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Annabelle + Mike Leez Priory wedding film

Annabelle + Mike Leez Priory wedding film

6th August 2016 Annabelle & Mike – Filmed at Leez Priory, Essex

“I realized you were Mike’s princess today.”

For a father, the day of his daughter’s wedding can be a bittersweet one. Annabelle’s father was no exception, but he acknowledged graciously during his toast that his daughter was undoubtedly happy with the lovely Mike, and so as a father he couldn’t really ask for more. Annabelle and Mike’s wedding in the jaw-dropping splendor of Leez Priory in Essex was a magical day for a couple truly meant for each other. Mike described his new wife as “the lady of the day, and the lady of my life” and his bride was indeed both, in her gorgeous full-skirted gown with delicate lace sleeves and laced bodice. She wore a sleek veil that was pinned into her chic chignon up-do, and later transformed her look by removing the lace sleeves to free herself up for more elaborate dance moves!

Annabelle’s bridesmaids made a pretty picture in lavender gowns with lace bodices, carrying baby blue and lavender bouquets. It was a glorious sunny day, ideal for an outdoor ceremony- and as Annabelle walked towards her husband-to-be, with the turrets of Leez Priory behind her, she looked every inch the princess she was. Mike had to wipe away a tear as she approached him, and after they were pronounced husband and wife a little while later, he gave her a long-awaited kiss and triumphantly waved at the gathered guests, in happy disbelief at finding such a perfect partner. A string and keyboard musical interlude entertained the guests while Mike and Annabelle signed the register, and then before long they emerged as husband and wife, whooping and pumping the air before walking back down the aisle.

The grounds of Leez Priory made for a stunning sunset location, and the guests sprawled on the grass to enjoy the final moments of the afternoon, before the couple carried out their first dance on the lawn. They entertained their guests with a funky routine, which Mike in particular threw himself into with enthusiasm! At the reception, the tables each features Polaroid snaps of the couple in the various placed they have visited across the world, from Sugar Loaf Mountain, to St. Lucia and the Golden Gate Bridge. In his toast to his new wife, Mike expressed the hope that there’d be “plenty of running, plenty of travelling and plenty of karaoke” in their future, and with those key ingredients they are sure to have many happy adventures together!

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Millie + Dan Fetcham Park wedding film

Millie + Dan Fetcham Park wedding film

30th July 2016 Millie & Dan – Filmed at Fetcham Park, Surrey

How do you spell love? You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

Millie’s father quoted this exchange between Piglet and Pooh from A.A. Milne’s much-loved classic, as he gave a tribute to his daughter, the ‘baby’ of the family. He confessed the difficulty of handing over his youngest daughter to someone else, but thanked Dan for being such a wonderful person to whom he could ‘hand’ her. Millie and Dan’s wedding was a fabulous day of fun and laughter on a sunny July afternoon, and it began with the festive atmosphere in the bridal party’s dressing room. Millie’s mother wore an extraordinary fuchsia headpiece which matched perfectly with her pale blue outfit. Millie actually wore two dresses over the course of the day- she began in a classically elegant, sleeveless, full skirted satin gown from Pronovias, and then later changed into an equally stunning, sleek strapless number with a beaded belt. Her bridesmaids were gorgeous in lacy, icy blue from Chi Chi London, with tiny discreet sparkles in their hair- the bride and her ladies all wore dainty white lace gloves and carried baby’s breath and pink rose bouquets. Millie’s hair was pinned into a simple but beautiful up-do, and she wore baby blue heels with a subtle but fun pattern which peeked out from under her gown.

After the ceremony, when Millie and Dan could officially start their life as husband and wife, they climbed into a classic convertible adorned with a ‘Just Married’ sign and trailing the traditional tin cans, for their first, leisurely drive as newlyweds. At the reception, Dan recalled their first meeting in Camden Town, when they discovered a mutual love of Lord of the Rings, and he confessed that it wasn’t long before he knew she was The One. He confirmed this with a romantic proposal in New York, and now, as he gazed at his new wife, he proclaimed “I can’t wait to grow old with you.” Their guests were wined and dined in an ornate, gorgeous room at Fetcham Park, with a live band to keep them shimmying around the dance floor. The couple’s beautiful wedding cake from The Custom Cake Boutique was exquisitely decorated with little birds ‘painted’ onto the icing- an unusual and stunning piece of edible artwork! It was a fitting centerpiece for what was a spectacular day for Millie and Dan, and I was overjoyed to be a part of it alongside Fiona Kelly such a wonderful photographer

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Joanne + Rob A Wasing Park wedding film, Berkshire

Joanne + Rob A Wasing Park wedding film, Berkshire

9th July 2016 Joanne & Rob – Filmed at Wasing Park, Berkshire

Joanne and Rob’s glorious wedding on a warm July day in Berkshire was a joy to witness. The setting at Wasing Park was rustic but elegant, the natural splendor of the barns and surrounding gardens a perfect reflection of the couple’s understated but enduring commitment to one another. Joanne looked the epitome of regal grace in a fitted gown by Allure Couture, with little capped sleeves, made all the more exquisite by a stunning lace overlay. The outfit was completed by spectacular duck-egg Manolo Blahniks adorned with subtle jewels. Her blonde locks fell gentle past her shoulders, with a delicate braided crown at the back decorated with pink roses. She wore a short, light veil which contrasted beautifully with the lace of her gown.

Joanne’s bridesmaids were in pale, duck-egg blue, off-the-shoulder gowns, with sprays of baby’s breath peeking out from their curls. Last but not least, Joanne’s sweet little flower girl was in simple but stunning white, complete with a flower crown of roses in her hair.

During the ceremony, the couple seemed barely to be able to believe their luck, and kept stealing glimpses at each other throughout. When they were pronounced husband and wife, they could fully embrace the moment with their first kiss.

Outside, drinks and canapés were served on the sprawling lawn, while the bridal party migrated to a small, exquisite gazebo in the garden and were presented with dainty gifts- Links jewellery for Joanne’s lovely supportive ladies. There was a classic London cab with a quirky twist available for the guests to enjoy- covered in graffiti and transformed into a mobile photo booth, the wedding party enjoyed making use of the wide array of fun props to record happy memories of the day. After the reception, the couple cut their beautiful wedding cake from Sam’s Delight- a four tiered masterpiece in duck-egg blue and gold with cream rose petals piped along the base. They then danced the night away in the sea of reflected disco ball lights. It was a truly fabulous day filming alongside Studio Rouge Photography, and I am certain that they will enjoy a wonderful, happy life together.

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Julia + James wedding film Barton Hall

Julia + James wedding film Barton Hall

11th June 2016 Julia & James – Filmed at Barton Hall, Northamptonshire

 

Julia and James’ wedding at Barton Hall in Northamptonshire was a wonderful day of understated elegance and a celebration of the gorgeous natural surroundings, reflected in all of the smallest details throughout the day. Julia wore a gown by Verona Couture that showed off her stunning figure, with intricate lace detail on both the skirt and the sleeveless bodice. Her blonde hair was curled into a braided up-do with soft tendrils framing her face. Her bridesmaids wore pale lemon maxi-gowns from Debenhams with beaded detail on the bodice, and her two exquisite flower-girls were in white. The very grown-up little ring-bearer looked quite the part and conducted his very important duty during the ceremony with gusto.

The wedding ceremony took place in the intimate conservatory space of Barton Hall– the glass allowed for the green surroundings almost to be seamlessly part of the interior, and the sprigs of green pinned to the chairs added to this sense of the ‘outdoors’ being inside. The bridal party arrived in stately fashion in a Bentley and a Rolls Royce, and many of them, including Julia’s father, had to wipe away a tear or two before they had even begun to walk down the aisle. After they had said their vows and exchanged rings, the couple grinned at each other and Julia declared “pucker up!” to her new husband before they shared their first kiss and the guests applauded and laughed.

Emerging into the sunshine outside, the new husband and wife were handed a glass of Pimm’s each and were able to mingle with their guests, both beaming with delight throughout the afternoon. Confetti canons were brought out to commence the party atmosphere, and the couple was showered with gold and silver sparkles. The reception continued indoors, with heartfelt speeches from the groom and bride’s father, before the couple cut their cake. Festooned with gorgeous sugar ‘toadstools,’ the cake was an edible fairy woodland, created by La Belle Cake Company and adding a further touch of magic to proceedings. James and Julia shared their first dance as husband and wife before Julia’s father gently cut in, shaking his new son-in-law’s hand before requesting a dance with his beloved daughter.

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Jillian + Tom Heythrop Park wedding film

Jillian + Tom Heythrop Park wedding film

29th May Jillian & Tom – Filmed at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

Jillian and Tom first met while working on the cruise ships, and their wedding was a symbolic union between not only their hearts, but the hearts of two families from different parts of the world. As the groom stated in his speech, to have all of their friends and family there, who had witnessed their relationship grow over the previous few years, was truly spectacular. The setting at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire was suitably grand and stately for the occasion, and the bride was dressed to match in a gown from Brides by Demetrios. She had opted for a strapless, beaded corset with sweetheart neckline, a full skirt with ruffled detail at the back and an elaborate train. Her hair was curled subtly and completed with a sparkling beaded tiara. Jillian’s bridesmaids were gorgeous in deep purple, to match the purple flowers of her bouquet and the elegant ribbon adorning the chairs during the ceremony. They were also joined by two adorable flower-girls all in white.

The bride, along with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, descended a pair of curving stairways from the house to where their guests stood waiting, outside. The groom was evidently awestruck at the sight of his bride, who was accompanied by both her parents- as she reached the aisle, she gathered herself quickly before giving her father a swift smile and beginning the walk to her waiting groom.

After the couple had said their vows, and “promise promised” to love and honour one another for the rest of their lives, they were pronounced husband and wife and showered with rose petals before heading inside for the reception. There were many tearful speeches, particularly from her father who was overcome by the excitement and joy of the day. The couple cut their exquisite cake by Claire Louise Curtis from Cakes With Grace with a sabre, before they enjoyed their first dance on the spot-lit dance-floor. Tom spun his new bride across the floor, dipping and lifting her to the guests’ delight. They were soon joined by their families, and both were raised on chairs to be hoisted around the excited crowd. Finally, a dance for Jillian with her father was in order, and the crowd cheered them on as they hugged and shed a few more tears of happiness at the occasion.

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Vicky + Pip Boarstall Tower wedding film

Vicky + Pip Boarstall Tower wedding film

28th May 2016 Vicky & Pip – Filmed at Boarstall Tower, Oxfordshire

Vicky and Pip’s vibrant, quirky, colourful wedding was a joy to witness, and a beautiful day filled with love and laughter. The celebration was replete with distinct symbols and signs of the couple’s fun-loving and lighthearted characters, and their families threw themselves into the spirit of the day as well. The morning was spent industriously, with Vicky and her bridal party creating exquisite buttonholes made from, well, buttons. Vicky’s bouquet was also made from a selection of gorgeous blue buttons, and her full-skirted gown with lace embellishment on the bodice was also complemented by a striking beaded flapper headband. Even her shoes featured a special, quirky detail, and had the poem ‘Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ etched into the soles.

The bridal party travelled to the church in roaring high spirits, and in a series of three vintage automobiles. Hooting to announce their arrival, they gaily descended from their various vehicles and headed down the aisle to where Pip was waiting. Vicky’s father handed his beloved daughter to the groom with a quick request to him to “Look after her” which was acknowledged solemnly by a nod from Pip. After the ceremony, the bride and groom gave each other their first kiss as a married couple, and the congregation was encouraged to give them a big round of applause by the minister.

Outside, Vicky had to be given a little help by her new husband as she clambered back up into their vintage wagon to head to the reception. The party was a wonderful, fairground-style affair, with delicious traditional fish and chips served from a food truck, and a proper ice-cream van for guests to be served their desserts- the bride even took up her place in the van to hand people their pudding!

The wedding cake was as artistic and fun as the couple, with yet more buttons as the signature adornment. The groom’s speech was also completed with that cheeky flair seen throughout the day, as he called upon that “excellent lyricist, Beyonce Knowles” to provide a few words of wisdom. He had, as she suggested “put a ring on it” and was thrilled to be starting his new life with Vicky (also known as Vicky Squirrel).

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Emma + Pete Caswell House wedding film

Emma + Pete Caswell House wedding film

20th May 2016 Emma & Pete – Filmed at Caswell House, Oxfordshire

I was thrilled to film Emma and Pete’s charming outdoor wedding, which was bathed in glorious May sunshine, at Caswell House in Oxfordshire. Emma’s elegant gown with gorgeous lace detail on the bodice and sleeves was heightened by her sleek chignon up-do, with delicate pink roses both in her bouquet and her hair and she wore absolutely exquisite, peach-coloured pearl earrings. Emma’s bridesmaids were the epitome of elegance in their rose-gold gowns, and they were preceded down the aisle by two dapper young pageboys who were given a well-earned high five each by the groom as they reached him. The congregation was soon distracted by the arrival of Emma and her lovely ladies, and Pete was not the only one to appear overwhelmed with emotion by the sight of them.

The couple walked back down the aisle, now husband and wife, to applause and a showering of delicate petals, before being handed a glass of champagne each. There were endless trays of Pimm’s and delicious eats, as well as Giant Jenga and croquet to be played on the lawn in the sunshine! As the sun went down, the gathered guests moved into the glorious fairy-lit barn for dinner, seated at tables adorned with boxes of truffles and jars of sweets.

In his heartfelt toast, Pete thanked his new wife for making him “the happiest man-boy alive,” and also thanked their parents in a tearful tribute for their continuing love and support. Soon, it was time to cut the cake- a stunning, modern gold and white piece of art- and the party headed to the dance-floor where the guests were entertained by a full live band. There was also a fun photo-booth set up in the Bentley outside, for guests as well as the happy couple to take silly photos with giant emoji’s and other props. It was a glorious celebration filled with fun and laughter, and I was honoured to witness these two wonderful people begin their lives together!

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Tegwen + Tim wedding film Tythe barn Launton

Tegwen + Tim wedding film Tythe barn Launton

14th May 2016 Tegwen & Tim – Filmed at The Tythe Barn, Launton, Oxfordshire

On this gorgeous sunny May day, I was honored to witness Tim and ‘Tegs’ fulfill a promise that was, in fact, first made while they were at school. Tim admitted to having adorned his exercise book with “Tim Loves Tegs” in a big heart in Lower 6th, and this pair that had been told off for flirting in class were both overjoyed that this prophecy came true today. Tegwen looked flawless in a fitted, elegant gown with exquisite pearl beading on the bodice, and a stunning ‘up-do’ that framed her face in ethereal, wispy curls.

Her husband looked strapping, as did his band of merry groomsmen who each had a pair of brightly coloured socks on, only revealed during the photo session after the ceremony!

Tegwen’s bridesmaids looked wonderful in classic navy, their blue and pink bouquets just picking out the subtle but elegant tones of the couple’s colour scheme. For the guests, there was Pimm’s on arrival as they waited for the ceremony to begin, and once settled in their seats they gazed in awe at Tegwen and her father as they meandered down a path lined with twisted tree vines that met above their heads in a fairy-like archway.

As the groom led his new bride out again, he punched the air triumphantly with his beaming wife on his arm. After the ceremony the guests dined in the rustic yet elegant space of this wedding film Tythe Barn, twinkling fairy-lights strewn across the beams above them. Each table was named after a particular pub, so the guests were seated at a variety of much-loved establishments from The Red Lion, to Mullins, to The Devonshire and beyond! This quirky touch set the tone for the party to come, as after dinner the guests danced the night away with the beautiful bride and groom at the centre of the crowded dance-floor.

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Charlotte + Neil wedding film Ashridge House

Charlotte + Neil wedding film Ashridge House

1st May 2016 Charlotte + Neil filmed at Ashridge House, Hertfordshire

 “Thank you to Gary and Tracy, who brought Charlotte into this world, giving me the person I have been looking for all my life.”

Charlotte’s new husband became slightly choked up at these words, as he gazed into the eyes of his new bride. I was privileged to witness Charlotte and Neil’s spectacular wedding in the majestic setting of Ashridge House in Hertfordshire. This day was made all the more special by the fact that the couple are expecting a baby, which, in the groom’s words, would make this event “complete.” The sun shone on this magical day as Charlotte and Neil declared their love for each other, and promised (through both tears and giggles) to honor and cherish each other for the rest of their lives.

Charlotte, in her exquisite Jasmine Couture wedding dress, complete with a sweetheart neckline and studded with sparkles, was supported by her brigade of nine bridesmaids in gorgeous dusty pink, two angelic flower-girls, and two mischievous little page-boys. The color scheme was elegant and refined in rose-gold, and the bride’s spectacular, sparkling Jimmy Choo stilettos matched- although she did change into some more appropriate, comfy dancing shoes later in the day!

Bride and bridesmaids descended two sets of opposing staircases to the sweet and gentle sounds of Pachelbel’s Canon on the violin and keyboard. Neil’s nerves seemed to evaporate and a smile lit up his face when he looked up to see his glowing bride begin the descent on the arm of her emotional father, who confessed in a tearful voice during his speech later, that “if I’ve got to hand my daughter over to anybody, I couldn’t have a nicer chap than Neil.” The couple steadied each other with gentle squeezes throughout the ceremony as they quivered in awe of the special moment.

The reception was topped off with a sumptuous meal- the bride and groom presided over proceedings in golden thrones- and a regal pink and gold cake by Natalie Porter. The couple slow-danced to Ed Sheeran’s ‘We Found Love,’ performed by a live band, before they were joined on the dance floor by their party. I wish this wonderful couple and their new baby all the best for their future together!

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Alex + Sam wedding film The Dairy

Alex + Sam wedding film The Dairy

30th April 2016 Alex & Sam – Filmed at The Dairy, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

“I choose you, above all others, to share my life.”

Nestled in amongst weeping willows and scores of ducks and geese happily swimming beneath, is the gorgeous Dairy at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire. On a bright April day, I was lucky to witness the marriage here of Alex and Sam, and what a happy day it was. Alex wore an exquisite sleeveless gown with a full skirt and embroidered bodice, with a delicate pearl headpiece just peeking out from her dark hair, which was swept up in a chic style. She arrived at the venue in a stately Rolls Royce, whilst her husband-to-be opted for a sleek Aston Martin as his chariot.

Alex’s bridesmaids were the epitome of soft elegance in blush pink halter-neck gowns, and Alex’s father played true to his Scottish roots in full kilt regalia. Sam was just as strapping with his band of best men in navy suits with blush pink ties. Unsurprisingly, he had to wipe away a tear as he saw his beaming bride walk down the aisle towards him- but the ceremony was more of a giggly affair than a tearful one. Sam congratulated his bride when she managed to get through her first set of words without a hiccup, muttering a heartfelt “Good job! Well done” to which she replied with a fist pump.

The next triumph was discovering that Sam’s ring did, in fact, fit him- they had their doubts when Alex first tried to put it on him! There were several laughs from the guests and even a high-5 between the couple at one point. As the new husband and wife gave each other their first kiss, there were cheers and rapturous applause from the congregation, and Alex held her bouquet aloft in triumphant bliss as they walked back down the aisle together. The guests were then able to mingle and congratulate their newly married friends, while a string quartet (decked in tartan!) played sweet music in the background to accompany the happy scene. For the reception, there were more treats, including a four tier classically white wedding cake with exquisite ‘lace’ icing detail. The couple danced for the first time under the twinkling fairy lights surrounded by their friends and family, and were soon joined by their parents as the party really began. It was a day to remember and I wish the pair all the best as they commence their wonderful life together!

Alex & Sam wedding film The Diary 1080p from Mark Shipperley Films on Vimeo.