We also had a second couple, Ziggy and Kate, married for about a year, with a great story about their love for swimming and travelling the world. They actually got engaged underwater on a diving trip and had photos and video footage of the moment Kate said ‘yes’. In fact, she ‘ticked’ yes on a white board!
I’m a useless swimmer. I managed to get my 25 metres certificate when I was eight and I don’t think I’ve ever swum further since. So I was suitably impressed by stories of Kate swimming in the Commonwealth Games and Ziggy diving regularly in search of Devon lobster and scallops.
Ziggy was really keen to give the video to his wife to tell her how much he loves her and to celebrate the arrival of their first nipper, Eleanor, so the title ‘Water Baby’ seemed perfect.
And that’s how Blockbuster Bride was born.
We tell stories about couples. True stories that are fascinating, touching and in some cases cute and funny. Stories that the couple and their family can watch and listen to again and again. They can see themselves as the stars of the show, sing along to the verses and choruses and relive the magic of falling in love over and over.
So, we needed couples!
First up were Helen and Graeme. Karaoke lovers who adore fancy dress.
Graeme had proposed on stage while he was singing with a local band. They weren’t married yet but we were going use some of the pics they’d taken, write their song and have them project the video to their guests at the wedding reception.
We interviewed Helen and asked what kind of music she liked. She surprised us by saying she wanted something fun, upbeat and dancey. The bride knows best! So we crafted her words into an uptempo 90s tribute designed to thank friends and family for being there on the big day.
“Our Wedding Day” is the complete opposite of a slushy romantic ballad. Not quite what I’d expected to write for our first commission but great fun with a healthy dash of cheese thrown in for good measure.
Well, how do I blog today about an idea that started to take shape a few months ago?
I sing at quite a few weddings (about 20 per year). Sometimes I’d be asked to perform the first dance. Other times the DJ would play it. And on a few occasions there was no first dance at all.
Whichever the situation, I’d always be fascinated by the choice…what was it about that couple that made them choose that particular song?
As I’d set my gear up and prepare to sing I’d also wonder about how the bride and groom got together. After all, it’s our stories that make us unique. Had they known each other for years? Did they meet at work? What were their hobbies? What attracted them to each other? Were they serious or fun loving? Who was the boss – the bride or the groom?
Questions, questions, questions!
I also saw first hand how careful the couples were when selecting the music for their wedding day celebrations – the DJs, performers, the playlist itself.
And then I wondered how we could combine the love story, the music and the wedding day in a way that was unique to each and every couple? And in a format that was sharable with friends and family at the wedding, on social media and via email. Hmmmm…..