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2016 – A Year in Reflection

2016

A year in the life at Dreamwave, 2016

Wow, what an exciting year 2016 has been! As a result there has been little time for rest at Dreamwave Events HQ.  We have had plenty of weddings, corporate events and private parties where we were providing our DJ and Lighting services in Essex and Suffolk.

Sit back, grab a coffee and biscuit to read this post.  It’s long as its represents our whole years activities in a nutshell!

First of all the year 2016 saw a huge brand overhaul injecting a refreshing new look to Dreamwave.  Most noteworthy was the launch of our current website.  We feel this now reflects a befitting image of the company and its character by expressing the array of innovative services we can offer.

 

New Faces

With much demand for our services, we felt it was time to expand our team. Our answer to finding the perfect addition to our friendly bunch of misfits was George!  He has settled in well and has DJ’d some awesome weddings at Hengrave Hall and Private Marquees.  He has received some fabulous reviews on our Facebook.  For a December 2016 wedding, Matko Marlais wrote this: “Thank you for providing such a fantastic DJ and event lighting service for our wedding at Tuddenham Mill! You went above and beyond in obtaining some esoteric foreign music choices for us, and your professionalism and entertainment on the day was brilliant!”

We are now proud to have 6 DJ’s forming the Dreamwave team.

Moving further into 2016 we discovered new friends.  We are honoured to be the recommended suppliers of three new magnificent venues – Hutton Hall in Essex, All Saints Hotel in Suffolk and Captains Wood Barn in Essex.  We also teamed up with our good friend Sister Sax.  Kay is an awesome saxophonist who can be booked to jam alongside our DJ’s for a real unique Club Ibiza feel during the evening.   Keep an eye out for our dedicated pages on our website in the new year.

Events of 2016

2016 has been an exciting year for Dreamwave Events.  We have provided both our DJ and Lighting Services to an array of parties and events.  These have flourished under our illumination expertise! Hence a big personal thank you to all our clients who we provided our DJ and Lighting Hire to this year!

Here are some of my choice favourites:

 

Houchins Farm, August 2016

Houchins Farm experienced a total Dreamwave re-vamp to create a true fairy tale wedding illusion.  The set of this masterpiece boasted floating kilner jars suspended from the ceiling of the barn over the wedding breakfast area containing a mixture of sparkly fairy lights and LED candles.  Thus illuminating the room perfectly creating the ideal ambience for the whimsical setting.  An outdoor festoon pathway was installed establishing an area of ideal incandescence for the evening buffet of Paella and Ice Cream.  These services accompanied by our fairy lighting and Complete Evening DJ and Lighting Hire Service helped form an indisputably magical day for the bride, groom and all their guests.

 

Aspalls Ball, May 2016

For this distinguished occasion that took place at the beautiful Kenton Hall, we were commissioned to provide our full production hire services. This included staging; tech rider for the headlining band, Polar Collective; A complete sound and PA solution with added AV screens and switching for the charity auctions; plus a custom designed backdrop and set created by our very own Spike Grimsey, that was made from reclaimed wooden pallets and our signature hanging lamp pendants. The entire evening was a success and vital funds were raised for the Dylan Foundation. Guests partied into the small hours with the band and one of our Dreamwave DJs. Our services were well received and we look forward to working with Aspalls again in the future.

 

GeeWizz Secret Garden Charity Ball – The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall, October 2016

My year review wouldn’t be complete without telling you about our involvement with the GeeWizz Secret Garden Charity Ball, hosted by charity founder Gina Long MBE.   She has had more than 35 years experience of charity fundraising.

The ball was attended by more than 250 people and supported by former England cricketer Graeme Swann, operatic star Laura Wright and television presenter Chris Hollins who was the MC for the evening.  Entertainment included swing singer Mickey Fordola during dinner, eight-piece band Soul Beat finishing on our very own Dreamwave DJ Dave, DJing until the early hours keeping the dance floor rocking.

This magnificent charity ball raised over an incredible £94,638 for GeeWizz! All money raised will help children, young adults and their families with disabilities or those living with life-threatening diseases such as those who are affected by cancer, along with supporting essential cancer research.

Dreamwave are extremely proud to have been involved in such a remarkable event.  We look forward to working with Gina and her team again in the future.

 

Milsoms Halloween Ball, Kesgrave Hall, October 2016

This saw us present a full Halloween DJ and Lighting production to set the spine-chilling mood in the stunning Hangar. A lot of preparation and planning had gone into this event.   With us working closely with the events team and Geraldine Milsom herself to create a spectacular look and style.

Our crew had three areas to transform: the first was the outside area as guests arrived.  We illuminated the building and surrounding tress with an orange tone.  We then added mini strobes set up in the grounds to act as lightning.  A hidden sound system played atmospheric haunting sounds to create an eerie entrance.  Secondly, in the entrance drinks reception marquee, we introduced a warm orange glow that was slightly subdued.  This was then enhanced by around 100 of our signature ‘floating’ candles, cobwebs and black chandeliers. Lastly, the dining and party area of The Hangar. This saw the room transformto a deep purple with vibrant styling.

Our lighting team took control of the effects and created custom programmes to be used throughout the evening.  Supernatural projections played though out dinner to add to the theme. Once dinner service was complete our DJ’s ghoulish musical choices garnished with ghostly and glaring elevations witnessed Dreamwave delivering a truly spooktacular evening’s entertainment!

The evening was extremely well received and we are already in the planning stage for next year’s version.   This will bigger and better (and maybe a little more scary!)

 

Christmas Parties

The season of sparkles viewed Dreamwave bringing nothing less to Wivenhoe House, Le Talbooth, The Hangar and Suffolk Food Hall’s Christmas party season.   Our DJ’s enjoyment of the festive involvement shines through in their performance and our Christmas décor enhances the jovial season experience with the perfect mood lighting.

 

Celebrity DJ’s

We have been privileged to work with and alongside quite a few famous faces in the past.  2016 has been no exception. Throughout the year we provided DJ specification rider equipment (mainly Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus, DJM 900 Nexus mixers and Technics 1210’s.  All standard items that we hold in our hire stock).

The legendary DJ Spoony was among such DJs, along with MC Creed and the awesome Shortee Blitz. Plus, our very own Dreamwave DJs have had the pleasure of Djing alongside the likes of DJ Luck and MC neat this year.

 

Dreamwave join the UKAWP, December 2016

We are very proud to have been personally invited to become a Supplier Partner with in the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners. This industry body is the leading and most respected alliance in the wedding world that we live and breathe. The site is designed to provide an unmatched service for brides and grooms and easily obtainable links to it’s exclusive supplier index.  We were recently approached by UKAWP and invited to join their specially selected list of suppliers.  We cannot wait to interact with our new colleagues in the UKAWP and pass on our experiences  in our field of expertise to the alliance.  We are therefore very much look forward to being a part of this in 2017.

 

Popular Services of 2016

Due to high demand, the expansion of our hire services has seen the lighting and décor side of Dreamwave  flourish!  Our experienced lighting team have been busy expanding our lighting stock this year.  Thus increasing our ability to create the ideal lighting template to accompany any wedding or event theme.

We have seen a huge rise in demand of our Hanging Pendant Drops and Festoons. Our Floating Candles left an impression at Harry Potter and Disney styled weddings.  Furthermore, our Rustic Floating Chandeliers at Jimmy’s Farm added a real positive impact to the couples wedding venue.

 

Moving forward into 2017

Our team is always looking to progress; creating and keeping up to date with new trends.   This keeps our services indisputably up to date and leading the market for ideas and inspiration. 2017 will see Dreamwave launch a new personal app for our clients to help tailor our services for your day.  For more information contact us or watch this space for future blog posts to view our stimulating and innovative ideas…..

 

All the best during the festive period.  See you next year!

 

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Dreamwave DJ’s – Behind the Scenes

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 Read more about our recent film shoot promoting our Dreamwave DJ Services provided in Essex, Suffolk and surrounding areas for weddings as well as both personal and corporate parties.

 

Our team of Dreamwave DJ’s and crew all had a bit of fun in the warehouse a short while ago. We prepared for our new, behind the scenes promotional film.  Laughter and friendly banter was prolific whilst on the road to creating our visionary masterpiece.  Even I had the opportunity to show my budding DJ skills and gave a cracking performance on the decks; but I think I will be sticking to my desk job for at least the near future!

 

 

Spike Grimsey was on form with his exceptional camera techniques to generate artistic snapshots of the guys performing and prepping equipment.  These reflect the great place that Dreamwave Events is to work which truly echoes in the guy’s performances during our Evening DJ Service.

 

If you are looking for experienced DJ’s that emanate confidence and fun whilst maintaining competent professionalism for your Evening Party; these are your guys!

 

Dreamwave DJ Martin Cooper on set DJ photo shoot

Our team of Dreamwave DJ’s: Paul, Dave, Spike, Martin, George and Darren are all accomplished performers that bring the party! Our Evening Service offers their experience as well as a choice of set up options with different style booths and lighting colour to match the theme of your party.

Dreamwave DJ’s do not only offer DJ Services for the evening. My personal favourite is our Cocktail DJ Service, offering a tasteful alternative for an afternoon drinks reception.  Our DJ’s adjust their performance to mirror the relaxed atmosphere.  This is accompanied by a small discreet set up with appropriate music played.

Get in Touch….

For further details of our DJ services, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

 

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DJ Only service at ‘Back to Skool’ corporate summer event…

Our DJ Dave Drane provided our DJ only service to our good friends at Reveries Events for a corporate summer ball with a ‘Back to Skool’ theme on Thursday 1st July. Dave was dressed up as the head boy (well, a scruffy version, with his tie round his head and shirt not tucked in!).

The event was for TUI travel, at Race course in Sussex.  Reveries had put the event on and took control of the drapery, up-lighting, dance-floor effects and props. John from Reveries and his clients were very pleased and impressed with Dave’s enthusiastic approach to entertain the 400 guests at the event. The dance-floor was packed all night as Dave played a mixture of classic school disco tracks, new club, RnB and pop songs.

DJ Only service for summer ball with Reveries EventsDJ Only service for summer ball with Reveries Events

DJ Only service for summer ball with Reveries EventsDJ Only service for summer ball with Reveries Events

New DJ Promo Pictures….

We were pleased to be joined at our office this weekend by our good friends Craig and Kate from Craig Williams Photography. We had great fun as they shot our new DJ promotional pictures for 2010.

We hope you like them below. Keep an eye out for them on our website and various publications.
Thanks again to Craig and Kate…. your fresh, funky approach to photography is always refreshing.

Head shots

Personality Passport

To Cool For School

Christmas 2009…

This Blog is to wish all our clients past and present, industry friends and colleagues and Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Thank you for your support through 2009 and and we know 2010 is going to be another fantastic year!

We have been very busy this Christmas season and are pleased to once again provide our DJ only services to Freelove Entertainments during another busy corporate Christmas season contract with Best Parties Ever.
Both myself and Paul will have entertained a total of over 20,000 party-goers enjoying their Christmas parties in style at the Harlow and Billericay sites.

Merry Christmas……Time for a rest 🙂

Posted by: Dave

18th Birthday Celebration in Brentwood…

Saturday 5th September was a very busy weekend for us all at Dreamwave Events. Paul & Martin were both providing our Evening DJ & Disco Services at a wedding celebration and at 40th wedding anniversary. I also providing the same service but with a twist for an 18th birthday event in Brentwood, Essex. Our Clients had a private marquee in their grounds provided by our good friends Chelmer Marquees. The marquee had a ‘glitz and glamour’ feel to it, with a blackout lining and deep rich coloured draping. You will see from the pictures below our sound & lighting equipment was set up in a club style for maximum impact and wow factor. The use of a green laser and smoke machine also added to this effect.
The Birthday girl Viki had a unique fancy dress theme for her party… ‘the first letter of your name!?!’ All the guest dressed up and everybody enjoyed the party and mix of music played by myself. In Viki’s words posted to us on Facebook after the event…… ‘Thank you for Saturday it was awesome 😀 xx’

Posted By: Dave

What a busy week…

All of us here at Dreamwave have been very busy boys this week. We have provided our DJ & Disco services to 7!!!! Wedding couples.
Our week took us national with weddings in the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire as well as Essex & Suffolk.
Our congratulations go to the new……
Mr & Mrs Ramnought, Mr & Mrs Gadd, Mr & Mrs Oldershaw, Mr & Mrs Bates, Mrs & Mrs Indge, Mr & Mrs North and Mr & Mrs Smith.
We wish all of you all the best for the future as husband and wife.

‘Keep an eye out for featured wedding from a selections of these client in the next few weeks’.

Posted by: Dave

Smeetham Hall Barn…

Saturday 11th July was our first visit to Smeetham Hall Barn, Sudbury. We provided our complete wedding DJ & disco service for the new Mr & Mrs Foot.

This amaizng and stunning 16th century barn is owned by the Hyde Parker’s. Bridget and her team run a very professional and friendly wedding venue in an idyllic setting.

Our clients also booked our optional up-lighters to enhance their wedding colours and ‘pink’ theme. Throughout the wedding breakfast the top table was back-lit with four LED up-lighters, these were then moved to the dance floor area, to complement the ‘disco lighting’ ready for the evening party.
A great evening was had by all, many comments were made from guests on how good the music selection was and the ‘mixing skills’ of the DJ.

I would like to wish the new Mr & Mrs Foot all the best for the future as husband and wife.

Posted By: Dave

Congratulations to our own Dave & Hayley…

I am sure this Blog has been eagerly awaited. I would like to personally send our congratulations to our very own Dave & Hayley (the new Mr & Mrs Drane!) They were married on 23rd May 2009 at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Clacton on Sea, followed by the wedding breakfast and evening reception at Le Talbooth in Dedham.

The whole day was magnificent and could not have run smoother. Dave & Hayley had spent many, many months planning every last detail (and it showed!).

They both would like to extend their thanks out to the selected suppliers within the wedding industry who made their day even more special.

They have these messages for them….

Abigail’s collection:

“The high standard of service and professional planning from Abi, Rob & Lauren made our brides maids look stunning and the guys very dapper indeed. Thank you”

A-Team Heroes:

“Thank you for fulfilling a childhood dream of riding in the A-Team Van! The trip from my parents house, through the town centre, then to the church will stay with me forever. A great touch!”

American Dreams:

“Thank you to Roy with his 1959 Fleetwood Cadillac. It really was a head turner”

Bunce Video:

“Warren & Debbie are honestly amazing at what they do. They videoed our day in such a way that we did not even know they were there. However when we watch our DVD back. They did not miss a thing! Thank you”

Calanthus Floral Design:

“Chris your extensive knowledge of flowers and enthusiasm was great. Your ‘quirky’ designs and ‘funky ‘ feel with the arrangements were just what we imagined. Everyone commented on how outstanding the flowers were!”

Craig Williams Photography:

“What can we say!?! We are both truly speechless with our wedding pictures! The hard work and attention to detail Craig and Kate put in when they are taking photos really does shine through. We are both proud to be close friends with you and thank you so so much”

Eternal Flame:

“My dress was just as I had pictured it in my head, right from a little girl. Thank you for all your hard work. Linda and the girls here are fantastic at what they do!”

Freddie & Friends New Orleans Jazz Band:

“You gentlemen are highly talented and true professional musicians. Everybody has commented on how amazing our jazz band on the lawn was. You all kept the atmosphere up and fun for all. Many thanks!”

Le Talbooth:

“We must start by thanking Alex for her initial help in the planning stages of our wedding. She was always very helpful with any questions we had, big or small. Our thanks also go to Umesh, and Richard for the great hard work on the day. To Umesh for his planning and helping with our menu and wine selection, plus for making sure our every need was taken care of and that all our guest were well on the day. To Richard for his amazing co-ordination of staff during the wedding breakfast. Of course to the team of highly skilled chefs for mouth watering food. And to all the Milsoms group staff who played a big part in making the day run so smoothly.”

“A last big special thanks goes to the crew who without them the evening party would not have been so amazing and the marquee would have not looked as it did.

Mark, Paul & Martin, your efforts very early on the day left both myself and Hayley speechless when we walked into the marquee for the entrance! We both were so over whelmed. The Guys had flown not 1, not 2, but 4! 50cm mirror balls in the roof along with 2 moving heads. more effect lighting, LED up-lighters and a black & white dancefloor, really did exceed expectations.

Thank you also to Martin for a grand job of DJing the first part of the evening, and thanks to Paul for DJing the seconds set.”

You will see from the pictures taken by Craig & Kate below that Dave & Hayley had the best day of there lives!

Posted by: Paul (with quotes from Dave & Hayley)


An Essex Wedding Magazine….

Make sure you get your hands on the latest issue of An Essex Wedding Magazine.

You will find some expert advise from us on how to chose your wedding DJ in there ‘That’s Entertainment’ feature.

This latest issue also includes some amazing photos from our good friends at Craig Williams Photography in the ‘Getting Creative’ feature.

Posted by: Dave

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