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Kevin & Sarah

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Kevin and Sarah held their 'Midsummer Night's' themed wedding in Derbyshire's stunning Peak District. They booked Manchester-based wedding singer Rachel S, whose vocals and DJ skills went down a storm!

Kevin & Sarah

We wanted a location that could accommodate the whole day - from the getting ready, through to the ceremony, reception and evening do; as few of our family and friends are from the area we wanted to make sure they could relax the whole day - by not having split locations, it meant our guests could start celebrating with us right from the welcome drink.

The Maynard had secure gardens so parents could relax and was recently modernised making the old Roman mansion a stunning location.

Rachel exceeded our expectations; all night long guests were commenting on how awesome her voice was!

The surrounding area was a perfect backdrop for when we ran off for a sneaky half hour to have a wild photo shoot. As we are both outdoorsy people, we didn't want the formal pruned look, opting instead for a natural wild look; our 'Midsummer’s Night' theme used raw materials: ivy, diced logs and pebbles, with butterflies and gemstones to add the magic.

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As Kevin wanted live music and I wanted a DJ, we left the entertaining booking right til the last minute as we couldn't agree. In a desperate act, I searched the internet for wedding bands in Derbyshire and discovered Function Central who were really helpful in sending me the links of all the acts that were still available.

he information on the acts was really useful, I could see straight away that Rachel not only sung and DJ'd, she sang sounds that I loved and sounded amazing - it was an easy choice.

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Rachel exceeded our expectations; all night guests were commenting on how awesome her voice was; we could all do nothing but stand in awe as she performed. In complete contradiction, the dance floor was bouncing nonstop when she mixed seamless classic tunes with modern favourites in her DJ set. I would book her for all and any future event I plan and recommend her to anyone.

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It’s so hard to pin-point moments, we had the most perfect day. After all the preparation I did running up to the big day, I had no part in researching the 'wild areas' to do the photo shoot in, so being whisked off straight after the ceremony to the rocky wilderness was great fun.

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The speeches were fun too, full of hilarious yet touching tales.

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As I had left it until the last minute, I really was in desperate need of support and guidance from somebody who understood what I needed, and what my options were - Function Central did just that - they took the time to realise my budget, needs and preferences and offered options that would work - checking out Rachel was a done deal as her profile page had loads of information and was more than enough to cement the deal.

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I would advise other couples getting married to check out the options with plenty of time so that you have a multitude of variety to suit you. I completely fluked finding Rachel, I don't think it would be that easy if I did it again!

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Flowers by Claire

Photography by Tom Shane

Hair & Make-up by Pretty 2 Perfect


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