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press play. supplier showcase: love two film videography

January 16th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Nikki & Aidan from Bruce Marshall on Vimeo.

This morning I might be spending my train ride North sleeping off a light hangover, after last night’s The Wedding Industry Awards at Cafe De Paris in London. As a member of the judging panel and one of the #officialbloggers for last night’s star spangled ceremony, you would hope that I managed to stay away from the Jaegerbombs, wouldn’t you?

However, I’m not one for tempting fate, so it’s lucky that I scheduled this lovely little interview for you this morning, isn’t it? Make the most of this not being a blank space, and give a warm welcome to Brides Up North Sponsor Bruce of Love Two Film Videography.

He’s got the credentials to make sure that your big day is captured just the way it should be, he’s offering the first 5 brides who quote Brides Up North when booking a whopping 10% off his services, and rumour has it he’s a pretty good dad dancer too… not that you need many more of those at weddings!

Let’s meet the man himself, as I run for that train home… I’m never drinking again.

Likely story.

Ben & Jody from Bruce Marshall on Vimeo.

How did you get into wedding videography? 

bruce says: For as long as I can remember filmmaking has been part of my life, as a child my Dad would wield his trusty 8mm film camera and cast my brother, sister, cousins and myself as the various heroes and villains of his holiday masterpiece. Later on we installed a darkroom in my old bedroom  and I would spend hours working out how to best develop black and white film whilst crashing around in the gloom. At school in the early days of home video my friends and I would spend hours making skateboard videos with questionable production values but we had loads of fun.

As a graduate I got my first jobs as a junior video editor and loved the dynamic of seeing hours of rushes shaped into a coherent product. My break came when I applied for a runners job with Hot Animation, producers of Pingu and Bob the Builder. Here I became a series editor and really learnt the craft of editing. At this time many of my friends and family were getting married and I often got asked to film their weddings. What this experience taught me was how not to approach wedding videography, don’t ask a friend unless it’s their job, you’re paying them and they are not a guest.

As my career progressed I got more interested in filming and my editing experience taught me loads and has helped inform my camera work. I have invested time and money in the latest video and sound kit and love experimenting and seeing what is creatively possible. For me the expensive technology is secondary, telling a story well and capturing a moment is my primary motivation it does of course make all the difference if image and sound quality is the best it can be.

In the last few years I have been aware of a shift in the wedding videography business that is for the better in my opinion. Well crafted wedding films are far more, cinematic, inventive and inspiring in style borrowing from indi film and music videos rather than news gathering.

Why should a couple have a wedding video?

A friend said to me just the other day, “ I wish we had asked you to film our wedding” it was a nice compliment but more than that it expressed her regret for not getting a record of the day.

I have produced many videos for a range of clients but the best feedback I have ever had was when I was able to show the bride her edited highlight video, she burst into tears of joy and hugged me! A video is more than moving pictures and a record of the day, it is a creative endeavour that when executed well expresses something about the Bride and Groom and captures a precious part of their life. Have a wedding video, you can share it online, watch it again and again, show your family, your future children, cherish and relive all the effort, all the detail all the fun and the special moments you may have missed on the day.

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?

Weddings are special no doubt about it, I like to tell epic stories and a wedding gives me that opportunity, real people in an often fantastic venue, expressing their deepest emotions for one another it would be impossible to script. Each wedding is of course unique  but I enjoy the tweaks and quirks each couple bring, one week I can be filming in a castle the next a tipi tent, it is an awesome responsibility and privilege to be asked to film a wedding.

Joel & Katie from Bruce Marshall on Vimeo.

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

I could just say my winning smile and I would be half joking, I believe if I try and maintain a relaxed professional attitude it will translate to my clients. I have seen more than a few tense Brides whilst shooting a Bridal Prep sequence and I just try and chat asking about them their day whilst I work.

Which celebrity wedding would you most like to capture and why?

Without realising it I ended up covering a wedding that had several production crew, including the Producer and Anchor of ITV news in attendance, it was my first professional wedding shoot and I am glad I didn’t know before hand, it was pressured, but I got what I needed and the couple were very happy. I have always wanted to film a destination wedding and as a keen cyclist and traveller I would have loved to film the wedding of Michelle Cound and Chris Froome, who married late last year in South Africa, having met on the Tour de France and living in Monaco, Nice!

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Although I am there to do a job I am always captivated by the heart and soul couples and families exhibit on their wedding day, it could be a young page boy struggling with his poem and the Bride and Groom stop to help him, priceless, or when the Groom is so moved during his speech all 6ft 10 of professional basketball player breaks down and sobs with joy, sometimes it’s when I look out a an informal gathering of friends and family enjoying a summers day and the joy they collectively feel no doubt helped by the complementary cider or ice cream and the infectious happiness of the Bride. Finally there are those quiet moments during the vows when even the baby has stopped crying and two people in love say, I do.

Pete & Lauren from Bruce Marshall on Vimeo.

What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

I hope it is me. I believe I have the skills but more importantly the vision, empathy and discretion to capture your day without being intrusive or demanding.

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

It depends what package they have booked but they can expect me to be there on time and ready to capture their day. I either work alone or with a small well trained team of trusted videographers. I make it a policy to speak in person to the Minister of a Church or Wedding planner at a venue and I always email or message the photographer to see how we can best serve each other.

This year we would also love to trial filming short, informal, interview style pieces with the Bride and Groom, the video equivalent of an engagement shoot, depending on location of course.

O’Hara Wedding Reception from Bruce Marshall on Vimeo.

Are you prepared to travel? Is there an additional cost for this?

Yes we are, last year we got all the way to the big smoke, filming at the Thames Rowing Club, London, ooh get us! This year we would love the Big Apple. Yes we would charge for travel and accommodation. And if you’re happy to feed us at some point on your wedding day, even better.

What is included in your “package”? Can you give us an idea on price?

We are launching two new packages for every budget this year and we are always happy to tweak packages to suit. The Classic will cover the Service and Reception (6hrs coverage), £895, with one camera. The Blockbuster, £1295, is 9hrs of coverage from Bride Prep to Speeches with two cameras. The Epic, £1895, is Bride prep to first dance. With each package we will use a number of gadgets to aid creativity and coverage and with the epic we can include camera sliders, rigs and cranes if the venue allows.

For each package we will provide a deluxe DVD with menu and printed disc and sleeve.For the Blockbuster and Epic you get files for upload to social media if you choose and additional DVD’s more of which can be ordered.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I would be happy to do a discount on all my packages of up to 10% for Brides Up North readers for the first 5 bookings through the site. Quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Nikki& & Aidan Prep from Bruce Marshall on Vimeo.

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

Please check my site at www.lovetwofilm.co.uk.

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midday movie. real romance. tom & leanne

December 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Tom and Leanne from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

There’s an extra feature everyday at lunchtime this week, as we celebrate our readers’ moments in the limelight, courtesy of Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films

Today, Tom and Leanne take the stage with their pretty celebration.

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tom says: I proposed in the Daintree forest in Australia. We had just done a 3 hour trek to find a secluded little creek. When I proposed I was sitting next to Leanne but I was quickly told “You’re not down on one knee”  so I had to propose again on one knee, then she said “yes”

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The colour theme was pastels, the bridesmaids wore pastel pink, the style was vintage, romantic and whimsical.

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By far the best part of the day for both of us was actually getting married in the church.

Featured images are film stills.

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midday movie. it’s a classic. gemma & niall

December 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Niall and Gemma from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

It’s been a real treat to drop in an extra little feature every day at noon this week as we celebrate our readers’ real life love stories, courtesy of Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films.

Popcorn at the ready, let’s hear from Gemma and Niall.

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gemma says: Niall proposed in our living room between visiting my parents the weekend before Christmas and heading to Niall’s mum and dads for Christmas day. It was lovely that it was just the two of us at home.

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I wore a Lusan Mandongus gown from Teokath Wimbledon: all the dresses I tried on were beautiful so it was a tough decision! In the end I went with a designer I felt fitted my body shape the best and the dress that I felt was the most flattering. I absolutely love, love, love my wedding dress and feel much more emotionally attached to it than I ever imagined I would.

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With a marquee in Niall’s mums and dad’s garden we had a blank canvas. We were quite relaxed about style and theme (just going with stuff we liked) but ‘classic fresh marquee wedding’ probably sums it up quite well.

We both really enjoyed the ceremony and have memories of smiling and laughing a lot. It’s the first time we both saw each other on the day and so was amazing. It is quite a surreal experience and over very quickly, you forget there are 100 people there watching you. My cousin commented after the event that the ceremony was the most fun one he had ever been to!

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Valentine Cinema. Day Four: Kirby & Adam

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you.

Is anyone else enjoying these gorgeous little films as much as I am?! 

Kirby and Adam – Highlights of their day from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  I filmed this wedding at Oulton Hall in November with a view to making a Film of the Day and a bridal preparation film. As it happened I changed my package structure in December so that couples could have a Film of The Day with their own choices for their DVDs and a Trailer for both the DVDs and online. Kirby decided she wanted to swap over to this option because her music choices were very important to them.

So this is a ‘Trailer’… something Kirby and Adam can share with their friends and family anytime anywhere. It’s short and sweet but captures the essence of their day perfectly. Their Film of The Day is nearly fifteen minutes long and so I was able to incorporate her bridal prep in detail, meaning she didn’t lose out. And what a lovely message Kirby sent me once she and Adam had watched the film, ‘Words don’t even describe that!I absolutely sobbed! We both love it!’

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Valentine Cinema. Day Three: Lynsey and Joe

February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you. 

A wedding in The Lakes from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  Lynsey and Joe are a gorgeous couple. And what made this film great to do was because I was also working alongside Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography. Because don’t direct my couples during their day it’s great to work with Cat who is so inspiring and takes her couples off for amazing portraits.

Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lakes was the perfect setting to sneak off and do just that, with us finding little hideaways to get away from it all for some really emotional moments. This wedding film was meant to be shorter but as with many of my films I get carried away with how fantastic the day is and for me, getting that across in my films is the most important factor.

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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