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A Wedding at Lords Cricket Ground

It was great to travel down to London again and film Clare & Steven’s beautiful Jewish wedding. Our first time at Lords Cricket ground and what a place for a wedding. Steeped in history with the origin of Lord’s being linked to one man in particular, Thomas Lord. Thomas Lord was a cricketer and businessman, born in Thirsk, Yorkshire, in 1755 who came to London in to remake the family fortune. On 31 August 1787, Lord staged his first cricket match, between Middlesex and Essex at Dorset Fields and the rest is history.

Lords Cricket Ground

One of the many pictures that line the walls of Lords Cricket Ground

More about the Wedding

Its fair to say that Clare & Steven’s wedding was a little different than the conventional Jewish wedding and we love it when couple mix things up a bit. Clare saw Steven before the Bedekken and there was a lovely moment as they met each other outside Lords before having photographs taken. Consequently the Bedekken took place shortly after and the couple then saw each other for the second time. Things pretty much followed the usual way and they had a beautiful ceremony facing the grounds in the ‘Long Room’. One of the things I love about Jewish weddings is the Rabbi’s speak so eloquently and Clare & Steven’s wedding was no exception with both attending Rabbi’s having special stories to tell about the couple and their respective families.

Clare waits in the Bedekken room

Clare waits in the Bedekken room looking out towards the cricket ground

Jewish wedding band

The wedding band interacting with the guests

On into the evening

As with many Jewish weddings Clare & Steven chose an amazing band to help them celebrate and what a party. They both entered the room to loud cheers and the band went in to full swing. We were treated to some great speeches with a brief mention of the special connection that Lords Cricket ground has to Steven and then the party started with a great choreographed first dance until all the guests poured onto the dance floor and partied hard until the end of the night.

The evening party at Lords Cricket ground

The evening party at Lords

Maybe the recent hot weather has affected us here at Cedar House Productions, but we have decided to give something back to one lucky couple by offering a FREE wedding film. Theres no catch or punch line and unlike many other so called free offers we dont expect you to pay us for anything. I guess we just love what we do so much we decided to go that extra mile and give everyone the opportunity to have their day filmed. We will be advertising the offer through social media and have a few easy peasy conditions for qualifying couples. Firstly hit the twitter link at the bottom of the page, follow us on twitter and retweet the competition link. Secondly follow us on instagram, take a pic of the blog posting and upload it to your instagram account, dont forget to tag us in the post. Finally, email us when you’ve done that and tell us all about you and your other half, we just love hearing about weddings and cant wait to here from you. Our offer is open to weddings taking place between 10th October 2016 and 30th November 2017 and subject to us being available. We include filming from getting ready right up to 9pm in the evening, with delivery on a 2 disc DVD set. Full terms and conditions can be seen here.

Competition - 2016

Just an incredible day filming at the Lowry hotel in Manchester and one of my favorite venues in the northwest. We had been looking forward to filming Jenni and Robs wedding since they had booked last year. We knew we would be in for a treat and a day of great celebration. I don’t think I have ever seen a bride more excited than Jenni at the Bedekken just before Rob arrived. The anticipation could be felt by all of us there and when Rob walked in there was an understandable gush of emotions. The ceremony was held under a very beautiful chuppah and the day just flew by on into the night.

Great to work with my good friend Ian Robinson again who did the photography for Jenni and Rob and also enjoyed working with Pure Orange once again who provided the incredible entertainment and finished off the evening with a memorable set. Well done guys and enjoy the highlight.

Loved shooting at Emirates Old Trafford which is the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. This venue is huge with a great back drop on match days for anyone wanting to enjoy a bit of cricket. The Point’s enormous 7 metre windows allow unrivalled views of the whole pitch and as luck would have it it was a pretty nice day. It was so good to be able to film Jenni and Jonnys wedding as we had filmed Jenni’s brothers marriage the previous year (see Charlotte and Dan). Always nice to work with familiar faces and they have a great bunch of friends and family that made the day so special.

Also worth a mention is Ruth from Ruthless Images, she’s a real diamond and great to shoot alongside, I love her work and she has a relaxed approach which I like. Also the incredible team from Storm who did a great job of keeping the party in full flow until the late hours. I dont know what it is about Storm but they always have a great line up, and sound amazing. Always look forward to working with them.

Beautiful day at Sopwell House In St Albans for Jodie and Ariel’s wedding, this was our second visit here (see Olivia & Simeon from last year) and thoroughly enjoyed returning to this lovely part of the country once again. We had been keeping our fingers crossed all week for the weather and on the morning of their wedding things were looking a little risky! So glad though that they decided to go outdoors for the ceremony, it looked amazing and couldnt have gone any better. Sopwell House is set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens and incredibly is the former Georgian country residence of Lord Mountbatten!

On into the evening Creation provided the entertainment and it was a great party atmosphere with a full dance floor all night. It was also a pleasure working with a great photographer Steve Shipman and his lovely assistant.  Enjoy…..