Jim and Joanne Pre Wedding Teaser

Had a lovely couple of hours yesterday getting to know Jim & Joanne ahead of their wedding at Hopetoun House in September.

We spent a couple of windswept hours over in Aberdour, along with the lovely Niels & Alie from Blue Sky Photography

Jim & Joanne, it was great fun, we do hope you enjoyed it too! I’m sure you’ll both now be a little more relaxed and after the stories you told, I can’t wait to meet Joseph 😉

Here’s a very short teaser, just a 50sec clip, but do watch this space in the coming weeks for more….

Cheers

Steve

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Thank you ash cloud!

Yes I know a lot of people were stuck and severely disrupted all over the world, and I know it’s caused terrible financial issues for a lot of companies the world over…er…but…thanks to the Icelandic volcano with the unpronouncable name, we benefited from a 4 day extension to our Easter holidays in the fabulous Costa Adeje, Tenerife.

It’s always a brill time of year to get away from things, and always a perfect time to completely unwind and get fully recharged ahead of the start of a very busy year.

We had a fab time and Callum especially loved the freedom of spending a lot of time with his new found friends in the hotel (how many new Facebook friends?!)  Plus his busy social schedule meant more time for us to just chill and soak up some of that wonderful sunshine. Win win all round!

So yes, we’re finally back with clear and fully focused heads to implement all the plans we’ve made for a cracking 2010 wedding season.  Exciting times ahead that’s for sure!

Here are a few snaps from the trip including Callum sharing his battle scars after being ‘hacked’ (so he says) by one of the London posse during footy!

Salut!

Steve

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Achnagairn House Wedding Highlights

Anne & Euan’s Wedding at Achnagairn House in the Highlands was just brilliant. The whole day was just great fun. From Anne and the girls exchanging lovely Tiffany gifts, to Euan making sure the guys would carry out their duties with military precision (in the pub!), it was a blast! Everything went perfectly, even the weather (considering this was the Highlands in January!).

So here is Anne & Euan’s Highlights. I’m sure Anne will want me to point out that she is ‘not a crier’, but I think the emotion of the day just took its hold during those vows… Well done Anne for maintaining your poise.

I’m really looking forward to seeing them again at Susie’s Wedding (Anne’s Bridesmaid) in August! I love that we are referred like this so often (I must be doing something right?) Oh and it was also great to see our previous couples Robbie & Kirsty, Alistair & Jody, plus Ben & Sophie all as guests at Achnagairn. See if you can spot Robbie giving his all to ‘Dignity’ on the dancefloor….

Thanks

Enjoy the film.

Steve

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Happy Mothers Day (Now with Added Video)

Happy Mothers Day!

Callum wanted to cook Yvonne a nice breakfast in bed, so I took the chance to capture this momentous occasion (our 11yr old ‘cooking’!!) on film!

Here is the result…. quickly edited in the style of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘F Word’. (Oh and I PROMISE it was ‘fudge’.  You’ll see.)

Here’s to mum’s the world over!

Steve

March 15, 2010 - 3:34 pm

mark - Oi Towle(s)

You can send over Callum with a screen wipe for my monitor which is now covered in tea!

I blame the parents…..

Mark

March 14, 2010 - 11:23 pm

Sarah & Jenny - Could Callum please come and get my lot trained! Actually can’t complain as I got a lovely link sausage roll this morning but not served with that finesse! Great film think you have a chef/actor in the making!

March 14, 2010 - 7:23 pm

Niels & Alie - Guys, you’ve made us smile lots over the last few weeks – amazing, no INCREDIBLE wedding films and now this epic how to make scrambled eggs (perfectly BTW!).
There truly is NO end to your talent.
You guys totally rock.
We can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

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Hopetoun House Wedding Trailer – Claire & Euan

Here is the second Trailer of this weeks series, showcasing something new from Design Scotland Video.

I’ll not talk about it just now but do watch this space for some very very cool news soon!

The film trailer is from Claire & Euan’s Wedding last weekend, at the awesome Hopetoun House!  Once again we had the pleasure of working with Niels & Alie from BlueSky Photography (click here to see their photos from this wedding!), and once again we shot far too much footage  😉      All good though – always better too much than not enough!

The Trailer is edited in a very dramatic style intentionally, but do bear in mind the shots were all taken when working alongside Niels and Alie and we still didn’t need to ‘pose’ Claire & Euan ourselves, so rest assured that we maintained a relaxed approach to the filming.

Claire & Euan, thanks for letting us get involved and we’ll have a cracking film ready for you in a few weeks time.

So, sit back and enjoy the show…..

Steve

PS: don’t forget, we love to hear your thoughts so please do let us know what you think in the comments box below.
PPS:  Niels & Alie, thanks for setting up that awesome petals shot – inspired!   Thanks also to Gemma from Planet Flowers for the BIIIG bucket of petals and the utterly gorgeous displays!!

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April 9, 2010 - 11:38 pm

Libby - I have to stop coming on this site….I cry every time!! This is truly spectacular!!

March 13, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Lynn Catling - Hi guys, from the couple below you! This trailer is absolutely incredible, WOW! So powerful and emotional, love the petals. Congratulations.
Steve & Stuart, you are simply amazing.

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Wedding Trailer – The Hub – Lynn & Gavin

Lynn & Gavin’s Wedding at The Hub in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile was just fantastic.  They were just so chilled about the day and enjoyed every last minute. Although it was a cold winter’s day, we had blue skies and the day just flew by, it was so much fun!  Photos by the lovely and very talented Niels & Alie at Blue Sky Photography

I grabbed Lynn & Gavin for a quick informal chat in front of camera during the morning preparations, and as those 5min Q&A’s gave me some lovely comments, I thought it best to share a snippet with you here.

Lynn & Gavin, thanks so much for letting us take part in your day, and I look forward to wowing you with the finished Wedding Film in the coming weeks, but for now just enjoy this little teaser to whet your appetite.

Cheers

Steve

August 7, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Mandy - My fiance and I are getting married at The Hub in September – we’re so excited, but this has made us even MORE excited!! Beautiful video.

May 12, 2010 - 7:17 pm

emma beyers - Oh my gosh, I was in tears a this !! simply stunning, Hollywood is calling xx

March 5, 2010 - 7:09 am

elisse - wow guys – cannot wait to see the whole thing – AMAZING!!!! e x

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Valentines Day pt2 – Hopetoun House Wedding

A fantastic venue for Richard & Laura’s wedding… The wonderful Hopetoun House!

A truly emotion day, and a couple very much in love, so I thought this film was a perfect choice for a video to share with you on Valentines Day.

Richard & Laura, you have been a superb couple and very patient in waiting for your film.  We wish you all the very best and hope you like this little snippet.

Steve

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Valentines Day pt 1

OK I’m a bit of a soppy sod, I’ll admit it!

I do like the opportunity to show Yvonne how much I love her, but this year she has blown me away with the thought that she’s shown and I know it’s a rather public place to say it but heck I really do love her.

From the wonderful Iggys Cupcakes, to the sublime bottle of Raspberry Vodka (very yum by the way!), the lovely cards and exquisitely prepared pancakes for brekky…. it’s truly brilliant to stop and take stock sometimes about how wonderful it is to be in a happy marriage, with the one you love.

Anyway I’ll stop before it gets far too soppy, and just share a couple of pix from today.

Happy Valentines day all!

Steve

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Angela & Mark – Highlights Glasgow University – Glenskirlie House Hotel Wedding

Weather? Shmether!

This film shows that no matter what the weather, weddings should be fun, emotional and all about friends and family.

Here’s a highlights from the Wedding of Angela & Mark who married at Glasgow University Chapel, with their reception at Glenskirlie House Hotel. A lovely fun day celebrating their love for each other and enjoying the company of family and friends.

So if you are a bride who’s stressing about the weather….stop! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your day. Soak it all up and enjoy the time spent with all your guests. These are special moments in our life to be treasured and no spot of rain should ever get in the way.

The film is introduced by a lovely reading from Angela’s sister, Claire.

Enjoy.

Steve

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Claire & Nick’s Highlights – Wedding Video Edinburgh

I’m way overdue with this film, so firstly thanks go to Claire and Nick for being so patient, I know you guys agree it was worth the wait, but it was a little later than I had anticipated!

The film below is the Highlights sequence that closes the main edit from Claire & Nick’s fab wedding at St Johns Church in Edinburgh, followed by the reception at Nick’s family home in Easter Belmont.

Once again I decided to use the speeches and vows in with the highlights to give it a more dramatic feel and work alongside the instrumental backing track. A nice blend of fun and emotion, and I do hope it gives a feel as to what the wedding day was like, something I try to do with all our films.

No two weddings are the same, so there is always a unique story to tell.

As always, do let us know what you think in the comments box below.

Still got a mountain of things to edit but getting there, oh and I’ll have a rather cool trailer coming in the week or two, so do watch out for that one.

Take care

Steve

PS: I thought I’d share with you Claire & Nick’s thoughts after watching the final wedding film: “…the words – utterly breath taking, slick, worth the wait, classy, thoughtful, all spring immediately to mind! Nick and I were away in Glasgow at the weekend but the DVD arrived – we popped it into the lap top on the plane and were blubbing like babies! Amazing memories – you truly captured us and the day perfectly. The editing and music choice is totally on point – brilliant and we will definitely treasure this in years to come.”  Cool:)

January 20, 2010 - 11:32 am

Fiona Deaves - Got to get a hankie now! Magic Steve !!!! x

January 20, 2010 - 1:35 am

Chuck Deleacaes - Steve,
Another wonderful video and what a lovely couple. Many blessings bestowed upon them and their future as husband and wife.

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Vodka. Yum. Thanks!

It’s always cool to receive thank you cards and emails from our happy couples and every now and then a little gift.

So thank you to the wonderful Sarah & Ian for sending Yvonne, Stuart and I a lovely little bottle of Raspberry Vodka each and a lovely heartfelt handwritten note.

I’m worrying that my blog seems to have a theme of Alcohol related gifts (vodka, beer and wine) but it’s lovely to know how much the DVD has meant to Sarah and Ian.

I’m still in the midst of a busy editing time with lots of pre- and post-christmas films to complete so it’s so rewarding to hear from couples how much they adore their wedding film.

We work very hard to make sure each film is as personal and individual as the couple themselves and of course all this attention to detail and bespoke editing does take time, so it’s doubly rewarding that after a 12 week wait our films bring back all those fabulous memories and makes the excitement and emotion so real, all over again.

I think I’ll have to add a future blog post and take some of the amazing comments and testimonials we’ve had over the past year and share them.  It’ll probably look a bit cheesy with all those incredible superlatives, but hey those are the kinds of comments and feedback we get week after week!

We are so lucky to be a part of our couples special day, and it’s a joy and a delight to be able to help create something that will stay with them forever, and indeed be passed on to future generations of family to enjoy.  Amazing.

It’s also cool just how many times we bump into couples over the years.  We get so many recommendations from family and friends of clients, that quite often we see couples as guests at other weddings.  In fact at the wedding in Achnagairn yesterday there were no fewer than 4 previous couples of ours, and another 2 from future weddings in 2010 and 2011 !  That’s from just 140 guests!

Did I mention how cool our job is?!:)

Well it’s time to go and chill just now after a very hectic couple of days filming.

Too early for that Raspberry Vodka though….

Cheers

Steve

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year everyone!

I’ll skip the usual run through of the important events of 2009 and skip straight to the run through of the past 2 weeks off!

Well it’s been a blur of relaxation, mulled wine, chocolates, TV, sledging, pinot noir, snowball fights, arguing over which film to watch, stuffing and turkey, champagne, and shovelling snow away from the driveway.  Pretty fabulous really (not even opening up Final Cut Pro to edit!)

I do have some photos somewhere, if I can find the memory card….

So onto 2010 then.

Lots of new things planned, some new edits, new filming, new gear and renewed vigour to get stuck into my handful of winter weddings.

New Years Resolution? I think as well as the usual dietary ones, it’s to utilise time a little better and from that, get the work/life balance more in favour of ‘life’.  2009 was far too mental!

So if you are planning your wedding for 2010/2011/2012 then enjoy it, relax but most of all, BOOK EARLY!

Happy New year!  All the very best!

Steve

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Thank You! See you in 2010!

Well that’s us finished the last edit for this year, we’ve still got a few left to do in January but should be all caught up early February, ready to get the exciting new plans into action for the 2010 wedding season.

So all that remains is to say a huge thank you to all of our couples, for being so brilliant and patient with us, and for all the thank you emails and cards – it gives us a huge buzz when we hear your thoughts on your wedding films.  It’s also a great relief to hear those words ‘it was so worth the wait”:)

So have a fabulous Christmas everyone, and all the very best for 2010 – it’s going to be a fabulous year!

I’ll leave you with a few photos I snapped over the past couple of days, out having some fun with Callum.

All the very best!

See you next year!

Steve

Merry Christmas!

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Princes Street Gardens Ice Skating

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Edinburgh

"wheeeeeeee!"

December 29, 2009 - 3:10 am

Chuck Deleacaes - Steve,
As always, great pictures. To you and your wonderful family, Happy New Year.

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Dundas Castle Highlights – Nicola & Garreth

Yet another Dundas Castle highlights – I did have 3 weddings there that month – but a beauty of a film too!

Nicola & Garreth had a stunning day starting off at St Giles Cathedral followed by their reception at Dundas.

Had the pleasure of working with Alan & Jackie again at Rankine Photography – always good fun:)

I’ll let the film do the talking….need to get back to some editing….Christmas is looming….

Enjoy

Steve

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Yeay, Callum’s home!

This week has felt really odd!  Callum (our 11yr old star of a son) has been away on a School trip in London all week!

He’s been telling us all about it this evening and seems to have a had a great time (they aren’t allowed to phone home or anything so it’s been a whirlwind couple of hours hearing all that went on).

He’s just so sweet as he bought me a gift…Actually he had to ask his teacher to buy it….and then asked her to carry it on the train all the way from London!

Here’s a wee before and after of the gift….

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Nice one huh!  he bought his Dad a nice bottle of beer from the Imperial War Museum!  What must his teachers now think of me?  Mum got a cool Christmas tree decoration from the Globe Theatre…. I still prefer my (really rather tasty) bottle of good old English beer (which again, I really enjoyed).

So thank you Callum:)

Oh and he forgot to post his Postcards and brought them home to post (I reckon he sold his stamps to a friend 😉 ) but I just can’t get over the line he wrote where he said “…just come back from the Science Museum, it was amazing…*”  then over a bit he qualified his asterisk by writing “* it would be much better with you”

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So sweet.

Shame he’ll be shouting at us and slamming doors in a couple of years!

Apologies for the personal post.  It’s been a long week without Callum, and we’re so pleased to have him home:)

Have a great weekend all!

Steve

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