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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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best of both worlds. madison james for a glamorous country wedding at aldby park – lindsey and andy

February 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Happy Valentine’s Day Brides up North! Did you catch our weekend wish list?

It’s time to get all romantic on these pretty pages as today’s seriously sophisticated couple pulled out all the stops for their wedding in glorious Yorkshire. After the groom’s idyllic proposal in Champagne, Lindsey wore Madison James, Andy wore his RAF Number Ones, and beautiful blooms, jaw-dropping home bakes and fizz (Champagne, obviously) were the order of the day.

This outdoor-loving pair created a striking fusion of styles – Lindsey’s deep-cut beaded dress and the colour scheme’s copper accents feel very city chic, but their stunning sailcloth Sperry marquee and those hayfield tandem photographs are pure countryside class.

The best of both worlds – and simply gorgeous to boot.

With images by Chris Milner and video by Brides Up North Sponsor Silver Sixpence Films.

Andy and Lindsey from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

lindsey says: We got engaged in the Champagne region of France in August 2015. Andy booked us first class Eurostar tickets for a weekend in Paris and Champagne. On the day we got engaged, he had hired a tandem bike (we both like cycling and had cycled from London to Paris earlier in the year together). We cycled from vineyard to vineyard and sampled lots of champagne. It rained a little in the morning so we got wet on the bike but at the last Champagne House the clouds parted and the sun came out beautifully. At around 3pm we got back on the tandem for the last time to cycle back. We’d only been cycling for about ten minutes down a beautiful quiet country lane when we got to a hill. Having had a good few glasses of bubbly in us, Andy asked if we could ‘take five’ at the top and enjoy the view down the valley. And that’s where he took off his helmet (and I thankfully did the same!) and he dropped down on one knee and popped the question!

We spent the rest of the evening drinking champagne (obviously!) and got planning what our dream wedding could look like….

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We got married on 30th July 2016. We wanted a day in the summer so that (weather permitting) we could celebrate in the sun in my beautiful home county of Yorkshire. I grew up on a farm and we both love the countryside so we wanted to be able to celebrate in with the trees and flowers in full bloom and Yorkshire looking glorious.

We got married at St Helen and the Holy Cross Church in Sheriff Hutton, followed by a Sperry (white marquee by Papakata) reception at Aldby Park in Buttercrambe. We fell in love with the venue and it ticked every box for us – a combination of a stunning stately home surrounded by acres and acres of open fields and countryside as far as the eye can see. A very country style look with the glamour of an incredibly handsome period property. The owners allowed us to have our marquee on their beautiful garden at the rear of the house so that we also had a view down the steep bank to the River Derwent. Perfect! The owners also allowed us to have a camping area so as many of our friends as we wanted were able to camp at the venue for free which was really helpful. We hired a handful of deck chairs and shepherds’ crooks (from Add Vintage) to create a summer’s evening chillout area on the lawn.

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The Sperry tent is stunningly elegant. It is made out of sailcloth and has incredible roof contours. We both loved how striking it is and different to any normal marquee we’d seen. Also, Andy has sailed extensively (his parents have a boat on the South coast still) so having a tent made out of sail cloth seemed very apt.

We had a bit of a bike theme (referencing back to the big fat engagement) so we made a bicycle wheel chandelier, sprayed it bronze and suspended it above the dancefloor. We also had a tandem on the day and cycled through the fields at dusk (I just about mastered the art of hitching up a wedding dress!)

Our colours were pale blue and copper. We wanted some blue in the theme as Andy’s RAF uniform is blue. So we went with a pale shade throughout with some copper touches to complement and also to bring some sparkle to the colour theme.

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I wore a fitted beaded gown from Madison James. It had straps and a deep cut-out back. I actually found it at a wedding fair in Manchester. Andy agreed to attend one fair and accidentally (honestly!) I picked one of the biggest in the UK. Typically, I found the dress on a mannequin while we were walking round so I waited until we were well past it before asking Andy if he wouldn’t mind finding a quiet spot in a café at the other side of the show and having a coffee on his own while I checked something out! About 45 minutes later I returned to poor Andy, knowing that I had probably found the dress, but hadn’t felt brave enough to hand over the credit card without having had a second opinion.

The same show returned in the October so I went back with my mum and one of my bridesmaids (Natalie, who had flown over from Amsterdam where she lives) so I could try the dress again. I safely assumed that mum and Natalie’s tears were a good sign so half-an-hour later (after they’d wrestled the dress off me!) we were sitting drinking more champagne celebrating that I’d found my dream dress.

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Andy is an Officer in the RAF so he wore his Number Ones to get married in. He changed into a navy suit (matching the bestman and ushers) just after our drinks reception and before sitting down for dinner. Andy’s wedding ring was made out of an engine turbine from a Concorde airplane. His dad was a flight engineer on Concorde and flew for British Airways for 20 years until retirement. We trawled the country trying to find a working jewellers who could work with a titanium piece of engine and eventually found one in Birmingham. They etched a drawing of Concorde into the inside of the ring alongside our initials and our wedding date.

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capturing the action: love two film

December 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Whether you’re just starting out on your wedding planning journey or the big day is now just a matter of months away, we highly recommend considering the services of a videographer to capture all the action of your special day, so that you can look back on it time and time again.

As such, today on the blog we’re catching up with expert in the field and Brides Up North Sponsor, Bruce Marshall of Love Two Film.

Based in Cheshire, but happy to travel, Bruce is a pro in telling the story of a wedding day with quality, discretion and creativity, and is always looking out for those special moments. His style is reportage in that he documents a wedding in a candid and unobtrusive way – the result is fabulous footage that reflects the true energy and emotions of the day. Just take a look at his work!

And if you do like what you see, Bruce is offering a 10% discount to couples that find him through Brides Up North – so be sure to mention this post when getting in touch.

Now let’s find out some more about Love Two Film. Ready. Set. Action!

Lauren & Daniel_Feature Highlights from Love Two Film on Vimeo.

How did you get into wedding videography?

bruce says: Originally, as a film school graduate I was asked by friends if I’d film their wedding, “Yes, of course” I’d say. I quickly realised what hard work wedding videography was and pursued my career as a video editor, working on classic shows, such as Bob the Builder and Pingu, never imagining that a few years later, filming weddings would be a full-time job. Working as a professional editor for a broadcast studio on an internationally successful brand has served me well as I head up Love Two Film. Story had always been at the heart of what I have done and I bring that love and understanding of how to tell a good story to my videography.

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What attracted you to wedding videography specifically?

Weddings days are dynamic, and by that, I mean there is lots going on. From the moment I switch on my camera I am looking for shots, compositions, interesting light, details and thinking how I can best capture a movement or anticipate an action. I have realised as a creative person that a wedding day gives me the perfect scenario to capture something beautiful; be that a breath-taking landscape filmed as the sun sets, or two people so completely in love they’ve forgotten I am there.

I prefer to film in a reportage style so I love it when I can just blend in with the guests and shoot the candid moments. I look to capture that something special that weddings always deliver.

Rachel & Ryan_Long Feature from Love Two Film on Vimeo.

What is it that you love most about your job?

I’m guessing it’s a cliché if I say I love it all, but in the main I do love my job. I thrive on new experiences on planning the next shoot, prepping gear, researching venues and meeting new couples. I have found one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is making the time to meet my clients, talk to them over a drink and just get to know them a little bit. For me, and hopefully them, I just become another friendly face on their wedding day wishing them well and yes, waving a camera around.

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Why do you think having a wedding filmed is such an important element of the day?

I always think of two friends when I answer questions like this, here are the words of my friend Beth who didn’t get her wedding filmed:

“I love looking at my wedding photo album, but when I saw my brother’s wedding video, my heart sank a little – I wish I had our day captured, to watch over and over! And to cherish those moments forever. It’s the most beautiful way to remember the most important day.”

Beth said it much better and more simply than I would have and she gets across that sense of loss almost, a moment missed.

And then here are the words of my friend Lauren, who got me started on this wedding video adventure:

“We were so impressed with our wedding video from Love Two Film, it captured the day so perfectly and is the thing we look at the most (even more than our wedding photos actually!) Love Two Film were not only unobtrusive and professional, but they went the extra mile to capture details we love to look at time and time again. Definitely an investment we are so glad we made!”

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keepin’ it real: say hello to squashed apple photography and film – plus an amazing gift for our readers!

August 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we’re introducing you to a new Sponsor of ours that offers the most important keepsakes from a wedding day – photography and videography.

That’s right, the fabulously talented team at Manchester-based Squashed Apple can capture the real essence and emotion of a couple’s big day both in images and footage, providing memories that last a lifetime and with the power to transport brides and grooms back to that very moment in time.

If this sounds right up your street you might be interested to know that Squashed Apple will throw in £1,300 worth of albums and presentation for free for every Brides Up North reader that books their full day photography and full wedding film packages.

Now to tell us more about their style of shooting, we’ll hand over the blog to one of the Squashed Apple team. Take it away Carlo…

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Tell us a little about your background ? 

carlo says: I have been in this industry for around nine years and fell into photography by accident really. A friend needed a hand on a wedding and simply passed me a camera, well that was it – I was sold – and filming was a natural progression. I wanted to create a brand, which was not only affordable but offered fantastic value for money. I’m a believer that every couple should have access to our services and it’s this customer focus that has seen us sustain more than 100 weddings for the last seven consecutive years.

Intro – Goodbyes are not forever from SquashedApple Pro on Vimeo.

What attracted you to the wedding industry specifically? 

I love weddings, in fact if I wasn’t doing this I would be a wedding planner. It’s an amazing life event that has everything; they are fun, sad, joyful and emotional. I find there is so much going on in a wedding day that can make you an amazing creator.

And what is it about your job that you love? 

Well apart from being your own boss, it gives you the freedom to create, plus tonnes of family time.

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How would you describe your style of wedding photography/videography?

Squashed Apple brings collectively everything to the table. We’ve never had a set style, but I believe it’s important to be able to adapt and present something that suits the couple. I believe it’s important to engage with a brides of all ages, therefore I don’t really believe in styled shoots or using models. I want to keep it real. We can have just as much fun with a bride approaching 60-years-old as a bride in her twenties. Our oldest bride last year was 72 – so cute!

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