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Manchester Town Hall Wedding

City centre weddings are awesome and this was even more so as it was so close to home. I haven’t shot at Manchester Town Hall for such a long time and it was great to be back there for Jenny & Daniels wedding. They had taken over the Great Hall which is simply stunning, I love the architecture and its just a magical setting for a wedding. This happens to be one of a number of solo shoots we have done this year and getting to grips with filming alone was quite challenging all though a little liberating at the same time. Looking back on the footage it doesn’t feel like a solo shoot and I love some of the stuff I covered on the day. I have to also mention it was great working with Stephen McGowan his work is beautiful and you can see some of his pics from the wedding by following his link.

Guests arriving at Manchester Town Hall

Guest arriving at Manchester Town Hall

Wedding Ceremony

I really like the smaller rooms at Manchester Town Hall, they are great for a small informal ceremony and being adjacent to the Great Hall is pretty convenient for larger parties at night. The long elaborate corridors of the Hall look beautiful and I think its one of the nicest locations for an event in the city. We have been producing wedding videos manchester now for over a decade now and we have gained a greater appreciation of what a wedding is all about. Yes its a celebration but its also a coming together of families and friends, creating a record of that is such a humbling experience and we are ever grateful for the opportunity we have been given.

A Handful of confetti - Ready to take aim

A Handful of confetti – Ready to take aim

The little touches

Jenny and Daniel had put such a lot of effort into the day, I really loved the little touches and quite surprisingly the very cool Ladybird book titled ‘The Husband’ which Jenny couriered to Daniel just before the wedding, how sweet. It was such a joy to put together this highlight together for lovely couple and hope you enjoy watching.

The husband

The husband

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

A Beautiful Hyde House wedding in the Cotswolds

It was such a pleasure to be able to film this lovely Hyde House wedding in the Cotswolds. Not least because its one of the first we have shot in that part of the country. Having worked around London and the home counties for many years for some reason we never got the opportunity to shoot here. It was also a first working with Noel from Cotswolds Pictures who was a pleasure to work with and a seasoned pro from this area. Charlotte and James chose Hyde House as their venue and what a gorgeous place it is too. Surrounded by the awe inspiring Cotswold’s landscape, Hyde House is a great location for a wedding. The wedding ceremony and party took place in the barn which is adjacent to Hyde House and has kind of a rustic feel to it. At the back there is a beautiful garden bordering on to open fields.

Hyde House Wedding & Barn

Beautiful setting for a Hyde House Wedding

Vintage Styling

I really loved all the little touches Charlotte & James made. The suits the guys wore were very smart and showed their unique personality with vintage styling with a slightly understated cut. I thought it was really cool how Charlotte and the girls put pictures of the grandparents in the ceremony room also, so they could be part of this special day. I think family is so important on a day like this and its heartwarming to see couples go that extra mile to remember their loved ones. In Hyde Barn there is an amazing high vaulted ceiling where the wedding breakfast takes place. It has huge windows that let light stream in and when decorated for Charlotte and James’s wedding it looked quite spectacular. They also had large ‘Love’ letters illuminating the room which was a nice touch.

Wedding dress

Charlottes Wedding Dress

Our Filming Style – Not just your average wedding video

Charlotte and James had a fairly small wedding and so it was really important to us that we didn’t detract from the days proceedings. Our approach has always been to blend in to the background and shoot in a journalistic style. Its a mindset that’s helped us build our business into to the success it is today. Capturing events as they naturally unfold is quite rewarding and more so when you work with couples like Charlotte and James who are clearly devoted to each other.

Charlotte & James

Charlotte & James’s Hyde House Wedding

Your Wedding Video

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A Beautiful Wedding in Bury

Many of you lovely readers will have heard me wax lyrical numerous times about how we love what we do. Samantha and Marks church wedding in Bury typifies what I’m taking about. Their day was just so incredible and full of emotion. Its fair to say we had so much going on and the whole day kept our crew on their toes. The day started nice and early at Samantha and Marks home where we shot the getting ready bits. It was great to see Mark had sent Sam some flowers with a very moving message, and it tugged on the heart strings when Sam read it. That contrasted with Marks ‘getting ready’ where he literally was moved to tears when he read Sams note to him, it was such a great moment. I think sometimes its easy to become engrossed in capturing moments like these. Often its the small things that really display the love between two people or the closeness of a family. It was great to witness this first hand and clearly Sam & Mark have a very tight bond with their friends and family.

Wedding in Bury

Sam & her mum just before leaving home

On to the Church for the Wedding Ceremony

The couple were married at Christ Church in Bury. Christ Church is a fine example of the Victorian Gothic Revival style. The church houses a number of very fine stained glass windows produced by the celebrated William Pape of Leeds. The support of English Heritage and a great deal of work by members of the congregation have allowed restoration work in recent years and it looks beautiful. It was nice to Tsee that Sam & Mark had booked a gospel choir to sing as she walked down the aisle which was so cool. They also performed throughout the day as the wedding guests enjoyed the reception.

wedding reception

On to the wedding reception and speeches

Wedding reception and speeches

After the wedding in Bury the reception was held in a beautiful marquee in the families garden. It was a very relaxed affair and the nice weather allowed the guests to mingle outside while photographs were taken. The reception room looked incredible with the top table decorated with an abundance of flowers and candles. All in all a great setting for the evening ahead. After the speeches the room was extended to reveal the dance floor and the entertainment followed the first dance. What a great way to finish off.

Wedding day

The day comes to an end

We really enjoyed filming Sam & Marks wedding in Bury and it was great working with Lesley Meredith Photography again and also a huge thanks to Media Town for the aerial footage. Please feel free to hit ‘share the love’ or comment below.

Irton Hall Wedding

Just a great place to shoot a wedding and its no wonder they refer to it as the Lake Districts hidden jewel, Irton Hall wedding venue is truly a beautiful place. I dont know what it is about the Lake District, it almost feels like your in a different world. Its great to get away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life and its such a calming place. Irton Hall has a history stretching back to the 14th century, situated in the foothills of Lakeland’s western fells between Wasdale and Eskdale it is more like a stately home than a hotel. What a great find!!

Getting ready

The groom gets ready at Irton Hall

Lake district weddings

Ok, let me tell you more about the day, we arrived nice and early and started shooting the prep. Both the bride and groom were staying at Irton Hall overnight and Matt and the grooms party traveled to the Church in a VW camper (how cool is that). It was a really chilled morning, lots of laughter and a little emotion but a great start to the wedding. We headed over to St Catherine’s Church, Boot in Holmrook.

The church ceremony

I guess one of the challenges of shooting weddings in remote locations is the access. St Catherine’s is a bit of the beaten track, but what a lovely church. As the guests made their way into the church, Angie and her dad arrived in a beautiful horse and carriage. The service was lovely, St Catherine’s is quite a small church so it had a very cosy feel to it. After the service we headed over to the reception and enjoyed some great entertainment. During the wedding breakfast Howard Wing performed in his own inimitable style. Howard has a talent for getting everyone in the mood and after the bridal party entered the room, Howard then wandered around singing and involving all the guests. Howard not only has a great voice, he is such a good entertainer and towards the end of the wedding breakfast the party was really getting started.

Horse and carriage

Angie and her dad arrive in a horse and carriage

Party time

The dancing commences as Howard sings

The day flew by and the guests enjoyed a short break just before the evening celebrations started and everyone gathered for the first dance, without any encouragement the dance floor was packed in no time and it was time for us to head home. What a great day and another fabulous wedding.

Irton Hall wedding

Congrats Angie & Matt