When Lauren contacted me I was so overwhelmed by her excitement and eagerness to have her very own ‘Love Gets Sweeter’ film that I wanted to make it work. Filming two weddings in a weekend was going to be a challenge but one that I was really excited about!
We stayed over the night before so we were in London ready for the big day ahead. Lauren was still enjoying breakfast with the Bridesmaids at 10 am so I decided to join my second cameraman, Scott, over at the Grooms house. This is the bit I never get to see until I edit so I was a little excited! I wasn’t the only one, Lauren and Pat’s gorgeous Hubert was ready to greet us and nearly knocked poor Scott flying-I wish I’d had my camera! Everyone was running a little late and we even managed to beat the ushers to Pat’s house so I hid in the background and chatted to Pat’s Aunt instead!
I left Scott with the boys as I headed over to The Sanderson Hotel where the girls were staying. Wow, what a hotel! A few sore heads from a very celebratory night but nothing too serious-it also meant I got to have one of the mini muffins that someone couldn’t face! Lauren, her Bridesmaids and her Mum were very chilled as they had their hair and make up perfected, so I snuck off to get a shot of these amazing shoes…
Pat and his Ushers decided to do things a little differently…
Any Bride will tell you how you start the morning with plenty of time and then before you know it, it’s time to get in to the bridal gown…always a favourite moment of mine. Tears, gasps and wide-eyed stares from everyone involved as the glowing Bride show’s off the dress she’s been dying to wear for months (and in my case, years!). This was no exception and I even found myself being overwhelmed as she stepped in to that amazing Enzoani gown. Breathtaking!
For anyone who has never been to London. My one tip? Try to avoid the roads! We dashed in to our awaiting black cabs and myself and the bridesmaids headed out in front to meet Lauren there…only to get stuck in traffic! With the clock ticking away we were worried that Lauren would be late. It turned out we were dropped off at a different entrance and the Bride actually made it there before us!! The ICA is an amazing building and looked exactly as Lauren has described it. The ceremony room was very elegant and the simple white flowers and petals on the floor really added a romantic feel.
But even the most romantic of all weddings has a bit of laughter and that came when nervous Pat came to say his vows. Instead of saying Lauren Louise he said Louise and on queue Lauren asked ‘Who’s Louise?’ causing everyone to laugh and Pat to mop his brow!
Guests enjoyed canapes, music and some great group photos after the ceremony and the photographer, Yonathan Kellerman, snuck a few of them over the Mall to get some shots in the park.
With a few minutes to spare Pat and Lauren decided they really wanted to nip down the Mall to Buckingham Palace for some shots so, with the guests making their way to the reception room, they decided to hail a cab. I loved this part as we had some fun and the footage is great. I did get tapped on the shoulder at one point and asked not to film in front of the gates though…imagine, the wedding videographer arrested before the wedding breakfast!!
As the sun began to set we enjoyed some heartfelt words from the best man and Pat’s brother, along with a few words from Lauren. She had been planning to do a speech but with all the emotions of the day she decided to just say a few words from the heart and it was just lovely to film. They then snuck off for some amazing evening couple photographs on the Mall with all the traffic. We got a lot of beeps and passers by shouting their congratulations!
Just when I though the day couldn’t get any more special or emotional Pat got everyone in to the bar area to show them a film he had made. It was a touching film dedicated to his mother and was made up of cinefilm footage he had of him as a little baby. It really got to everyone and through all their tears they also found it in the to laugh out loud…mainly at the bit where Pat got his nappy changed!!
A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without a first dance and then they followed up with an incredible band, Singer Aaron Sokell and his band, that kept everyone on the dance floor long after we’d left. They even had a photobooth which was packed all night!
I guess all that’s left now is to show you their Highlights film. I love it and loved bringing the best bits of the footage together to create the perfect reflection of their day. Don’t just take my word for it…
“Pat and I have just watched the video highlights again and again – AMAZING! We are so so happy with it and can’t believe how fantastic it looks. Its so lovely to be able to re-live it all and see everyone’s faces, absorb bits we missed and just remember the day!
Thank you so much – you are so talented :o)
The song works so well, really glad we chose it – its timeless and a real ‘us’ song.”
Venue (Ceremony and Reception) – ICA (Institute of Contempory Arts), The Mall, Westminster, London.
Photographer – Yonathan Kellerman
Make up and Hair – Kit Hall
Dress – Finley by Enzoani
Flowers – Donna Bellamy at Heaven Scent, W6
Photobooth – Say Fromage
Cupcakes – Lola’s Cupcakes