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A Beautiful Kingscote Barn Wedding Film

As far as weddings, go, it couldn’t get much more perfect than Claire + Alex’s wedding which was held at the beautiful Kingscote Barn in Tetbury.

Claire + Alex wanted their wedding to be elegant and unfussy. They explained to me that “it was important to us that our guests had a really good time, and obviously that we did too, so we wanted it to be fun and not too formal. The people that were there would really make the day, so we tried to add elements that would bring people together, like Darren Campbell and marshmallows around the fire-pit.”

In Claire + Alex’s own words..

THE DRESS
“I must have tried on over 60 dresses and had nearly given up on them, in fact over lunch in Cheltenham before going to Simply Bridal I told Mum that I’d have enough of dress shopping, that I’d never find what I was looking for and would just find one on the internet! Straight after lunch we had our appointment at Simply Bridal, Kate asked me about my style, looked at me, then picked my dress off the rails. It was perfect and I didn’t want to take it off, or even look at any others!!

THE SUIT
“In contrast to Claire’s dress shopping, this was done and dusted at the first attempt after about half an hour in Anne Harding Menswear.”

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES
“The process of finding the bridesmaids dresses was similar to my dress; we searched bridal designers, specialist boutiques and the high street, yet still couldn’t quite find what I had pictured in my mind. I envisaged the girls in long flowing dresses, with lace detail at the top, to complement both my dress and the style of the venue. I finally found what seemed to be the perfect dress online but they were no stockists in the UK, so we went about getting them tailor made. I managed to find Ali from Unique Dress, who specialised in bespoke bridal dresses and had made a few in this style before. Once I’d explained the design, she immediately sketched the dresses I had pictured in my head, which put me straight at ease. We had so much fun choosing the fabrics (corded lace for the tops, silk georgette for the skirts) and the girls loved their fittings so much it almost seemed a pity when the dresses were finally ready to take home. I couldn’t have been any happier with the dresses, the girls looked utterly fabulous and did a fine job of upstaging me in them!”

A DEARLY LOVED ONE WHO PASSED AWAY
“We lost my Dad suddenly in 2011 and I wanted to find a few subtle ways to include him on our wedding day. We chose the date because we love springtime and it would have been my Dad’s birthday that week. The seamstress used a piece of my Dad’s old shirt and made a little heart which she sewed into my dress with the word “Dad” stitched onto it – this was my something blue! But most importantly I wanted a way to ensure Dad was able to walk me up the aisle; I had heard of wedding charms before, but found this one on Etsy which was perfect as it was so small and subtle. I then put my favourite photo of Dad and I inside which Maria from Sorori attached to my bouquet.”

THE VENUE
“We looked at several venues in the area, but Kingscote really stood out as having everything we wanted. A good mix of indoor and outdoor space to give us flexibility with the weather; large, open areas as opposed to smaller spaces that would have broken the party up; easy access to all parts of the venue for our less mobile guests; beautiful on-site accommodation for the whole wedding party; and finally somewhere that really took our breath away. We didn’t take long to decide once we’d seen it in person!”

FOOD
“Kingscote had four approved caterers for us to choose from, we shortlisted two for tasting based on gut feeling, and Strawberry Field Catering came up trumps with the quality of their food (especially the antipasti boards), and the confidence we had in their level of service.”

FLOWERS
“Our colour scheme was Navy, Raspberry Pink & Ivory with paler pink tones. Alex was happy for me to run with the flowers; I wanted quite an informal hand-tied style which was blousy yet delicate, to complement the season and soften the richness of the navy dresses and waistcoats. Maria from Sorori Design Florist guided us to what was in season and we agreed on double tulips, hydrangea, lisianthus, spray roses and gypsophila.”

DIY
“Most of the little details were all our own work. Claire designed the ceremony decorations, the tables, and the favours amongst other things. We worked with Lucy Loves Weddings who helped us design our invitations, then we had some fun nights in assembling them with Richard and Sophie. We then designed and created the rest of the stationery ourselves which really personalised the day, we had lots of fun designing the table plan, order of services, reserved signs and all the other little details. We put toiletries boxes in the bathrooms, and a basket of blankets by the fire, both of which were a big hit with our guests.”

FIRST DANCE
“We had three sessions with Liz Mitchell from Movementor, four hours in total (plus a bit of practice at home, though with not enough space to practice the lifts!). We weren’t planning to have the whole thing choreographed, but we ended up really enjoying the process so just kept adding new moves until we’d done the whole song.”

 BEST MOMENT
“It feels almost impossible to choose just one favourite part of the day, as we couldn’t have imagined a better wedding day; but looking around the buzzing dance floor at the end of the evening, surrounded by our favourite people we knew without any doubt that we had just had the happiest day of our lives.”

ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS
“On the morning of the wedding, each surprised the other with a gift and a letter that focused each of us on what the day was truly about and put us in exactly the right frames of mind to have what turned out to be the happiest and most romantic day of our lives. If you can get this bit right, then everything else is just icing on the cake.”

A big thank you to Claire + Alex for their input into this blog post and now it’s time for their wedding highlights film…enjoy!

Claire + Alex Wedding Highlights

Dewsall Court Wedding Film

This was our first time filming a wedding at the beautiful Dewsall Court and we would love to return again one day!

Steph and Tim had exclusive use of this beautiful country house and when I asked Steph and Tim what it was that appealed to them about Dewsall Court they said ‘it was amazing and we loved it because it had the church on the grounds which meant we didn’t have to travel anywhere and the Wainhouse fitted the relaxed, country feel we were looking for. The venue was also available from the Friday through to Sunday for just us and accommodated all our wedding party. It was a blank canvas too so we could really do what we wanted with it!’

Steph wore a Jenny Packham dress which she bought from Carina Baverstock Couture, the bridesmaid dresses were from Ted Baker and Tim’s suit was from Austin Reed.

The gorgeous flowers were provided by Love Lily and Steph told me ‘Emma from Love Lily was amazing! She knew the style we were going for. I had mentioned shabby chic and that I didn’t want anything matching and she did the rest!’

I asked Steph and Tim what the best moment of their day was and they happily said ‘the party!! Once all the formal side was over and getting to celebrate into the early hours with all our family and friends! Tim and I couldn’t stop smiling!’

Their advice for future brides and grooms is to ‘enjoy it and let people help! Tim and I were moving countries and out of our flat at the same time so we were so grateful for all the help we could get. Our biggest recommendation though is to get a videographer as it captures so many parts of the day you don’t even see. I had forgotten elements of the speeches that I can now replay over and over to my hearts content!!’ And of course we couldn’t agree more with the videographer comment!

So here is their wedding highlights film – we hope you enjoy watching it!

Steph + Tim Wedding Highlights

A Humanist Wedding Ceremony in Gloucestershire

Alix + Ollie’s wedding was beautiful, elegant, full of love and also included quite a few tears of joy – mainly from Ollie!

When we arrived Maria from Sorori Design Florist and Lauren Grey Wedding Stylist were hard at work in the marquees bringing Alix and Ollie’s vision alive. When speaking with Alix she said the colour theme for their wedding came to her quite quickly and when researching on Pinterest she was drawn to gold and peach ideas. Alix then went on to talk about her flowers ‘I’ve always loved orchids and my mum had hanging Singapore orchids in her bouquet so I wanted to mirror that in my wedding – our bouquets were virtually identical. The remaining flowers I left to my florist who matched them into the theme – she was amazing!”

 

The talented Jessica Mills created Alix’s beautiful makeup and Nando Lopez from the Richard Ward Salon in Sloane Square created her gorgeous hairstyle. I asked Alix about her beautiful wedding dress and she explained ‘my dress was bespoke – designed by myself and my mum with the help of fashion designer Melissa Antonious who is based in Cheltenham.’

We worked alongside the talented photographer Steve Richardson and Alix chose this photo below as her favourite – just look at that stunning dress!

Neither Alix nor Ollie are religious and after none of the venues they visited felt quite right, they then thought about marrying in the family home. Alix explained ‘the logistics of making it legal were too difficult so we decided on a humanist ceremony – they are legal in Scotland and all my Scottish cousins had them and I loved them. So the decision was made that we marry legally a few days before in a registry office and then have a Humanist ceremony in the garden – it worked perfectly for us. We kept the registry office bit really simple – just legal statements and signing of the register so as to take away from the main wedding.’ It was the first humanist wedding we have had the honor of being a part of and we really noticed how personal it was to Alix and Ollie. Their Humanist celebrant Zena Birch gave a very personal and friendly service for them and it’s her voice that features in the beginning of our film.

I asked Alix what advice she would give to future brides and she offered ‘to take the time and enjoy the planning because although it can be stressful you do miss it once it’s over.’ Alix went on to say ‘plan the small things well but don’t worry about it on the day as nobody notices!’

When asked what the best things are about having a wedding film Alix explained ‘re-living the day, watching parts of the day you missed and seeing everyone again on film. After watching my own film I think it would be just awful not to have one!!’

We really enjoyed playing a part in Alix and Ollie’s wedding day and we’re delighted to share their wedding highlights film with you..enjoy!

Alix + Ollie Wedding Highlights

Winter Woodland Wedding Film

A winter woodland wedding was how Ruth from Finesse Planning had described Jen and Simon’s forthcoming wedding and when she said they were looking for a wedding videographer and were we available, thank goodness we were! Ruth was hired to do full wedding planning and she recently told me ‘I knew from very early on, it was going to be a special day. Jen and Simon are one of the loveliest couples I have had the pleasure to work with’ and I couldn’t agree more. They are very much in love and add to this a professionally styled wedding, it was a wedding videographers delight!

 

Their wedding was held at Wick Farm in Bath and we started filming in the morning as Jen, her family and bridesmaids were getting ready at Coombe Grove Manor. The mood was happy and calm whilst the lovely Jessica Mills worked on Jen’s makeup and Sheena worked on creating her gorgeous hairstyle.

The bouquets which were created by the team at Sorori Design Florist were kept quite soft and informal with majolica spray roses, tulips and ranunculus surrounded with birch twigs and bound with natural materials. The flower girl wand was made of silver birch twigs, roses and wax flower – so pretty!

 

The styling of the barn was breathtaking. Maria of Sorori Design Florist tells me ‘we used nude coloured flowers, majolica spray roses, tulips & ranunculus, with lots of birch twigs and contorted willow to give a winter woodland feel along with plenty of candlelight for the warm & cozy effect.’ Maria also explained that suspended from the lovely old beams in the barn were living chandeliers of twigs, foliage and fairy lights, with tea lights and rose heads hung from the centerpiece for a dramatic feel. I couldn’t agree more when Maria said ‘the whole room looked enchanting!’

We had the pleasure of working alongside Robin of Bullit Photography and as you can see from the above three images of the flowers and living chandeliers, his work is fabulous. Thank you for the use of your photos Robin!

Jen had originally seen some images of wedding cakes that looked like bark on Pinterest and the talented team at Curtis & Co Cakes adapted something for them based on this. Jennie of Curtis & Co Cakes told me ‘we wanted Jen and Simon’s cake to be very pale and washed out like a silver birch tree and we used confectioners sugar as snow.’ Jennie went on to explain ‘I suggested the sugar blossoms and twigs to make it soft and pretty and I raised the cake on cake boards that we iced to look like planks of wood so that Maria at Sorori could put the moss under the cake so the cake table was really incorporated into the rest of the room.’ I’m sure you’ll all agree that it is a truly stunning cake!

These pretty candle holders doubled up as escort cards for guests with their table names on them. Each one was handmade by Ruth and there was also a second set on the tables with guest names on them – a really creative idea that took a lot of work but it was worth all the effort!

When it was time for the first dance, Jen and Simon had a little surprise for their guests, as they had spent time learning a choreographed routine that went without a hitch. We filmed this in its entirety and we added this to their wedding DVD as a separate chapter.

The evening then continued with music from Neil at Deckstar Deluxe and casino tables for those who fancied a touch of roulette!

When speaking with Jen recently, I asked her what the best things are about having a wedding film and she explained ‘the best things are seeing all the things you missed on the day – such as seeing Si’s face when I was walking down the aisle or my sister beaming in the background as we said our vows,’ Jen continued to say ‘I have loved watching it back over and over again and it is something we will have forever. It brought the day alive in our memories.’

A big thank you to Ruth of Finesse Planning for passing on our details to Jen and Simon. Wedding planners are worth their weight in gold and having now filmed a wedding where the couple chose the full planning service, I can see what a difference it really makes to the attention to detail, creativeness on the day and making sure everything goes without a hitch. When speaking to Ruth she said ‘I will hold this wedding dear to me for many years to come.’

This was a truly memorable wedding to be a part of and we’re honoured that Jen and Simon chose us to be their wedding videographers. It’s been lovely hearing all their news since they got married too and we wish them lots of happiness and health for their future together as Mr & Mrs Boon!

Take a look at Jen and Simon’s wedding highlights film below…enjoy!

Jen + Simon Wedding Highlights

Cheltenham Wedding Videographers Head To Yorkshire!

In one of our conversations, Mary had mentioned to me that herself and Pete had fallen in love with the first glimpse of Wood Hall Hotel & Spa and it was one of the reasons they chose their venue. When Justin and I arrived at the hotel, we could see for ourselves that it really was breath taking. This country house hotel located in Wetherby, is perched on a hill, set in 100 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside and it dramatically appears as you turn a corner – you can’t help but say ‘wow’.

We arrived early on the morning of Mary and Pete’s wedding as we knew we wanted to do some time lapse of the hotel in its grounds and as we were filming a young deer hopped past – if only it had come into shot it would have been gold!

As Mary got ready in the hotel with her bridesmaids, Pete played golf with his mates followed by a customary beer (or two?) to calm the nerves!

 

Mid morning the pretty bouquets were delivered from The Willow Garden. The vibrant colours were chosen to compliment the bridesmaid’s dresses and flower arrangements were also made for the table settings in the same colour.

Mary looked stunning in her dress with its intricate ribbon detail at the back purchased from Ava Rose Hamilton.

A string trio played as part of the ceremony and then also for the guests outside which really added to the relaxed summer garden feel of their wedding. The fabulous John Hotowka mingled amongst guests to literally work his magic on them – his finale was brilliant and even when we watch our filming of his illusion over and over, we still can’t work out how he did it…it must be magic!

It’s clear to see that Mary and Pete are madly in love with each other and we wish them a long, happy and healthy future together as Mr & Mrs Donaldson!

We hope you enjoy watching their wedding highlights film…

Mary + Pete Wedding Highlights

We cover destination weddings on film too!

Pena National Palace is positioned on top of a hill high above the town of Sintra in Portugal. It’s not hard to see why Elizabeth and Ben chose this venue and location for their wedding – it’s absolutely stunning. In fact, this wedding was one of the first to be held at Pena Palace and I’m sure there will be many more in years to come.

I arrived in Sintra a couple of days before the wedding to allow time to familiarise myself with the locations I was required to shoot. Elizabeth and Ben had already flown in from America and as family and friends began to arrive from all over the world, the wedding excitement was building.

On the wedding day, I headed over to the house where Elizabeth, her bridesmaids and family were getting ready. The intricate detail on their Sarees was beautiful and the Elizabeth’s bouquet included jewels from within the family – I have never seen such a unique bouquet and it all made for some great camera shots.

The wedding ceremony took place in a traditional Portuguese style church with about 80 family and friends alongside them. From there everyone made their way to the awe-inspiring Pena National Palace. It was a beautiful clear afternoon, so guests were treated to some fantastic views over the surrounding area. The drinks started flowing, the flamenco dancer and guitarist started playing and the atmosphere was one of happiness and delight. Guests were invited to take a tour of the Palace which was a really nice gesture considering its one of the most visited sites in Portugal.

After the food and speeches, it was time for some dancing outside on one of the Palace turrets where Elizabeth’s second Saree glistened beautifully in the lights.

All in all this was an amazing wedding to film and I would like to thank Elizabeth and Ben for inviting me to play a small part of their magical wedding.

Justin Golby – Vogue Wedding Films

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