Debbie & Nick were married at Pembroke Lodge, a beautiful Georgian mansion wonderfully situated in Richmond Park with fabulous views over West London and beyond. Unusually I’d not met them before the big day but they quickly made me feel like part of the family. The photographer was Nick’s father and it was all very relaxed, great for my filming. I hope you enjoy the remixed clip of their very sunny walk in the grounds.
It really was a family affair. In an emotional wedding ceremony Debbie was given away by her son Jorma, and her lovely daughter Tyler was chief bridesmaid. The ceremony music was extra special because it was composed by Nick’s talented cousin Alan. I was very impressed by it so will be adding Alan’s contact details to my LINKS page as I’m sure there are many couples who would like bespoke music for their wedding. Alan also composed the first dance music which was sung by his wife Maricel.
I was recommended by their friends Natalie and Luke whose wedding I had filmed at The Royal Berkshire Hotel a year ago. It was great to see them here as guests and especially to learn that Natalie is expecting soon. I always like to think that I played a small part in these things!
It goes without saying that Debbie and Nick loved their DVD, and after watching it twice in succession on the first day they received it Debbie told me it was the best recommendation they had ever had!
A beautiful sunny day was just what Jennie & James wanted for their wedding at the Riverside Marquee in Bray. Following their civil ceremony there was a surprise boat trip for all the guests, and me! So we had an idyllic cruise along the Thames towards Windsor and back. A chance for everyone to relax with a drink or two and admire the scenery, and for me to capture some great video.
Jennie asked me to film as much as possible of her two little nephews who weren’t going to be there for long. They were full of mischief so it was easy for me to oblige.
Photographer for the day was Steve Hunt Photography He was a pleasure to work with and it was good fun following his unique, hands on approach to photographing the couple shots as you can see.
And of course Jennie & James love their video, Jennie tells me “it’s an absolutely beautifully crafted video which captured the day perfectly. I get a little misty eyed each time I watch it, and know I will treasure it for years to come.”
So it’s Easter Sunday and during the meal break at Susanna & Stephen’s wedding I see the children’s entertainer hiding eggs and sweets around the venue. She has so many that I offer to help. A videographer’s role takes surprising turns. After ten minutes or so we are finished and the children are let loose. Seizing the moment I grab my camera and am rewarded by this little sequence.
Katie & Mathew were married at St.Michael’s Church, Bray on one of the most perfect spring days you could wish for. Lovely Katie’s dress sparkled in the sun and I could see why Mathew couldn’t help falling in love with her. I also knew that he loved UB40 so it was obvious which track to play for them!
It’s nice to have children around at weddings and they are always great to film. Katie’s nephew Ellis was page boy and ring bearer and he hardly stopped smiling all day. That should be enough for a nine year old but he amazed everyone by also making a really good speech which he actually wrote himself. I don’t know about his family but I had a lump in my throat as he gave it and I doubt that there were many dry eyes around. Well done Ellis.
It was good to work with photographer Mark Bunney for the first time. His assistant was also called Mark, so naturally I called them Mark 1 and Mark 2. Well I thought it was funny. Anyway we got on well.
Reception was at Maidenhead Golf Club where Katie’s dad was a member and I’m pleased to report as usual that Katie & Mathew love their video!
When Vicky & Matt first contacted me I was intrigued that they had booked a “woodland wedding” with a “secret walled garden” at Wasing Park. I’ve filmed many weddings at Wasing Park where I am an approved supplier but didn’t know anything about these locations. Also I was also impressed that they were organising their entire wedding from long distance in Dubai. Anyway the actual Wasing Estate is very large and sure enough there is plenty of fine woodland and a beautiful walled garden tucked away, but now the secret is out! It makes for an amazing and very different wedding venue as you can see in these highlights.
Their Autumn wedding followed a few days heavy rain but it stayed dry. They had a ceilidh band to start with, these are lots of fun and never fail to get everyone in a great mood. As the late afternoon light began to fade they enjoyed a fabulous and atmospheric outdoor ceremony. It was a pleasure to work with documentary photographer Paul Rogers for the first time. He specializes in wedding photos that aren’t staged or posed and the results are amazing and very natural as you can see on his website http://www.rogerspictures.com
Considering the vast majority of weddings I film have mainly dry weather it’s strange how rain features in many of my posts. Hollie and Colin were married at St.Anthony’s RC church in Farnham and it stayed dry until we reached Chartridge Lodge. My pal and ace photographer Mark Sisley knew that we only had a few minutes to make the most of the venue’s fabulous gardens as heavy rain was imminent. Hollie wasn’t too worried about getting her dress a bit wet, she just wanted great photos. So while the guests were still arriving Mark and I set to work with this very happy and lovely couple and this was the result, all done in under 10 minutes.
One of the bridesmaids was Colin’s sister Teresa whose wedding I filmed a few years ago. It’s always good to do follow up weddings where I know many of the guests. As always, Hollie and Colin tell me that they absolutely love their DVD! “I still can’t work out how you filmed it – it’s like there were 5 different camera men to cover all the angles you got!” said Colin.
How were we so sure about the length of the dry weather window? It’s only because I’m now using the Dark Sky super accurate weather app!
English rose Nicola married Mico from Madeira at St. Joseph’s RC Church, Maidenhead with reception at nearby Fredrick’s Hotel . I hope you enjoy their highlights montage.
Page boy Toby and flower girl Emelia gave charming readings during the service.
I had the pleasure of working with photographer Gemma from Cotton Candy Photography for the first time. Her website has to be seen as it is very innovative and this showed in her creative approach to the day. On the way to reception with the couple we stopped at Boulter’s Lock for a very enjoyable photo session around adjacent Ray Mill Island. This gave the guests enough time to all reach the hotel and organise a confetti arch arrival.
I had filmed at Fredrick Hotel before but always dark winter weddings. I knew that it had beautiful rooms but being not far from the town centre I assumed there was only a courtyard garden. So on this beautiful day in May I was pleasantly surprised to discover good sized and attractive gardens, great for even more photos!
After all the filming and editing I was once again pleased to hear from Nicola & Mico that they absolutely love their DVD!
Back to August 2010 and it’s the river at Marlow again for my favourite boat ride – with a difference. Tarryn and Rob contacted me recently to order master tape and digital file copies of their wedding video from five years ago. Apparently they watch their DVD so much that they were worried it might not last much longer!
Despite filming many weddings since I always remember this one for the very handsome couple and for the short but very wet boat trip sequence. Reloading the wedding to my edit suite has given me the chance to share it with you. After their church wedding and with reception at the Compleat Angler Hotel a boat trip in the hotel’s Thames launch seemed like a good idea, especially in August.
Despite the heavy showers it was a beautiful wedding but poor Tarryn, all she wanted was a little bit of sun. It was a shame but secretly I know it would make great video especially as Tarryn faced it with her dazzling smile and good humour. They were rewarded later on when the showers stopped long enough for some outside pictures, and a little bit of sun.
Thanks to Tarryn and Rob for letting me share these moments from their beautiful wedding day.
Keen tennis players Lucy and Keith were married at White Waltham church on a beautiful late September day.
150 guests help make this a very lively and enjoyable wedding. Lucy and Ken had a splendid horse drawn carriage while the guests caught a London Routemaster bus back to reception at Lillibrooke Manor.
Tennis was the theme of the day as you can see. Top photographer Mark Lawrence kindly recommended me for the day and he was his usual professional and good humoured self. After he took the group shop perched on a ladder lovely Lucy was quick to lend him a helping hand down to safety.
If you follow my blogs you know what comes next – of course Lucy, Keith and the families all loved their DVDs!
The zaffa is a traditional Arabic wedding procession with drums, dancers and sometimes men carrying flaming swords! There were no flaming swords at Jonathan and Charlotte’s wedding zaffa but it was still an amazing event with the hypnotic and infectious rhythm of the drums and the reactions of the guests creating an atmosphere that can only be captured by film. I hope you’ll enjoy this short extract which also includes a montage of some of the day’s highlights.
Jonathan & Charlotte were married at the stunning Elvetham Hotel, a classy 19th-century mansion located on 35 acres adjacent to the River Hart, near Hartley Wintney. The venue was looking at its best with lots of really impressive floral displays. Resident toastmaster Eric Gill (a mate and fellow Spurs fan) added his usual organisation and finesse to the day. To make the day even more enjoyable for me I was working with talented Julie and Martyn, the photographers from Confetti Shots who had recommended me.
As usual for BW Videofilms the weather was fine and they were able to have an outdoor ceremony. Lovely Charlotte was nearly upstaged by her adorable little niece Chiara who clearly loved the camera as you can see.
There were many highlights to choose from including the zaffa procession and the day ending with probably the best wedding fireworks display I have seen, backlit by a glorious full moon. What with great people to work with, the venue, the flowers, Chiara and beautiful Charlotte radiating happiness throughout the day it was a really easy day for me. Needless to say Jonathan and Charlotte love their DVD and Blu-ray.