Kerri & Dan @ Swallows Nest Barn

They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice, but I beg to differ.  My mad videography skillz struck Swallows Nest Barn two times in a row yo!  Ahem, sorry, I've been re-watching Breaking Bad and Jesse rubs off on me.

This time it was Kerri & Dan's turn to get married and what a shindig it was!  Bridal Prep was first on the agenda, doing my best not to annoy the make up artist whilst "getting in there" for those shots.  Kerri and the Bridesmaids got 80% ready at the house, then jumped on to 100% of a VW camper van before finishing off the remaining 20% of Bridal Prep at the venue.  Dan dished out some classy tie clips to the groomsmen and we were off with the ceremony!

Skipping forward...Due it being a "Just the Highlights" package, I didn't actually capture all the speeches in full, but it gave me the opportunity to move around and capture a wider variety of shots than is normally possible.  I'm now offering a second camera operator as an add-on and I hope some very smart couple in 2018 takes advantage of it.  All those priceless reactions & laughter in the speeches and Nan tearing up during the ceremony.  I think it will really add something to the coverage having these type of shots included!

Speaking of shots, Kerri & Dan arranged for a cocktail masterclass in the early evening, so I hung around the outdoor bar capturing some great slow mo footage of guests shaking, stirring and slurping in to the night.  It's always fun having that little bit of something different to film, especially when it gives me an excuse to crack open the super slow mo!  Don't super slow mo your way over to the highlights though, speed up and take a look now!

Kerri & Dan's package:
Just the Highlights
w/ Bridal Preparations & Evening Entertainment

Faye & Kev @ Swallows Nest Barn

Even though I've been in the wedding videography game for quite a while now, I always find there are still firsts out there to experience.  This was my first Catholic ceremony and I had been told they can be quite long, but to be honest it was a lovely service and the 5 hours completely flew by.

I knew I was in for a treat when I found out the groom was Irish, and I knew the bar at Swallows Nest Barn would need to replenish it's stock to maximum levels.  Another first for me was filming at this brilliant and relatively new venue.  Absolutely perfect for a summer wedding, with big glass windows and a great courtyard for mingling outside until the small hours.

I think Faye was a tad concerned that I was a bit quiet on the day, but who can get a word in edge ways when excruciatingly talented photographer Amy Taylor is on the scene orchestrating her painfully good pictures?

I was very excited about Faye & Kev's highlights film as I felt I had found the perfect epic music track that suited them down to the ground.  Don't believe me?  Well, I'll show you...I'll show you good:

Faye & Kev's package:
The Full Feature

Caylie & Lee @ Wharton Park

Time for a spot of golf and a little bit of a wedding?  Both were on the agenda at Caylie & Lee's superb celebrations at Wharton Park Golf & Country Club.  I'm not sure I've ever had such a smiley happy couple, but it made editing a cinch.  I probably shouldn't play down the difficulty levels of making my films though, so it was "really hard", "a total slog", "five stars" said the Daily Mirror.

As usual I've completely lost my train of though whilst writing this, I believe there was something about marriage?  That's right, Lee (a big golfing enthusiast, 7ft 4) managed to persuade Caylie (small golfing enthusiast, 4 ft 5) in to having their wedding at his local country club. 

After teeing off early in the afternoon, it wasn't long before the celebrations were in full swing.  I can't quite remember what was for dinner, but probably some type of birdie.  The event was a hole in one and it's success definitely got Lee out the rough.  No wedding is complete without a riding a golf buggy and having balloons rain down on your during the first dance, as per the video evidence:

Caylie & Lee's package:
The Highlight Reel

Jess & Chris @ Wethele Manor

Howdy partner, pip-pip old bean!  Welcome to the blog of Jess & Chris's totally Texan but somehow also very English wedding.  As a last minute surprise for the Bride, Chris arranged for me to be their videographer.  Thankfully on the day, Jess being so very polite, didn't ask for the strange man with the video camera to be removed from the premises before being introduced through excellent photographer Duncan Cox.  

Luckily it had not been mentioned to the Bride there would be a surprise waiting for her that day.  Imagine the disappointment when rather than a bunch of flowers, a Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne or Tom Hardy, a 31 year old nerd trundles in with his bum-bag (shut up, it has camera batteries & stuff in it).

Duncan decided to hang the wedding dress in a tree for a rather impressive photograph, thus risking his life twice.  Once for nearly falling off the stool whilst doing it and twice because if the dress had drifted off in to the lake...well, this is a couple who cut their wedding cake with a sword.

This was the first wedding where I've actually been able to film the ceremony outside and it was just fantastic.  Wethele Manor is such a great venue for this and the weather played ball, so it could happen without a hitch.  Well actually there was a hitch, that of the Bride & Groom, getting hitched kind of being the whole point of the day.  It all happened with one totally intentional hitch, with no unintentional unwelcome hitches.

Feeling inspired by her stint spent in Texas and with some Texans in attendance, Jess wanted them to feel at home.  So after the speeches all guests were invited outside to ride the mechanical bull!  This made for some really fun footage as everybody was totally rubbish at it.  On the other side of the "pond" so to speak, a mass game of cricket spontaneously broke out and the police had to be called to break up the rabble.  I may have embellished one part of that slightly.

Lovely weather, lovely venue, lovely couple.  Nearly lost my monopod, but didn't, true story.  Here's their video:

Jess & Chris's package:
Just the Highlights
w/ Bridal Preparations & Evening Entertainment

Sarah & Will @ Soulton Hall

The game of forename snap continued as Sarah & Will became the latest victims, I mean subjects, of my wedding videography endeavours.  I was already sold on the idea of filming this lovely couple, but then they said "pizza van" and I almost offered to do it for free.  But one stern look from my mindreader wife (who's face by this point had turned in to a large slice of meat feast with pepperoni eyes and a pizza tongue) got me back on track.  

The whole shebang took place at Soulton Hall, which was a first for me.  A grand venue split between an ancient manor for accommodating guests and Soulton Court, a fantastic refurbished Tudor building for ceremonies & partying hard.  After grabbing some nice moody shots of the empty ceremony room, it was time for bridal prep as a hectic hive of busy bridesmaids buzzed around getting ready for the big day.

I've not seen a groom cry more than a bride before (apart from at my own wedding), but Will was truly totes emosh (that's what the kids say right?) during a heart felt ceremony.  As a Scottish Bride, there were certain traditions to be upheld and so the ceremony was capped off by cracking out the Quaich and pouring the whiskey.  Yes I totally had to google that, never seen it before as I am an uncultured swine.  The Scottish traditions continued as the new Mr & Mrs Noden were piped out the room and on to drinks & confetti throwing.

Next Sarah, Will, myself and the photographers (headed by Charlotte Giddings) jumped in to a couple of cars and went off roading to find a rapeseed field.  After a stroll around grabbing some beautiful shots & turning my black trousers in to bright yellow we scurried back for the wedding breakfast and some rambunctious speeches (with more adorable crying).

Finally the pizza van was open for business and it was party time.  So I downed tools, drank 6 pints and stuffed myself with slice after slice of pie (yeah right, if only).  Back in reality there was some evening entertainment to be filmed, with a photo booth & lots of enthusiastic dancing.  All in all a really fun day to film with a great party vibe and did I mention pizza?

Sarah & Will's package:
Extended Highlights
w/ Bridal Preparations & Evening Entertainment