Now That's What I Call Wedding Music 2018!

Last year was a great year for myself personally and Skies Are Blue.  I've put together an audio track listing for the year from all my wedding highlights films.  Hopefully next years soundtrack is going to be a double sider! 

Choosing the right highlights music can be a painstaking process, but an extremely important one.  I always try my best to match an audio track with the couple and the tone of the day in general.  I've been finding some smashing tunes on musicbed and so intend to stick with them for the foreseeable future!

It's a tough call, but these are my top 3 hits for the year gone by:

1) New Lovers by Paul McDonald
2) Beautiful Surrender by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser
3) Texas by Lovelast

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Skies Are Blue

The Album 2017

Laura & Gregg @ Worcester Glamping

Did somebody say "hook a duck?"  When Laura & Gregg told me they were having their wedding reception at Worcester Glamping, I thought they were quackers.  But the fairground games theme and BOUNCY CASTLE was, let's face it, an awesome idea!  I've got ahead of myself though.

I did some bridal prep shots at the house to start and got a first hand look at Laura's handmade scrabble shoes (move over Damien, we have a new wedding shoe champion).  Laura & Gregg's pride and joy, the little camper van that (just about) could was all dressed up for the occasion and only broke down a few times during the course of the day.

Wait a minute...Wedding Shoe Championships?  I think I'm on to something here.  That's it, I hereby declare the inaugural Wedding Shoe Championships 2018 sponsored by Skies Are Blue officially under way.  I'm not kidding.

After a lovely ceremony at the church, it was finally time to actually hook a duck, bounce on the castle and throw sandbags at cans and coconuts.  There was also an afternoon tea of sorts along with cheese, lots of cheese.  The best was yet to come though as the evening drew in, the fires and beacons were lit (LIGHT THE BEACONS! Gondor calls for aid) and the fish and chips rocked up to the party.

My only regret from the day was not actually going on the bouncy castle, apparently it was "for the kids" pfffft.  I couldn't have been happier to be Laura & Gregg's videographer, a really lovely couple who put on a truly fantastic day for their guests.  Ch-ch-check out the highlights:

Laura & Gregg's package:
The Highlight Reel
w/ Bridal Preparations

Tina & Damien @ Austin Court

A change of pace from the countryside weddings, Tina & Damien's all went down in Birmingham City centre and I was very VERY excited because I'd be filming on a freakin' narrowboat!!!  After navigating my way through the canals to the Mailbox (I'm an excellent swimmer), I met up with the first set of guests awaiting transportation from Sherborne Wharf Marina.  We all hopped on board and floated down to Austin Court

Having never been on a narrowboat before, I only had one brief moment of panic where I was convinced it was going to capsize.  I planned my escape route, just in case.  I also formulated a plan to steal the grooms shoes, because they were literally the best shoes I've ever seen and it would have been a shame for them to get wet.

Ok, as usual this blog has taken a turn, I'm in the wedding business for crying out loud.  Get a grip Stu!  Happiness, flowers and I do's!

Having travelled on the first boat, I was able to hop off and capture Tina arriving with the second group of guests.  The canals are definitely one of the best locations I've had the pleasure of filming for a wedding, loved the brick work, colours and general vintageyness (it's totally a word, look it up).

After a lovely ceremony there was much fun and photos with the newlyweds.  A little bit of rain (practically a short tropical storm) did nothing to dampen the spirits for this fantastic couple:

Tina & Damien's package:
The Full Feature

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