Neda & Paul Danesfield House wedding video 29th of June 2014

With its pristine white facade and intricate mouldings, Danesfield House is reminiscent of a wedding cake, and on a picture-perfect British summer day it’s hard to think of a more romantic setting to make a wedding video Buckinghamshire.

Neda and Paul weren’t just uniting their futures when they exchanged vows, they were combining their cultures. The English country house’s soft pink drawing room couldn’t have been a more romantic backdrop for the traditional Persian Sofreh Aghd – a low table spread with flowers, nuts, sugar, candles and other symbols used to wish the couple a long, happy and fruitful marriage.

Making a Persian wedding video is always fun, especially when all the guests get into the spirit as they did for Neda and Paul. Lively music, delicious food, laughter and joy make it a true celebration. The weather may have been on the grey side, but it did nothing to dampen the guests’ spirits as they drank and chatted on the terrace while photographer Mark Seymour and I took some more formal shots of the happy newlyweds. You can see parts of the Danesfield House wedding video below

The ceremony room was transformed into an intimate dining space for the evening reception. Towering floral centrepieces from Seventh Heaven and a Catherine Scott wedding cake added to the elegance and beauty of the setting, and it was clearly a very happy Paul who made a moving speech honouring his new bride.

Highlights of the day included the laughter as Neda was asked three times whether she wished to marry Paul – it’s a Persian custom and I’ve never yet heard a bride say “no”, and the fantastic backdrop of Dansefield House. It’s always easier to make an engaging wedding video when the setting is as photogenic as this one!

Congratulations Neda and Paul.

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Ellie & Matt Hedsor House Wedding Video, 28th of June 2014

I love my work, especially when it’s in a setting as magnificent as Hedsor House in Taplow. Everything about the venue is first class, which makes filming a wedding video Buckinghamshire a dream, and it was a beautiful backdrop for the summer wedding of Eloise and Matthew Wadie.

It was a large and excited wedding party who got ready before the afternoon ceremony. I suspect the original garden designer had women in voluminous frocks, rather than bridesmaids in onesies drinking mugs of tea, in mind when he planned the layout! Ellie’s family has a wonderfully theatrical vein that was shown in the perfect rendition of “A Thousand Years” which was sung after vows had been exchanged.

Every wedding has a unique atmosphere that’s totally down to the couple. Ellie and Matt’s were romantic. From their choice of setting, to the pretty pastel colour scheme and even the pink heart shaped umbrellas, there was a dreamy quality that was as soft and voluptuous as their love and commitment is firm. Ellie and Matt chose a mix of traditional tiered cake and cute cupcakes skilfully made by Victoria Wadie. They were iced in white and delicate shades of pink and green, topped with flowers that looked as real as the roses, peonies and hydrangeas Ellie and her bridesmaids carried in their Seventh Heaven bouquets.

The weather may have been drizzly but that didn’t matter with such luxurious surroundings. As Simon Kemp, the wedding photographer from Hyde End Studios, and I photographed and filmed the wedding party in the gardens, guests enjoyed sublime canapés and pre-dinner drinks. Caterers Caper and Berry provided a mouth-watering meal which was followed by a fantastic choreographed dance to the Nat King Cole classic L-O-V-E. I’ve never seen a bride’s mother tap dance before, and I suspect I’ll never see one do it with as much flair as Carolyn!

Congratulations Ellie and Matt, and thanks for letting me be part of your magical day.

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Sarah and Simon wedding video Hayes, 28th of June 2014

It was a typical British summer day when Sara and Simon tied the knot, but rain never put me off creating the best Buckinghamshire wedding video possible and this occasion was no different. Sara was a little late reaching the beautiful Grade I listed St Leonard’s Church in Old Warden and it was a visibly relieved Simon who breathed out as she drew up in a pristine Landaulette driven by White Doves Wedding Cars.

The strength of love and goodwill in the church was palpable. Sara had recently lost her beloved father, John, and it seemed as if the congregation of family and friends were doing all they could to help Sara and her mother through the wedding service. John’s presence was sorely missed but the love he felt for his daughter and future son-in-law was evident in the gorgeous celebration he had helped them to organise. Rain prevented our couple from having the traditional confetti shots outside the church, but they were greeted enthusiastically by their guests as they took shelter in the marquee.

I loved filming this wedding video Hayes. It was a fantastic blend of traditional and contemporary, with a fresh blue and white seaside scheme and simple accessories used very effectively. In a play on their surname each table was named after a fish, nautical bunting added colour to the all-white marquee, and Sylvie’s Cake Creations made a stylish tiered cake decorated with coral and shells. The seaside theme extended out into the grounds where the rain had eased up and guests reclined in striped deck chairs, tucking into ice-cream and fish and chips, playing cricket and making good use of the photo booth and props housed in a vintage caravan.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Fisher. Thank you for letting me be part of your special day.

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Hannah & Jason Poundon House Wedding video, 21st of June 2014

There are events where everything comes together even better than expected, and Jason and Hannah Newell’s wedding at Poundon House is a perfect example.

My job making the wedding video Oxfordshire began before Hannah arrived at Christchurch in Thame, in a vintage Rolls Royce driven by Regency Carriages Aylesbury. Brides are always beautiful, and Hannah was no exception with her hair by Brothers Thame and makeup by Harri and Georgina. Colour was a wonderful feature of this wedding. The vivid blue of the bridesmaids’ dresses from Coast set off the delicate white lace of Hannah’s dress from Anna McDonald Bridal, while the flowers from Chris Pearce evoked the beauty of an early summer day in an English country garden. The fantastic rendition of Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me while the couple signed the register caught the tone of the day brilliantly – classic, yet not boring; and romantic without being clichéd.

No detail was left uncoordinated, from the quirky Damien Rayfield wedding stationery and flowers on the Trevor Wadcock wedding cake, to the lids on the jam favours and the fun sweetie bar. The sun continued to shine as guests enjoyed canapés on the lawn while photographer Neil Crook and I made the most of the gorgeous grounds to add to the Poundon House wedding video  and album. The skill of toastmaster Adrian Newell ensured the reception flowed as smoothly as the ceremony, and before long guests were getting down to the sounds of Watt4.

Apart from the weather and the elegant Poundon House wedding venue, highlights were the guard of honour provided by the guests as they lined the path and showered the newlyweds with rose petal confetti, and the relaxed fun vibe from a group of family and friends who clearly couldn’t have been happier for Hannah and Jason. It was a delight to have been able to film them on their special day.

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David & Nichola Notley Abbey Wedding Video, 20th of June 2014

In all my years of creating wedding video Oxfordshire I’ve yet to find a venue I like more than Notley Abbey. This Bijou run hotel offers a bride and groom an amazing setting for a special event, and David and Nichola McDonnell couldn’t have hoped for more perfect conditions when they tied the knot on an unforgettable summer’s day.
The couple exchanged vows under a brilliantly blue sky in an outdoor ceremony in front of their closest family and friends, with the rustic brick arbour and serried rows of white wooden chairs accenting the immaculately manicured gardens. Nichola looked gorgeous in a strapless Berketex dress with sweetheart neckline. The waterfall effect of the tiered ruffles on her skirt was echoed in the full, flowing bouquet created by Murphy’s Lilies. Her bridesmaids wore regal purple NABBD gowns which reflected the colour of the lavender lined paths. It was a very traditional English garden wedding for a couple who met while travelling in Vietnam, and everything was ideal for me to get the shots I needed for their wedding video Thame.
After the register had been signed, guests tucked into sparkling wine and canapés while wedding photographer Anne Butcher and I did our stuff. With giant chess on the lawn and loads of space, there was plenty to keep the youngest guests occupied. Once the remains the delicious meal had been cleared away it was time for David’s speech in honour of his bride. His voice cracked as he described how he didn’t think he was the settling down type until he met Nichola, and it was clear to everyone exactly how important she was to him. Energetic dancing ensued with guests partying late into the afternoon.
Nichola and David’s garden wedding had a warm friendly feel: elegant without being pretentious and formal without being stuffy. It was a delight to film them on such a wonderful occasion.

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Martin & Nikki Crowne Plaza wedding Video Reading, 14th of June 2014

As a film maker I always hope everything goes right, yet despite the many wedding video Berkshire I have filmed, it’s rare that things go as smoothly for the couple as they did for Martin and Nikki. Everything about this wedding was perfect from the stunning summer dawn to their lively send off.

Nikki and Martin opted for a traditional ceremony in the village of Waltham St Lawrence. The parish church dates back to the 1200s and is brimming with photogenic details like vaulted wooden ceilings and an ornately carved screen. Nikki’s ruffled chapel length train looked incredible as she made her way down the aisle towards a very excited, if slightly nervous, Martin. The flowers around the church perfectly complemented the deep purple bridesmaids’ dresses. It looked like a set from a Richard Curtis film.

In a luxurious touch, a Bentley Continental took the newlyweds to their reception at the Crowne Plaza Reading where the sun shone on the guests as they enjoyed champagne and a fantastic view of the River Thames. The purple theme continued into the dining room where place cards were attached to light bulb vase favours with floating flowers, and large vases of vivid orchids and candles dotted the tables. The five tier wedding cake was a real “wow” feature, being decorated with a cascade of roses and lilies in cream, pink, and mauve. It was obvious a lot of thought had been given to the colours and it was a beautiful effect.

One of my favourite parts of making any wedding video is the couple’s first dance. Martin showed characteristic panache as he twirled and dipped his new wife with flair, and it was a happy group of guests who waved the couple off onto their American honeymoon. It was a fantastic wedding and I wish Mr and Mrs Chandler every happiness in their new life together.

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