Winter weddings aren’t as popular in this country as they are in others, but when there is a light dusting of frost (or even better snow) it creates such a mood. Jessica and Edward got such a frost for their church wedding in Surrey. When they woke up on the day, there was a thin blanket of frost coating everything, reflecting the light and creating a fairy-glow. It was quite magical. While the snow lay sleeping outside, inside Jessica and Edward were busy getting ready for their nuptials. We especially liked the instructions which Edward was trying to follow to fasten his tie! Inside, the church was warm, with flickering candles, and was buzzing with anticipation. When Jessica rode up in her beautiful classic car – it was the moment that everyone had been waiting for. The service was over before anyone knew it and soon they were back outside being showered in snow-like confetti.
Once at the reception, the room glittered like a snowflake. Candles flickered and their light was picked up and reflected by the silver ware, only to bounce off the lovely floral sprays. It was a very romantic setting. And when Jessica and Edward took to the floor for their first married dance – they were poetry in motion! Their elegant moves captivated their audience. We wish this beautiful couple all the very best.
Your typical Asian bride goes through a very lengthy preparation for her wedding celebration. From the application of the intricate henna designs on her hands, to the many individual pieces of jewellery, to the wrapping of the sari – there is a slow and steady build up of excitement as each piece of the final picture falls into place. With one final blast of hairspray, she is good to go. When we filmed behind the scenes at Sahar and Jamal’s Muslim wedding, we saw all the care which went into this preparation. The groom is not without his own process and our camera crew was split between the two locations in order to film both proceedings.
After the ceremony, we retreated to the gardens of the Shendish Manor in Hertfordshire where the clear, bright sun of a February day gave us great filming conditions. As Sahar & Jamal enjoyed the landscaped gardens we were able to track them with the camera catching all of their reactions. Once they were back inside, they ceremonially cut the wedding cake before taking to the dance floor for their traditional first dance together. As they swayed to the slow music, we all watched on in pleasure. Best wishes to Sahar & Jamal.
Live music makes such a contribution to any good wedding reception. This was doubly the case at this Sikh wedding reception held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Sukshinda Shinda Live rocked the house and had the dancefloor packed with dancing fools. Look at the way the lead singer bobs and weaves his way across the stage? The guy just keeps on moving and keeps the crowd on their feet. From the spectacular sway of his turban, to the rustle of his robes, he is poetry in motion keeping time with his song! It was hard to keep our cameras still as we were bopping and weaving to the music too!
Doubling up on both keyboards and percussion gives a real depth to the sound and with one of the keyboards doubling on backing vocals it goes a long way to flushing out the sonic scope. Sukshinda Shinda Live were backed up by a great set of lights which pulsed and cut through the darkness helping to further lift the spirits. No expense was spared on their sound system too with bass sound that literally shook your bones. All the better to help you dance! Keep these great musicians in mind if you are planning an event or wedding reception. Well done guys!
Nirshanthan and Shiyamily chose the spectacular setting of one of Bedfordshire’s most beautiful locations, Woburn Abbey, for their Asian Civil Wedding. On a lovely July’s day, our crew could get out and film the scenic gardens of the Abbey, capturing all of the statuary and lovely foliage. The white Abbey stood out in great contrast to the freshly mowed green grass. As the guests arrived in their finest they lingered outside for photographs in the summer sun. Then our lovely bride and groom made a storybook entrance in a white open-top carriage! They filed into the Abbey’s interior, past priceless paintings and antiques, to take their place for their ceremony. After exchanging vows which they wrote themselves, our couple walked hand in hand back down the aisle as husband and wife.
They retreated outdoors where we delighted in filming Nirshanthan & Shiyamily against all the lovely vistas of Woburn Abbey. While the bride and groom were photographed, the wedding guests were enjoying a drink in the sun on the lawns. We circulated with our camera to get good footage of all the guests. Soon it was time to head into the dining room to enjoy a fantastic meal after which Nirshanthan and Shiyamily fed each other wedding cake. It was a very auspicious start to a long and happy marriage! Congratulations.
Derek and his mates started their wedding day off in a slightly unorthodox way – by going shooting. Perhaps is was the best way for him to deal with his nerves? Or maybe it was just an ideal way to take in some of the beautiful countryside at the Four Seasons Hampshire. Meanwhile Trudy’s preparations were a bit more traditional – she had the attention of makeup and hair artists making sure she looked her very best for her civil wedding. Bride and groom came together in front of their assembled guests and made some very heart-felt vows witnessed by their closest friends and family.
Afterwards there was a glass of champagne waiting for them and their guests in order to toast to their success. We all popped outside to get some photographs of the bride and groom plus the entire assembled wedding party (shot from above in order to fit them all in). Soon enough it was time to head inside for supper – with each table softly lit by a candle. The kitchen did an amazing job of getting all the food plated up and out on time and the reports from the guests were all quite glowing. The day ended with a dance floor of happy guests dancing to the music – led by the bride and groom themselves. We wish much joy and happiness to Derek and Trudy.
Kiran & Kuldeep went all out on their Sikh wedding! It was a fantastic celebration. Early in the day we met up with the bride at the Hilton Hotel as she started her wedding preparations. She certainly wasn’t daunted by the path ahead and seemed to embrace the excitement of it all. Meanwhile our groom was being well looked after by his family who made sure he was dressed and ready for his ceremony at the Ilford Gurdwara. A couple of busses and a handful or Rolls Royce were on hand to ferry the wedding party in style. The ceremony was beautiful, colourful and over too soon!
Then it was on to the London’sGrosvenor House Hotel for a rather elaborate reception. The hotel pulled out all the stops to make Kiran & Kuldeep’s celebration a memorable one. The vast room was draped in a star cloth giving it a really pretty night-time sky effect. Coupled with a brilliant lighting setup and amazing floral displays made quite an impression on the guests. It was great for us to film too as there was so much to take in the with camera’s eye. The bride and groom made a spectacular entrance to the beating of many drums. And that was just the beginning of a long and memorable evening. Thank you to Kiran and Kuldeep for letting us be a part.
Happy Birthday Patrick! It was a delight for us to be able to celebrate with Patrick his six decades of fantastic living and we hope this video is one he looks back on with happy memories for years to come. Patrick’s guests arrived at the Four Seasons Hampshire Hotel for a formal birthday celebration and as the guests arrived, they were wowed by the Hampshire countryside with its rolling hills and rural loveliness. The party was concocted so it was a surprise for Patrick and he seemed genuinely touched!
You can’t fake the surprised look which plays across his face when greeted with all his loved ones assembled together in one room. The party started with everyone quaffing champagne and catching up before moving inside for a very lavish supper. As the guests were taking their seats was a great time for us to really get about the room and film all of the various table groupings – it’s sometimes a bit tricky not to get in people’s way, but our experienced camera operators are great at being there while managing to steer clear of all the traffic! A skill developed over many years. Patrick may be 60, but you sure wouldn’t know it the way he carried on celebrating well into the evening! Well done Patrick! Many happy more.
Chris and Cecilia planned a rather traditional Chinese Wedding for themselves which involved lots of really interesting rituals – like blindfolding the groom and feeding him crackers or passing a hard boiled egg from one mouth to the next. We can’t say we entirely understood it all, but it was really interesting and our camera operators worked their magic capturing it all on video. The initial preparations were at Selsdon Park Hotel in Surrey which provided a convenient gathering spot for the wedding party. This was followed by a time-honoured Chinese tea ceremony which was really beautiful.
Once completed, it was time to move on to Addington Palace for the civil wedding ceremony. Cecilia got changed into a stunning white strapless dress and was soon ready to walk down the aisle. Our couple exchanged rings, vows and kisses and before anyone knew it, they were man & wife! The weather was amenable to getting outside so we headed out to shoot photographs and video of the wedding party. They were naturals in front of the camera and it was a delight to capture it all. The time came for their Wedding Breakfast which was enjoyed all around by the guests. After dinner everyone went outside for something really special – they set hot-air balloons aloft into the night time sky! It was magical to watch them floating off across the horizon. Thank you Chris and Cecilia.
Is there any sound more cheerful than that of a steel band? It immediately conjures up images of sunshine, Caribbean beaches, rum drinks in coconut half-shells, and a laid-back holiday vibe. So what could possibly be a better choice for a musical accompaniment to this wedding reception in Oxfordshire? As wedding guests milled about enjoying a drink they were able to sway to the compelling beat of ‘La Bamba’ and other Spanish songs. The six piece group were well-rehearsed and played together with precision.
They were clearly enjoying themselves as much as we were loving listening to them. They swayed to the rhythm of the music as they were playing keeping the beat nice and steady. Their flamboyant shirts were as much a part of their performance as anything which went a long way to building their Caribbean vibe. The bride and groom were loving the music and the chilled-out effect it was having on their guests. For them, it was the perfect August outdoor wedding reception. The venue worked really well too with the mature trees and tall grasses which helped to create different spaces where people could gather and visit – all the while being within earshot of the Steel Band. An inspired choice for a wedding reception, we’d say!
Winnie & Gee celebrated their civil wedding at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on a fine recent June day. Earlier our videographers caught up with Winnie as she was preparing herself at a nearby hotel. Our videographers are always drawing upon techniques used in feature films and television in order to create interesting shots – it’s boring to just point the camera directly at someone and let it roll. There’s no artistry in that. So we experiment. Check out the shot at the very beginning of this clip where we shoot Winnie’s reflection in the mirror, the pull back and then the camera does a slow pan up her beautiful white dress. The thing is that it is exactly what your eye naturally does in a situation like this, so we use the video camera to recreate the movement of the eye. It all makes the final video feel a lot more natural.
The civil ceremony was lovely with Winnie making a spectacular entrance sweeping up the aisle. Check out the little tear which Gee wipes from his eye. It’s a fantastic moment. Once completed, the wedding party took themselves outside for photographs and to enjoy a glass of champagne in the sun. We were able to get lots of shots of the wedding party (and using some post-production tricks to convert some to b&w). Winnie & Gee executed a very polished first dance – something we really admire them for! Best wishes Winnie & Gee!