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The Wedding of David and Manmit, featuring the Duke Trio
Our Duke Trio were thrilled to be a part of the wedding of David and Manmit at Gunners Barracks at Chowder Bay in Mosman. As a preferred wedding supplier to Gunners Barracks, we’re always glad to be back at this stunning historic venue. With an exceptional team of staff they ensure every wedding is a smooth and enjoyable experience for couples and their wedding guests, along with wedding vendors.
Duke were part of their Ceremony, Canapes and Dinner music, performing live as a Duo and Trio throughout. We then kicked off their dancefloor with a live performance, finishing up the night with a DJ set to ensure dancing kicked-on all night long. Whilst we have the pleasure of sharing these wonderful photos by Jason Corroto and talking more about David and Manmit’s day, we thought we’d also share some insight into Gunners Barracks and why we think it’s an exceptional wedding venue here in Sydney
About Gunners Barracks
The Gunners Barracks is the perfect Sydney Wedding Venue to make your big day an unforgettable occasion. Located in Mosman on Sydney’s North Shore, the venue is a stunningly beautiful site outside and welcoming and charming within. This venue has been designed without compromise, giving your guests a magical experience from the moment they arrive. Each special element of your wedding is expertly met with desirable amenities that will exceed all expectations.
With exclusive hire and remarkable views, this Grand Pacific Group offering ensures that your wedding will be an event unlike any other. When you decide to get married at Gunners Barracks, you’ll find that there is room to style the space however you choose – whether it be a big black tie formal event or something more intimate like an elopement. Gunners’ Barracks can accommodate events of up to 180 guests cocktail style or up to 130 for a seated event. Event bookings have a minimum of 10 guests. Whatever embellishments you decide to add or what level of grandeur suits your celebration best, this venue will serve as great host and accommodate appropriately. When planning your big day at Gunners Barracks, every detail down to the last is taken care of so you can enjoy much happiness surrounded by all who matter most in this beautiful setting!
With a secluded setting and captivating harbour views, weddings at Gunners’ Barracks are affairs to remember forever. The venue has three beautiful locations for wedding ceremonies, as well as custom-styled reception areas with elegant and historic charm. This iconic landmark is one of Sydney’s most sought-after outdoor ceremony locations in addition to being an elegant indoor reception venue. Choose from three equally beautiful and unique ceremony locations, before moving inside to enjoy dinner and dancing with your guests.
Set in an exquisite building on Sydney’s North Shore, Gunners’ Barracks is the perfect waterfront wedding venue choice for couples to celebrate a special occasion. This five star venue offers all the necessary elements when planning a big day, with three exclusive outdoor locations that can be stylishly decorated, beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, and top-notch food and wine carefully planned by experienced staff. Couples can also take advantage of being given the exclusive use of the venue throughout their entire reception.
Read on below to find out more about their stunning spaces.
The Ceremony Locations
Gunners’ Barracks offers three beautiful ceremony locations for couples looking to exchange their wedding vows; The Harbour Terrace, The Sandstone Courtyard, and the Harbour View Lawn.
The Harbour Terrace provides stunning views of Sydney’s iconic harbour from North Sydney, with a range of historic military buildings located nearby. The perfect backdrop to capture the moment, this outdoor venue is ideal for modern weddings. The expansive Harbour Terrace offers spectacular views across Sydney Harbour and the city’s skyline. The beautiful outdoor space is spectacular for drinks, dining or canapés. The retractable roof makes it an ideal choice no matter what the weather condition.
The atmospheric Sandstone Courtyard makes a wonderful Ceremony location, outdoor dining space or Dance-Floor area under the canopy of twinkling fairy lights and the star-filled night sky. The Sandstone Courtyard also has everything a couple could want in a timeless setting surrounded by impressively restored historic sandstone buildings. On top of that, the area hosting the ceremony is luxuriously and artistically lit after dark so you can truly make it an unforgettable experience for all your guests on your wedding day.
Finally, for larger numbers, Gunners’ Barracks provides the magnificent Harbour View Lawn which includes expansive beautiful bushland and plenty of room to accommodate up to 200 guests. With panoramic views of Middle Harbour and beyond, this elegant open-air venue is perfect for after-ceremony photos!. Whatever location you choose, rest assured you’ll have a wedding ceremony like no other at Gunners’ Barracks!
About David and Manmit’s Ceremony
David and Manmit chose the Sandstone Courtyard for their Wedding Ceremony. We were there to perform for guests as they arrived at the Ceremony, however Manmit was walked down the aisle to the sounds of Bagpipes. With a nod to their Scottish heritage, the Sydney Bagpipes were a wonderful musical addition to their day.
They had a unique selection of songs that we were very excited to learn and perform. Duke kept the love vibes high with our rendition of That’s All I’ve Got to Say by Jimmy Webb during the Signing Of The Register. David and Manmit were officially announced husband and wife by their Minister and seen back down the aisle to the gloriously celebratory sounds of the Sydney Bagpipers again.
Nearby Wedding Ceremony Locations
Situated in the picturesque and historic area of Mosman, on the North Shore of Sydney, is a wonderful array of great Ceremony locations that are a must-see for any visitor to Sydney.
Headland Park is one such destination and it’s one of the oldest parks in Australia. From this jaw-dropping location, your guests can enjoy stunning views of the harbour, especially from Georges Head Lookout. It’s an ideal place for exploring Mosman’s rugged coastline and guarantees breathtaking views from almost every angle.
For those looking for something a little more laid back, nearby Obelisk Beach offers all that could be desired when it comes to relaxation. Here visitors will find sheltered pools perfect for swimming and plenty of activities available including fishing, picnicking and sunbathing.
A short drive away lies Clifton Gardens which boasts lush gardens, manicured lawns and wide open green spaces – perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic lunch at sunset. Georges Heights has some of the most stunning vantage points anywhere on Sydney Harbour with uninterrupted views across to Manly, Vaucluse and to the city of Sydney. Georges Heights has some of the most stunning vantage points anywhere on Sydney Harbour with uninterrupted views across to Manly, Vaucluse and to the city of Sydney. With arguably some of the best views in Sydney, Georges Heights was once used by the military as a lookout spot to see approaching enemy ships.
The Reception Venue
Opulent, photo-ready furnishings, Waterford chandeliers, hand-printed Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, and ornate furnishings feature within Gunners’ Barracks. These details not only provide an added element of luxury but offer perfect photo opportunities for wedding photographs. Enjoy timeless elegance in the private Drawing Room filled with natural light. Set the room as a sophisticated lounge area for you and your guests, or transform it into a wedding reception dance-floor.
The Harbour Terrace provides a breathtaking outlook of the harbour at night, a picturesque backdrop for those weddings on a smaller scale. The Harbour Terrace is the perfect spot for your guests to enjoy their Canapes or Dinner. On the other hand, larger weddings are able to reap the benefits of The Main Dining Room, which features all of the traditional hallmarks of Gunners Barracks, from its stunning natural beauty to its artistry throughout.
On the day of David and Manmit’s wedding, The Main Dining Room at Gunners Barracks provided the ideal setting for their special day.
Even after the sun goes down, this charming Mosman venue keeps up with its captivating allure through carefully fashioned lighting solutions as well as culinary delights crafted by talented chefs ensuring every mouthful tastes like perfection. You and your guests will be left in awe as you take in the splendor of Gunners’ Barracks for yourself—it just doesn’t get better than this!
From its intricate stained-glass windows to its ornate wooden furniture and warm fireplace, The Main Dining Room has an old-world charm that is perfect for a wedding day. The room was decorated with fresh flowers, candles, and twinkling fairy lights to create the perfect ambiance for David and Manmit’s special day. After a delicious meal and plenty of great speeches, David and Manmit cut their cake to the sounds of Duke performing ‘Kiss Me’ by Sixpence Nonethericher, after which guests relocated to The Courtyard to have their First Dance to: All My Life by Kci & Jojo. Guests were handed sparklers and you can see the moment was truly magical in their photos!!
‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ by Whitney Houston was the kicker that started the Dance-Floor for the rest of the night’s partying. Our Duke Trio kicked-off the dancing with a live set, which then transitioned to our DJ service to ensure guests were partying till the night was through! David and Manmit were sent lovingly off into married life at the end of the night to Lionel Ritchie’s ‘All Night Long’ – a fitting anthem for a lifelong journey of love ahead.
Why we love The Gunners Barracks
We highly recommend Gunners Barracks Weddings to all couples planning their wedding day. As wedding musicians, we appreciate the atmosphere and amenities that this unique venue offers. The Grand Pacific Group team consistently exceeds expectations with their meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every couple’s vision is realized. Given the exclusive access they provide, you can be assured that your special day will be free of any additional stress or concerns, as only what you have requested will be present.
The harbor views offer a beautiful setting for weddings, enhancing the romantic atmosphere of each celebration held here. Every aspect of the venue, from the outdoor pavilion to the indoor dining room and lounge areas, has been designed to provide a luxurious and memorable wedding experience. One notable aspect of this venue is its historical significance during Australia’s times of war, which adds a unique character and honorable touch to all weddings hosted at Gunners Barracks Weddings. Gunners’ Barracks provides a high-quality experience and ensures a lasting impression for your event.
A huge thank you to David and Manmit for having us be part of your special day. As always, thanks to the team at The Gunners Barracks for having us!
Tim and I recently decided to break tradition and host an intimate Sydney elopement for our own wedding. This time, we were the bride and groom, joined by our nearest and dearest, including our unborn son.
Tim and I met during a music audition orchestrated by our friend Matt, leading to the birth of our band, Duke. Tim surprised me with a heartfelt proposal during a “babymoon”, making our engagement extra special.
Choosing the perfect venue was a challenge for us, given our extensive experience in the wedding industry. We settled on the Kimpton Margot, a dog-friendly, Art Deco hotel where Duke had previously performed. Our decision was based on its unique style, excellent food, and convenience, as well as being easily accessible for our guests.
For our wedding, Tim and I aimed for a modern, sophisticated, and luxurious yet relaxed vibe. We made a few personal touches to our celebration, such as an intimate first dance and heartfelt vows that brought tears to our eyes.
We credit our standout vendors, including hair and makeup artist Maria from Mia Loves Pretty, floral designer Elise Polito, celebrant Lisa Parker, and photographers Fiona & Bobby, for their exceptional contributions to the day. In A Maze captured the event beautifully in their videography.
Tim and I also created playlists for different parts of the day, adding a personal touch to our celebration. We’d like to offer some words of wisdom, emphasising the importance of trusting your vendors and accepting help when offered.
With the birth of our son, Arthur, Tim and I now embrace the joys and challenges of parenthood, cherishing the newest addition to our family.
We were delighted to have our elopement featured by our amazing friends over at Wedshed. To read more about our special day, click here.
Having a close friend serve as your wedding’s master of ceremonies (MC) can add a wonderfully personal touch to your big day. Who better to guide your guests through all the events and keep things flowing smoothly than someone who knows you both and wants to see your wedding go perfectly?
However, it’s important to remember a few key factors when selecting which friend to entrust with this crucial role at your wedding. Choose wisely; your friend can infuse your reception with humor, heartfelt moments, and a smooth flow. Make the right pick, and avoid potential awkwardness or logistical problems.
Here are 5 essential things to consider when deciding which friend you should have MC your wedding. Big shout-out to our friend, Marriages Celebrant Marry Us Gary for these awesome tips!
For a Full Wedding MC Script and Guide click here.
1. Pick Someone Truly Confident and Comfortable with Public Speaking
Your wedding MC needs to command the attention of all your guests throughout the reception events. This requires strong public speaking abilities and plenty of confidence.
Choosing a friend who seems nervous or reluctant about grabbing the microphone and addressing the crowd likely won’t go well. You want someone who enthusiastically embraces the spotlight rather than shrinks under it.
When considering which friends to think, reflect on who has experience with public speaking, performing on stage, leading groups, or teaching classes. Their existing presentation and communication skills will transfer seamlessly to leading your wedding festivities.
Only go with a close friend if they know public speaking. No matter how well they know you, they may freeze up or feel incredibly anxious trying to MC your wedding.
2. Select a Friend Who Knows You Both Very Well as a Couple
An MC who truly understands you both as individuals and as a couple will be able to infuse personal touches throughout your wedding events. They can incorporate little insider references that resonate with your family and friends in attendance.
Choose a friend who has known you intimately for a long time and witnessed your relationship blossom from the start. Consider who has been present for many milestones and shared experiences throughout your courtship.
Ideally, pick someone who attended your first date, saw you fall in love, and has gotten to know your respective personalities, quirks, and bond as a couple over the years. This insight will allow them to seamlessly interject humour and heartfelt moments tailored perfectly to you two.
3. Make Sure They Are Responsible, Organised and Reliable
Your wedding MC has a lot to juggle – leading events, making announcements, introducing wedding party members and speakers, and keeping everything on schedule. This requires stellar organisational skills and a sense of responsibility.
Ensure you pick a friend who will follow your outlined reception schedule, remember cues for activities or speeches, and will get sidetracked socializing or drinking less during the event. Choose someone you can trust to carry out this key role with care.
4. Find a Friend Who is an Articulate, Quick-Witted Storyteller
The best wedding MCs engage guests with lively storytelling, spur-of-the-moment humor, and well-delivered announcements tailored to unfolding events. Having a way with words and quick comedic timing is crucial.
Think about friends who frequently have you doubled over in laughter with their anecdotes and witty observations in social settings. Consider lively, well-spoken friends who command attention when recounting stories at get-togethers.
Your MC should be able to captivate your wedding guests with amusing yet heartfelt speech content. Be sure to pick someone whose humor and sentiment you appreciate and feel reflects your relationship positively.
5. Select Someone Adaptable to Unexpected Changes
Weddings go differently than the meticulous plans you’ve made. Your MC needs to be ready to adapt smoothly when unavoidable hiccups occur, like the DJ’s equipment malfunctioning or the caterer running behind.
Choose a friend who can keep calm under pressure and gracefully improvise when needed. You want someone who can maintain their composure and quickly solve problems, not add to the stress.
Ensure your MC is flexible enough to adjust the wedding program and keep guests happy through unexpected transitions or disappointments. Their composure and adaptability will ensure your reception stays fun no matter what surprises pop up.
Why Having a Friend MC Your Wedding is a Great Choice:
Personal Touch -Your friend will infuse humor, meaningful moments, and references tailored just for you as a couple into the reception events.
Comfort Level – You likely won’t have to give your close friend stage directions or worry about offensive material. Their knowledge of you will guide them appropriately.
Rapport with Guests – A friend MC already knows many of your wedding guests, making them feel more engaged and receptive to their humor and guidance.
Value for Money – You get all the benefits of a professional MC at a fraction of the cost.
Memories – Your friend MC has become part of your wedding memories for years.
Carefully selecting which warm, funny, and reliable friend you’ll have MC your reception is a key wedding planning decision. Follow these tips to choose someone who will flawlessly guide your guests through all your reception events with personalised panache. Lean on a friend with stellar public speaking skills, sharp wit, and a deep understanding of you as a couple, and your reception is guaranteed to be special and fun.
From I DO to LET’S GROOVE! Join us at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo Wedding Showcase 2023.
Visit the Ovolo Wedding Showcase to see live music performed by Duke Music.
Catch us on the 4th of June 2023 from 12 noon till 4pm for a magical day of wedding inspiration and expert guidance to make dreams a reality! We’ll be performing throughout the wedding showcase, feel free to drop by to enjoy some of our live tunes and chat to us about our wedding packages.
You’ll also be able to meet and chat with a range of wedding vendors who are also preferred suppliers to Ovolo Woolloomooloo, and are an ideal choice for your wedding dream team!
Ovolo Wedding Showcase 4th June, 2023 12 noon till 4pm Entry is free Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW
Duke Music are thrilled to showcase alongside some of Sydney’s leading wedding industry suppliers:
“Amazing! Josie and Tim were so great in helping to bring our wedding vision to life. The acoustic duo at the ceremony captured everything perfectly, with the pair learning two new songs that we had a special request for. At the reception the five piece band got everyone up and dancing. We and our guests had the best night.”
– David and Adam, married at Ovolo Woolloomooloo.
Watch our latest Duke Promo Reel, shot at Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Getting Married? Read on to find out more about why we think Ovolo is the perfect Harbourside Wedding Venue.
An Ideal Wedding Venue in the heart of Sydney CBD
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo is an ideal wedding venue situated right in the heart of Sydney. Ovolo Hotels is a stylish and unique boutique hotel chain with numerous locations across Australia and Asia. Their Ovolo Woolloomooloo location in Sydney is a spectacular wedding venue that offers breathtaking views of the Sydney City harbour, stunning design choices, and creative catering options. If you’re looking for a fabulous waterfront wedding venue in Sydney, be sure not to miss Ovolo!
You-nique Weddings at Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a stylish boutique hotel located on the 100-year-old Woolloomooloo Wharf, offering an exceptional wedding experience for couples who want their special day to be truly unique. At Ovolo Woolloomooloo, they understand that every couple has their own style and preferences when it comes to their wedding day, which is why they offer personalized wedding packages to cater to varying budget and tastes.
Their You-nique Weddings concept allows couples to select from the numerous options and customize their wedding according to their needs. The venue boasts breathtaking city skyline views and is surrounded by nearby attractions. The stylish boutique hotel is decorated with pastel murals, wooden beams, and copper pillars, adding an industrial chic ambiance to the wedding space.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers creative catering options, ensuring that the food will be an unforgettable highlight of the day. They cater to dietary requirements and offer a beverage package which includes amazing food and drinks for guests. The wedding packages include inclusions such as room hire, catering options, table settings, and service/wait staff.
Couples can choose to have their wedding ceremony, reception, or both at Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Their private spaces, including the Piper Room, can accommodate up to 300 guests in a cocktail setting or up to 200 guests for an intimate reception dinner. Their all-important bridal suite is perfect for getting ready for the big day, and the Cowper Wharf Roadway provides a perfect setting for wedding photos.
For a feel of the ambiance and signature style at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, check out their wedding Instagram page. With their personalized wedding packages, breathtaking city skyline views, stylish boutique hotel, and creative catering menus, Ovolo Woolloomooloo stands out from other wedding venues.
With our tailored live music packages, Duke Music are able to cater for a variety of event styles and client tastes. From our All Day Live Music Packages which include our acoustic duo during Ceremony and Canapes, to our Small Band or Full Band options, or even our DJ option during your Reception, your whole event is easily catered for. with the same team of professional musicians. We also supply all our own Production equipment, so you never need to worry if quality sound can be available in every event space.
Consider Bridal Suite and Other Special Packages with Ovolo Hotels
For the wedding couple and their wedding party, the luxurious Bridal Suite at Ovolo Hotel is an excellent place to get ready for the big day. The suite offers a picturesque view of the harbour, making it a serene and relaxing environment to prepare for the special occasion. The suite includes all the amenities necessary for a stress-free experience, ensuring a comfortable and memorable wedding day for the bride and her party.
In addition to the Bridal Suite, the Ovolo Hotel offers various special packages to take the wedding day experience to the next level. These packages include some extras such as a fairy floss cart, an industrial chic cocktail setting, and private dining experiences, and luxurious guest suites, making the wedding day even more unforgettable. The special packages are tailored to meet the couples’ unique needs, allowing them to create the perfect wedding day.
Overall, Ovolo Hotels provide the perfect wedding venue with their bold design choices and creative catering menus. The Bridal Suite and Special Packages make the experience effortless and provide the couple with a spectacular wedding ceremony and reception space. The hotel’s prime location and nearby attractions, such as the city skyline and pastel murals, allow guests to create a stunning wedding day that cannot be replicated anywhere else.
Where is Ovolo Woolloomooloo?
The hotel is situated on the 100-year-old Woolloomooloo Wharf, providing guests with a one-of-a-kind wedding experience. This stylish boutique hotel boasts a unique and innovative design with bold choices such as pastel murals, wooden beams, and copper pillars. In addition to these design elements, the venue also features a stunning reception space with picturesque views of Sydney Harbour and Bridge, that make it stand out from other wedding venues in the area. Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo.
What function spaces are available at Ovolo Woolloomooloo?
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo is the perfect place to celebrate one’s wedding day, whether it is an intimate soiree or a lavish cocktail celebration. Couples can choose between an all-important bridal suite, private dining, or reception spaces. The wedding spaces cater to the couple’s preferences and is flexible, accommodating both small and large wedding celebrations with its maximum capacity.
There are three main function spaces available at Ovolo Woolloomooloo;
The Piper Room is large and versatile space, bristling with industrial chic. This space is the only part of the wharf in its original condition. Wooden floorboards. High ceilings. Outdoor terrace. Perfect for up to 180 guests. This space allows guests plenty of space on the dance floor while having dinner at round tables around the perimeter. This type of set up works well for wedding receptions and large family reunions as it ensures everyone has room to celebrate but also enjoy a catered meal with their loved ones during the festivities.
The Burbs space will allow you to enjoy the combined offerings of Darlo, Paddo and The Cross in one sensational space. Ideal for larger meetings and private functions. Celebrate, Business, Weddings, Christmas, Conference, Private-function, Dinner, Lunch, Cocktail, Meeting. Perfect for a max of 150 guests. This room allows for a more intimate and comfortable setting. With this option people can gather comfortably around tables while enjoying a meal. This capacity setting would be great for social gatherings such as birthday parties and company functions.
A signature at all Ovolo Hotels, the Alibi Bar is a sleek multipurpose social area designed for guests to work, network or simply kick back and relax. Reserve exclusive use for cocktail parties, Your Wedding Ceremony, launches and major functions. Or hire a smaller section for more intimate gatherings and parties.
Without question the most epic private space at Ovolo Woolloomooloo are The Piper Rooms. Combine the entire facilities of both The Burbs and Piper Room, including the outdoor terrace with in-built AV projector. Choose from in-built AV equipment or a free-standing screen and data projector. Or use them both. Caters to a max of 400 guests standing. It is ideal for activities such as cocktail parties, concerts, lectures and other events that require constant movement of those in attendance.
From your very first meeting until the last drink is poured, you’ll be blown away by the dedication of Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s wonderful Wedding Specialists, who will be there every step of the way, from helping finalise menu selections to liaising with your suppliers. Every Ovolo wedding includes room hire, service and wait staff, creative catering options, table settings, and the all-important bridal suite, so you know your wedding day at this stylish boutique hotel will feel effortless and enjoyable.
Menu Options and Beverage Package to Suit Every Occasion
This wedding venue offers a creative catering menu that promises amazing food and bold tastes to fit dietary requirements. Ovolo Woolloomooloo is famous for its creative catering options which prove their quality at every wedding.
When booking a wedding with Ovolo Woolloomooloo, couples can expect a range of menu options and beverage packages to suit every occasion. They can start by taking advantage of the complimentary menu and beverage tastings to ensure that they select the perfect options for their special day.
The menu options at Ovolo Woolloomooloo are diverse and unique, ranging from creative catering menus that push the boundaries, to fine dining experiences that are sure to leave a lasting impression on guests. Additionally, special features such as gum balls, fairy floss, and snow cone machines can add a unique touch to the wedding, providing guests with an unforgettable experience.
The beverage package selected by the couple will enhance the overall experience and cater to the preferences of their guests. Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers a carefully curated selection of drinks, including a bespoke cocktail list that perfectly complements the atmosphere of the venue.
Furthermore, Ovolo Woolloomooloo provides the ability to customize both the menu options and beverage package to suit the particular taste of the bride, groom, and their guests. Couples can work with the experienced team to ensure that every aspect of the wedding is perfect for them, including the food and drink options.
In conclusion, Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s menu options and beverage packages cater to every occasion, from intimate soirees to lavish cocktail celebrations or intimate reception dinners. The team is dedicated to delivering creative catering menus and careful beverage selections that reflect the signature style of the stylish boutique hotel.
Why do we love Ovolo Woolloomooloo so much?
Overall, the venue guarantees an effortless wedding experience for the couple and their wedding guests, with easy access to nearby attractions and the magnificent city skyline providing a stunning backdrop for the event.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for an ideal wedding venue in Sydney, Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a perfect choice. Its unique features, intimate space, picturesque views, and creative catering options will make the wedding experience truly remarkable and unforgettable.
Waldara Farm is a beautiful and charming wedding venue that we highly recommend. This all-in-one wedding and elopement venue offers couples an exclusive and bespoke wedding experience, with an array of beautiful event locations and flexible wedding packages.
Located at Burroughs Crossing Rd, Waldara Farm is easily accessible from Sydney, Orange and Mudgee, offering couples the perfect spot for a rustic and enchanting country wedding. With rugged landscapes, seasonal gardens, and a rustic barn, this venue is ideal for couples who are looking for a natural and elegant setting.
At Waldara Farm, couples can choose from an array of amazing wedding vendors who will help to create the perfect wedding plans. The farm’s team of wedding professionals includes a dedicated wedding coordinator, who works closely with couples to ensure that their dream wedding becomes a reality.
One of the greatest things about Waldara Farm is that it is an affordable wedding venue with flexible and friendly wedding packages. This means that couples can choose from a variety of different options, including extended weekend weddings or an entire wedding day, without breaking the bank.
The farm also offers wet weather options, making it the perfect location for couples who are looking for a reliable and safe venue, even during the rainiest days. With an exclusive wedding venue that boasts beautiful wedding facilities, including a barn for wedding receptions and a choice of farm wedding ceremonies, Waldara Farm offers couples everything they need for a seamless and unforgettable wedding day.
In conclusion, Waldara Farm is the perfect wedding venue for couples who are looking for an enchanting and rustic wedding experience. With its beautiful event locations, flexible wedding packages, and amazing wedding vendors, this venue offers couples a bespoke and unforgettable wedding day. So if you’re planning your dream wedding, look no further than Waldara Farm.
About Waldara Farm Oberon
Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Oberon, New South Wales, Waldara Farm is a stunning wedding venue that offers couples the perfect spot to tie the knot. Waldara Farm is a place where rustic charm meets natural wonders, providing the ideal backdrop for a dream wedding.
The farm consists of rugged landscapes, seasonal gardens, and a rustic barn – all of which create a delightful array of picture-perfect event locations. The farm is located at Burroughs Crossing Rd, making it easily accessible from both Orange and Mudgee.
Waldara Farm is an all-in-one wedding and elopement venue that offers couples an exclusive wedding experience. It features beautiful wedding facilities, including a barn for wedding receptions, a choice of farm wedding ceremonies, and wet weather options.
One of the greatest things about Waldara Farm is that it is an affordable wedding venue that offers flexible and friendly wedding packages. Couples can choose from extended weekend weddings or an entire wedding day, all without breaking the bank.
Waldara Farm goes above and beyond to ensure that every wedding is a bespoke and unique experience, with an array of amazing wedding vendors available to make the day extra special. From the wedding celebrant to the MC, the farm offers access to an incredible team of professionals who can help to create the perfect wedding plans.
For couples who are looking for an Australian country wedding experience that is both charming and unforgettable, Waldara Farm is the perfect location. Gary, the venue tour guide, will take you on a journey through the farm, showcasing its many beautiful spots and helping you to create the most amazing wedding experience imaginable.
In conclusion, Waldara Farm in Oberon offers couples the best of both worlds – a rustic and charming wedding venue, combined with the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. From flexible and affordable wedding packages to expert wedding vendors, Waldara Farm has everything that couples need to create a perfect and unforgettable wedding experience.
Ash and Yanni’s Wedding Ceremony
The rain wouldn’t dampen anyone’s spirits on Ash and Yanni’s Wedding Day. Guests were invited to join the couple in a rustic Barn. Walking down the aisle to a live performance of “Can’t help falling in love” performed by DUKE Duo, Josie and Tim, both Ash and Yianni were thrilled to be spending forever together.
Ceremonies at Waldara Farm
Ceremonies at Waldara Farm are nothing short of magical. The natural wonders that surround this stunning wedding venue serve as the perfect backdrop for a beautiful and unforgettable event. Whether you’re planning a simple and intimate ceremony or an elaborate celebration with all your closest family and friends, Waldara Farm has everything you need to bring your dream wedding to life.
You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of wedding ceremony locations throughout the property, including the beautiful seasonal gardens, the rustic barn, and even the rugged landscapes that surround the farm. No matter which location you choose, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors, creating a truly enchanting atmosphere for your ceremony.
The farm’s flexible wedding packages and affordable pricing options make it easy to plan your perfect wedding ceremony. You’ll have access to all-in-one wedding and elopement packages that include everything from exclusive use of the entire wedding venue to wedding day photography and even an extended weekend stay.
With an expert team of wedding professionals on hand to take care of everything from the ceremony setup to post-ceremony cleanup, you’ll be free to focus on enjoying your special day and making memories that will last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for the perfect location for a bespoke, country wedding ceremony, look no further than Waldara Farm. With its delightful array of wedding experiences and beautiful event locations, this stunning property offers everything you need to bring your dream wedding to life. Book your wedding day at Waldara Farm today and start planning your perfect wedding ceremony in one of Australia’s most beautiful and enchanting locations.
Beautiful Canapes Locations at Waldara Farm
When it comes to beautiful locations for canapes at a wedding, Waldara Farm in Oberon is the perfect choice. Located just outside of Sydney, this stunning venue offers couples a romantic setting that is complete with rolling hills, picturesque views and lush greenery.
The farm offers an array of different options for canape locations, depending on the size and theme of your wedding. Additionally, the team at Waldara Farm are experts when it comes to creating unique and fabulous canape menus, from simple grazing tables to offered canapes.
One of the most popular spots for canapes at Waldara Farm is the Homestead Veranda. This outdoor area overlooks the surrounding estate and provides a relaxed atmosphere for guests to mingle in before the wedding ceremony or reception. The space also features a large stone fireplace that creates a beautiful backdrop for your special day.
For larger weddings, the Woolshed is an ideal location for canapes. This rustic barn offers plenty of room for guests to mix and mingle while enjoying delicious treats like mini pizzas, antipasto platters and seafood options served on platters or trays.
The Wine Cellar located within the Homestead is a cozy yet elegant space that exudes romance and sophistication. It’s perfect if you’re looking for an intimate setting to share drinks and hors d’oeuvres with your closest friends and family before making your way into the reception hall or onto the dance floor.
Finally, there’s nothing quite like hosting your canape hour outdoors in one of Waldara Farm’s beautiful gardens or meadows. With plenty of shade trees, lush gardens, rolling hills, ponds, and even a waterfall, this venue offers a stunning setting for any outdoor gathering—from ceremonies to receptions. Plus, you won’t have to worry about choosing between indoor or outdoor locations since many of these spaces are dual-purpose!
No matter what type of wedding you have planned at Waldara Farm Oberon, rest assured that its beautiful grounds provide plenty of amazing locations where you can host perfect canape hours with all of your loved ones!
Ash and Yanni’s Wedding Reception
Changing the tune, the bridesmades entered the reception to the sounds of “Turn down for what” by DJ snake, followed by a live sax performance of “DestinationCalabria” Performed live by the DUKE trio.
DUKE then DJ’d away the rest of the night, providing traditional greek music to set the scene.
Your Wedding Reception at The Barn
A rustic barn can be the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding reception, and at Waldara Farm in Oberon, you’ll find just that. Whether you’re looking for a glamorous-rustic wedding, or a more traditional farm-style wedding, the options are endless at this stunning venue.
The barn at Waldara Farm offers an unforgettable setting for your reception, complete with ample space for dining, dancing and celebrating with your closest family and friends. Surrounded by the delightful array of seasonal gardens and rugged landscapes, the barn provides the perfect spot for those seeking a truly unique wedding experience.
For those who want to embrace the natural wonders that the venue has to offer, the barn offers a wet weather option so that your special day can go ahead without a hitch, no matter what the weather may bring. And if you’re looking to capture the beauty of your day for posterity, the barn is a fantastic choice for wedding photography, offering a wide range of fantastic backdrops that will create stunning images to remember your special day by.
At Waldara Farm, you can enjoy all of the benefits of an exclusive wedding reception venue without the high price tag. With affordable and friendly wedding packages, as well as flexible options for customizing your big day, you’re sure to find a package to suit your needs and your budget.
So if you want to create the perfect wedding celebration at a beautiful event location, look no further than the barn at Waldara Farm. With a friendly team of wedding experts on hand to help guide you through the planning process, you can rest assured that you’ll have an amazing wedding experience that you’ll cherish forever.
Waldara Farm Wedding Accommodation
If you’re looking for a country wedding venue with accommodation options for your guests, Waldara Farm has you covered. With a variety of on-site accommodation options, your guests can relax and enjoy the entire wedding experience without having to worry about the logistics of travel and accommodation.
The farm offers a range of accommodation styles, from rustic shearing sheds that have been converted into comfortable and stylish lodgings, to the beautifully restored historic homestead. All of the accommodation options at Waldara Farm have been designed with the utmost care and attention to detail, ensuring that your guests will feel comfortable and at home throughout their stay.
One of the standout features of the accommodation at Waldara Farm is the flexibility that it offers. With a variety of different options available, you can choose the accommodation that best suits your needs and budget. For larger groups, the shearing sheds can accommodate up to 24 people, while the homestead can comfortably sleep up to 10 guests.
In addition to the beautiful accommodation options, Waldara Farm also offers a range of wedding packages that include everything you need for an unforgettable day. Whether you’re looking for an all-in-one wedding and elopement venue, or you simply want a stunning location for your ceremony and reception, the friendly and experienced team at Waldara Farm can help you create the perfect wedding day.
Overall, if you’re looking for a country wedding venue with beautiful accommodation options for your guests, look no further than Waldara Farm. With its rustic charm, stunning natural surroundings, and excellent facilities, this venue is sure to impress.
Live Music for your Wedding at Waldara Farm, Oberon
One of the best ways to elevate your Waldara Farm wedding experience is by incorporating live music into your big day. From the ceremony to the reception, live music can add a special touch of magic that will leave you and your guests with unforgettable memories.
Luckily, with Duke Music at Waldara Farm we offer a number of options when it comes to live music for your wedding celebration. Whether you’re looking for an acoustic artist to serenade you during the ceremony, a band to keep the dance floor packed all night long, or a DJ to play your favorite hits, the team at Duke Music can help you find the perfect musical fit for your special day.
If you’re looking for more of a modern sound, our live band or DJ can provide a wide range of music styles to suit your taste and keep the party going all night long. Some couples even choose to add a live string quartet or jazz band for a unique and sophisticated touch.
When it comes to planning for live music at your Waldara Farm wedding, you’ll communicate with us throughout your entire wedding planning journey to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Consider the acoustics of each space where music will be played and we will work with you to create a playlist that complements your wedding day vision.
Overall, incorporating live music into your Waldara Farm wedding is a wonderful way to enhance the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the location. With a little planning and coordination from us too, we can help you to create a wedding day that is truly unforgettable for you and your guests.
JT and Isabel had their beautiful day on the Lawn, at the wonderful Ottimo House in Denham Court. Isabel gracefully walked down the aisle to the sounds of the Duke Duo’s cover of Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen.
Both JT and Isabel requested that Duke choose the perfect songs for the atmosphere when the signing of the register was taking place, allowing for the perfect sounds of Marry Me by Train, covered by the Duke Duo.
Drinks and Canapes on the beautiful lawn with the Duke Duo
After the ceremony, guests were invited to the lawn bar for Canapés where games were played, drinks were opened and the Duke Duo could be heard.
Celebrating at their Ottimo House Reception
Guests then went inside to enjoy JT and Isabel’s reception, styled by Lilac and her incredible team at Upside Down Events. With a feasting banquet table loaded with Asian delicacies, roving Magic by Andy Nunn, and live music by our Duke Quintet. The party was highlighted by their beautiful first dance to Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony. This first dance then turned into a surprise “Silly Dance” called Choo Choo Wa.
The Duke quintet then kicked off the DanceFloor with some of JT and Isabel’s favourite party bangers!
Music plays such an integral part of any wedding day. From the ceremonial songs to the party – starting tracks, there will likely be a range of different musical numbers you will want to feature. But with so many different methods of delivery, it can be hard to know just how you want this music to be played.
Hiring a musician to perform live at your wedding provides a truly authentic and unique experience for you and your guests. But this approach may not be suited to everyone’s preferences, so in this post we will explore both a list of pros and cons of having live music as part of your wedding day itinerary.
The Pros Of Live Music
Bands can provide a tailored experience
There is something special about having a live musician at your wedding. The atmosphere created by the sound of a live instrument being played is unmatched, and will add to the overall ambiance of your big day. This atmosphere can set the perfect tone for any ceremony or reception, and bring a real sense of sophistication to the event.
Hiring a band that specialises in your favourite genre will make the performance that much more meaningful and memorable. You could even request they put their own spin on some classic song requests from other genres that your guests may be more familiar with, which will only add to the uniqueness of the performance.
Hiring a live band to perform at your wedding can create one of the most memorable moments of the day. Live music brings an energy that no recorded music can match and allows you to tailor the performance to your exact needs. Whether you choose a band specialising in classical, jazz, pop or rock music, a live performance will always be more meaningful and memorable than simply playing songs off a playlist.
A great cover band will also bring a wide range of music and song choices you can choose from, to elevate your wedding entertainment and cater for a wide range of tastes and preferences. Whether it’s your wedding ceremony or wedding reception, good quality live musicians should also be able to offer you a range of song selections and perform some of your favorite songs.
A Live Band will keep everyone entertained
Often, a DJ’s job is to get as many people to fill out the dancefloor as possible. However, not everyone will be feeling like dancing, and this type of entertainment can leave certain guests feeling excluded. Live music is an increasingly popular choice for many brides and grooms when it comes to entertainment at their wedding. Whether it’s a string quartet, a jazz band or a full-blown orchestra, there is nothing that compares to the experience of live music by a professional musician.
While weddings are synonymous with dancing, not everyone may be busting a move all night. But fear not! Even if you’re taking a break from twirling around, the band will still be putting on a show for you to sit back and soak up all the reception goodness. With a live performance, you don’t have to be up on your feet to enjoy the music. A great live band should be able to perform a variety of music to suit the type of wedding you’re planning whilst still providing an unforgettable experience. For anyone who doesn’t want to dance the night away, your wedding guests can still be thoroughly entertained by the special sounds of a live performance no matter what type of event you have in mind.
Live Music at a wedding can set the mood
Once you’ve thought carefully about the theme and general ambience you want to achieve at your wedding, you can perfectly align this with your musical choices throughout the day. Looking for romantic elegance during the ceremony? Hire an acoustic duo to serenade you in the aisle. Looking for a rocking Dance Floor all night? A full Band will keep guests energised and partying all night long. Live music can add elegance and ambiance to weddings that guests won’t soon forget. With a variety of instruments in one band, you can also create a unique sound that no pre-recorded music can give your celebration. There is no better way to energise a room than with the help of live performers.
Since band members each have their own personality, guests will be engaged as they play. A good band should be able to adapt to the mood and needs of guests, so the musicians can interact with the guests and share some of their infectious energy! Live music at a wedding can be a great way to make the atmosphere more vibrant and entertaining. One of the major pros of having live music at a wedding is that it adds a personal touch to the celebration.
The cons of Live Music at a Wedding
As reported in this guide to sustainable weddings, roughly 10% of the average couple’s wedding budget will be spent on entertainment. More often than not, you can expect to pay a little more to have a live band or musician perform at your wedding than you would for a DJ or some of your other wedding vendors. According to research conducted by WeddingWire, the average wedding band costs couples $4,500 (just overAU$8,000), but this figure largely depends on a number of factors including location and the time of year.
Many couples will feel that it’s worth allocating a little more of their budget to the music in order to have this bespoke experience, so think carefully about whether or not it’s right for you, and always shop around for the best options. Alternatively ask your band for some alternative package options to suit your budget. Most bands can provide you with an affordable option if you’re working with a tight budget.
Needing adequate space for a Live Band
Another factor you must consider when exploring your musical options is the space you have available at the venue. While a DJ will still need some equipment, live bands will invariably require more space to set up and perform. So if you’ve booked an intimate, cosy venue, you will have to consider how much room a live band will take up. Of course, you could alternatively opt for just a solo musician – a perfect approach if it’s an intimate vibe you’re looking for.
Is it worth having live music at your wedding?
In summary, the pros and cons of having live music at a wedding are dependent on the couple’s budget, the size of their venue, and their personal preference. Despite being more costly than DJs, there is no denying that a live performance can add something extra special to your big day. If you’re looking for something unique and bespoke, then this should be your musical option of choice.
In conclusion, live music can be a great addition to your wedding day, but it’s important to consider all the pros and cons before committing. Be sure to shop around for the best options for your budget and venue size, and explore different musical styles available so you can make the most of your special day!
If you’d like to know more about Duke Music’s wedding packages, contact us today to discuss your preferences and receive a detailed quote.
For Kylie and Jake, their special day took place at the wonderful Boathouse on Shelley Beach.
“After many years of watching DUKE perform at various events, it was an absolute dream to have them entertain at our wedding. DUKE was an absolute standout on the day and we received such lovely compliments. From ceremony to reception, they created the perfect playlist and combination of songs that was thoroughly enjoyed by all but also complimented us to a tee! Through the entire process they were very organised and prompt. Even with the craziness of rescheduling dates and sudden changes, they were flexible, understanding and super positive. The little things on the night did not go unnoticed either, and we truly appreciated their quick efforts to help clear the room to kick off the dancing! We can’t thank them enough and will forever be recommending to all our family and friends.”. – Jake and Kylie
Although Jake and Kylie had whisked away earlier in the year and eloped with their nearest and dearest, Duke had the honour to perform for them when they shared their vows once again for Friends and Family post-Covid.
Duke performed at both their wedding ceremony and the reception at the Shelley Beach Boathouse. We were thrilled to re-live the night with the amazing photography from Alex Marks.
Surrounded by family and friends at their wedding Ceremony upstairs at Shelley Beach Boathouse, Kylie entered to the sounds of “Simply The Best” performed by the Duke Duo.
Festivities then kicked off downstairs, with our Duke Trio featuring Chris Gable, entertaining guests during Dinner and Dancing. Josie then wrapped up the night with a blazing DJ set.
Huge thanks to Kylie and Jake for having us be part of their amazing wedding day!
As it does every year, Darling Harbour threw an incredible Christmas festival in 2022, which Duke had the honour to be a part of.
Great music, Live entertainment, Incredible food, and the appearance of a man in red. What else can you ask for in a Christmas festival? It was a great weekend for the family.
Duke was thrilled to perform alongside amazing bands such as kaleidoscope dream – an 8 piece band featuring the voice stars Adam Katz and Nadia Leigh providing flawless R&B vocals, Soulganic – not just a band, but a musical experience that left the audience energised, and Summit – lead by the 2021 Australian Jazz pianist of the year, Matt Thompson, who got the audience in the spirit with their jazzy covers of Christmas classics.
We were delighted to perform as the Duke Duo for the wedding of Terrence and Yi-Hern at the beautiful waterfront Zest in Mossman. Beginning the day with a traditional tea ceremony, and ending it with a beautiful acoustic duo is the way that Terrence and Yi-Hern chose to spend their special day. Both Terrence and Yi-Hern were absolutely thrilled with the day, and especially the party at the end.
Thank you so much to Yi-Hern and Terrence for allowing us to be apart of their special day! Thank you to the wonderful team at pepper dune for the beautiful photography and videography of the day.
When you, yourself are a musician choosing a wedding band is not as easy as it sounds. The bar is high and the band must exceed your expectations. This is what Duke brought to the musical wedding of Bella and Matt at Curzon Hall.
Curzon Hall is renowned for its historic character and graceful presence. The magical Banquet Room is renowned for its architectural features and magnificent chandeliers. This grand pillarless ballroom with high ornate ceilings and natural light is a fairytale come to light (with a little sprinkle of fairy dust). Our 6-piece Duke band had the pleasure of performing for 150 guests at Bella and Matt’s magical (and musical) wedding reception.
Just a few guest performers
Bella and Matt’s Black Tie wedding provided the perfect opportunity for them to invite some of their closest friends to perform one of their favourite songs “Gonna fly now” by Bill Conti accompanied by the Duke Band. Yes, they were all musicians!! We performed this song as their entrance to their wedding reception and it was received with rapturous applause!
Curzon Hall photoshoot – Bella and Matt’s beautiful day
Bella and Matt chose the perfect photographer (Images by Kevin) to celebrate their love. We love Kevin’s work, he’s the perfect photographer for the easy-going couple. Less stress = more joy, and there’s no awkward poses ever!
Bella and Matt had amazing weather for a photoshoot in the stunning Curzon Hall Gardens, with the breathtaking backdrop of the Curzon Castle.
Bella and Matt’s First Dance
Bella and Matt performed their amazing first dance to the sounds of Dukes cover of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga. With a pretty solid amount of performing background between them, their First Dance was absolutely something to behold!
This beautiful dance was then followed by an abundant amount of dancing from guests. We had a blast performing some of our favourite D-Floor hits and bangers.
The night was then brought to a close to the amazing sounds of our very own Chris Gable and his rendition of “Burn For You” By John Farnham. All in all it was a fantastic evening celebrating two very talented and special people.
Thanks for having us, Bella and Matt!
Duke music would like to acknowledge all of the fellow vendors who were a pleasure to work with and who made the wedding of Bella and Matt possible.
Our Duke Duo & Band were delighted to perform for the wonderful Chenae and Elias on their wedding day at Merribee Gardens in November.
They were blessed with the most stunning weather and an exceptional team of vendors who brought their dream day to life. Thank you so much for having us be part of your special day and to perform some of our absolute favourite love songs for you both. xox
Darling Harbour put on two weekends of frosty fun featuring the best beats and eats in Sydney. Our Duke Band were thrilled to be a part. Tumbalong Park came alive with DJs and bands playing free live music, foodie markets, outdoor bar, firepits and igloos. Every night finished with a bang by Cockle Bay with fireworks. It was one of the best things to do in Sydney to warm up this winter!
We were delighted to perform alongside the likes of bonafide party starters Furnace & The Fundamentals, one of Australia’s most entertaining acts, Hot Potato Band; and pop and retro-rock Soul Movers, led by frontwoman Lizzie Mack together with the legendary OG-Red-Wiggle, Murray Cook. More acts to heat up the chilly winter nights included our good friends from Sir Archer, along with DJs Beth Yen and our pal DJ Lauren Neko.
Tumbalong Park was transformed into a winter warmer foodie market, offering up a hot pot of food and drinks pop-ups to warm everyone’s bellies. With so many stalls and food trucks serving up some awesome bites from the likes of Burgerhead, Firepop, Gelatissimo, Urban Gypsy Cafe, Toastiesmith, Bubble Nini, Okonomiyaki, The Fudge Shop, Wafflo, and more!
Guests would warm up with mulled wine and craft beers from one of the pop-up bars in the park and dance the day away to the live music pumping from the Tumbalong Park stage.
Special thanks to Winederella for Josie’s ‘Make Wine Not War’ T-Shirt, which she proudly wore on stage for this performance. It honours all those in the Ukraine who are surviving the war. Proceeds from the sale of this shirt are being donated to various appeals which are helping refugees from Ukraine. We are thinking of all our friends in the Ukraine and hoping this misery comes to an end soon. Get Your HERE.
To say we’re excited about Elise and Nic’s magical waterside wedding is an understatement. This darling couple have been loved-up for so long, it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for them to finally get hitched. Elise and Nic were supposed to be married in May 2020, however the first round of Covid-lockdowns in Sydney had other plans for them. After postponing their plans for 12 months, Elise and Nic finally tied the knot in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in May 2021. Duke was there to help them celebrate, providing the perfect wedding music from their Ceremony to the Dance floor. Here’s the shimmy on how their magical wedding day went down. We say a huge thank you to Charlotte Exton Photography for these gorgeous images.
About their Ceremony
Nothing brings us more joy than a peaceful and romantic Ceremony location that sings with a sense or reverie. From the moment we set eyes on their Ceremony location we couldn’t help being taken aback by the serenity. McCarr’s Creek Reserve in Church Point is dappled by tall Spotted Gum Trees and runs beside a rocky shore and sandy beach. It also extends into larger bushland areas in the National Park. This setting provided the perfect backdrop for Elise and Nic to share their vows and be married.
Their Ceremony was elegantly styled by the wonderful team from Little Lane Events and their impeccable eye for detail. We know many readers will be vying for some of the styling crafted by Little Lane for Elise’s wedding day, but to be fair she did have a slight wedding advantage, being one of the Little Lane Team members herself! Her unique taste and flair for styling and all things weddings resonates throughout their entire wedding day, as you can see.
Elise and Nic’s magical waterside wedding Ceremony was officiated by the lovely Lisa Parker from Married By Lisa. She’s arguably one of our most favourite Celebrants. Lisa takes great pride in creating beautiful, bespoke Ceremonies delivered with joy, warmth, and professionalism. She’s a pleasure to work beside and we’re a great team.
Our Duke duo performed live throughout their Ceremony, with Elise walking down the aisle to our rendition of ‘Feels Like Home’ by Chantal Kreviazuk (one of our favourite songs). During their Signing guests chatted amongst themselves as we performed our version of ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ (you can listen to it here). Warmly congratulated by Lisa and formally introduced as Husband and Wife, Elise and Nic recessed down the Aisle together to our rendition of ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ by The Blues Brothers. Our song carried them through to their Champagne tower which was the perfect way to celebrate their newly minted marriage.
Off For Photos
About their Wedding Reception
The handiwork of Little Lane Events continued to impress us as we arrived at Elise and Nic’s wedding Reception. BYRA was transformed into a magical, awe-inspiring, wedding wonderland. From the floral arrangements, to the styling pieces, to the lighting and ambience.. It’s hard to imagine BYRA being a sailing club in any way at all! Congratulations to Little Lane Events for this wonderful transformation. It was the perfect setting for Elise and Nic to see their wedding celebrations from day into night.
Our Duke duo continued to perform throughout their Canapes-style Reception to provide a mix of pop hits and classic covers to warm everyone’s hearts and help liquify the evening. If there was such a thing as the perfect speeches, Elise and Nic’s friends and family had exactly those, with just a touch of the theatrical. Elise’s two best mates surprised her with a rendition of a song they had all performed together years before, in their high school musical. It was such a delight to see them sharing such a special moment together.
When it came time to kick their heels up, Elise and Nic opened the dance floor by sharing their first dance to ‘I’m So In The Love With You’ by Ball Park Music. Josie’s DJ skills rolled everyone on into the night with a rocking mix of 90’s + 00’s bangers, dappled with some epic country singalongs and pop hits.
Thank you to Elise and Nic for having Duke Music be a part of your wedding day. It was our joy to perform for you.
There’s no better day than a day when your clients send through their wedding photos. Steph and Ian’s wedding was absolutely one of our favourites! We are so excited to share their amazing day with you, courtesy of Cassie from Bedford Photography. Although we’re in the throws of Sydney’s third lockdown, we’re glad we had a chance to celebrate with Stephanie and Ian on their wedding day at the Hazelhurst Gallery, whilst Covid gave us all a (brief) reprieve in early 2021. Steph and Ian booked the Duke Duo + Trio + DJ package for their wedding day. Here’s how it went down!
Their First Look..
So what is a first-look, you ask? Well, it’s a great idea – that’s what! A first look is the perfect opportunity for you and your beloved to have a moment together before the madness of the rest of your wedding day. You’ll be pulled in every direction; saying hi to all your family and friends, being snapped, having drinks, hitting the d-floor for a boogie, and smooching your lover. Makes sense to get a bit of one-on-one time in early, right? Totes.
Their Wedding Ceremony
Their Ceremony songs
Our Duke duo had the honour of performing these songs live for Steph and Ian’s wedding Ceremony;
An honourable mention goes out to these good looking humans who were part of Steph and Ian’s wedding party. Whilst guests mingled during Canapés hour, their wedding crew took the time to chillax and grab a few fun snaps with Cass from Bedford Photography.
On their Reception
When Steph and Ian moved to their Reception, they joined their guests for drinks and canapes whilst the our Duke Duo serenaded them all on the deck. Not long afterwards guests were greeted by the absolute visual (and literal) feast that is the Hazelhurst Gallery.
The Dancing Part
The Duke Duo becomes the Trio for Dinner and Dancing, then DJ Josie lets- loose!
With the addition of our third musician, Chris Gable, we had the joy of levelling-up from our Duke Duo to our Trio. It’s one of our favourite musician combinations, in fact! This meant the addition of not only a third vocalist, but Chris also plays the Sax, Bass, and acoustic Guitar as well (is there anything he can’t do?). We had the pleasure of playing live during their Dinner service, then we opened the Dancefloor with some crazy-good bangers. Oh, and Chris played a killer rendition of Billy Joel’s ‘Just The Way You Are’. (Click here if you wanna have a listen to Chris’ version!).
To finish the night, Josie took over as DJ and ended the night on a huge high! (photo evidence attached!).
“Josie is a true professional, she was a pleasure to work with from the moment we first enquired about Duke. We had already postponed our wedding due to Covid before we met Josie. She answered all our questions and gave us the flexibility we needed if we had to move our date again which gave us peace of mind. Josie was super friendly and made the whole experience fun and relaxed. Everything ran so smoothly music wise on the day. Duke set the tone for our ceremony with a beautiful selection of acoustic songs combining our favourites with tunes they selected that fit beautifully. At the reception Josie and the crew read the room really well to keep the good vibes and dancing flowing all through the night to the very last song. All our guests commented on how fantastic the band were. Loved the saxophone!! Nailed the Billy Joel song we chose for our first dance. And hearing him playing the violin in Runaway by the Corrs… that was very cool. Thank you for helping make our wedding the best day ever.”
— Stephanie and Ian
Many thanks to Steph and Ian for having us be part of your amazing wedding day.
A huge thanks also to Cass from Bedford Photography for sharing these images with us! Make sure you BOOK HER for your wedding photography.
With many of our Clients wedding plans being impacted by Covid-19, we’ve seen our fair share of cancellations, postponements, and re-schedules. But planning your wedding day in 3 weeks takes the (wedding) cake! Alex and Phil achieved this very feat, and with bucket loads of success and good spirits to boot.
Alex’ wedding look
Alex’ look was wonderfully elegant in her Suzanne Harward Couture ‘Aurora’ gown. Iconic Melbourne Designer Suzanne Harward has been creating breathtaking couture wedding gowns and red-carpet dresses for more than four decades. She specialises in made-to-measure and ready-to-wear lines that exhibit the finest quality in luxurious textiles and complex couture construction techniques. Her ‘Aurora’ gown is a part of her limited-edition Utopia collection of never to be repeated handmade couture gowns.
Alexandra and her Bridesmaids carried exquisite bouquets made by White House Flowers in the Northern Beaches. The delicate array of white Roses and Orchids, were later perfectly complemented by the floral styling at the Reception (more to come on that, later!).
At their Freshwater Ceremony by the beach, feat Duke Duo.
Coming down the Aisle
All eyes were on Alex as she gracefully made her way down the Aisle to Duke’s rendition of ‘Sea Of Love’ by Cat Power. Met by Phil, they were all smiles whilst their Celebrant Mary-Louise indulged us in some novel history about Freshwater, before marrying our lovely couple in a relaxed Ceremony (we should mention, she’s also a Relationship Coach, a Yoga Teacher, and a JP – impressive!).
Phil and Alex celebrated to the sounds of Duke’s cover of Ho Hey by The Lumineers, to the throws of petals and cheers by their nearest and dearest.
Alex and Phil’s Reception. It’s time to begin!
As we mentioned earlier, pulling together the plans for a wedding in just 3 weeks is no mean feat. After Covid changed their original plans, once the restrictions eased in NSW Alex and Phil didn’t hesitate to bring together the day of their dreams. We think it came together with finesse and grace – well done Alex and Phil! Ok, onto the exciting stuff..
Making their wedding day uniquely theirs
Entering their Reception to ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ by Hall and Oats, our Duke Duo went straight on to play a beautiful mix of current pop hits and classics while guests enjoyed Entree and Mains service. (We caught a tasty glimpse of the menu with our crew meal, which was the most exceptional fillet of Snapper we’ve ever eaten!).
After an obligatory round of hilarious and heartwarming speeches, Alex and Phil cut their cake then made their way to the Dance-Floor for their First Dance. We were honoured to perform an acoustic version of Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’ (you can check out the version, here). We hadn’t ever heard this version until we were asked by Alex and Phil to learn it for their wedding day, we highly recommend you have a listen if you’re looking for something a little familiar but also very unique.
Once the Dance-floor opened, the party kicked into gear!
Although there are some sound-restrictions at Pilu (which are in place in full respect of the neighbours and surrounding community) no body can stand in the way of a dancefloor when there’s a silent disco! Thanks to the team at Silent Rave, Alex and Phil and all their guests were all able to celebrate like there’s no tomorrow to Josie’s DJ bangers.
Thank you so much to Alex and Phil for having us be part of your wonderful wedding day at Freshwater. We had such a blast playing live and DJ’ing for you!
Thank you to Jason Corroto for these wonderful photos. Be sure to scroll to the end of this blog post to check out Alex and Phil’s full list of incredible vendors who helped to make their special day!
We were so lucky to perform for Alastair and Nicole at this stunning wedding venue in the Hunter Valley.
Peppers Creeks boasts one of the best wedding venues in the Hunter Valley, perfect for your Ceremony, Reception & Wedding Accommodation. After a year of waiting, Alastair and Nicole’s wedding day finally arrived! It came as no surprise to us Dukies that after the long and patient year of waiting for their postponed wedding date, Covid wasn’t going to stand in the way of these two having the wedding day dreams are made of at Peppers Creek. We were lucky enough to perform for Alastair and Nicole at this stunning wedding venue in the Hunter Valley. Here’s some info about their wedding venue and how their wedding day went down. Thank you to wedding photographer Red Moose Photography for these images.
About their venue: The Peppers Creek Barrel Room
Celebrating amidst the Autumnal vines of Peppers Creek Barrel Room in the Hunter Valley, our couple had the luxury of all their wedding plans happening in the same location. Hunter Valley Wedding Venue Peppers Creek Barrel Room is a beautiful country property nestled on the banks of the mighty Hunter River and surrounded by lush green countryside with views over the river valley to Mount Rochford. Peppers Creek is centrally located on Broke Road in Pokolbin, the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country.
The venue has been designed with rustic opulence in mind as an intimate space that can accommodate up to 200 guests seated or standing at tables set around the lawns and gardens. Alastair and Nicole celebrated their Ceremony in the on-site Chapel, and their Reception in the majestic Barrel room (complete with roaring fireplace).
Onsite accommodation is also available through www.pepperscreek.com.au which is the perfect place to stay with you and your wedding party prior to the wedding day. Peppers Creek offers three unique stone cottages, ideal for friend or family group getaways to the Hunter Valley. The onsite accommodation can be offered individually or as a group booking, a total of 26 guests can be accommodated in the cottages. Each cottage is fully equipped with all linen and towels provided for your stay.
For Alastair and Nicole it all started with their Best Man, Damien. Attending as a guest at another Duke wedding, Damien carved up the dance floor with us! After that night he didn’t hesitate to let his besties know about the rocking band he saw and it was his personal recommendation which lead Alastair and Nicole to book with us. (Personal recommendations are the most common way our couples find us!). Being a creative couple with strong musical influences, it was important to them they find a discerning band who could perform a variety of tunes from Ceremony to Dance-Floor, and ensure guests would be partying well into the night. The perfect musical recipe for Alastair and Nicole’s entire wedding day was absolutely our Duke Duo for their Ceremony and Canapés, partnered with our Duke Quintet for Dinner music and Dancing.
Their Wedding Ceremony in Peppers Creek Chapel
Their Wedding Ceremony was set in the Peppers Creek Chapel, an idyllic sandstone building, with traditional, antique timber church pews, lectern, signing table and chairs. The sandstone Chapel offers the perfect country vineyard setting, overlooking the Merlot vines. We commenced their Ceremony with a song meant for a true One Direction fan (Nicole) called ‘Little Things’ as our Bride made her way down the aisle.
Certainly one of the highlights of performing for their Ceremony was to have Alastair come up to us soon afterwards to let us know how well he thought we’d played that song 🙂 Job done! The tone was perfectly set for the rest of the celebrations ahead!
Some Canapes to see in the sunset
As Canapés continued after the Ceremony beside the Chapel, we played on as an Acoustic Duo in the Chapel courtyard whilst guests mingled and supped champers. Whilst we were providing some beautiful ambient music for guests to socialize, I had the pleasure of briefly getting a happy-snap with some long time friends (between songs) – what a joy to unexpectedly see them! This is a photo of me with Mark and his wife Denise (Damien’s Mum and Dad!). Mark was the Musical Director of a show I performed back in 2008 .. just a little Disney production called ‘Beauty And The Beast’ where I had the honor of performing the lead role of ‘Belle’. You can watch a little of it here!
Off to enjoy some photos with their
‘I Do Crew’
The stunning grounds of Peppers Creek Barrel Room include; vineyards, creek, chapel and of course the barrel room itself. There are many nearby locations which are perfect for capturing your couple photos, including long grassy spaces which are illuminated by the golden sunset. The country bush surroundings are just across the road with the hills behind them creating the perfect picturesque backdrop.
And the party begins!
Alastair and Nicole’s Wedding Reception kicked off shortly afterwards, welcoming guests into the large Barrel Room (and cosy fireplace). Within short walking distance to the Chapel, the entrance to the building is framed by three meter high Indian elephant doors. The entertainment area is centred around a five-metre wide stone fireplace and the building is made from century old stone blocks.
Duke had the honor of playing their Reception entrance song ‘Let’s Get It Started’ by the Black Eyed Peas (classic!) as each couple was formally introduced to the wedding guests. Then we swung straight into what our band loves, playing excellent dinner music. With our 5-piece band we performed throughout entrees and dinner service, warming up the guests for the blazing Dance-Floor to follow.
Let’s the Dance-Floor commence!
Alastair and Nicole official opened the Dance-Floor with their First Dance, our duke-inspired live rendition of Tamia’s ‘So Into You’.. one of our favorite tunes right now. Then, it was all guns blazing as Duke lit-up that dance floor and we partied hard into the night. We performed an array of classic bangers, retro sing-alongs, and blazing rock tunes. You have to see it to believe it.
After a HUGE night of dancing (goodbye, Covid restrictions!) it was only fitting we say goodbye with another One Direction classic for Alastair and Nicole, waving goodbye to them with ‘Kiss You’ as their Farewell song.
Alastair and Nicole’s Review
If you’ve read this far into this blog post, lucky you! You’ll be graced with some very kind words from our Groom, who summed up his experience with Duke kindly. What an amazing wedding day. We’re stoked to share his words with you and hope that you’ll be thinking of us for your wedding day, too!
Talk about lucky in love! Debbie and Drew won their wedding through Wedstock Festival, and we were thrilled to be a part of their special day that had bright retro vibes, happy people and a vintage car exploding with blooms. Here are some photo highlights from the talented photography team at Mr Wigley.
Getting ready for the big day
Our Groom, Drew, spent the morning got ready with his boys (with a dash of whiskey, beers and lots of laughs). Debbie was of course preparing for the day with her awesome tribe. As soon as the blue suede shoes were on, the dancing began – as you know, we’re all about the music so we already love this wedding!
Coming down the aisle
Our bride Debbie walked down the aisle to Duke Music’s rendition of Angels by The XX. Celebrant Venetia Robertson crafted a warm and connected ceremony for Debbie and Drew and their small group of friends and family. The newlyweds hugged, kissed and everyone hoorayed as they walked down the aisle to our duo playing You’ve Got The Love by Florence + The Machine.
Whizzing around Sydney
Debbie and Drew traveled together in style in a mint yellow and black vintage car and really, they could have had the ceremony inside the car filled with flowers and we would have been overjoyed. Huge credit to Black Cab Central for providing such a fun mode of transport, featuring cheery shades of florals on the roof.
Getting some happy snaps
During group photos Debbie and Drew definitely cranked up the fun factor, popping a bottle of champagne and showering every soul in the garden!
Off to their photoshoot
Then they were back in that epic ride heading downtown, for couple photos that were candid, fresh and fun. Backdrops of giant tree roots, rustic brick walls, graffitied street corners and the waterfront at sunset were all part of the plan, and it unfolded perfectly.
Kicking their heels up at their Reception
Back at Wilhelmina’s in Balmain, the party was on and what a great little place to celebrate love. Roseberry Cake Creations had delivered the sweetest pink and yellow wedding cake styled with red and pink florals and a gold cake topper. The guests said the blast of color matched the taste. They also took home thank you boxes filled with treats for later – thoughtful touches make the day extra special.
Thank you to Wedstock Festival for inviting us to this epic wedding. They describe their service as creatively alternative and eclectic at heart, connecting couples with like-minded and unique vendors. Our creative souls were bursting with confetti to be a part of this collaboration.
A waterfront view and decor full of minimal, natural colors which perfectly complemented the scenery around them, Simone and Rob’s Jervis Bay wedding at The Cove was one of our favorite celebrations in 2020!
The morning of their Jervis Bay wedding day
Rob started the day by getting ready with his four groomsmen, enjoying laughs and a few beers together. Keeping with the minimal theme, they all dawned cream and white suits. With the prettiest boho inspired interior in the bridal suite (aka “Glam Room”) complete with pink, palm print wallpaper, Simone and her three bridesmaids sipped on champagne before Simone slipped into her Made With Love fitted lace wedding dress with her bridesmaids wearing a stunning moss green slip dress.
With guests arriving and getting settled for the ceremony, florals, dried palms, and grasses in various shades of white, orange, and green styled by Pia and Jade framed a spot by the water for the couple to say I-Do.
About their Ceremony
Duke and Quintet performed “Speechless” by Dan and Shay live while the bridesmaids made their walk down the aisle, with Simone making her entrance to Callum Scott’s “You Are The Reason.” After exchanging vows, the two signed their certificates to “Here Comes The Sun” by Nathan Roberts and “Love Lost” by Temper Trap. With the wiping away of tears by both Rob and Simone captured by Ainslee Burke Photography,their celebrant, Kylie Sharman, announced them husband and wife! After sealing the ceremony with a kiss, the two walked back up the aisle, hand in hand, under flower petals thrown by the guests in celebration to Rudimental’s “Lay It All On Me”!
Celebrating their Reception
After some group shots with family and their bridal party, Simone and Rob made an epic entrance into their reception to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oates. Their reception space was complete with wooden tables featuring florals of varying heights, candles, and linen napkins. Each guest received a bottled cocktail from Three Foxes, a “Find A Guest” bingo sheet to encourage guests to connect and get to know each other, and a place for guests to sign a puzzle piece in place of a guest book. We love the simplicity of their style and all of the unique elements they included in their Jervis Bay Wedding!
Partying in style with Duke
After toasts the two cut their cake to none other than “Cut The Cake” by Average White Band followed by their first dance to Chris Stapleton’s “Millionaire.” The guests capped the night off by showing off their skills and celebrating in style on the dance floor with the new Mr. and Mrs!
Congratulations Simone and Rob, we are so happy we had a place in celebrating your love story at The Cove!
If you’re looking for wedding entertainment, we are your people! Want Duke Music to help you celebrate your love story? Reach out to us, we can’t wait to hear from you!