Posted on February 11, 2019
Laura and Stephen’s wedding in June was my first time at Cheshire Woodland Weddings, but hopefully I’ll be back soon. This place is a really unique wedding venue right in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Getting married literally in the middle of beautiful woodland, I’ve not seen another venue like it.
Just down the road from Cheshire Woodland Weddings is The Hollies Farm Shop, famous for their quality, artisan produce. Around the back of the farm shop The Hollies Forst Log Cabins are Cheshire’s finest five star self-catering acommodation. Each of the cabins is unique, spacious and provide a great setting for a relaxing morning getting ready for your big day. Laura and the girls got ready in one, with Stephen and the guys next door.
Laura and Stephen had their marriage ceremony in the midst of the forest at Cheshire Woodlend Weddings near Cuddington. With fantastic weather, the trees providing some shade to keep us all cool.
Cheshire Woodland Weddings – While Laura, Stephen and their quests were enjoying their wedding breakfast, I edited together their Same Day Edit highlights film. I played it back before the first dance, using our big screen, projector and PA system. This was a great way to get the evening party started, with all the guests gathered around the dance floor to watch the film. Here’s another example of our Same Day Edit wedding films, Glesni & Dewi at Tower Hill Barns in North Wales.
Posted on January 2, 2019
In over eleven years as a wedding videographer, I have to say that Tower Hill Barns is genuinly one of the nicest and best thought through venues I’ve been to. It’s situated near Llangollen, about 45 minutes from the Wirral and Liverpool. The owners, Sally and Andrew, refurbished and extended it in 2015. So it combines original details as well as the best in contempory features. The layout includes a large hospitality area and bar, as well as the original barn (for ceremonies and the evening party) and the new extensively glazed barn for the wedding breakfast.
It reminded me a lot of a similar venue in Cheshire, Owen House Wedding Barn, where I filmed Holly and Patrick’s wedding a few months ago.
Glesni and the bridesmaids were able to get ready in the Farm House behind the main venue buildings. It’s been renovated to a very high standard, making it a lovely relaxing setting for starting your wedding day. This all made for a lovely relaxed atmosphere. One of the highlights of any wedding day is when the father of the bride sees his daughter in her dress for the first time. It’s a really emotional moment and Glesni’s reaction was lovely to see.
In the summer, it’s possible to have an outdoor ceremony at Tower Hill Barns, as there’s a purpose built area set asside with pews and a cover incase of a shower. Even with the mild weather we’re having right now though, that would be a bit chilly in December. The Old Barn is a fantastic setting though, with pews and a pulpit, like being in an old church.
After getting married in the Old Barn, Glesni and Dewi went outside for photographs and drinks. The outdoor space at Tower Hill Barns hes been really well thought out. In the evening there is a fire pit and hundreds of fairy lights creating an enchanting atmosphere. Despite being on New Years Eve, Glesni and Dewi had really mild weather so they could go outside for drinks and photographs.
The wedding breakfast was a traditional Christmas dinner, with turkey and all the trimmings. Glesni and Dewi kindly arranged for me and the photographer Stacy to have be fed as well, so I was well fed while putting together the Same Day Edit film for the evening. I played the wedding video on my big HD projector screen just before the first dance in the evening. Celebrating New Years Eve in style.
Posted on December 21, 2018
The Richmond hotel is fast becomming one of the most popular wedding venues in the centre of Livepool. It’s easy to see why, with its beautiful grade 2 listed architecture, luxurious apartment rooms and city centre location. This was the setting for Jemma and Craig’s wedding celebrations, shown here in our Same Day Edit film:
Jemma and the girls chose to get ready on one of the hotel’s luxurious apartment suites. These are great for bride prep, much larger than a normel hotel room, or even a suite, with kitchen facilities so you can make yourself feel at home.
Jemma and Craig chose to get married in Saint Faith’s church in the Waterloo area of the city. The church has one of the longest aisles in Liverpool, and Jemma looked radient as she and her dad processed down it at the beginning of the service.
After the marriage ceremony in church, we all headed back to the Richmond hotel for the reception. I took the oportunity to get some drone footage showing the city centre, with the Mersey, the Wirral and the Welsh hills in the background.
Wedding Videographer Liverpool – Jemma and Craig opted for our Same Day Edit wedding video package. This includes a highlights film edited on the day of the wedding, and played on our big screen in the evening before the first dance. Another Same Day Edit film featuring a Liverpool wedding is Eve and Daniel’s at the Hope Street Hotel.
Here’s a film showing the Same Day Edit film alongside footage of Jemma and Craig with their evening guests watching it:
Posted on December 15, 2018
Thinking about getting married at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa? It’s become a regular haunt for us for the last few years and we’d love to hear from you.
Christine and Mark’s big day yesterday was a lovely winter wedding, fresh and frosty, but unlike today, not wet and windy, so they definitely chose the right day.
One nice aspect of this venue is how it combines the country atmosphere of a golf resort, with the facilities of a modern high class hotel. The generously proportioned rooms are fitted to an extremely high standard, so If you’re getting married at Formby Hall, we’d definitely recommend getting ready there as well. This was what both Christine and Mark chose to do for their big day.
Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa has four suites, and we’ve filmed weddings in both of the larger ones. The Diplomat suite is still suitable for up to 150 guests, making it ideal for all but the very largest wedding receptions. This was the stunning setting for Christine and Mark’s big day. Christine looked radiant as she walked down the aisle with her day at the start of the marriage ceremony.
Wedding Videographer Liverpool – After the ceremony and some fortifying drinks, we took Christine and Mark outside to film a clip. With our Same Day Edit package, we edit the film during the wedding breakfast, playing it back on our big screen just before the first dance in the evening. Interested in our Same Day Edit package? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here’s another example of our Same Day Edit films, Abi & Jon at the Belle Epoque in Cheshire.
Posted on September 30, 2018
It was a pleasure to capture Emily and Chris’s wedding at Saint Mary’s Church in Penwortham, and held their reception at the stunning Bartle Hall near Preston. Our Same Day Edit films are produced on the day of the wedding, and shown on our big HD projection screen before the first dance in the evening.
I started the day with the girls, getting ready at Emily’s lovely home in Preston. We had pretty terrible weather for most of the day, but I could tell this wasn’t going to spoil anything.
Saint Mary’s is the Parish church for Penwortham, situated just across the river Ribble from Preston City Centre in Lancashire. The chancel, dating back to the 14th centre, must have seen thousands of wedding over the years. Emily and Chris had a beautiful traditional church ceremony. The photographers, Steph & Steve, also made use of the space after the ceremony to capture group photographs during some inclement weather.
It’s been a couple of years since I was last at Bartle Hall. I guess that’s to be expected, living on the Wirral, but I actually film quite a lot of weddings in Lancashire. Bartle Hall is a lovely venue, set in the Lancashire countryside within sixteen acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands. The family run country house hotel makes a perfect venue for a dream wedding. Hopefully I’ll be back there again soon. Emily and Chris’s wedding breakfast was held in the elegant Windsor Suite, moving to the Balmoral Suite for the evening celebrations.
Posted on September 16, 2018
Wedding Video Cheshire – The Belle Epoque, set in the heart of Knutsford is quite an unusual wedding venue. Although Knutsford isn’t large, it’s very afluant and King Street can get so busy it feels like a city centre. The Belle Epoque fits right in with eccentric design and layout, and Mediterranean Roof Garden. Abi and Jon got married a few miles away at Saint John the Evangelist in Sandbach, before heading over to Knutsford for the reception and evening party.
I started the day at Abi’s mum’s lovely home in Sandbach, where the girls were all getting ready. I suspected it would be an emotional day, when Abi mentioned that she’d already been in tears several times, and so it proved to be.
Abi and Jon chose the picturesque setting of Saint John the Evangelist Church in Sandbach for their marriage ceremony. It was emotional from the start, especially for the happy couple as Abi walked up the aisle with her dad.
One of our previous lovely brides, Sian (who married Kevin at Saint Mary’s Church in Nantwich, and Willington Hall), read a beautiful self created reading, part of which I’ve incorporated into the beginning of the Same Day Edit film.
The wedding vows were very emotional, with Abi struggling at times to get her words out.
After the ceremony, we had the obligatory confetti shot just outside the Lichgate, before heading over to the Belle Epoque in Knutsford.
The Belle Epoque is not the usual type of wedding venue, right in the centre of Knutsford, the layout is somewhat eccentric, and the garden areas are fairly small. But the thing is, the place is just full of character, and I doubt there is anywhere in the world quite like it. It’s a great location for winter weddings, and when the weather is nicer, it’s lovely to take the bride and groom down King Street for pics.
Posted on September 9, 2018
Same Day Edit Films are a real speciality of ours. We produce a fully edited highlights film on the day of the wedding, and show it on our big screen to you and all your guests in the evening. We believe that there’s no better situation for watching a wedding film, than at the wedding itself. The evening guests can see what’s happened earlier, and the daytime people love reliving the day so far. It’s “totes emosh” as Sarah would put it 🙂 Jenny and Jon’s Cheshire wedding was no exception. From the ceremony at Christ Church Alsager, through to the marquee reception, the whole day was great fun, and I think it’s fair to say watching the film before the 1st dance was one of the highlights for everyone.
Jenny and Jon had a lovely traditional marriage ceremony at Christ Church Alsager. The front of the church looked fantastic with all the floral arrangements.
After the ceremony at Christ Church Alsager, we all took the short drive over to the marquee at Town House Farm in Barthomley, for the wedding reception. Jenny and Jon had gone to great efforts to make decorate the marquee, and it all looked great. Fortunately the rain soon stopped and we were able to go outside for some photographs. I captured some drone footage and images, before beginning the Same Day Edit, which I continued to edit during the wedding breakfast.
Wedding videography Cheshire – If you’re interested in having a marquee wedding like Jenny and Jon, you might be interested to see some other example we have filmed. Here’s Kate and Andrew’s wedding from earlier this year.
Posted on August 13, 2018
Owen House Wedding Barn is a funky new wedding venue in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Holly and Patrick’s big day was our second job there, after photographing Hannah and Mark’s celebrations there back in March (when it was snowing!). The venue has a dedicated Civil Ceremony Room, and you can spend your entire day there from getting ready to the wedding night. One of our favourite aspects is the Beauty Shed, a very understated name for a building, purpose built, for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in. The setting is perfect, relaxing and spacious, with plenty of light. So it’s ideal for make-up artists, hairdressers, and of course photographers and videographers.
For Holly and Patrick’s wedding, we were booked for photography as well as a Same Day Edit wedding film. Sarah being the photographer for the day, while Stu took care of the video. This blog is mainly about the video side, but I’ve included a small selection of Sarah’s images. You can see more of our photography here.
Owen House has a dedicated Civil Ceremony Room next door to the main barn. The room is has a very rustic feel, and moody lighting with lots of candles. It’s very atmospheric. Having it next to the barn means the guests can access the bar before and after the ceremony, with no problems turning rooms around. Combined with the Beauty Shed, the main barn itself, and the Luxurious Bridal Cabin, this makes Owen Hose Wedding Barn a great choice if you want a relaxed wedding day where you don’t have to worry about travelling to different locations.
After the ceremony we had a spell of rain. Fortunately there’s some great options for taking photographs under shelter, but with natural light. After photographs, and plenty of time for mingling with guests in the barn, it was time for some food. There’s a choice of award winning caterers at Owen House Wedding Barn, and you can’t go wrong with either. Holly and Patrick opted for Vanilla In Allseasons, who very kindly fed us with main courses and some of their exceptional cheesecake (and I say that as a cheesecake expert), so thanks guys! Seriously though, when we’re putting together a Same Day Edit Film, getting a hot meal really really helps.
When we saw Holly and Patrick had booked our friends the Funtime Frankies as their wedding band, we knew everyone would be in for a great time. To start the evening off, we played the Same Day Edit film that Stuart had been busily editing during the meal. This always works really well to kick start the party. Playing the film draws everyone around the dance floor, and it’s followed by cutting the cake, then straight into the first dance. Scroll down a little further to view the film 🙂
Posted on July 15, 2018
We seem to do a lot of farmer’s weddings, especially in the Cheshire area. Most couples tend to choose a hotel or specialist wedding venue (such as the Oak Tree of Peover) for their reception. But farmers tend to have another option, due to having so much more land available. They can have a marquee in one of their fields. This in turn means that the wedding tends to be larger, they’re not limited by the venue. This all results in some truly awesome weddings, just like Kate and Andrew’s:
Posted on July 9, 2018
With two school age kids, destination weddings are not practical for us to do very often. But when Karen and Alan got in touch to ask if we could photograph and film their big day in at the Castle Court Hotel in Westport, Ireland, we couldn’t resist it. Karen grew up in the tiny village of Ballycroy, which is on the remote west coast of Ireland. The scenery, both rugged and beautiful, is very different to even hilly parts of England. But with regular flights from Liverpool to Knock airport it’s actually very accessible and affordable for a weekend break. We’ll definitely be back, either for leisure or maybe another wedding if the opportunity arrises.
Karen left Ireland to live in England when she was just 19, now living with Alan in Greater Manchester. It must seem a million miles away from Ballycroy. I’m sure arranging a destination wedding is a complicated task. But I have to say, from the moment we met Karen at breakfast at her sister’s B&B in the morning, through to evening party at the Castle Court Hotel, the whole day went perfectly. Karen and the girls got ready at her Mum’s house 3 miles outside the village, and the marriage ceremony was at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Ballycroy. The church had been beautifully decorated by the Enchanted Wedding Company.
After the ceremony we stopped on route to the hotel for photographs with stunning views over to Achill Island. England were playing Sweden in the World Cup Quarter Finals as we were driving along the N59 to Westport, and the second England goal was scored just as Karen and Alan was getting out of the car at the Castle Court Hotel. So Karen stepped out of the car to a chorus of cheers, even if they weren’t all from wedding guests!
We loved the Castle Court Hotel, with its gorgeous plaza. It was a real sun-trap, and a great place for Karen, Alan and their wedding guests to relax. With the Same Day Edit video package, I began editing the highlights film while they were eating the meal. We showed the film later in the evening, after the excellent band’s first set. Thanks to the guys from the hotel for helping with supplying a projector (I usually take my own but I don’t think it would have survived Ryanair’s baggage handling).
For more examples of our Same Day Edit wedding films, here’s Kerri-Anne and Rob’s wedding at Upper House Hayfield, and Scarlett and Rob’s wedding at the Gamekeeper’s Inn.