industry Academy Awards (ABIA). They were a total joy to work with and when I approached Sue Taylor, Global Sanctuary’s Founder & Managing Director about the possibility of sharing some images from Katie and Scott’s wedding day for this Blog, she did not hesitate for the slightest micro second. On receiving the images I was blown away with how beautifully everything was captured. Katie and Scott, who are an absolutely stunning couple anyway, look like they belong in a fashion magazine!!.(someone really needs to submit this wedding to a wedding magazine).

    The essence of Katie & Scott’s wedding day celebration, the inner beauty of this special couple is beautifully represented and their obvious happiness captured perfectly. I was able to relive many beautiful moments from this very special day as their Sydney Wedding DJ & MC. Thank you so much Sue.