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Real Wedding, Le Talbooth, Essex – Rebecca and Samuel

Rebecca and Sam set their date for their wedding day at Le Talbooth in Essex.  For me, the best way to describe their day in a nutshell is unsurpassed thoughtfulness.   Attention to detail was given to every aspect of their wedding day.  There were so many individual touches that really made their wedding intimate and unique.

 

The Wedding Planning

After Sam’s proposal in Thailand in November 2015, they got cracking onto the wedding planning.

The Venue – Le Talbooth

With the natural beauty of the River Stour as it’s canvas, Le Talbooth is one of the foremost wedding venues in Colchester.  Then they had the added bonus of Milsom Weddings acting as their host.  With their multitude of experience and list of professional recommended suppliers; Rebecca and Samuel’s wedding planning was off to a great start!

“The venue itself is absolutely stunning (even in the rain) and we knew we could do as little or as much as we wanted and it would still look amazing. That combined with the amazing reputation the restaurant has for luxurious cuisine, and the odd glass of champagne thrown in, just confirmed to us that this was it.”

Outside Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Venue

 

Lighting and Décor at Le Talbooth with Dreamwave Events

“Also with Le Talbooth, one of the main things that really drew us even more to the venue, was that Dreamwave was one of their recommended suppliers.  I love a good Instagram stalk and as soon as I had a proper browse, I knew that Dreamwave would be able to make our wedding even more special.  I knew they could take our wedding to the next level.  The whole team  just “got” what we were going for and could not have been more helpful in recommending ideas of their own.”

Dreamwave did the whole entrance walkway and full marquee ceiling in beautiful fairy lights (a must in my opinion if you get married at Le Talbooth – even during the day they looked so pretty).  They also supplied our S&R letter lights, the monogram dance floor sticker and  uplighters – they were simply incredible!!

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Letter Lights

Letter Lights
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“Many people recommended that I download Pinterest, as it would really help me find some ideas that were slightly different and out of the ordinary.  One thing that I saw that I loved, was a lot of American weddings had these graphics on the dance floor; that suddenly became a must have for the wedding.  I had never seen any pictures of weddings in Essex that had done this before.  This made me want it even more as I felt like it was totally unique and original to us.  When we approached Dreamwave with my idea they were so helpful and asked what design we were thinking of and straight away I knew that the guest book design with our monogram would look amazing.  On the day, nearly every guest said to me how amazing the dancefloor looked, and it was a real wow factor, in my opinion.”

The Dress

Rebecca had a clear idea of what her wedding dress was going to look like and traipsed the dress shops on a mission to find it.  After a few bad experiences she found “the one” at Amorae in Ongar.

“Like any girl I had spent hours leading up to the appointment looking at the website and picking out my favourites.  I tried one of them on first – lets just say it wasn’t the one! That’s when Maria at the shop said  “can I pick a dress for you”.  Now I need to set the scene here; my family and I were in a big room with a whole mirrored wall, and in one corner was a small space with a curtain that went around where you got into the dresses.  As Maria was zipping me into this dress, without even seeing myself in the mirror, I knew that this was it.  When I saw myself in the mirror, the tears started.  I loved the way it fitted my body; the traditional lace; subtle sparkle and beading – everything was perfect.  I really felt like the best version of myself.   I saw myself marrying Sam in this dress -my dress.  It was love at first sight”

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Personal Touches

“We really wanted the wedding to look timeless and elegant and that really drove all of our choices when planning and selecting for the wedding.  Sam always wanted to wear black tie and I have always loved the idea of bridesmaids in black and my dress pure white.  Like any couple we wanted our wedding to be personal to us, whilst remaining traditional.  After we found the venue and church we found an amazing stationer, Jacqui at Print for LoveShe had this beautiful wedding set named the Hayworth.  That’s where the biggest and only theme you may say came from – S&R.”

Wedding Le Talbooth Essex Monogram Perosnal Touches Decor Dancelfloor Sticker Graphic

Personalized Dance floor Graphic. Images Source – Dan Casson

“The thing on the day that I was most proud of was my order of service at the church.  Due to my performing background, a family friend suggested that I should do it like a program you would get at a West End show.  I created the whole thing myself, including a ‘Who’s who in our wedding party’, fun facts about both myself and Sam along with some embarrassing childhood photos, ‘from our first date to our wedding day’ .  I also included a few pages of our favourite photos telling the story of our four years together, and so much more – it had 20 pages!  It was my pride and joy.  However, my favourite thing of all, although time consuming, was when they all arrived from the printers  I wrote inside each service book an individual hand written message to each guest from us both that was totally unique for each person. They went down an absolute treat, everyone loved them!!”

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church Personal touches

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Day of the Wedding, Le Talbooth

The Ceremony

After a hearty family meal at Milsoms Restaurant in Dedham with the family, Rebecca managed to get a good nights sleep before her wedding day in preparation for her wedding day…Eeeek!  Initially the morning was very calm – with a bottle of champagne to help Rebecca, her mum and her three bridesmaids get ready, everyone felt relaxed.

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

“I still think even then that it hadn’t really sunk in that I was getting married… it was only when it was time to get in my dress, that that all changed. Suddenly the room got very hot and I remember actually saying to Chris (my lovely videographer) “Oh my god, im actually getting married, I think I am going to be sick”.  This is not because I had any regrets, I just suddenly felt this wave of overwhelming emotion, and in that moment i realized that this was it – I was getting married!  In the car to the church, my dad held my hand and told me how happy he was that I was marrying Sam, it was a moment I will never forget.”

 

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

“Arriving at the church, was a blur and before I knew it, the bridesmaids had left me and it was just me and my mum standing at the doors of the church, waiting for the Bridal Chorus to start. As the music started, we both shed a few tears and then it all becomes a real blur. Walking down the aisle, all I wanted to do was focus on Sams face, I don’t remember even seeing anyone else and I know it sounds cheesy but even in that big church surrounded by over one hundred people, it really felt like we were the only two people in the room.”

 

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

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The Wedding Breakfast, Le Talbooth

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Rebecca and Sam worked so hard to make their wedding day into their vision.  Every detail was thought about and it really showed in all aspects of the day.  I loved the personal touches included.  Using Dreamwave’s Complete Wedding Day DJ and Lighting Hire Services meant that we were providing background music during the Wedding Breakfast.  Their entrance song into the Marquee was West Ham’s “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” for her soon to be husband (I might add that Sam begged for something West Ham to be included throughout the wedding day – which Rebecca did politely decline!).  I loved that Rebecca’s dad took on the Master of Ceremonies role – for me, its these subtle points that make the day intimate.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

“When we arrived to Le Talbooth in our vintage Rolls Royce,  Dan (our photographer) whisked us quickly into the marquee so we could see it before it was filled with our friends and family but also so he could get some great photos of us, whilst the marquee was empty.   I always had a strong picture in my mind of what I wanted the marquee to look like.  In preparation for the wedding, I am sure Sams neck must of ached for the continuous nodding and agreeing to all of my ideas.  I don’t think he was actually listening to me most of the time – typical man!  When we saw the marquee for the first time on the day, he could not of been more thrilled and loved every little detail, most of which I am surprised that he even picked up on.  Another personal touch that Sam also loved, was instead of table names, we marked each table number with photos of us at that particular age.  I loved seeing all of my hard work come together.  It was incredible and it actually looked better than I even imagined it would.”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Flowers

“Our flowers were beautiful, I always said the bigger the better and Stacey from Designer Flowers Essex certainly did not disappoint. My bouquet was made of pure white lisianthus and hydrangea.  Inside the marquee Stacey added roses, peonies and several types of foliage complete with hanging candles.  We also had four separate arrangements to frame both entrances to the marquee.  Lanterns and candles lined the steps down to the lawn and not to mention our beautiful floral frame for the table plan, which was another must for the day.”

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Florist – Designer Flowers Essex
Images Source – Dan Casson

The Cake

“Our five tier wedding cake was from Cookie Delicious.  I designed it alongside Amy and it was a complete original design in pure white.  I loved the individual handmade flowers and damask pattern.   It tasted just as good as it looked, from chocolate to lemon to the traditional fruit cake, every tier was yummy!”

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Cake by Cookie Delicious
Images Source – Dan Casson

Stationary and Social Media

Print for Love created all of our table plan, menu cards and place cards continuing on from our invitation design – for the day we created two personalised snapchat geofilters for our guests to use and Jacqui also created special cards to go on each table to inform guests of how to use them and to use or hashtag #meetthemccarthys when posting any photos on social media.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

 

This is where I have some advice to my fellow brides –

“Try to relax and enjoy the wedding breakfast.  I mean don’t get me wrong,  everything was stunning and that combined with the music, the room just had a real buzz and electricity.  However, I couldn’t help but find myself looking around during the starters, trying to make sure everyone was having a good time, when really I should have concentrated on myself and my new husband.  Sam read me like a book and seeing I was a tad overwhelmed, he whisked me outside to have a quiet moment.  Everyone had told me to enjoy every second; but sometimes I found myself trying to take every moment in that I wasn’t actually being in the moment – if that makes sense.  After our quick team chat outside, I was back in the game, with a glass of pink champagne in hand and we were going round from table to table mingling with our guests – a brilliant suggestion from my husband.”

 

The Evening Party for the Wedding, Le Talbooth

For the evening party, Rebecca and Sam were not afraid to play it modern with energised décor and contemporary pink up-lighting that punctuate perfectly with the warm golden traditional elements.

“The evening part of the wedding just flew by.  My bridesmaid Maddy and school friends surprised us both with the most amazing wedding present; it was a compilation video of lots of our friends singing along to different parts of ‘a town called malice’ – the reason why this song is a long story!  It was so thoughtful and it tied so many incredible, funny moments that I had shared with my friends together.  It is something I will never forget – plus I now have a copy at home.”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Cutting the Cake, showing pink up-lighting that punctuates with the warm golden glow elements from the fairy lighting taking the colour pallet to the next level
Images Source – Dan Casson

 

The First Dance

Then it was our first dance…  from day one we always had a song – ‘Just the way you are’ by Barry White.  This came around after a drunken dance at a party when we first got together. However we were also keen on  ‘Love’ by Nat King Cole, which I normally dance around the kitchen whilst cooking dinner.  For our first dance we really struggled with which one to go with and decided on the first.  Much to Sams surprise on the day, I actually had my friend mix the two together – I will never forget his face when the track changed and everyone started singing along. Our first dance was so special to us and it was by far my favourite moment of the day.  I then shared a dance with my dad.  My favourite film is ‘Father of the Bride’ and the theme tune is ‘Just the way you look tonight’.  Like any father and daughter, we have a very special relationship and it is something I will treasure forever.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester First Dance

First Dance at Le Talbooth
Images Source – Dan Casson

The Party!

“And then the party started!! Before the big day we had to send Dreamwave over a list of the running of the day, plus a list of any “must plays” for the evening.  Me and Sam love music.  You will always find my friends and family on the dance floor till the end of the party.  We are normally the ones being asked to leave!  I just have to say that Darren (our DJ) certainly did not disappoint.  The next day we had a million messages and nearly everyone said “OMG how amazing was your DJ!?” Darren definitely added so much to our special day.  I mean, what’s a wedding without a good party!?  The dance floor was packed from start to finish, from the young to the old, everyone was having such a great time.  In true fashion nobody wanted it to be over, to the point where one of my best friends stood on our S&R floor sticker and said “NO, you cannot take this off until we have all left!” – sorry about that Dreamwave!!

Before we knew it, it was the next morning, the dress was in a heap on the floor, I had a slight headache, and it was all over.  I remember laying there thinking, how was that yesterday!?  I have never known a day to go by so fast and I don’t think I ever will again. It goes without saying that it really was the best day ever and we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together as Mr and Mrs McCarthy!”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Father/Daughter Dance

Father/Daughter Dance at Le Talbooth
Images Source – Dan Casson

Advice to future Bride and Grooms

“The most important advice I can give is to surround yourself with people who you love and trust.  This is by far the biggest day of your life and everyone from your bridesmaids, to the groomsmen, to the florist, photographer, should get that and be there to support you.  If anything, all of these people are bringing something very special to your day, so try to bear that in mind when selecting who you go with.

Please believe me when I say this will the best day of your life, whether it rains or you have glorious sunshine, try to remember that actually none of it really matters, all that matters is you are marrying the love of your life and that this is your special day, no one else’s.”

 

 

Like the look of Rebecca ans Sam’s Wedding.  Here’s a list of the Dream Team:

 

Church – Dedham Parish Church

Venue – Le Talbooth

Florist – Designer Flowers Essex

Cake – Cookie Delicious

Photographer – Dan Casson

Videographer – Chris Perry. 

Dance Floor Mongram – Dreamwave Events

Marquee lighting – Dreamwave Events

DJ – Dreamwave Events

Pianist – Piano DJ

Stationary – Print for Love

Brides Dress – Amorae

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Suits – Jack Bunneys

Bridesmaids Dresses – Forever Unique

Husband – my very own!!

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Our Feature with “Festive Lights”

Our co-director Dave Drane loves to talk.  So when an opportunity arises, especially where Lighting is the primary subject matter; he jumps to attention! Yes, he has been at it again, but this time interviewing with our good friends at Festive Lights.

We all know Dave loves a good interview – you can also check him out gassing with the Get Wed Team by clicking here.

Festive Lights, Dreamwave Events

Our relationship with Festive Lights

We like to think we always surpass all expectations when providing our clients ambitions of their with dream lighting for their wedding or party.

Festive Lights have an awesome array of lighting that enables us to fulfil our customers lighting aspirations.  The relationship between our two companies has developed over the years and Dreamwave Events has justified confidence in their product lines.  They are our highly preferred supplier for Fairy Light and Festoon lighting.  We now hold countless stock of their product ranges.

Festoon backdrop, Spike Grimsey, DJ WeddingFestoon Lighting

We were recently approached by Festive Lights and invited to give our feedback on their new dimmable festoon bulbs.  Festive Lights says: “The opportunity to collaborate was welcomed by Dreamwave Events, as the product would offer a multitude of benefits, from cost-saving to the versatility of lighting effects they could create. The new concept was an exciting proposition for the firm, giving them the chance to adjust light levels at the hundreds of events they organise each year.”

Festoon Lighting, Courtyard, Hengrave HallPhoto (above) taken at Hengrave Hall, showing off our Feature Festoon Lighting in the Courtyard

Dave summarised nicely “Lighting is such an important element of the wedding day and the planning has to be spot on from the start.  It’s a privilege to help couples to plan their dream wedding and working with Festive Lights means that we can easily create the looks that are popular on Pinterest right now.”

Have a read of the full spotlight feature

Festive lighting have written a fantastic summary of the interview with Dave.  Interested?… have a read.

 

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Venue Décor – Draping for weddings and parties

How can you use Draping for your wedding or party?

Have you found the mac to your cheese or the gravy for your mash and are you’re now planning your wedding? I am going to plant the seed of my wisdom in this blog post…. My wedding was in a standard village hall and without draping, the whole place would have been downright daggy!  A big shout out to mummy for making them as this was very time consuming and stressful for her – but if you plan draping allowance within your budget, you wont have to put the parent unit through the same turmoil!

Venue draping is so utterly versatile and in my opinion one of the most effective ways to make a venue completely transform.  By adding layer and texture to your venue you can completely revamp your space.  Whether you’re looking to support a rustic vintage theme, establish classic elegance or give your venue vibrant intensity; draping décor can achieve this.  Here are my thoughts on the best ways to use draping……….

 

Complete Coverage

If you don’t like the naked walls of the room, you can totally transform your venue by embellishing it with fabric making it more intimate with white or pastel draping. Alternatively use energetic colour for a modern, lounge room feel.

Wall Draping

Ceiling and Wall

If you have a venue that brings a lot of its own character, like a barn, by placing swoops of fabric from beams across the ceiling you are focusing attention on these unique features.

Cover un-appealing wall décor or simply change the ambience by covering the room borders.

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Entrance Areas

Visitors always give pleasure – if not the arrival, the departure.  Your may as well give them a stylish entrance and exit by defining the areas.   These spaces give the option of classic arrangements but also allow opportunity to use a-typical styling.

 

Feature areas

A key Wedding Trend of 2017 is the use of feature areas.  Venue draping is the perfect way to characterize an area you wish to designate.

Draping feature area Essex Suffolk Wivenhoe House Wedding Party Fairy Lights

Backdrops

You can represent a space with a scenery of fabric behind a top table, Band/DJ Performance area (Our Dreamwave DJ’s love focus on the party area!) or enhance a simple ceremony area.  Backdrops are a both totally gorgeous and versatile.

Draping and Fairy Light Backdrop

How to enrich draping décor

So, you have decided on the fabulous draping, but you now need to complete the look. Fairy lights are an ideal candidate to add that bit of sparkle.  I personally love the use of intense Fairy Lighting on a target area placed behind a focal backdrop.  These radiate streams of light and so add to the party feel.

The flexibility of Up-Lighters make them optimal candidate for a party or wedding.  Situated behind the draping yielding a natural warm glow (a favourite for weddings) or glaring a vibrant hue of colour to party the night away.  These simple and affordable units are perfect to complete your sought after atmosphere.

LOVE the idea of having the warm glow during your wedding breakfast and then changing the setting by altering the colour and vibe for your evening party.  Signify day to night with the impact of a bright colour to boogie the night away!

 Draping with Up-Lighters Wedding Party Essex Suffolk East Anglia Wivenhoe House

Where Draping can be used

Dreamwave Events has installed draping in barns, conference rooms, marquees, private homes and even castles to create impressive focal points.  Check out our Pinterest page for further inspiration.

 

Don’t Worry About the Fixings

We use a pipe and drape system for our wall coverage and backdrops, so no fixings are required. Where fixings are required, we would get express permission from the venue and will adhere to their specifications to produce the draping look required.

 

What Dreamwave Events Do

Our team will keep those wedding stress levels under control.  They come armed with buckets of experience and professionalism.   Where required we will provide a design consultation to give a customized quotation to achieve the gorgeous look envisioned.

To set up, we arrive at the venue in good time prior to an event and guarantee our draping is in excellent condition upon installation.

 

Check out our guys in action at Wivenhoe House…..

 

I know that everyone wants their wedding venue to look and be perfect.  Just remember perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence!

So how much is this going to cost????

I’m not going to beat around the bush; Draping takes a lot of preparation time and labour but honestly, the effect is worth it.  I cannot give a set price as there are so many variables to consider.  Obviously the less draping used and ease of installation will be the cheapest option.  If you want to find out more……

Go on…Give us a call!

Contact us to discuss your requirements.  We want to help you achieve your lighting and décor image.

 

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Christmas Lighting Hire – Fairy Lights

Festive Fairy Lights – Bring Festive Brilliance and Animation to your Christmas Party or Wedding.

Chirstmas Fairy Lights

 

As we are entering the season of everything sparkly, I thought it would be appropriate to write up about our twinkly fairy lights that will glisten and glow bringing a festive flare to any Christmas themed wedding or party.

Whether you are aiming to bring subtle brightening outside or a warm ambient glow to the indoor furnishings; nestling fairy lights into the any party venues fixtures will radiate refinement adding the shimmer and shine and enriching the festive mood.

 

Indoor Fairy Lighting

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You can ignite the Christmas Party cheer with warm illumination and merry sparkle. Decorate your windowsills with our Fairy Lighting and LED Candles bringing a hearty feel to the room.

Furthermore, you could enhance features by draping in fireplaces or wrapping beams aspects (pictured right)

Rather than having a vivid affect, you may wish the fairy lighting to command the room with  Fairy Light Backdrops or Canopies.

 

Fairy Lighting Canopy - BarnBackdrops look fantastic behind you evening entertainment and wedding cake or it makes a perfect accompaniment that brings that additional finesse to your weddings top table décor.

My personal favourite is the effect of Canopy Lights.   This lighting décor looks amazing in barn structures and marquees completing the room with the perfect incandescence they generate.

 

 

Outdoor Fairy Lighting

A solution to providing outdoor lights for wedding and party guests is to ignite outdoor features with the addition of Fairy Lights.  This will give your guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the evening.  Options for this include illuminating garden borders such as foliage, trees or fencing.  Another may be path walkways to distinguish an approach or entrance.

Picture (below) illustrates our outdoor fairy lighting at Hengrave Hall.

 Border Fairy Lights Hengrave Hall

 

Further Christmas lighting Ideas / Contact Us

 

To further your Christmas  vision, we have Gobo templates in stock that project festive snowflakes to complement your Christmas affair.

You can find our DJ’s performing and lighting for the Christmas season at Wivenhoe House, The Hangar at Kesgrave, Le Talbooth and Suffolk Food Hall.

 

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We have various décor options in our hire stock from white Christmas trees and further lighting choices. To find out more, please contact us and we will be help bring your ideas to fruition

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