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2nd August 2019 Alaina & Sam wedding video, Buckinghamshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?

We met at school when we were 16 years old. We were friends for 7 years before becoming a couple.

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

We love to travel the world: Holidays have included safari in south Africa, driving down the west coast of America, Maldives, Thailand, Cambodia, Sumatra trekking to see the orangutans. We love food and wine – we have been to France and California to the wine regions and plan on going to cape town in November for our honeymoon. We love a drink and to socialise with our friends. We have lived in our house in Brill for 5 years and absolutely love the village!

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

Sam proposed on a beach in Ireland. Ireland is somewhere we have always talked about going but never have. Alaina knew he was going to propose (because she always books the trips & holidays!) so had her nails done ready! Following the engagement we didn’t tell anyone for 24 hours, so had a night partying and celebrating followed by driving the ring of Kerry the next day before returning to the beach where we got engaged with a bottle of champagne to facetime family and friends.

How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?

Stockingwood Farm is Alaina’s grand parents house and where they have always lived since before she was born. Alaina used to spend a lot of time at Stockingwood farm growing up – after school and in the school holidays. She is very close to her grandparents and hopefully her grandad will give her away on the wedding day if he is well enough.  All saints church in Hillesden is where Alaina and her cousins and siblings were christened and is only 1 mile down the road from Stockingwood Farm. Sam wanted to get married in a church as his family are religious so it was the perfect choice.  Putting a marquee up at Stockingwood Farm seemed like the perfect choice as it means we can have a wedding weekend and celebrate over a couple of days. The wedding is on Friday 2nd August and the after party is on Saturday 3rd August.

What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?

A GREAT PAAARRRTTTYYYYYY!!!!

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?

We have focused on food, booze and music. The theme is clean, crisp and classic – the marquee will represent this and the flowers are all white also. #bishbashboshed is our wedding hashtag and will be on the photos printed from our photobooth to create a wedding book.

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

Deciding how much over our budget we are going to go!

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

When you get stressed in all the details, planning and logistics, remember that the wedding is about you as a couple and celebrating your wedding day and love for each other.

Our dream wedding team

The Dress: Emma Victoria Payne : http://www.emmavictoriapayne.com/

Photography: Tom Durn : https://www.tomdurn-photography.co.uk/

Florist: Amanda Thirlby (Moss): https://mossofbuckingham.co.uk/

Catering: Suzan Allan (Croxfords): http://www.croxfords.com/

Music: Oceano Strings, David Bird & OJ’s

Hair & Makeup: Emma Jane Walsh : https://www.emmajanewalsh.com/

Car Rentals: Martin & Margaret Broughton – Family Friends!

Venue: Stockingwood Farm – Colin & Jeanette Richardson (Alaina’s Grandparents)

Music licensed through The Music Bed : http://www.themusicbed.com

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13Th July 2019 Ceris & Ed Stoke Park wedding video, Buckinghamshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?

We were set up on a blind date by mutual friends. I stood Ed up on our first date (which he never lets me forget) only for us to rearrange a week later!

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

We both love life and share so much in common that it feels like we’ve both spent our life waiting to find each other! We are best friends and enjoy every minute of our busy lives together. We’re blessed and lucky to be able to experience amazing holidays, hotels, restaurants, concerts, sporting events and parties however despite this hustle and bustle our favourite thing is to be together cuddled up on the sofa or in bed having lazy lie ins at the weekend.

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

Ed proposed in the garden of the house he used to live in. The garden was around 2.5 acres and a large part of it was an overgrown wilderness which had paths mowed in it to be like a secret garden. I was due to be coming up from Swansea on the Wednesday and on the Tuesday Ed called me and said he’d seen some really strange lights in the garden and to remind him to show me the next day! When I came up the next day I said about going to see the lights but he said that it wasn’t yet dark (it was early July) so the lights wouldn’t be there. Eventually around 10:30-11pm he said that we should go and see the lights, by this time I was in my pyjamas! We trekked through the undergrowth by torch light and eventually Ed pointed out a glow in the distance, I immediately thought it was some aliens or UFOs as he’d mentioned that earlier in the day and I couldn’t explain it any other way! As we got closer it became apparent that it was a circle of what seemed like hundreds of candles and my thoughts turned from UFOs to some sort of pagan sacrificial ritual!!! I was completely thrown and was trying to look in the bushes for runaway pagans when Ed called my name and as I turned round he was stood with a ring in his hand!

How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?

We’d been to stay at Stoke Park before and Ceris had said it would be an amazing venue for a wedding, so it was the only place we looked at for the wedding.

What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?

We want them to enjoy the day, reacquaint themselves with old friends, make new friends, eat, drink, dance and laugh through the whole day!

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?

Glamourous, glitzy and classy with a pink, white and sparkles theme

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

Whether to walk down the aisle on my own or choose someone else to replace my dad

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

Be laid back and don’t move house, buy a business and go through court all at the same time!

Our dream wedding team

Brides dress: Justin Alexander https://www.justinalexander.com/

Cake maker: Tracey’s Cakes: http://www.traceyscakes.co.uk/

Florist: Fabulous Flowers: https://www.fabulousflowers.biz/

Photographer: Paul Wilkinson: https://www.paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk/

Music The Fix: https://www.wedding-bands.co.uk/acts/the-fix

Music licensed through www.themusicbed.com

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5Th July 2019 Sharika & Steven Oxford wedding video, Oxfordshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?

We met 5 years ago in Bangladesh. Steven was stationed at the World Bank Dhaka office for two years (2014-15). We met in autumn 2014. I was working for a local non-profit while finishing my bachelor’s degree at the time.  We spent a year together in Dhaka before Steven was reposted in Kathmandu subsequent to the Nepal earthquake. With my undergraduate degree completed, I agreed to move as well. I continued my work with some local and regional non-profits. In 2016 we decided to start our graduate (for me) and doctoral (for Steven) degrees at the University of Oxford. Hence, we moved to England in the autumn of 2016. Due to difficulties in extending my leave to remain in the UK post my degree, we quietly got married in a private civil ceremony in November 2017 in Gibraltar! We had two great years in Oxford before Steven decided to move back to Washington D.C. last year to pursue a fantastic career opportunity. We have been living apart ever since and get on a plane at every whim to see one another!

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

Steven is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank. I work in the Major Gifts Fundraising space and am currently the Fundraising Research Manager for the British Heart Foundation. Steven spends most of his time globetrotting for work. I’m the complete opposite and live a very routine life. I spend my time commuting into London thrice a week, working out, eating well (mostly) and horse riding. We both love long walks and spending time with friends. Steven loves alcohol, me not at all (unless it’s champagne or port)!

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

Despite our situation being unconventional, Steven insisted that we have an engagement. We spent the entire summer of 2018 designing the perfect ring for me. We commissioned a jeweler in Washington to source the perfect piece of rectangular ruby as the centre stone of my ring (I love rubies and Steven’s surname is Rubinyi; the stone even has a blemish on it to symbolise our sometimes not so perfect relationship).  Finally when we went to Paris last November for Steven’s 30th birthday, he ‘proposed’ at the Tuileries. When he asked if I would marry him, I said I already did!

How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?

We decided early 2018 that we wanted a proper celebration with family and friends (Please note that we have not shared the Gibraltar episode with most of our guests. However, given it’s a blessing ceremony, they have been kept under the impression that we took/ will take care of the administrative details separately). With my family being from Bangladesh and his America, Oxford was the ideal midway spot to host this. And with the University’s beautiful structures at our disposal Christ Church and the Divinity School were very easy to agree upon.

What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?

We of course want it to be very special for our guests as most are coming a long way to celebrate with us. Our vision for the blessing and reception is for it to be understated but elegant. We would like them to have tons of fun, look their best, be well fed and well liquored. We hope they will appreciate the venues and the general Oxford cityscape.

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?

I think we are going for traditional theme with some aspects borrowed from my South Asian and Steven’s Jewish heritage. I will be wearing traditional sarees for both the morning and the evening; Steven will be wearing conventional morning attire and maybe a dinner jacket in the evening. My bouquet is pink and red (almost burgundy) roses or peonies. The bridesmaids are all wearing sarees in a pale shade of pink. The groomsmen have dove egg blue waistcoats, I believe. There are lots of golden undertones in my jewellery and outfits. The colours of the wedding I would say are white, gold, pink and red (almost burgundy). The blessing ceremony will include some Jewish and South Asian readings alongside the more conventional verses. The flowers at the cathedral match this scheme. The centrepieces for the dinner tables at the divinity school are tall calla lilies. We have a South Asian musician playing the sitar for the evening reception. The food is inspired by South Asian flavors but it’s not quite South Asian.  The cake is three tiered, white and gold. The wedding favors are Jordan almonds.

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

I had ample time to plan the event. However, life gets in the way. It has been hard (as you may have noticed) to keep up with emails and stick to to-do lists.

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

I think it is important to keep aside enough time to plan the wedding. I had one and half years and am still struggling!

Our wedding team

The Dress: My sarees were sourced from one of India’s oldest silk saree merchants
Photography: Neil Hanson https://www.nordicpics.co.uk/
Florist: Flowers by Kirsty https://www.flowersbykirsty.com/
Catering: Oxford Fine Dining https://www.oxfordfinedining.co.uk/
Music: Organist provided by Christ Church, Ravi Sitar Player from Alive Network Entertainment in the evening, My best friend is the DJ 10 pm onwards, THAT events company is providing the equipment https://www.alivenetwork.com/bandpage.asp?bandname=Ravi%20(Sitar%20Player)
Hair & Makeup: Holly Preston, Oxford Hair and Make Up http://www.hollypreston.co.uk/
Cake: All cakes and sizes https://www.allcakesandsizes.co.uk/

Music licensed through The Music Bed : www.themusicbed.com

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25Th May 2019 Natalie & Pete wedding video Dovecote barn, Oxfordshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?
Pete & I first knew of each other from working at Biffa, where Natalie still works. It wasn’t until a few years later, when Pete had left to join the Royal Marines, that Natalie & Pete met on a night out in the White Hart. Pete is convinced he chased Natalie for around 18 months prior to them getting together, although Natalie never saw it that way!

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?Pete is in the Royal Marines, due to leave a week prior to the wedding to start a new career in the Police (June 2019)
Natalie works for Biffa, waste company and has done for the last eight years.
We enjoy spending time with our young dog Duke and seeing friends and family. We do not currently get heaps of time together, usually just weekends so the wedding and Pete’s change in career will be a completely new beginning for us both.

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)
Pete & I went to Cape Verde for Christmas 2016, it was on the Christmas Eve that Pete proposed using one of my empty gin bottles (I love gin and I keep any unique bottles to gather dust in our home!) which he used to conceal a poem (on tea stained piece of paper)! He had one of the reps hide the bottle that evening on the beach, all of this being planned under my nose during the holiday, and after dinner we went for a short walk in which we came across the hidden capsule. Pete was in a leg brace as he had dislocated his knee a few weeks prior to the wedding so getting down on one knee was rememberable for numerous reasons. After I said, yes, apparently it felt like forever for Pete but I genuinely was in shock, the reps ran over and popped open a bottle of champers. It was a super magical holiday and I could go on about it forever!
How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?
Dovecote was the first venue we ever visited – we wanted a barn theme but somewhere we hadn’t been to before for friends or family weddings. On first site of the barn it was just perfect, super chilled and not overly formal. Since we booked in 2017 the barn has undergone a number of cosmetic changes all of which we are super thrilled about and has made the barn even more special.

What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?
Chilled, enjoyable experience with lots of laughter and fun!

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?
Rustic, delicate with a lot of greenery/foliage – we have tried to stick with the barn rustic vibe to not over complicate.

What was the hardest decision during the planning?
Ties!!!! Haha!

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?
Remain calm, do not overthink or give yourself too many options! Plenty of time to plan gives you a chance to take everything in its individual strides!

Our dream wedding team

Photographer Dale Stephens: https://www.dalestephensphotography.com/

Wedding dress Rembo Styling: https://www.rembo-styling.com/en/

Florist: The Flower Shed: http://www.theflowershedoxford.co.uk/

Wedding video showreel 2019

An investment in memories “A wedding day by Mark Shipperley Films”
 
Our day is finally here! After months of planning it is finally here. Our friends and family have joined us in celebrating our very special and happy day. This wedding day is something I have thought about ever since I was a little girl. Our wedding day is everything I could ever have imagined. I can’t wait for you to see me walking down the aisle, and for me to see you looking so handsome standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me.
 
I have thought about this day ever since I fell in love with you, ever since I had the slightest thought that you and I would turn into something more! I am so happy that we found each other and so excited to start this journey and this new chapter in life with you.
 
So, with this bond of holy matrimony, I can promise you that I am yours, and that I will love you in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer and until death do us part. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives, and the best times are yet to come, and the best memories are yet to be made.
 
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate then when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
– Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
 
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Venues in this film

Notley Abbey – https://bijouweddingvenues.co.uk/notley-abbey-wedding-venue-buckinghamshire/about-the-venue

Caswell House – https://www.caswellhouse.co.uk/

Manor Farm – http://www.manorfarmtythebarn.co.uk/

The Tythe Barn – https://www.thetythebarn.co.uk/

Hedsor House – https://www.hedsor.com

Bodleian Library – https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/venue-hire/weddings-and-civil-partnerships

Village of Great Haseley – http://www.thehaseleys.co.uk/

Rectory Farm Cambridge – https://www.rectoryfarm.net/

Chateau Saint Jeannet France – https://www.chateausaintjeannet.com/

Kefalonia Greece – http://www.katavothres.gr/katavoth_res/