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Total Recall – Happenings of 2017

What can I say about the year 2017 for Dreamwave Events DJ’s and Lighting that hasn’t already been said about the wheel, penicillin or the iPhone!  In a nutshell, 2017 has been an incredible year which you will see as I rewind time, look back in wonder and flash on my favourite memorialised moments.

The best place to start is always at the beginning…..

Relationships, Ventures and Features of 2017

Install Division Expands

The Wünderbar at Milsoms Restaurant in Dedham

The terrace at Milsoms in Dedham, Essex has been enclosed so that private parties can exclusively enjoy their own bar and lounging area.   Dreamwave Events were asked by Geraldine Milsom to incorporate feature mood lighting and design aspects to set the scene for guests to relax in the unique Wünderbar area.    This unique setting available for exclusive hire is the ideal venue small parties; with a bar, leather sofas and then completed with our vintage filament lamps on festoon droplet pendants; this setting is fantastic for cosy dining during those winter months.

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image source www.milsoms.com

Kesgrave Hall. Lighting Installations

We have been busy bees in and out of Kesgrave Hall with various lighting installation and production features throughout 2017.  From Gobo Projections, Haze Machine fitting and Large Mirror Ball accession – The Hangar is now kitted out with a legion of popular party effects!

Jamming with Sister Sax

The way to do great work, is to love what you do.  In February 2017, we joined forces with Sister Sax to form the ultimate DJ and Sax combo jamming session that you wish would never end!  See us in action.

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Feature Pod Cast

One of our Co-Directors, Dave Drane, loves to chat.  You can often find him gossiping away on insta-stories.  In 2017 he featured on a Get Wed Pod-Cast to yabber about wedding evening entertainment.

Snappety Snap! – Photo Shoots at Wedding Venues in 2017

A selection of fortunate wedding venues got the Dreamwave treatment in 2017 with our lighting and decor with a feature photo shoot complementing each venues attributes perfectly.  These lucky ducky’s were Glemham Hall, All Saints Hotel, Bruisyard Hall and Abbots Hall; all based in Suffolk.

The Beginning of Anything you Want – New Looks, New Style, New DJ Booth

Our design team are always busy bees, thinking of new innovative ideas to express our look and adapt to suit individual weddings and parties.  We have recently released a new range of DJ Booths to suit the vast themings available.

New lighting products have also been invested in this year, ever keeping ahead of the game.  Available to hire now are LED Filament Lamps and Pendant Drops (on display at Wunderbar!) and neat Vintage Blaze Lights; both bringing that extra “wow” factor.

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Say who your are without having to speak – Showing off Dreamwaves’s Style

We don’t worry about others using our ideas; we only worry when they stop!  There have been a couple of events this year that as really shown off what we feel is Dreamwave’s look and style:

Osea Island, Essex

We got to show what we were about on this Wedding Day at Osea Island.  The focal lighting installation looked awesome.  Planned by long-established bridal specialists, London Bride, this wedding was so captivating and on trend it featured in “Bride” magazine.

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Osea Island. Credits: Photography – The Kitcheners; Style and Planning – London Bride; Vervain Flowers; Anthology Vintage Hire

Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk

Working with the gifted wedding planner, Lisa,Carmel we were able to show off our passion and style of lighting at the quintessential multi-acreage venue, The Wilderness Reserve.

Wedding Lighting Hire Wilderness Reserve Suffolk 2017

Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk.  Florist: Emma Soulsby Flowers

Gift yourself a Gift – Wedding Planners

Don’t come untied before tying the knot.  We have worked with some truly awesome professional wedding planners that know how to take the pressure off so you can sit back and enjoy assured that your day is in good hands.

This year we have continued our relationships and worked alongside the talent of Katrina Otter, Bernadette Chapman, London Bride and Carmela Weddings.

 

 

Events of 2017

Real Weddings of 2017

We have had an array of super duper weddings this year oozing personal style and trending lighting,  If you want to read more about them, my focused blog pages show off their inspiring ideas.  My favourites of 2017 were Rebecca and Sam at Le TalboothEmma and Gavin at Hengrave Hall and James and Grace at Houchins.

University of Essex Graduation

For the second year running we have been involved in the lighting, decor and production at the University of Essex’ Graduation event.   Providing atmospheric dim-able Festoon lighting in the lakeside and woodland marquees accompanied by our signature magical floating candles; the effects left the students awestruck!  A fantastic time was had by all.

Charitable Cheer in 2017

Wear Your Wedding Dress Again 2017

Our DJ’s and Lighting Team once again we got stuck in to this unique Charity Event hosted by our friend Abigail’s Collection in Colchester.  This successful feature was held at Prested Hall, Essex and this year raised an amazing £4200 for Help for Heroes.  Click here to read more.  If you missed it this year, there is always next years shin-dig to look forward to! Look at some of the photo’s in our Gallery above by D&A Photography.

Take a look at the evening’s happenings in the clip by R J Films.

 

 

Fenwick and Milsoms Fashion Show

In September 2017, The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall hosted its first charity fashion show on behalf of the GeeWizz Foundation to raise funds for young people in Suffolk.   Fenwick in Colchester joined the party supplying a gorgeous array of Autumn and Winter wear.  This fabulous fashion feature raised more than £6300.  Dreamwave Events were proud to be part of deliverance supplying sound and lighting for this charitable event.

Fire and Ice Ball

Dazzling displays of fire and ice themed shenanigans were the focus of St James’ Place Charity Dinner Event. Entering the Hangar through a fiery flare of festivities into a glittering frozen world.  This glamorous affair offered fantastic entertainment from atmospheric music mixed by our Dreamwave DJ’s to live beats from  Hype Delux.  With climatic scenery during an exquisite three course dinner and fantastic entertainment giving the opportunity to dance the night away – this event had very aspect covered for a successful evening.

The Fire Room – Guests arrived along a red carpet with commanding flambos to a firey reception with high tempo inferno music played from our DJ and a greeted with a blazing cocktail.

The Ice Room – A chilled and frozen atmosphere was created to give the vision of ice.  Ice sculptures we enhanced by our frosty lighting effects with accompanying chilly musical notes. Brrrrrr.

Beertopia

Beertopia’s ethanol enthused event has been an annual success for Le Talbooth.  With live entertainment and barrels of ale to hand along with our Festoon lighting loosely draping under the marquee ceiling, this event is always a guaranteed success.  It’s so good that the whole Dreamwave team went together for a night out!

Sound and Lighting Events at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall.

We have spent so much time at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall this year being part of all there fabulous events.  Their first function was in February for the fanciful annual Valentines Ball leading to further exciting activities throughout the year.  The sizzling Summer Ball is always a successful affair and their Summer BBQ , along with Le Talbooth’s, equates to a guaranteed evening of delicious cuisine and fabulous entertainment (provided by us of course!).

Another spine-chilling event held by Milsoms in the Hangar section of Kesgrave Hall.  Spooky lighting effects and ghoulish music were provided by Dreamwave for their Halloween Night of 2017.  We did not disappoint!  Read more by clicking here.  This was a fast sell out, so look out for this one next year!

Christmas 2017

The 2017 Festive Season saw Dreamwave DJ’s at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Le Talbooth, Wivenhoe House and Suffolk Food Hall, bringing their perfect combination of Dreamwave suave and Christmas beats!

Moving into 2018

We have looked back on 2017 to see how far we have come; now we are full steam ahead, looking forward into 2018.   At Dreamwave Events we like to see things in the present, even if they are in the future (Larry Ellison, Oracel Co-Founder).  I’m saving you a seat.  Watch this space in  the New Year for lighting and decor trends of 2018 and be part of the journey.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.  That’s all folks – Carina, signing off for 2017!

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New Year’s Eve Party 2017 – The Hangar, Suffolk

Celebrate in style this New Year’s Eve at The Hangar, Milsoms Kegrave Hall.    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” (Dr Seuss).  My suggestion is choose The Hangar!

The Hangar New Year's Eve Party 2017 Milsoms Kegrave Hall Suffolk

 

Whats Included in this New Year’s Eve Party?

This one is not to be missed; Greeted with refreshingly smooth Taittinger champagne and exquisitely prepared canapes followed by a succulent 4 course spread to satisfy your gluttonous cravings for a gourmet feast.   Then completely satisfy your pallet with a sweetener of mouth-watering chocolates and a pick-me -up caffeine boost.

Finish your New Year’s evening dancing to tunes mixed by one of our musical connoisseurs, superstar DJ’s at Dreamwave Events; jamming alongside the awesome Sister Sax for the greatest closing party of 2017!

This is what Oliver Richards, General Manager at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall has to say….

“Here at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall we are delighted to be teaming up with Dreamwave Events once again for our NYE Ball in the Hangar. We’re especially looking forward to their latest innovation in the form of Sister Sax who will be accompanying them at the decks. Constantly evolving, Dreamwave always take it up a notch to make any event in the Hangar a night to remember for those who bring their dancing shoes”

Sign Me Up, How Do I Book?

With tickets only £115 per person, this year’s exclusive extravaganza’s tickets will soon sell out.  To book call the Milsoms Team at Kesgrave Hall on 01473 333741.

Cheers to New Year and another chance to get it right (Oprah Winfrey).

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DJ and Sax Combo – Jamming with Sister Sax

Fresh entertainment ideas are hard to find, so we have collaborated with the awesome Sister Sax to create our own DJ and Sax combo.

DJ snd Sax Combo

In this blog post I’m going to tell you about how you can add an element of live music to your party by having a saxophone player to jam along with one of our Dreamwave DJ’s.  Our DJ and Sax Combo is highly impressionable to the audience creating a dynamic merger of the artistic talent.

 

Club Sax Set during your Wedding’s Evening Party

Picture the Scene…

It’s your wedding or party, the dancefloor is packed, you and your guests are going crazy boogying away to your DJ’s great tracks. Then the beat drops and the unmistakable tone of a saxophone can be heard clear and loud over the top of the club classic hit you’ve always loved.  Out steps a member of Sister Sax to play along with your DJ live!

Trust me, with one of our DJ’s in the mix playing those club classics the surprise introduction of a sax player jamming alongside each other makes for an insane DJ and Sax Combo! The atmosphere of your party reaches a new level with the ultimate fashionable vibe flowing with natural and contemporary beats.

Our very own DJ Dave Drane says: “Jamming alongside each other is very dynamic and high energy. The atmosphere and reaction of the audience is never forgotten.”

 

Promo Video of DJ and Sax Combo

We just had to capture this vibe in a short film for you (edited by Spike Grimsey).  Using the awesome Hangar at Kesgrave Hall, a perfect party venue to set the scene.  We met here with Sister Sax to film with DJ Darren Saxby.  I think this speaks more than a thousand words, so here it is……

Drinks Reception DJ and Sax Combo

Do you want a chilled and charismatic atmosphere during your Drinks Reception? The fusion of our Cocktail DJ Service and a saxophone player is the absolute solution.   I love the modernistic idea of having a DJ play some smooth Jazz tunes.  By adding a saxophone player into the mix, ups the game releasing impressive soulful sounds.

 DJ and Sax Combo

Booking Your DJ Sax Combo

Adding an Ibiza Club Sax Set from Sister Sax to one of our DJ Packages is very easy.  We recommend you contact Kay direct to book and discuss the sax performance.  Once you have booked a sax player, let us know and we can arrange the logistics of “plugging in” and timing with you and make sure the special collaboration is both flawless and outstanding.

 

Find Out More

To find out more about our DJ and Sax Combo contact us.

 

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2016 – A Year in Reflection

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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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