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documenting your day: silver sixpence film & photo

February 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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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.

Joe and Michelle from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

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.

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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.

Liam and Marianne from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

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.”

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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.

Phil and Nichola from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

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.

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real wedding recap 2017: pronovias for a classic wedding at lartington hall – stephanie & lee

December 31st, 2017 | Julia Braime

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It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

This utterly divine real wedding takes place at one of our very favourite Northern venues, the stunning Lartington Hall. Bride and groom, Stephanie and Lee, equally fell for this utterly beautiful setting for their big day with wow-worthy interiors, gorgeous gardens and impressive entertaining spaces as standard.

Keen to complement rather than complicate, the couple decided to let the venue speak for itself and add simple décor using an elegant colour scheme of golds, creams and blush, with whimsical flowers and greenery to complete their classic vision.

Our heart is totally stolen by Stephanie’s pretty Pronovias gown, complete with cathedral-length veil and pointy Emmy shoes. Actual #stylinggoals!

With images by Lee Scullion. Video by Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films.

Lee and Stephanie from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

stephanie says: We got engaged in New York on Christmas Eve 2015. I had no idea Lee was going to propose. We had always talked about getting married but always thought it would be in a few more years (even though we had already been together for eight years). We were just walking through Central Park on the morning of Christmas Eve and Lee asked me if I would like to marry him. There was no one else around and he had a little box hidden in his pocket with a note inside. He knows how particular I am so wanted to take me with him so we could choose a ring together. We then went to Tavern On The Green for lunch.

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Our wedding date was May 13th 2017. At first, I was a bit dubious about choosing the 13th however we decided to ignore superstition and make 13 a lucky number for us. Plus, it meant all of our favourite suppliers were also available on that day as no one else wanted it!

We got married at Whitburn Parish Church and then went on to the beautiful Lartington Hall, Teesdale, for our reception.

From such a young age I always wanted to get married in my parish church so there was no doubt that the wedding ceremony was going to be there. As for the reception, we wanted a venue where none of our friends and family had been before. And me being me, wanted attention to detail and somewhere that had the wow factor.

We had heard of Lartington Hall but always thought it was a little bit too far (considering we were getting married in Whitburn) but after months of searching for the perfect place we decided to go and view it. We fell in love straight away!

We just wanted our wedding to be traditional, timeless and elegant and to reflect the beauty of Whitburn church and Lartington Hall. When choosing everything we pretty much did a full circle. We started off with very traditional ideas, moved to more rustic themes and then once the venue had been decided, we moved back to elegant and classic. I also wanted the flowers to be very whimsical and full of creams and greens.

For our stationery we chose Megan at Rosewood Co. We had seen Megan’s designs at a wedding fair so made an appointment so she could personalise something for us. Again, we went for very simple and elegant with a pearl ivory pocket fold wedding invitation tied with an ivory ribbon and name tag. The evening invitations had a hand drawn image of Lartington Hall on and the order of service had a hand drawn image of Whitburn Parish Church on. Our name place cards also had an image of Lartington Hall on and were finished with some dried flowers and ivory ribbon. Megan was extremely helpful and was in contact all of the time making sure it was exactly what we wanted. We again had some lovely comments from our guests about the stationery. It all turned out to be just what we wanted.

We went for very neutral colour scheme overall of golds, creams and blush. Again, we wanted the colours to be elegant and classic but also have a summery feel. I also thought about the colours that would suit my bridesmaids.

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My wedding gown was a Pronovias design from Mia Sposa in Newcastle. Every time I looked at wedding dresses I searched ‘plain wedding dresses’ so knew I was going to go for something very simple and traditional. I also loved the Pronovias designs. My chosen dress was the first one I tried on. I did try a few other different styles on but knew that the first one was ‘the one’. I also feel that because it had a full skirt, it suited the grandeur of a church wedding.

With the dress being very simple, I decided to have a crystal and pearl vine hair piece in my hair and a single tier, chapel-length veil which was edged with lace, also from Mia Sposa.

I also wanted to treat myself to a special pair of shoes and knew that I always wanted pointy shoes rather than sandals or a peep toe. I saw a pair of Emmy shoes at a wedding fair and fell in love with them straight away.

For jewellery, I wore a pair of single pearl earrings that belonged to my nanna (something old) and a pearl bracelet to match.

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It wasn’t too difficult for Lee to choose a suit either. He knew that he wanted to wear something a bit different as he ‘could wear a navy suit anytime,’ so he went for a tux. We hired his tux from Moss Bros. We also felt like this reflected the vintage/1920s feel of Lartington Hall. Many people said you don’t really wear tuxedos for church weddings but again we wanted to be a bit different so just went ahead with it. His shoes were from Kurt Geiger. The groomsmen wore the same as Lee.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were peach and were from Watters, which we bought from Laura Lea Boutique in Old Eldon Square, Newcastle. The girl there was so friendly and helpful and knew exactly what styles suited different body shapes.

The bridesmaids also wore matching heart shaped, crystal earrings and necklace from Swarovski – which we bought them as a gift.

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Marie Scroggins at ND Makeup did our hair and makeup. Marie was so helpful and such a lovely girl to share the morning of the wedding with. I have known Marie a while and always knew I wanted her to do my wedding hair and makeup. She offered advice both at the trial and on the day but also listened to mine and the bridesmaid’s requests and ideas.

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love & laughter: rtp wedding films

December 15th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re feeling all the emotions on the blog this morning as we catch up with our hugely talented Sponsor, RTP Wedding Films.

Husband and wife team, Roland and Lisa, who are based in the North West, compare the excitement of filming a wedding to Christmas Day – and its 100% clear from the work they produce that this is no exaggeration.

Mixing the love and romance with funny parts of the day, this talented duo create films that make you experience the tears and laughter of those who feature in the video – and they also make you want to join in party with their fabulous dancefloor footage.

See the results for yourselves in the videos below, but be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions – and a strong desire to hit the dancefloor if you have a Christmas do lined up for tonight…

Anjulee & Simon: Weddings at The Yorkshire Wedding Barn from RT Productions on Vimeo.

When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?

roland says: I was always one of those people in a group of friends who carried a camera (before mobile phones). In 2004 I was an usher for a friend and offered to put together a wedding video for them. After a premiere night at their house a few people asked if I’d do theirs and before I knew it I had spent thousands of pounds on equipment, countless hours in front of a screen and had landed a career doing something I loved!

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How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?

My style is definitely fun! Every wedding I film has plenty of laughs, whether it’s the groom fluffing his vows, the best man’s speech or competition for the bouquet throw. Comical moments are needed to lighten the film as there will also be tender, romantic moments, a good balance of these will ensure a great experience for the viewer.

Rosie & Richard: Weddings at Thornton Manor from RT Productions on Vimeo.

What is it that you love most about your job?

Definitely filming on the day, meeting the excited brides and grooms – it’s almost like filming Christmas every weekend!

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In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?

Pick a style you like, watch a few of their films (including the feature length ones), don’t pick one videographer and ask them to create a film similar to someone else’s and make sure you are comfortable with the company you have chosen, then get to know them a little better. We usually meet up with couples prior to the wedding so they can get to know the guys who will help tell the story of their big day.

Chrissie & Ben: Weddings at Heaton House Farm from RT Productions on Vimeo.

Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed? 

The major parts to any wedding are the speeches and ceremony, if you are only having a photographer then you are losing 50% of the story. Audio is so important to a wedding, most of the entertainment at a wedding is music based so why not have this included!

What is the feedback like from your couples?

Usually it’s how helpful we have been, both on the day and the run up to it. We are quite lucky with the couples who have chosen us, they picked our style and have full confidence in what we will deliver to them. A typical response from our brides is how much they laughed and cried whilst watching the film, for the first and possibly tenth time that day!

Kate & Sean: A Summer Teepee Wedding from RT Productions on Vimeo.

Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

If we can be honest, it’s the dancefloor, stripping away most of the equipment we have used during the day and getting in with the guests (who by this time are like friends) and just enjoying the big smiles whilst Uncle Bob is spinning his wife, or one of the ushers is attempting ‘the worm’.

What area do you cover?

Primarily the whole of the North West but we do venture further afield. We have just taken on a few destination weddings for 2018-19.

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Do you work alone or as part of a team?

I work alongside my wife Lisa #teamturner

What can couples who book you expect? 

An over excited videographer!

What is included in your videography package?

A typical package would contain a feature film edit and an online highlights clip to share with friends and family. We would also include the full ceremony, speeches as separate videos and more often than not, a bonus video with full first dance, outtakes, bloopers, extended scenes etc

How can readers get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work? 

Our blog contains most of our recent films, or you can like our Facebook page.

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lasting memories: say hello to in love wedding films

December 11th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We’re delighted to be catching up with another of our fabulous Sponsors this afternoon, today it being the turn of videographer Paul of In Love Wedding Films, to take to the blog hot seat!

While the vast majority of couples instantly add ‘photographer’ to their wedding supplier list, sometimes a ‘videographer’ is overlooked despite their offering lasting far beyond the big day. When captured by a professional, a wedding film allows you to see changing expressions and to hear meaningful voices, providing virtual memories that last a lifetime.

Watching some of Paul’s videos it’s clear to see he has the gift of capturing the true emotions of the day – to the point where a father seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time actually had us reaching for the tissues!

So, let’s hear from the man himself and let you feast your eyes on his fine work…

Marika & Nick’s Wedding Highlights (Weddings at Sudell’s Farm) from In Love Wedding Films on Vimeo.

When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?

paul says: I’ve always had a love for filmmaking and it was when making some short films with friends in 2012 that got me back into the wedding scene. I’d previously (many years ago) done some wedding filming and enjoyed it but then my career took a different path. It wasn’t until I started making those short films again that realised I wasn’t doing what I loved.

How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?

It is a mix of creative and documentary. I use smaller cameras, mostly handheld, so what I film has a more unique look about it. It also allows me to be very discreet on the day.

What is it that you love most about your job?

Meeting different couples. Being a part of one of the best days of their lives. Oh and, getting told they cried when watching the film!

Zarah & Jeff’s Wedding Highlights (Weddings at Hillbark Hotel) from In Love Wedding Films on Vimeo.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?

Finding a style of videographer they like. There are lots of differing styles and specifically lots of different types of film delivered after (from short five-minute films to those that are hours long – and everything in between!) so make sure you find what you want, and most importantly, watch examples of the final film, not just the three- to four-minute highlights.

Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed?

Simply put, you have two ways to remember your wedding day afterwards; photos and video. Both are different. Do you want to hear your vows, see the first kiss, laugh at those jokes in the speeches again? Then, a wedding film should be one of the most important things you book for your day.

What is the feedback like from your couples? What do they say about the way you work and the films you produce?

It’s great! They always mention how they didn’t notice our presence on the day, which is exactly what we want, but that they’re amazed after at what has been captured and edited together. Take a look at some of our Facebook reviews.

Laura & Phil’s Wedding Highlights (Weddings at Briars Hall) from In Love Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

The ‘couple moments’. So, time alone with the couple to capture some real romantic moments for the film. These moments are very important to the way I create my films.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?

I generally cover the North West, but I’d go anywhere in the UK. I love Edinburgh, so I’d love to do a wedding there – or Italy!

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Do you work alone or as part of a team?

I run the business alone but I normally work with a second person on the day.

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relive the romance: introducing cine reportage

July 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Beyond pro wedding photography, we’re often encouraging our readers to consider video too, for while photographs freeze those perfect moments in time, film footage enables you to relive the moments over and over again.

And just how there are many differing styles of photography, there are also lots of types of videographers, so it’s well worth exploring the options. For those wanting something super special and individual with a hint of nostalgia, we’d highly recommend checking out the awe-inspiring work of our fabulous new Sponsor William Cummock of Ciné Reportage.

Based in West-Yorkshire, William has an impressive collection of Super 8 and 16mm cameras, dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, which he uses to shoot, capturing weddings on real film – which we think you’ll agree is a great novelty and skill in this digital age!

The result is utterly beautiful and super romantic footage that will cause you to weaken at the knees (and tear ducts!). So, while we grab the Kleenex, we’ll hand over to William who’s here to share more details and examples of his stunning work…

Confetti… from Cine Reportage on Vimeo.

When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?

william says: I studied Fine Art at university and purchased my first super 8 camera to record the process of painting, but it soon became more about the film than the painting. I teamed up with a friend to enter a Super 8 film competition called straight 8 that I’d seen on Channel 4 late one night. Amazingly, we were selected for their prestigious Cannes Film Festival screening for a record five consecutive years and had our work screened at festivals all over the world. Alongside a few exhibitions and screenings in London art galleries and forays into the world of music videos and animation, I took over the running of straight 8 full-time until 2012 and still help out today.

In 2010 I offered to shoot a few friend’s weddings on Super 8 as gifts and Ciné Reportage was born. I loved doing it and it’s what I’ve done ever since.

How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?

I shoot on Super 8 and 16mm film. It’s real film, like the stuff that you used put in your camera 20 years ago – you need to send it to a lab to be processed and digitally transferred before you can see it. Film has a unique, tactile beauty that can’t be replicated digitally. It’s not the easiest format to shoot with, but I think it’s the most beautiful and the most romantic.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

I feel privileged to be doing what I do. I’m invited to witness and record incredibly important and intimate moments in people’s lives. I can’t think of many circumstances in commercial film production where a client would be so happy with your work that they’d shed tears of joy! It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?

Videographers and filmmakers are definitely not one-size-fits-all. There’s a wealth of talent out there and a lot of different ways of working. It’s worth putting in some research to find films that you love and someone that will work in a way that you’re happy with. If you see films with loads of footage of the couple on their own, do bear in mind how much time you’d like to spend away from the party!

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industrial chic. maggie sottero for a relaxed wedding at the west mill – kate & matt

March 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

West Mill, Derby wedding by Toast Photography

While we Brides Up North girls are big fans of timeless stately home settings, we can’t help falling head over heels for the stripped-back industrial style venues that are coming through strong on the current wedding scene.

Today’s celebration takes place at one such venue, a former cotton spinning mill that has been transformed into a stylish wedding venue, complete with exposed brick, wooden floors and pendant lighting. We love!

Bride and groom Kate and Matt, enhanced the venue further by paying homage to the area’s textile industry roots within their décor and colour scheme choices.

There’s lots of pretty to pore over, from Kate’s stunning beaded dress and Hollywood-worthy makeup, to the beautiful bouquets and suspended floral arrangement!

With images by Toast of Leeds and video by Brides Up North Sponsor Silver Sixpence Films.

Matthew and Kate from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

kate says: We got engaged in Alghero, Sardinia, in August 2015 and set the date for a year later, on Monday 15th August 2016.

West Mill, Derby wedding by Toast Photography

We chose to marry on this date as we really wanted our wedding at The West Mill in Derby and, due to its popularity, there were limited dates left and we didn’t want to miss out. Luckily, we both work in a school so a Monday wedding in the summer holidays was not a problem for us.

The venue was right up our street with its industrial chic design and its exclusive use for our big day. The setting is beautiful right on the river Derwrnt and only ten minutes from Derby.

West Mill, Derby wedding by Toast Photography

We went with a simple, cotton mill theme for the wedding in honour of the building and because we are both from Rochdale and Oldham, renowned for their part in the textile industry during the industrial revolution.

The colour scheme was made up of rustic tones, with white, cream and peach flowers and navy for the groomsmen’s suits.

West Mill, Derby wedding by Toast Photography

I chose to wear a vintage beaded dress by Maggie Sottero from Brides and Gowns, located in Derby city centre. I chose it for its simplicity and style, I wanted to maintain a classic look in keeping with the venue.

Matt wore a navy Venttuno suit with a cream waistcoat and champagne cravat from Moss Bros. The groomsmen wore the same as Matt but with champagne ties instead of cravats.

West Mill, Derby wedding by Toast Photography

On the day of the wedding myself, my mum and my bridesmaids travelled to the venue by limousine.

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