February 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
As a special treat for surviving the majority of Monday and to ease you happily into another (bloomin’ freezing) week, we have some beautiful wedding footage in store courtesy of our talented Sponsor Silver Sixpence Film & Photo.
The highly-skilled duo behind the business are husband and wife Penny and Ed, who left their successful careers in big screen feature films to play an intimate role in couples’ weddings by documenting their day through beautiful videography.
Keen to capture couples at their most natural and reflect the true emotions of the day, East-Yorkshire-based Penny and Ed capture their footage in a discreet manor and edit to produce gorgeous films that preserve precious memories in time.
We’ve invited them along to the blog today to tell us more about their fabulous work and the benefits of hiring a videographer – they’re also spilling the details of their latest venture – wedding photography – and offering you lucky readers a cheeky 15% discount too. Read on for all the details.
When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?
penny says: We are a husband and wife team and we met when we were both working in feature films. We were both in high profile jobs; I was working for the director on the last three Harry Potter films and Ed was working on a film with Heath Ledger before moving onto various others, including Skyfall. Ed had been filming the occasional wedding film since he left university in 2003, and when we met we realised that we both shared a love for telling personal stories and so we created Silver Sixpence Films so we could do that together. We loved working on these projects so much that we decided to leave feature film and concentrate on what we love most.
How would you describe your style videography?
Because of our background we approach each wedding in the same way we did a feature film. We try and shoot everything cinematically and we spend a lot of time in the edit putting the story together so that it perfectly captures every couple’s day in a personal and unique way. Because a wedding day is an important day in people’s lives we like to work in an unobtrusive way so our aim is to put together a wonderful keepsake of the day without intruding on the celebration as it is taking place.
What is it that you love most about your job?
We love meeting couples and becoming involved in their day in such an intimate way. We talk to them before the wedding and spend most of the actual wedding day with them, but it is after everything has finished and we start to work on it that we spend a couple of weeks editing their film and really getting to know them. We often get very attached by the end of the project and feel very close to our brides and grooms. We really care about what they think about what we have produced, and we are always so excited when they love it.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?
We would recommend that each bride and groom look at the films that each videographer puts together and try and work out what style of film that they like most. Most videographers will be happy to send a full-length example film to prospective clients so make sure you have done this, so you can get an idea of what the full finished product will be like. Some videographers are more hands on and posed than us, so they might ask you to stop as you are walking down the aisle, or they may constantly give you directions and interrupt your day. Some people might be reassured by that control, but we find it intrusive and so our approach is more relaxed. People often comment that they didn’t even know anyone was filming because of the way we work on the day, which has meant we have been able to film at even very small, intimate thirty-person weddings without intruding on the day.
Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed?
A wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you will want to look back on it and everything that happened. Most people these days plan to get a photographer, and photography is a beautiful way to capture your day, but it will never be able to portray the same emotion as a wedding film. We have lost track of how many of our clients have told us they have been in floods of beautiful, happy tears when watching one of our films. On our wedding day we had a short film made and a year later sadly Ed’s nan had passed away. We are so grateful that we have that wonderful memory of her and of the day that we said, “I do.”
What is the feedback like from your couples?
People get very emotional watching our films and we often get thank you cards and presents detailing how perfectly we captured the day. People often comment, not only on how they didn’t realise the wedding was being videoed, but also on how wonderfully it has been captured. Our bride and grooms often tell us how they love seeing all the parts of the day that they missed because they were busy doing other things.
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
For us, our favourite moment changes each wedding. Every wedding is unique and with our discreet style we are constantly filming and looking for that perfect moment. On some days it is when the father-of-the-bride sees the bride for the first time on the day and breaks down in happy tears, on other days it’s the groom seeing the bride walking down the aisle whilst barely holding it together. Often, it’s the children, they do such wonderful, funny things. Wedding days are full of such powerful emotion and we love being a part of that.
What would you say to couples who feel nervous about being filmed?
Our job is to make our couples look amazing. If we capture something and they don’t look brilliant, then chances are it won’t be in the film. The great thing when working with us is you can relax knowing that we are some of the most highly trained people working in the industry and trust us to make you look fantastic. When we take couples out for their portraits together we treat it as a bit of time for them to spend with each other first, and a chance to capture some beautifully romantic shots second. We shoot from as far back as we can so that the bride and groom are free to talk and laugh without feeling self-conscious. If someone needs feedback we will give them simple suggestions to help them feel more comfortable. We are looking for relaxed, natural footage and before too long everyone tends to end up enjoying themselves. Couple’s often comment on how they loved going out with us because it was the only chance they got to spend some quality time together all day.
Other than videography, what are your other passions and what do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a videographer?
Ed is also a very good photographer and has won awards for his work. I love interior design and styling which is why I get so excited about the details on a wedding day. I could see myself being a florist, or an event planner.
February 7th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Once a big day has been and gone, images and film are the ways in which we relive those important memories, and so we believe it’s super important for couples to document as much of their wedding as possible.
That said, it’s also key that brides and grooms aren’t distracted from their day, meaning they’ll need to rely on others to capture the action for them. While professionals can of course take care of this, getting guests to play photographers too allows for even more fabulous candid snaps to be taken, and can easily be arranged thanks to a fabulous service provided by our Sponsor Take a Pic.
Moving on from the days where disposable cameras were dished out to guests, Take a Pic specialises in hiring a range of digital cameras for the wedding day, which can be used by the groom and bridal parties during the prep and by guests during the main event – resulting in high quality images and video from all angles from the whole day.
There are various camera packages to choose from; from simple compacts for the tables or better quality cameras for the groom/bridal party. There are also packages with HD video camcorders, instant print cameras and even action cameras.
Better still, the process is simple and stress-free: Simply visit Take a Pic’s website and select your package, hire duration and your delivery date; then capture the action before returning the cameras in pre-paid returns packaging at your local post office. The data will then be transferred onto a USB stick and sent to your address, so you have all your guest images in one place.
Keen to find out more? Us too! As such, we’ve invited the Take a Pic team to the blog with their suggestions of the best packages and products for capturing different parts of the celebrations. And if you like what they have to offer, Brides Up North readers can get £10 off all orders using the discount code BRIDES10PO (online bookings only).
Take a Pic say: We offer a specially designed ‘His and Hers’ camera hire package ideal for capturing your entire wedding day, including all the preparation from both sides of the family. This package includes two bridge cameras, for the bride and groom, capable of taking 20MP images as well as 720p HD video with optical and digital zoom. Those who hire this package tend to give the job of photographer to the chief bridesmaid and best man alike. This package also allows you to select a number of compact cameras for your guests at the reception too.
If capturing the vows and speeches is important to you, and something which your photographer may not record on video, we recommend one of our HD video packages. Although most of our cameras have the capability of recording video, the compact handycams in these packages are much more up to the job, with 1080p HD video quality recorded straight onto a memory card. This package also allows you to select a number of compact cameras for your guests at the reception too.
The best and most popular package we offer is our standard camera hire, consisting of a select number of compact digital cameras. These are most commonly placed on your wedding tables to allow your guests to capture photos and videos during the wedding reception and into the evening.
We have an instant camera available for those who want to fill their guestbooks with a photo alongside their messages to the bride and groom. We also offer a mounted video camera with tripod and remote as an alternative to a costly photo booth, designed for capturing your personal messages to the bride and groom. These can then be put into a film, with all your guests and their special messages.
February 6th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
This morning on the blog we’re escaping to an award-winning hotel and spa set in 1,400 acres of spectacular countryside. Say hello to the beautiful Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales – the serene backdrop to Sarah and Sam’s big day last April.
Finding a venue that could accommodate all of their family and friends was a top priority for the couple, and The Coniston ticked this requirement rather nicely – and then some! Guests could really make a weekend of it, enjoying activities like clay pigeon shooting, or a more blissful experience in the spa.
Sarah and Sam’s wedding was all about the countryside feels, with plenty of natural tones, hessian and tweed. Our personal highlight has to be the couple’s jaunt outdoors on the rowing boat – true romance!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged on 11th September 2016. Samuel went to elaborate measures for the perfect proposal. About six months before, he began to drop hints about wanting a surprise birthday party. He then spoke to his mum and asked her to convince me that we should throw him a surprise party for his 28th birthday as he would never expect it. I agreed and believed that his mother and I were planning him the party. Little did I know, Samuel planned the whole thing, including choosing the venue, and then made his mum pass it off as her idea and suggestions. Having a busy job as a teacher meant that I was none the wiser and too busy to question anything. Lots of our friends and family were gathered in the hall on the eve on our engagement, some knew what was coming, others had no idea. I gathered everybody around the door ready to shout surprise. When I opened the door, Samuel was down on one knee! I had absolutely no idea and was blown away. After saying yes, we partied the evening away with the people we love.
We got married on 8th April 2017. Being a teacher meant that our dates were restricted to the school holidays and as a close friend was getting married in the summer holidays, we chose April. We couldn’t have been happier with the weather; blazing sunshine and 17 degrees.
We tied the knot at St Peter’s Church, Coniston Cold, Skipton, and had the wedding breakfast and reception at The Coniston Hotel. When we started to plan, we sat down and discussed our values for the big day. We wanted somewhere that was going to accommodate all our family and friends and somewhere that would listen to us and work with us to be flexible. The Coniston were just that. They truly are an amazing wedding venue. Nothing was too much and our coordinator Sharon made sure our day was absolutely perfect. Our very good friend, Luke, is a rector so he performed the ceremony for us which really made it personal and all about us. He is amazing.
There was no particular theme – we liked cosy, countryside style and knew we wanted somewhere where all our family and friends could come together and spend the weekend, with clay pigeon shooting and the spa.
We wanted a neutral colour scheme and I was a particular fan of hessian and lace. I had seen lots of inspiration on Pinterest and wedding websites and was always drawn to this combination.
I knew from the start that I wanted a dress that incorporated lace and a train. I went to a few wedding fairs with my mum, grandma, sister and bridesmaids, and tried on quite a few dresses. I was starting to get frustrated because I liked certain parts of them but always wanted to change something. We watched the catwalk at one wedding fair and my mum saw a dress that she thought would look nice on me, so we went to try it on. It was from Berketex Bride. It was the first dress I’d tried on where I didn’t want to change anything. I still didn’t know it was the one until afterwards. Every dress I looked at (on the hangers) I kept comparing to this one, so I tried it on again and knew it was right. I did have a slight panic that I’d made the wrong choice afterwards, but once I tried it on in my size at my first fitting I knew I hadn’t.
January 30th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s couple know a thing or two about picture perfect settings. After a romantic proposal on the terrace of a medieval castle in Italy, Sophie and Michael then decided to host their special day in the Peak District National Park, at the exquisite Upper House in Hayfield, overlooking Kinder Reservoir.
The couple tied the knot last summer, extending their wedding celebrations across the bank holiday weekend. Opting for a classic colour scheme of blush pink and ivory, they adorned the venue with the most beautiful of floral arrangements and foliage. Festoon lighting and glowing candles, meanwhile, added a mesmerising ambience to the space.
Not only did their wedding look the part, it was also a lot of fun! Their guests were certainly in for a treat during the weekend, with a prosecco van, pizzas and ice cream, as well as garden games, a silent disco and a live band to keep everybody entertained. Everything, we think, you could possibly want for you and your guests on your big day!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
sophie says: Michael proposed while on a surprise trip to Italy on the 9th October 2015. We visited a small village called Castelfalfi in Tuscany, and Michael got down on one knee on the terrace of the medieval castle that stands in the centre of the village. We then had dinner overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany. He even managed to get the moment videoed. It was the most magical day!
We got married on Saturday 26th August 2017. We chose the bank holiday weekend as we wanted to extend our wedding celebrations. We invited all of our guests back to our venue on the Sunday to continue the party. The day consisted of lots of garden games for the children (and adults!) gorgeous pizzas supplied by The Woodland Rover, delicious ice cream by Ice Cream Dub and fantastic entertainment by Alexander Stewart. Our guests also enjoyed a silent disco.
We tied the knot at St Thomas’ Church in Mellor, and held our wedding reception at Upper House, Hayfield. Upper House stands alone on the magnificent Kinder Scout in the Peak District National Park and has to be seen to be believed. We knew instantly it was the venue for us. From the incredible views, to the courtyard, the Great Hall, the beautiful bedrooms to even having its own mini pub – Upper House is simply stunning. I couldn’t have imagined having our wedding anywhere else.
As we got engaged in Italy but chose to get married in the UK we wanted to bring a little Italian style to our wedding. This consisted of olive trees dotted around the venue, the black tie dress code, festoon lighting over the courtyard, a prosecco van and a string quartet.
I wanted a romantic and sophisticated look, so we went for a blush pink and ivory colour scheme paired with lots of candles and foliage, which I felt suited the venue and the Italian theme.
I wore a beautiful dress by Pronovias from Maria Modes in Macclesfield. I had my dress customised to include shoulder straps, buttons down the back and a sparkling belt. I also wore a Pronovias veil. My dress was one of the first I ever tried on and I absolutely fell in love with it and I knew instantly it was the one. I loved all of the ruffles and the long train, it was everything I’d ever dreamed off. I also wore Jimmy Choo shoes. I didn’t want to go for traditional satin wedding shoes, so I chose some that sparkled instead!
On the morning of our wedding myself, my bridesmaids and my mum all wore matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar and had our makeup and hair styled by the very talented and gorgeous Samantha Green of DonebySG. She put my whole wedding party at ease and ensured we all had a fun and relaxed wedding morning.
January 29th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
If you’re a fan of all things luxe, today’s real wedding has got your name on it. Gold, ivory and champagne hues dominate this decadent day, as well as an utterly wow-worthy Anglo-Indian gown and a gourmet menu fit for this pair of self-professed fine dining fans.
A last-minute cancellation gave the couple their dream venue – the opulent yet contemporary Rudding Park, Harrogate – but also meant that they only had four months to plan their big day. Unbelievably they not only pulled it off, but put on a party of epic proportions – complete with magic mirrors, magicians, live music, clay pigeon shooting and fireworks!
Over to Satwant to spill the dreamy details…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.
satwant says: We got engaged on my 30th birthday, during a surprise getaway to Venice, organised by Bob. We spent a wonderful luxurious weekend wandering around the quaint streets of Venice, taking local tours and exploring the Venetian cuisine. On the morning of my birthday, we took a romantic gondola ride and when we reached the Ponte Dei Tri Archi, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Having visited several potential wedding locations, we came across Rudding Park. It was our dream venue – however, the next available Saturday wasn’t until 2018. Fortunately for us, there was a last-minute cancellation and Saturday 9th September 2017, became available. We agreed to take the date immediately even though it left us with only four months to plan our wedding!
Both Bob and I are food fanatics and love fine dining, so it was really important to us that the venue served exquisite food. We wanted a location that was elegant with a stately home ambience and lots of space for guests to be able to explore. We felt that Rudding Park’s elegant contemporary décor complemented the wedding theme, too.
In terms of a theme, I wanted to go for an elegant, vintage style with a modern twist. The colours were very neutral and the overall look was very clean and simple.
The focus colour was gold, with a background of creams and whites. My wedding dress was red and gold in keeping with the traditional Indian bridal colours, and therefore gold was the ideal colour theme choice. This complemented the hotel’s interior décor perfectly. We had warm fairy lights covering all four pillars in the Radcliffe Suite to match the gold theme.
We decided to have a civil ceremony and not a combined civil and Indian ceremony – however, I still wanted traditional Indian bridal attire with a modern twist. I therefore, travelled to London and had a bespoke wedding dress designed and made by Charmi Creations. The dress was in traditional Indian colours, made of velvet and had intricate gold embroidery and stonework but was a modern Western style, consisting of a corseted top, a lovely long trail and a sweetheart neckline. Sharon Roda did my makeup and hair.
January 29th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
This morning we’re catching up with our wonderful Sponsor, North-West based photographer Nik Bryant, who had an epic 2017 and now is all set and raring to go on weddings for 2018.
Keen to ensure his couples have the very best day possible so their joy and emotions are reflected in the gorgeous images he takes, Nik is always willing to go the extra mile for brides and grooms and is often praised for his calm and helpful demeanour.
Furthermore, Nik is eager to offer his couples additional services to document the full picture of the day and so is busy making plans to partner with a videographer. Watch this space!
So, if you’re about to embark on the photography search note the name, as we hear more from Nik on his passion for weddings.
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
nik says: Describing my style is a little difficult – I am a little bit documentary and a little bit posed photography I would say. So, floating round and mingling with people and capturing natural moments mixed in with fun portraits.
It’s all about being involved and knowing what’s happening and when something will happen and then being in the right place to capture it. For couple portraits it’s about finding some nice places to shoot and then letting the couple have some time to themselves and interact whilst having fun and getting on their level.
What is it that you love most about your job?
That I get to go to weddings and call it a job! I love photography and have done since I started shooting about 12 years ago. To be able to do something I love and constantly be invited to capture parties and say that it’s my job is pretty cool.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
I honestly think the most important thing for a couple when looking for a photographer comes in two parts. The first part being that you honestly love their work. Find a photographer whose work you love, even if you don’t know why you love it but it strikes something with you that’s the first part of the battle.
The second part comes with meeting or speaking to your photographer. Making sure you click with them and they are what you want for your wedding as we are there all day and spend so much time with you.
I love getting to know my couples so when it comes to the wedding day it doesn’t feel awkward having me around.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
This is really difficult to answer but a lot of my couples and their families have said that I am really relaxed and easy going but with enthusiasm and excitement throughout the day. I genuinely love my work and get excited for every wedding I shoot.
I find that I have a way of getting on the same level as my couples and it becomes more like having a friend capture their day rather than just a photographer.
I also like to try and capture something of a statement image. Something different and cool!
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
I think my favourite part of the wedding day is probably bridal prep in the morning. That time meeting up with the bride and all her bridesmaids and mum. Its where it all starts and kind of sets the tone for the day.
The morning is so full of fun and emotion its really great to be around for and to have that insight into the dynamic of a group of bridesmaids and the bride.
Reflecting on 2017 what would you say was your biggest highlight?
Personally, the arrival of my baby boy has been my biggest highlight (my wife will probably read this so if I didn’t say that I would be in trouble).
However, the biggest highlight for 2017 on a professional level has to be the fact that I feel I have really defined my style and how I work and I am really happy with everything I have shot. It was one of the best years for my wedding photography and I have really built my confidence. I have made some amazing friends with my couples and other wedding suppliers too. I have learnt new skills and just learnt to take on whatever happens on a wedding day.
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