Featured Post: Victoria & Olivers Hensol Castle Wedding Film by Aurora

Good morning one and all!

A question we ask our Brides and Grooms for our ‘Real Weddings’ feature is ‘Is there anything you would change about your big day?’  

Often the answer is ‘No, we wouldn’t change a thing’, but more and more, we are getting the answer, ‘We wish we had booked a videographer.’

25 years ago or so, a wedding video was often quite cheesy, with a mixture of still images and video, showcasing the day to the sound of the Peter Cetera’s ‘Glory of Love’ (actually, that song is epic!)

But lately, wedding films are incredible. With new awesome technology that I don’t even begin to try and understand, what you are left with is a beautiful cinema look, with emotive music and the most breathtaking result.

Aurora Wedding Films creates the most stunning films you will ever see.  Richard Shelton of Aurora has shot well over 300 films, throughout Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as destination weddings, and with 12 years experience, you’re guaranteed a wonderful result. 

We have the pleasure of sharing one of Richard’s latest films, of Victoria and Olivers wedding, shot earlier this year.  So I will hand over to Richard himself to tell you all about it, before you feast your eyes on this delight – you’re going to need a tissue.  

Its  exquisite…….

Victoria & Olivers Wedding Film by Aurora

After meeting whilst studying at Millfield School, Victoria and Oliver were married at Hensol Castle in June this year. What promised to be a warm summers day changed dramatically when the skies opened and we had some of the most torrential rain I’ve seen in years, just as Victoria arrived at the church in Cowbridge!

Luckily, it was just a short shower and the guests were treated to warm sunshine for the rest of the day at Hensol. They booked us after seeing one of their friends wedding films, which we shot in 2014. They were so pleased that they’d got one too and had a special ‘screening night’ at Victoria’s parents for all their family and friends.

I will be honest, I do cry at the drop of a hat, adverts, cardigan inside out, but I defy anyone to not shed a romantic slow tear down the cheek at this film! Beautiful Richard.  Just beautiful  x

Featured Post: Rocksalt Photography and Videography

Hannah from Rocksalt Photography has recently branched into filming as well. You may remember we showed you Ed and welsh bride Jo’s engagement shoot by Rocksalt Photography back last month. Well here you have a lovely little addition to see how it all worked out in the form of a rather lovely video, plus another sneaky look at Hannah’s work.  

So without further ado, I will hand over to the gorgeous girl herself to tell you all about it……..

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I never expected to fall in love with film making the way I have. Thank you so much to that cheeky pair who asked if I could film their wedding, I’ll be forever grateful.
 

How and when did you start the videography side of Rocksalt? 

One of the best parts of being a wedding photographer is getting to know my clients and in a lot of cases having a friendship for life. So a lot of my couples feel that they can be a little bit cheeky and ask me anything ;)
Anyway when a couple asked if I could do a wedding film as well as their stills I recoiled into my chair and said ‘God no!’ Imagine the stress!
But I went away and thought, well, why not? I have a bit of film training, I wouldn’t need any new equipment so maybe I could give it a shot.
I went to see Camera Hannah for a chat, she has added film packages alongside her photography successfully and after having a good chat with her I decided that I would give it a go.

This wedding season I had done a few films, but my first was November 2015.
I arrived at the wedding with no plans to film, but thought why the hell not?….. and thats where it all started.

How would you describe your style? 

I make short 4/5 minute films of your wedding. It’s great to see a film that marries up with the photography.  Everything just seems to fit.
My style, is unobtrusive – I’m there to capture your day. Not direct it.
I try to be as invisible as possible documenting those real moments – happy, fun and relaxed.
Yes, of course I pose a few things up to get those epic dramatic shots. They just have to be done!

What’s the best bit about being a part of the wedding industry?

I love being part of the wedding industry. I’ve met so many different talented and lovely people along the way and have formed strong business and social friendships! (the odd gin may have been consumed at a few ‘networking lunches’! )
The best thing though……(I know it sounds cheesy)…..My clients. I really am so blessed by the people I get to work with – you all ROCK!

Have you had any hairy moments?

Nothing major really…..(touch wood) I smashed a lens at a wedding once lying down on a stone beach, but I had a back up!

Have you noticed any emerging trends specific to your field emerging for 2016/2017?

Smoke bombs and drones seemed to have featured a lot this year……next year, I have had a couple enquire about me shooting their entire wedding on film -old skool! So maybe we’re going full circle!
Do you have any advice for couples choosing a videographer for their big day?
People seem to be more self conscious when being filmed, I totally understand! But believe me, just be yourselves and embrace it. You’re beautilicious.

For more info about adding film to your photography package with Rocksalt Photography please email at : info@rocksaltphotography.com

They’re fabulous Hannah, thank you so much for sharing! So, all you brides and groom, what are you waiting for! Get in touch! x

CWTCHFEST 2016- Exhibitor spotlight part 2

Good morning Cwtchers, on Sunday we started to introduce you to our fabulous Cwtchfest suppliers and today we have three more to inspire your wedding planning.  Cwtchfest is being held this year at the beautiful Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell on the 17th April.

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Don’t forget tickets are bought by just clicking the below link.

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Today we bring you our newest Lush List member Beetle-Juice and Lush Listers Clic Productions and Bespoke Laser



We’ve created a range of beautifully converted 1970’s VW Camper Vans Pop-Up Bars that have all been individually designed to provide the perfect bar for your wedding or party! Each bar has its own individual character and has been converted with raising roofs, opening sides and comes with in-built catering fridge, colour controllable lighting and high end sound systems.
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 The bars can be driven to your precise location and set up within a matter of minutes, ready to serve a wide range of hand crafted, unique cocktails along with a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. We’re able to design a bespoke menu with you before hand to make sure all of your favourite drinks are included, which our expertly trained cocktail staff will create and serve for you on the day.7097927_orig

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All prices can be found on our website www.beetle-juice.co.uk and we would be more than happy to help you at Cwtchfest to inspire your big day.

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CLIC PRODUCTIONS


Thinking of having a video of your Wedding day? We can definitely help you with that!Clic-Logo

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We pride ourselves on producing the highest quality films.  Our unobtrusive coverage and documentary style of filming ensures that we produce an engaging and beautiful keepsake of your special day.  Having worked in the media and broadcast industry for many years, we have a passion for creating images that not only look great, but also tells the story of your big day.

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We are a team of 2 that work together using a variet​y of equipment from HD cameras to GoPro’s and a drone.

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BESPOKE LASER


A custom rubber stamp for your Save the Dates, a personalised hanger that completes the photographs of your dress on the big day or love spoon wedding favours for your guests to treasure forever, all designed and manufactured here in South Wales at Bespoke Laser UK.

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Laura at Bespoke Laser works closely with couples to create the little details that will make your day unforgettable. Stop by our stand at Cwtchfest to see our range and discuss working with us to create your vision , see our newest collections and enter our competition to win a personalised wooden keepsake box

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Keep looking out for more exhibitor spotlights coming over the next month!

OUR LUSH LIST

Taa Dah!….

Our LUSH LIST is finally  launched!

A fabulous collection of our favourite Welsh Wedding suppliers. All hand picked by us and highly recommended by our readers.

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To access this awesome directory, press the LUSH LIST icon sitting on the right hand side (if viewing on a computer or tablet)- Scroll down if you are using a phone.

It looks like this:

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Simply click on it and it will take you to a page that looks like this:

lush list iconsSelect the category you need and then choose from our list of highly recommended suppliers.

All the companies listed have links to take you to their own websites, Facebook page & Twitter feed. This is a great way to follow them if you’d like to get to know them a bit more before booking.

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Most of these companies will already be featuring our approved vendor badge on their websites too. This is to give you peace of mind that we’ve either worked with them, Used their services or some of our readers have highly recommend them.

So, there you have it. We do hope you love it and find it a valuable resource to your wedding planning. Have a good look around the directory, click on a few links and let us know what you think. You can send us your feedback here.

We will be adding LOTS more suppliers to our LUSH LIST throughout the year so do keep popping back. We’ll also be inspiring you more by sharing their work over on our Facebook page.

If you run a lovely welsh wedding business (especially in North Wales!) and would like us to consider you for our Lush List. You can get in touch with us here.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening xxx

 

Featured Vendor: Eightwood Studios

This week we have a beautiful wedding film brought to you by Eightwood Studios.

Nia & Philip got married in Tonypandy at Nia’s family’s local church.  Their reception was held at St Donat’s Castle and Eightwood were on hand to capture the day. Nia & Philip are both solicitors, having met at their firm’s pre-training team-building week Nia refused to give Philip her phone number saying she couldn’t remember it but he persisted through Facebook and it paid off! Philip surprised Nia on the day of the wedding by joining the band for one number as he is a keen drummer and was in a band as a teenager.


We asked Laura from Eightwood to tell us a little bit more about what they can offer.

Eight Wood Studios utilises their background in award-winning music video direction/production, photography, tour videography and children’s TV production to create artistic, reportage style wedding films with shallow depth of focus filming technique.

We are made up of Andy & Laura and provide UK & Destination coverage, focusing on South Wales and South-West England.

We always favour natural over posed and can’t think of anything worse than staging a moment or directing you on a day when you should just live it! We like to capture those precious moments when the couple (& guests!) don’t even realise the cameras are rolling.

We provide an extensive film package, providing couples with three lengths of finely edited films:

  1. The Feature Film (approx. 35-60 minutes of finely edited footage on top of full ceremony & speeches, totalling on average 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours 10 minutes)
  2. A re-edited Highlights Film with audio snippets (approx. 20-30 minutes)
  3. The Trailer (examples of which are on our website)

You are then given three copies on DVD and a free Blu-ray to future proof the couple’s film. We also provide a USB stick with computer & smart phone versions of the highlights & trailer as part of our packages.

Our principle from day one of our company has been ‘what would we want from a Wedding Videography package’, and it has been our goal to provide just that to our couples.

Thank you Laura! We hope you all enjoyed the video.