I love a good road trip! 4 hours drive to Wales. I had never been to Wales before. Wow – check out the beautiful rolling hills, picturesque countryside and err.. lots of sheep!
The wedding was for India and David at Hawarden castle. I did a cheeky search into the history of the castle and found that it had once been home to a former UK prime minister! They also host “The Good Life Experience” in the castle grounds, which is a mini festival that attracts thousands of people with big name DJs like Trevor Nelson so I was a bit nervous…but hey.. if you listen to my mixes you’d know that Trevor ain’t got nothin’ on me!
When I arrived, I was in awe of the castle. It was huge! The grounds were beautifully kept and the marquee looked a million dollars. I was greeted by India’s dad, Charles, who is also a DJ along with his sons. He was really down to earth and we hit it off from the moment I arrived. Speakers and lights were already set up for me so that was awesome! I simply needed to plug in and play (that’s every travelling DJ’s dream – no heavy carrying, just getting down straight to it)!
As the guests started to arrive, 99.9% of them were young, trendy and exceptionally good-looking! I knew it was gonna be a great night. The food was amazing! At most weddings the DJ gets fed but not quite like this – I was properly stuffed!
The first dance was really beautiful. It was an intimate moment with a few tears from the crowd, which made it hard for me to pick the next song. As a DJ, you want to carry forward the emotions into something good, a song that everyone knows so that they are motivated to join the bride and groom on the dance floor. So I kept it safe with a follow up of “Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars”. You can never go wrong with that – everyone loves a bit of Bruno! When the crowd started singing along, that’s when I went into ‘beast mode’ and dropped some real classic bangers!
India’s dad took over the decks half way through. He was proper old school – mixing on vinyl and hands in the air type vibes. Charles and the boys played some classic hits and got the crowd going! Meanwhile, I disappeared off to find some cake…
I continued DJing past my finishing time – I mean, these guys knew how to party! Two hours later, I let the youthful guests take over the decks and I retired back to my hotel.
India and David @ Hawarden Castle Wales