KATHARINE AND TOM | THE ELEPHANT HOTEL | PANGBOURNE WEDDING FILM
PANGBOURNE WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER
4th June 2022 Katharine and Tom | The Elephant Hotel | Pangbourne Wedding Film
Our wedding film love story
How did you guys meet?
We both studied the same course at university, namely Law at the University of Nottingham. We met on a Law Society night out.
Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?
Tom is a pupil (trainee) barrister and Katie works for the BBC, managing contracts for entertainment programmes. We spend a lot of time with our dog, an ex-racing greyhound called Aron. We enjoy climbing, skiing, and long walks. At home, we like to play board games and watch films.
How did the proposal go down? (All the gushy details, I love this bit!)
Well…. Not as planned.
In the morning we went to visit our dog at his kennels (this was before we formally adopted him) and then Tom drove us from Oxfordshire to Kent where he planned to propose at Hever Castle. However, contrary to what Google said, when we got there Hever Castle was not open. Tom had a bit of a silent breakdown and Katie found it all very funny. A quick recalibration of plans took us round the corner to Chartwell House (another National Trust property).
When we got there, Tom headed straight for the lake. However, as we were walking down we came across a family blocking the (incredibly muddy) path. The father of said family was right in the midst of yelling at his son to be careful lest they slip in the mud. As Tom tried to edge around the group, he beautifully illustrated the point by slipping and falling straight onto his side. Now caked in mud from shoulder to knee, Tom was accosted by the mother and grandmother of the family who offered sincere apologies for blocking the way and lots of tissues.
With the lake in sight, Tom was desperate to shake them off and get to the proposal. When we finally made it, Tom got down on one (already muddy) knee and made a beautiful, improvised speech about how things may not always go to plan with him, but if I’d like to muddle through life together, would I marry him. Of course, the answer was yes!
It may have been muddy and not quite as intended, but it was a perfect moment for us.
How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?
Our original venue let us down two weeks before the wedding, so we had a bit of a mad rush to find an alternative venue that could accommodate us. We were very fortunate to find the Elephant and, in many ways, it’s worked out so much better than we originally planned.
What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?
A relaxed, enjoyable day. We want the day to feel very upbeat/feelgood and as though it all just flows.
We would like the video to capture this kind of feeling; the sort of feeling you get at a summer barbeque or party with loved ones you haven’t seen in a very long time. We don’t want the video to feel overly serious or formal.
Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?
No particular theme, it’s more on the rustic/folksy end of the spectrum with the Ceilidh dancing.
What was the hardest decision during the planning?
Choosing the venue and a date. We got engaged right before the pandemic so we had no idea when or if restrictions would end and we were really keen that we wanted all of our friends and family present.
What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?
You will have an incredible number of choices to make (everything from the very big to the very small) so try to keep a written record of what you’ve agreed and when you need to get back to (and pay!) everyone. Also, consider using a celebrant to make the ceremony exactly what you want it to be!
Elephant Hotel Wedding trailer
Our Dream Wedding supplier team
That Amazing Dress
Happy Snappy Photographer
Lee Dann Photography
Those Fabulous Flowers
Green & Gorgeous
The Delicious Food
The Elephant Hotel
The Ceilidh Tree
Beautiful Hair & Makeup
That Delicious Cake
Pretty Cake Studio
Music licensed through “The Musicbed”
License Owner – Mark Shipperley
Mark Shipperley Films
License Number – 100416