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Duke Music X Dark Horse Vineyard

Duke Music recently collaborated with Dark Horse Vineyard, in the beautiful NSW wine region of the Hunter Valley.  This stunning wedding venue held a competition to win two nights luxury stay and a long lunch for five people.  The lucky winner, Gaelle brought along her nearest and dearest people, for an unforgettable getaway and dining experience.

Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Duke Music Gives Life to the 'Dark Horse'

An immersive Hunter Valley winery experience, full of good food and wine deserves a soundscape to match.  When Duke Music was asked to come onboard to be part of the experience, we of course did not hesitate to jump in to lend a helping hand.  After all, how rare is it that you can help to put a smile on people’s faces, just because?  Josie and Tim were absolutely honoured to play a big part in enhancing Gaelle’s experience with her guests, by providing the perfect soundtrack to accompany this unique experience.

Duke Music and Dark Horse Vineyard Hunter Valley
Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
'Dark Horse of the Hunter Valley'

Dark Horse Vineyard is an exclusive weddings and events venue located in gorgeous Lovedale, right in the heart of the Hunter Valley.  It is easy to see why this property is known as ‘Dark Horse of the Hunter Valley’, with the two black caviar barns set amongst 25 acres of vines, paddocks and manicured lawns.  

The Stables is where the all the action happens, suitable for wedding and events.  This beautiful ceremony and reception venue seats up to 170 guests and it is tastefully decorated and styled with gorgeous inclusions. 

From the Stables, we follow the crushed granite paths where The Barn House, a luxurious retreat awaits.  This homestead consists of three bedrooms and can accomodate up to 6 people.

The entire property also gives you exclusive access to multiple on-sight ceremony and photograph locations.

For the perfect location for your wedding or event, with a beautiful ambience and an equestrian charm, you can’t go past The Dark Horse Vineyard.

Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Dark Horse Vineyard and Duke Music
Vendors

We were privileged to be able to collaborate with with these amazing humans, to help make this day a special one for Gaelle and her guests

Venue and Accomodation: Dark Horse Vineyard

Photography: Sheri McMahon Photography

Styling: Honey Lane Events

Tablescape: Take Me Hire

Bespoke Stationery: White Lane Designs

Florals: Floral Collective

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Real Wedding

Lucie and Georgi’s Watsons Bay Wedding

The sun showed up in full swing matched with clear blue skies in the beachside location Dunbar House Watsons Bay as the backdrop for Lucie and Georgi’s wedding day.  Guests came together to celebrate with style to celebrate the marriage of these two brides.  Duke’s Duo, Trio and DJ provided the soundtrack for this special day.

The Ceremony

Lucie and Georgi chose an all day package with Duke Music ( + DJ and MC) to accompany their special day.  Starting with the Duke Duo for the ceremony, the brides chose a mixture of acoustic versions of classic, pop and rock favourites. 

CEREMONY SONG LIST
Entrance song – A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Song Mid Ceremony – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)
Singing of the Register – It’s like Love (De Wayne Everettsmitt) & Walking On Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)
Recessional song – Happy Together (The Turtles)

The Reception

As the sun set over the horizon, Dunbar House Watsons Bay was brought to life with the two newly married lovebirds and their guests.  Our Duke Trio provided a variety of tunes at key moments during the evening as well as 3 sets throughout the evening.

RECEPTION SONG LIST
Wedding Party Entrance – Crazy in Love (Beyonce)
Cutting of the Cake – Watermelon Sugar (Harry Styles)
First Dance – You’ve Got the Love (Florence & The Machine)
Farewell Song – Rather Be (Clean Bandit)

Dancing the Night Away

Our very own Duke vocalist, Josie, stepped into DJ mode, to provide guests with a party atmosphere to dance the night away.  Lucie and Georgi chose a playlist consisting of 90’s Brit Pop mixed with modern hits.  It was great to see guests come onto the dance floor in full swing.  We loved the added touch of the rainbow sneakers that the brides chose to switch into for pain free dancing comfort!

List of Vendors

It was a pleasure working alongside these amazing suppliers to make Lucie and Georgi’s wedding possible (with Instagram links):

PhotographySociety Photogaphy

Videographer DnM Wedding Films

Florals – Lime Tree Bower

VenueDunbar House Watsons Bay

Makeup – Karina Prebble

Celebrant – Adam Seeney (Married by Adam)

MC – Josephine Ison (Event Entertainers)

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Real Wedding

Tyler & Ben’s Wedding – An Artistic and Cinematic Adventure.

It’s not often, that you can say your marriage was witnessed by the greatest artists in history.  Neither can you often say that your wedding was just like out a movie.  For Tyler and Ben this EXACTLY what they will say to everyone about their wedding!  Duke Music had the honour of providing the soundtrack to this timeless and unforgettable wedding day.  The photos in their own right deserve their own exhibition.  Let’s take you on an artistic and cinematic adventure on what was a truly enchanted day!

Tyler and Ben Wedding

Inspired by True Events

Tyler and Ben were inspired to recreate their first date, featuring art and cinema.  They also saw their wedding day as an opportunity to have an “ultimate date night”.  Their wedding was a simple yet luxurious, understated yet decadent and ignited all the 5 senses.  The day started off with preparations at The Old Clare Hotel, a boutique hotel with an old world charm feel. This would set the mood for the classically romantic day that would unfold.  With Ben’s suit by MJ Bale and a beautiful touch of bridal couture by J. ANDREATTA for Tyler’s bridal gown, this was certainly going to be a stylish affair and the perfect ingredients for an ultimate date night.

The Art Gallery of NSW was the backdrop for Tyler and Ben’s wedding ceremony.  What a beautiful iconic building to celebrate the first moment they had together as a couple and to relive it on the first day as a married couple!  There was a cheeky dash of comfort added in with Springcourt shoes.  As you will see, this subtle touch of fun, will be an ongoing theme throughout this day, putting a unique spin on how a wedding can have a fresh approach.

Tyler & Ben's very own Art Exhibition

The images captured by Lei Lei Clavey were so breathtaking, that little words need to be said.  Enjoy these works of Art!

The Cinematic Soundscore by Duke Music

For the reception, we take a trip down memory lane to Golden Age Cinema & Bar.  Tyler and Ben decided to drop all the formalities such as grand entrances and speeches to ensure an uninterrupted party for all and that’s where DUKE Music came in.  Josie, Tim and Chris from the DUKE trio provided an unforgettable motion picture soundtrack to accompany for this fine vintage affair.  We provided 4 x 45 minute sets with a range of old school hits and followed it up with a DJ set with tunes ranging from Elvis Presley to Blink-182.  Out came the choc tops to replace the wedding cake and the night was young!

"You guys are insane. Everyone is literally still talking about you guys and the way you handled all the old emo hits. Everyone love your mini version of 1,000 miles - so many people's favourite part... honestly we can't wait to have another excuse for an event to get you back."
- Tyler

The Final Credits

Thank you to Tyler and Ben for allowing us to be part of your special day!  Of course Duke Music played a small part in bring this adventure to life.  Time at the cinema wouldn’t be complete without the end credits, so here is a list of the vendors (with Instagram links) that Tyler and Ben engaged for their wedding.

 

Photography: Lei Lei Clavey

Florals: BESS

Ceremony Venue: Art Gallery of NSW

Reception Venue: Golden Age Cinema and Bar

Entertainment:  Duke Music (Trio & DJ)

Hair & Makeup: The Future Mrs

Wedding Rings: Thirteen Feet Tattoo

Bridal Gown: J. ANDREATTA

The Groom Suit: MJ Bale

The After Credits

Still with us?  We don’t have any additional scenes for you but our friends at HELLO MAY did an editorial on Tyler and Ben’s wedding.  Find out the finer details of how they planned their wedding from the couple themselves.

 

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Real Wedding

Natalie and Sam’s Exquisite Wine Country Wedding – The Woodhouse Wollombi

A stunning 100-acre property, tucked away in lush wine country and immersed amongst expansive park-like grounds.  It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke – an escape from reality – your own little piece of nature.  We call it a picture-perfect secluded paradise that invokes feelings of home and comfort.  But whatever image and feelings you want to project onto it, it is exactly how it will be.  Because The Woodhouse Wollombi is a magical blank canvas, a place where you can paint your own masterpiece – your own dream wedding, your way.  As the owners like to put it –  “Your Day Your Way – Let Your Imagination Run Wild”.

Here’s your invitation to the “gallery viewing”  of  Natalie and Sam’s masterpiece wedding.

Sitting in the middle of Red Wood Park Wollombi, is “The Woodhouse”: A rustic but refined timber building with high ceilings and large light filled windows.  With this European-like aesthetics and barn-like architecture – nothing more needs to be done against this blank canvas, except to add a bride and groom!

The Finer Details

A masterpiece isn’t complete without an element of still life.  Natalie and Sam took inspiration from the native Australian landscape and enlisted the help of Print 35 for their invitations, floral designs by Little Wrens (just look at that bouquet and boutonnieres!), a subtle addition of Australian flora on the wedding cake by Messina and a splash of greenery on the dining tables also by Little Wrens.

Special Captured Moments

There is nothing quite like the the sights and sounds of people bringing a blank canvas to life.  The gathering and celebration of love, life and culture of the special bond between Natalie and Sam were beautifully captured by Studio Something.  Here are some highlights!

The Accompanying Soundtrack

Duke helped to curate an experience with Natalie and Sam, so they, along with their guests could immerse themselves in a celebration for their love. Our Duke Duo provided a pre-Ceremony music soundtrack for Natalie and Sam to set the tone for a beautiful Ceremony. Tim (from Duke) was also honoured to accompany traditional Vocalist, Isser, on Guitar, whilst he provided his talent as their traditional Jewish singer throughout the Ceremony. Working alongside Isser, we were able to provide a perfectly balanced music experience that incorporated Natalie and Sam’s traditional choices with the romantic atmosphere they wanted to achieve.

One of our favourite aspects of performing at The Woodhouse Wollombi is the stunning location they offer for Wedding Ceremonies and Canapes hour. It’s a short stroll down the hill from the Reception location to a serene and elegant spot. Chris Gable from our Duke team performed as a soloist during Canapes hour, providing a Sax and Vocal performance to accompanying backing tracks. It was the perfect afternoon to enjoy a beverage or two to the delightful tunes and sociable atmosphere provided by Chris Gable.

As sunset hit, out came the dancing shoes with the Duke Band kicking off the festivities with the Hora. It was thrilling and exciting to say the least, we’re in awe of how Brides and Grooms survive such an epic experience! 

Guests moved inside to enjoy Dinner service, during which our Duke Band provided some light and delicious dinner music for everyone’s tastes. Once dinner and the formalities concluded,  Natalie and Sam shared their first dance to Lover of the Light by Mumford & Sons.   Our Duke Quintet continued the evening with a full dance floor featuring bangers by The Chilli Peppers, Kings Of Leon,  Stevie Wonder, and Queen. Check out for yourself just how much fun we had in these fabulous pics by Studio Something.

Thank you Natalie and Sam for having us be a part of your wonderful wedding day at The Woodhouse. 

Natalie and Sam's Wedding used the following suppliers to create their masterpiece!

Venue: The Woodhouse Wollombi

Catering: Fennel and Co

Florals: Little Wrens

Band: Duke Music

Photography & Videography: Studio Something

Hair & Make Up: Shauna Crowley – Sydney Bridal Makeup

Rabbi: Richie Moss

Wedding Cake: Messina

Kosher: Beaches Kosher

Photo Magnets: Magnetic Shots

Transport: Grape Experience

Invitations: Print 35

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Duke Music at the Bebeah Love Fest, 2020

Duke Music Trio recently had the honor of performing live at Bebeah Love Fest 2020 at Bebeah Farm. It was a wonderful day to be performing live for a handful of VIP guests and wedding vendors. The cool air was loaded with the aroma of good food, delicious wine, and soulful music.

We saw several of our fellow Wedding Industry Folk come together for a styled shoot, followed by a delicious long lunch. Each vendor showcased their unique talent for weddings. Not just that, it was joy to celebrate the return of weddings with other small businesses during these difficult times. We ended the day together on a high! 

Captured and Cherished forever

Thanks to the Days Like These Photography and Velvet Sea Production for capturing unforgettable moments throughout the event. It was picture-perfect. 

The Duke Trio

Our Duke Trio comprising of Josephine Ison, Tim Wilson, and Chris Gable, had the privilege of performing for an intimate group of guests. We were showered with warmth and hospitality from all the vendors, too. It was indeed a wonderful day and an unforgettable experience with so much talent under one roof. We also enjoyed an overnight stay at Bebeah Farm. Thanks to the Wow Tents for keeping us warm throughout the night! Their Glamping tent made the night simply magic for us.  

The Vendors

Since we were also guests of the event, we had the luxury of enjoying the love and warmth of our fellow wedding vendors. Highlights included; Fairy Floss by Flossy, and Mr. Goaty’s super cool (ice-cream) Gelato, and Drinking Wines by Tumblong Hills. 

Thanks to Days Like These Events for putting everything together and Days like these Weddings for capturing these wonderful images.

Booking Duke Music – Where there is Music, there is Duke!

The Duke Music Band is a group of Wedding Musicians based in Sydney. It comprises of Josephine Ison and guest artists, including; Chris Gable, Tim Wilson, Linden Furnell, Andy Horvath, Ryan Mooney, and James Bernauer. Our band is ready to perform for any event, with weddings being our specialty. 

We also offer packages that aim to make your event zestful and lively. If you would like us to perform at your wedding or any event then do email or call us!  We provide exceptional live music from the Ceremony to the Dancefloor. You can contact us via info@dukemusic.com.au.

If you are looking for an event organiser, do check out the team at Days Like These Events for wonderful event planning and fun, friendly service.

Here are the talented wedding vendors behind this event;

A Dash Of Wyn @adashofwyn

Absoloo @absoloohire_

Bhree Shevaun Jewellery @bhreeshevaunjewellery

Boho Hair and Make Up @bohohairandmakeup

By Gigi @by.gigi

CaterAid @cateraidevents

Claire Belford Celebrant @claire.belford.celebrant

Days Like These Events @daysliketheseevents

Days Like These Photography @daysliketheseweddings

Ellebore @_ellebore

Event Entertainers @event_entertainers

Event Hire Services @eventhiresyd

Flossy Byron Bay @flossybyronbay

Karina Prebble Make Up @karinaprebblemakeup

Kashiika @kashiika.co

Little Lane Events @littlelaneevents

Memory Lane Weddings and Events @memorylaneweddingsandevents

Mr Goaty Gelato @mrgoatygelato

My Creative Space @mycreativespaceau

Nomad Brewing Co. @nomadbrewingco

Ooh La Neon @oohlaneon

Paddock to Plate Catering Co. @paddocktoplatecateringco

Premier Events @premiereventtrailers

The Giant Tipi Company @giant_tipis

The Party Hire Co. @thepartyhireco

Tumblong Hills Wine @tumblonghills

Upbeat Social @upbeat.social

Velvet Sea Productions @velvetseaproductions

Venue @bebeah_farm

We Are Mancini @wearemancini

Wed Shed @wedshed

WOW Tents @wowtents

Model @sammolineaux

Model @charrlottefoster

Model @emmaacharlottew