More than just a DJ

Wedding DJ London at Twickenham Rowing Club

April 18, 2015

The sun was shining and the tide was rising and what a beautiful location this was for two very keen rowers - Natalie (Club Treasurer) and Nick (coach and very keen rower).  In fact they literally met on the river with Nick offering hs coaching services to the new rower Natalie!  Now they row together in life.  Boom boom.

The club is situated on the north bank of Eel Pie Island in the Thames giving easy access to the main river but no easy access for the DJ!!!  Thankfully on transporting my kit over a very steep bridge from the main river bank, a young and very strong lady rower happened to be passing to give me a much needed push!!

 

Once inside I was met with a very helpful and warm welcome from Club Chairman Paul, where as in most clubs, he was running the show from the front.  My services for the day included:

 

  • mood lighting for the dining room and Club room - colour matched blue and pink

  • music for the drinks and canapes welcoming - swing, lounge, jazz

  • staged introduction of bride and groom to the wedding breakfast

  • background music for the wedding breakfast - classical

  • wireless mic for speeches

  • music for the blessing

  • evening reception party (please see full playlist below) - modern mix of party classics

 

With space at a premium I deployed the small starlight booth to the left of a small stage, a light stand behind me and a ring of mood lights to the Club room.  In the adjoining dining room I set out a similar ring of mood lights - see below.

View from the balcony as guests enjoyed a rising tide and drinks & canapes

The number of guests for the afternoon wedding breakfast were swelled by those arriving for an early evening blessing.  Natalie and Nick wanted their friends to witness their betrothal as numbers had been limited for the earlier wedding service.  For the blessing a good friend Antonia gave a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace.

 

Thereafter of course we moved into cake cutting and following a respite, the First Dance, to be followed up with a Bride and Father of the Bride dance, and of course, the traditional evening reception party.

 Bride and Father of the Bride dance; The Temptations - My Girl

Natalie and Nick had been fairly specific regarding music policy for their special day.  The early part of the day would be jazz, swing, lounge; moving into classical for the wedding breakfast and then breaking out in to popular classics for the evening party.  They themselves and their guests had mayde some great requests.  The full playlist for the day was as follows:

 

Drinks and Canapes Welcome

 

Harry Connick, Jr - The Bare Necessities

Oscar Brown Jr. - Mr. Kicks

Peter Grant - You're The First, The Last, My Everything

Pink Martini - Una Notte a Napoli

Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights - It's Like Reaching for the Moon

Jessica Molaskey - Everything Is Moving Too Fast

Pink Martini - Sing

Peter Cincotti - I Love Paris

The Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra - C Jam Blues

Mose Allison - Seventh Son

Chris Connor - Free Spirits

Money's Gettin' Cheaper - Jimmy Witherspoon

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Drop Me Off In Harlem

Jennie Lobel & Swing Kings - Now They Call It Swing

The Nat King Cole Trio - Straighten Up And Fly Right

Sy Oliver - Yes Indeed

Fred Astaire & Bing Crosby - In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening

Benny Goodman - All the Cats Join In

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Just Squeeze Me

Harry James-Helen Forrest - I'm Beginning To See The Light

Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon

Peggy Lee - The Boy From Ipanema

Count Basie Orchestra - Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers - And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

Dave Brubeck - Old Bill Basie

Eddie Reed - Moon Ray

Ella and Louis -  720 in the Books

Jenni Löbel & Swing Kings - A-Tisket A-Tasket

Billie Holiday - A Fine Romance

 

Staged Entrance of Bride and Groom to Wedding Breakfast

 

Stealer’s Wheel – Stuck in the Middle With You

 

Background for Wedding Breakfast

 

Stephen Warbeck - Pelagia's Song (Captain Corelli's Mandolin)

Ennio Morricone - La califfa

Michael Nyman, David Hirschfelder, Gabri - The English Patient

London Philarmonic - The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66; Waltz

St. John's College Choir - Cesar Franck , Panis Angelicus

Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni - Adagio in G minor

St. John's College Choir - Laudate Dominum (Mozart)

London Philarmonic - Peer Gynt, Op.23, In the Hall of the Mountian King

Janacek Chamber Orcehstra - Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons)

Mariss Jansons - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - JS Bach  Air (suite no. ; Air on the G string)

RTV Slovenis Aymphony Otrchestra - Swan Lake, Op. 20, Dance of the Swans

Martha Argerich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Kondrashin - Piano Concerto No. in B flat M

Arthur Grumiaux & Istvan Hajdu - Kreisler: Liebesfreud

Hungarian National Philharmonic & Emil Edlinger - The Nutcracker, Op.71: Waltz of the Flowers

Malmö Symphony Orchestra & James DePreist - Carmen:Overture

Finghin Collins - Piano Sonata No.11 in A Major, K 331: Rondo: Alla turca

Chopin - Prelude in A flat Major

Kveta Novotná - Three Nocturnes for Piano, Op.62: Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, G 541 "O lieb so lang' Du lieben kannst" (Poco allegro con affetto)

Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana  Symphonic Intermezzo

Maria Callas - Marriage of Figaro - Duettino-Sull Aria (Shawshank Redemption)

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Neil Black, English Chamber Orchestra & Barry Rose - Jesu joy of Man's Desiring

Dresden State Opera Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden & Silvio Varviso - Il Trovatore: "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)

Catherine Russell - All the Cats Join in

Nat King Cole - Let There Be Love

LeAnn Rimes - 16 Tons

Stacey Kent - All I Do Is Dream Of You

Jimmy McGriff - Splanky

Count Basie - One O'clock Jump

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers - Oo Poppa Do

Porky Cohen with Roomful of Blues - P.D.Q. Boogie

The Duke & Louis - In a Mellow Tone

Johnny Johnson - That'll Work

Michael Bublé - All I Do Is Dream of You

Irma Thomas - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer

Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You

Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me To The End Of Love

Anne Mattila - Vem Vet

Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me

The Dizzy Club - That Old Black Magic

Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight

Harry Connick, Jr. - It Had To Be You

Peter Grant - I Saw Her Standing There

 

Entrance of Bride and Groom to Blessing

 

Nuremberg Symphonic Orchestra & Alexander von Pitamic - La Traviata: Overture (From "Pretty Woman")

 

Solo Performance

 

Amazing Grace-F

 

End of Blessing

 

Tracy Chapman - For You

James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

 

Cake Cutting

 

Queen - Crazy Little Thing called Love

 

Into Evening Reception

 

Super Furry Animals - Juxtapozed With U

Emeli Sande - My Kind of Love (Radio Mix)

Robert Palmer - Every Kinda People

Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl

Michael Jackson - The way you make me feel

Dario G - Sunchyme (Radio Mix)

Moloko - Sing It Back

Jamiroquai - Little L

Cher - Strong Enough

Rozalla - I Love Music

Soulsearcher - Can't Get Enough

Hank Ballard & the Midnighters - Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Third Finger, Left Hand

Barbara Randolph - I Got a Feeling (Single Version)

T.Rex - Hot Love

The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything

The Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music

Stevie Wonder - I Wish

Randy Crawford - Street Life

Whitney Houston - I'm Every Woman

 

First Dance

 

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

 

Bride and Father of the Bride Dance

 

The Temptations - My Girl

 

Evening Party

 

Aretha Franklin - Respect

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

The B's - Love Shack

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

The Gap Band - Oops Upside Your Head

Beyonce - Single Ladies

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger

Spice Girls - Wannabe

Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

Five - Everybody Get Up

Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John - Grease Megamix

Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Elvis Presley - Burning Love

The Beatles - Twist and Shout

Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again

Jackie Wilson - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

Phil Collins  - You Can't Hurry Love

The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup

The Supremes - Baby Love

Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

Rufus and Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody

Cameo - Word Up

Robin S - Show Me Love

Deee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives

Shaft - Mambo Italiano

Jennifer Lopez - Let's Get loud

Elvis Presley - Return To Sender

Millie Jackson - My Boy Lollipop

Bee Gees - Night Fever

S Club 7 - Reach

Village People - Y.M.C.A.

Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer

The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars--Uptown Funk

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Rihanna feat Calvin Harris - We Found Love

Meghan Trainor--All About That Bass

The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode

Chesney Hawkes - The One and Only

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Lionel Richie - Endless Love (Duet with Diana Ross)

Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines

 

 

 

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