Susie and Ben’s wedding at Upwaltham

Susie and Ben’s wedding at Upwaltham

Susie and Ben’s wedding, 20th June 2015

What a FABULOUS day we had, the weather was great, the wine was flowing, and love, fun, and celebration were in full flow!  I met Susie and Ben in October 2013 at the start of their planning journey, and from that moment, it was obvious their guests were in for a real celebration.  

During our planning meetings, we discussed the music in detail, as this was a very important part of their day.  They told me they wanted a wedding which was ‘very upbeat’, fun and relaxed.  I provided the music production for the ceremony, background music throughout the day, and of course, I DJ’d the evening party too.

The A Team!

Helen and Kelly

It’s always great working at Upwaltham Barns, the owners Nicola and Tim’s attention to detail is fabulous, and their recommended wedding suppliers know how to provide the best for their clients, so it was great to see the A team ready for action!

The ceremony

As all the guests arrived, I played a summery selection of tunes to set the mood of the day.  Susie, accompanied by her father walked down the aisle to Staralfur – Sigur Ros, and once they exchanged vows, Susie and Ben walked out as husband and wife to Walk of Life – Dire Straits.

The drinks reception

During the drinks reception, Kelly took plenty of photos whilst the Nibbles 2 Nosh team served some mouth watering canapés. This is where Ben chose some amazing tracks which had everyones’ feet tapping, including mine!

  • The Payback – James Brown
  • Express Yourself – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • Move on up – Curtis Mayfield
  • Live it up – Dusty Springfield
  • I Got a Feeling – The Four Tops
  • Let’s get married – Al Green
  • Love and Happiness – Al Green
  • Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers
  • This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) – The Isley Brothers
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
  • ABC – The Jackson 5
  • I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
  • Private Number – Judy Clay & William Bell
  • Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang
  • Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang
  • California Soul – Marlena Shaw
  • Dancing In the Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Try a Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
  • Give Up The Funk – Tear The Roof Off The Sucker – Parliament
  • You Can’t Hurry Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Give Him A Great Big Kiss – The Shangri Las
  • Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – Detroit Spinners
  • Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Stanton
  • My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
  • Get Ready – The Temptations
  • Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals
  • You’re More Than A Number In My Little Red Book – The Drifters
  • Be My Baby – The Ronettes

The wedding breakfast

Bernie the MC introduced Susie and Ben into the wedding breakfast with huge cheers from the guests to Home – Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros and I then played this selection chosen by Susie and Ben during the meal:

  • Wake up – Arcade Fire
  • The Boy With The Arab Strap – Belle & Sebastian
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Heroes – David Bowie
  • Strawberry Swing – Coldplay
  • Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
  • There Goes the Fear – Doves
  • One Day Like This – Elbow
  • Walking on a Dream – Empire Of The Sun
  • 1234 – Feist
  • White winter hymnal – Fleet Foxes
  • Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
  • Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands
  • Geraldine – Glasvegas
  • Sit Down – James
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  • Slide Away – Oasis
  • Mechanical Wonder – Ocean Colour Scene
  • Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  • Somebody To Love Me – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
  • Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
  • Alive And Kicking – Simple Minds
  • Love Spreads – The Stone Roses
  • Brothers – The War on Drugs

The party

Susie and Ben’s first dance was an awesome choice, so upbeat!  It set the tone for the rest of the party which was nothing short of a riot!  This is what I played:

  • The first dance: I Can’t Help Myself – The Four Tops
  • Motown Mastermix – Various Artists
  • Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  • That’s The Way (I Like It) – K.C. & The Sunshine Band
  • She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built She’s Stacked) – Carl Carlton
  • All Night Long (All Night) (Maxi Version) – Lionel Richie
  • Never too much – Luther Vandross
  • Uptown funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • Get lucky – Daft Punk
  • Blurred Lines (Robbie Downes Extended Edit) – Robin Thicke ft T.I. & Pharrell
  • Right Here – Jess Glynne
  • Hot In Herre – Tiga & Jake Shears
  • 1999 – Prince
  • Don’t you want me – Human League
  • Club Tropicana – Wham!
  • Holiday – Madonna
  • I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) [Extended Club Mix] – Hall & Oates
  • Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc
  • Seven nation army – The White Stripes
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
  • This Charming Man – The Smiths
  • Happy Hour – The Housemartins
  • Modern Love – David Bowie
  • You’re the Voice – John Farnham
  • Never Forget – Take That
  • Hard To Handle – Otis Redding
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
  • Landslide – Tony Clarke
  • Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
  • 50’s Flashback – Mixed By Andy Pickles – Various Artists
  • Respect – Aretha Franklin
  • Billie Jean – original 12″ edit Michael Jackson
  • I wanna dance with somebody who loves me – Whitney Houston
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Let’s Hear It For The Boys – Deniece Williams
  • Show me love – Robin S.
  • Rhythm is a dancer – Snap!
  • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
  • Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
  • Rocks – Primal Scream
  • Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  • Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
  • You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
  • Livin’ on a prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Sweet Child ‘o Mine (12 Inch Version) – Guns N’ Roses
  • Summer Of ’69 (7 Inch Version) – Bryan Adams
  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • On A Ragga Tip – SL2
  • Set You Free – N-Trance
  • Firestarter – The Prodigy
  • Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Theme from NBC’s The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  • Soul Banana – Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
  • Nancy’s Boots – Hexstatic
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Jump Around – House Of Pain
  • Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
  • Gold Dust – DJ Fresh

My photographs

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Susie and Ben wedding ceremony
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Susie and Ben wedding first dance
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Susie and Ben, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your wedding day.
Brian
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