Jess & Jim | Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire | Village Hall Vintage Wedding Perfection And An Emotional Surprise At The Altar

As registry office weddings go, you can’t really do much better than The Gilstrap in Newark where newlyweds and their guests are ushered straight out onto the spectacular grounds of Newark Castle to share congratulations over the vows just made.

It was clear as soon as I met a nervous Jim at the altar that it was going to be a proper stylish affair with the groom looking dapper in a dark blue three-piece suit and a dusty pink bow tie (Adam assures me he could never pull off such a look!). After a reassuring pat on the back from his brother, Jim greeted his English rose bride who walked down the aisle in a stunning beaded gown, accompanied by her beaming mother and father, to the sultry tones of Haley Reinhart’s cover of Can’t Help Falling In Love.

One of the most enjoyable aspects about filming a wedding ceremony for me is how the couple express their love for each other when exchanging some of the most important words they’ll ever say. Some are giddy with joy, some speak with conviction, others are overcome with emotion…but what made Jess and Jim’s vows so special was how Jess surprised her new husband by vowing to take his last name, clearly a pivotal moment for both as they sealed their vows with a tearful kiss.

After enjoying the picturesque backdrop of Newark Castle in the summer sun with their closest family and friends, the new Mr and Mrs Wigfield hopped into a vintage Mini and headed off to their reception. Adorned with fairy lights, wildflowers and mismatched tea cups, guests were treated to jazz classics whilst relaxed in the surroundings of Allington Village Hall, styled to perfection by the bride and her mum. Caterers provided a gorgeous spread of afternoon tea treats before Jim’s brother Adam stole the show with a speech which offered a laugh a minute. If you need someone to write a cracking best man’s speech for you, I know just the bloke!

Despite the afternoon rain, the lovely Sarah from Key Reflections (who was the most glorious company!) and I managed to tear the newlyweds away from their adoring guests for a quick couple shoot on the leafy village green before leaving them to dance the night away…and judging by the amount of homemade drink on offer (I tried the gin and it pretty much blew my face off!), I had a feeling it was going to be quite the party - I’m sure Jess and Jim’s life together will be just as fun!

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Charlotte & Craig | The Ashes Barns, Staffordshire | A Textbook Summer Wedding In The Heart Of The English Countryside

Anyone planning their wedding in Staffordshire will no doubt have heard of The Ashes Barns, an exclusive use venue surrounded by endless countryside on the edge of the Peak District. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to read that this was a venue on our hit list to film at (as we got married at sister venue The West Mill in 2016!) so when Craig and Charlotte enlisted us as their wedding videographers, we couldn’t say ‘Yes’ quick enough!

These childhood sweethearts chose what ended up being the hottest day of the year for their long-awaited nuptials, with poor Charlotte turning up as an absolute bag of nerves at the venue’s quaint cottages to begin her bridal transformation (although she was in excellent hands with make-up being provided by one of Craig’s former colleagues in the film industry who eased the bride into the day with juicy tales of her time working on ‘Mean Girls’!)

After stepping into her beautiful lace gown from Wed2B, Charlotte headed up the road to St Luke’s in Endon, her local family church, where Craig nervously waited out his final few moments as a single man whilst being fanned by his attentive groomsmen (well, you wouldn’t really choose to wear a three-piece suit when it’s 32 degrees, would you?!).

The pair became Mr and Mrs Cowper in an intimate ceremony consisting of their closest family and friends, leaving the church under a beautiful flower arch of purple blooms, lovingly made by Kate at Polly and Petal, who also took the photos!

Guests then spent the afternoon basking in the baking sun of The Ashes courtyard before enjoying a traditional wedding breakfast menu served up by Jenkinsons caterers. The bride’s mother, Jill, also treated everyone to two touching poems written specially for Craig and Charlotte, one being penned by Charlotte’s Nana Rose titled ‘Memories’ (both provided the perfect narrative for their feature film!).

The last official job of the evening was for the newlyweds to open the dancefloor to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ with Charlotte then choosing to share a moment with her father to Heartland’s ‘I Loved Her First’, a guaranteed tear-jerker! Mr and Mrs Cowper continued to dance the night away as if they were the only people in the room which made some of my favourite wedding shots of all time!

We cannot thank Charlotte and Craig enough for inviting us to film their wedding day…and for helping us to create one of the most beautiful wedding videos to date! We know these two will definitely have their happily ever after. x

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