On a wonderfully sunny day in May (a month in which it almost rained entirely!), my second camera operator Chris and I headed out towards Cheshire to film a wedding.
Pretty soon, the built up housing started to disappear and rolling hills started to emerge. After a 90 minute drive, we arrived at a castle; literally. On our recent wedding shoots we have been privileged to work within some really beautiful locations, but this castle meant that we were almost hanging out of the car with our cameras before the car had actually stopped!
Chris quickly set about filming the stunning vistas, while I went inside to meet Gemma (the bride). This is always a really interesting part of the day; meeting with the bride as she is getting ready. The real trick of my job is to film the party getting ready; this often involves make-up being applied, hair being done, champagne being popped and most importantly a very excited bride; the challenge is to ensure no-one is overly aware that we are filming. The last thing anyone wants to watch on their wedding DVD is people turning their back to the camera, or staring straight down the lens like a 'rabbit in the headlights'. So, my aim is to always try to film people when they are involved in doing something or talking and laughing with other people. After a frantic morning of getting ready and trying locate transportation, everyone was ready to move.
The Church was a another magnificent location. The bride and groom looked so happy with all their family and friends there to witness the ceremony. Afterwards, there was time for a few quick photos outside before we returned back to the castle. En route, there was just enough time to stop off in an oilseed rape field for a few photos. Again another stunning location that provided us with some amazing views to film before we headed off to see a falconry display which was then followed by the celebrations, the speeches and then Gemma and Paul's first dance. All in all a wonderfully unique day in which everything was different and interesting. The locations and weather made our job much easier than normal and has made the edit an interesting process, we wanted to keep every last minute of the footage!
We hope you enjoy the mini-trailer we've put together whilst the edit is being completed...