Bryony and Craig got married at Shustoke Farm Barns at the end of March. Shustoke Farm Barns is a wedding barn with a licence for civil ceremonies in Warwickshire, about 25 minutes drive from central Birmingham. Both Bryony and Craig stayed over at the Lea Marston Hotel nearby the night before their wedding to get ready close to the venue on the Friday morning. It worked out perfectly since I was filming solo on the day, but could easily capture the action from both Bryony and Craig’s perspectives. Bryony and Craig’s wedding including their highlights film has also been featured on British wedding blog Love My Dress in September 2018. The images in this post are all stills from video.
Clare and Eman got married in Cambridge on a very wet September day. Their ceremony was held at OLEM in central Cambridge and was followed by a reception in a PapaKåta teepee at Clare’s parents’ home. I’ll let the films and the still frames captured from the footage do the rest of the talking, but do check out the suppliers listed at the bottom of this post if you’re also planning a Cambridge wedding or a PapaKåta teepee wedding. Their wedding has also been featured over on Rock my Wedding (April 2018).
Back in February I took part in a ‘fine art’ bridal styled shoot at Notley Abbey on the border of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The shoot was styled and planned by Sundari Ferris and Andri Benson and inspired by the fine art wedding scene. Alongside the photography which was provided by Emma Pilkington on film and digital I produced two videos from the day’s shoot. The main film was featured by The Wedding Sparrow at the end of July and is set to be republished on Rock My Wedding at the start of December. I also made a ‘behind the scenes’ video which is less editorial but a much more honest look at what a photo shoot looks like in reality.
Janine and Paul got married at the end of August on what must have been one of the hottest days of the year. They enjoyed an outdoor wedding ceremony at Notley Abbey in the walls of the old abbey. I’ve filmed at Notley Abbey before for a styled shoot which has been published on Wedding Sparrow and also over on Rock My Wedding, but it was a treat to return to film a proper wedding.
Back in early August, Ed and I returned to Springhill Wedding Barn in Fladbury near Evesham to film for Helen and Matt, and today I thought I would take a break from my editing pile and share their wedding films and a few words about their wedding day. The following images are still frames taken from footage captured for their wedding films.
Emilia and Tom’s wedding took place at the end of July in Stroud in Gloucestershire. Emilia and Tom wanted to keep things really simple and for their wedding photos to be relaxed, natural and documentary. We took a few group shots immediately after their ceremony and I took them for a little walk down the lane to capture some portraits of the two of them alone together, but the rest of the day’s photography was super relaxed and spontaneous.
Adam and Jordan got married at the start of July at Sutton Bonington Hall on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Sutton Bonington Hall is an exclusive use country house wedding venue tucked away in the countryside, but just a stone’s throw from both Loughborough and Nottingham. The house is a Queen Anne period property with features that include a large air-conditioned orangery with vines growing up the back wall, a traditional drawing room for the ceremony and evening entertainment, a wide, sweeping staircase, and a bridal suite flooded with natural light. The landscaped grounds feature follies and plenty of space to set up lawn games and relax with friends and family. It’s a really beautiful venue and was the perfect backdrop to their celebrations.
It’s that time of year again, the time for My RØDE Reel, a film competition which challenges filmmakers to put together a three minute short film on a theme of their choosing. Last year I entered the competition with a short about Ed’s running. This year’s film is a gliding documentary about my father-in-law Roger Banks who is a glider pilot. It was filmed in the Cotswolds at Cotswold Gliding Club near Stroud in Gloucestershire. For the uninitiated, gliding is a competitive air sport. Pilots fly unpowered aircraft and stay airborne by finding and using thermals, ridge and wave patterns. Some gliders also have small engines for the purpose of sustaining flight in sub-optimal conditions, but the aim of the game is to stay in the air and traverse long distances by following thermals, ridge and wave patterns across the country.
Rachelle and Adrian got married at Braxted Park near Chelmsford in Essex at the start of May. They held their ceremony at All Saints Church in the grounds of Braxted Park and their reception in the fixed marquee on site.
Aimee and Matt’s wedding took place deep in the Worcestershire countryside in the village of Fladbury. Their ceremony was held at St John the Baptist, Fladbury and followed by a reception up the road at Springhill Barn. Springhill itself is a fantastic venue for a laidback country wedding. The owners are really friendly and helpful and kindly welcomed us when we arrived early in the morning to scout the venue before filming morning preparations.
Sarah and Craig’s beautiful, family-oriented garden party wedding took place back in August in Dunchurch, Warwickshire. Their ceremony was held at St Peter’s Church and was followed by a garden party reception in a PapaKåta sperry tent up the road at the bride’s parents’ home. Their day was all about family, with contributions to the details of the day from all sides. The flowers lining the tent were homegrown by the bride’s mother and grandfather, styling and planning were provided by her two sisters, and their wedding cake was lovingly made by an aunt.
Mariam and Samie celebrated their Walima at the Forest of Arden in Birmingham at the start of July. I loved how colourful and visual Mariam and Samie’s Walima was and enjoyed filming all of the dancing including the traditional Afghan Attan Dance and Knife Dance. All of the photos in this post are still frames from video.