"So darlin', darlin', stand by me..."
Blythe and Luke were married on a sunny late-spring day at Ivybrook Farm. After exchanging vows on the picturesque lawn area, they were received by friends and family in Ivybrook's restored barn. Grazing platters and drinks on the deck were the order of the day before guests moved inside to the vintage table settings for a sit-down meal.
Luke and Blythe weren't super fussy about the music and wanted a fun and relaxed atmosphere. So, while guests basked in the afternoon sun, we provided warm, romantic tunes such as "So In Love" by Curtis Mayfield, "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers and "Easier to Love" by Sister Sledge.
Once the guests had moved inside, the music changed direction to a smooth jazz/funk lounge vibe. A personal highlight was chatting with the guest who spotted a Miles Davis tune. Well played sir, well played. This is one of our favourite times of an event, where we can play some lesser-known songs and have engaging conversations with guests who like what they've heard. An added bonus of playing vinyl is having the tactile elements of the record sleeve and liner notes to wax lyrical about.
Before we get to the dancing, a special mention must go to those who gave speeches. You hit that sweet spot of heart-warming, amusing and with a small side-serving of good-natured ribbing. After knowing little about Blythe and Luke beforehand, I felt like I knew them well after your magnificent speeches.
"Stand By Me" by Florence + the Machine
Modern takes on a classic tune can be hit or miss but this tasteful cover by Florence et al. is beautifully rendered and perfect for a wedding dance. Great choice Blythe and Luke.
Following on from the slow-tempo wedding dance, we worked our way into the dancing portion of the evening with some slower tempo dancers such as "Dancing Queen" by ABBA, "Ghetto Supastar" by Pras etc. and "Could You be Loved" by Bob Marley. These earlier parts of the night are often a nice chance to select tunes with the older wedding guests in mind. Friends of the newlyweds tend to stay a bit longer into the evening and the last part of the night generally caters to their tastes.
Blythe and Luke had requested pop/rock/funk classics from the 80s to now. A few selections from their must-haves list were "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners and "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen. The 80s classics proved pretty popular with the dancers, with a handful of 90s/00s party jams going down a treat also.
"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
A lovely song to finish off a lovely evening. It was such a privilege to DJ for Blythe and Luke. Thank you for trusting us with the music for your special day!
Blythe writes: "Nick from Funk Bros was our DJ and MC for our wedding in October 2018. Nick was an absolute professional and kept our day running smoothly. Nick’s music selection was spot on; we only provided a short list of musicians and Nick did the rest himself! All our guests raved about the music and the dance floor was full all night. Can’t recommend these guys more highly and would definitely use again!"
We're available for hire as vinyl DJs in Adelaide if you think we might be the right fit for your wedding or special event.
About the venue: Ivybrook Farm is a relatively new function venue. Nestled off South Rd on the way to Aldinga, David and Cheryl Hunt have beautifully restored an old barn which looks out over their property. The decking and lawn area are a perfect complement to the open-sided barn. It really is a stunning venue. Plus, David, Cheryl and their family were all super friendly and get an A+ for their hospitality.