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18Nov/171

Debbie & Nick at Pembroke Lodge

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!

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3Oct/170

Jennie and James by the Riverside

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."

 

 

21Dec/160

Vicky & Matt’s Woodland Wedding

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.

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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

 

7Jul/160

Nicola & Mico at Fredrick’s Hotel

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.

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Page boy Toby and flower girl Emelia gave charming readings during the service.

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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.

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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!

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After all the filming and editing I was once again pleased to hear from Nicola & Mico that they absolutely love their DVD!

 

 

 

21Apr/160

Tarryn & Rob’s Boat Trip at Marlow

 

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.

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Thanks to Tarryn and Rob for letting me share these moments from their beautiful wedding day.

30Dec/150

Lucy & Keith at Lillibrooke Manor

Keen tennis players Lucy and Keith were married at White Waltham church on a beautiful late September day.

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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.

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Lucy & Keith

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.

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If you follow my blogs you know what comes next - of course Lucy, Keith and the families all loved their DVDs!

 

6Oct/150

A Zaffa Montage

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.

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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.

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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.

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13May/152

Fun by the River at Marlow

English rose Sasha married dashing Aussie Warren at St.Martin's Church Ruislip recently. Reception was at The Compleat Angler Hotel, set beautifully by the Thames and the picturesque suspension bridge at Marlow. I hope this short film of their boat ride will convey what a happy occasion it was on a glorious day.

A big thanks to Father Simon Evans who allowed filming in the church for the very first time. This was to enable friends and relatives who were unable to attend to share memories of the beautiful service, especially those in Australia.

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A big red London bus transferred the guests to the hotel in Marlow where the sun shone all afternoon.

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Before the photo session Sasha and Warren enjoyed a boat trip from and back to the hotel and I joined them for a short time to get some memorable footage. The big confetti welcome back to shore was typical of a very lively and enjoyable day.

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In the evening top band Madhen really got the party going. They are billed as the UK's best party band and they lived up to it with some great dance music and were an equal match for the very energetic Aussie contingent. Best wishes to Sasha and Warren as they settle down in Australia and they will have fantastic memories of the day and perhaps it will remind them that it's not all endless rain and fog here!

 

 

5May/150

The Silver Lining

Lovely Hitomi & Kenei reaffirmed their wedding at Coworth Park Hotel, Ascot which is an impressive Georgian mansion set in 240 acres of parkland.  They were joined by close friends and family from Japan and around the world and nobody seemed to care that it was a rather wet and chilly day in February..

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Hitomi & Kenei

I was pleased with their music preferences of classical and smooth jazz which gave me a chance to use one of my favourite tracks by the legendary crooner Chet Baker. Hitomi and Kenei agreed that it was a perfect choice for their photo session during which Hitomi bravely risked her beautiful dress to look for a silver lining to the rain clouds.

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Covering the speeches before the meal was quite an experience for me as each speech was repeated with a translation to/from Japanese! Needless to say I still don't know a word of the language.  Thank you Hitomi and Kenei for letting me be part of a memorable afternoon at Coworth Park Hotel.

6Feb/152

Melissa & David’s Wedding with an Extra Guest!

Here's a heart-warming and seasonal story about Melissa and David's wedding just before Christmas. They booked me just a couple of weeks before the big day, explaining that they had brought their wedding  forward because they were expecting their first baby in January. Apparently they had been waiting a long time for this event so it was extra special but they wanted to enjoy their wedding first then devote all their attention to the new baby. Here are brief highlights to give you a flavour of their day.

I arrived at their house to film bridal preparations. I did notice a cot in the bedroom but ignored it presuming it to be empty. Meanwhile Missy was busying herself with make-up while I filmed. Then after a few minutes I heard a little cry. I was stunned to find out that in the cot was a very small but perfect Fletcher, and he was only five days old! Apparently the birth had to be brought forward leaving Missy obviously very happy at the safe arrival but very sore with stitches. With everything going on it's not surprising that she forgot to tell me.

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It was a beautiful and sunny day but freezing cold when I caught up with groom David at St.Mary's Church in the centre of Hemel Hempstead. Brimming with emotion, David tried to explain to me what it was like to have the two most important events in your life come at the same time. As I listened I even had to fight back the tears myself.

The day went perfectly with plenty of volunteers wanting to hold Fletcher including of course proud parents and grandparents. Missy did really well considering how sore she must have felt and she even stood through a long but entertaining photo session outside the church. Family friend and pro photographer Mac McBride (real name) put everyone at ease with his jokes and patter and he was a pleasure to work with.

Hot chocolate and mince pies were handed out to keep us all warm but with frostbite nipping our fingers Mac and I filmed them leaving Hemel in a stretch limo on their way to The Cricketer's pub in Redbourn where they were joined by just close friends and family for a reception and speeches. As usual I'm pleased to say that Missy & David sent me a big thank you for a "fantastic video" saying that they "absolutely LOVED IT!"