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Wedding Reception | 16 November 2013 | Tanya & Brad Bower | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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Well here I was back at the Carringtion Hotel in Katoomba again for the second time in four weeks, this time for Tanya and Brad’s wedding. Unfortunately the rain somewhat ruined Tanya and Brad’s plans for an outdoor ceremony, but none the less their love shone extremely brightly and surrounded by family and friends, they were married in the Lounge area of the Hotel and became husband and wife.

It was a beautiful ceremony that included Tanya and Brad’s little daughter Ellie as Flower Girl and their friend Heidi providing the music for the ceremony and pre-dinner drinks. Following the ceremony there were photographs taken before Tanya, Brad and the Wedding Party went on a limo ride around Katoomba.

Later guests made their way into the Grand Dining Room for the reception. The  Wedding Party made their way into the room to personalised introductions before everyone was up on their feet to give Tanya and Brad a really great welcome. A few words from Brad then guests were served a beautiful Entree.

Wonderful speeches from Tanya’s Parents Narelle and Richard and Brad’s Mum, Cassie before we had a little fun finding out how well Tanya and Brad knew each other, which was enjoyed immensely by all the guests. The cutting of the cake, Main Meal and we then had a speech from Brad’s brother and Best Man, Mitch. Brad was up next to speak, but unbeknownst to either Brad or Tanya, Brad’s Mum Cassie had assisted me in obtaining a message from Brad’s grandmother who was unable to attend the wedding. When I played this message and Brad heard his grandmother’s voice, he became very emotional and we needed to pause for a very brief moment whilst he recomposed himself. It was a such a beautiful moment and demonstrated the special love between a grandparent and a grandchild. When Brad finally got up to speak he was still visibly affected by the message and found it difficult to speak at times.

Dessert was then served and then we witnessed a beautiful choreographed first dance from Tanya and Brad which ended with a spectacular lift, dip and kiss which I was unfortunately unable to capture due to ensuring the music finished at the right moment. Guests then joined our newly weds and partied for many hours.

Despite the rain it was a beautiful wedding and based on comments received, Tanya and Brad’s brief of wanting a beautiful, smooth-flowing and fun wedding was met and maybe even (hopefully) exceeded. Tanya and Brad, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your special day. It was such a pleasure to have been a part of your day as your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ & MC. I enjoyed getting to know you both, your families and your friends. I hope you both had the time of your lives and that whenever you look back or think about your wedding day, it brings back nothing but fond memories. Enjoy your honeymoon in Singapore and Thailand and may love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!

Brad and the boys.

Above: Bridesmaids Mel and Janna

Above: Bridesmaids Eva and Kate

Above: Matron of Honour Cherise and Tanya and her Dad, Richard


Music throughout the ceremony and for pre-dinner drinks was provided by Tanya’s friend Heidi

Tanya, Brad and their adorable little daughter, Ellie

 Best Man and Brad’s brother, Mitch

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Everything” by Michael Buble

Bride & Groom Entry: “True Love” by Pink

Cake Cutting Song: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz Feat. Colbie Caillat

First Dance: “Beautiful In White” by Westlife

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell

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

Final Farewell Song: “Let’s Groove” by CBD


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Instinctive Images


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Amy & Jordan’s Wedding | 12 October 2013 | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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Amy & Jordan met in kindergarten way back in 1992…….little did they know that this meeting would be the start of a of a truly wonderful friendship which would eventually grow into a deep love and lead to marriage 21 years later. But this is exactly what happened and here we were at The Carrington in Katoomba on their wedding day where two beautiful individuals married their kindy sweetheart!

It was the perfect spring day with the sun shining brightly, not a cloud in the sky and there was even a surprise flash mob that happened moments before Amy was to walk down the aisle!!! (The flash mob was for some other unrelated purpose but we’ll just pretend that it was part of the planned pre-ceremony entertainment just for Amy & Jordan’s special day).

Guests were gathered in The Lounge with Jordan waiting with his Best Man, Nathan and Groomsman, Josh. The music started and bridesmaid Rebecca commenced the walk down the aisle followed closely by Maid of Honour, Danni. Amy, escorted by her Dad, Barry fought to keep her composure as they made their way to Jordan. A beautiful ceremony, officiated by  Laurel-Anne Kenny-Levick followed and Amy and Jordan, after a seven year engagement, which began with Jordan’s  plans for a romantic proposal on Amy’s parents’ farm near Dubbo. He had planned to ask Amy to marry him on trip away on the farm. Having already received Amy’s parent’s blessing, it was to have occurred the day after it actually did. Whilst they were at the farm, the excitement he felt at the end of a perfect day spent together and an incredible feeling that, that particular moment was just right time, Jordan ditched his plans and that evening, whilst in their pyjamas, Jordan dropped to one knee, told Amy how much he loved her, told her how much he had always loved her and that he wanted to be by her side forever – and so here they were finally married!

Following the ceremony, whilst Amy and Jordan and their wedding party went for photographs, guests enjoyed canapes and refreshment in the Lounge and Bar area of the hotel. A short time afterwards, we welcomed them all back for the start of the reception in the Grand Dining Room. It was such a lovely wedding full of much fun, laughter, tears, singing and of course, dancing. Surrounded by their dearest family and friends they celebrated surrounded by much love and those that only wanted the very best that life has to offer for them both

Amy and Jordan, thank you for entrusting me with the huge responsibility of being your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ & MC. I feel extremely privileged that I got the opportunity to meet you both and witness the start of what will be, an amazing marriage. I enjoyed every moment of your wedding and beyond that from that initial enquiry. I could feel the love you both have for each other and know that you will both continue to nourish this love and it will continue to flourish. You both have beautiful values and your happiness is assured. Amy, it was an absolute delight planning the wedding with you -you have such a bright and bubbly disposition that I could not help but feel on top of the world after each and every single one of our conversations.  May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional:  “Love Me Like The World Is Ending” by Ben Lee

Brides Processional:  “Love Me Like The World Is Ending” by Ben Lee

Wedding Party Entry: “Stuck On You” by Meiko

Bride & Groom Entry: “Stuck On You” by Meiko

Cake Cutting Song: “Cut Da Ting” by Loxen Morre

First Dance: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Father/Daughter Dance: “Tattoo” by Jordin Sparks (Acoustic Version)

Bouquet Toss: “Be Faithful” by Fatman Scoop Feat. The Crooklyn Clan

Garter Toss: “Chick Magnet” by MXPX

Farewell Dance: “Your My Best Fried” by Queen

Final Farewell Song: “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Laurel-Anne Kenny-Levick

Photographer: Instinctive Images

Floral Designer: Emu Florist

Cake Designer: Cake Art


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Wedding Reception | 24 October 2011 | Marianne and Adam Little | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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A year ago, Marianne had organised a getaway camping trip in the Blue Mountains with a group of friends for her birthday. As circumstances would have it, it was not the perfect weekend, weather wise, and everybody else decided it was too wet to stay, so decided to leave. With the rain falling and Marianne and Adam left alone, Adam, who had planned the proposal out many times in his head, felt this unplanned situation was the perfect moment to ask Marianne to marry him. He did and an extremely happy Marianne said yes!

So here we were twelve months to the day, on a Monday, in the Blue Mountains celebrating their marriage. The weather today was just perfect, brilliant spring sunshine. The ceremony was held at Evans Lookout it Blackheath before the 85 guests made their way back to The Carrington in Katoomba. The Carrington is a heritage listed hotel and one of the few remaining Australian examples of a Victorian Grand Hotel, The Carrington features a magnificent Grand Dining Room, which was where Marianne and Adam decided to hold their reception.

 

Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés with Marianne and Adam in The Lounge, before making their way into the Grand Dining Room. Once everyone was comfortable, all the very important people were acknowledged along with the members of the wedding party. This was done in a fun way where interesting facts about each individual person was communicated to the guests. Where appropriate, this was enhanced by the use of sound bites. Finally, everybody whooped it up for Marianne and Adam, before Marianne thanked everyone for being a part of their day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the tantalising entrée, it was time for the speeches. First up we had Adam’s Dad, Michael, then Marianne’s Dad, Hector, the best man Conor, Maid of Honour, Michelle and finally bridesmaid Katrina. The speeches were humorous, heartfelt and really lovely. Of interest to note was that Marianne and Adam’s wedding party also consisted of a Grooms Maid and two Brides Men.

Guests were then served and enjoyed a delectable main meal. We then had some very special messages from near and far. There was the messages from Marianne’s Uncles in Ireland, one of which had a group of people gathered at his home and they left numerous messages throughout that evening – starting with wishing Marianne and Adam all the very best, through to singing songs, playing up and joking around and finally finishing up with a tearful message which was very moving. There was a message from Kentucky in the U.S. and messages from others that wanted to express their best wishes, but unfortunately could not be there. It really was quite a special part of the evening.

The time had arrived for the cutting of the cake, as it was also Marianne’s birthday, the top layer (the huge cupcake) had candles for Marianne to blow out. Ably assisted by Adam, who stabled the cupcake tower, Marianne blew out the candles and cut the cake to great applause.

 

Marianne and Adam then took to the dance floor for their first dance, they had beautiful personal messages in their song which caused a large number of the guests to shed a tear – it really was a magical moment.

 

Grooms man Ash, used to work at Club Med, and teach the Club Med Dance, so immediately after the first dance Ash, assisted by Best Man, Conor and Groomsman, Adam took to the floor and proceeded to teach everybody some fantastic moves – whilst many were shy and reluctant at first, they eventually warmed to the idea and it was a hit!

 

 

 

 

 



Ash’s segment segued into general dancing and Marianne, Adam and the guests then proceeded to dance the night away. In what appeared to be no time at all it was time for the bouquet and garter toss. Marianne then had a special dance with her Dad, which contained a lovely message from Marianne, this touched him and brought some happy tears – another special moment. A final farewell dance with all the guests joining in and Marianne and Adam left to begin their new life together.

It was a fun reception with lots of surprises. Marianne and Adam wanted a reception which was easy going, yet energetic – I believe they got exactly this. Marianne and Adam, thank you for the trust you  ultimately placed in me. I really enjoyed getting to know you both, sharing your day and adding to your memories.  I loved the way you two kept sneaking kisses all night long, the way you both find joy in life, the way you like to make each other laugh and the way you both like to have fun! May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever.

 

 


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Cake Cutting Song: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue

Farewell Dance:The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas

Final Farewell Song: “Home” by Edward Sharpe And The The Magnetic Zeros


Fun On The Dancefloor

 

 

 


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 15 January 2011 | Amanda and Luke Reay | The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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Amanda and Luke are an amazing couple who I got to know in the lead up to the wedding and I must say that they are absolutely perfect for each other. First meeting at high school through a friend of a friend, Amanda’s first impression of Luke most certainly was not love at first sight – however, as they got to know each other better, love blossomed and here we were on their wedding day.

Luke had proposed to Amanda in the Blue Mountains so it was very fitting that the venue they selected for both their ceremony and reception was The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. This heritage listed hotel is a local landmark eluding the elegance, luxury and charm of yesteryear, offering a beautiful backdrop for this special day in both their lives.

 

The 60 invited guests, many which had made the journey from Brisbane, Queensland at a time when the capital and other areas of the State had been subjected to some of the worst floods in it’s history, is testament to how dear these family and friends hold Amanda and Luke in their hearts.Whilst rain fell throughout the night and until just before lunch, the skies cleared and it ended up being a lovely afternoon. The ceremony, officiated by Laurel-Anne Kenny-Levick, was held in The Lounge of The Carrington. It was a beautiful ceremony with a lovely reading and personal vows, which really came from their hearts. You could see the sheer happiness in both Amanda and Luke’s face. Unfortunately circumstances prevented me from being able to personally capture photographs of the ceremony, however with the kind assistance of John Manners from Above & Beyond Digital, I am able to provide the following photographs from the ceremony which have been extracted from the video.

 

 

“I love you. You are my best friend.
Today I give myself to you in marriage.
I promise to encourage and inspire you,
To laugh with you,
And to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle.
I promise to love you in good times and bad,
When life seems easy and when it seems hard.
When our life is simple and when it needs effort.
I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in the highest regard.
These things I give you from this day forth.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the ceremony, Amanda, Luke and their wedding party proceeded to have photographs taken in and around Katoomba. In the interim, guests were treated to some delectable canapés and refreshments. Guests were then ushered into the Ballroom where the wedding party and Amanda and Luke were greeted by thunderous applause and cheering upon their arrival.

After a delicious meal, it was time for the speeches. First up was Amanda’s dad, Peter, who explained how special his “little princess” was to him and Cheryl, plus recounted an amusing story from when Amanda was growing up. Peter then proceeded to speak about Luke and the great qualities that he had and how he knew that his daughter was in the very best of hands. Luke’s dad, Bruce was next expressing how proud he was of Luke and wishing both Amanda and Luke the very best for their life together.A few words from bridesmaid Tiffany who spoke about Amanda, their friendship and the wonderful bond that Amanda and Luke both shared and how this was a great foundation for a happy future together. Amanda’s brother Scott then made a brief speech expressing how close he and Amanda were and how he could not have asked for a better sister. Cheyne, the best man then made his way to the microphone. He told of when he first met Amanda and how both Luke and Amanda personally had changed as they matured and the relationship became more serious and detailed some of their achievements.

Below: Luke and Amanda

Below: Amanda socialising with guests

Below: Amanda’s Father, Peter

Below: Luke’s Father, Bruce

Below: Bridesmaid, Tiffany

Below: Amanda’s Brother, Scott

Below: Best Man, Cheyne

t was now finally time for Luke to speak. Luke started by saying that he and Amanda had endured many difficulties, but he felt that because of these difficulties and the fact that Amanda had always stood beside him during these trying times, he had become a better person and he owed it all to Amanda. Luke thanked both his and Amanda’s parents for everything they had done for them, then the wedding party for all their support, friendship and being a part of their special day. He concluded by saying that by saying yes, earlier in the day, Amanda had made him the happiest man alive.

Below: Luke

Last, but most certainly not least, Amanda took to the microphone and commenced by saying that she is not an overly emotional person and did not do “happy tears” but had found herself in the situation of after hearing the lovely words from her dad, brother and Luke of not being able to help herself. Amanda also thanked everybody for travelling to their location wedding, the bridesmaids, grooms men and Luke’s parents. She then became very emotional when commencing to thank her own parents – this overwhelming emotion resulted in a poor choice of words, which had the whole room in a fit of hysterical laughter. Amanda concluded by thanking Luke for being the person he was and for always being there for her. All the speeches were very lovely and heartfelt – it was not surprising that Amanda had become a little overwhelmed.

Below: Amanda

Amanda and Luke cut their wedding cake and then made their way to the dance floor for the first dance as husband and wife. The first dance was quite a moment for them both (I was very lucky to capture a special moment that they shared during this dance) before being joined by their wedding party part way through the song. Guests were invited to join in and the dancing got under way.

A little later in the evening there was the Garter Toss, a Circle of Love to thank their guests and another special emotional moment as Amanda danced with her dad to a very beautiful song about a father and his daughter, called…….Amanda..

 

Finally there was the tossing of the bouquet from the balcony overlooking the bar before Amanda and Luke left to begin their new life together as a married couple. It was a perfect day and I believe they had the wedding of their dreams. I had the pleasure and privilege to get to know both Amanda and Luke over the months leading up to this day. I found that they are a very special couple, they are certainly the very best of friends, sharing a deep love and understanding each other’s needs. They are individuals, that whilst different in many ways, complement each other perfectly – I know that their love will continue to grow and when they have a family of their own, the children will be blessed to have such loving and caring parents.

Amanda and Luke, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the honour of contributing to your wedding day, but more so for sharing your story with me and allowing me to get to know you both. You are both very special people and I wish you a long lifetime full of happiness. May love and music fill your lives forever.


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional: “Beautiful Day” by Vitamin String Quartet

Bride Processional: “Bridal Chorus” by Mutushiro Nishiwaki

Register Signing: “By Your Side” by Lifehouse, “Your Arms Feel Like Home” by 3 Doors Down

Recessional: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

Wedding Party Entry Song: “We’ll Be Alright” by Travie McCoy

Bride & Groom Entry Song: “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry

Cake Cutting Song: “Marry You” by Bruno Mars

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “You & Me” by Lifehouse

Father Daughter Dance: “I Ask (Amanda)” by Richard Frankz

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Your Body Is A Wonderland” by John Mayer

Circle Of Love: “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John, “Heaven” (Candlelight Mix) by DJ Sammy, “Higher” by Creed

Final Farewell Song: “Today Was A Fairytale” by Taylor Swift


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Laurel-Anne Kenny-Levick

Florist: Leura Blumes (02) 4784 1072

Cake: Cupids Cup Cakes (02) 6337 5391

Photographer: InLights Photography

Videographer: Above and Beyond Digital


Fun On The Dancefloor

 

 

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 2 January 2010 | Louise and Ben Wark | Yester Grange, Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

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As I made my way to the Blue Mountains, I was caught is a a torrential downpour and I held a fear that Louise and Ben’s wedding ceremony on the grounds of Yester Grange would be washed out. But except for a slight drizzle about forty minutes prior to the ceremony it turned out to be a fantastic day with the sun breaking through the clouds and shining as bright as the love this beautiful couple have for each other.

Louise and Ben live in Singapore, but unfortunately due to the festive season and time constraints after arriving in Sydney, there was no opportunity to meet up with them (as is my preference) before the wedding. Well what a really delightful couple they are and so very very much in love. The constant acts of affection towards each other and the constant smiles on their faces openly displayed their extreme happiness.

 

Yester Grange is nestled in 10 acres of totally private parkland and gardens at the top of Wentworth Falls waterfall, the rolling expanse of green lawn reaches from the magnificent Victorian mansion, to touch the thousands of hectares of World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains Wilderness that lies beyond – the perfect backdrop for this ceremony and celebration.

Preceded by her bridesmaids, Louise, accompanied by her Dad, Ross made their way down the Yester Grange steps and to the ceremony area where Ben and the groomsmen awaited. A very beautiful ceremony, officiated by Susan Artup followed – much to the delight of the 115 guests (some which had traveled from Singapore and the US).

 




Showered with rose petals as they made their way back down the aisle, the joy that they felt finally being married filled the entire valley. While Louise, Ben and the wedding party wandered around the grounds for photographs, the guests enjoyed refreshments, the beginning of the cocktail food, music by Simon & Glenn on Violin & acoustic guitar and the breathtaking view.

 



 

Ben’s step-father David Stratton, who was the Master of Ceremonies, asked the guests to gather in the ballroom for the first set of speeches. First up were Louise’s Mum & Dad, Jennifer and Ross who recounted the Louise and Ben Love Story in the form of a fairytale being read from…….a book of fairytales! Next up were Ben’s parents, Susie and Brian – who both expressed the elation they felt for this perfect match. A short recess followed where guests were able to mingle and socialise in the many areas of Yester Grange or even take a silly picture in the photo booth!


 

Following a spectacular sunset, David once again gathered the guests in the ballroom for the concluding speeches, first Louise, then groomsmen Julian & James, followed by best man Chris and finally Ben. The speeches were heartfelt, humorous, each very special in their own way and enjoyed by all.

The cutting of the cake followed and then it was time for the first dance. Midway through Louise and Ben were joined by the wedding party. At the conclusion of this song guests were invited to join in and it was certainly party time!!! (as can be witnessed in the video clips at the end of this post).

As Ben had proposed to Louise in New York, for the last dance they selected New York, New York by Frank Sinatra. As you can see in the portion of video I captured, surround by family and friends they were having the time of their life right up till the very last minute of their special day.

Louise and Ben, I thank you for giving me the great honour and privilege of allowing me to be a part of one of the most significant days in your entire life. It was an absolute pleasure and joy to meet you and contribute to the memories you will always hold of this day. May love and music fill your lives forever!!!


Being a part of Louise and Ben’s wedding allowed me to meet and work with photographer Janine Kaye for the very first time. Janine impressed me greatly with her professionalism, passion for her work and creative flair. These are ideals that I hold high and form the basis of the service I provide. I look forward to having the opportunity of working with her again soon.

Janine has a blog where she has placed some of her professional shots from Louise and Ben’s wedding. I think they are amazing and fully capture the essence and emotions of the day. Please take a few minutes to have a look.

Louise & Ben | Married | Yester Grange, Wentworth Falls


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “Pachelbels Canon” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Bride Processional: “Time After Time” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Register Signing: “All You Need Is Love” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Recessional: “Stand By Me” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Wedding Party Entry: “Beautiful Day” by Vitamin String Quartet

Bride & Groom Entry: “Beautiful Day” by U2

Cake Cutting Song: “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Can’t Keep My Eyes Off You” by Andy Williams

Last Dance: “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Susan Artup A Ceremony By Design

Florist: Erica Blossoms

Photographer: Janine Kaye Photography

Ceremony Musicians: Simon & Glenn Dial A Fiddler


Fun On The Dancefloor







Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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