Last year saw my first New Years Eve wedding, celebrating with Kelly & Rory together with their friends and family at the beautiful Swarling Manor near Canterbury, Kent. Frankly, hosting a wedding on the one night of the year when everyone will be in the party mood was a stroke of genius! The fact that everyone present clearly knew how to have a good time was a big bonus too!
After meeting with Rory and Kelly to discuss some ideas and options, they decided to entrust me with taking care of all their music on the day, from the wedding ceremony onwards. The ceremony took place in Swarling Manor’s barn and Rory and Kelly chose The Vitamin String Quartet for the bridal party entrance. The ceremony concluded with the new Mr & Mrs Brace being cheered down the aisle to ‘You & Me Song’ by The Wannadies.
The wedding breakfast took place under the starlit canopy of the marquee to a soundtrack of Ibizan chill out tunes chosen by the bride and groom. I was on hand as Master of Ceremonies to ensure Rory and Kelly received a rapturous welcome from everyone present and introduce the speeches and cake cutting. Rory and his best man used my vintage mic to ensure no-one missed a word of the speeches.
Then with only a few hours of 2014 remaining, it was time to see out the year in style! The barn had been transformed using my mood lighting service to set the mood for the evening’s partying. The newlyweds got the evening underway with their first dance to Ben Coleman’s version of ‘How Long Will I Love You’. From then onwards things didn’t really let up on the dancefloor all night. Once we’d introduced the party packs of inflatable instruments, hats, maracas and Blues Brothers paraphernalia it all got a little messy in the best possible way! After the traditional Auld Lang Syne at midnight, guests were ushered outside to witness the firework display Rory and Kelly had laid on as a surprise for their guests. Then it was back to the dancefloor for more dancing til 1am.
Special mention must go to Kelly & Rory’s chosen photographer Dominic Whitten. Not only was he the most dapper dressed photographer I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, but a lovely chap to boot! Dominic was booked for their entire day and stayed to the bitter end and to capture the carnage on the dancefloor and the spectacular firework finale. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him and you can see the stunning fruits of his labours here; www.dominicwhiten.co.uk/
Rory & Kelly, I had a lot of fun, so thank you so much for letting me be a part of your Winter wedding. Here’s a list of the songs that filled your dancefloor xxBen Coleman How Long Will I Love You Backstreet Boys Everybody Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Bruno Mars Treasure Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams Get Lucky (Radio Edit) Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Ed Sheeran DJ Beats: Sing Disclosure White Noise (Radio Edit) [feat. AlunaGeorge] Wankelmut My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remix / Radio Edit) Avicii DJ Beats: Wake Me Up Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne DJ Beats: Real Love Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith DJ Beats: La La La Rihanna feat Calvin Harris We Found Love Flo Rida DJ Beats: Good Feeling David Guetta – Akon Sexy Bitch (Featuring Akon) [Explicit] LMFAO Party Rock Anthem Pitbull feat Ne-Yo Give Me Everything Five DJ Beats: Keep On Movin’ Meghan Trainor DJ Beats: All About That Bass Chris Brown Yeah 3x Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah Miami 2 Ibiza (Clean Radio Edit) Tina Turner Proud Mary Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse Valerie The Jam Town Called Malice Katrina and the Waves Walking on Sunshine Queen Don’t Stop Me Now Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor Kings of Leon Sex on Fire The Killers Mr. Brightside blink-182 What’s My Age Again? (Album Version) The Libertines Don’t Look Back Into The Sun Shola Ama Imagine (Asylum Remix) DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies Do You Really Like It? (Full Length Original Version) Artful Dodger Feat. Craig David Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta) Sweet Female Attitude Flowers (Sunship Edit) DJ Luck & MC Neat Feat. JJ Master Blaster 2000 Olly Murs Dance With Me Tonight Pharrell Williams Happy Taylor Swift DJ Beats: Shake It Off OutKast Hey Ya! (Radio Edit) Scouting for Girls She’s So Lovely S Club 7 Reach Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Mastermix Soul Banana (Happy Version) Paolo Nutini Pencil Full Of Lead Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons December, 1963 (Oh What a Night!) (2007 Remastered LP Version) Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive Various Artists New Year’s Party Mix Oasis She’s Electric The Strokes Last Nite Iggy Pop Lust For Life Wideboys & Dennis G Sambuca Doolally Straight From the Heart Shanks & Bigfoot Sweet Like Chocolate Oxide & Neutrino Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty) Beyonce Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Rihanna Pon de Replay Shakira Hips Don’t lie Apache Florence + The Machine You’ve Got The Love Oasis Champagne Supernova Fun. We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) Oasis Don’t Look Back in Anger Semisonic Closing Time Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Kinobe Slip Into Something More Comfortable (instrumental Version) Fun Lovin’ Criminals We Have All The Time In The World Jean Jacques Smoothie 2 People (Mirwais Extended Mix) Jakatta American Dream