Nick and Sabrina were married at the fabulous Syon Park and we were proud to provide their wedding photography London.
We also made their wedding film! Here’s their gorgeous trailer:
Sabrina and Nick – The Wedding Trailer from Viva La Wedding on Vimeo.
Sabrina and Nick had not one but two heartfelt ceremonies. Sabrina was born in California and wanted to celebrate her Indian heritage with a traditional Hindu ceremony, whilst it was equally important to British born Nick to honour his Anglican faith. As the pair live in the US, they were keen to be married in a distinctively British setting and Syon Park with it’s elegant architecture and classical interiors was the perfect choice. Crucially, the venue was able to accommodate both the Hindu and the Anglican ceremonies in one day and the couple have nothing but praise for the Syon Park events team, who were incredibly helpful in planning their destination wedding.
This wedding photography London was an absolute joy for us to shoot. (more…)
Chundeep and Ritesh had a fantastic, fun-packed day, celebrating their wedding at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa and we were there as their Indian wedding photographer and videographer. The couple were both keen to honour their religious heritage. Chun is Sikh and Ritz Hindu, so they were married in a Sikh ceremony in Dubai and had Hindu and civil ceremonies at The Mere. The civil ceremony was one of the most special moments for them as they had written their own personalised vows with deep emotional resonance for them both.
Chun and Ritz – The Wedding Trailer from Viva La Wedding on Vimeo.
Their vision for the day was strongly influenced by Chundeep’s late mother. Chun grew up steeped in her mother’s Punjabi culture and great love of Bollywood films, so she was clear that she wanted to do her wedding shopping in India. Contending with the notorious Delhi traffic in 48 degree heat was tough, but Chun found her beautiful wedding jewellery in the very same store her mother used to frequent, so it was worth the journey. She also found her perfect wedding outfit in the nick of time, just hours before the flight home. I absolutely adore her hot pink gown with gold embroidery and the bold colour was perfectly complemented by Ritz’s ivory suit with its pink and gold detailing. Their couple shots are just dreamy. They look so in love, which is just gorgeous to see and I love that joy and humour coming through in the pictures. Stunning, guys!
The bridesmaids’ ivory skirts and baby pink blouses were so elegant and they too had plenty of fun posing for the photo shoot, which was great! During the wedding breakfast, the couple played old Bollywood songs from their parents’ generation. The evening party saw a change of outfit and we were able to capture some more stunning shots. Their guests were really up for a party and there was plenty of dancing and good times. This was an awesome wedding brimming with love, fun and feelgood vibes. Congratulations guys, we are truly honoured to be chosen as your Indian wedding photographer and videographer!
Photographer – Wedding Photography Manchester Viva La Wedding
Videographer – Wedding Videography Manchester Viva la Wedding
Toastmaster – Collin Bruton MCT
Venue – The Mere Golf Resort and Spa
Bride’s dress – Frontier Raas South Ex New Delhi
Bride’s shoes – Dune
Hair & Make Up – Kara Makeup Academy
Band – Dhol Players – Imperial Drummers
Flowers – Dream Occasions London
Catering – Indus Catering London
Cake – Zoe’s Fancy Cakes
Entertainment/DJ: Kudos Entertainment DJ H
We are big fans of bridal fashion, so we were delighted when Cheshire designer, Fiona Cooper asked us to make a film showcasing her Felicity Cooper Knutsford boutique. Fiona has been running her boutique since 2010 and until recently has stocked several high end bridal labels as well as her own designs.
This year she has taken the plunge and launched her own label nationally, making the Knutsford boutique her flagship store and the epicentre of the Felicity Cooper brand. It was a bold move to stop stocking other successful brands and focus on her own designs but it’s one that has truly paid off!
Felicity Cooper – The Wedding Boutique from Viva La Wedding on Vimeo.
The Felicity Cooper label, named after Fiona’s daughter proved to be a massive hit at this year’s White Gallery, a prestigious bridal industry show, hosted in London. Orders have been flooding in, with much interest from fashion-forward brides who are seeking vintage-inspired designs with a modern twist. Felicity Cooper gowns are fun to wear, with a chic, pared-down silhouette and fabulous fabrics that are beautifully cut to flatter. Expect the finest satins, laces and chiffons with some delightful details, such as glamorous twenties tassels and statement fabric flowers.
Fiona wanted us to capture the experience of visiting her boutique so we filmed friends Sophie and Hannah as they perused the latest collection and Sophie tried her favourites, benefitting from Fiona’s styling tips. Brides deserve to feel special and the Felicity Cooper Knutsford boutique offers a whole experience, rather than just a shopping trip. There’s a real wow factor when you enter the store and see the stunning decor and rows of gorgeous dresses. Fiona serves pink fizz in the cutest miniature bottles with candy-stripe straws and the knowledge and attention to detail of her team is phenomenal.
If you are looking for a bridal gown that stands out from the crowd and a customer experience that is second-to-none I recommend a visit to the Felicity Cooper Knutsford boutique!
Bride Sophie happens to run a fabulous business which is just perfect for relaxed summer weddings and parties. Mr Squiffy is a vintage 1973 Bedford ice cream van, repurposed as a fully-functioning bar, offering fab drinks and an excellent photo opportunity. You can even have him play a bespoke jingle for your occasion!
Claire and Anthony chose Viva la Wedding as their wedding photographer Manchester because we had filmed and photographed the wedding of Claire’s cousin, Rachel and they loved the results! We were really happy to be working with another member of the family! It was a wedding to remember, with plenty of emotion, humour and dance floor manoeuvres! Claire and Anthony tell us more:
Claire and Anthony – The Wedding Highlights from Viva La Wedding on Vimeo.
What was it like planning your wedding?
I enjoyed planning our wedding and I really miss it now it has gone! We were very lucky having our talented family and friends helping us with preparations, favours, invitations, flowers and hen and stag parties. It was quite easy and stress free. We planned the wedding in just over a year. We only had one busy week, and that was the week before, which is what all couples experience I expect.
What was the most memorable/special part of the day for you?
Claire – The speeches and the first dance. Anthony, my dad, and Lee were fantastic speakers. The speeches were thoughtful, loving and funny. I really enjoyed listening to them on the day, and watching them back on the video.
Anthony – Waiting for Claire to arrive at the church. Waiting at the front of the church with my brother, those 5 minutes felt so long. I just wanted to see her arrive.
Were you nervous?
No! The morning of the wedding was so calm. We have wanted to get married for so long and we were engaged for four years. In that time we decided to buy a house and then save for the wedding. So we were desperate to officially become man and wife.
When I first start the wedding video editing process the actual day is already over: the vows said, the celebrations finished and the party most certainly had. Yet one of the main reasons for having a wedding video is to keep the day alive in some way: to give the ability to see yourself walk down the aisle, to hear your vows again or to watch your loved ones party the night away in your honour over and over again.
To invite us at Viva La Wedding into your most inner circle and to put your faith and trust in us to produce a video that will forever put a smile on your face is both a great privilege and responsibility. As the wedding video editor I see my role as carrying on the work and care already put in by you in acknowledging the style and detail of the day you’ve created and enjoyed, and mixing this with our own unique wedding video editing style to create a video that perfectly reflects you and your big day.
One of the best aspects of being a wedding editor is that the wedding day always has a natural story-telling element to it. As I first watch the footage and listen to the couple and their family and friends, the story of the couple and their day naturally emerges. My job is to take these emerging story elements and present them in a way that will make you laugh, cry and want to dance like you were there all over again. No small task then!
(Me at work editing a wedding video)
Whether you’re thinking of getting a wedding video made, or you have received your wedding video from us and are curious as to the making-of process, here is a little run down of our wedding video editing process here at Viva La Wedding.
The first thing I do is review what I consider to be the main story-telling cornerstones of your wedding day: the ceremony, the speeches and any interviews and guest messages. I find the key elements of the story are usually there already: the anticipation in getting ready, the joy of the ceremony, the fun of the reception, and sometimes a grimace from the groom and the best man reveals some long-forgotten jape!
(You can watch Anna and Ryan’s Wedding Highlights)
These moments allow me to hear about you from yourselves and the people dearest to you. If you’ve already seen some of our wedding videos you’ll no doubt know that we like to use these moments to drive your story. Stories about how you first met, how one of you proposed, part of the father of the bride’s speech, or a video message from one of your closest friends. These are the moments I really enjoy listening to, editing and using to build a story of you both, as well as your families and your friends from your wedding day.
Like any portrait of people or a moment, a wedding day also has a natural dynamism. Many times in the preparations before the ceremony I hear one of the couple say impatiently that they just can’t wait for the ceremony to happen, whilst conversely I hear them later say that the day is flying by and they wish that they could slow everything down! Well, as an editor dynamics are pivotal to what I do. A useful dynamic device is to mix the couple’s music choices with some carefully selected cinematic music of my own, varying the tone and pace of the music to match the moments I want to portray. This is another aspect of our wedding video editing that makes our wedding films unique, tailor made to you and your musical taste.
Before I start editing I look at the forms and notes we have from the couple from our pre-wedding meeting. Here we ask all our couples to tell us a little bit about their musical and cinematic tastes: their favourite music acts, favourite films and a selection of songs they’d like us to use in their wedding video. Whether you’re a pop fan, a metal head, or a vintage singer-songwriter fan, let us know what makes you move and I can use this to create a video uniquely for you. And don’t worry about picking music that you think should go in a wedding video, instead try to pick whatever music means the most to you both! I do love a challenge of sometimes editing part of the wedding video to a song not usually associated with weddings can be great fun and have a surprisingly good effect (editing to Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls springs to mind!).
Once I’ve woven a storyline into your video and chosen the shots and moments that really bring the day to life I then start the audio mixing and colour grading process. This is a mixture of technical and creative know-how with the aim of making your video look and sound as great as possible. We use professional editing and grading software and take great care to colour grade all of our footage which I think helps give our films a real cinematic quality. Our videographers do a great job in getting a real mixture of dynamic footage and I always have a brilliant choice of shots. They really make you shine with arty low-depth of field shots, roaming steadicam, high-rising crane shots and effortlessly smooth slow-motion shots that all help let me add a real variety and texture to the wedding videos.
(You can watch Kokil and Neil’s Wedding Video Highlights)
To be honest it is a strange feeling once I’ve finished wedding video editing process: I’ve listened to how they met and how they proposed; I’ve witnessed them say their vows to each other (often involving at least one of them being reduced to tears); I’ve seen them dance in reckless abandon with their friends and family; and I’ve often heard some strange stories regarding the groom from the best man’s speech! Yet for me the ending of the wedding video process for me isn’t the video rendering, disc-burning or posting them out.
It’s always a few weeks after all this – when I’m probably in the middle of editing a new wedding video and learning about a new story emerge – when we receive our customer feedback forms. It’s always a great pleasure to read these and hear what the couple thought of their video and realise that all the time spent watching, selecting and editing their footage has been completely worth it.