I’m very happy to announce we have been regionally shortlisted for the category of ‘Best Wedding Videographer 2014′ at the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards. And now we are awaiting to hear the final results coming very soon in late November early December. Eeek! It’s all very exciting.
Since our national ‘Wedding Photographer of the Year’ award at the Wedding Retailer awards back in 2008 and our ‘First place’ result at the Wedding Photojournalist Association in 201o, we haven’t been entering competitions simply because there were so many to enter and we simply haven’t had the time. However, the Wedding Industry Awards have gained a great reputation over the last few years. And with so many wedding photographers and videographers producing great work these days competition is fierce .
So with this in mind we wanted to test our relatively new wedding videography skills against the best in the UK. We have had a lot of fun getting to grips with this extremely testing new skill and the learning curve has been very steep. But now we have been shortlisted for the award we can say with some satisfaction that it’s been worth it.
So with all this taken into account we are very happy to be shortlisted for our region for our relatively new wedding videography service and have our fingers crossed that we can win ‘Best Wedding Videographer’ and maybe even the national award too. We will let you know how it goes.
We’d like to give a huge thank you to all our brides and bridegrooms who voted. We have received some great feedback regarding both ur photography and videography services this year and we hope we can simply get better and better and telling the story of your wedding day in both still and moving images.
Here’s a link to our profile page in case you want to see what got us there – Nick Grove’s 2014 Wedding Industry Awards Profile
There’s no doubt that Natalie & Oliver are a good looking couple. In fact, they are very much in love too, so it makes it very easy for us to create a wedding video that tells the story of their wedding day in a discreet and natural way. I love creating wedding videos, I love working at the one wedding venue all day, and I love working at Stapleford Park, so you can imagine that I set of once again for this great wedding venue with a spring in my step.
In all seriousness having a wedding taking place at a single venue does help us create a wedding video that flows from one part of the day to another without the gaps spent travelling between distinations. It also means we are not in pieces at the end of the day as it is much more physically demanding to shoot a wedding video than wedding photographs. Usually, when I’m photographng a wedding I have just my bag and my two cameras on my shoulders so I can move wherever I need to be with everything I need on me. With wedding video I have three cameras, two on tripods, and all my audio kit. I also have many more batteries, memory cards, and generally more of everything. It’s really good for building those boulder like shoulders!
I won’t go on again about how much I love working at Stapleford Park as I must have mentioned it in a dozen posts this year already but I will just mention a bit about my very low key approach to wedding video- Initially I think the bride and groom are a little concerned that I’m not more involved with them on the wedding day, but as the day goes on and they spot me never far away, quietly getting on with it, they relax safe in the knowledge that I’m doing what I’ve always done best- capturing them, their guests, and their wedding day in a discreet and natural way. The creative bit comes in the edit suite.
By Nick Grove
I don’t get to shoot weddings at castles very often so I was very pleased to get the opportunity at Jayson & Sharon’s amazing wedding at Peckferton Castle. This really was a wedding that had everything, even an Owl delivering the rings, and it was a real pleasure to be supplying both wedding photograph and wedding videography at this huge Peckferton Castle wedding. Peckferton Castle is a very attractive wedding venue with a history that dates back to the 1840′s. I can see why so many couples get married here. It’s hidden away in woods and makes for quite an impact when you finally pull up to the main gate. Inside the castles walls there is a beautiful courtyard and the castle itself has fabulous rooms for guest as well as a number of ceremony rooms to choose from. Jayson & Sharon were married in the the amazing Great Hall which has a Minstrel’s Gallery which held their 30 piece gospel choir, and lots of light flooding in through the stained glass windows. There is even a chapel on site so as Jayson and Sharon did you can have a no religious wedding Ceremony followed by a blessing in the chapel.
I later discovered that Peckferton Castle are hosting over 150 weddings this year alone. Which makes me wonder how they manage to attend to every bride and grooms needs and provide that special service you’d expect. But I have to say that now I have experienced their excellent service standards I can see how, and why they are so popular. I could not fault all the staffs attention to our needs let alone the bride and grooms. Often at weddings the wedding photographer and videographer are treated quite badly in my opinion, as if we are a nuisance even though I’m probably the most easy going and low maintenance photographer they’ve experience. Sometimes we get promised food and we are left waiting for something that never arrives. Sometimes it’s even too much trouble to be served a glass of water. Not so at Peckferton Castle. I’d happily recommend it to anybody wanting a wedding venue that’s going to look after them and their guests impeccably.
I can’t wait to put the wedding video together featuring the superb singing waiters. I’ve never experienced such an amazing performance at a wedding before and the reaction from the guests was amazing. It was a really good way to get everybody in the mood for a great party later on. Here’s a link in case you’re looking to give your wedding guests a unique expereince – Divas Disguised.
Jayson & Sharon’s wedding video coming very soon! Watch their trailer featuring singing waiters-
Sangeeta & Aaron’s Indian/English wedding at The Priory Barn in Hertfordshire was our second Indian/English wedding of the month and it was a pleasure to be returning to The Priory Barn in Hertfordshire as I haven’t photographed or filmed a wedding here for a few years. It’s a great wedding venue and especially on a hot summers day. Fortunately it was a really nice and hot for Sangeeta and Aaron’s asian/english wedding which meant they could hold their Indian ceremony outdoors in the sunshine and the civil ceremony indoors in the cool. The Priory Barn is one of those wedding venues you wish you could work at every week. It’s just that little bit different being a converted rural barn with a contemporary edge, and landscaped gardens so theres plenty of potential for great wedding photography and wedding video. There are a few hidden places I like to take the couple for their mini wedding shoot that are away from the guests so the couple can relax and be more natural with each other. And inside the barn it’s big enough for large weddings and intimate enough for smaller ones. And the foods great too! You can find pout more about The Priory Barn on their website here.
You may have noticed we provide wedding photography and wedding videography services and sometimes both. I have a team of videographers that back me up when I’m photographing a wedding. But if as in Sangeeta and Aaron’s case it’s just wedding video you’d like I can provide that myself too. I usually film a dozen weddings myself and photograph twice that many in a typical year and it’s always a treat for me to be head videographer as I can film specifically with the edit in mind. It makes it so much easier when I’m cutting the footage together because my minds eye knows what I captured.
Lastly, you may have seen my post on Facebook earlier this month gently criticising the photographers at this particular wedding, which is something I never normally do, but all the way home I felt compelled to say something. I don’t understand why a wedding photographer would think it’s OK to be the scruffiest person at a wedding and make no attempt to be discreet. Especially as there were two of them and a third bag carrier who couldn’t have looked more bored if she tried- sitting on the bank behind the Mandap in full view of all the guests. Maybe at Asian weddings it isn’t so important to keep a low profile, as often you need to get right in to the thick of the action, but when you don’t, stand back, get out of sight, nobody is there to see you standing in the way checking your images! It was with gritted teeth that said photographer told me how she was an asian wedding specialist and shot x many weddings a year and had attended fabulous wedding courses by fabulous wedding professionals in the states. I guess the don’t teach you everything!
I really hope Aaron and Sangeeta don’t feel offended by my criticism of their photographers and I sincerely hope they got some great pictures they will treasure. And I hope to work at The Priory Barn in Hertfordshire again very soon. Thanks for your hospitality.
Here is a sneak peak at their wedding video using our BRAND NEW SERVICE FOR 2014 – STOP MOTION WEDDING MOVIES! It’s a freebie for Aaron & Sangeeta while I work on their actual wedding movie.
A quintessential English Wedding is hard to beat especially for me if it’s in the village down the road from home. Quite selfish I know but after the last few months travelling up and down the country I really needed an easier ride to my next big wedding. Funnily enough Richard and Michelle live in Abu Dhabi so it was still technically an international wedding; and Michelle’s family generously travelled from Ireland to attend this quintessential english wedding anyway so an international wedding it is even though it was down the road!
Because I’m so boring and typically british I have to mention the weather which was due to pour down at 2pm just as the ceremony got started. I feared the worse but for once the rain didn’t appear as expected and Richard & Michelle were bathed with warm sunshine for most of the day. I told them I could guarantee good weather and once again I delivered.
Again, selfishly I was looking forward to my ‘Matador’ pie for dinner, generously provided by the bride and groom to keep me going. In fact all the guests were having pies in what was a unique twist on the traditional english wedding breakfast. And it proved to be a winner! There’s a photograph somewhere of one greedy boy with two!
I really enjoyed what proved to be a really relaxed, intimate, and beautiful english wedding in the heart of Northamptonshire with classic cars, marques, local pies, and local beer. I was privileged to photograph the couple at Polebrook Hall which is a first and perhaps a last too. And finally I really enjoyed working with this lovely couple and their lovely families. I wish I could have stayed late into the evening but I was due to leave for a much needed holiday in the morning and wanted to get the days photographs backed up before I left.
I’ve already heard back from Richard & Michelle who really loved their photographs and really appreciated our relaxed and natural approach.