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

 

PS: have you noticed you can now “pin” our blog post onto Pinterest? And while you’re there you can check out our Pinterest board too!

“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

A wedding isn’t just about marrying the person you love

Those of you who have visited our homepage or Facebook page since yesterday afternoon may have already noticed that we have a brand spanking new showreel! I have to share it on the blog too.

Our new showreel highlights that what is to us the most important part of a wedding day: the people. A wedding isn’t just about marrying the person you love, it’s also about wanting to share this day with all the people in your life that you love and care about, the people who love you and will support you in your marriage for years to come. Strangely, wedding magazines rarely seem to pick up on this and mostly seem to focus on details that can take over a wedding day. Yes, it is a lot of fun to choose that perfect dress and those oh so gorgeous shoes, that picture perfect venue and decorating it to a wow factor.  But before you know it, you get caught up in it all and the budget is spent on all these things that will only last a day. When the clock strikes midnight and your perfect beautiful wedding day is over, what are you left with? The cake will spoil, the flowers will wither, and that dress ends up in a box. You have each other and your memories.

And that’s where we come in, we make sure those memories are never forgotten. And yes, we do focus some of our attention to all those little details and eye candy that you spent so much time umming and ahhing about. But most of our attention goes to you and the people in your lives who truly make your day special. Your friends and family who have come from across the globe to be with you on the day you marry that one person you cannot live without. Your grandmother who may only be able to make it to the ceremony, your auntie who lovingly made that scrumptious cake especially for you, your dad who proudly walks you down the aisle as your mum wipes away a tear of joy. These “things” are more important than anything, and certainly more valuable. These are the things we want to capture for you more than anything.

So when you look back on your wedding day, it is more than just the sum of its parts, it is more than just about the two of you tying the knot. And the same goes for your wedding film; it isn’t a vain silly little thing. A wedding film’s value will grow day by day, year by year. The first time you see your wedding film, you will notice many things that you didn’t see on the day or even realised that happened. As time goes by, your wedding film will become a piece of family history, something you can look back on with fondness and a warm glow in your heart. Being able to hear and listen to the voices of the people you love is something so precious it can’t be quantified in any way. You will realise more than ever that these moving images starring you, your family and friends are worth more than you could ever have imagined. This film is not just for you; it’s for everybody around you, for generations to come and for generations to enjoy.

Don’t let history pass you by.

 

And the winner is…

It’s been quite the week for us here at Ever After, our competition to win a free wedding film amazed us beyond belief. We had so much fun following the contestants gather votes, campaigning on Facebook and Twitter, reading the comments left by their friends, families and complete strangers. It was truly rather special.

The first few days, votes came in steadily, and then on Wednesday, it all seemed to explode as our 2 front runners were neck and neck. Within the space of 24 hours, hundreds of people entered their vote and literally until the last minute, it could have gone either way.

But only one couple could emerge victoriously and that couple is Rebecca And Jonathan!

So we asked Rebecca to share her story of the past week:

“Jonathan has an image of him sitting with our grandchildren forcing them to watch our wedding film and look through the album for the 20th time but unfortunately we had no budget at all for videography, so the competition was really important to us. We were delighted to be shortlisted and started emailing our friends straight away. The ball started rolling quite slowly and it was great fun to see us catch up the early leaders, and pass them around the 80 votes mark. It wasn’t until Natalie & Gavin put on about 80 votes in one evening, storming into second, did we realise this was getting serious. We’re not talking war in the Arab States or child protection issues here but checking where we were in the race as the last thing you do at night and the first thing you do in the morning, became quite stressful! On Wednesday when Natalie & Gavin finally passed us we’re not going to lie, we were gutted… that was around the 190 mark and we did not think we had that many more votes to come.

We had no idea how wonderful our friends, colleagues, friends of friends etc. would be in helping us – even total strangers via twitter or comments from our friends. There were times when we were as much as 40 votes in front only to be behind by 20 a few hours later. We were just in front midday on the final day and then things went insane… the last 12 hours involved intense emailing, facebooking and tweeting. It’s a shame someone didn’t graph the progress because the lead must have changed 15 times. We were 30 votes behind at one point with only a few hours remaining and we were contemplating throwing in the towel but our friends and family completely blew us away with their help. This was more of a battle than we had imagined letting ourselves in for!

The numbers were going crazy… 300, 400, 500!!! We had no idea we’d get that many. We really thought people had gone to bed by 11pm and so were relying on people around the world in the US, NZ and Oz to keep things going. Then we started getting messages of support from all over… some people must have re-posted 4, 5, 6 times on their facebook account; people were tweeting for us; people were emailing, texting, facebook messaging. More than once we burst out laughing from one post or another… one friend said watching the voting was more dramatic than Corrie. Several more just didn’t want to go to bed until they knew the result. Jonathan didn’t want to know the scores for most of the evening but Becca kept taking sneaky peaks and then several people told us we’d gone into the lead.

Time dragged in the final two hours until we got to 11.30pm and then it went in the blink of an eye. Although it appeared we had won, 552 to 545, without confirmation we didn’t want to post it, despite so many of our friends and family asking if we had or congratulating us. It was great to get the email this morning… we’re delighted but it was a lot of hard work. We move house next week and we’ve hardly packed a thing, the house is a bombsite and the dog is miserable from being ignored!

We want to take this opportunity to thank, yet again, all our wonderful friends and family, and the friends of those friends, people we’ve never met before who took the time to help us. Commiserations go to the other couples and we know you’ll have incredibly special days regardless… it was a tremendous battle, and you fought well! As for us, if we can work together like that in our marriage the two of us will have a long and happy life together, but for now, we’re shattered and have promised each other and all those people that helped us that we will never do that again. We are absolutely over the moon to be working with Ever After Films and can’t wait to celebrate our big day.”

We’d like to thank all our couples for entering, you were all so lovely! We truly wish you all a most wonderful and magical wedding day (and hopefully we can still be part of it somehow ;-))

And of course, a big thank you to all the people who voted, whether you knew your favourite couple or you were just a stranger enchanted by their story, we and the contestants are very grateful for the time you took to help them all out.

The Finalists to our Win a FREE WEDDING Film competition

Time to announce the finalists to our “Win a Free Wedding Film”-Competition. We’ve had so many lovely entries and it was really hard to narrow them down to just a few. We originally thought we would choose 3 finalists, but became clear that that would be an impossible task, so we narrowed it down to 5 finalists (click on their names to read their story).

Heather and Gareth, 23 March 2013, York

Rebecca & Jonathan, 10 November 2012, Grantham

Natalie & Gavin, 11 August 2012, York

Jo & Rob, 16 June 2012, Rickmansworth

Claire & Don, 18 August 2012, Barmby Moor

 

To vote for your favourite couple, just go to our Facebook page. Once you’ve “liked” our page, you will see a little “VOTE”-tab under the cover photograph. This will take you to the voting page.

Now, let me just remind you of the rules:

  • If you are not already a fan you must “Like” the page before voting (if you unlike the page after voting the vote will be removed as well!)
  • The voting tab will show up for all fans only.
  • You cannot employ voting programs or FB “Like” groups to increase your vote count and if we find out that you do, you will be disqualified.
  • No bashing other Contestants.  This goes for your friends and family as well.  If it is seen, that person’s vote will be deducted and they will be banned.
  • The voting closes on 22 March.

 

Once you voted, you can share this competition and your favourite couple with all your facebook friends. So if you really care about your favourite couple, start sharing!

So what will the lucky couple win? A exciting Same Day Edit clip, similar to one below. Enjoy!

 

10th Birthday BIGGEST GIVEAWAY! Who wants A FREE WEDDING FILM?

We promised BIG to end our birthday celebrations with and here it is! A few weeks ago we mentioned on our Facebook page that we were planning these celebrations and were wondering what to do. The opinions were divided between a big party and giving away a free wedding film. Well, 10 years ago we started with giving away a free wedding film to a couple who were willing to give us a chance. We think it’s time to do that again, so we decided to give away a FREE WEDDING FILM to one lucky couple!

Here’s how it will work:

The prize:

A Wedding Film by Ever After

This will be an Extended Same Day Edit, to be projected on the wedding day itself. (you can find an example of an Extended Same Day Edit here)

It includes coverage from the bride’s prep up to the first dance and will be delivered on 3 DVDs and online on our blog.

 

How to enter:

Email us a photo of the two of you together and let us know your wedding date and wedding venue. Include a short story telling us about you, why a wedding film is important to you and what would be the one thing you would love to have captured on your day. Send the email to info@everaftervideos.co.uk.  You will receive a confirmation of your entry within 48 hours.  Finalists will be announced on 15 March. Then we start the public vote.

Rules:

  • Must be getting married between April 1st 2012 and March 31st 2013.
  • Wedding Date must be one that is not already booked.
  • You must LOVE our wedding films and be really excited about working with us.
  • You must not be already booked with another wedding filmmaker
  • Entrance Deadline: March 13th, 2012
  • Finalists will be announced by March 15th 2012
  • Voting Ends: midnight on March 22nd, 2011

 

How to Vote:

  • Visit Ever After Facebook page by clicking here
  • If you are not already a fan you must “Like” the page before voting (if you unlike the page after voting the vote will be removed as well!)
  • The voting tab will show up for all fans only.  Direct link will be posted here when it goes up.
  • Vote for the couple of your choice.

 

The Small Print:

  • This competition is open to couples in the UK and abroad who are getting married between April 1st 2012 and March 31st 2013
  • You cannot employ voting programs or FB “Like” groups to increase your vote count and if we find out that you do, you will be disqualified.
  • The Prize have no redeemable value, but can be used to upgrade to one of other packages
  • The Prize cannot be given to someone else as a gift.
  • If the wedding is beyond a 300 miles radius of Sheffield or within central London, a travel fee will apply (ask us if you are unsure or need a quote) .
  • For international weddings: As it is difficult to travel with all the equipment required for a Same Day Edit, the prize would be slightly different and would consist of an extended highlights clip of your wedding (an example of an Extended Highlights clip can be found here). 50% of travel fee is due within 14 days of winner announcement or prize will be awarded to the second place winner.
  • No bashing other Contestants.  This goes for your friends and family as well.  If it is seen, that person’s vote will be deducted and they will be banned.
  • Date must be one that is not already booked by another Ever After client.
  • Current clients of Ever After are unfortunately not eligible to enter the competition.

 

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

To those of you who love Ever After, but are not engaged, we don’t want to leave you out. If you refer a contestant to our contest and they WIN, you WIN TOO!!!  You will win a £100 Amazon Gift Voucher.   The contestant must let us know in their entry email that you referred them in order to be eligible.

 

If you have any questions regarding the competition, just send us email!

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.

 

And to continue our celebrations, if you fancy getting your hands on this scrumptious good bag, just go to our Facebook page and find out how you can win this.

Time to give away something big!

We’re just over halfway through our 10 day celebrations.

On day 1 we announced the 10% discount for any new bookings during our 10 day celebrations.

Day 2: the competition to win an Amazon gift voucher for the best proposal story on our Facebook wall (you can still enter)

Day 3: the lovely news that we were accepted to Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book

Day 4: giving away an extra copy of their wedding DVD to 3 of our past couples (entries for this close tonight)

Day 5: a new clip on our blog

Day 6: it’s time to give away something a bit bigger.

How about a FREE bridal elegance,  engagement shoot or a save the date clip? That’s pretty cool, right. So what do you need to do get your hands on this one? Just send us a quick email to let us know you are interested, we need to receive the email by 24 February. We will choose one email randomly. Anybody is welcome to enter this competition, it’s not just for our current or past clients! Now there are two little rules attached to this win: 1. it has to be in the Sheffield area (or if you really insist on doing elsewhere, we will have to ask you to cover our travel expenses); and 2. The shoot has to be completed in 1 day. Simple, right?

You can come up with your own ideas, or a theme, or you can just leave it up to us. We can guarantee you a day of fun filming it all, and a little film that you will surely treasure forever.

So if you’re interested in seeing some examples why not check out these clips:

Vanessa’ Bridal Elegance, filmed in Sheffield

Elizabeth & Andi Engagement Film set in Vienna

Evelyne’s Trash the Dress filmed in Belgium

 

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.

A heart warming proposal story

Here’s the current front runner to win the £25 Amazon voucher in our proposal story competition. It’s a truly heart warming story and I wanted to share it with as many people as possible.

“In 2004, Ever After did an amazing job filming my wedding to my love, Adam. It was a financial splurge at the time, but when we saw the finished product we were absolutely thrilled. A year later, my Adam was killed by an elderly driver, and that DVD became one of my most treasured possessions. At that time, I was 28 years old, widowed, and suffering from two auto-immune diseases. My family and friends gave me the will to go on, and try to find happiness for myself, but I felt that I had a great love, and lost it, and had resigned myself to being on my own. It was not the life I’d imagined, but I was ok with that.

Annie on her wedding day in 2004

In 2008, my friend Paul, who was also a friend of my late husband, had become one of my closest friends. Spending time with him & his rescue dog, Blossom, had become the highlight of my week. He invited me to a New Year’s party, hoping to introduce me to some of his nice, single friends and get me dating again. Much to my surprise, I kept comparing those friends to Paul and finding them wanting- for one thing, they didn’t come with a rock star 60 lb lapdog!

Just after midnight, fortified by some champagne, and the feeling I was looking pretty good in a fairly short skirt (I suspect this was also champagne related), I planted one on Paul, to his complete shock (to be fair, I kind of pounced on him, like a spider-monkey.)

Fortunately for me, he was happily shocked, and so began a new relationship, and the belief that it maybe was possible to have more than one chance at a true, great love.

In 2010, on a trip to Spain for a dear friend’s wedding, we were on a catamaran sunset cruise in Valencia when he stunned me and proposed! Paul had carried a ring all the way from Boston to Spain and floored me with an incredibly romantic proposal. I actually thought he was tying his shoe and then started wondering if somehow I hadn’t realized he didn’t know how to tie a shoe, he’d been crouching so long. I looked down, snarky shoe-tying teasing remark on my lips, and saw him kneeling, looking up at me, holding a ring.

I never thought I would love again, and to be honest, I didn’t really know if I wanted to, but Paul made me believe, for the first time in a long time, that someone with as much physical and emotional baggage as I have still has a chance at a ‘happily ever after.’ He loves me, even with all my illness and grief. He’s become an expert at giving me injections, he knows which hospitals have the best ERs, he lets me rest my feet in his lap as I knit each night, he brings me meds & snacks when my arthritis is bad, and he never, ever complains when I put my freezing feet on him at night.

At 34, my life has had a lot of tragedy, loss, and too much pain for one person to really process sometimes, but more than anything I am overwhelmed by love. The love I’ll always have for Adam, the love I feel for my family and friends, and the love I never expected to find again, with Paul. I cannot wait to marry this incredibly kind, patient, loving and wonderful man, and start a new chapter in our lives together. I am one lucky bitch.” Annie Bell

If you want to enter your proposal story, just go to our Facebook page and get your friends and family to vote for yours!

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