I have been fortunate to work with some excellent people but I can recommend only the very best of course. All these have impressed me with their professional attitude and high standards. So, in no particular order:-
Photographers / Music & Entertainers / Toastmasters / Limousines / Venues /
Having a good photographer at the wedding certainly helps me produce a better video as everything is more organised and relaxed. Mark Sisley - http://www.marksisley.co.uk/ Mark Lord - http://www.marklordphotography.com/ Guy Hearn - www.guyhearn.com Capture It (Richard & Sarah) - http://www.captureit.co.uk/ Chris Hill - http://www.christopherhill.co.uk/ Peter Prior - www.peterprior.com Neale James - http://www.breathepictures.com/ Paul Rogers - http://www.rogerspictures.com/ Mark Lawrence - http://www.marklawrencephotography.co.uk/ Nigel Chapman - http://www.nigelchapmanphotography.co.uk/ Stuart Bebb - http://www.stuartbebb.com/ Melanie Woodwood - http://www.onelifestudio.co.uk/ Francis Bigg - http://www.francisbiggphotography.com/ Surrey Lane (Richard & Tina) - http://www.surreylaneweddingphotography.co.uk
tel. 0800 581473
tel. 07971 093423
tel: 07525 812560
020 8577 7109
tel. 01635 273181
tel.0800 043 2629
tel.0797 981 2970
tel. 01869 242294
tel. 07881 814404
tel. 020 3397 7549
Having a good photographer at the wedding certainly helps me produce a better video as everything is more organised and relaxed.
Mark Sisley - http://www.marksisley.co.uk/
Mark Lord - http://www.marklordphotography.com/
Guy Hearn - www.guyhearn.com
Capture It (Richard & Sarah) - http://www.captureit.co.uk/
Chris Hill - http://www.christopherhill.co.uk/
Peter Prior - www.peterprior.com
Neale James - http://www.breathepictures.com/
Paul Rogers - http://www.rogerspictures.com/
Mark Lawrence - http://www.marklawrencephotography.co.uk/
Nigel Chapman - http://www.nigelchapmanphotography.co.uk/
Stuart Bebb - http://www.stuartbebb.com/
Melanie Woodwood - http://www.onelifestudio.co.uk/
Francis Bigg - http://www.francisbiggphotography.com/
Surrey Lane (Richard & Tina) - http://www.surreylaneweddingphotography.co.uk
I am often asked to recommend a good band or DJ. Before you book please check out their style, everyone has different tastes when it comes to music.
DJ John Johnny is a cool and versatile guy who will entertain you as a top DJ, teach your first dance, entertain the kids and more!
FullerDJ is an experienced, professional wedding DJ of international repute, who travels all over the world performing at weddings, corporate and private events.
Azure is a professional band that specialises in performing the very best live music for weddings, functions and parties to keep you and your guests on the dance floor all night long. Call 07876 552 375
The Bluejays are the UK’s Premier Vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. An authentic slice of music’s golden era with songs from Eddie Cochran, Buddy, Chuck, Elvis, The Everlys etc. I loved them, they had everyone dancing, wonderful stuff.
Filmed the Ian Hooper Band at Lain's Barn. They played a great blend of music and got everyone dancing. Call Ian on 07730 943939
HOTSPOT DISCO, based in Windsor, call Jason on 07711 870431
MADHEN claim to be the UK's best party band.
Having seen them in action I reckon it would be difficult to disagree! Tel. 07974 174223
Belinda Yates has a fabulous voice that can blow out the church windows!
Maria Beattie plays beautiful live harp music for your Wedding Ceremony and/or Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast.
Tel. 020 85195474 M: 07711 132486
So Sinatra aka Paul Holgate really is SO like Sinatra it's amazing. The voice, the looks, the banter - a real class act.
Tel. 07702 526692
Mikey JC performs the classic jazz and pop songs of Michael Buble with real star quality! Tel 07961 404095 or see www.swaywithbuble.com
Luisa Calvo did her caricatures at our daughter's wedding and everybody loved them, and her! Highly recommended!
Visit http://www.wickedcaricatures.com/ or call her on 01733 558 164.
Guy Portlock's Magic Entertainment offers a modern twist on magic. Original and exciting routines designed with the spectator in mind. Visit his site at http://www.guyportlock.co.uk/.
Paul Megram is an amazing close-up magician and lots of fun. He comes highly recommended as you can see on his great website at http://www.paulmegram.com or call him on 01296 434727.
Aiden Kent - The Singing Cabbie. A friend pre-booked a London taxi for our special day out to see a show. What a fabulous surpise to be greeted by Aiden the charming Singing Cabbie dressed in a tuxedo. The cab had mood lighting, music system and a bottle of champers on ice. We sang and laughed with him all the way! Aiden has a great voice and has even sung at the Palladium! Surprise, surprise, he also sings at weddings. Hear and see him at http://aidenkent.com/
A good toastmaster not only keeps the proceedings in order but helps the bridal party to relax and adds a real sense of occasion.
Eric Gill is friendly, good natured and regarded as one of the best in the business. See his site or phone 08707 663250.
Alexander Michaels otherwise known as "Pav" is larger than life! He's good fun and professional. See his site or phone 0116 241 2000.
I notice that many chauffeurs seem more keen to get home in a hurry than spend a few extra minutes at the wedding for photos! It's your day and you deserve better treatment than that. These companies will give you time and a quality product.
Classic Wedding Cars Tel. 01895 258809
Regency Carriages Tel. 01296 655021.
I have filmed at most venues in the Thames Valley area and many further afield. I form my own personal opinions of each and I'd be happy to discuss them with you and save you some legwork maybe. Nowhere is perfect but some are closer to it than others! I think you have to fall in love with the place whilst being aware of any limitations. Rather than list everywhere I have been I'd just like to share with you a few of my favourites:-
Taplow House (Taplow) Lovely house and grounds. Great food. I chose it for my daughter, enough said!
Stoke Park Club (Stoke Poges) - Palacial, nice gardens, sumptuous dining room and very good food.
Danesfield House (Marlow) - Stunning building, magnificent grounds and rooms, excellent food.
Great Fosters (Egham) - Grand manor house style with dark oak panels, beams and loads of character, plus good food. Fabulous grounds.
Compleat Angler (Marlow) - Superb riverside location.
Phyllis Court Club (Henley) - Another superb riverside location.
The Bull (Gerrards Cross) - 17th century coaching inn with lots of character.
Cliveden House (Taplow) - Magnificent!
Waddesdon Manor Dairy (nr.Aylesbury) - enchanting private building on the Waddesdon Estate. A tranquil waterside setting amidst glorious gardens.
Wasing Park, (Aldermaston) - Unique barn venue with chapel.
Pinewood Hotel, (Slough) - Very popular hotel in nice grounds.
Hedsor House (Taplow) - Beautiful country house in magnificent setting.
Royal Berkshire Hotel (Ascot) - Queen Anne mansion dating back to 1705 with extensive grounds.
Notley Abbey (Thame) - Breathtakingly beautiful.
Beaumont Estate (Egham) - Handsome buildings in superb grounds.
Big Day Hair and Makeup by Mandy Driver in your own home. Tel.01753 863397
Ribbons and Pearls Wedding Dresses. Affordable splendour. You really must see their website for detailed photos, descriptions and prices for scores of new and pre-owned wedding dresses. Tel.01628 530120
Bay Tree Events Elegant marquee hire and bouncy castles by Bay Tree Events of Maidenhead. Tel.01628 624093
HITCHED One stop wedding shop and planner.
GUIDES FOR BRIDES One stop wedding shop and planner.
UKTnet Web hosting. Many thanks to Mike for help with building and hosting BW Videofilms for over 15 years.