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On the very last day of September of this year, I got the pleasure of shooting a wedding video in St Michael's Manor in St Albans, just out of London in Hertfordshire.
Charlotte and Henry are an amazing couple I met through my colleague photographer Charlie Campey. They were looking for a videographer and I was more than happy to step in produce their wedding film.
It there was one thing I loved about this wedding was the amazing natural light available throughout the day, pouring through the windows during the bridal preparations at St. Michael's Manor and also during the groom's preparation at the lovely Luton Hoo Hotel. Most makeup artists already do this so they can see the effect of ambient light as they apply their makeup, but videographer LOVE to shoot bridal preparations with them facing soft window light. And the bridal suite is definitely is a work of art, with its classical decoration that provides a rich background for my films.
Despite being a small venue, it's equipped with lovely, wide grounds. They're great for the kind of films I like to do, using the landscape and the environment as frames for my shots.
This was a purely English wedding in all forms, including the music. A string quartet played during the drinks reception, providing a most pleasant environment.
They were also very keen on having memorable images to look back to. By the end of the day, Charlotte and Henry had in mind what is called in the wedding industry a "sparkler shot", and also a bit of dancing under a real chandelier that is hanging in the garden, providing us with the lovely images you see in the video. Since it was getting chilly, I worked with the photographer to ensure we captured the images we needed fast enough to allow the couple to move for their first dance.
All in all, it was a brilliant wedding. It allowed me to produce a lovely wedding film with rich tones and beautiful, enigmatic shots. This has to be one of the weddings I will look back to.
If you're getting married at the Luton Hoo or St Michaels Manor in St Albans, Hertfordshire, let me know. I would love to shoot your photography or produce your video - or do provide both, which I do. Check my pricing or get in touch for more information.