Welcome to the Fox and Braces Blog !

Starting in early 2017, Fox and Braces set up primarily as a Wedding DJ company in Essex, however nowadays we provide services to everything from corporate parties, outdoor festivals and more.

Here you will find insights in to all things relating to Weddings & Events in Essex, Kent, London and beyond.

Giglogs, wedding venue recommendations, wedding planning advice, equipment reviews & much more.

Hope you enjoy reading.

Thanks

F&B

 

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Little Tey Barn – Wedding venue in Colchester

Little Tey Barn – A fantastic new wedding venue

the entrance to little tey barn

Situated in the small village of Great Tey, six miles west of Colchester, Essex. Little Tey Barn wedding venue is perfectly positioned for the countryside wedding you have always dreamed of.

With impressive grounds, a barn with endless characteristics, and accommodation for up to 14 people, this really is a hidden gem.

Relatively new to the wedding and events industry. The Little Tey Barn is an absolute find for any newly engaged couples looking to get married in Essex.

Clients have the option to treat the space as a blank canvas, and make it their own. Or make use of the already stunning wedding venue.

The grounds at Little Tey Barn

Needless to say, there are lots of ‘barn venues’ across Essex, all of which have their own style and characteristics.

However, The Little Tey Barn have managed to preserve the authenticity of the barn, helping it feel intimate and warm.

little tey barn wedding venue

Creating a sumptuous environment for a wedding ceremony, and / or evening reception.

Whilst the barn is suitably sized for a large gathering, the layout enables it to feel intimate, creating an atmosphere that is just perfect for any celebration.

We promise you will take one look and fall in love!

The Accommodation at Little Tey Barn

With accommodation for up to 14 guests,  Little Tey Barn really does provide the perfect facilities for anyone planning their perfect wedding.

Furthermore, spacious rooms, open plan kitchen area, and an outdoor courtyard enable you to enjoy each others company in the build up to the big day.

kitchen at little tey barn

Additionally, the day after the event, you are assured a luxurious stay to relive the best moments with friend and loved ones.

This wonderful accommodation is unrivalled.

Without a doubt, you’ll find it has a homely welcoming feel to it the moment you arrive.

We assure you, you’ll not want to leave!

The rooms

Amazingly, the ground floor is host to 2 kitchens and 3 stunning reception rooms, allowing guests to mingle, whilst also having enough space to find some quiet time.

Upstairs, you’ll find 6 exquisite bedrooms.

master bedroom at little tey barn

Four of which have their own en-suites (located in the East wing of the house). And two that share a bathroom on the West Wing.

It goes without saying, that each bedroom and bathroom is finished to a high standard and will wow any guest on arrival.

en-suite bathroom at little tey barn

The gardens

3 acres of grounds surround this already impressive venue.

Whether it be a morning walk with your family prior to the start of the wedding, or hiring a tipi for the wedding reception.

The gardens at Little tey Barn provide so much flexibility. What more could you possibly ask for?

tipi setup in the grounds of little tey barn

Set in the beautiful Essex countryside, Little Tey Barn not only has its own stunning grounds, but it sits within the tranquil Essex countryside.

Not only does the main house sleep up to 14 people.

But with the option of erecting bell tents and yurts within the grounds. You can virtually have you whole wedding party stay within the amazing grounds of the venue.

To conclude, you can feel only nothing but relaxed when present at this amazing wedding venue.

The perfect wedding venue

the barn at little tey barn

So, picture the scene.

A bride taking a morning walk around the 3 acres of picturesque landscape, before venturing into the spacious and welcoming house to get ready for her big day.

Equally, enjoying a well deserved glass of champagne in the courtyard. Before holding a warm, close and intimate ceremony within the authentically styled barn.

Last but not least, then walking back down the aisle and find herself faced with the open grounds and sunshine she had dreamed of sharing with her friends and family on her wedding day.

It really is the perfect story.

The owners of the wedding venue

After meeting Jane and Andy, you start to realise why this venue has such a welcoming feel to it.

They are kind and warm people, and the venue shares the same personality.

As soon as you meet them you just know that you are in safe hands. Professional yet supremely friendly, putting you immediately at ease.

Exactly what you want when booking your wedding!

What do our wedding DJ’s think of the venue then ? – Let’s ask one of our most experienced DJ’s and co-owner of F&B – David

I had been following Little Tey Barn on social media for a while.

I followed them on social media, and instantly thought it suited our style and DJ setup.

Coincidentally, I then met with some other wedding suppliers who were extremely complimentary about it, so it became hard to ignore.

I finally visited The Little Tey Barn for a recent open day.

Unsurprisingly, and despite previously being told that this was an amazing wedding venue.

It definitely exceeded all expectations!

As a DJ, I perhaps look at wedding venues from a slightly different perspective.

Uniquely, the layout of a venue is extremely important, and the barn is perfect.

Personally, I believe that the bar being situated near to the dance floor is a huge bonus for any wedding DJ.

As a result, it allows guests not to drift out of earshot of the music, and also keeps most people in the same room, adding to the party atmosphere.

Just the right size to create a party atmosphere.

Certainly large enough to host a big party!

Barn wedding venue

Likewise, the option to hire tipis for the outdoor area is a fantastic addition. I love a barn wedding and a tipi wedding.

Therefore, the option to have one or the other – Or both ! definitely makes the venue an attractive proposition for anyone looking to add some style to their wedding day.

I met Jane and Andy too, and they were instantly easy to get along with, and further cemented the fact this the venue is without a doubt going to be a huge success.

They took the time to make me feel welcome and instantly made me feel comfortable.

To sum up, I cannot wait to get back there and provide some wedding DJ skills !

a wedding dj at little tey barn

Finally, for further information about booking your wedding or event at Little Tey Barn in Little Tey, Colchester, contact Jane, here:

jane@littleteybarn.com

Or visit:


www.littleteybarn.com/

 

The Barns at Lodge Farms Bar

The Barns at Lodge Farm – Wedding venue in Nazeing

Where it all began for the Barns at Lodge Farm ….

The Barns at Lodge Farm is a stunning and unique wedding venue located In Nazeing – Epping Road, Epping Green, CM16 6FS.

The Barns at Lodge Farms naezing

Bryony – The manager at The Barns at Lodge Farm, and her family have been growing cereals (mostly wheat, oats and barley) at Lodge Farm for nearly 100 years.

Furthermore, to this day Lodge Farm remains a fully functioning and working farm.

Also, it boasts a secluded feel, whilst remaining in close proximity to the city of London. 

Situated within the Epping countryside, this authentic working farm wedding venue really is a one of a kind.

Without a doubt, the Epping countryside provides the perfect backdrop, for a dream wedding!

First wedding in 2016 at Lodge Farm Barns

Only 4 years ago, in 2016 The Barns at Lodge Farm held its very first wedding, that of the Venue Manager, Bryony Graham. 

Undeniably, the wedding was a success.

Due to this, Bryony and her family decided that creating a permanent wedding venue at Lodge Farm would be the perfect way to grow a business.

As well as supporting the farm, it would provide many other couples to enjoy their wedding day at such an incredible venue.

Notably, since Bryony’s wedding in 2016, which involved a ceremony led by a friend, and a reception in tipis in the field, the venue has changed dramatically.

Civil ceremonies at the Barns at Lodge Farm

In addition to now having a full license to host for civil wedding ceremonies; all packages now include use of their two fully licensed and staffed bars.

Furthermore, the heavy investment in the surrounding buildings, mean that rented toilets and generators are a thing of the past! 

You can be assured to celebrate your wedding in comfort and style at There Barns at Lodge Farm.

The Evolution – 

The Grain Store now makes for an epic urban party space, mixing modern glasswork with corrugated iron cladding.

Inside, the high ceilings and authentic flooring,  provide an amazing space to keep it minimal, or make it your own.

The Barns at Lodge Farms Yje grain store wedding venue

In addition, the Granary brings rustic charm to every ceremony.

Allowing your guests to soak up the ambience inside this beautiful industrial barn. 

The Barns at Lodge Farm is a truly unique space and proud to be going into their fourth season of weddings.

Hosting 45 amazing weddings this year!

Meaning 45 extremely lucky couples!

Birthday parties

Moreover,  the original chicken shed has now been turned into a brand new, stunning and dare we say, cool looking bar, and is available for hire for smaller parties and gatherings.

The Barns at Lodge Farms Bar

Meaning, if you want to celebrate your birthday at a unique party venue, this is just the place.

Wedding DJ at The Barns at Lodge Farm

Evidently, after having the pleasure of DJ’ing at a number of weddings and events here, we can honestly say that the attention to detail does not go unnoticed.

Importantly, the closer you look, the more impressive this venue becomes.

The whole team at The Brans really do know what they are doing.

They clearly have the creative spark and flair required for producing a quite beautiful place to get married

When providing wedding DJ services at The Barns at Lodge Farm, it couldn’t get any easier.

The main stage, where we set up, it located at the far end of the grain store, and with a side door, directly next to the stage area, we are able to set up our DJ equipment with minimal disruption to any occasion.

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As a family it is vital to the Grahams that each wedding is personal and bespoke.

As a rule, they only host two weddings a week.

In addition, you get the whole venue for 48 hours (no pushing you out at the end of the night to get ready for the next!) and they pride themselves on sustainability.

The Barns at Lodge Farm new bar

Subsequently, at the end of every event, all rubbish is sorted by hand and recycled.

Amazingly, in 2019 they only generated one skip of general waste from 32 weddings!

Their bars are completely plastic free, and the whole venue is heated by renewable energy generated onsite. 

The team at The Barns are always looking forward and have plans to continue to improve the barns and their surroundings.

As well as further investment in renewable energy sources.

Most importantly, the family and the whole team is that they continue to host the most meaningful and beautiful weddings for truly wonderful couples. 

The Barns at Lodge Farm Team

Bryony Graham The Barns at Lodge Farm

Let’s start with the Manager – Bryony.

She really is one of the most energetic and infectious people that you will ever have the pleasure of meeting.

Additionally, if you decide to pop down and get the grand tour, you will certainly leave feeling excited about your big day!

She has quite clearly poured her heart and soul into the wedding venue, and she should be extremely proud of what she has achieved!

Not only that, she has put together a team of staff that share her enthusiasm.

It is quite apparent that the staff love being part of this adventure, you can just feel it when in their presence and it’s infectious!

Kind and friendly, the Barns at Lodge Farm team really have always made us feel most welcome.

The Barns at Lodge Farms tipi wedding

What do our wedding DJ’s think of the venue then ? – Let’s ask one of our DJ’s – Gary M

I played my first wedding DJ set at The Barns at Lodge Farm back in June 2019.

What an incredible wedding! By the time I arrived to play my evening DJ set, the guests were in such a great mood it made my job easy!

As always, I brought the full Fox and Braces DJ setup, including our wooden DJ booth.

It looked as though it was purpose built for Lodge Farm! 

Fox and Braces best Wedding DJs

Last but not least, the atmosphere was amazing, and despite their not being a huge number of guests, I had a feeling that everyone was going to have a great night… and they did! 

I really can not wait to get back there in 2020!

Finally, for further information about booking your wedding or event at The Barns at Lodge Farm, contact them on:

T : 01992 892377

Or visit:

https://lodgefarmnazeing.co.uk/

Photography by:

Claudine Hartzel – https://www.claudinehartzel.com

Kelsie Low – https://www.kelsielowphotography.co.uk

Victoria Cadish – http://www.victoriacadisch.com

Vine House Studios – https://www.vinehousestudios.co.uk

Simon Roberts https://simonrphotography.com

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The Old Parish Parish Rooms – Wedding Venue, Essex

The history of The Old Parish Rooms

The Old Parish Rooms, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, is a beautiful grade 2 listed building, and intimate, stylish wedding venue set in the heart of Essex.A wedding party

Boasting 2 impressive mezzanine floors, overlooking the ground floor level, The Old Parish Rooms is the perfect venue to host any wedding, birthday party, or special occasion.

Steeped in history, and originally built in 1863, the building itself used to be an all boys school and connected to the local church.

A couple getting married

At this time, to study at the prestigious school used to cost a whopping one pence per day, which by todays standards would have still only cost £1.26 per day. 

Furthermore, the building also proudly displays 1 of only 30 heritage plaques produced by The Rayleigh Town Heritage scheme, further cementing it’s place as one of Essex’s most treasured buildings.

The venue:

The venue itself is approximately 100 square meters, and has a guest capacity of anywhere up to 100 guests.

Additionally, for seated guests, the venue can accommodate up to 80 people, and for ceremonies there is space for 50 of your nearest and dearest friends and family members.

Equally, decor at the venue is elegant and understated.

The beautiful real wooden flooring stands out against the freshly white painted walls, giving you an elegant and stunning space to make your own.

In 2020 The Old Parish Rooms underwent an upgrade.

The Old Parish Rooms sound upgrade

The internal sound system was upgraded to a 7k void acoustic sound system, that can be used by visiting wedding and event DJ’s. 

The dance floor area is now surrounded by 4 venu 8 void acoustic 8 inch speakers, all powered by 2 top end Yamaha amplifiers.

Importantly, the sound system is all brought together by void venu 212 subwoofer that is discreetly placed underneath the stair case to the upper mezzanine floor. 

Time to drink !

Bridesmaids at the old parish rooms

With an assortment of arrival and dinner drinks packages you can be sure your guest are kept well hydrated and suitably oiled up for the evening wedding party.

Choose from tea, coffee, Italian prosecco and red / white wine.

Additionally a glass of bubbly for toasts can be included.

Indeed, this is all handled with ease by the team of dedicated in house staff. The excellent staff will keep drinks topped up throughout the day.

Feeling a little peckish ?

The Old Parish Rooms take catering seriously, with a mouthwatering menu to please every palate.

As well as an assortment of canapés to choose from. Including mini steak tartar en croute or smoke salmon and creme fresh blinis, you can be assured that your guests will be delighted with what is on offer.

Moreover, starters range from Crispy coated fried brie, with caramelised red onion jam. As well as confit of duck spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce and cucumber noodles.

Our favourite from the main course menu has to be the Braised beef bourguignon with Confit shallots, mushrooms, silver skin onions and creamed potatoes.

The layout of The Old Parish Rooms

A bride and groom at The Old parish Rooms

The layout is ideal for functions.

Uniquely, the intimate space, with fully staffed bar directly next to the dance floor, means that your guests won’t have to travel far to top their drinks up.

Especially, as the music can always be heard from the bar. Therefore, you are never at risk of missing your favourite tune. 

Suppliers

seated wedding guests

The venue also recommends on the best wedding suppliers in Essex.

Choose from a list of highly commended business, such as your truly Fox and Braces for your DJ’s. Fauxevermore, for your faux flower dreams, Party Squared, for props and styling & Joe Kinnerman for photography and many more.

Our review:

We LOVE providing DJ services for this amazing wedding venue.

Essentially, the layout is absolutely spot on. It provides us a captive audience throughout the evening, as guests have no empty rooms to disappear into.

The far lower ground floor, under the opposite mezzanine is the ideal quite place.

In particular, due to the placement of the new upgraded sound system.

The beauty is that guests can still hear the music, so if they do hear their favourite track, they can spring into action and join everyone else on the dance floor.

A bride and groom cutting the cake

The staff

Equally, it’s also a huge deal to enjoy working with the venue.

Thankfully, we have built a great relationship with the venue owner, Laura, and the the catering / bar manager, Stefan, both of whom are superb at what they do.

Laura, provides a personal and tailored service to all the couples who enquire (and obviously after seeing the venue – book !).

Stefan runs the catering and bar with precision and efficiency, unlike anyone else we have seen.

It should also be noted that we sometimes travel up to 150 miles to DJ at some wedding venues across the UK, and believe it or not, The Old Parish Rooms is only a 7 minute drive from us.

And now with the added benefit of the amazing new void acoustics sound system, we are able to set up within 15 minutes.

A grooms speech

Previously, we DJ’d at our first wedding at this brilliant venue in early 2017. From then on it has been one of our favourite venues to attend.

We have so many fond memories of weddings, birthday parties and corporate events. Indeed, we have no doubt that going forward, we will create many more.

What do our wedding DJ’s think of the venue then ? – Let’s ask one of our most experienced DJ’s Gary D

I played my first ever wedding DJ set for Fox and Braces at The Old Parish Rooms. Back then it was the old set up.

As expected, I brought my DJ booth and speakers up the mezzanine floor. I  then got set up prior to the wedding ceremony starting, and went on to grab a coffee on the local high street.

Later, I returned at to the venue about 6pm. Giving myself plenty of time before the evening party started.

The atmosphere was immense and I knew my DJ set was going to go down a storm.

Perfect size

Because of the layout, I remember looking down towards the wedding guests and thinking that the venue was perfect size for a wedding party.

Finally, at 7pm I started my DJ set.

Due to it being a summer wedding, there was still some light being let into the venue. Therefore I started slow and smooth, with some Motown and funk, before building the tempo into the first dance.

As a result, by the time the first dance was about to commence, the wedding guests were raring to go. The light had dimmed by this point, therefore the ambience was perfect. 

Uplighting

Prior to starting my DJ set, I had placed our ADJ uplighters all around the permitters of the dance floor.

Each uplighter is linked to my American DJ airstream DMX Bridge. They can then be controlled by my iPad via wifi and bluetooth.

For example, at the press of a button, I have the ability to totally change the colour scheme and brightness of the uplighters.

First dance

However, for the first dance, I always keep it classy and minimal with all white uplighting.

Beyond the first dance, it was an epic wedding p[arty for the rest of the night.

There were about 100 guests, which fitted perfectly with the size of the venue.

The wedding music consisted of some current chart, 90’s dance classics, indie, and some classic sign along tunes.

Best wedding ever

I would still rate it as one of there best weddings I have ever done.

Furthermore, I have been back many times since. I have even had a chance to DJ on the new sound system that the guys have installed at the venue.

The new void speaker system blew me away !.

Plus the fact that the mezzanine level is now totally free from the big DJ booth and speakers I used to take up there.

Thank you

A big thank you to the staff, who also make me and the other guys feel welcome at the venue.

I can’t wait to come back !

Finally, for further information about booking your wedding or event at The Old Parish Rooms in Rayleigh, contact Laura, here:

info@theoldparishrooms.com

01268 833101

Or visit:

www.theoldparishrooms.co.uk

Photography by “Love That Smile Photography”

 

a dj using his decks

Covid 19 – Available reschedule dates for 2020

Covid 19 – A further update

(Please note our serious face picture below – We mean business when it comes to getting past the next few months)

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Understandably, we are currently receiving a number of emails regarding the postponement or rescheduling of weddings and events. 

By now we hope most of our clients would have received our initial response to Covid 19, and our stance on being as flexible as possible when it comes to finding a suitable and alternative date for your event.

If we cannot agree an alternative date – You WILL be entitled to a full refund.

To make this easier, we have compiled a list below of our available dates for 2020. 

Please note that currently – Unless we are told otherwise – ALL events are still in the diary and will proceed as planned.


DJ’s AVAILABLE – This means that it is likely one or two of our DJ’s are already booked, but someone has confirmed they can cover the event.

DJ’S UNAVAILABLE – All 5 of our DJ’s are unfortunately booked. 

PLEASE ENQUIRE – There is a possibility we can move around personal commitments to make this date – But unlikely.


We cannot promise that the same DJ for your original event will be available – But the same Fox and Braces standards and service you have received thus far will not change.

Please note, as dates become unavailable – This list will be updated. Therefore please check this just prior to confirming a date with your venue. 

Please also note that we can only move / rearrange a date once this has been confirmed with your venue.

Unfortunately “holding” dates (i.e you would like us to hold a date listed until you can speak to your venue) will become an unmanageable situation for us in a very short space of time, as it will create layers of “held” dates on top of eachother that aren’t actually confirmed –  This will likely end up adding further confusion in a very difficult period.

 

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Supplier spotlight – Three Mile Hill

When the brospehs Three Mile Hill send back their blog post answers. We stop.

We run the bath. Put the candles on. Put the phones on silent. And we read.

Then. We blog. Three Mile Hill Band

Q – Who are you and what do you do?

We are Three Mile Hill, comprised of a Jakob, a Marc and a Dan. We want to fill the void of ‘Ok folk function band’, wherever anyone wishes to book us! We do this with all three of our voices, guitar, banjo, a stripped back brush kit, and occasionally, a piano. 

F&B telling it how it is:

These boys are the real deal. They are far from “Ok” and fit snugly into the void of “awesome” folk function band. 


Q – Tell us something random about you that people may not know.

Jakob – I’m bilingual.

Marc – I used to be in a metal band.

Dan – Im a juggler.  

F&B telling it how it is: 

Jakob – Likes beer & golf (So do I)

Marc – Likes documentaries (OMG me too !)

Dan – Used to be a spandex wearing body pump instructor & has great hair (…….)


Q – How long have been in events industry, and what made you get started ?

We all knew each other from frequenting the same venue in our younger years, and gradually found each other again through music, bands, and touring. It was simply a jam at a bar in 2015 which led to someone asking if we play weddings, we said yes. A WhatsApp group was then subsequently created which is solid foundation for any venture. 

F&B telling it how it is: 

We didn’t know this …. What a nice story.

When you get a chance, just add us to the WhatsApp group. No rush. 

Any time. 


Q – What do you like the most about what you do?

The fact that we can say we enjoy it. We play for excited brides, grooms, parents, grandparents, kids, dogs and everyone else in-between, meeting new people all the time and are responsible for their high level of shape throwing. It never gets old! We’re completely independent having backgrounds in audio recording and photography and video, allowing us to represent ourselves truthfully.  

F&B telling it how it is: 

Soooo similar to us. Apart from the backgrounds in audio.

Oh and recording.

Ahhh, and video.

Yep … and photography.Wedding folk band

(Camilla Andrea Photography)


Q – If you could turn back time, would you change A) What you do …. and / or B) How you did it

If I could turn back time

If I could find a way

I’d take back those words that hurt you

And you’d stay

I don’t know why I did the things I did

I don’t know why I said the things I said

Love’s like a knife it can cut deep inside

Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes

I didn’t really mean to hurt you

I didn’t want to see you go

I know I made you cry, but baby.

That’s what Cher would do, but we would have jumped on social media earlier. The power of it is overwhelming, almost 3 billion users world wide, cray cray.

F&B telling it how it is:

So because we are currently auditioning to write for TMH – Here goes….

“Ahem

If I could write some rhymes

If I could find some hay

I’d take back those birds that burnt you

And who’d pray ?

I don’t know why I hid the strings I fibbed

I don’t know why I have the wings in my head

Dove’s like a knife it can cut deep inside

Birds are like weapons, they wound sometimes

Eye wasn’t really green so sod you

I didn’t want to flee cos’ you slow

I know I made you fly, but bae-beeeeeeeeee.”


Q – If you could work with 1 famous person for a day …. who would it, and why ?Marc on Piano

Jakob – Gregory Alan Isakov – work on his farm in the day and write with him in the evening

Marc – Ben Folds – Id like to write together

Dan – Mr Muscle – he’d do all the jobs I hate, but teach me how to love them.

F&B telling it how it is:  

Jakob – Google him. Listened. Nice.

Marc – Didn’t have to google him. Had already listened previously. Nice.

Dan – I had to re-google this … As I’m pretty sure that Mr Muscle only “does” the jobs you hate. There doesn’t seem to be the mention or implication that he offers any sort of tutoring on how to do said jobs, or on how to learn to love them. Before you sign up to any agreement with Mr M. Just check the small print. 

Q – What has been your most memorable event thus far !?

Its a toss up between our first International wedding in 2017 in the south of sunny France, and meeting Fox and Braces in 2017. Both events were equally rewarding, resulting in good friendships and looking foward to seeing each other on the odd occasion at events. But France was a real vibe, driving 12 hours with the weather improving, great van chat, we got locked out our hotel room with no working key card, we had to break in, the couple (Sammy & Chris) and their guests were super accommodating, it rained all day, ordered pomme frites, saw some police, Marc took a photo, Jakob drank some champagne, we jumped into a swimming pool, memories. 

F&B telling it how it is:

Go on the boys !!! You broke the spell. You gave an actual event !!!

As much as we’d love it to be when you met us, can’t lie …. France sounds immense. 


Q – What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do ?

Firstly, find humans you connect with and talk to on all levels. You could be a grade 8 master at your craft, playing the most exotic event, with the best van and the most expensive gear, but if you’ve got 100+ events a year and every time you leave your home dreading your members, your band will suffer as well as the vibe you’re trying to create. 

If you’re going to venture out and play fun events – you need to be fun as a unit, you are after all – the entertainment.

After that, practice. Folk band for tipi wedding

(The Edge Photography)

F&B telling it how it is:

No jokes here. This is just some good old fashioned niceness. 


Q – It’s a random Tuesday afternoon and you have absolutely no plans and 3hrs of free time. What do you do ?

As the month hasn’t been stated, we’ve chosen a Tuesday in February so it’ll be shrove Tuesday, so, pancakes with a stack of vinyls from 1940’s swing, all the way to today. Afterwards, possibly go for a brisk walk along a sea front for new air. Once home, put the drying up away from those amazing pancakes we made earlier. Probably chat nonsense. OR watch The Titanic, 180 minutes of cinema history that we can all get on board with.

F&B telling it how it is:

Gonna have to start specifying the month aren’t we. I guess that does have a pretty huge impact on what one would do ? 

Regardless of month though … pancakes has always got to be a good shout. Not sure about Titanic though :/

“Roooooooossssseeee”


Q – If the internet broke tomorrow and you had to find an alternative job …. what would it be ?

Jakob – Re building the internet, only joking…I’d probably give writing novels or something in that world a go. 

Marc – I’d probably end up handing out flyers or something, they’re gonna be needed

Dan – Gardner. Mirror the wedding season – work heavily between April and October, whilst everything is in bloom and you can really get productive, you dont need the internet, vitamin D is a plenty and you can eat your crops. Then in winter, join Marc flyering, but we’d be really eco and use big leaves that Ive collected and preserved since the summer. March from Three Mile Hill

(Chris Bradshaw Photography)

F&B telling it how it is:

Very well thought answers.

Marc do you want to hand out flyers because Dan (our Dan) told you about all the flyers he used to bin whilst working at his local pizza joint when he was 16, have you taken on some sort of subconscious “flyer guilt” and are trying to rebalance the flyer universe ?

Dan – I am currently digging my garden up and I tell you what mate … back breaking. Don’t do it bro. Don’t do it. In fact, send Mr Muscle round after you’ve taken him to court for not fulfilling the “teaching” part of his contract.  

Jakob – If you want a writing buddy. Just check my bars out above. You know I’ve got the goods.


Q – Nobody likes to brag … but just this one time …. go for it. Why should somebody book you ?Three mile hill at the old parish rooms

(Veronika Ward Photography)

If someone were to book us, it’d be rewarding to know they did it because they saw we were confident in our product and our delivery on the day. For a smooth booking process with no faff. For a ruddy good knees up with the benefit of 10-30 second rest periods. For the quiet live lounge vibe during your meal or reception drinks. For your health (the dancing in intervals of 3 minutes on, 30 seconds off)

If you’re think about booking us, then we’d love to hear from you! 

Much love!

F&B telling it how it is: 

Can tell Dan has written this now due to the HIIT intervals !

In the words of a New York cop in the 50’s “Book em …. Or regret it”
Oleg Samsonovs photography

(Olegs Samsonov Photography … aka The Man)

Book the bro’s here:

www.threemilehill.co.uk

 

Supplier spotlight – Sophie Oldhamstead Photography

It’s Monday night. It’s windy. There is a lot of rain. So guess what ?

We blog.

3rd in the hot seat – Sophie Oldhamstead Photography.

Sophie Oldhamstead

Q – Who are you and what do you do ? 

I’m Sophie and I photograph gorgeous happy weddings of lovely people 

F&B saying it how it is:

Yep. She is Sophie. Yep. She photographs happy weddings of lovely people ….. but she is lovely too !

Q – Tell us something random about you that people may not know 

I used to be an irish dancer as a child, danced for Michael Flatley, flew over the world to compete & everything. 

F&B saying it how it is:

You have just, without a doubt, talked yourself into throwing some shapes at the next wedding we do together. There is absolutely no way on earth you are going to get away with not giving us a little jig !

Q – How long have been in events industry, and what made you get started?

I shot my first wedding in 2015 and not looked back since. I fell into weddings like a lot of photographers I think, I started in family photography (still do over at Little + Wild!) but I shot my first wedding for a friend and got the bug instantly so just worked insanely hard getting experience and training wherever I could to break my way in. 

F&B saying it how it is:

Had absolutely no idea about little & Wild, so I just googled it, and there you were ! Love it. And we are in no doubt about your work ethic. Every time we meet (which at the time of writing this … was this morning (I still have pancake envy btw) we can tell how hard you work. So keep it up. But be warned … next time. I’m stealing your pancakes. 


Q – What do you like the most about what you do? 

I just love the act of photographing people in their happiest moments but I love the memories I’m giving them even more. When I present a couple with their album or their gallery, their reactions make my heart feel full. There is literally nothing better than seeing their photos up on their walls & knowing I’ve created an heirloom that future generations will look back on too. 

F&B saying it how it is:

That feels like a very true response written from the heart. Can feel it in the words and the way you describe making couples feel. Definitely how we feel when we do a wedding and we can tell at the end of there night the couple are absolutely buzzing about their whole day / night. Such a good feeling. 

Wedding photographer Essex


Q – If you could turn back time, would you change A) What you do …. and / or B) How you did it ? 

Nope, the only thing I’d change is that I would do it sooner. Many years wasted in fashion merchandising (I’m definitely more ‘happy girl wears PJs’ than ‘Devil wears Prada’!)

F&B saying it how it is: Tell us more …. Fashion ! Merchandising …. Kept that one quiet over breakfast this morning. Although, in your defence …. We did spend a a good portion of our breakfast meeting randomly discussing probate and wills (haha this blog is sooooooo not SEO friendly) …. it was very productive and I learned a lot.


Q – If you could work with 1 famous person for a day …. who would it, and why ? 

Oooh this is a good question, Michelle Obama because I just think she’s an incredible strong woman and I could learn a lot from her. She’d be amazing to photograph too.

F&B saying it how it is:

This is the 2nd Michelle Obama …. I have to admit. We know nothing about her. But I feel like we might need to brush up, because if we get another M.O answer, we will start to feel pretty stupid, not knowing why she is so awesome.

“Another person thinks I’m awesome ….. deal with it”


Q – What has been your most memorable event thus far!? 

Sounds proper cheesy but they all are. One of the best bits about this ‘job’ is that each and every couple & their wedding is unique and memorable in their own way. A drunken groom stopping the DJ to sing the lion sleeps tonight over the mic though still gives me the giggles whenever I think about it, never seen so many people cringe in one room simultaneously!

F&B saying it how it is:

Haha. Yes !!!!! A singular event …. You have broke the mould Sophie. 5 stars. 

A drunk groom at a wedding

(An example of a drunk groom ….. Disclaimer NOT TAKEN BY SOPHIE OLDHAMSTEAD)


Q – What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do ? 

Work hard and get as much experience as you possibly can. It is a really incredibly hard industry to break into and its ridiculously competitive but there is room for everyone if you just follow your own path, be yourself and really hone your craft.

F&B saying it how it is:

We expect nothing less that good honest advice, from real professional people for this answer. Nothing further to add your honour.

 


Q – It’s a random Tuesday afternoon and you have absolutely no plans and 3hrs of free time. What do you do ? 

I’d like to say I’d do something really productive or super fun but in reality I’d watch Greys Anatomy or This is Us with copious amounts of tea & biccies. 

F&B saying it how it is:

I actually consider myself a bit of a TV / film buff. So I’m concerned that I’d never heard of “This is us”.

IMDB – 8.7

Rotten Tomatoes – 91%

TV.com – 8.3

You Sophie, pass the “good taste in TV” test. Which is more than I can say for Dan. In fact … for anyone that bothers to read this (Dan won’t) …. If Dan ever starts a sentence with “Ahhh I saw this really good Tv show the other night” …. Just run. Run fast. And never come back.

(How you feel after realising you wasted 2hrs of your life because you watched a film Dan recommended)


Q – If the internet broke tomorrow and you had to find an alternative job …. what would it be? 

Good thing about being a photographer, they were around before the interwebs! I’d still be one, if I had to get another job though I’d love to be a florist.

F&B saying it how it is:

This is a popular choice. I’m waiting for someone to say something totally random …. Like Bounty Hunter. Or trapeze artist.


Q – Nobody likes to brag … but just this one time …. go for it. Why should somebody book you? 

You should book me if you want a fun & chilled photographer on the day who will give you beautifully natural timeless wedding photographs that you will LOVE. I’m super organised & I aim to be a little helping hand in the background of your day that you can trust to capture your wedding exactly as you see it. My lovely couples say it best though (you can see some of their lovely words on my website) 

F&B saying it how it is:

BADA BOOM ! You tell em Sister !!! Just to cement what you have just said …. Here is a snippet from one of your reviews !

“Sophie captured our day perfectly and all the emotions that came along with it in amazing images that we will treasure forever :)”

There it is. From the horses mouth (so to speak). That’s still an acceptable phrase isn’t it ? ……

It is 2020. Never know …. Might offend a horse somewhere :/

Find Sophie at www.sophieoldamsteadphotography.co.uk


 


Update: No horses were offended during the writing of this blog. 

Supplier spotlight – Chloe Lee at Chloe Lee Photography

Roll up roll up !!! Part 2 is here ……

Next up …….. The superb Chloe Lee !

Best wedding photographer

Q – Who are you and what do you do ?

I’m Chloe, and in short I’m a wedding photographer!

But I’d like to think i’m not your average photographer, you won’t catch me shouting at your guests all day to say cheese, stand here or any of that stereotypical stuff!

You’ll find me mingling with your pals, laughing through your speeches, on the dance floor (with my cameras of course) and loving my job!

I like when couples think of me as a friend and ‘not just another wedding supplier’ after all, I’m generally with you ALL day so it would be a bit crap if we didn’t get on!


F&B Saying it how it is – Chloe is not short. We believe she is the standard height for average females across the UK.

However, we do agree …. She is a wedding photographer.

Average is also certainly not the first word that comes to mind when we think of her as a person or photographer for that matter.

In fact, the first word that honestly sprung to mind was …… Pumpkins !!! ….. Huh ? ….. Well, we are only being honest.

It’s only because I (Dave) saw a pic of Chloe once in a pumpkin field (holding or sitting on pumpkins or something) and the colours were so vivid it has kind of stuck in my mind ! (Edit …. I then went and found the picture to make sure I wasn’t going cray ….. please see above !!!!)

But anyway, back to her as a photographer …… Right …. Think think think …….. Supercool (or if you like the film and see it as a compliment …. Then Superbad !)

Q – Tell us something random about you that people may not know

I used to Fence! (not the wooden garden type!) but with fancy swords and masks! I’m not one to do what everyone else is doing so at school when it was cool to do Netball, gymnastics , trampolining etc. I was living my best Jack Sparrow life!


F&B Saying it how it is  LOVE it.

Please tell us you still have some of the gear. You need to bring it to the next wedding we do together

I often hide in cupboards and jump out in an attempt to scare the wits out of my children when they get back from school ….. and seeing the petrified look on their faces when I jump out screaming in a full blown fencing costume will be my biggest life achievement to date.

Q – How long have been in events industry, and what made you get started ?

I’ve been in the wedding industry since around 2014 which is when I shot my first wedding! It wasn’t my intention to be a wedding photographer when I started my photography degree (I actually wanted to be a forensic photographer initially!) but I was told you only did weddings as bread and butter and couldn’t be creative with it, and when someone tells me you can’t, I like to prove them wrong… 😀


F&B Saying it how it is – I am almost certain that we have had this convo in person.

It would be likely as you know it would have been a relevant subject if we got chatting about it (if you know us personally … you’d know why).

I actually can totally see you doing that funnily enough.

But I can’t help feel that you would potentially find some evidence. And then just totally rogue.

Hell bent on tracking down the culprit in your fencing gear. Getting into a roof top duel, (winning obvs), and then finally dropping them, tied up outside a police station.

Scooby Doo (or is is “Do” … these blogs don’t get fact checked clearly) style.

Q – What do you like the most about what you do ?

The people I get to meet! – From couples, to their families, other wedding industry friends. I’ve made so many awesome friends through this job, I feel like I have a huge extended family! (I also enjoy being able to get up when I want and taking days off when I want!).


F&B Saying it how it is   We suspect that this is going to be a similar answer for most suppliers. People are generally really nice. And it’s cool to meet new people in this industry, on what is almost always a happy occasion.

Q – If you could turn back time, would you change A) What you do …. and / or B) How you did it ?

I wouldn’t change what I do, I bloomin’ love it – but I think I’d have skipped the going to uni and getting in debt part, and spent those 3 years grafting and saving more.


F&B Saying it how it is  On a serious note now, this is interesting.

I (Dave) left school at 16. And often had moments of wonder as to whether going on to further education would have taken me down a different path in life.

However, I have heard LOTS of people saying the same thing about uni.

Amazing for the experience, but the debt …. Hmmm not so much. Makes me feel a little better about the decision not to.

Chloe lee photography

Q – If you could work with 1 famous person for a day …. who would it, and why ?

Dang this is a hard one! I’d probably have to say Robert Downey Jr ‘cos I think it’d be hilarious and he’s very easy on the eyes!

F&B Saying it how it is  – What we say: Ok … but as Downey … or as Stark ! Ooohhhhhhhh or as KIRK LAZARUS !!! HAHAHA

(Photo by Lucy Watson)

Q – What has been your most memorable event thus far !?

I think all my weddings have memorable moments! I photograph some truly epic weddings that don’t follow traditions, I’ve seen aerial circus acts, fire breathers, someone on stilts dressed as something from a Daft Punk video shooting lasers, axe throwing to a wedding in a museum!

F&B Saying it how it is- We are expecting nothing less that than EVERYONE we send this questionnaire to to reply with “they are ALLLLLL my faves” haha …

Come on …. Someone break the mould. Give us a fave or most memorable haha.

Q – What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do ?

Be prepared to work HARD. It’s a really awesome job but you’ll put a lot of hours in editing! Get experience second shooting and shadowing other photographers before you go out and shoot your own weddings.


F&B Saying it how it is – Believe it or not ….. we dabble in a a little editing ourselves.

NOT to the level of the pros I might add, and nowhere near the volume either.

But ….. it has truly made us have (albeit limited) understanding of the sheer amount of work that must go into editing a full day of wedding shooting. Insane amount of work !

Photographer in Essex

Q – It’s a random Tuesday afternoon and you have absolutely no plans and 3hrs of free time. What do you do ?

Go to Southend! Arcades, candyfloss, ice cream, chips. Literally my dream afternoon!!

F&B Saying it how it is  Ahhh this is cool.

I am a hardcore gamer (still …. Sad I know … but I completed Horizon Zero Dawn after wedding season slowed down last year …. And it was epic).

So arcades gets the big thumbs up from us ! …. Candy floss, isn’t my fave or ice-cream actually ….. so I think I would just triple up on the chips.

Lots of salt and vinegar and that cheap ketchup you get in cafes !

(Photo by Lucy Watson)

Q – If the internet broke tomorrow and you had to find an alternative job …. what would it be ? 

Growing up I wanted to be a paleontologist so i’d potentially still do that, OR what I wanted to be at school which was a Crime Scene Investigator (I did my work experience with SOCO and it was awesome!) (Going back to the previous answer if I couldn’t get to Southend I’d be doing what I usually do which is watching NCIS, Hawaii five-0, CSI, Criminal Minds etc.)


F&B Saying it how it is – In that case ….. Did you watch Friends … and was Ross your favourite ?!!

If you get the reference you are a true “Friends” fan.

Q – Nobody like to brag … but just this one time …. go for it. Why should somebody book you ?

Because you’ll get a personal cheerleader and an extra bridesmaid on your day! You’ll get someone that really wants to be there with you all, taking photos of all the fun and laughs that happen. Someone that will just go with the flow and embrace the little and big moments of a wedding day.

You’ll get super fun colourful photos of you and your guests that reflect who YOU are, not some overly cheese posed shit that you don’t want!

What we say:


F&B Saying it how it is – Love this answer. Spoken like the Superbad (we like the film so it’s Superbad for us) photographer we know Chloe is.

And we could not have put it better ourselves.

Chloe is fun, bright, bursting with personality and talent and we love working with her.

Basically … you should book her.

Chloe Lee logo

 

Get in touch with Chloe here – WWW.CHLOELEEPHOTO.CO.UK

Laura at Devine Bride

Supplier spotlight – Laura at Devine Bride Wedding Planning

So with 2020 upon us it’s time we start getting active on the old blog posts.

Rather than spend an obscene amount of time thinking of different things to write about being a wedding DJ. We have resorted to the oldest trick in the book.

Yep, we have sent a load of questions to folk we like, and then got them to write about themselves ….. and then …. wait for it …. send it to us !!!

“Genius” I hear you scream.

However, the big difference with this trick (with us anyway) is that the people we have asked to write about themselves is:

A) A friend of ours and someone we love working with.

B) Insanely good at what they do.

Furthermore …..

C) The main intention of these posts is actually to shed light on what these awesome people do, rather than bulk our website out with spammy content that isn’t going to help you when planning your wedding !

So …. Here goes. Drumroll please ……

First up. The amazing Laura from Devine Bride !!

(Photo – TheWomanAndTheWolf)

(Oh … and it’s no surprise that one of the most organised people we have ever worked with was the first to respond …. A+ for you Laura !!!

Q – Who are you and what do you do ?

Devine Bride is run by Laura Devine – me, hi!  I’m a wedding planner based in East London and run a multi award winning blog as the backbone to my website offering planning tips and advice.

My tag line is ‘pick + mix wedding planning’; couples can pick and choose which elements they need help with, and we’ll take it from there.  Bespoke services, flexible help, pick + mix planning!

Furthermore, I have personally planned and worked on some 170+ weddings and events to date, and I know what’s worked, what’s not, and what’s fun!  It’s a celebration after all!

A perfect wedding

(Photo by www.kat-hill.com)


F&B Saying it how it is – We met Laura at a wedding in London, The Depot to be exact, in late 2018.

We were instantly impressed by the fact that Laura – A wedding planner, was actually … shock horror “PLANNING” ….. and get this, was even keeping us updated with things that were changing throughout the day.

Dan and I didn’t quite know if we were in the twilight zone at this point. Because, in truth, we have been about for a few years now and have worked with hundreds of planners, and our experience has been hit and miss.

There are of course, some fantastic planners out there, and we have worked with so many.

However, we have also lost count of the times when something has been moved forward by 30 minutes ….. only something small, like …. Ya know …THE FIRST DANCE !!! And we seem to have been the last people the planner has told !

To sum up, watching Laura in action definitely made us go to “our safe place” as she was totally in control of everything, and updated us on the smallest of changes, just incase it affected what we were doing.

So, in our words …. To answer the original question Laura is –  “awesome” ….and what she does is “the epitome of precision and professional planning”.

Q – Tell us something random about you that people may not know

I trekked to Everest Base Camp some 10 years ago, with my now husband – and I/we survived!  I also did a short stint living in Prague during my Erasmus year abroad at uni – and nearly failed my degree because of it (too much beer and partying…)!


F&B Saying it how it is  It was all going so well until the words “too much beer” were uttered. Up until this point we considered Laura a colleague and friend. 

But we are now rethinking this relationship Laura.

wedding planning tips in 2020

Photo by Kat-Hill

Q – How long have been in events industry, and what made you get started ?

I have been running my own thing properly for over 4 years now (while also freelancing at venues as well); the lack of on demand planners who were upfront about their prices was the main thing.

Essentially I fell in love with helping make people happy and helping them celebrate what’s important to them.


F&B Saying it how it is – We actually have no idea about the the lack of on demand planners who were upfront about their pricing Laura, but consider us duly educated !

And we know all about your freelancing skills at venues, as we have played at a few of them. And when we mention you, they go all giddy and chew our ears off about how good you are !

Q – What do you like the most about what you do ?

Seeing couples happy on their wedding day, and knowing that I’ve contributed to that in some way, no matter how big or small, is the best feeling ever.

In addition, I also love the creativity vs the organisation of it all; I love it all.  I went to art school but left my job as an Operations Manager to start my own thing – so I like to think I’ve got the best of both!


F&B Saying it how it is  We can say first hand that this is “the truth” (spoken like a preacher in a pulpit). Because having spent a few events with Laura, we can tell when someone is there to cash a paycheque, and when someone is passionate about their craft.

Laura definitely falls into the “passionate about their craft category” !

A wedding planner in action

(Photo by www.flemingphoto.co.uk)

Q – If you could turn back time, would you change A) What you do …. and / or B) How you did it ?

No I don’t think I would change what I do now/did, and no, I don’t think I would change how I did it either…!

Ultimately, as convoluted as my journey to this point has been, it’s been pretty enjoyable throughout (mostly) and has still made me what I am today 😊 With all the practical, academic, and life skills that come with all of that!


F&B Saying it how it is  Ahhh, a similar philosophy to us old chaps then. We are in agreement 100%

If you don’t mind us putting it a little more eloquently, I think what you are totally trying to say, is that if you have to wade through swimming pool filled with mayonnaise and old hair clippings from a barber shop, in order to get to the other side and continue your journey …… then without the mayonnaise and hair clippings …. You wouldn’t have got where you needed to go … ?

That’s it right ? 

….. Right ???

Q – If you could work with 1 famous person for a day …. who would it, and why ?

Michelle Obama. I love her.


F&B Saying it how it is  Truthfully ……. we have nothing on this one. A pretty sensible and solid choice. 

Q – What has been your most memorable event thus far !?

They are all my babies…!

Although, a particularly memorable one was a full weekender; starting at a lovely hotel on the Friday night to kick off celebrations.

Then on to Hackney Town Hall for the ceremony on the Saturday, followed by a garden party outside the Museum of Childhood, then inside for an 180 guest dinner once the museum closed (we had 1 hour to set it all up), then the party until 3am.

After that, it was another day of celebrations at the MOB’s house hosted as a Keralan lunch by the MOG!

I was pretty exhausted come Sunday evening, but it was a spectacular weekend of celebrations!


F&B Saying it how it is  We are actually exhausted just reading that, so goodness knows how you must have felt. Sounds like our sort of party though !

wedding planning in London

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Q – What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do ?

Get some experience in venues and in corporate events first as a good grounding.


F&B Saying it how it is – Solid advice on this one. Weddings are a big deal. Going on your first rodeo on possibly one of the most important days of someones life probably isn’t for the faint hearted.

wedding planning in Essex

(Photo by Kat Hill)

Q – It’s a random Tuesday afternoon and you have absolutely no plans and 3hrs of free time. What do you do ?

Go for a nap…!


F&B Saying it how it is  To be fair, we know you work hard, and you were definitely the first to respond to our blog post questionnaire, so YOU deserve it !

A couple getting married

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Q – If the internet broke tomorrow and you had to find an alternative job …. what would it be ? 

Florist!  Although not sure I’d ever get used to 3am market runs.


F&B Saying it how it is – Nope. No thanks. Nada. Pass. 3am !?  Er …….. we’ll stick to DJ’ing. I suppose we could always go back to vinyl ….. actually ….. it might do us a favour ! Then the DJ’s who only learned to DJ on a laptop would be doomed mwuuuahahahahahahaaaaaaa (evil laugh).

Or flowers ? ….  

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Q – Nobody like to brag … but just this one time …. go for it. Why should somebody book you ?

Just read my testimonials on Google or Facebook and you’ll be convinced (I hope)!  But ultimately, I relieve stress and make sure everything runs exactly as you’d like it to.

I manage the day and take care of all your needs and venue needs, so you two can relax and party.

Finally, I’m married myself, so I know how things actually roll on the day – and how to make everything feel relaxed and hosted while still keeping to time behind the scenes.


F&B Saying it how it is – Could not have said it better ourselves. We cannot recommend Laura enough and STRONGLY (too aggressive with the caps ?) reccommend her and her team if you ever need any sort of planning done for your big day. She is amazing.

 

Get in touch with Laura here – WWW.DEVINEBRIDE.CO.UK

Light up initials

Neon Letter Hire Essex

In the height of wedding season, one could argue that taking on a huge project wasn’t the smartest of ideas. However, Fox and Braces don’t like to take the easy route, and are always up for a challenge.

So when one of us came out with the idea to give the giant love letter hire market a complete overhaul, everyone was up for the challenge.

letter hire for weddings

 

Moving into prop hire

You see, apart from our rustic Photo Booth, we never really wanted to enter the prop hire market in Essex. We always saw it as quite a flooded market, with the same led love letters at almost every wedding venue in Essex we provided DJ services to.

giant neon letter hire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly, we will be the first to admit, at one point we considered buying a set of giant initials to hire across Essex, but every time we came close to doing it, we just never felt that it fitted with our ethos of keeping things original and exciting, always striving to move with the trends of modern and forward thinking Brides & Grooms.

Giant Neon Essex

To begin with, we thought long and hard about how we could put the Fox and Braces style and authenticity on the giant letter hire services seen across Essex, and one word kept raising it’s bright and beautiful head, over and over again. Neon.

Firstly, a disclaimer. Fox and Braces are not the first business to offer Neon signs. We truly believe in taking an idea and turning it into something completely original.

free standing neon letters

remembering back to when we first built our rustic DJ booths, we didn’t think that for 1 minute we were the first to have a wooden DJ booth, but what we did do, is painstakingly build, throw away, redesign, build again …. And again … and again ! Until we were completely happy that we had something of high quality and completely original.

Light up letters

We had to take the same approach if we wanted to truly make an impact on the light up letter hire game. It was time to go big. Really big.

letter hire for christmas parties

When we first starting drawing up the design for 1 letter, it started at 30cm. We cut out some cardboard. Held 5 up in a row and they looked way too small.

Up it to 50cm someone shouted from the back. So we did. The next mock up of our giant neon letters in our Essex workshop looked a little better. Impactive. Bold. Big … but not big enough.

The lightbulb moment

Incidentally, at this point we decided to take a break and get the kettle on. As Dan walked over to the cupboard to grab the coffee, he stopped. “That is the perfect size”. He pulled out the tape measure from his pocket and measure the width of the kitchen cupboard door he was about to open.

“80cm … that’s how big they need to be”

neon initials for wedding

Go big !

Now at this point, everyone had a little quiet moment. Personally I was thinking “how on earth are we going to transport them about” / “will they weight too much” / “How much are these bloody things going to cost”. But the truth was, that he was right.

If we were going to try and provide the best light up letters for weddings in Essex and Kent, we needed to go big or go home.

Subsequently, the decision was made. The designs finalised. The quotes were in. And at this point, I’m glad I was sitting down as it had a fair few zero’s on the end of it. However, I’m a firm believer in life that the majority of times, you get what you pay for. We wanted quality, and were willing to pay for it.

Delivery time

A month latter, a very concerned delivery driver arrived at our workshop. “Hi mate … I have a box in the van …. It weighs about 160kg !”

Carefully, we duly obliged removing said box from the (dangerously overloaded) van, and carefully opened it. What we found inside were exactly what we had hoped for.

Fox and Braces Neon hire

modern rustic letter hire

80cm wide, perfectly formed circles with high quality, dimmable Neon rubber tubing and flawlessly matching letters. F&B Neon hire Essex was well and truly off to the best possible start.

We plugged the lights in. Cheered with delight as they lit up our old and poorly lit workshop, and then dimmed then down, as if we were anticipating the sun setting and the dance floor starting to fill.

Lastly, the only question we had then was “Ok … how on earth are we going to transport and hand these now !?”

We’ll save that story for another time 🙂Light up initials

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Fox and Braces 2019 Update

2019 – Our year so far

Fox and Braces 2019

So, on the surface (for those of you who follow us on social media), it may look like we have had a relatively quiet start to the year in comparison to 2018.

In reality, that could not be further from the truth.

Behind the scenes, that start of 2019 has possibly been one of the busiest periods we have had since starting our DJ and entertainment business.

So … where do we start ?

Well, New Years Eve might be a good point. Technically 2019 started after the clock struck midnight.

At this point, 2 of our DJ’s were out doing what they do best to packed dance floors of drink fuelled party people.

Dave, was very local, just down the road in fact. Providing DJ & Lighting services in Wickford at a private house party.

However, this was no ordinary house party, with the hosts creating a club like atmosphere in their huge back garden with the aid of a stunning marquee.

In addition to a fully working and staffed bar, there were singers, saxophone players and copious amounts of Champagne freely flowing throughout the night.

Furthermore, the party went on until the early hours (4am to be exact) when the hosts finally decided to call it a night and retire to the house and see in with the last remaining guests.

New Years Eve Party in London

In addition to Dave, Gary was on the other side of London.

Playing a DJ set at a cool club in Farringdon called “The Coin Laundry”.

This booking came about as the host was a guest at a wedding we had DJ’d at earlier in the year.

She liked our style, and more importantly, choice of music. So for her it was a no brainer.

Gary killed his DJ set as usual, covering every genre requested by the host and throwing in some serious club bangers to see the party into the early hours.

The January Rush

A couple kissing at a party

All in all, a successful start to the year.

Then ….. the January rush came.

Still being a reasonably new business, we had heard that January was a busy time for wedding enquiries across board.

I suppose last year, we weren’t as well known as we were now, so we expected a few more enquiries hitting our inbox.

But nothing could prepare us for the influx of new Brides & Grooms excited about booking us to DJ at their weddings across Essex, London and Kent.

We managed our inbox the best we could, whilst still preparing for a number of events that we had lined up throughout January and February.

Disaster – Broken Camera

Disaster struck about 2 weeks into January when Dave dropped and broke (or so we had thought), our brand Canon DSLR camera.

We were gutted, this was going to capture the weddings, parties and corporate events we attended in 2019.  

But off to the repair shop it went.

We have actually already provided DJ hire services to 8 weddings this year, and 3 corporate events.

All of which we couldn’t capture as we now refuse to simply spam our Instagram account with poorly lit mobile phone pictures.

But the Canon has now safely returned and it’s back to business as usual.

Building new booths (again)

Much of the remaining time in between events has been spent in the workshop.

Sanding, drilling, cutting and building new DJ booths for the 2 new DJ’s we took on at the start of the year.

Genya, who is the youngest of the Fox and Braces DJ’s, but massively experienced in all areas of event and wedding DJ’ing.

A picture of a smartly dressed Wedding DJ

And Gary M, who most likely has more time behind the decks than all of the DJ’s put together.

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Furthermore we have strengthened our relationship with existing venues we work with.

Strengthening relationships

We are now fully recommended at the follwing wedding and event venues:

The Browning Bro’s

The Nightyard

The Old Kent Barn

Preston Court

The Old Parish Rooms

The Dreys

Apton Hall

My Tipi Event

Events Under Canvas

Colville Hall

The Cherry Barn

Lodge Farm

Captains Wood Barn ….and many more.

So ….. with almost 100 events in the diary, here’s to a busy year ahead.