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12Mar/130

Kate & Simon – 2003!

That's right, 2003. At last week's wedding of Vanessa & James at Lillibrooke Manor (more on theirs coming soon) I bumped into Kate and Simon whose wedding I had filmed ten years ago in Wrington, Somerset. They told me how very pleased they were with their video and how they now showed it to their children who loved to watch it. That's what I like to hear and it made my day! Many weddings have passed since theirs but I remembered a sunny churchyard from which they departed to reception on a haycart towed by a tractor! One memorable  image stood out which is still in my image gallery and repeated here.

They said that they had recommended me to all their friends and as we chatted I realised that they were just one of at least twenty beautiful weddings that had all started with a lovely lady called Sue McKenzie who has recommended me to all her many friends since I filmed her daughter Becky's wedding back in 2000. I believe Sue has appeared in more of my weddings than anyone else and I now joke with her about commissions for each wedding. I really must get a cheque in the post to her.

20Apr/110

BW is First to Film Kate Middleton Walking Down the Aisle – True!

Yes it's really true, I've beaten the BBC and SKY to film Kate Middleton "walking down the aisle". Twenty years ago I filmed a wedding where Kate was a bridesmaid together with her sister Pippa and her little brother James was a pageboy. I have lovely shots of them all including "walking down the aisle" - behind the bride that is. I can only tell you that nine year old Kate looked shy and very sweet so it's fascinating to think that I was actually filming the future Queen.

World wide syndication is worth a small fortune according to the red top newspaper which contacted me recently asking my permission to use it. I must give credit to the paper which had been given a guest's copy tape but recognised that I owned the copyright of the video. I must admit my first thoughts involved money, lots of it and the paper chased me daily for my permission to use the video. They kept saying it was harmless and nobody could take offence. Maybe, but to me my copyright means having the sole right to sell copies to family and friends but not broadcasting it worlwide. To me that would break a confidence and reputation that I have taken many years to cultivate.

So I have decided that the master tape is staying in my loft (actually it is now in a far safer place) and I am not going to retire to Monaco. Instead I'll happily carry on filming my weddings, I may add "By Appointment to HM" to my sales blurb and if you see me at a wedding and buy me a drink at the bar I may tell you the full story!

POST ROYAL WEDDING 2011: Well I thought it was a fabulous wedding, a great advert for getting married and booking a professional video! Having seen Kate as a bridesmaid I was amazed to see that the two little ones were dressed exactly the same as she was 20 years ago, complete with the halos of flowers on their heads. Also it was fascinating to see how they had grown up but remained similar characters to how they appeared in my video. Kate was the quietest one, Pippa more outgoing and James was extrovert and full of fun.

Did I have second thoughts about whether I had made the right decision, you bet I did!

31Mar/100

Clare’s Thank-you Note Makes My Day

I received this E-mail from Clare today:-

"It has been nearly 3 years since we last met but
i just wanted to say that to this day we still watch our wedding DVD and
shed a tear! The DVD is amazing and brings back every moment of our special
day.

I was watching it just last week with my 17mth old daughter who was most
excited that mummy was on tv!

If you are still working when she gets married I would have no hesitation
in calling you 🙂

Many thanks
Clare Brooks
Easthampstead Park
August 10th 2007"

I have told Clare that I'll be pleased to film her daughter's wedding, as long as they let me out the nursing home for a day.

9Mar/100

Wasing Park Wedding Fayre

I keep saying I'm not doing any more fayres and here I am doing two in a row. This week's was at Wasing Park near Aldermaston. It's an interesting and unusual blend of old and new at the centre of the 4,000 acre Wasing Estate, which was established in 1759 and has been under the stewardship of the same family since then. I'm their recommended videographer (naturally) and that's great because they have hundreds of weddings there and the fayre was the busiest one I've ever been to.  My stand was in between two of my recommended photographers too.  I met Neale James of Breathe Pictures at the Wasing Fayre last year and was impressed by his work and professional attitude. We got on well and have done several weddings together with more scheduled for this year. On the other side was Studio Rouge which is a real family affair headed up by Keith Thompson with assistant photographers daughter Lynsey and son Jamie. The brains behind all the talent is Keith's wife Debbie. Debbie and soon to be married Lynsey were running the stand. By chance Lynsey was also at my Saturday wedding in Denham together with her fiance Chris who is also a photographer - I'm losing count of them now. Lynsey appears determined not to have a video for her wedding despite my best selling pitch. Hey ho, you can't win them all.

I've worked with Keith Thompson many times over the years. The most memorable time was filming a wedding in Monaco along with Keith and young Jamie. The wedding was incredible and we had a very interesting, amusing and exciting few days. The story of the trip is worth a separate blog entry so watch this space.  Anyway browing through their albums on display reminded how good Keith is, he really does produce stunning wedding images.

1Mar/100

Phyllis Court Club Wedding Fayre

Yesterday I braved heavy rain, floods, potholes and sacrificed watching Spurs beat Everton to attend the Phyllis Court Club wedding fayre at Henley-on-Thames where I am the recommended videographer. If you don't know the venue it's an elegant building with expansive lawns fronting the river. Phyllis Court has a distinguished history which can be traced back to 1301, when the building known as Fillets Court was the Manor of Henley-on-Thames. The Club itself was formed in 1906 and still flourishes. The staff are very attentive at weddings and I'm sure that is due to the club background. They came to the rescue by managing to find a spare connecting lead for my Blu-ray player which I'd somehow managed to leave at home, doh!

I was surprised to see Rebecca & Sean who have already booked me to film their wedding at Phyllis Court in August. They assured me they were only looking at cakes and stationary and were not looking to change their videographer, much to my relief. Besides meeting prospective brides fayres are good for networking with other suppliers. It was nice to see Nicky the tiara lady at The Bay Tree who I already recommend and good to meet a very pleasant lady photographer on the next display stand called Lily Glover who I hope to work with sometime in the future.