My blog will return next year…or will it? I don’t know. Vote now.
I’ve had a major blog fail second half of 2018. I’ve been so busy I just haven’t got round to my usual mashing of a keyboard in hope of completing half coherent sentences. So rather than do nothing at all, I’ll keep it brief! Twas a hot hot hot day during a summer of BBQ’s, heat waves and where it was definitely coming home. Wootton Park was the venue and getting married was the game being played by Terri & Paul. Lawn games, donuts and ice cream a plenty, this lovely couple tied the knot and celebrated in amazing fashion. See for yourself right here:
Terri & Paul’s package:
“Good god, what a tidy room.” My first thoughts when entering the Bride’s quarters of her parents house ready to capture some getting ready shots. Michelle and co clearly didn’t get the memo from ‘every wedding ever’, as the usual chaos of Bridal Prep was not present. I was a little thrown as my camera batteries are actually powered by chaos, so I was forced to haphazardly throw a towel to the floor.
Once we were done here it was off to the incredibly picturesque Avoncroft Museum to grab some arrival shots. I do feel sorry for Michelle & Chris as only 700 of their closest friends could make it to the day. All these fantastic looking people gathered inside and Michelle arrived down the aisle sang in by an excellent gospel choir.
After the ceremony, it was time to move back outside in to the sunshine and enjoy some nice pizza, beer, fizz & pizza. Mmmmm pizza. If that wasn’t enough though, guests were encouraged to ride the miniature railway train. Yes, the miniature railway train. My only regret of the day was not going for a ride myself with the Bride & Groom. Instead I chose to chase them around like a mad man on foot. Turns out I can’t run faster than a train.
There were lawn games a plenty, including limbo which is always made easier by wedding outfits of course. Plus a giant game of Jenga, which I stalked for a while waiting for it to fall over for that shot. The guys playing were annoyingly good. All future weddings will see me sabotaging the Jenga with my right foot.
Because there was no sit down meal, the speeches were done early evening with a series of drinking games involved! Needless to say, I was absolutely smashed by the end of it! (Disclaimer - this is a joke, I do not drink whilst on the job. I just stick to chewing tobacco and hallucinogens).
The light hit the trees and historic buildings just perfectly for Michelle & Chris’s little smoochy, huggy shots. It’s all I ask. Party time was dancing time, everyone hit the dance floor and I could barely move for excited, deliriously happy wedding guests. It was a truly superb day, flanked by excellent people for a lovely couple.
Michelle & Chris’s package:
The Highlight Reel
+ Bridal Prep
+ Evening Entertainment
Be our guest, be our guest, but my camera to the test! Once upon a time, Gemma & Jack had an incredible Disney themed wedding. The journey began with filming some lovely Bridal prep. Most of the time was spent chasing an incredibly dapper dog around trying to get "that" dog shot. But I thought I should probably grab some Bridal shots too, I guess.
***Random side note alert*** Apparently if you're a cameraman filming with the President of the United States, you're not allowed to use the word "shot".
A hop, skip and jump and I was at Eckington Church. Unfortunately all that hopping, skipping and jumping wore me out, so I took 5 mins before grabbing dem arrival shots. Gemma arrived in Herbie the Love Bug (I sh*t you not), which was bloody amazing. A whole host of fine looking folks turned up to see Gemma & Jack tie the knot, their friends and family practically taking over the town for the confetti lobbing.
Next we moved on to Deer Park Hall where Duncan Cox was standing by with his drone for some cool aerial shots! The weather was a bit dodge, but ever the professional Duncan made the most of it and grabbed some great stuff. Charismatic photographer James Fear rounded up the rabble for fun group shots before some fantastic speeches. Afterwards, the weather seriously picked up. The sun shone, folk drank (I like the word folk today) and people sat on brick walls. I love me a good sat on a brick wall shot. A lovely first dance rounded things off and I made my exit before I turned in to a pumpkin.
***Sales pitch alert***
Gemma & Jack opted for the Full Feature package which was absolutely perfect for their day. With the Bridal Prep add on, Aerial footage add on & general timings of their day I was able to capture a tonne of footage which made for a great Full Feature film. I had a lot of fun editing and it was nice not to have to throw out 90% of the footage as what happens with editing highlights! I love creating the highlights films and they are fantastic for sharing with everyone online, however they can be just the tip of the iceberg if you so choose! Speaking of highlights:
Gemma & Jack's package:
The Full Feature
+ Bridal Prep
+ Aerial Videography
There's nothing like leaving it last minute for these two beautiful people! 48 hours before their wedding day, Kara & Tom started to feel what I like to call "Videographer Regret*" and asked if I was free. I very kindly explained to them that I am not free and my packages start from £849, to which they replied 'you're an idiot, but we like your work.'
* "Videographer Regret" normally kicks in a few days after a couple's videographerless wedding and then lasts a lifetime. There is no known cure other than prevention.
Thankfully for Kara & Tom, I was available for their date even at short notice. Only slight problem was that I was currently 5,500 miles away from their venue but I assured them I'd be there on time. I hired a bicycle and made my way. Turns out bikes are rubbish over water, but I'm an excellent swimmer and the Atlantic was a cinch.
The day arrived and a first time wedding for me at The Mill Barns, beautiful venue with a really grand looking ceremony room. Some great gardens as well which always goes down well for those pretty smoochy couple shots. Got plenty of those with Kara & Tom, you don't have to tell them twice. Just ask Paul Willetts, photographer extraordinaire by day & crime fighter by night. Turns out Kara is a professional dancer and they had a whole routine for the first dance which was great! I don't remember anything else as I was jet lagged. Feb-Aug 2010 was a bit of a blur too if anyone can help me out with that, cheers.
Kara & Tom's package:
Just the Highlights