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Dave Drane – Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

No business should be without a Dave Drane:  A cool cat with a head packed with invention and imagination! Dreamwave Events could not be where it is today and it still rapidly moving on up.  The sky’s the limit!

 Dave Drane Dreamwave DJ Lighting Co-Director

Our Co-Director – Dave Drane

Dave keeps Dreamwave ahead of the game.  He is well and truly our ideas man.  His confidence in his own ability and that of the team, keep Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting leading the way in innovation.

Like any creative individual, Dave Drane can be a slightly left of the middle.  Fixated on his photographic pose (yes there was much debate on which photos to include in this blog post), chiseled features and receding hairline (😱) he is still a complete teddy bear! But make no mistake his professionalism and focus provides the motive power required for success; and nothing succeeds like success!

Dave Drane Guest Speaker Sponsor GeeWizz Dreamwave Events Co-Director DJ Lighting Hire

Image Credit Lucy Taylor photography.  All copyright remains with the photographer
Dave Drane Speaking at GeeWizz Midsummer Ball

Dave Drane – What you are will show in what you do (Thomas Edison)

A young Dave begun his career as DJ, “Dave Dreamer.”  He also gained a wealth of sound and lighting production knowledge working successfully for Highlite International, a Dutch based audio and visual equipment supplier.  Whilst working for Highlite, Dave joined forces with DJ Paul Pollard (our other Co-director) at “Making Waves” to form Dreamwave Events!

I think I have made it quite clear that Dave is our ideas man.   I caught up with Dave to get his insight into his perspective on Dreamwave and his role in the mechanics of the business:

When Paul and I started out together almost ten years ago, we never dreamt we would be where we are now within the industry and with such a strong team beside us.  

As with any business; roles change, as well as direction. I don’t personally get to DJ as much these days as I’d like but am very happy to hand over the ‘platters’ to our good skilled team of guys. More is required to be done on a day to day basis but we like to stay true to our routes providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality.

Looking ahead Dreamwave is moving in to new areas of the sound and lighting industry with developments in to rental and installations that is proving very exciting and productive.

 

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Dave Drane with Sister Sax providing our DJ Sax combo

 

In a nutshell, Dreamwave Events would not be in the fantastic position it is in now, if it wasn’t for this complete diamond!

Wedding Open Day 2018 Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall is hosting it’s amazing wedding open day 2018  on 7th October, 10.30am until 2pm.  The Milsoms Wedding team know how to put on a wedding fair and you need to see it to believe it!  They have everything covered that you will need for your day as well as their awesome venue to view!

October Wedding Open Day 2018 Kesgrave Hall Suffolk

Wedding Open Day 2018, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

We are proud to be the Milsoms Group recommended supplier for DJ services and Lighting hire.  Of course, we will be in attendance! There will be an array of other professionals in their field from photography to Casinos.  Make sure you make the most of their expertise!

Wedding Open Day 2018 October Milsoms Kesgrave Hall Suffolk Letter Lights

Contact Us

If you cant make the date, or simply have more questions about our DJ or lighting services, get in touch and we will be happy to help!

 

Halloween Party 2018 – Frightful Festivities Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk

Dont miss out on the most frightful spook-tacular Halloween party on 26th October 2018 at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk.

Halloween Party 2018 at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk.

Halloween Party 2018 Milsoms Kesgrave Hall The Hangar Suffolk

One of our Dreamwave DJ’s will be there providing monstrous music to bust your moves on the dancefloor following on from a ferocious three course feast with coffee and chocolates.

Tickets are a steal at £50 per person.  Book by clicking here. 

Dreamwave Events DJ Halloween Party 2018 Milsoms Kesgrave Hall The Hangar Suffolk

Contact us

If you would like a Dreamwave DJ for your wedding, party or themed event contact us for more information and/or view our online brochure of our DJ services.

Capturing Moments – Gemma Giorgio Wedding Photographer

Introducing the lovely Gemma Giorgio!  Gemma is a talented, Essex based, documentary wedding photographer.  If you are lucky enough to have secured Gemma Giorgio as your wedding photographer, you can relax; This camera wielding magician will capture your days atmosphere, vibe and feel of your wedding; delivering your memories in framed still-shot excellence.

Her obviously likable personality will put you at ease almost immediately allowing Gemma to express her skills through shooting those beautiful spontaneous moments and naturally posed images.

Essex Wedding Photographer, Gemma Giorgio

In the case of Wedding of wedding photographer, a picture definitely speaks a thousand words.  Gemma has kindly sent us through a selection of photos where we had the pleasure of working alongside her:

Wedding at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk

Cocktail DJ Drinks Reception Music Entertainment Suffolk Wedding Outside Dreamwave Events

In June 2018 we saw Gemma Giorgio at the ever awesome, Hengrave Hall.  We provided a selection of our Lighting Hire Services, including our cascading fairy lights, vintage festoons and our continuously popular Cocktail DJ music for the Drinks Reception.

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Wedding at Le Talbooth in Essex

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We worked alongside Gemma in August 2018 providing our Wedding Day package with one of our skilled DJ’s entertaining from the afternoon into the evening at Le Talbooth in Essex along with our marquee Fairy Lighting.

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Every picture of Gemma’s tells a story and I would highly recommend her for your day.

 

 

 

 

 

All Images Credited: Gemma Giorgio Photography

New Dreamwave DJ – Welcome James Langton!

Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking.  James Langton approached us, after moving into the area, looking for potential work.   We were so impressed that he soon joined the ranks of the Dreamwave Events team.

Why James Langton?

James is the perfect catch…don’t get excited now ladies; I meant for Dreamwave Events (though I have to admit he is easy on the eyes, don’t you think?).  He oozes natural confidence, professionalism and approach-ability.  This, accompanied by exceptional DJ skills nurtured from a young age results in the entire Dreamwave DJ package.

James Langton has already ventured out on a few events representing our well respected Dreamwave DJ Brand.  We had every confidence that James would swim and meet the high expectation of ourselves and our clients to provide the awesome and personalised evening’s entertainment Dreamwave Events has become nationally renowned for.  He has already received his first review from Amy and Chris, who had our Complete Evening DJ Service at Maison Talbooth in Essex on 7th September 2018:

“He was incredible and had a great personality whilst being professional. I was very worried about having a DJ as I have been to some weddings where the music is cheesy and the DJ talks more than plays the music. I can not speak highly enough of our DJ.  Please do pass on my huge thanks for making our evening entertainment a memorable one.”

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James Langton; As a DJ

James has always had one hand to the DJ decks throughout his career in events.  He has performed at a wide variety of parties from small personalised weddings to large corporate galas.  His music vocabulary is immense but his preference is ultimately the 90’s era of dance and hip-hop.  However, James’ fluidity in his performance repertoire means that he can comfortably play pretty much anything and is happy to be guided by what clients want to hear and keep the dance floor full!

I asked James what his favourite floor filler filler was.  After much deliberation (lets face it it’s not an easy question, especially as we all play for the crowd at the time), he came up with a few tunes:

My favourite floorfiller of all time bar none is “Superstylin’ by Groove Armada.”  I Saw them a few times on the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, back in the day.  I never get to play that anywhere now, though. It’s gone.

 

Some songs that James most likes to play (and can still get away with!):

90’s dance: Robin S, Show Me Love

Hip Hop: Wu-Tang Clan, Gravel Pit – “Judged right, this is an absolute floorkiller!”

There are sooooo many to choose from and, you know, I just want to play what people want to listen to.

Moving forward……..

It is the moments of decision that your destiny is shaped;  moving forward, for both Dreamwave and James, the decision has definitely come out trumps.  The future is looking pretty bright!

Wedding Showcase 2018 – All Saints Hotel, Suffolk

The team at All Saints Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk are hosting The Wedding Showcase 2018.  Their aim is design an event to create opportunities for you that create interactions!  This is the time to start planning your wedding.  The Wedding Showcase 2018 is a great place begin.  Grasp the chance to discuss your ideas with wedding suppliers face to face and take advantage of their expertise.

Wedding Showcase 2018 at All Saints Hotel

Wedding Showcase 2018 All Saints Hotel Suffolk Fair Fayre September

 

The Wedding Fair is taking place on Sunday 30th September 2018 from 11am until 3pm.  An array of professional wedding suppliers, including us, will be ready to greet you with a universal smile and armed with ideas, expertise and advice in their craft.

Where and and How do I begin Planning!

Remember no communication will be your arch enemy when planning your special day!  Be prepared for information overload and be organised! My post on Wedding Fair Preparation is a good place to kickoff!

Relax, you have plenty of time

Why not make the most of the stunning wedding venue and ground of All Saints Hotel?  Take your time at the Wedding Showcase 2018 and book afternoon tea with your Bridal Party, on offer for the day at £16pp)

Dreamwave will be there

We, the Dreamwave Events team, look forward to welcoming you at The Wedding Show to chat all about the DJ Services we can offer and inspiring Lighting Design ideas we can install for your wedding day.

Of course, of you have questions prior to your visit (or after), feel free to give us a shout.

Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018

Avoid disaster and live happily ever after.  Join us at the Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018 on Sunday 16th September 10am until 1pm.

Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018 – Dressed to Impress

If you are planning to get married in Essex/Suffolk you wont regret seeing Wivenhoe House in Colchester all dressed up for a wedding day.  It looks absolutely stunning!  The drawing room will be dressed for a Civil Cermony and the Garden Suite and Garden Gazebo will be fully dressed as you would expect on your wedding day.

The team at Wivenhoe House are great.  They will be on hand to give you a tour of the grounds and answer any questions you have.

 

Where can we be found at the Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018?

Team Dreamwave will be found in the Garden Suite where your evening party is held.  We offer highly skilled DJ entertainment and a comprehensive and striking lighting and decor services.  Our draping of the Garden Suite is particularly popular.  We will be able to answer any questions you have.

Before the day, have a look at our Wedding DJ Brochure and dedicated Lighting/decor Brochures

Wivenhoe House Essex Wedding Open Morning 2018

A Little More Information

This is a free event with a glass of bubbly and canapes on arrival, with no booking necessary.

Everyone that attends will be entered into our free prize draw to win a luxury overnight stay for two. You can register for this on the day or prior to arrival on Eventbrite.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

 

Le Talbooth, Essex Wedding Open Day September 2018

Attention all engaged couples.  This is the one you have been waiting for:  Pencil Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day in your diaries for Sunday 2nd September.

Where and when is Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day?

Le Talbooth is set in the beautiful Essex Countryside on the Suffolk border, nestled by the river Stour..  The Marquee will be open to view in all it’s glory from 10.30am until 3pm on Sunday 2nd September 2018 set up the the amazing Milsoms Wedding Team who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

Cocktail Drinks Reception DJ Le Talbooth Essex

What Suppliers will be Attending Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day?

Of course, as the solely recommended company for DJ and Lighting Hire for the Milsom’s group, we will be attending and showcasing our lighting flare and DJ set up in Dreamwave style.  We have a multitude of choice of Lighting style, DJ services and Set up options to suit every wedding theme.  Our Cocktail DJ Service for your Drinks Reception music is particularity popular on the lawn in the sun!

Further expert suppliers present will be Anderson & Bergdahl PhotographyJades Flower DesignLuca CakesRed and Black Casinos and Soul Bay Strings who are there with lots of advice to plan your special day.

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There’s more!…..

Le Talbooth have a tantalizing proposition for any couple booking their celebration at the Wedding Open Day:

  • Book any available date in April or May 2019 and get the marquee hire for just £1000 along with complimentary canapés (this could be a massive saving of around £2,500)
  • Book any available date in June to October 2019 and receive complimentary canapés (a saving of £675 based on 100 people)

So add this one to your wedding planning checklist as this will definitely help you tick a few boxes.  You can thank me later!

 

 

GeeWizz Midsummer Ball 2018 Kesgrave Hall

We do not need magic to change the world; we need people like Gina Long, MBE and founder of GeeWIzz Foundation, to raise funds for charity by organising events like the GeeWizz Midsummer Ball.  Her success is from championing a cause greater than herself.  GeeWizz was created to help children, young adults and their families, living with disability and those affected by cancer in Suffolk and Norfolk.

GeeWizz Midsummer Ball 2018

The first ever GeeWizz Midsummer Ball was held this year at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk.   We, at Dreamwave Events, are proud to have offered our support.  I’m please to say the event was a more than a sound success raising nearly £50,000!

Hundreds of guests attended a glorious evening of fantastic food and exceptional entertainment.  There was music, dancing and a grand auction to be enjoyed by the all in a sunny summer setting.

GeeWizz Midsummer Ball Milsoms Kesgrave Hall Suffolk Event Lighting Hire Hanging Lamps

How did Dreamwave support the GeeWizz Midsummer Ball?

We were sooooo pleased that Gina approached us again for our help following our previous pairings at the Fenwick and Milsoms Fashion Show in 2018 and Secret Garden Charity Ball in 2016.  Gina asked us to provide our top quality DJ equipment for Guest DJ; PA Sound Systems; our skilled Dreamwave DJ’s and insatllation of our exquisite Lighting concepts. We gladly obliged as one of their main sponsors.

 

Gina said: “We just wanted to say the BIGGEST THANK YOU for your WONDERFUL support in helping us raise £48,797  for our very special GeeWizz Charity at our Midsummer Party, on what was the most perfect Friday evening at Milsom’s Kesgrave Hall.  To say you so went above the call of duty, would be an understatement.  I am indebted to you, you really are SUPERSTARS, thank you, thank you, thank you.  The Hangar and Kesgrave Hall Gardens, looked so absolutely beautiful. It really was the best, most memorable, magical evening, one that everybody loved being at.  Ali LOVED working with you all, we can’t wait to work with you again and again.”

Outside – DJ and Concept Lighting at Kesgrave Hall

Our Festoons were positioned outside in Festival style lighting hanging from tree to tree, decorated with foliage from Figa & Co, leading guests down steps to The Hangar entrance.  Selected trees were also wrapped in our Fairy Lights to further enhance the festival feel.

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Outside – The Hangar Entrance – BBQ Area

The festival feel event lighting continued down the steps leading to our Dreamwave designed outdoor stage wood pallet composition with a hessian backdrop.  This was additionally complemented by hanging lamps, our Wooden DJ Booth , large Vintage Blaze retro lights to add to the vibe and a stunning enrichment of foliage.  The composition of this set up completely blew me away!  On top of this, our Dreamwave DJ performed our renowned Cocktail DJ Set whilst guests arrived to upbeat festival music in the mix.

 

The Hangar,  Marquee Entrance

We supplied and installed lose hanging festoons in the entrance marquee and further greenery was added by Figa & Co to continue the theme.

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The Main Hangar Area

The festival vibe progressed into the main Hangar area by hanging pendant lamps and foliage around the wall areas.  A simple Fairy Light design was hung to a central point.

Our specialist Dreamwave Lighting Technician controlled the lighting from our own control desk to create the inspired festive effect.

The guest DJ’s, Brandon Block and Alex P, performed their stupendous sets on our supplied DJ Equipment and Dreamwave designed Pallet Booth with one of our Dreamwave DJ’s filling the gaps.

 

All in all it was a pretty awesome day.  Judging by the amount raised the event was obviously a huge success that was enjoyed by all who attended.  We had a great time.  Thank you to Gina Long and GeeWizz for asking us to be part of the day!

All photos by Lucy Taylor Photography

Mick Pollard – Our Right Hand Handyman!

Mick is a man who knows a lot about everything.  He is our resident being in the warehouse and an invaluable member of our team.   Not only in the warehouse, he can also be founds crewing on events or with a hot brew in his palms.

What Does Mick Do at Dreamwave Events?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but if it is; give it to Mick! He is definitely the daddy of Dreamwave, taking care of us all.  He’s an organisational crackerjack and our warehouse wonder-man.  Mick Pollard, the master of mending is repairing the world one light bulb at a time.  He keeps all our products in tip top condition, checking each individual item carefully prior to each event, making sure it’s to the Dreamwave high standards of expectation.

Being the Lord of the warehouse, he has to be meticulous in his workings.  He always has several assignments on the go from simple painting and decorating, staying ready for the busy season to being part of implementing new lighting project designs.  Thus helping Dreamwave Events keep ahead of the game by bringing new inspirational arrangements that lead the way in wedding and party lighting and decor trends.

Mick Pollard Dreamwave Crew Essex Suffolk Lighting Handyman

Current Projects with Mick Pollard

As Mick is pretty handy with a soldering iron, he can be found in the centre of new projects tinkering away in the warehouse.  His current work is directing him to the design of a new prototype DJ Booth to add to our current collection of DJ set upsWatch this space…..

 

 

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