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So today we have some classy wedding inspiration where we pay homage to a timeless beauty – Grace Kelly. with Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, due to be released later this year, we thought it was a perfect time to celebrate her classic looks and a style that would be perfect for a contemporary wedding. inspiration mainly from her final 1956 film, High Society, the styling is luxurious but uncluttered. Mainly shades of white with subtle splashes of colour, it’s a style that I have christened “New York Chic”, although it was actually shot in Manchester by Manchester photographer Jenny McAvoy of McAvoy Photography .
We gathered some fabulous North West wedding suppliers at the ultra chic Lowry Hotel for a day of luxury and beauty.
The Lowry Hotel was Manchester’s first 5-star hotel in Manchester. It is unique and unmistakable. A world away from the artist’s matchstick men, The Lowry Hotel symbolises the new, bold Manchester. Located by the river in the heart of the city, where historic streets meet modern flair. Sitting opposite the sails of Santiago Calatrava’s equally striking Trinity Bridge, the hotel is a vibrant landmark in a city bursting with energy.
You know I hear so many couples talk about using family and friends for important roles in their wedding day and sometimes that is a brilliant way of adding a really personal touch to your wedding day, and cutting that escalating budget BUT there are some things that you just can’t leave to chance and today Craig from Unforgettable Memories is here to give his views on why you should use a professional videographer and not “Uncle Bob”.
You must know who Uncle Bob is right? Everyone has one. He is an enthusiastic amateur videographer. He has all the latest gear. His face is permanently glued to the eye piece of the video camera, usually with a big video light attached to the top so you are blinded Gestapo style at family events.
I have a confession-in my family it’s not Uncle Bob-it’s my dad, otherwsie known as Grandad Bobby. He has all the latest editing gadgets, spends all day in front of his PC adding graphics and special effects and music to the video of paint drying or whatever it is he has filmed and the result- a video that gives you a headache in 2 minutes, over long, unnecessary gimmicky graphics and a DVD that is shoved in the drawer along with the rest, never to see the light of day again.
This includes my Gone With the Wind length wedding video that I have never seen. What a shame but hey ho you live and learn. Unfortunately I can’t go back and relive those wedding day moments to correct my error of judgment but you can learn from my mistakes and Craig is here to give you his pearls of wisdom!
Why have a professional Videographer film your wedding?
Having your wedding filmed seems to be low down the list of priorities for many couples when planning their wedding. However, the only regret couples have after the event is not having had a film made.
Wedding videos allow you to re-live your wedding day and to see the bits you may have missed. So, once you have decided that you want your wedding filmed what are your options? Well you can of course ask Uncle Bob to dig his camcorder out of its box in the loft, dust it off and bring it along with him. On the other hand you could book a professional and ask them to bring their nice shiny cameras with them, along with their backup camera and their sound recording equipment, lights, and all the other little bits.
Now I am not suggesting that your Uncle Bob will not do a good job, there are a lot of Uncle Bobs out there who are very competent and who will produce a nice memory for you; however you may wish to consider the points below.
Firstly, why is Uncle Bob at your wedding? Is he there as a guest or is he there to work for you? It may also be worth considering the following points. Where will Uncle Bob be at various points throughout the day? He will probably want to check in to your hotel. He will probably want to sit with the other guests and eat his 5 course meal and he will probably want to have a few drinks to celebrate the happy occasion.
Uncle Bob, through no fault of his own, may not capture as much as a professional videographer as he is at your wedding as a guest and will certainly want to interact as a guest as opposed to an independent 3rd party who is there to do a job.
Secondly, what equipment does Uncle Bob have? Now we all know that the price of professional equipment has come down over recent years and that many people now have high end cameras which they would happily use to capture your day. However, not many people have 2 or more of these high end cameras. What happens if Uncle Bob’s cameras gets damaged or stops working at some point during your day? Do you just accept that he missed that bit?
What options does Uncle Bob provide for capturing different angles? It is all well and good putting a camera in a single position to capture the action, but what happens if this position gets blocked. Often at weddings the best man, or a reader, will stand right in front of the main camera whilst giving the rings to the officiating officer. More commonly, especially for church weddings is the fact that readers and the vicar move to a different location to read. How is uncle Bob going to record you and the reader with his single camera?
What about lenses and other equipment? Does Uncle Bob have a selection of lenses available to suit the potentially difficult conditions you may be confronted with on the day. Professional videographers would carry a selection of lenses which can be changed to best suit the situation they find themselves in.
In addition to cameras I am sure you will want the sound recording on your wedding day? How is Uncle Bob going to go about this? Sure Uncle Bob’s camera will have a microphone on it, he’ll use that. On camera microphones are not best suited to recording the sound at weddings as they are meant to record the overall sound in the room. This means they will record everything equally. Professional videographers will choose a microphone that best suits the situation, for the ceremony they will probably a lavelier microphone clipped on to the groom so that the sound can be localised to the couple. The speeches may demand a different mic such as a shotgun so that individual speakers can be isolated. Sound recorders may also be used a primary recording or backup devices.
Finally on the subject of equipment a professional videographer would carry a selection of specialist equipment used to make your film more interesting. Things such as steadicams or glide tracks may be used to create different effects in your final production.
So, as I started out by saying, there is no right or wrong answer here but you must consider what you are expecting from the finished product. Are you expecting a hand held, potentially shaky recording of your day with Ok sound or are you expecting a fully edited, multi camera production set to your choice of licensed music?
There is nothing wrong with Uncle Bobs, but maybe he should be left to film those house parties or family days out and not your wedding day.
Thanks a lot for your insight Craig. Now let’s see how a professional wedding should look shall we go over to their website for lots of wedding loveliness.
Today we have a gorgeous wedding film from Love Gets Sweeter, North West Wedding Videographers.
If you love a stunning venue, a few traditional aspects but with a good dash of fun then you must watch Sonia and Gareth’s film…
After experiencing the hen do it was a breeze to capture all the fun in the morning at the Lakeside Cottage in the grounds of Thornton Manor as everyone was super relaxed in front of me and the camera (maybe this is something I should add to my contract from now on haha) and before we knew it we were packing Jason Statham away (he joined us on the hen do too) and heading over to the main house at Thornton Manor to get Sonia into her dress. The boys got ready at the Groom’s cottage and as soon as the bride was safely hidden away they made it over to the house to welcome their guests…
After the ceremony the guests were welcomed in to the amazing hall at Thornton Manor for their wedding breakfast, served by the amazingly talented Barretts, before being entertained by the wedding speeches. The traditions continued with their cake cutting and first dance but to make sure the hen do played a part in the day all the girls whipped out their Gareth masks and threw some shapes to Gangnam style…I’m not sure which turned out to be funnier, the dodgy moves or poor Gareth’s shocked reaction…
Thankyou to Love Gets Sweeter for sharing this fun and fabulous wedding. Do you have a wedding you would like to share? Please get in touch-we would love to hear from you. Bye for now, Jenny.
Today I am pleased to be able to feature a wedding venue that is a real hidden gem. What are you looking for in a wedding venue? A country manor? a beach setting? Something small and intimate? Well how about a place that has all three-the very fabulous Pickwell Manor. So rather than me tell you all about it, I will leave it to the those in the know to do a much better job….
The bride and groom stand on the sun terrace of the Italian Garden at Pickwell Manor, gazing across the stunning countryside of North Devon to a glittering Atlantic Ocean only half a mile away. The bride thinks lovingly of her new husband, while the groom thinks lovingly of the cheeky surf he squeezed in that morning before getting married. Such is a wedding at Pickwell Manor!
In the last few years Pickwell Manor has established itself as one of the UK’s most exclusive wedding venues and one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the South West. Set in six acres of gardens and grounds and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this privately-owned manor house dates back to the 10th Century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. It also includes a tennis court, games room, surf hut, and nine exquisite apartments.
Today we have a truly happy wedding and it’s hardly surprising. Clearly a couple in love, Clara and Simone chose to marry in the very beautiful Sardinia. Their wedding was organised by Kama Wedding Sardinia and we are pleased to feature this special day on the blog…
Weddings in Sardinia can be as unique as the people who gets married there: everyone has their dreams fulfilled thanks to this gorgeous and colourful land. Clara and Simone wished for an exotic though rustic wedding near Sardinian beaches, and just wanted to give their guests an unforgettable day in a superb setting.
Kama Wedding Sardinia helped them achieving a fantastic and incredibly lively wedding, made exceptional by a DJ from Ibiza, an Italian breakfast served at 4 in the morning and Sardinian nougat freshly made on-the-spot!
Wedding date & location: September the 8th – Cagliari, Sardinia.
Wedding ceremony: Saint Andrew’s Church, Quartu Sant’Elena (Cagliari)