I don’t know what it is about Essex, but fireworks seem to be very popular there, especially for private parties and weddings. Perhaps it’s just because much of the county is fairly rural, so there are more properties and venues with the space to put on a firework display. Perhaps people there just like a good party, and enjoy some dazzling entertainment. Whatever the reason, we produce a number of wedding firework displays and party firework displays in Essex every year. One such wedding firework display was for Camilla and Andrew’s reception at Hylands House, a beautiful Grade II listed stately home and estate set in 574 acres of historic landscaped parkland near Chelmsford, and managed by Chelmsford Borough Council.
Camilla had been given our contact details by the events team at Hylands– we are a preferred supplier for fireworks displays there – and asked us to create a spectacular firework display for her and Andrew’s wedding reception. So along went Glenn – Alchemy Display Director, Senior Designer, Senior Firer, Firework Geek Geezer, Display Design Legend and Essex Boy extraordinaire – in his turbo Fiesta with blacked out windows to meet Camilla at the venue and talk through the options for a spectacular wedding firework display. The wedding was to take place on a Thursday, which was great for us as summer weekends get booked very early, and meant that we didn’t have to wait until the weekend to get our own personal firework fix. (We briefly imagined a world where events took place evenly on all days of the week, throughout the year, where every day is “show day” with an audience of thousands cheering and applauding our displays and generally tickling our egos every evening…)
Back to reality, and show day for Camilla and Andrew and things were very straightforward – no FireOne, no chases of thousands of single-shots, no time-code link to a soundtrack – just a short, simple, pretty, exciting and value-for-money display. And when I say value-for-money, I mean VALUE-FOR-MONEY: I suppose that one advantage of a Thursday wedding is that prices are negotiable!
“Us and all of our guests were completely wowed by the firework display, and the finale was fantastic! I would recommend Alchemy without a doubt.” Camilla