“At last, my love has come along…”
Rosa and Paul were keen for an upbeat party atmosphere. This suited the venue and setup of their wedding, as Partridge House’s garden marquee provided a sheltered area for seated meals, plus ample room on the grass for a dance floor. We set up on the verandah, giving us a nice view over the dance floor, while still feeling connected to the party; which is so important, because we wanna party with you and share the good times and positive energy!
The bridal party made their entrance to "Treasure" by Bruno Mars and were greeted on the dance floor by guests. Once everyone was seated and tucking into their meals, we worked through different flavours and genres of music, while keeping an upbeat feel, as per Rosa and Paul’s wishes. Selections included: "Love, Love, Love" by Donny Hathaway, "Make Me Feel" by Janelle Monae and "You Make Me So Hot" by Barbara Lynn.
We value getting to know our clients during the booking process and in the lead-up to their event, as it helps us to tailor our services and music to what reflects their wishes. This is particularly useful for ‘left field’ or unexpected requests. For example, Rosa explained that a common joke between Paul and his friends is to partake in a rousing singalong to “Shallow” by Lady Gaga once they have had a few drinks. Knowing this in advance helped us to have this prepared for a suitable time of the evening. Generally, it is helpful for us to know some ‘must play’ songs, some other ‘fav artists or genres’ and any ‘must not play’ songs.
Once guests had finished their meals, it was time for Rosa and Paul’s first dance, which was a lovely choice: “At Last” by Etta James. Following this, we segued into Etta’s upbeat “I Just Wanna Make Love to You”, ABBA’s "Dancing Queen" and The Reflex’s edit of "Stayin’ Alive". The dance floor was up and jumping.
Now, unbeknownst to Rosa and Paul’s guests, there is a Finnish wedding tradition (Rosa is from Finland) where the groomsmen ‘steal the bride’ during the reception and set a challenge for the Groom to complete as a ransom. This is all done in a pantomime and playful spirit. The groomsmen, disguised in balaclavas, ‘abducted’ Rosa and took over the microphone to issue their challenge to Paul: to enthusiastically perform Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”, including dancing and singing the revised lyrics, re-titled as “Livin’ La Vida Rosa”. Paul was given 5 minutes to prepare and then the stage was set for his big performance. Thankfully, he performed admirably enough that the Groomsman agreed to ‘release the Bride’. This was a whole lot of fun to be involved with. In light of this, we’re seeking more clients with Finnish backgrounds so that we can join in with this tradition again!
Once Rosa and Paul had been reunited, the dancing continued with some particularly energetic participation in "Touch the Sky" (Kanye West), "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (Kendrick Lamar) and "The Rockafellar Skank" (Fatboy Slim). We also played two Finnish artists back-to-back for the first time in our DJ history: Tuomo’s modern soul tune “Don’t Take it too Hard” (thanks Rosa for putting us onto this one!) and Darude’s eponymous (and only?) tune: "Sandstorm". Music is serious business but not to be taken too seriously! Let the fun and lightheartedness shine through, we reckon. Finally, the evening was capped off with a guard-of-honour farewell to Rosa and Paul, to the tune of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”.
Thanks Rosa and Paul for having us as your wedding DJs.
Rosa and Paul said: "Nick and Ben absolutely delivered at our wedding! Prompt, punctual, and most importantly, created the vibe we were after. Would absolutely recommend!"
We're available for hire as wedding DJs in Adelaide if you think we're the right fit for your wedding.
Rosa and Paul’s wedding was photographed by Little Car Photography.