Spotlight Sound delivered services to Olly Murs wedding

Behind the scenes at Olly Murs wedding with Spotlight Sound

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For an AV and event set-up company, a celebrity wedding is a premium job. For Spotlight Sound, setting up and producing the Olly Murs and Amelia Tank wedding weekend on Osea Island last month was an unforgettable experience. Its remit was to work with the wedding planner Alice Wilkes Design to provide  the sound and lighting equipment as well as provide the technical production for all the elements of the wedding weekend. 

The venue for the celebrity nuptials was Osea Island, a private island owned by music producer Nigel Frieda. The 380-acre uninhabited island is just off the coast of Essex. It can be accessed by a one-mile causeway from the mainland for four hours once every twelve hours. However, when the tide comes in the causeway is underwater and, therefore, not usable. Then, the only way to access the island is by boat. 

Spotlight Sound was in charge of the sound and lighting for the wedding weekend, which included a welcome BBQ, the wedding ceremony, the drinks reception and band, the glass marquee wedding breakfast and speeches, evening disco, and the late-night party at the “Bomb Factory” that featured Heart FM DJ Toby Anstis and had an all-black theme. The company also produced the Sunday festival stage with Olly Murs band, DJ Pandora and surprise guest Craig David all playing sets. 

Every single detail of the wedding was planned to perfection. This included the sound, lighting and staging. The first challenge was providing all-white equipment as part of the wedding theme. Spotlight Sound used D&B Audiotechnik speakers, and Sennheiser wireless microphone systems because it knew that they would produce the best quality audio reproduction. For the drinks reception and the late-night party, Spotlight used KV2 sound systems. Robe lighting was used throughout the weekend for state of the art lighting effects. This fitted with the design of the glass marquee which housed a white stage, white flower wall, and white DJ booth.

After ensuring the equipment fitted with the wedding design, the next challenge was making sure all the equipment got onto the island within a 4-hour window. Spotlight Sound’s ten-strong team worked closely with other suppliers to work to a tight build schedule, ensuring everything came in on time.. It can get windy on Osea Island and on the day of the wedding it was one of the windiest days of the year. This caused issues specifically with the glass marquee and the festival staging. It meant that the wedding party was delayed going into the marquee due to health and safety concerns. It also meant that no one could work on the festival stage until the winds had died down. This put a delay on  the build but everyone worked through it with professionalism and dedication and it did not negatively impact the wedding or wedding party.