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:
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.
Every picture of Gemma’s tells a story and I would highly recommend her for your day.
When love and skill work together, expect a master piece. This is the way I would describe Emma and Gavin. They made the decision to drop anchor and get hitched on the 10th June 2017 at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk with just 10 months to plan! With Gavin working in Monaco, Emma had her hands full taking the reins organising their special day alongside caring for her two children. Boy, did she do a smashing job! This couple managed to achieve the perfect recipe of razzle dazzle along with romantic family intimacy.
“I considered hiring a wedding planner but I knew that I would want to look back and know that I planned it all myself. Around 4 weeks before the big day, it all suddenly became real! There were lots of last minute changes. With the help of all our amazing suppliers these were all dealt with swiftly! I went to Hengrave the day before the wedding and started to feel more excited as I was so confident in every company we had hired. Waking up at All Saints the morning of the wedding I felt nervous. But upon meeting the amazing Hannah Bibby at Hengrave I immediately felt at ease….she was amazing!”
In the Courtyard at Hengrave Hall with our LOVE Letters and Festoons (Image Source: Martin Beard Photography)
Intrigued to find our more about Emma and Gavin’s Wedding Hengrave Hall? Read on……
Why did you choose to have your wedding at Hengrave Hall?
“I found a youtube video (UK’s Top 10 Wedding Venues – Bloomsbury Films) and watched it with my Dad on a rainy Sunday afternoon. As soon as we saw the church in the grounds, I called to enquire. Within literally five minutes of the tour I knew… this is the venue! I compare pulling up to Hengrave with pulling up to the first viewing of our house…..I had exactly the same feeling…..you just know it’s the place for you. I called Gavin once home and after hearing how excited we all were he said if thats where you want to get married then let’s get it booked!”
The ceremony took place in Hengrave’s own chapel found in the charming grounds. The finishing touches provided by Tudor Rose Florist alongside the mesmerising vocals of Revelation Avenue resulted in a truly whimsical setting.
“As I sat during the ceremony listening to Revelation singing so beautifully, looking at all the proud, emotional faces in front of us the feeling was just amazing. We both felt very special. The Long Gallery, Courtyard, West Terrace and of course the Minstrels Gallery all looked perfect….every little element was included and it surpassed our every hope and expectation.”
Just Married! Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“People told me that I wouldn’t even notice the decorations/little touches on the day but I noticed everything as it all looked so shiny and new but so tasteful and classy at the same time. I was so busy in the Bridal Suite looking out at the view, watching Safe & Sound entertaining our children, getting ready and laughing with my special ladies that I totally forgot to put in my bridal earrings. After leaving for the church I remembered and got in a panic! Hannah overheard and literally within minutes the earring box was there and I was putting them in…..like MAGIC!”
“My Mum, Sister and my friend Helen and I chose my dress together. I loved all the lace dresses but they seemed to be missing that something extra. So when I saw the Allure gown with it’s beautiful embellishment, my family told me this dress was very much me. That made my mind up! I’m so pleased I chose this dress. Even though I would have liked to be the size I was before having children; I think it suited ,not only me, but also Hengrave and the whole day perfectly!”
Allure Dress. Image Source Martin Beard Photography
The Grooms Attire
Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography
“Gavin, Zak & Sam’s wore bespoke made to match suits by Philip Alexander and we couldn’t have been happier…worth every penny! I was very pleased with our choice for the back of the waistcoats as music brings emotion and joy to everyone so the navy and coloured guitars complimented the day perfectly . The Groomsmen also wore Philip Alexander bespoke hire suits. I am so glad that we decided Gavin and the boys should look different to the groomsmen as it is after all as much the Grooms day as it is the brides. Itwas important for him to stand out too and our boys were obviously a huge part of our big day.”
Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography
Décor, Sound and Lighting
Emma and Gavin took full advantage of having Dreamwave expertise to hand. From sound production for their Ceremony and Drinks Reception, a complete array of lighting hire throughout the day and a Dreamwave DJ for their evening. This couple had the full Dreamwave Package!
“The decor was simply stunning. I had seen many photos from various sites including your site but they just do not do them justice. The West Terrace and courtyard looked amazing!! The flooring in the Minstrels Gallery looked perfect and just added that something extra without taking away the historical elements of the room. Dreamwave used the template from our wedding invites for the E&G for our gobo design and we used that theme throughout. We saw so many pics on social media of the gobo so were made up it was something everyone wanted to take a picture of. Every little detail I had requested was met and the candles along with a simple floral arrangement next to two picture frames of my Grandparents received so many compliments. I adored the window sills and the gift table, they lit up the venue inside and was exactly what I had requested, not one thing was missed.”
Emma and Gavin with our Path Festoon Walkway. Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“We had hired Revelation and they made our day so special. However, they did come with lots of extra and last minute organisation including sound equipment and a last minute request for a keyboard! Dreamwave Events really did prove themselves to be a company that go above and beyond as they helped with every single requirement including the last minute keyboard search. The sound, both in the Church and during the drinks reception on the West Terrace was spot on and the choir received so many compliments. That said, you can have the best singers in the world but without the right equipment it wouldn’t have the same impact. Thank you guys!”
“I thought the lighting outside may be a wasted element as it was 10th June so longest days of the year but this was my absolute stand out favourite and even when the sky was still blue but evening had come the lighting looked gorgeous and lit up to show the venue off! One of my favourite photos is of us both walking along with the lights at our sides!”
Why choose Dreamwave Events
“I originally called and booked for DJ services as wasn’t aware of the other services. We were sent the options for Hengrave and fell in love with them all. I took time to meet with all the wedding suppliers but my meeting with Dreamwave stood out the most. The guys were so friendly and patient and went through every single option. I left the meeting feeling extremely confident in your knowledge of the venue and how good it would look.”
“We heard in the Bridal Suite that one of the Dreamwave staff had cut his head whilst setting up. One of my Bridesmaids is a doctor so she went straight down to check he was ok. He politely declined and said he was fine and continued his work! What a true professional! That on top of taking on the task of potentially sourcing a keyboard for our Choir at very short notice so goes to prove what a truly professional and bespoke service you offer. We honestly could not recommend Dreamwaves highly enough. Thank you!”
“I added 2 picture frames with photos of my Grandparents (who were too frail to attend) and both were placed on the piano with some flowers and a candle. Family means so much to me and it looked beautiful. So many of my family members came up and commented on what a lovely touch this was. “
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“The framed caricature of the four of us (sketched by the amazing John Roberts) on our gift table was something I first requested immediately after booking the date. I didn’t want photos of the four of us around the venue that everyone had seen 100 times over on social media. But I did include a little framed picture of our boys on one of windows close to the bar as it’s our favourite photo of them both together.”
Image source Martin Beard Photography
“We used Angel creations for our Invitations with the E&G emblem and thought it would be nice to continue this throughout. We used the same E&G symbol for all our stable stationary, table plan, Gobo design for the evening, our welcome mirror, ring box and a hanging door accessory.”
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“Gavin bought some cigars last minute so I decided to add in the personalised matches which we put in a cognac style vase with a little personalised sign from Mr & Mrs Collins. This went down a storm with all of our guests and two weeks later some cheeky guests were posting pics on social medial of them smoking them in their gardens….but did include the hashtag so we let them off!”
“Although I didn’t see them as was still outside the church I was so proud of our two boys walking down the aisle. Our eldest son Zak is 6 and so he understood what was happening and was so looking forward to it. He was so proud to be Ring bearer (or ringmaster as he told all his friends|)! His face in the church…he was so excited, happy, proud and at the same time a little nervous as he wanted to do his best for his Mummy & Daddy. He made us the proudest parents alive….they both did.”
The Collins Family. Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“The ceremony itself was beautiful. My friend wrote a poem about our long 13 year courtship which included many comical but also heartfelt moments. Lots of tears but also a few good laughs when we both had to state Gavin’s middle name ‘Wesley’ a couple of times during the ceremony. Revelation sung beautifully and I think I will have to ask them to record “over and over again’ (a song they learnt and rehearsed especially for us) as I prefer their version now!”
“The whole day, although a blur was simply the best day of our lives but the most memorable moment was watching the fireworks. Zak & Sam running up in their PJ’s and then holding them both in our arms, just the four of us as the ‘Collins Family’ is a memory we will cherish forever.”
“Darren was our kind of DJ! He was so friendly and people have asked if Gav or me we knew him! I asked for a Justin Bieber song to be played especially for my eldest son Zak. Darren made sure we were all in the room and did a shout out to him put then proceeded to put him in the booth with him and let him be DJ. He stood on a stall so all the guests could see him, wore the headphones, picked the next track over the mic and danced away. He was made to feel like the most important person there and weeks after the wedding and if anybody asks what was his favourite part of the day he says ‘being the DJ'”
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“I also asked for a song be played for Gavin as it was his 40th birthday 5 days after the wedding day. I must say every single thing I requested was done but putting my son in the booth just went above and beyond our expectations and made a little 6 year old very happy.”
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“Music choices were amazing and he managed to get even the dance shy guests up and boogying. Thank you so much Darren and we hope he enjoyed DJ’ing for us all.”
Advice for Future Bride and Grooms
“Gavin and I do not like to be centre of attention. With my shyness around the camera the whole idea of a ‘big white wedding’ was daunting. Because Gavin has so many friends and I am such a family orientated person we felt we couldn’t just fly away so decided on a wedding in the UK so that everyone could come. I think, without saying it out loud, we booked Revelation Academy, Nick Einhorn the magician and requested a round table apposed to top table so that we would not be ‘centre of attention’! “
“Our advice would be do not spend time worrying about silly stuff like that…..enjoy the planning with family, friends, the stags, hens and all the fuss. You never know you might surprise yourselves and ‘LOVE’ all the fuss on the day just as we did.”
“The day will fly by and you won’t have long with every guest to stand and chat but do take a moment to take it all in. Most of all take time to find your new Husband and tell him how much you love him!”
Like the look of Emma and Gavin’s Wedding?
Here is a list of their suppliers to help you on your way. If you have any questions about the DJ, Sound and Lighting Production – Give us a shout!
Introducing a lady who is a Fountain of knowledge and at the top of her game in the wedding and events industry. She is based in Suffolk and is the Venue Director for the prosperous Hengrave Hall and thriving All Saints Hotel. She is…… Hannah Bibby!
Hannah has really taken up the reins in her role and is revelling in her sweet smell of success. It’s a pleasure to know such a lovely lady and accomplished individual.
The Interview of Hannah Bibby
Right, I think I have made by feelings on Hannah Bibby crystal clear by now (hope I haven’t made her blush!). Whilst I was visiting Hengrave Hall, I managed to nab Hannah on a fly by, busy co-ordinating an event. We arranged a coffee for later at the newly refurbished All Saints Hotel. This is how it went……
Where do we start…. I must say, All Saints Hotel looks absolutely stunning. How’s it going here?
Thank you – the transformation that the owners have done really does make the hotel unrecognisable from what it was when they purchased it in October 2015. Having launched the weddings side of the business only eight weeks ago we are thrilled with the response and our books are already filling for next year which is just fabulous.
Looking back, it was August 2009 we first met and got involved with you and the team at Hengrave Hall. How are things at Hengrave going?
Time flies when we you are having fun……. it’s unbelievable to think back to Hengrave eight years ago when I joined with two weddings booked in to where it is now. Hengrave is an extremely special place for many people and the team has grown hugely in the past years – with Catriona and Shona supporting me day to day. We are proud to continually offer a very personal service and are there for our brides seven days a week when they need us. The beauty of Hengrave is every wedding is different; different couples, different colours, different guests, different clients and different requirements and that’s what makes it fun and exciting for every wedding. You don’t realise how well you to get to know your clients, but working with them (some for over two years in their build up to their day) means we are like friends by the time the wedding comes around. We all still get very emotional when those doors open to the church or banqueting hall for the entrance of the bride. It makes you very proud and we do think we have the best job to make peoples dreams come true.
For our readers who don’t know, we are your exclusive recommended supplier for DJ and Lighting Hire. What do we have to offer that you like and your clients want?
You are indeed and have been for the past 8 years!! We are so lucky to have the Dreamwave Team on board with us and we know our couples absolutely love working with you and the creative things you do! We hear so much amazing feedback all the time. I love the way you are ahead of the latest trends and the way lighting has evolved over the last 8 years is crazy. Hengrave lends itself to such stunning lighting to really show off the amazing architectural features of the Grade 1 * listed mansion. My firm favourite still has to be the stunning festoon lights hanging in the courtyard. Of course all of your DJ’s must get a special mention as many a FABULOUS night is had on our dance floor thanks to Dave, Paul, Spikey, Martin, George and Darren!
The guys always say what a great night they have when DJing in your Banqueting Hall with you. That room has something about it, doesn’t it?
It does, and I just love the way it gets transformed, particularly after people may have had a civil ceremony in the Banqueting Hall. Once those doors close (whilst guests sip champagne on the West Terrace) the team come in and transform the room, with the black and white dance floor laid and gorgeous different lighting options. The extremely high vaulted ceiling and stunning stain glass bay window reminds you of the age of the house but with the modern twist of lighting and the dance floor it really does bring the whole room to life! We love it…!
As you know Dreamwave Events Lighting and Décor has completely rocketed and flying high especially at Hengrave. What areas do you like to see lit up?
It has indeed. I am not surprised. As I said before its because it compliments the Hall so well. As you know I LOVE the Courtyard, but the West Terrace must get a special mention particularly if our couples opt for fireworks, seeing the shepherds crooks line the path with festoons or fairy lights whilst the fireworks are going off in the distance really is an amazing sight (and great photo!). I do also love the personalised gobos you have done for some of our brides on the wall in the Banqueting Hall. It just completely personalises it and I think its a stunning touch.
And how can we not talk about your wedding. Eeeeek! How are your plans going? Can we give our readers a sneak preview of what we are providing?
Oh, it has come around so fast. I am so excited and so lucky to be working with many of our recommended suppliers at Hengrave….. Paul and Dave have been absolutely amazing from our first meeting in late January when we had ideas flying around too now seeing it all come together. We have a Whatsapp group where we bat ideas around and they keep me posted on a couple of the surprises they are kindly sorting!! I am desperately trying to keep lots of things a secret and I don’t know who is reading this…. but there is a big focus on the courtyard for the early part of the evening after dinner, before the dancing. I know the guys have got some brand new bits which are launching then which I am sworn to secrecy about! As you can tell I am soooo excited!!
A big thank you to Hannah for taking the time out of her busy day to chat to me (though I’m sure she needed the caffeine!). I hope you all enjoyed reading this. Look out for the spotlight on Hannah’s wedding in September……
“Twinkle twinkle little star, point me to the nearest bar!”. Yes, we have popped the champagne cork and celebrating in style here at Dreamwave Events HQ. Join our beanfeast as we mark the occasion with wine and sweet words, well, truth be told just sweet words (wine will come later) – by reading my latest post on how we have featured in ROCK MY WEDDING!
Truly exciting times for our team of misfits. Sonia and Amr’s day was absolutely amazing! A huge shout out to Katrina Otter, their gifted wedding planner, who organised the whole day with pigeonhole perfection. The venue; the elegant Hengrave Hall where you see the perfect blend of a multicultural wedding in a classic English setting nestled in the Suffolk Countryside. There were so many amazing aspects of the wedding, contributed by an array of talented suppliers that resulted in a wondrous wedding that will blow you away! Of course, I am going to focus on our side of the coin but would like to give a loud applause to everyone that made the day a success.
Photo (above) courtesy of Modern Vintage Weddings. Sonia and Amr’s reaction when they first see their Custom Gobo Projection translated from their Monogram illuminated on the wall at Hengrave Hall.
Rock my Wedding focuses on our Custom Gobo Projection / Monogram
Sonia and Amr wrote: “We had a bespoke monogram created for our stationery which was then incorporated into various elements of our day, including a projection above our dance floor (courtesy of Dreamwave Events who also provided outdoor lighting throughout the grounds of Hengrave Hall). ” (Rock My Wedding).
The image (courtesy on Modern Vintage Weddings) above is taken in the Banqueting Hall at Hengrave Hall. This illustrates Sonia and Amr’s initials in illumination with their custom made Gobo Projection during their ceremony. The Gobo projection was also admired during their wedding’s evening party. We also provided our Ivory Carpet/Aisle Runner.
Further Lighting Provided around the Grounds at Hengrave Hall
Everyone loves a cracking firework display and I am no different! If you add a bit of Dreamwave Events expert radiation with the pyrotechnic display by Fully Fused Fireworks; This can only result scenic wonderment and a fantastic photo opportunity.
Another photo (above) provided by Modern Vintage Weddings. This beautifully shows our Hanging Votive Walkway on the West Terrace at Hengrave Hall.
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It was a pleasure to be part of such an awesome day and I particularly loved the continuity and personalisation of the monogram used throughout the day. To find out more what we have to offer Contact us. We also have a dedicated lighting brochure for Hengrave Hall.
Again, I would like to say a humongous thank you to Rock My Wedding for featuring our services and to Katrina Otter for her recommendation.
If you love the look of Sonia and Amr’s wedding day, check our their list of suppliers below:
You have just got married and can now officially change your Facebook status!… It’s now time for the your Drinks Reception. I think most people want their Drinks Reception to be chilled and fun. After all, t’s the first informal part of the wedding day where the wedding party can have a drink and a good natter post ceremony. Guests can take a sip of their prosecco, enjoy their surroundings whilst chilling out to fabulous Drinks Reception Entertainment.
How to choose the perfect Drinks Reception Entertainment to reflect your afternoon vision
What is going to keep your guest engaged whilst the wedding party are off modelling for your perfect wedding shots? Who will be able to play the right style of music your looking for and generate the desired atmosphere?
So, the classic option are Harpists, acoustic guitarists, jazz singers, saxophonists and string quartets. But what if you want Drinks Reception Entertainment that’s a little bit different? Our Cocktail DJ Service offers just that. Have a DJ play your choice of music at suitable background level using a small, discreet and clean set up that wont distract whilst your guests mingle. Your Dreamwave DJ can play anything you choose including Acoustic, Hed Kandi, Blues, Ibiza chilled and Jazz to name a few. I myself like the sound and tempo of acoustic versions of popular songs. Personally, I think the musical flexibility of the Cocktail DJ Service is an absolute gem as it allows you to play any genre you fancy at a reasonable price. You could even up the level further by having him perform alongside a live saxophonist!
See us in action on the lawn in the sun at Le Talbooth:
Drinks Reception Music on a Budget?
I always wish my purse had free refills! Weddings can certainly prove expensive and not every Bride and Groom can afford live entertainment for the whole day. To me, an obvious saving can be made by putting together your own play list and plug it into either the venue’s PA system or hire one. The disadvantage of this is that you wont have a live entertainer to captivate the Drinks Reception audience. But this is a great option for those on a stricter monetary allocation.
Another option is to look at extending your entertainment from the Wedding Ceremony for a couple of hours. This will most likely prove far cheaper than hiring separate musicians.
Looking for an experienced family DJ for your wedding, birthday or personal party in Essex or Suffolk – Martin is the guy you want!
Whilst prepping his DJ Equipment for a wedding at Hengrave Hall, I briefly distracted him with a coffee to chat about the party he was about to bring:
What services are you prepping for?
I’m loading up my DJ gear ready to provide evening DJ entertainment. I’m leaving soon to arrive in time to set up whilst they are eating their wedding breakfast. A quick change and then I’ll start.
What’s the playlist like you have for tonight?
After their first dance they have asked to go straight into the party, but initially want some familiar family tunes for their children to enjoy before their eye lids become too heavy. Later I plan to play music through the decades as requested by the couple. They have said they are happy for me to use my experience to read the crowd. They just want the dancefloor full! The bride and groom has sent us some awesome tracks to work from. I’ve got a bit of everything from Stevie Wonder and Motown to some 90’s pop like Backstreet Boys.
So, what is the first dance?
I have been asked to play “All of Me” by John Legend, a popular choice right now. Then I think I will move onto the new Bruno Mars track as it’s just so catchy and fun.
And the song to finish the evening?
They’ve chosen their last dance to be “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, a real party classic.
Martin has been with us since Dreamwave started sprouting roots in 2009 and his good judgement of music choice from reading the crowd only comes from experience making him the accomplished DJ he is today. His musical prowess and knowledge gained from DJing since he was teenager will make sure you never stop dancing! We are thrilled to call him a member of our team.
If you want to find out more about our DJ Services or speak to us about your upcoming party, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
Hengrave Hall is an exquisite and enchanting Tudor mansion flowing with English history. Situated in Hengrave, Bury St. Edmunds with almost fifty acres of sweeping lawns and meadow, this fully restored venue is now open for weddings, conferences, corporate & special events. Dreamwave Events are proud to announce we are the exclusive providers of DJ & Disco entertainment at Hengrave Hall, working closely with this amazing venue we have been able to tailor our services to suit the period setting and features within the rooms.
More information about what services we can provide can be found on our dedicated venue page. Click here.
Hengrave Hall opened their doors for the first time Sunday 5th July,
the wedding open day was a great success.
We were also pleased to provide our cocktail DJ service along with demonstrations of an evening disco in the Banqueting Hall at the official champagne launch party in late June.
For more information on this amazing one of a kind venue. click to there website….