A Beautiful, Surprise NHS Wedding at Dunton Lodge Farm Weddings

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Not only do we have a gorgeous wedding shoot to share… we have a story! It’s very beautiful and a bit emosh! This NHS wedding was sent into us by Pike Photography, featuring a real couple with a remarkable story. Read on to find out how a group of wedding suppliers created a beautiful wedding shoot for two paramedics after their big day was postponed. 

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A Paramedic Wedding During A Pandemic?

Emily and Ben are both paramedics for the London Ambulance Service. 2020 was supposed to be the year that they got married, but it wasn’t to be. Following Ben’s romantic proposal on a mountain top in New Zealand a year earlier, they began to excitedly plan their big day. At the time, they could never have dreamed that their wedding would be postponed. They certainly had no idea that they would instead spend it on the front lines of a global pandemic.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has shattered the wedding plans of countless couples. As paramedics, Emily and Ben witnessed first-hand how the virus devastated lives. Emily described their experience: 

“Hours and days at work quickly got longer and longer so I moved into a hotel in London to be nearer to work. I was responsible for PPE distribution which was one of the most stressful times of my life. Ben worked solidly 7 days a week to cover some of the vacant shifts on ambulances. We worked together on an ambulance a few times and worked together as hospital liaison officers to help triage patents waiting to go into A&E. These were the only opportunities that we had to see each other for much of that period. As time went on we knew that we were not going to have the big white wedding we had planned this year.”

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A Surprise NHS Wedding To Say Thank You…

Dunton Lodge Farm Weddings is a gorgeous outdoor wedding venue set amidst the North Hertfordshire countryside. When the owners asked Pike Photography and a team of wedding suppliers to showcase their venue in a styled shoot, they couldn’t refuse. The team also seized the opportunity to say thank you to this very special couple by creating a taster wedding to tide them over until they can say ‘I do’ for real!

From Scrubs To Sparkles…

Lisa Lyons Bridal created a gorgeous bespoke hand-made wedding dress for Emily. Claire of Barberella Bridal Hair created a gorgeous textured and braided low bun hair style, complemented with a delicate floral hair piece.

 Ben wore a sharp three-piece blue tweed suit from HRH Holmes, with a gold tie to complement the wider colour scheme.  Emily thought that Ben looked so handsome in it that she now won’t have him wear anything else when their real wedding day comes around!

Sarah of Sarah Maylin Flowers used beautiful pale blue Oxypetalum, also known as Tweedia, for the bride’s bouquet and throughout her floral pieces. This lent itself perfectly to the blue and gold colour palette and wedding styling by Fleur De Lace. What a perfect NHS wedding tribute! 

A Mock Ceremony Before The Big Day

“The NHS wedding shoot was amazing, despite being the hottest day of the year. All the suppliers were so lovely and made us feel special, even though it was only for a photo shoot. The surprises were not over there, the team had arranged a celebrant to conduct a mock ceremony. A huge thank you to Dunton Lodge Farm Weddings” – Emily

Everyone had major goose bumps as the bride and groom, led beautifully by civil celebrant Charlotte Roscow, recited their personal vows to one another and exchanged their real wedding rings. 

Experience a taster of this in the emotional video produced by Ayelle Photography.

Dancing Under Stars – An NHS Wedding Celebration

As the sun began to set Emily, changed outfits to sparkle amidst the warm sunset. Swapping the lace cape for a sequinned capelet by Electric Plume and adding a jewelled vintage headpiece by The Lucky Sixpence gave her a glamorous second look. 

The centerpiece of the shoot was a striking “naked” nimbus tipi. Provided by Country Tipis, it was set up on the front lawn and adorned with fairy lights. The structure was dressed with a stunning hanging floral display. For the tables and installation, Sarah added different tones of blue as well as white. These were complemented by the gorgeous metallic gold and vibrant blue stars, lanterns and glitter balls by Fleur De Lace

To perfectly round off the day, James of Disco Nyts created the perfect atmosphere for the evening. There was music, dramatic lighting and smoke effects. The amazing NHS wedding couple danced together beneath the stars.  

“Watching our couple embrace on the dance floor, I was reminded of why I love my job so much. Despite all of the stress and uncertainty that this crazy situation has brought, love always prevails and weddings will always be awesome.” Stephen of Pike Photography.

Thank you, weddings. Thank you, NHS. Stick it Covid! 

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The Team Behind This Gorgeous Paramedic Wedding

Celebrant: Charlotte Roscow 

DJ Special effects: Disco Nyts

Dress: Lisa Lyons Bridal

Flowers: Sarah Maylin Flowers 

Glitter cape: Electric Plume  

Hair Accessories: The Lucky Sixpence 

Hair: Barberbella Bridal Hair   

Photography: Pike Photography 

Suit: HRH Holmes

Tipi Hire and Furniture: Country Tipis 

Venue Styling and Decor: Fleur De Lace 

Venue: Dunton Farm Lodge 

Video: Ayelle Photography 

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Wedding Entertainment – What’s Important?

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When it comes to deciding on your wedding entertainment, booking the right type for your chosen venue is really important. After all, you don’t want to sit there wishing you had booked someone else. We also recommend talking to people who have had positive experiences and find out what made their entertainment so rememberable.

The next question we also ask is what sort of wedding are have you having? Tipi? Hotel? Barn? I hear you saying why does this make a difference? Well this can affect the flow f your day. Well, it’s simple! we can offer a package specifically designed to maximise your surroundings.

There is a huge variety of places to tie the knot and celebrate your big day, and couples choose different venues for a variety of reasons. However, if you’ve decided to provide amusement for your guests at your wedding, you need to make sure that your entertainment is going to fit the vibe you are after.

WE WANT TO TEAR THE ROOF OFF

It’s simple! a whole day entertainment is what you need.

The sound of a live act on the lawn during drinks followed by a piano player playing beautiful a background soundtrack throughout your wedding breakfast all topped off with a rocking DJ and Band in the evening is exactly the thing you need.

But we know that can all mount up and be rather expensive so Disco Nyts offers a variety of solutions to give you and your guests exactly what’s needed to have an unforgettable party.

WHO ARE DISCO NYTS?

As entertainment specialists we understand the importance of trusting your event or wedding with a company that will deliver exactly what you want?

We have provided disco’s, DJ’s, Live Acts, Lighting, and sound to some of the biggest established institutions in the UK along with Multinational companies and Armed Forces. All these events or weddings contain hours of planning and attention to detail. From the moment you book Disco Nyts we will meet and support you all the way

WHY CHOOSE DISCO NYTS?

We will stay in contact with you at regular intervals before your event or wedding to check and make sure that everything is going to plan. You can also take advantage of a free consultation with your DJ or act as this enables us to get the whole picture and understand your requirements in more detail.

All of our DJ’s and acts are friendly, professional, and reliable. They are always smartly dressed and have many years experience in providing different types of music to different types of parties and creating a unique party atmosphere.

Providing great event and wedding entertainment is always the key to making your party a success and essential for the success of our business. We are always happy to help in any way we can to give you the party that you’ve always dreamed of.

PACKAGES

Why not visit our packages section of our website to find out just why so many people turn to Disco Nyts to provide unforgettable entertainment.

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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Lighting

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When it comes to wedding design, wedding lighting is undoubtedly one of the most underrated elements. So, we’re here to remind you just how important lighting really is! It sets the overall mood for your wedding and allows you to show off all the pretty details you’ve spent months thinking about. Plus, you’ll want your guests to be able to properly enjoy their food and the dance floor, and you’ll want your photos to be exquisite. You can’t do any of those things with poor or insufficient lighting! If you’re not sure where to start, don’t know what to ask a lighting designer, or just need some inspiration to fit your wedding style, this handy guide will help you every step of the way.

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GET TO KNOW THE LIGHTING LINGO

Before you start looking for lighting ideas or reaching out to vendors for quotes, you’ll want to know these key wedding lighting terms so you’ll know what you (and the pros) are talking about:

Uplighting – lights that are placed on the floor and shine up the walls in various colours

Gobo light – a template that light shines through to create a pattern, monogram, or motif on the floor, ceiling, or wall

Texture lighting – the same as a Gobo light but with a preset pattern, such as leaves or a starry night sky

Spotlight – a lamp that projects a narrow beam of light on one particular area or object

Pinspot – a tiny light used to illuminate a small area, such as a centrepiece on a table

String lights – also referred to as twinkle, fairy, bistro, or cafe lights, these strands of lights are the most versatile and cost-effective way to light up any space

Pendants – also known as drop or suspender lights, these are single fixtures that hang from the ceiling

LED light – a type of bulb that is cost-effective, long-lasting, and provides more vibrant colour than a traditional bulb

Colour wash – a general fill of colour used throughout an entire room that doesn’t highlight any particular area

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TIPS FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR WEDDING LIGHTING

Indoor Lighting

For an indoor wedding, you’ll need to know what lighting is already in the venue so that you can simply add to it or work around it. Uplighting is great for accentuating architectural features or changing wall colours to match your palette, and colour washing can help create different moods in different rooms throughout the venue. This is where a lighting design pro will be your best friend! They can help figure out what existing fixture will work and what to add to get the look you want.

Outdoor Lighting

For an outdoor wedding, power sources will likely be your biggest roadblock. If you’re getting married at night, you’ll also want to make sure all pathways to the venue, to the parking lot, and to the bathrooms are lit. For a small backyard wedding, you will likely be good with simple string lights in and between trees and votive candles on every table. But, if you’re having a big outdoor celebration in a courtyard or tent, you’ll want to call in the professionals! They might need to bring in generators for more power and will save you the hassle of trying to hang lights in high places.

 

Check out our venue uplighting page

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