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Taking Love to New Heights: A Unique Wedding Experience at Cotswold Airport

Imagine this: a vintage British Airways 747, parked not in the hustle of Heathrow, but in the serene Cotswolds at Cotswold Airport. This isn’t a scene from an aviation geek’s daydream; it’s where Claire and Darren decided to tie the knot. Talk about taking ‘flying high on your wedding day’ literally!

As guests boarded the Negus 747, a retired gem from the 747 fleet, they weren’t just stepping onto a plane; they were walking into Claire and Darren’s love story. The iconic Negus retro livery outside, the cockpit (talk about a conversation starter!), and those original airline seats inside – everything about this venue screamed ‘unique’.

With the ceremony set in an aircraft that once cruised the skies, there was an electric buzz of excitement – a mix of nostalgia for those who love a bit of aviation history and sheer curiosity for others. The cabin, once a place for weary travellers, was now a vibrant space of celebration, decked out for a wedding that was anything but ordinary.

As the DJ, I could see the awe in the eyes of the guests as they explored the cabin, now a spectacularly unconventional wedding venue. This was going to be a wedding that Claire, Darren, and their guests wouldn’t forget in a hurry. So, fasten your seatbelts – we’re about to take off into a celebration that soared way above the standard ‘I dos’.

The Challenge and Thrill of an Unconventional Venue

Right then, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of DJing at 30,000 feet – metaphorically speaking, of course. DJing on a retired 747, you say? It’s not your everyday wedding location, and it threw up a unique set of challenges and thrills. This wasn’t just a case of plugging in and playing. It was about syncing with a venue that’s, well, built for the skies!

First off, let’s talk about the kit. Usually, I’d be lugging my whole DJ setup to a venue, but here’s the kicker – the Negus 747 comes equipped with a top-notch Pioneer nightclub system. Talk about a DJ’s dream! This meant I only had to bring my trusty DJ controller onboard. But don’t let the simplification fool you; the real excitement was in integrating my setup with the plane’s existing tech wizardry.

The most exhilarating part? The music I played was piped through the entire plane. Imagine that – beats flowing from first class to economy, turning the whole aircraft into one giant dance floor. It’s not every day you get to see passengers, sorry, guests, grooving down the aisle where trolleys used to roll!

Adapting to this unconventional space was a bit like solving a Rubik’s Cube – challenging yet immensely satisfying. The cabin’s unique acoustics, coupled with the plane’s in-built sound system, created a vibe you just don’t get in a typical ballroom or country house setting. This wasn’t just spinning tracks; it was about creating an atmosphere that filled every nook and cranny of this majestic bird.

In essence, Claire and Darren’s wedding was more than just a chance to show off my DJ skills; it was an opportunity to meld my music with a venue that’s quite literally flown across the globe. It’s one thing to get the party started, but another to keep it soaring at cruising altitude – and that’s exactly what we did on this unforgettable day.

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Claire & Darren’s Story

Claire and Darren’s wedding wasn’t just a flight of fancy; it was a full journey from takeoff to landing, all aboard the iconic Negus 747. Their special day was a beautifully orchestrated event, with each phase unfolding in and around this majestic aircraft, creating a seamless blend of sky-high romance and down-to-earth celebrations.

The ceremony itself, the pivotal moment where Claire and Darren said their ‘I dos‘, was fittingly held within the plane. Surrounded by the nostalgia and charm of the aircraft, their vows took on a unique air of both adventure and intimacy. Imagine saying ‘yes’ in the same aisles that have seen thousands of travellers – it’s like being part of a grand, romantic narrative written across the skies.

Post-ceremony, the celebration shifted gears, moving outside for the drinks reception. Here, under the vast expanse of the sky, guests mingled and toasted to the couple’s future. The backdrop? The impressive Negus 747, standing proud and regal. This outdoor interlude provided a delightful contrast to the ceremony, allowing guests to bask in the beauty of the Cotswolds while revelling in the excitement of the day.

As the day progressed, the wedding breakfast and the evening reception brought everyone back on board the plane. The transformed cabins of the 747 provided an unparalleled setting for dining and dancing. From the first clink of champagne glasses to the last dance, the plane’s unique ambiance added layers of charm and character to their celebration.

In essence, Claire and Darren’s wedding was a beautiful synergy of skyward dreams and grounded love, all set against the backdrop of a retired 747. Their story wasn’t just about where they got married, but how each element of the day reflected their journey, their passions, and their relaxed, fun-loving nature. Truly, a wedding that reached new heights in every sense!

The Review: Words Straight from the Couple

Roll out the red carpet and get ready for some real talk from the couple of the hour. Claire and Darren’s review of their wedding experience with me, is in, and it’s straight from the heart. Their words not only capture the essence of the day but also provide a firsthand glimpse into what it’s like to have me as part of your special celebration.

Here’s the lowdown, straight from Claire and Darren:

We booked Tony for our wedding in November and wow he didn’t disappoint! Master of ceremonies/entertainer/Dj Tony does it all! The comments I had from my guests about Tony were phenomenal! I myself didn’t get off the dance floor from start to end! If you want your special day to be amazing and unforgettable for the right reasons I can only recommend Tony Winyard. You will not be disappointed!!
Claire and Darren

Now, that’s what I call feedback! Their words aren’t just a pat on the back; they’re a testament to what I bring to the table – or in this case, the dance floor. From master of ceremonies to entertainer to DJ, it’s about wearing multiple hats (or headphones!) and making sure every beat, every moment, and every memory is spot on. It’s music to my ears knowing Claire and Darren, along with their guests, had a blast. When the bride herself can’t leave the dance floor, you know it’s been a day (and night) to remember.

Their recommendation speaks volumes, and it’s all about making your big day not just special, but spectacular. So, if you’re in the market for a wedding that’s both amazing and unforgettable (for all the right reasons, mind you), you know who to call. Let’s make some magic happen, shall we? 🎤💃🕺🎶

The Playlist: Crafting the Perfect Atmosphere

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All right, let’s hit the high notes of Claire and Darren’s wedding playlist – a symphony of songs that set the perfect atmosphere for each moment of their big day.

Ceremony Tunes:

  • Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me” – As the bride walked down the aisle, this classic tune was more than just a song; it was a nod to Claire’s past as an air hostess and the couple’s shared love for the skies.
  • “Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – During the signing of the register, this soulful melody created a magical, almost ethereal atmosphere, reflecting the couple’s dreamy journey together.
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder – To cap off the ceremony, this upbeat number mirrored the joy and excitement of the newlyweds, sealing their love in the most vibrant way.

Wedding Breakfast Beats:

  • The wedding breakfast was accompanied by a curated selection of tunes that complemented the couple’s style and story. Each track was chosen to enhance the mood of the meal – think mellow, uplifting, and full of love.

Evening Reception Rhythms:

  • First Dance: “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder – A timeless classic that beautifully echoed Claire and Darren’s deep, joyful connection.
  • “Candy” by Cameo – Post-first dance, this tune got everyone on their feet, united in the ‘Candy dance’. It was a sight to behold – a sea of guests moving in unison, encapsulating the fun-loving spirit of the couple.
  • Soca Beats and Reggae Rhythms – A segment dedicated to Soca music, along with Janet Kay’s “Silly Games” (a personal connection there – she went to my school!), brought a different energy to the dance floor, reflecting the diverse tastes of the couple and their guests.
  • “Always There” by Incognito – This track turned the dial up a notch, ensuring the dance floor was never empty.
  • Grand Finale: “Hey Ya!” by Outkast – A high-energy track that was supposed to be the closing act, but the crowd wanted more.
  • Encore: “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin – A fitting end to an unforgettable night, this song left everyone on a high, with hearts full of amore.

This playlist wasn’t just a random collection of tracks. It was a carefully crafted musical journey, chosen to reflect Claire and Darren’s personalities, their love story, and their incredible day. From the romantic first dance to the energetic encore, every song played a part in creating an atmosphere that was as unforgettable as the couple themselves.

Human NatureMichael JacksonWedding Breakfast
Let’s Stay TogetherAl Green 
It Must Be LoveMadness 
Leave The Door OpenBruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic 
Shoulda Woulda CouldaBeverley Knight 
Mambo ItalianoDean Martin 
I’m YoursJason Mraz 
Mirrors (Extended)Justin Timberlake 
L-O-V-ENat King Cole 
Help Me Make it Through the NightJohn Holt 
Waiting in VainBob Marley & the Wailers 
It Ain’t Over ’til it’s OverLenny Kravitz 
One Day Like ThisElbow 
Uptown Top RankingAlthea & Donna 
Don’t Dream it’s OverCrowded House 
Good TimesEdie Brickell & Barry White 
What You Won’t Do for LoveBobby Caldwell 
DilemmaNelly & Kelly 
Under the BridgeRed Hot Chili Peppers 
The A TeamEd Sheeran 
Paint it BlackSixth Finger 
Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes BlueCrystal Gayle 
We’ve Got a Good Thing GoingMichael Jackson 
Hit the Road JackRay Charles 
Fly Me to the MoonJulie London 
Proud Mary (Extended)Ike & Tina Turner 
(They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters 
GameBeady Belle 
Knocks Me Off My FeetStevie Wonder 
Tell Her About itBilly Joel 
Son of a Preacher ManDusty Springfield 
Can’t Get Used to Losing YouAndy Williams 
Never Gonna Give You UpEly Bruna 
No Woman No CryMerengada 
Doobedoodn’doobe Doobedoodn’doobe Doobedoodn’doobeDiana Ross 
Top of the WorldCarpenters 
Wives & LoversNancy Wilson 
Human NatureMichael Jackson 
Empire State Of Mind (Part 2)Alicia Keys 
Weather With YouCrowded House 
Where is the LoveBlack Eyed Peas 
You’ve Lost That Loving FeelingRighteous Brothers 
California SoulMarlena Shaw 
The JackalRonny Jordan & Dana Bryant 
Fireside FavouriteGroove Armada 
Just the Two of UsBill Withers & Grover Washington 
Let’s Stay TogetherAl Green 
Minute By MinuteDoobie Brothers 
You Know That I Love YouDonell JonesStart of evening reception
DesparecidoManu Chao 
Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)Maxwell 
RevolutionDennis Brown 
FantasyEarth, Wind & Fire 
It’s OverFunkmastersGuests started dancing
Real LoveDrizabone & Dee Heron 
OptimisticSounds of Blackness 
Ghetto Heaven (Remix Edit)Family Stand 
Hangin’ on a String (Original 12” Mix)Loose Ends 
The Masterplan (Extended Version (’98 Re-Edit))Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe 
Just Be Good to MeSOS Band 
Act Like You Know (Original 12″ Mix)Fat Larry’s Band 
Gett OffPrince 
Golden (Blackbeard Mix)Jill Scott 
Just in CaseJaheim 
Hold onEn Vogue 
Don’t Look Any FurtherDennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett 
I Should’ve Known BetterMica Paris 
Risin’ to the Top (Original 12″ Mix)Keni Burke 
Outstanding (Original 12″ Mix)Gap Band 
Funky SensationGwen McCrae 
Somebody Else’s GuyJocelyn Brown 
All Night LongMary Jane Girls 
Ain’t Nobody (DJ Re-Grid)Rufus & Chaka Khan 
Thinking Of You (DJ Re-Grid)Sister Sledge 
Shackles (Praise You)Mary Mary 
For Once in My LifeStevie WonderFirst Dance
All This Love That I’m GivingGwen McCrae 
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)Billy Ocean 
Red Light Spells Danger (DJ Re-Grid)Billy Ocean 
I Want You Back (DJ Re-Grid)Jackson 5 
Superstition (DJ Re-Grid)Stevie Wonder 
The BestTina Turner 
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)Backstreet Boys 
Turn Me On (Extended)Kevin Lyttle 
Hold You (Soca Remix)Gyptian 
Rock itMerchant 
24K Magic (Extended)Bruno Mars 
About Damn Time (MM Extra Clean Edit)Lizzo 
Cold Heart (Pnau Remix) (DJ Edit)Elton John & Dua Lipa 
DynamiteTaio Cruz 
JerusalemaMaster KG feat. Nomcebo Zikode 
Danza KuduroDon Omar & Lucenzo 
Give Me EverythingPitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 
On The Floor (Extended)Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull 
Do You Love MeContours 
Ain’t No Mountain High EnoughMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 
I Can’t Help Myself (DJ Re-Grid)Four Tops 
This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) (DJ Re-Grid)Isley Brothers 
Tainted LoveGloria Jones 
Rescue MeFontella Bass 
54-46 That’s My NumberToots & the Maytals 
Uptown Top RankingAlthea & Donna 
Murder She WroteChaka Demus & Pliers 
DudeBeenie Man & Ms Thing 
Vitamin SBabycham 
Heads HighMr Vegas 
Shy Guy [Dancehall Mix) ]Diana King 
You Don’t Love Me (No No No)Dawn Penn 
She’s RoyalTarrus Riley 
Silly Games [12″ mix]Janet Kay 
Police and ThievesJunior Murvin 
Got to Be RealCheryl Lynn 
Rock With YouMichael Jackson 
I Will SurviveGloria Gaynor 
Car Wash (DJ Re-Grid)Rose Royce 
September (DJ Re-Grid)Earth, Wind & Fire 
Give It Up (DJ Re-Grid)KC & the Sunshine Band 
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (DJ Re-Grid)Whitney Houston 
Always There (12″)Incognito & Jocelyn Brown 
Space Cowboy (Classic Club)Jamiroquai 
Days Like This (Spinna & Tickla Mix)Shaun Escoffery 
How Do I Let Go (feat. K.T. Brooks)Dennis Ferrer 
ReachS Club 7 
Shake It Off (Extended)Taylor Swift 
Mysterious GirlPeter Andre & Bubbla Ranx 
Teenage DirtbagWheatus 
Gasolina (Remix)Daddy Yankee 
Con CalmaDaddy Yankee Katy Perry f./Snow (Remix) 
Soca MacarenaByron Lee & the Dragonnaires 
Like A PrayerMadonna 
A Little RespectErasure 
For Once in My LifeStevie Wonder 
All This Love That I’m GivingGwen McCrae 
Show Me Love (Extended)Robin S 
Finally (DJ Re-Grid)Ce Ce Peniston 
We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes OffJermaine Stewart 
Rather BeClean Bandit & Jess Glynne 
Love Come DownEvelyn “Champagne” King 
The Best Things in Life Are FreeJanet Jackson, Luther Vandross, BBD & Ralph Tresvant 
Never Too Much (DJ Re-Grid)Luther Vandross 
Dancing Queen (DJ Re-Grid)Abba 
Mr. Brightside (DJ Re-Grid)Killers 
Town Called Malice (DJ Re-Grid)Jam 
Baggy TrousersMadness 
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (DJ Re-Grid)Michael Jackson 
Blame It On The BoogieJacksons 
All Night Long (All Night)Lionel Richie 
This is How We Do itMontell Jordan 
No ScrubsTLC & Left Eye 
RegulateWarren G & Nate Dogg 
Lose YourselfEminem 
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (DJ Re-Grid)Stevie Wonder 
La BambaLos Lobos 
December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) (DJ Re-Grid)Four Seasons 
Don’t Stop Me NowQueen 
Hey Ya!OutkastLast song of night
That’s AmoreDean MartinEncore

Behind the Scenes

Let’s peel back the curtain and take a sneak peek behind the scenes of Claire and Darren’s wedding, where the magic of music met memorable moments and a dash of friendly competition.

The Love Story with Laughs: Post-speeches, it was time for a special feature – the Love Story of Claire and Darren. This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill romantic narrative; it was peppered with hilarious anecdotes that had the whole crowd in stitches. Crafting this Love Story was a joy, weaving together the funny, tender, and quirky moments of their journey. It was a reminder that love isn’t just about the big gestures, but also about those laugh-out-loud moments that define a relationship.

The DJ Battle Royale: Fast forward to around 10:30 pm, and the dance floor took an unexpected turn with the DJ Battle. This was the moment where Claire and Darren turned from lovebirds into rival DJs, each armed with their list of killer tracks. The rules were simple – I mixed 30 seconds from each of their chosen songs, alternating between Darren’s and Claire’s selections. The couple stepped into the DJ booth, donning headphones and playing up to the crowd, who were equipped with A4-sized cards bearing both cheers and jeers.

Here’s the lineup that set the stage for their musical showdown:

  • Darren’s arsenal: “Show Me Love” by Robin S, “Finally” by CeCe Peniston, and “World Hold On” by Bob Sinclar.
  • Claire’s choices: “Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, and “House of Fun” by Madness.

As the battle reached its climax, the room was electric with energy, cheers, and a whole lot of laughter. Typically, the bride clinches the win at most weddings, but this night had a twist – Darren emerged victorious! The cheer-off was deafening, a testament to the crowd’s engagement and the sheer fun of the segment.

Keeping the Energy High: From the Love Story to the DJ Battle, the key to keeping the energy high throughout the event was tapping into the couple’s personalities and the crowd’s vibe. It was about striking that perfect balance between romantic moments, laughter, and pure, unadulterated fun. Every track played, every story told, was a step in maintaining an atmosphere that was lively, loving, and unforgettable.

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The Takeaway

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As the final track fades and the echoes of laughter and applause settle, it’s time to reflect on Claire and Darren’s extraordinary wedding aboard the Negus 747. For me, as a DJ, this wasn’t just another event; it was a testament to the power of music and its ability to transform any space, even a retired aircraft, into a haven of celebration and joy.

Claire and Darren’s wedding underscored a fundamental truth about my role – it’s not just about playing music; it’s about creating experiences, crafting atmospheres, and tailoring every beat to the unique story of each couple. Whether it’s spinning a romantic tune for the first dance, orchestrating a DJ battle, or narrating a love story that brings smiles and tears, every element is thoughtfully chosen to reflect the personalities and preferences of the couple.

This event, with its blend of humour, nostalgia, and sheer fun, reinforced my commitment to making each wedding distinctive and unforgettable. The unconventional setting of the Negus 747 was a delightful challenge, pushing the boundaries of creativity and showcasing how adaptable and versatile a wedding celebration can be.

As a DJ, every wedding I play at is a new adventure, a fresh story to tell, and an opportunity to create moments that linger long in the hearts of those who attend. Claire and Darren’s wedding was a shining example of this philosophy in action. It was a celebration not just of their love, but of the joy and unifying power of music.

In conclusion, this wedding was more than a memorable event; it was a reaffirmation of my passion for bringing soundtracks to life. It’s about ensuring that each couple’s big day resonates with their essence and leaves a lasting impression on all who share in their joy. Here’s to more unique weddings, more unforgettable moments, and more opportunities to make love stories sing. 🎵❤️🛫

Let’s not forget the drinks – from bespoke cocktail bars to craft beer tastings, the options are endless.
It’s your love story served on a plate, a culinary adventure that reflects your unique tastes and leaves your guests raving about more than just the “I do’s”

A flight through the love-filled aisles of Claire and Darren’s unique wedding day. Inspired? Intrigued? If their sky-high romance has got you dreaming of your own extraordinary wedding, let’s chat!

Whether you envision saying ‘I do’ in a forest, on a boat, or perhaps even in a castle, every wedding has its own rhythm, and I’m here to find yours. Your love story deserves to be celebrated in a way that’s as unique as you are, and I’m all geared up to help you make that happen.

Don’t just dream about your perfect day; let’s make it a reality. Get in touch for a consultation where we can discuss your vision, your favourite tunes, and how to make your wedding as memorable as a dance on the wings of a 747.

Ready to start planning? Drop me a line or give me a buzz at 0777 189 4560 189 4560. For more information and a sneak peek into other weddings I’ve spiced up, take a look around the rest of this site.

You can schedule a zoom call using this link.

Can’t wait to hear from you and start plotting your very own unforgettable celebration. Let’s turn the volume up on love and create a day that’s as extraordinary as you are!

Remember, in the world of weddings, the sky’s not the limit – it’s just the beginning! 🎉🎵💍🛫

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