Laura & Chris – A White wedding at the Royal Crescent Bath

My first blog post for over a year, so which wedding should I choose to mark this momentous occasion? There were so many amazing weddings from 2015, so many memorable moments but If I had to choose just one then it would have to be the wedding of Laura & Chris held in the beautiful city of Bath. Chris’s parents are lucky enough to live on the Royal Crescent and therefore have one of the poshest front lawns in England, a perfect spot for a reception you might say :-) The Ceremony was held at the stunning Bath Abbey which was a perfect setting for this English Fairy tale. I wanted to tell the story of these two amazing people in a way I had not done before so we interviewed friends and family at a get together the day before and used the audio from the interviews to paint the picture of them from childhood through to the current day. Laura took the huge step of leaving her beloved Canada to start a new life with Chris in the UK, while Chris had 4 brothers and it was only during the interviewing process that you quickly realised how close they all are but how that was not always the case! The wedding itself was everything I had hoped it would be, beautifully put together but as I always say it’s the people that make a wedding and the emotions brought about by not only Laura & Chris’s love for each other but by the love that every single person had for this couple was plain to see. I dont say this often but I am really proud of this piece of work, it was a tough assignment but what an unforgettable 2 days. Laura & Chris, thank you xx

Sarah & Darren Highlights

You know when you meet someone for the first time and your immediately feel comfortable in there company? The giveaway for me is when my Wigan accent starts to take over, well the moment I met Sarah & Darren I just wanted to film their wedding. I remember the meeting well, I was 45mins late because my tyre blew on the way. I arrived like a bull in a china shop who had consumed the contents of 30 cans of red bull. Not the best of starts, but I didn’t need to worry, these 2 lovely people just smiled bought me a drink and we nattered for a couple of hours. Sarah was a bridesmaid at her friends Emma’s wedding which I filmed so she had seen me working first hand and knew how discreet I was, sometimes you say it but people still think its going to be a camera’s in your face exercise. There wedding day landed on my Birthday now I’m forty plenty so its not really a day to celebrate and I was more than happy to be filming but I walked into the bride prep to card signed by Sarah and all the bridesmaids I just thought how nice is that, today of all days Sarah goes out of her way for me. The day itself ran like clockwork and it was my first wedding with a male voice choir in the church and WOW it was amazing, the sound literally hit you in the chest, I don’t know if Sarah & Darren had the choir in mind when they were choosing the hymns (I expect so) but it was something I will never forget. 3 fabulous speeches, each one unique, no clichés just honest heart felt words and a packed dance floor at the end of night. Thank you Sarah & Darren x

b2b taking to the skies!!

Regular visitors to the blog will be aware of our recent acquisition, a DJI Phantom quadcopter. It was bought with a view to being utilised in our commercial work but recently our thoughts turned to what it could bring to a wedding film.  The more you see something the less of an impact it brings so we know it needs to be used sparingly in the edit, we do not want it to take over the storytelling aspect of our films and  turn them into some sort of quadcopter showreel. We decided to give it a try this weekend as we knew the weather was going to be good and the 2 venues (Thornton Manor & Meols Hall) were both stunning visually.  We concentrated on the bride and groom arrivals to the reception and we are really pleased with how it looks, so much so  its going to be with us on most of our  weddings going forward. It;s not something we want to be known for and we are not going to be building the brand around it  because not only is it weather sensitive ( if it;s too windy you cannot fly it)  but the venue needs to justify it’s use, using it just because we have one without it adding any value to the production doesn’t make any sense.  So here are a few clips from the phantom featuring the 2 weddings we filmed this weekend. Let me know what you think, bit of a gimmick or increasing production values? :-)

Dave

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