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

Hannah & Chris @ Pendrell Hall

Gotta say, I love a Friday wedding me.  What an awesome way to start the weekend, by shooting Hannah & Chris's superb day!  The festivities all took place at Pendrell Hall, a rather luxurious country house with tonnes of garden space, which I'm always a fan of.  At venues with large grounds, it's nice to be able to abduct the Bride & Groom for half an hour for photos, then send the ransom note and demand...wait sorry I got a bit confused there, that's for my other blog.

Working alongside the awesome photography stylings of Amy Woodward-Taylor, I set forth on an adventure of confetti, polaroids, beer, beards & cigars.  One of the highlights was filming some slow-mo bouquet tossing.  Unfortunately you can witness the grimace on the face of one of Hannah's bridesmaids as she catches her bunch by the pointy end.  The mass gathering of cigar smoking by the groomsmen was pretty rad (rad - is that a thing?) and made for some fun footage to work with.

Speeches were done before the meal came out, something I was keen on for my own wedding.  It does mean those who are nervous about their speech can chill out, enjoy the food and let their hair down a bit afterwards.  I think the chef at Pendrell Hall may beg to differ but hey ho!

Top hats in 3...2...1....(press play)

Hannah & Chris's package:
Extended Highlights

 

 

Laura & Will @ Abbey Manor

Oh boy oh boy oh boy, was I ever excited about this one!  I'm not sure I've ever had such an enthusiastic (and precise...yes I'm going with precise) Bride as Laura before!  I knew this was gonna be a goodun from our first meeting.  She was very complimentary about my work, so after a quick "aww shucks", we were on.

Laura & Will, apart from being lovely folk, are the jammiest gits in the land as they managed to pull off their wedding on a ridiculously warm, sunny day in March!  After some bridal prep at Mummy's rather emotional and manic household, I escaped with my life on to the impressive Pershore Abbey to grab a few arrival shots.

I had a lovely time working alongside rural photographer Sarah Farnsworth who was in charge of pictures for the day.  We had a right larf shooting the world's longest confetti procession.  I could have really used a steadicam & cable basher for that shot, but the accountant said no.

After the ceremony, we all made our merry way on to Abbey Manor, where the festivities took place in a huge tippee (tipi?) tea pea? TP?  A pointy tent thing.  The speeches culminated in a surprise performance of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' by both sides of the family, begging the question, when will we seem them on Britain's Got Talent?

With light fading fast, Sarah & I whisked the newlyweds outside for some romantic shots dancing in the sunset, lovely stuff.

LOOK!  A video, watch it!  Watch it with your eyes!

Laura & Will's package:
The Full Feature
w/ Bridal Preparations