Wedding guest wearing rabbit costume head holding tea cup - Picture by Gabrielle Bower Photography

Picture of the Month – October 2017

And the winner is… Gabrielle Bower Photography!

Our congratulations go to Gabrielle Bower Photography after this fun picture received the most votes on our poll to win The Wedding Community’s October 2017 Picture of the Month award. Taken at Helen and Aaron’s Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding, this moment ‘topped off an epic day’ for Gabs…

Wedding guest wearing rabbit costume head holding tea cup - Picture by Gabrielle Bower Photography

Wonderland Reception

“Helen and Aaron got hitched back in June at Rotherham Minster. When I arrived I thought I’d rocked up to Westminster Abbey. They had a brilliant service with Helen walking down the aisle to ‘The Imperial March’ from Star Wars.

“Their Wonderland reception took place at one of my favourite venues, The Hewett Arms, in a little quaint village called Shireoaks in Nottinghamshire. It’s got loads of character and quirky spots to photograph.

“The whole day from start to finish was amazing! Helen, Aaron and their families pulled together loads of awesome Alice in Wonderland inspired details and DIY. To top off an epic day I spotted one of the guests dressed as The March Hare having a brew at his very own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which was just brilliant stuff! I couldn’t not capture it.

“Huge thanks from The March Hare for voting.”

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Bride singing on dance floor at wedding

Getting to Know – Alive Network

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Company Name: Alive Network

Interview With: Gemma Cater, Entertainment Coordinator

Location / Coverage: We’re based in Staffordshire, but our artists perform UK-wide and globally!

Who are Alive Network?

Alive Network is the UK’s biggest and best loved source of live wedding entertainment and wedding bands.

Bride and groom first dance

How many people work at Alive Network?

23 music-obsessed people work for Alive Network…

  • Nine Entertainment Coordinators (the lovely voices at the end of the telephone).
  • Four sound engineers and producers working in our in-house studios.
  • Three in our Talent Team, scoping out and supporting the latest and greatest artists for our customers.

How did Alive Network get started and how long have you been going?

Dave Bevan founded Alive Network in 1999. Back then, Dave was a full-time (curtain-haired!) professional guitarist with big ambitions. He wanted to give couples access to stylish, professional-calibre bands and artists, playing the kind of music that cool young couples loved, and similar to the chart bands they were fans of… rather than amateur fogeys playing tired hits from days of old!

As a musician himself, Dave knew there were artists out there who could do better, and that wedding guests would totally love (we all deserve a good party!). Coupled with that, he wanted to help talented musicians make a living from music (cue Dave’s *eureka!* moment!). And so began his quest in sourcing, developing and supporting the best of the UK’s musical and artistic talent. Hooking them up with promoters, event organisers and music fans (like you!), providing access to great live music.

Wedding guest dancing

Nearly two decades, 5,000+ artists and 100,000+ events later, Alive Network has its own in-house recording studio, supporting original artists in their pursuit of success in the wider music industry, while developing our catalogue of the UK’s best bands, musicians, DJs, entertainers and suppliers, so you can pick the cream of our crop, making amazing memories for your biggest day ever.

Dave has shorter hair, but still messes around on guitars, and still believes that live entertainment makes everything better. We’ve seen it. It really does.

Where do you cover?

Most of our artists perform all over the UK and internationally.

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