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Louise & Richard’s Wedding at Tissington Hall

Last August we filmed Louise and Richard’s beautiful wedding in the quaint and picturesque village of Tissington in the Peak District. As soon as you arrive in the village and drive up to Tissington Hall, you could hardly imagine a more picturesque setting for a wedding.

Louise & Richard : Highlights from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

Louise and her bridesmaids had the Hall all to themselves that morning. It was a perfectly relaxed morning thanks to the help of Phoebe, the wedding coordinator at Tissington Hall, and Susie, who could easily vie for the award of Most Organised and Helpful Bridesmaid ever! Louise’s wedding dress was absolutely stunning, covered in lace and with a slight antique rose tint, it was just perfect for her. The sparkly Gina shoes certainly made me smile!

After the ceremony at St Mary’s Church, we all went back down the hill for the reception and party. Luckily the weather behaved itself so the guests were able to enjoy both the Hall and the beautiful gardens at Tissington. The wedding breakfast took place in the gorgeously decorated marquee in the gardens of the Hall. The speeches brought both laughter and tears to all the guests, paying tribute to Richard’s Polish heritage and to his brother Andy. When we left after the first dance, the party was in full swing and I am certain everybody had a most wonderful evening!


I hope you will enjoy watching the highlights of their wedding and if you do, please leave us a comment.

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Annie & Paul, my favourite and hardest wedding to date

I met Annie way back in 2003 on a wedding forum when she was planning her wedding to Adam. I pretty much immediately liked her, she had a fun and bubbly personality, there was no way you couldn’t like her. We filmed her fairytale wedding in July 2004 and stayed in touch. Barely a year after that memorable wedding, tragedy struck and Adam was killed by an elderly driver. I still don’t know how Annie coped, especially as she suffered from 2 auto-immune diseases, but somehow, with the help of her family and friends, she pulled herself through. She is one of the people I admire the most in my life. So I was overjoyed when, thanks to Blossom, the friendliest rescue dog ever, she found love again with Paul. (You can read her proposal story here)

When they got engaged in 2010, I was really looking forward to their wedding, I knew it was going to be something very special. Dozens of emails with ideas, colour schemes, flower arrangements, dresses, venues and bedazzled shoes were wired across the Atlantic. It isn’t very often that I get so closely involved with the planning of a wedding, but oh, the fun I had! With the date set for 29 October 2012, and a venue in St Augustine, Florida, I couldn’t wait!

We travelled down a few days early so we could join in all the fun of the bachelor and bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, … and have a ton of fun with our friends Erin and Dennis from Folklore Cinema who came down from Kentucky to assist us with the shoot and were also on duty as the official photographers.

The long awaited wedding was finally upon us! Everybody there was as excited as we were. We all knew what a special day this truly was. One of my favourite moments was the first look. Paul calmly waited on a bridge in the beautiful garden of the Lightner Museum, the moment he saw Annie it all became real and nerves set in. Annie’s reply “I’ve got Valium in my purse” completely typified her.

And come the ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye in house, even yours truly and Niels had to get our hankies out, which made keeping things in focus rather tricky. The entire ceremony was all about Annie and Paul, they had written a letters to each other and wrote their own very personal and at times funny vows. The ceremony was conducted by their friend Merryl who truly did an amazing job, finding the right balance between the solemness of the occasion and injecting some light-hearted fun. It was the best wedding ceremony we’ve ever witnessed.

When it came to editing this one, I honestly didn’t know where to start. There was just so much good stuff, so much wonderful footage, so many wonderful soundbites. How was I ever going to condense this and do it all justice. And that was for the main video, the highlights were even trickier! But luckily, I seem to have pulled it off as Annie and Paul are over the moon with all and that’s the most important thing to me.

Annie & Paul: Highlights from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

 

Venue: Casa Monica, St Augustine, Florida
Wedding Dress: Anjolique
Shoes: Angela Nuran Bedazzled by Annie
Veil & Fascinator: Galvin-ized Headwear
Coordinator: Karen Erwin at St Augustine Weddings
Hair: Casey Powell 
Make up: Carrie Wilson
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Florida
Cigar Roller: JC The Cuban Roller
Cake & Cupcakes: Classic Cakes, Jacksonville
Flowers, Decor & Lighting: PRI Productions

 

Jessica & Benjamin, a Newport Wedding

I love to travel. Any opportunity I get to travel, I take it. That’s why I love destination weddings. Last year we were lucky enough to go to one amazing wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. When Jessica started telling us all about her wedding day, we couldn’t help but get excited. Venue overlooking the water, cheerleaders, an after party on a yacht at sunset, a polerina, …

The jam-packed day started well before sunrise for us. At 6am we arrived at the house where Jessica and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Jessica and Ben exchanged some gifts before the wedding, Jessica received a beautiful and timeless Tiffany bracelet, Benjamin became the proud owner of Patriots season tickets, not easy to get by as far as I can gather. Before the ceremony, Jessica and Benjamin had their first look at their reception venue, the Belle Mer. I like a “first look”, it’s this lovely and quiet moment just between the bride and groom (and us). It’s always so sweet and emotional. Off to the ceremony at St Josephs in the Newport trolley.

After the ceremony, the bridal party went to the gardens of one of the famous mansions Newport for a photo session while the guests made their way to the Belle Mer. While I started editing their Same Day Edit (first time I did a Same Day Edit at a destination wedding), the bridal party made their entrance accompanied by the spectacular acrobatics of high school cheerleaders. I’m still a little miffed that I didn’t get to see that in real life. The party had started! And then there was a polerina, another bit of entertainment I hadn’t seen at a wedding before. It’s in between a ballerina and a poledancer, and it is quite something to behold! The party concluded with the screening of the Same Day Edit, as usual, this brought the house down.

Jessica had changed into a bit more of party wedding dress and we were off to the Arabella, stunning 160′ tri-masted tall ship, for a sunset cruise. The entertainment was provided by Ricky Duran, a most excellent singer Jessica and Benjamin met in a bar in Worchester, MA. It was the first time Ricky performed at a wedding and he was quite the hit, rightfully so. After sailing around Newport, the ship docked and we all departed, except for Jessica and Benjamin who spent the night onboard as the only passengers.

Ceremony: St Jospeh’s Catholic Church, Newport Rhode Island www.stjosephsnewport.org
Reception Venue: Belle Mer, Newport Rhode Island www.longwoodevents.com/Venues/belle-mer.shtml
AV and DJ: Sound Choice Events
Music Entertainment: Ricky Duran
Paperie (invites): Chirp Paperie
Photographers: Bee Photography

Jessica & Ben : Highlights from a Newport Wedding Film from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

 

Natasha & David, a humanist wedding with the BEST VOWS EVER

This is the story of what happens when a Filipino-American corporate flight attendant meets a dashing Scottish pilot. They move to Canada, set up their own business and decide to get married. Yet there is only one place on Earth that will do: a Scottish Castle!

Last month, we travelled up to Scotland to film their wedding. Getting there was a bit of an adventure, this was only a few days after heavy flooding in the north east of England and Scotland and we had to drive through a few small lakes along the way. We couldn’t help but think back to the summer of 2007, to the wedding of Charlotte and Dudley and remember to push down on the accelerator to ensure the engine wouldn’t flood. When we arrived at our hotel in Edinburgh, we were hoping for a lovely view over the city from our room, no such luck. The city was covered in mist. The following morning when we set off to Natasha and David’s wedding at Dundas Castle just north of Edinburgh, we still hadn’t managed to catch a glimpse of the city, but at least, it wasn’t raining!

Natasha and David chose for a humanist ceremony, my favourite kind of ceremony, so yours truly was quite the happy bunny! Humanist weddings are currently the 3rd most popular ceremony in Scotland and they are getting ever more popular. Now if only England would follow suit and legalise humanist weddings

Back to our lovely couple. Natasha was such a sweet little bride and so excited, she would just light up the room. The ceremony took place in the old Keep of the castle and I must say this couple had the BEST VOWS EVER, personal, touching and so much fun! The fun theme continued throughout the rest of the day: the “mini” cake, the ceremonial cutting of the haggis, the ceilidh performance, and their second “first” dance. Out with the formal wear and in came Natasha and David for a performance that would surprise David’s dad. David’s dad had remarked for years that Natasha looked so much like a swing dancer, so our couple had secretly taken swing dance lessons for several months and surprised everybody, not just David’s dad, with their skills!

Anyway, here are their extended highlights!

Venue: Dundas Castle
Celebrant: Tim Maguire
Photographer: Neil Horne – Eye Image Photography

Michelle & William: a wedding at Lyveden New Bield

It’s definitely been too long since I shared a clip on our blog. In between the madness of the summer months, I found some time to share this little treasure with you: Michelle & William’s highlights. I love Michelle and William’s story. They had been dating for many years and went on an adventurous round the World the trip for 11 months before the tied the knot.  Adventurous might be a slight understatement, as it included being kidnapped at gun point in Brazil! But all’s well that ends well and on the last night of the trip, William got out his guitar and started singing First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes to Michelle and then proposed. You can’t help but smile now.

When their vicar said that ‘their wedding was steeped in history’, he hit the mail on the head: from the quaint 500 year old St Mary’s church in Lower Benefield to the National Trust site at the early 17th century ruin at Lyveden New Bield the settings for this wedding were very historic indeed.

But in the midst of all this historic grandeur, Michelle & William’s wedding day was wonderful, relaxed, arty and, in Michelle’s own words, rather quirky wedding. You’d be hard pressed to find a couple smiling so much on their wedding day. And they had every reason to be so cheerful: a gorgeous couple, an amazing dress unlike any other we had seen by Pronovias, awesome shoes, a vintage inspired reception in a marquee set in the stunning backdrop of Lyveden New Bield and not forgetting the wedding transport: a vintage VW camper van.  Michelle’s vision of vintage teacups, cupcakes, bales of hay combined with the muted pallet of colours worked out perfectly. And the ice cream van after dinner was the cherry on top!

 

 

Ceremony venue:  St Mary’s church in Lower Benefield

Reception venue: Lyveden New Bield

Wedding Dress: Pronovias

Make up by: Liza Smith

This time last year…

This time last year the Ever After team was filming Sarah and Gareth’s wedding at the beautiful Coworth Park, a brand new venue just outside of London. It was also the day of the 2nd most stressful Same Day Edit I’ve ever done (the number 1 spot for “Most Stressful Same Day Edit” still goes to the very first one I did back in 2005). This time, the stress was mainly due to the gruelling schedule, less than 2 hours to do the edit, and this had to be top notch work. But still, there are few things that get my creative juices flowing like the thought of having to achieve the impossible. Well, it did all work out, and as ever, the Same Day Edit was a success.

A year on, and I finally want to share the actual highlights clip of Sarah and Gareth’s wedding film with you, I want to show you more of this amazing wedding. Believe me, it was amazing, the flowers alone made your jaw drop. I don’t think this is a wedding that will easily fade into the background for us, between the SDE stress, the beautiful venue and its ever so friendly and helpful staff, a beautiful couple, the “OMG, you look so skinny” outburst by one of the bridesmaids upon seeing Sarah in her dress, … this was an unforgettable wedding!

Happy Anniversary Sarah & Gareth!

Video: Ever After

Venue: Coworth Park

Photographer: Kevin Wilson

Event Planners: TLC

String Quartet: Siren

Toastmaster: David Collins

 

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“My princess has found her prince”

Claire and Ed tied the knot last year, the day after that other famous UK wedding, the one of William and Kate, though it certainly did not outshine this wedding. The ceremony was held at the picturesque Church of St Lawrence in Chobham, the oldest church in the borough of Surrey Heath, dating back all the way to 1080AD.

The celebrations continued at the exclusive Wentworth Club in Surrey. This amazingly elaborate golf Club House has been the setting for several celebrity weddings, but is undoubtedly better known to golf aficionados as one of the yearly locations for the PGA European Tour Championships.

Claire was probably one of our most relaxed brides ever, knowing that everything would run smoothly in the hands of her own personal wedding planner: her mum. The day had been meticulously planned and was stunning: a perfect black tie affair. Wentworth Club is one of our favourite venues; the caring staff and gorgeous event design make this place a joy to work at. Thanks to some strategically placed uplighters and wonderfully high ceilings, the main hall can be transformed to suit any couples’ ideal setting. To top it all off Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, a longtime friend of the family, treated our guests to an impromptu performance with the wedding band, much to the delight of everyone there. However splendid the occasion, the most memorable and touching moment was undoubtedly the father of bride’s speech: “My princess has found her prince”. Now there’s a very proud and happy father if there was one.

Photography: David Ward Photography
Event Design: Firebird Events
Ceremony Location: St Lawrence, Chobham
Reception Location: Wentworth Club, Surrey
Shoes: Diane Hassall
Dress: Suzanne Neville

Walton Hall Wedding: Erica and Matt

No two weddings are the same. It sounds like a cliché that any couple would love to believe but after 10 years of filming weddings, I can honestly say it is true. Few weddings however feel as personal and intimate as Erica and Matt’s wedding day. From our first contact with Erica, as this wedding day film was a surprise for husband-to-be Matt, we realised their story stood out.

When we filmed their wedding day at the gorgeous Walton Hall we were not disappointed. The whole day was carefully and personally put together. It was a wedding day that really was the couple’s day! Personalised vows, the jumping of the broom, the way they each had their own version of how Matt invited himself to Thanksgiving at Erica’s just a few weeks after they met, the heartfelt speeches … this couple clearly knew what their wedding meant and we felt privileged in sharing their special day.

In bringing all the details together and making sure everything ran like clockwork, Erica was assisted by wedding planner Isobel Lamplough of Isobel Weddings. We also had the pleasure of sharing this day with one of our favourite wedding photographers: the very talented Allister Freeman.

During their wedding speeches, we learned that Matt is a business coach and was about to become a published author on this subject. So it’s hardly a surprise that we were very excited to be invited to Matt’s book launch event in the UK. We had a great time meeting up with Matt and have already started reading his ‘Fearless Referrals’. It’s been an enjoyable and interesting read so far and I’m sure it will prove very useful for any looking to grow their business.

Without further ado, I hope you’ll enjoy this highlight section from their wedding day film.

 

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Lisa and Peter’s Wedding Highlights

After a short walk outside, I found out that winter is still here. I really needed some warming up, so when I was choosing a clip to share today, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I take you back to the height of last summer.
Although it was the start of September, Pete and Lisa’s wedding day was basking in glorious sunshine. The early morning hustle and bustle of the wedding definitely got the flower girls excited! Apart from a stunning dress, Lisa had the most amazing vintage hairpiece. While she was getting a few more pictures taken, our excited groom was already eagerly awaiting her at the church. The ceremony took place in the very same church were Pete and Lisa had their daughter’s christening ceremony, which was followed by Pete’s wedding proposal. Weekley church near Kettering is a gorgeous historic church that dates back to Saxon times. And some die-hard Jane Austen fans might also recognise this church as it was used for the exterior of Mr Collins’ church in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.


It is always a pleasure to come across our past brides and on that day Liza (brilliant make-up artist) was one of the guests. Following the personal ceremony and a photo shoot on the church grounds, we were off to the Park Hotel in Kettering for the reception. During the speeches Lisa’s sister dedicated a live performance of ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ to our bride which resulted in plenty of tears all around the room. After a very well performed first dance with a beautifully romantic ending, the tone was set for a fun filled evening.
I hope you’ll enjoy this highlights clip of their wedding day.

Katie & Mark, a Humanist Wedding

With most of the UK covered under a white snowy blanket, I thought I’d warm you up with a nice summery clip. Katie and Mark got married at the gorgeous Wakehurst Place in Sussex, a venue chosen with care as Katie used to work here. It was pretty much picture perfect: marvellous venue, great venue coordinator, beautiful gardens and even a lovely summer’s day!
We had had great time working with the Katie, the coordinator, and Martin Briggs, photographer of the day. A special mention must also go to Vivienne Donnithorne, the celebrant. Vivienne designed and presided over the humanist wedding ceremony. Throughout the ceremony we were told of the journey that brought Katie and Mark to this day. It was without a doubt one of the most personal ceremonies we had the pleasure of filming and by the end we really felt we knew the couple a bit better. It was easy to tell their wedding meant a lot to Katie and Mark as the whole day had personal little touches. My favourite without a doubt was the gorgeous Kiwi-shaped wedding cake especially made by one of the aunties!

Humanist wedding ceremonies are still a bit of a rarity here in England. Unlike Scotland, we don’t seem to have moved with the times and humanist ceremonies are not yet legally  binding and thus still require a civil ceremony first. I can honestly say as far as ceremonies go, this type of celebration is a personal as it gets. The British Humanist Association has been campaigning to try and get recognition for their wedding ceremonies from the government. As the government so far failed to act, I’d like to encourage you to sign their petition and make sure England no longer trails behind Scotland!

 

 

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