It’s not often that we as wedding DJs actually get to be guests at a wedding but myself and wife Janine had a fantastic time at Leanne & Duncan’s recently and we couldn’t wait to share it with you.
To be totally honest, Mighty Fine were the DJs for the wedding party and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, especially since they are dear friends of ours and both have impeccable music tastes, so I knew it was going to be one hell of a night!
The first indication of the type of wedding we were invited to was from their invitation which clearly stated ‘No Dress Code, We Want You to Be Comfortable’. This, I thought was a lovely and genuine touch to the day, allowing everyone to be free to come as they felt best to celebrate with them. They decided to have a central London wedding with a Civil Ceremony held at Stoke Newington Town Hall in Hackney. This was the first time we’d been to the Town Hall, an Art Deco building which has been beautifully restored with some modern features in some areas and dark Mahogany panelling within the Council Chambers, where the wedding ceremony took place.
I couldn’t believe how nervous and excited we both felt for them, there was so much anticipation whilst sitting quietly in our chairs waiting for Leanne’s entrance, and from our order of service we knew that it was going to be to the song by Fleetwood Mac ‘Everywhere’. I know it sounds like a cliché but it is so true when we say time and time again, every wedding is unique and personal and at times like these you can’t help but think back to when you got married and all the feelings and emotions, it’s really special.
The music started, the doors opened and Leanne, who was looking absolutely radiant and beautiful entered into the chambers and I could see my wife and many others choking back the tears.
The ceremony was heartfelt from start to finish and included a fantastic reading of John Cooper Clarke’s poem ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ then into the vows and the exchanging of rings and the long awaited kiss to confirm that they were at last ‘Husband and Wife’. Then the newly wed Mr and Mrs Parks exited the building to the song by Donald Byrd ‘Love Has Come Around’.
Group photos were then taken outside the town hall by top London wedding photographer Mick Shah of Miki Photography and we knew from the moment we met him that the pictures were going to be great. We can quite honestly say that his photographs of Duncan and Leanne’s wedding are some of the very best we have ever seen!
We all hopped onto the big red London bus to make our way to the reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross with a glass of Prosecco!!
6 Chad’s Place is hidden away round the back of the cobbled streets just off of Kings Cross and has a vibrant urban feel to it, inside the venue the tables had been laid out with pictures of album covers such as Kraftwerk Tour De France
and the favours were beautifully designed brown paper sweet bags, filled with some classics such as love hearts.
To top it off they had also placed a CD at every sitting which contained their wedding playlist which included songs such as;
Food and drink was flowing and we had a real giggle with some friends we hadn’t seen for a while and then it was time for the best man’s speech. Duncan had chosen Eddie to be his Best Man, a great guy, and he didn’t disappoint. His speech was hilarious and he used a projector to back up his very funny stories. The climax of his speech was when he revealed that he had got a picture of Duncan and Leanne tattooed on his chest by Duncan’s favourite tattooist, as an honour of their love.
Going right back to when we first heard that they were getting married, one of the first conversations I had with Duncan about his wedding and the music was to discuss the first dance. Both he and Leanne wanted to have ‘This Must Be The Place’ by Talking Heads and as he knows I’m a diehard fan he wanted to double check that it wasn’t what we had when we got married in South Africa. Funnily enough it was on our list but we had ‘Love Song’ instead by the Cure. So this was their first dance and then the rest of the evening that followed was a true party with the dance floor packed all night.
The wedding was filled to the brim with love and laughter and genuine joy for such a lovely couple and it really reminds us why we love working in this industry, Congratulations Mrs & Mr Parks, we love you lots!