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Sammy & James’ wedding splendour at Penshurst Place

Last year, we spent Christmas Eve/night stuck in airports, utterly frustrated at the lack of any customer service or support or even staff. This year, we things were back to our traditional way of spending Christmas: having the best “do-nothing” day. Niels and I just spend the day relaxing, having a lie-in, watching a few movies, no cooking, … All in all, just pure bliss. We hope that, however you spent your Christmas, it was equally wonderful.

But today, we’re back at work and back to blogging. And we’re taking you back to last summer, to the wedding of Sammy and James. We did already share a tiny flavour of their wedding back then on our Facebook page, but now we share the proper highlights. Sammy and James tied the knot at Penshurst Place in Kent, a stunning medieval stately home, kept in all its old world grandeur. They chose this venue because of their love for all things medieval and historical. We filmed another wedding here back in 2003 and it left quite the impression on us. Going back there now, it certainly still lived up to the memory. A drinks reception outside in the courtyard with a string quartet playing and perfect blue skies, what more could they have wished for?

And for us, it was a joy to work at Sammy and James wedding together with their photographers Mark and Marianne from Earthy Photography and the ever so friendly team at Penshurt.


Wedding Dress: Alfredo Angelo

Wedding Shoes: Benjamin Adams

Venue: Penshurt Place

Photographers: Earthy Photography

String Quartet: Penshurst String Quartet

Toastmaster: Roy Theobald


Time to get Festive!

It’s the 1st of December, you can start opening the little doors on your advent calendar today! I can’t wait to get our Christmas decorations out and decorate our house, but before I do that, I’m sharing some festive cheer from last year with you.

Florence and Michael’s wedding, a few days before Christmas, just in between those 2 spells of snow storms that brought our country to a standstill. If you like our Ever After Facebook page, you might actually have seen a little teaser of their wedding that we made for them back then.  Florence and Michael tied the knot at St Godric’s Church in Durham and had their reception at the beautiful Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle. It was a beautiful but freezing cold day, luckily not hampered by any snow. Poor Florence had come down with a cold, but that wouldn’t stop her from having a blast. The whole wedding was just so much fun. The tables were named after the “12 Days of Christmas” and after dinner there was a rather hilarious sing-along to the 12 Days of Christmas by table with everybody joining in (although not all quite in tune) and there was even a little suprise visit from Father Christmas. And they had one of the most enchanting cakes ever, made by one of their friends, very bedazzled!

I do hope you enjoy Florence and Michael’s wedding highlights and that it gets you in a happy and jolly Christmas spirit.

And we have plenty more in store to share for this month! So keep coming back!

Rachel and Andrew sent us a lovely little email

Don’t you just love it when you get an email that really makes your day?

Wow, wow, wow, wow!! We completely and utterly love our wedding video :-)

It arrived on the day we moved in to our new house and it was so wonderful to sit down and watch it at the end of a busy day of moving. It is just spectacular – you have captured all the precious moments we had, included some stunning songs (love the ‘All About You’ xylophone!!) and told such a great story – we love the way you have used the speeches to walk through the day. It is just brilliant – we couldn’t have asked for more. We cried our eyes out as we watched it and commented on so many points “I didn’t know they’d caught that!” – you were truly everywhere, which is even more remarkable given that we were hardly aware of the cameras at all on the big day itself!
As you know, we really agonised about whether we could afford to have a video or not – it’s no small investment – but I can honestly say it’s the best money we spent on the entire wedding. For now it has crystallized a lot of wonderful memories that we would probably have forgotten otherwise, and we will forever look back on it and smile. Thank you so much!
Rachel and Andy xx

From the moment we met Rachel and Andy, we knew their wedding was going to be a fun packed day and indeed it was! The day started at the gorgeous location of Warren House, the staff and events team were perfectly organised and a true pleasure to work with. By the time Pam sorted out the hair and makeup and Rachel had her stunning Sassi Holford dress on, it was time to go to the ceremony in true London style: a red double decker London bus that I’m sure doubled as a tourist atraction for some of Rachel and Andrew’s international guest list.
After the ceremony in Fulham, we all took the bus back and were welcomed into the gardens of Warren House. Apart from the garden games, which proved a success with this fun-loving crowd, the guest were treated to the magic of Mark Williams, close-up magician extra-ordinaire. In between the fun and games we got some gorgeous footage alongside Nikole Ramsay who did the photography. The wedding breakfast consisted of a truly inspired hog-roast and guessing from Andrew’s speech, he’s the one that takes credit for this. Just before Rachel and Andrew danced the night away, we showed our Same Day Edit (which we featured on the blog in May) which went down a storm.


Here are their wedding highlights, enjoy!

Venue: Warren House
Wedding make-up: Pam Wrigley
Wedding Dress: Sassi Holford
Photography: Nikole Ramsay
Magician: Mark Williams
Doubel Decker: London Heritage Travel

This one makes me happy

Remember that wedding we filmed in Florida? I must say, that has got to be one of favourite weddings ever. OK, so we got to travel to Florida, which is already pretty awesome. Then the people were so wonderful; Susie, the bride was one of the bridesmaids of a former bride (who is now one of our best friends). Filming in the oldest cathedral in the USA, St Augustine’s Cathedral Basilica, a bit of a privilege too! Then Susie had booked a flight for Michael on the day, and Niels could go up in the plane with him, which he obviously really enjoyed too! I could go on about the things that I loved about this wedding…

Then when I got to editing this one, I was overwhelmed by how much great footage we had, even after the first “rough cut” I still had about double than usual. On the one hand, it made things somewhat trickier, but on the other, I had big smile on my face all the way through editing. And then there’s probably my favourite shot ever, at 2min14 into the highlights. I just love the way Susie looks at Michael, that is pure and honest joy and love in her eyes. Yes, this is one wedding that really makes me happy.

Notable mentions go to

The photographers Mark and Joi –

The Venue: The White Room, St Augustine –

The Church: Cathedral Basilica of St Augstine –

The On-the-Day Coordinator: Jennifer of 1-877-Le Concierge


Kahdine & Charles wedding in St Ives, Cornwall

We took our first trip ever from Sheffield down to Cornwall for the wedding of Kahdine of Charles. A ceremony at the idyllic little church of St Uny and a reception at Gonwin Manor on a cliff top overlooking the sea.

Kahdine looked gorgeous in her Caroline Castigliano dress and Jimmy Choo shoes (lucky girl!) and Charles was equally handsome and luckily not worse for wear after celebrating his 30th birthday the night before the wedding. The whole event for been meticulously organised by the wonderful planners at Wedding Matters and went off without a hitch, despite the windy weather making the set up of the marquee rather tricky. During the wedding breakfast Kahdine and Charles surprised their guest with a performance by singing waiters; as ever highly entertaining. In the evening, the entertainment was provided by the fabulous and very energetic Riverbrew band. And later on there was yet another surprise for the guests: fireworks overlooking the bay. We were also lucky enough to work alongside Allister Freeman, not only is he a joy to work with, he takes some rather stunning photographs too.

So without further ado, here are Kahdine and Charles wedding highlights


Ceremony venue: St Uny Church, Lelant

Reception venue: Gonwin Manner

Wedding Dress: Caroline Castigliano

Wedding Planner: Wedding Matters

Photography: Allister Freeman Photography

Michael Buble Tribute Act: Max Hutton

Singing Waiters: Waiters Encore

Band: Riverbrew

Close up Magician: Stephen Karl Magic

Fireworks: Celebration Pyrotechnics


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The wedding of Kate and Karl, Ringwood Hall Hotel, Chesterfield

Posting a new video on the blog is long overdue, so let me take you back to last summer. Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield was the gorgeous setting of Kate and Karl’s wedding. From a first meeting, more than a year prior to their wedding, Kate and Karl described their wedding as a bit unusual and they did not dissappoint. Although on the surface it seemed like a regular wedding day, the unusual sound bits we picked up as well the unique sax-solo instead of the traditional string quartet set the tone for this day filled with fun and enjoyment.
While getting some shots before the start of the ceremony, a familiar face appeared in my viewfinder: one of our friends from Sylvia’s university days. When we heard he knew the groom from his MA in Filmstudies, we immediately understood his eclectic, unusual and remarkably similar taste in films. No extra pressure there then! Kate looked stunning and even Karl, who claims not be a romantic, clearly had a moment when she appeared. We got some great footage and really enjoyed working with Ryane Browne, the photographer of the day. You can see some the pictures he took on his blog. In the evening everyone enjoyed a great barbeque and the rather  ‘funky dance moves’ of Karl!  Won’t easily forget those…
So please take a moment and enjoy this lovely summer’s wedding from Ringwood Hall.


Olivia & James at Fulwood Church and Thornbridge Hall

I’ve been neglecting the blog again, haven’t I? The last month has been super hectic and I find myself wondering what has happened to 2011 so far. I can’t believe it is mid March already!

Anyway, time to look at some more gorgeous weddings. Up this time are Olivia and James. Their wedding was the 3rd wedding we’ve filmed in this family, so we knew we were in for a good time. Olivia and James live in London, but made it back to Olivia’s family home in Sheffield for the wedding, with a ceremony at Christ Church Fulwood and a reception at Thornbridge Hall in the middle of the Peak District in Derbyshire.

Now one of the things that I’ll definitely remember this wedding for is Olivia’s father. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a father of the bride so happy and so proud. It was truly quite heartwarming.

I’d also like to give a quick shout out to Rob Berry who was the photographer on the day. But as a good friend of the bride and groom, he was at times busy being a wedding guest so he roped in the help from Jaz Ampaw-Farr. Both were an absolute joy to work with and you should really go check out their work!

And I promise, I won’t take quite so long to post on the blog again. I’ve already got a few lovely little films lined up to share with you over the next few weeks! But if you can’t wait, our Ever After Facebook page usually gets first dibs at all our clips (some are even exclusively on the Facebook page). So make sure you “like” us there too.

Elizabeth and Philip at Gaynes Park

Next up: Elizabeth and Philip! Here’s a wedding I’m unlikely to ever forget, first ever wedding where the bride invited 2 donkeys! Elizabeth is quite the animal lover and loved the idea of a petting zoo, originally she wanted an elephant, but that didn’t seem quite feasible. So the next choice was donkeys, Jack and Del Boy, who were groomed to perfection for the big day and proved to be quite popular with the guests.
Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding was truly beautiful: 2 of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, a lovely venue (Gaynes Park in Essex), perfect weather, … And we had the pleasure of working with Alison and Stephen from Purvis-Gisborne Photography again. You can check out some photos of Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding on the Purvis-Gisborne Blog. I hope you enjoy the highlights from their wedding film.

Elizabeth & Philip from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

And now for a little extra treat. If you venture over to our Ever After Facebook page, you’ll get a glimpse of what we were up to yesterday in the North East. We’ve got a little flavour to share from Florence and Michael’s wedding at St Godric’s Church in Durham and a reception at Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle. It was a beautiful but freezing cold day, luckily not hampered by any snow. And I just want to give a quick shout out to Ian from Pacific Studios, who was more than a joy to work with yesterday and to the florist Diana Kaye, who put together a stunning bouquet made entirely from Lilies of the Valley (which smelled amazing)

Lara and Tissa’s wedding in Hathersage

The last few days of 2010, and we’re in the Christmas spirit here at Ever After, in the sense that we’ll be sharing quite a few more videos with you before the end of the year!

First up this week: Lara and Tissa! Lara can best me described as the giddiest bride we’ve ever had and I love her for it, she was just so adorable! And Tissa, well, he was one of the sweetest grooms we’ve ever had, planning a bunch of little surprises like an ice cream van and Chinese lanterns for Lara on their wedding day. Their ceremony took place at St Michael’s Church in beautiful village of Hathersage in the Peak District (some of you may have heard of this church as it’s the place where the grave of Little John lies). The reception was at the Sheffield Hilton, making a nice contrast going from rural to urban in one day. This lucky couple didn’t just get one wedding day! A few days after their wedding day here in sunny England, they flew to Sri Lanka for more wedding celebrations with Tissa’s family.

Lara & Tissa from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

And on a side note: We have some exciting plans for next month. We’ll be having a contest featuring the 5 most popular wedding videos we’ve featured on this blog this year (based on page views and comments). Among the prices: a £200 John Lewis voucher and a £75 Amazon gift certificate. So stay tuned for the details of the contest coming up in January!

Amy and Nick

Despite the fact that we are based in Sheffield, we rarely cover a wedding in our own neck of the woods. This year was a bit of exception. First in line were Amy and Nick. Although they currently live down south, Amy’s family is from Sheffield and she came home to get married. And when I say home, I really do mean home, as the reception was held in the beautiful gardens of her parents’ house.

The days before the wedding featured several torrential downpours, making the whole set up of the marquee a bit trickier than it was supposed. But then the day itself was perfect. Amy looked simply beautiful, her dad wiping a tear away as she came down the stairs.

The evening entertainment was provided by QEII, a really amazing Queen Tribute band who rocked the house (well, marquee). They were superb!

Also, a quick shout out to Rosemary and Andrew, the lovely photographers at Chilli Pepper Images who we worked with that day.

The Wedding of Amy and Nick from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

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