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And Action! Choosing Your Wedding Videographer

January 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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You’re nearly there… just Friday to go and then it’s the weekend.  Thank goodness.  Maybe it’s the weight of all those resolutions on our shoulders – or perhaps the weight of that rock sparkling on your finger – but why does the first week back at work after Christmas always feel like such a marathon (especially when there is wed-min and dress shopping to be done)?!

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Speaking of wedmin, our regular guest blogger Rachel of Mosaic Brides knows just how to handle all of that - and, handily, is here to offer her expert advice to you too.  After a little Christmas break she is back at her best with her two cents on choosing a wedding videographer.  Get ready for your close up. 

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And action…

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Rachel says:  It may sound a little sad coming from a single girl but I’ve become totally obsessed with wedding videos.

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Holly & Toan from hdmoments.com on Vimeo

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At one time the suggestion of a wedding videographer sent shivers down my spine as thoughts of shaky home video productions sprung to mind but having recently taken the time to explore the wonderful world of wedding videos I can now honestly say most productions give me shivers of a different kind.

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Dispelling thoughts of cringe-a-minute amateur footage, professional videographers produce seamless, high quality and personal productions which reflect the individuality of a couple as well as the true beauty and emotion of their wedding (reader warning: such productions should be watched only when armed with a box of tissues).

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The Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up 2012 by the amazing Steven at Forever Film 

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Granted a good videographer comes at a price but also provides a stunning solution to the common complaint of brides and grooms that the day passes too quickly and they miss out on important elements as they can’t be in two places at once.

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While photographers are amazing at capturing wedding day magic as a timeless set of stills (and I wouldn’t swap that for the World!), videographers can go beyond static images. They capture the essence of a wedding day through both visual and audio footage to give couples, as well as their friends and family, the opportunity to look at their wedding from a different perspective and relive the special day time and time again.

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Research, research and a little bit more research is the best way to find a videographer that is right for you and your wedding. Get online and watch lots of show reels/example videos on lots of different videographers’ websites to get an idea of the talent that’s out there and what they can offer.  Ask yourself:

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What style is the wedding video shot in?

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Generally wedding videos are shot in one of two styles; cinematic and documentary. Cinematic is more posed and edited for dramatic effect and mood whilst documentary is a fly-on-the- wall style, simply capturing the day as it unfolds. While some professionals will stick to just one style others will use a combination of the two.

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Tiffany & TJ – From New York to Ireland from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo

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How good is the quality?

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Watching example videos will give you an idea of the quality a videographer’s work and the equipment they use. Those who use high quality equipment should be less intrusive on the day and will produce a polished final product with clear picture, good lighting, complementary colour and crisp sound.

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How much of the day is captured?

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Most couples request a videographer’s services all day to document the wedding in full, focusing on the main events as well as those all important little touches. Alternatively some couples may be looking for a videographer to capture just specific parts of the day in full such as the vows and the speeches.

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Anjali & Ben – Loch Ness Wedding from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo

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How well has the production been edited?

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Experienced wedding videographers will use a variety of professional techniques when editing in order to deliver a final production that flows like a feature film. Watching examples of their work will give you an idea of their capabilities. Look at how well one scene moves to another, are sound bites from the day included or is the footage just set to music? Is the music complementary or overbearing/distracting? Are any special effects?

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How do they work on the wedding day?

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Ask what equipment they will be using on the day and if/how it will interfere with the wedding. Most professionals use small unobtrusive, high-tech digital cameras that are lightweight, mobile and don’t require extra lighting meaning minimal disruptions to the proceedings. You might also want to enquire how many cameras will be used – while one is not generally enough to capture all the action, more than three might look like a Hollywood film set.

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Amy & Tim – Highlights from Forever Film on Vimeo

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What do you get for your money?

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Just like photographers, videographers offer a variety of packages to suit different budgets. Look at what’s included in each package such as how many copies of the film you will receive and in what format. Most include an edited feature film showing the best parts of the day – as an added bonus some will also include the ceremony and speeches in full. Further extras can include a wedding trailer showing a snapshot of the big day and/or an engagement shoot where a couple are interviewed prior to the wedding about their relationship and what they love about each other which is then edited into the main wedding production.

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Michelle + Leo from hdmoments.com on Vimeo

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That’s a wrap!

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  – Videos © 2013 as credited

Rachel is a regular guest blogger for Brides Up North,  HD Moments, Deneemotion & Forever Film are all Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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This Must Be Underwater Love: A Styled Trash The Dress Session In The North West

November 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Unforgettable Memories

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Fancy something a little bit different with your Friday morning bacon butty?  I don’t mean HP instead of Heinz either. Even better, if you can believe it (depending on whether you are operating on a Thursday night “it’s nearly Christmas” hangover, I suppose). 

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This morning we are in the North West conducting a little underwater art experiment with friend of the wedding blog, Craig of Unforgettable Memories.  During this trash the dress styled film shoot, Craig and his small team explore movement and grace.  Maybe not something you do every weekend, granted, but certainly captivating, definitely different and utterly beautiful.  Soak it up and be inspired. 

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Craig says:  Now, I know that this isn’t your typical bridal shoot and that many of you would be horrified to think of your stunning wedding dress being thrown in a pool. However, you can’t say it isn’t different, and you certainly can’t say it isn’t beautiful.

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As trained diver I have always loved being underwater and have created some wonderful footage of the tranquillity of underwater life and when I started producing wedding films I saw similarities between the detailed beauty of bridal gowns and the detailed beauty of the underwater environment so it seemed like a good idea to bring the two together. However it wasn’t until I was having a conversation with Doris Designs who provide bridal petticoats that this actually came to fruition.

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Unforgettable Memories

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During our conversation about a number of different shoots Doris happened to mention that she would love to see how her wonderful skirts would react in water, and I certainly wasn’t going to waste the opportunity to show her. As we discussed the options I was getting more and more excited about how I could make this happen and immediately began to set the wheels in motion.

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Unforgettable Memories

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I contacted a local dive club who happened to use a local pool for their practise sessions. They were extremely helpful and allowed me to go down and take a look at what they could offer and we agreed that the shoot could take place during one of the regular evenings. So pool sorted I now needed dresses and a model. I already had a couple of wedding dresses which I had previously used for creative shoots so that wasn’t a problem; however finding a model who was willing and able to wear one, in a pool, with her eyes open and still look gracious was to be the biggest challenge.

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Unforgettable Memories

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Luckily for me, I do get involved in a wide range of video projects which take me all around the country and during a shoot for a music video I happened to meet a lovely girl who was a burlesque dancer so I picked up the phone and called her. As this was something she hadn’t done before she was extremely excited to get involved and a date was set.  When the time came I met Talulah and we headed off to the pool. She did her own makeup and got into the water. This is the end result.

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Unforgettable Memories

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Unforgettable Memories Wedding Videos is a multi award winning wedding film company based in Cheshire. Having been voted best videographer in both 2011 and 2012 in a North West Magazine poll and shortlisted for the North West Regional final in both the 2011 and 2012 Wedding Industry Awards Unforgettable Memories has a wealth of experience filming both weddings and promotional videos. Using the latest HD cameras Unforgettable Memories will capture your wedding / event and produce a high quality DVD you will want to treasure forever.

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Little Black Book

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Video – Unforgettable Memories

Petticoats – Doris Designs

Model – Talulah Blue

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  – Images & video © 2012 Unforgettable Memories

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Jimmy Choo I Do! A Real Wedding In Celluloid – Gemma & Shane

March 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well, I think I’d marry anyone if they presented me with not one, not two, but three pairs of Jimmy Choos on my wedding day!

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Take note – I can be bribed. 

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Gemma & Shane

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Gemma & Shane

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Seriously though, Choos aside, today’s groom Shane is such a sweetie!  I DEFY you not to tear up at the opening part of this magical wedding film at Peckforton Castle, send to me by the lovely Sara of Marry Me Films

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Usually, the Real Weddings that I feature are made up of just pictures, or a mixture of pictures and videos, but for today, I’m going to just let the motion pictures (and our lovely bride Gemma) do the talking.

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Have a lovely Friday.  I’m sorry that you’ll be mascara-less for the rest of the day!  I blame Shane. 

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Gemma says:  Shane proposed whilst we were on holiday in Las Vegas. We were staying at the Bellagio, and on our first night we went for drinks in a bar over looking the fountains. Shane ordered a bottle of champagne and asked me to marry him. Thankfully he did not get down on one knee or I would of died from embarrassment – he did ask if I wanted him to though. It was perfect.

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We were married on 24th June 2011 at Peckforton Castle.  I had always wanted a dream fairy tale castle wedding and after looking at a few castles, Peckforton felt magical.  It was a very easy decision.  The Great Hall was so stunning, that I would never have wanted to get married anywhere else after I saw that.

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We chose a colour theme of purple and orange inspired by the birds of paradise we have in the garden of our family home in Spain. 

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The Wedding Film of Gemma & Shane at Peckforton Castle from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

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I choose a beautiful dress from Caroline Castigliano. I made a few adjustments adding gorgeous lace over the top of the dress and a Swarovski crystal belt and I carried a bouquet of the most amazing purple vanda orchids and orange calla lilies by Exhibits Florist.

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The bridesmaids dresses were from Fairytales by Sherry in Newcastle under Lyme. The older girls wore a Cadbury’s purple strapless floor length dress with a bow on the one side and gorgeous that tied around the top and trailed down their backs.  The little ones had dresses designed by Sherry, amazing organza dresses with a lovely big bow at the back – they looked like little princesses.

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Gemma & Shane

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We choose a rather unusual cake from Cakes4fun , it was built up of rice paper feathers and covered in glitter (you couldn’t sneak a piece of this cake). The cake its self was made up of lemon sponge and chocolate ganache. As well as a layer of fruit cake to keep within tradition.

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The evening touches included a pic n mix from Augustus Gloops – which went down extremely well – not a single sweet left by the end of the night – and a caricaturist, which was great fun, a lot a Facebook profile pictures were changed to these in the days after the wedding.

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Our first dance was to Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls; Shane then went into a full scale Michael Jackson routine to Billie Jean complete with hat and sparkly glove.

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We finished the night off with bacon and sausage sandwiches – the perfect way to end the perfect day!

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Gemma & Shane

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We had our honeymoon in New York –  five amazing days of sightseeing and shows on Broadway meant we were well and truly ready for a rest in Bermuda. A beautiful island, with stunning beaches and it was a perfect way to relax at last after the hectic build up to the wedding and then New York. We spent lazy days on the beaches mainly however did find time to fit in swimming with the dolphins.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every single second – I’m sure its been said a million times before but it goes in the blink of eye.  I would also urge anyone to have a videographer – Marry Me Films have given us the best gift after our wedding – we can relive it all any time we want.

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Congratulations Gemma & Shane!

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  – Images © 2012 Marry Me Films

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“A Marine!” A Real Wedding – Sarah & Jonathan

November 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness.  I don’t know if I’m just feeling hormonal, but I was welling up within the first 15 seconds of this gorgeous wedding video from Marry Me Films.  Literally – I went back and timed it.  A man in uniform always gets to me - if you know what I mean – but I think its the love, excitement and happiness evident in this little film of Sarah and Jonathan’s big day that tugged at this ’s numb* old heart strings!  Press play and enjoy.

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In the meantime, it’s over to the bride to tell you a bit more about her big day.  With photographs by family friend Christian Ollier.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on New Year’s day 2010, and married on 5th August 2011 at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield.  We had looked around only two venues before we settled on Capesthorne Hall. Our parents told us not to rush into the decision, but there was no question in our minds that this was where we wanted our big day to be. Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful stately home, but not in a flashy sense. I personally was drawn to the building due to its black shading, the drawn curtains and the charcoal colouring around the eaves of the house: the building had a true gothic quality. It reminded me of Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, and I felt it had a quality we had not seen in the other places we viewed. We were sold, it was the one.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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The fact that Jon is an officer in the Royal Marines was an obvious theme throughout the day. The military men in attendance acted as ushers and as you might expect, were diligent in their role and no one argued – not with swords in hands! The guard of honour was amazing, a fairy tale element and an aspect which we will always remember.

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When deciding on a theme for our tables, we thought about continuing the military theme, but decided to go for something closer to our hearts. We chose our favourite places from our time together: Bagdale Hall, Whitby; Casa Best, Malaga/The Lakes; Constance Ephelia, Seychelles; Lebua State Tower, Bangkok; The Four Seasons Hotel, Thailand; The Castle Hotel, Taunton and Oreston Manour House, Torquay. During Jon’s speech, he took each in turn and talked about why each one was of such importance. It was the story of us, built around our special places. It was a fantastic touch of Jon’s, I have to give him the credit there!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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Our wedding colour scheme was green. I love green! I am obsessed by all varieties of the colour and knew that no matter what month we got married in, green would be the colour that won.

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In the end we went for a spring green as we decided on an August wedding. The colour was perfect and when the sun shone on the bridesmaid dresses, the girls looked stunning. The colour suited each of them, light skinned or dark, and everyone commented on its beauty. The bouquets for both the bridesmaids and I were dominated by green foliage, giving them a natural feel. This colour was then replicated on the chair ties, a perfect match, I don’t know how Sue (Chapman Holmes) did it, but it pulled the whole room together beautifully. Green envelopes were used as place names. Green corsages were made for all the male family members.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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* I wish! I cry at most wedding submissions actually.  We should have shares in Kleenex. 

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Brides Up North: The Movie – A Wedding Blogger On Film

August 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Check me out!  Another foray into video blogging!  Whilst I don’t think they’ll be commissioning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for me just yet, I am starting to get used to being in front of the camera in my capacity as a

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It helps when you have someone as lovely as Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films on the other side of the camera to put you at ease.  Charlene not only created a beautiful motion picture memory of the first ever Brides Up North Tweet Up North West, but also helped to calm a very green (who was having flashbacks to empty birthday parties…)*

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With my new found confidence, watch out for a few more little video wedding blogs coming soon!

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So! Presenting, without further ado – The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West – The MOVIE, and an interview with a wedding blogger…(don’t you just LOVE the stills Smile with tongue out)…

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The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West

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If you missed all the photograph’s from the night, here’s your chance to catch up…

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To see all the gorgeous styling details from the event, for which I had the assistance of the lovely Sian from The Didsbury Flower Lounge and the gorgeous Colette of All Wrapped Up Events click here!

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To see all the beautiful people who packed out the amazing host venue Didsbury House Hotelclick here!

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I had such an amazing evening!

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I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the next in Yorkshire (Tuesday 6th September) and the North East (Wednesday 7th September) very soon!

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Unfortunately the next two events are also completely sold out! To join the waiting list or pre-register your interest in any of the three events for early 2012, click here.

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*Ok, that never happened.  My birthday parties were well attended events (helps having parents who know people who know people who supply bouncy castles), but still, wouldn’t it be awful if it did!

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  – Video © 2011 Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films

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Poetry In Motion, Supplier Showcase: Deneemotion

April 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding videos – you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em right?  Wrong.  Brides Up North can guarantee that there will be a whole lot of love in the air for this Featured Supplier’s work. 

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Brides Up North talks to the man capturing the magic, Denis of Deneemotion Wedding Videography.

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How did Deneemotion Wedding Videography begin?

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It all started with filming and producing couple of documentaries that had nothing to do with the wedding industry. However, one fine morning I was asked to assist my college friend with filming a small wedding in my home country. Unbeknownst to me, it appeared to be a huge wedding and I was the only operator there!

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Luckily, I used my creative eye and the newlyweds were happy with the outcome. Obviously, I got hooked, did another one and realized there is so much potential, but not much innovation yet. So I began filming here and there and 7 years later I am a full-time wedding videographer doing 30 weddings a year and am totally happy about all this.

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What sort of technology do you use and what sort of finished products do you produce for the couple?

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We try to stick to the latest technologies and sometimes I wish there were no new cameras on the market. We use Full High Definition DSLRs with multiple lenses.  This approach gives a cinematic touch to the films. The picture is sharp and rich in colours. We produce Blu-rays as a standard, but we still provide clients with DVDs if they wish. We also have our own designer Romain who creates beautiful covers and labels for the finished product.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?

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I would say my favourite part is making clients happy. This is an unique opportunity to fully use your potential and be creative . It is so magical capturing couple’s day! Another thing that makes us happy is an opportunity to travel around the UK and visit all these ancient castles and beautiful venues. Thus, each film is unique and different.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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We usually meet couples beforehand, so on their special day they know us and feel comfortable. We ask for their preferences and ideas and try not to be in their guests’ way throughout the day. It is important to capture guests having a good time.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to be filmed?

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The ability to use different lenses enables us to film from a distance, so we are not in their face and they hardly notice us. When we get a nice shot (and this is one of the advantages of using DSLR), we usually show it to a bride so that she feels happy and more relaxed. They also have an opportunity to review preliminary copy and make amendments to the final version of their film.

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Why does a couple need a video as well as photographs?

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Hiring a professional photographer and a videographer is an investment in your future that helps a couple to recapture all important moments and emotions. Photos and videos are there not only for them, but also for their kids and future generations.

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If you were videographer at the Royal Wedding, what advice would you have for the couple?  What would be your "must have" frames?

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I would definitely have informal shots with them and also some backstage and getting ready. So my advice would be to allocate some time for fun!

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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We had lots of stylish weddings, but my fave was the wedding of Dylan & Rebecca. It was a DIY wedding, so everything was made according to their taste (which matched mine). I loved the simplicity and creativity yet elegancy of their accessories and stationery.

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Any funny stories to share?

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Well, since we film with DSLRs, we had one wedding where the bride approached us after the ceremony and asked why we were taking photos and not filming. Luckily, she wasn’t worrying much and when I showed her footage, she was amazed at the quality and told everyone during the evening reception about this new magical “camera”!

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What sets Deneemotion Wedding Videography apart from other wedding videographers?

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We are trying to approach each wedding with creativity and have this contemporary and cinematic touch to our films. It is not a routine for us so far, so we don’t get bored filming and editing. We are still expanding our portfolio, so it is essential to make sure we work hard and treat each client equally. Oh, and we don’t use those annoying slow-motion or black & white effects. It is 21st century for goodness sake – time for new, more interesting shots!

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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Two charming, relaxed professionals making the most of the job they love.

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What areas do you cover?

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We offer our services nationwide and do destination weddings. In fact we have two weddings abroad this summer!

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What is included in your "package"?

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There are three packages available and all of them include first dance and cake cutting, so we won’t disappear before these essential moments happen. Our most popular Gold Motion package includes a highlights clip (our favourite bit) and Platinum Motion – bridal and groom preparations.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Investment in your film starts at £1050 (7hrs attendance, 2 operators). We will be increasing prices in June 2011.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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We will gladly offer your readers £150 off all packages.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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There are plenty of ways:

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Our website: Deneemotion Wedding Videography

Our email (info@deneemotion.com)

Twitter (http://twitter.com/deneemotion)

Facebook Fan page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deneemotion-Contemporary-Wedding-Videography/185826913364).

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Our best work can be found here: www.vimeo.com/deneemotion/videos

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