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Perfect weddings

Don’t you just love it when every part of a wedding comes together perfectly? We recently had the pleasure of filming Stephanie and Luke’s wedding at Gate Street Barn in Surrey and we couldn’t have wished for a better day.

Sweet couple – check

Friendly families – check

Fun guests – check

Beautiful venue – check

Considerate registrars – check

Great weather – check

The best line up of other suppliers imaginable – check!

Stephanie & Luke at Gate Street Barn from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

It must have been about 10 years ago since we first had the pleasure of working with Rob from Shooting Hip and it had been a fair while since we last worked with him, but things are always more fun when you get to work with one of your favourite photographers. And then there was ever helpful Chris Haslam proving the sound for the day. Kalm Kitchen provided us all with delicious food and service while Gate Street Barn was incredibly welcoming and accommodating.

 

The fact that Stephanie’s family is Dutch provided an extra layer of enjoyment for us, giving us a chance to hear and speak a bit of Dutch while confusing those around us. Stephanie and Luke opted for a Same Day Edit (have I ever mentioned how much I relish the utter adrenaline rush this brings?) which was played on a continuous repeat the day after the wedding at a large family gathering at Stephanie’s parents’ house. This was such a lovely wedding with a host of gentle little touches, from the Stephanie’s wink to Luke during the vows and the performance of Stephanie’s Dutch relatives during the speeches to the song choice during the ceremony surprising Luke’s parents and a most courteous best man who seemed more nervous than the groom. People make for good weddings, and Stephanie and Luke certainly managed to surround themselves with the best people!

Stephanie and Luke's Same Day Edit

Stephanie and Luke

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Venue: Gate Street Barn

Photographer: Shooting Hip

DJ: Chess Disco

Catering: Kalm Kitchen

Flowers: Gill Pike Florist

Danni & Don’s Same Day Edit Wedding Film in London

Danni and Don are currently living on the other side of the Atlantic in New York, but decided to travel back to the UK to celebrate their wedding with their family and friends. They were actually already married for over a year when they said their vows and exchanged their rings on a cruise down the river Thames.

Danni & Don’s Same Day Edit Wedding Film from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

 

Our day started off at the Radisson Blu hotel on Canary Warf where Danni was getting ready. While she was getting ready Don, along with his ushers, had to prove himself worthy of Danni in the traditional Chinese way by going through a series of games devised by the bridesmaids. Let’s just say it was a mix of queasy, painful and embarrassing, but Don nonetheless passed. Onwards to the North Greenwich pier and onto the M.V. Erasmus for a cruise on the Thames, where Danni and Don had their ceremony. This ceremony, with their friends as celebrants, was completely personalised with fun and touching vows.

After the ceremony, the guests all enjoyed a relaxing cruise in the glorious sunshine while receiving a guided commentary about the sights of London and all the places that have been of significance in Danni and Don’s relationship. After the cruise, the guests were treated to a sumptuous banquet in a nearby Chinese restaurant. And near the end, they showed our Same Day Edit. Yes, it go down a treat!

Venues: Radisson Blu Canary Warf, M.V. Erasmus and Saikei Restaurant, London

A most amazing wedding party at Ellenborough Park

Every so often you film a wedding that isn’t just memorable but will re-define your expectations. When Laura contacted us many months ago to film her wedding, she mentioned that she was using the same planner as her sister Sarah a few years before. We remembered Liz from TLC straight away and we knew this would be a wedding to remember.

Ellenborough Park is a beautiful setting at any time, but Liz transformed it into a most amazing backdrop for the ultimate wedding party.

After a few drops of rain and an amazing musical performance, Laura walked down the aisle in a beautiful gown by Sassi Holford to join Nic. The tone for the wedding day was set: gorgeous backdrops, amazing flower arrangements and excellent music performances. After the ceremony our couple and guests walked to the marquee under the musical accompaniment of the London Essentials: a wonderful sounding , fun-loving and quirky gem of a band. By the end of the drinks reception, the marquee provided a perfect and stunning shelter for a typically British downpour.

The real party started with “the big reveal”, curtains opened and a magnificent dining room was revealed: stunning table settings, gorgeous flowers, a beautiful lighting design and of course more amazing music and dancing. The party had definitely started! With music throughout, every break between courses made the most of the enormous dance floor.  Without further ado: have a look for yourself and enjoy the same day edit.

Laura & Nicholas, Same Day Edit from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

 

Venue: Ellenborough Park

Wedding Planner: Taylor Lynn Corporation

Wedding Dress: Sassi Holford

Photographer: Lawson Photography

Music: London Essentials

Our competition winners tied the knot!

Remember that competition we ran earlier this year to celebrate 10 years of Ever After? You know, the one where we gave away a free wedding film? The competition that was so close that until the very last minute, just before midnight could have gone to any of the 2 front runners? Well, last Saturday our winners, Rebecca & Jonathan, got hitched and we were there to cover it all.

The setting was Harlaxton Manor in Lincolnshire. This is one seriously impressive venue with a long drive way leading you up to a Victorian manor house of epic proportions, there is no way anyone would not be impressed by this place. And this place is the British campus of the University of Evansville in Indiana, USA, some lucky kids actually go to school here.

A thoroughly excited bride met us at the gates and gave us an enthusiastic tour of her venue before she got ready in the bridal suite. A little later, Jonathan arrived in a vintage sports car. We were all set for the ceremony in the great hall. Rebecca’s entrance was just magical, walking up the long aisle alone definitely made quite the dramatic impact. And then they added a bit of fun to the solemn occasions by singing “Bring me sunshine” with a jazz hands finish.

After the ceremony, the weather turned out to be rather lovely and sunny, so we managed to make the most of the venue by enjoying the gardens too. Then it was time for me to start editing their wedding film. As all their guests had been drafted in to vote for them, there was already quite a bit of talk about this wedding video. So I couldn’t disappoint, and I didn’t. The Same Day Edit brought the house down. Rebecca and Jonathan were ever so lovely and sweet, I’m happy we were a part of their wedding day. They were very worthy winners.

Rebecca & Jonathan’s Wedding Film from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

Alice & John

Alice and John tied the knot back in July on what turned out to be a lovely summer’s day. The bride’s prep took place at Alice parent’s home, a beautiful farm house in a scenic countryside setting. The church, St Mary’s in Bosworth, was equally quaint and lovely.

With Alice’s creative background this wedding was planned in exquisite detail with personal touches all over. My favourite was probably the personalised hoodies Alice designed for herself and her bridesmaids, featuring all of them as Disney-esque princesses. A theme that suited Alice’s dress perfectly, a dreamy tulle wedding gown by Ronald Joyce, fit for a fairytale. And in the evening the fairytale dress theme continued when Alice adorned her dress with fairy lights!

After the ceremony, we dashed to the reception at Kelmarsh Hall, where Alice and John had provided an ice cream cart for their guests! But before the guests arrived we went for a walk around the picturesque gardens with their photographer Darren Cresswell. It was a great pleasure of working with Darren again, who met at Kelly and Niels’ wedding last year. And just like last year, it was a joy to work with him again. You can see Alice & John’s engagement shoot with Darren here.

So without further ado, I hope you enjoy Alice & John’s wedding film!

Alice & John from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

 

Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Bosworth

Reception Venue: Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire

Wedding Dress: Ronald Joyce

Wedding Shoes: Rainbow Club

Photography: Darren Cresswell Photography

Jessica & Ben’s Same Day Edit at the Belle Mer, Newport R.I.

When Jessica got in touch with us over a year ago and we started chatting about her wedding day, it became clear very quickly that this would be one amazing wedding. 2 Days ago the wedding day was finally upon us and it was every bit as great as as we anticipated. From the stunning setting in Newport, Rhode Island, the amazing Belle Mer venue, the trolley, the wedding entertainment to the amazing after party on a yacht: this was surely a day that everyone will remember.


With 6 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls and 2 adorable page boys, it was quite a full house when everyone was getting ready early in the morning. And early it was, a 6am start! Ben and Jesscia were clearly set on making this day last as long as they could. Jessica looked amazing in her dress, so it was no wonder to see Ben getting a little emotional at the first look.

 After a beautiful ceremony at the beautiful St Joseph’s Church, where Ben’s aunt delighted all of us with the most beautiful operatic voice, it was time to navigate through Newport’s traffic for photos and cocktail hour. The bridal party introductions were quite a sight, you don’t often see this combined with amazingly acrobatic cheerleaders! During the dinner everyone was treated to some great and equally unusual entertainment, I’m sure the polerina performance was a firm favourite! After the dancing and before setting off for the yacht, we screened the Same Day Edit with the assistance of the ever so helpful DJ Peter.

So without further ado, here’s the Same Day Edit.

 

Arwen & Anthony’s Extended Same Day Edit at Comlonglon Castle, Scotland

On Friday we were up in Scotland to film Arwen and Anthony’s wedding at Comlonglon Castle. It had been nearly 2 years since we visited Comlonglon for Donna & John’s wedding and we were happy to be back. It is such a wonderful venue, the setting is just perfect and the staff makes you feel like you really do own the castle for the day.

The weather decided to be thoroughly Scottish, but that wasn’t going to dampen anyone’s spirit. Arwen was getting ready in the honeymoon lodge, a private little cottage just to the side of the castle. Her dress by Pronovias had been altered specially and it suited her perfectly. In the morning the girls were wondering whether Tony would cry as Arwen walked down the aisle, apparently Tony told Arwen jokingly that any tears would be about the cost of the wedding. Well, as Arwen came down the aisle (and all the way through the vows) Tony did have a tear or two in his eyes, but I doubt very much it was about the cost of the wedding! It was a wonderfully emotional ceremony with hardly a dry eye in the keep of the castle.

After the ceremony, the pressure was on for me to make the Same Day Edit. This was one of our extended Same Day Edits so even though I have a bit more time, I do have to fit in a whole lot more. In the evening, while the band was taking a much deserved break, we were on. This is always a nerve-racking moment for me. Will they like it? You do feel rather exposed at a time like that. But then there are the laughs, the cries and the applause, and you breathe a sigh of relief. And 2 days later, when you’ve come down from the excitement of it all, you receive an email like this and get a bit giddy all over again:

 “Wow!!! What can I say! You blew us away with the video. It was stunning on the night of our wedding and we haven’t stopped watching it since. The music you chose was AMAZING! What you produce is just unbelievable – it made our wedding day complete,

All our thanks,

Arwen & Tony x”

 

Arwen & Anthony’s Extended Same Day Edit at Comlongon Castle, Scotland from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

It started with a whisper

A year later than originally planned, Leanne and Julian finally tied the know yesterday.

We started of the day at Leanne and Julian’s home in the tiny village of Elkesley. Plenty of bridesmaids, mums, hairdressers and a make up lady ensured a hectic and full house. One of the bridesmaids was a former bride of ours, it took me a minute for the penny to drop why she looked so familiar, it had been 9 years since we filmed her wedding.

We had the pleasure of working with Sharon and Andy from FNS Photography again, so we knew we were in for an easy going day. A slight hiccup happened when I left one of my favourite lenses on top of the car as we were rushing to pack up to get from the ceremony to the reception. It’s quite a painful sight seeing a lens you love fly of your car at 50 miles an hour in your rear view mirror. But no time to mourn the loss, I had a Same Day Edit to focus on. I had chosen a really fun and upbeat song, so asked our lovely couple if they were up for a fun short shoot with us, so off we went to the bridal suite and bounced on the bed!

We screened the Same Day Edit just before the first dance, and as usual, it was quite the success. I had a lot of fun making this one. Leanne and Julian’s easy going attitude with us and the fantastic team at Hodsock Priory (special thanks to Linda) made our day!

Same Day Edit Leanne & Julian from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

Helen & Matt : a Same Day Edit

Early on Saturday morning we set off from Sheffield to Boston Spa near Leeds to capture Helen getting ready at her parents’ home for her wedding to Matt.  Helen was having her hair done and was properly excited! We were soon joined by Matt Lollar, the photographer with whom we shot Helen and Matt’s engagement shoot just a few weeks earlier. The whole day went by in a breeze, not a single hiccup. Helen’s wedding dress was not at all the kind of dress she thought she’d get, but once she tried it on, she fell in love and I can totally understand why. Her dress just oozed classic elegance and grace.

Then there was the ceremony at St Mary’s church in Boston Spa. A brass band played Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary as Helen made her entrance, as a trumpet player myself even I couldn’t help but get a little emotional at that point. Afterwards, a quick photo shoot back at the house and off they went to Tankersley Manor near Sheffield for the reception. Then it was time for me to retreat into the edit suite and start editing Helen and Matt’s Same Day Edit film. I had some great shots from the prep that I knew would bring the house down, thanks to Helen’s dad, so the edit was easy and fun for me.  At 8.50pm, right on the dot, about 180 guests gathered to watch it and true to form, the Same Day Edit did exactly what it was supposed to do: laughs, tears and amazement! Success!

No rest for the wicked, and we were straight back to filming the first dance and then one of our favourite bands, the Bootleggers, brought the house down! That was one good wedding!

Helen & Matt : a Same Day Edit from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

Louise & Mark: Same Day Edit

From the first time we met Mark and Louise, they came across as a loving couple that liked a bit of fun. This weekend we got to film their wedding day. It reflected their fun personalities and it was easy to tell that they put a lot of time and effort in their big day. From gorgeous bride/bridemaids/mother of the bride hoodies, to the invitations, table plan, decorations (including a gorgeous wishing well) they were all hand made with an attention to detail second to none.

Louise and her bridesmaids got ready at her mums and within minutes the atmosphere for the day was set: giggles, oohs and aahs, the outburst of laughter: it was going to be a fun day! In typical UK summer tradition, the sun barely showed its face, but that didn’t affect our happy couple at all. It stayed dry when it needed to. Louise enjoyed a horse and carriage ride to St Mary’s Church, were the lovely vicar Kim married our happy couple. Next they were off to the Newton Park Hotel and Mark got a chance to enjoy the horse drawn transportation as well. Once we arrived at the Newton Park, it was time to pull out all the stops: we had a Same Day Edit to screen in a few hours time! This is the type of situation that makes you appreciate a well-managed venue. Although everything was running a little bit late, Newton Park smoothed everything out with the help of Tom the toastmaster. Our photography colleagues for the day, Jo and Simon from Shoot photography,  managed the impossible: get all the group and couple shots done in about 40 minutes! It was a pleasure to work alongside them.

So without further ado, here is Mark & Louise’s Same Day Edit.

Louise & Mark: A Same Day Edit from EverAfterVideos on Vimeo.

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