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
Wedding planners are OK if you’re a celebrity couple with a six-figure budget, but what if your means are somewhat more modest? Is it really worth hiring a wedding planner? What are the advantages and the pitfalls? What, in fact, do wedding planners actually do?
I happen to be a big fan of wedding planners, and as wedding photographers and videographers, we’ve worked with some incredibly talented ones on both real weddings and styled shoots. So I asked four of my wedding industry sisters to give me the low-down on planning and how they help couples achieve their dream day.
So why should couples consider hiring a wedding planner?
One of the main reasons couples look for professional help with planning their wedding is that they simply don’t have enough time to do all the legwork themselves.
Pamella Dunn brings a touch of effortless style
Yorkshire-based Luxury Wedding Planner and Stylist, Pamella Dunn reflects:
“Most of us live in an era where we struggle to find extra hours as we rush from one demand on our precious time to another. Often just finding time to even think about what you might like for your significant celebration is tricky.”
Venue Styling by Pamella Dunn
Read on for some excellent advice from Pamella about finding the right wedding planner…
Couples who live far from their wedding venue often appreciate the peace of mind that a wedding planner can provide, as Sue White of Yorkshire’s The White Wedding Company explains:
Classic elegance from White Wedding and Event Company
Sue’s sense of fun helps your event go with a zing!
“Many of my clients live and work remotely from their chosen wedding venue and find it difficult to organise their wedding themselves from a distance – the perfect reason to hire a wedding planner who is on the ground and has the benefit of a network of local contacts and suppliers. I have planned wedding for clients from as far afield as Dubai. the US, Australia and even a bride from Mexico who I didn’t meet until the wedding day itself! However, most have a family ties with Yorkshire and have chosen this stunning area to hold their wedding celebrations but find they don’t have the time to get home on a regular basis and when they do they need to use their time efficiently and effectively.”
This is an issue for many of our Viva la Wedding Couples, whether they are planning destination weddings outside of the UK or are coming from abroad to enjoy the beautiful landscape and heritage venues a British wedding can offer.
A wedding planner takes the stress out of bringing all the different elements together to make your wedding special, as Lucy Wright of Yorkshire-based Lucy Wright Events explains:
Lucy Wright creates a modern look that oozes chic
“Being that ‘Go to ‘ person at the end of the phone to help with any questions or situations throughout the planning process and on the day being the person who looks after every detail ensuring that the band arrive at the right time, the guests know where to park, the cake knife is by the cake, the toilets are all clean, the catering staff are all smart and briefed on the days timings etc.”
That’s a great point, as photographers and videographers we can see the difference when there is a wedding planner to co-ordinate. Less stress, more fun!
The feel-good element is always there with Lucy Wright Events
4. Creative Input
Wedding planners are an incredible source of creative styling ideas, Lucy elucidates:
“With so many ideas and possibilities for weddings these days from Pinterest, Instagram, magazines etc.., I can assist couples with creating the right look or style of wedding by offering advice and being happy to say ‘that could work but have you thought about trying this…’ which sometimes families or friends are too scared to say as they may upset the couple. I am realistic and practical with my ideas and suggestions.”
It’s true some of our Viva couples are endlessly creative and have the time to spend making hand-made decorations and special touches to add a personal flavour, but if that’s not your strong suit, then why not hand over the reins to a creative wedding planner?
Fab bohemian woodland wedding by Lucy Wright Events
Sonal Kholia of Carriages Weddings and Events explains what a buzz it is to have that creative input:
“ We love putting together mood boards and bringing a whole new theme to life, we love seeing the couple get excited when they find the perfect cake or the perfect band and we just love the buzz and the chaos of it all on the day. However, the best part is when you see all the guests on the dance floor at the end of the night alongside the bride and groom having a brilliant time – it makes everything worthwhile.”
Sonal and her partner Meera talk mood boards
5. Saving Money
Yes, you read correctly! A good wedding planner can actually save you money. Here’s Sonal:
“Wedding planners work with a range of different clients who all have different budgets and different expectations. A wedding planner’s primary interest is to ensure that his or her client is happy. A good wedding planner will be able to organise a great wedding on any budget – the priorities will just be different. So, whether you’re looking to spend £10,000, £50,000 or £100,000 plus, a wedding planner will make it happen.”
“Experience in the industry means a wedding planner knows how much a supplier should be charging and if you are getting ripped off. They can negotiate discounts on your behalf, sometimes get you preferential rates or simply tell you when you’re over spending on something which isn’t a necessity and need reigning in.”
Elegant Asian Weddings by Carriages Weddings and Events
6. Expert Knowledge
Wedding planners have a wealth of experience behind them, as Sonal points out:
“When you hire a wedding planner you are hiring someone who knows the industry like the back of their hand. This means he or she can point out any flaws and potential problems before they even surface. Many brides and grooms have a certain vision of their big day and though it is the wedding planner’s job to try and bring this to life, sometimes things just aren’t practical from a logistical point of view and so it always helps to have an expert opinion on hand.”
This experience is invaluable. At Viva la Wedding, we occasionally have couples approach us who are disappointed with their video and want us to re-edit. There’s only so much we can do to save a video that’s been poorly shot. A wedding planner with good knowledge of suppliers can help you avoid this kind of disappointment.
Carriages Weddings and Events specialises in planning Asian weddings. Sonal explains that there are some considerations that are specific to planning Asian weddings:
“When it comes to Asian weddings the numbers are usually a lot higher. You’re generally looking at an average of around 300 guests, which means it’s important to take certain things into consideration. For example, if there is a large turnaround time between the Indian ceremony and the evening reception then you need to ensure there is an alternative holding area for your guests to relax in while the room is getting ready.
As with guest numbers, other aspects of the day tend to be on a larger scale sometimes, such as the décor and DJ set-ups, which means your floor plans and dimensions need to be accurate to ensure you’re utilising any space you have as effectively as possible.”
As Wedding Photographers and videographers we are very experienced in covering Asian weddings, so we are used to dealing with the larger number of guests and making sure we cover all the important cultural and religious customs. When dealing with a large event like this, having a wedding planner to co-ordinate can take a weight off the couple’s mind.
Carriages Weddings and Events Destination Weddings
7. Wedding Planners aspire to be the best
“The Asian wedding scene is constantly evolving and so rather than just one, we have a range of different heroes who we take inspiration from. Whether it’s Mark Niemierko, Mindy Weiss or Neeta Raheja, their work, which spans across different continents, is a great guide for us to be constantly learning and evolving from.”
OK I’m sold! How do I find the right wedding Planner?
Here’s some great advice from Pamella Dunn to help you step into the magical world of wedding planning, confident you are heading in the right direction:
- Have you chosen a date, place and venue?
- Have you a budget you will work to?
- Are you a creative looking to DIY your wedding, with support from family & friends?
- Do you need help with the design and styling?
- Do you need help with the administration, the coordination and on the day management?
- Have you identified key suppliers who you can work with?
Fab styling details by Pamella Dunn
“These considerations will help you highlight where you will want additional support, advice and guidance. The answers will be quite different for every couple but using the services of experienced professional planners for all or part of the above will allow you those moments to reflect and take in the whole experience, confident in the knowledge you are in safe hands.”
“The next step is to shortlist planners who fit your brief and arrange a consultation. These are invariably complimentary and will give you a good idea if you are a good fit. Personality, compatibility and a good close working relationship will be vital. An experienced planner will have all the answers, and more that arise during this exciting time, and will often not only be the planner, but your designer and stylist too. They will save you hours of research and add value to your budget. Their advice and support will be invaluable, they will be the calming confidant, fully understanding how you are feeling at each stage. They will be inspiring and thought provoking, discussing ideas with you that have meaning to you both as you celebrate your love for each other.”
And to conclude, I leave you with the wise words of Lucy Wright:
“I always tell my couples “If an orchestra needs a conductor to make all the instruments create a beautiful sound together, a wedding needs a wedding planner to bring all the suppliers together to deliver an unforgettable event”
A lovely analogy, Lucy!
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.
Mahta and Shahab were married in a Persian ceremony at The Grand Hotel in Stockholm. And what a wedding! Every detail of their day had been planned to perfection with fabulous flowers and decor, wonderful food and an incredible party atmosphere. The Grand Hotel Stockholm with its elegant interiors and dramatic lighting was the perfect backdrop! And we were there as their Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm – that’s Swedish for wedding photographer – to capture all those details and special moments!
Mahta & Shahab – The Wedding Highlights from Viva La Wedding on Vimeo.
This was our fourth trip to Stockholm to film and photograph a Persian wedding. We have been quite a hit with the Persian community in Sweden and we always appreciate their kindness and hospitality.
One of the lovely things about destination weddings is that we often get to spend a bit more time with the couple and capture some more informal shots. We had a pre-wedding shoot in and around the centre of Stockholm with Mahta and Shahab and the images really are stunning! I adore their chic, chilled-out style!
On the day of their wedding (Bröllop in Swedish ; )) Mahta and David chose to honour the Swedish tradition of bride and groom meeting privately before the ceremony. It was a very emotional moment when they saw each other for the first time in all their finery. Mahta’s Maggie Sottero gown, with its pearl-encrusted bodice and flattering sweetheart neckline was simply enchanting and Shahab looked extremely suave in his slimline navy suit.
Anna and Ryan are such an adorable couple and we were delighted to be chosen as their Manchester wedding photographer and videographer! They wanted a very relaxed, candid style of wedding coverage and we were able to offer them a wraparound photography and videography service, with our team working unobtrusively to capture all the beauty, fun and emotion of their big day.
Childhood sweethearts since their schooldays, Anna and Ryan were always going to have a very special wedding day. Anna’s family were keen to mark the occasion with special touches, decorating the steps to the couple’s Didsbury apartment with a gorgeous display of flowers. Their ceremony at the beautiful St James’s church in Didsbury was a very moving celebration of their love and the twelve years they had already spent together.
Anna’s mum Jill contacted us a couple of months before the wedding day with a special request. She’d had the family videos from Anna’s childhood put onto DVD and wondered if we could edit a montage of clips of Anna along with photos of the family and Anna and Ryan, set to one of the couple’s favourite songs “Could you be the one?” by The Stereophonics. We were more than happy to offer this service, and the resulting video was a huge hit at the reception. It was a lovely trip down memory lane, and a few tears were shed to see this vibrant, funny little girl and the amazing woman she had become.
Manchester’s Great John Street Hotel was a fabulous reception venue and the perfect fit for this cool, urban couple. The space was ideal for a relaxed summer wedding, with an elegant interior and the rooftop lounge providing a wonderful outdoor space with a fantastic view of the city.
The speeches were lovely, genuine and heartfelt and the evening festivities were a blast with the guests keen to hit the dancefloor and party the night away. Anna and Ryan and their families were a joy to work with and we wish them every happiness! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Woods!
We are really excited to announce that we are now a featured supplier in Love My Dress blog’s Little Book for Brides! The little book for brides is “a curated directory of splendid, hardworking and brilliant wedding suppliers,” handpicked by LMD’s Annabel and her fabulous team. We love the fact that we have our own special part of the directory that we can personalise with tons of our favourite images and wedding films. It’s also brilliant to have plenty of space to express what our business is all about. We’ve been really impressed from the outset by the personal service and attention to detail from the Little Book team. It’s a real pleasure to work with a directory that understands and cares about our business!
We are looking forward to getting plenty of enquiries through the Little book for Brides and also to connecting with other fantastic suppliers. Can’t wait to submit some of our beautiful weddings too!