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Alternative Wedding Videographer

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I’m an alternative wedding photography and alternative wedding videographer based in Birmingham in the West Midlands. I like to do things differently.

My approach to wedding videography

I believe in keeping things simple and I believe in focusing on people, emotions, relationships and individuality above all else. I don’t believe in following a template, as I love to make films that are as individual and interesting as the couples I have the pleasure of filming for. I love to capture all of the details and emotions that make each wedding so special without any of the cheese associated with traditional 90s wedding videography.

I love weddings, and I love alternative, fun, colourful, non-traditional weddings most of all. My own wedding to my husband Ed (who often films weddings alongside me) back in 2010 was distinctly non-traditional, so I understand where you’re coming from if you’re planning to get married but do things differently.

Alternative Wedding Videographer | A wedding couple of a horse and cart

Non-traditional Wedding Videography

There are so many ways to get married and celebrate with family and friends that differ from the traditional template of a wedding and I embrace them all. From big weddings to small celebrations, whether you’re planning to wear white (or any other colour), be given away (or not), elope, design your own ceremony, or pick and choose the traditions that mean the most to you and leave out all the rest, I would love to hear about your plans and join you on your wedding day to help you remember how much fun you have.

I also offer an alternative wedding photography and alternative wedding videography package, so if you’re after a fun, upbeat, music video style wedding film to sit alongside a full collection of photos but don’t care for having your speeches and ceremony recorded in full, then that’s something I can do! Simply ask about my ‘Music Video’ collection when you get in touch about your wedding day.

Get in touch to find out more!

Peak District Wedding at Shiningford Farm | Kirsteen & Paul

Fri 25th May 2018

A Peak District Wedding at Shiningford Farm

I’m really excited to be sharing the wedding videography highlights and some still frames (taken from 4K footage) from a Peak District wedding at Shiningford Farm near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

Kirsteen and Paul got married over the early May bank holiday weekend and celebrated with a wedding reception held in a PapaKåta sperry tent at Shiningford Farm. Shiningford Farm is an exclusive use wedding venue in Derbyshire on the edge of Carsington Water.

What makes Shiningford Farm weddings special is that you can stay on the farm for the whole weekend, not just for your wedding day. The venue is perfect as an outdoor wedding venue and has plenty of space to set up a marquee, tent, yurt or teepee and space to sleep upto 34 guests. If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the Peak District, do take a look at Shiningford Farm, it’s really quite special!

Peak District Wedding at Shiningford Farm | Peak District Farm Wedding

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How to Deliver an Awesome Best Man Speech

Tue 15th May 2018

How To Deliver an Awesome Best Man Speech | Groomsmen having their picture taken

How to Deliver an Awesome Best Man Speech

Wedding season has begun, and with it comes the return of seasonal search engine queries for ‘what to wear to a (fill in the blank) wedding’ and ‘how to deliver an awesome best man speech’. There are numerous articles out there telling you how to nail a best man speech, how to smash it, win it, own it, boss it, and all of the other macho terms. My guess is that you’ve already seen a few but that you’re no more confident about the task that lies ahead of you. I thought I would offer some solid advice, aimed at those of you who are nervous about your speech, from the perspective of a professional wedding videographer.Read more…

Is Wedding Videography Worth It?

Mon 14th May 2018

Reasons to have a Wedding Videographer | Is Wedding Videography Worth It

Is Wedding Videography Worth It?

Today I thought I would write a blog post about wedding videography to address the question: is wedding videography worth it? If you’ve already booked a wedding photographer, should you bother to invest in wedding videography too?

I know that many brides wonder if they’ll regret not hiring a wedding videographer after the day is done, so I thought I would offer some advice from the other side as both a professional wedding videographer and filmmaker and someone who has been through the wedding planning process on a personal level.Read more…

Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding | Bryony & Craig

Wed 18th Apr 2018

Today I’m sharing the wedding videography highlights and some still frames from Craig and Bryony’s Shustoke Farm Barns wedding which took place in late March on a bright spring day. Bryony and Craig’s wedding including their highlights film has also been featured on British wedding blog Love My Dress in September 2018.

After what felt like a very long, cold and snow filled winter (there was snow on the ground the weekend before their wedding!) I was so glad the weather held for them and they could enjoy the grounds and courtyard in the early afternoon sunshine.

A Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding in Spring

Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding | Shustoke Barn Coleshill

Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding | Blush lace wedding dress with three quarter sleeves

Shustoke Farm Barns in Coleshill has been purpose converted for use as an exclusive use wedding venue by family-run Cripps & Co who also own and run wedding venues in the Cotswolds and Northumberland. Shustoke Farm Barns features high vaulted ceilings, large glass doors on both sides flooding the ceremony and reception area with natural light, and one of my favourite features as a wedding videographer; glass covered diamond shaped brickwork at the back. The bokeh is amazing and it makes for a really special backdrop for the ceremony! If you ever catch me pointing my lens at the ceiling or floor, it’s because I’m a magpie for pretty light to use as b-roll (the detail shots that act like glue to piece wedding films together). Shustoke Farm Barns did not disappoint!Read more…

How to Plan for Rain on your Wedding Day

Fri 16th Mar 2018

Planning a Marquee Wedding | Preparing for Rain | Rain lashing a teepee tent

Planning and Preparing for Rain on your Wedding Day

I won’t quote that Alanis Morissette song, but I do understand, first hand, the weather worry that comes with planning an outdoor marquee or sperry tent wedding in the UK. When Ed and I were in the process of planning our wedding back in the summer of 2010 we worried about what we would do if it rained. Would our guests leave early? would we be warm enough? what would we do about photos? would the marquee keep us all dry? and would there be enough space for us all if we needed to be under the canvas all day? We had so many questions and I’m sure you have your own worries too.

The trouble is that even in August the weather in the UK is unpredictable. We’ve been to enough soggy Reading Festivals to know just how heavy and persistent rain can be in August and, at the other end of the spectrum, just how beautiful the days can be when the sun shines. Our August wedding could be roasting hot with clear blue skies, or it could be very wet, but no amount of planning or fretting could change conditions on the day itself. As it turns out, it did rain on our wedding day. It rained the day before as were setting up in the marquee and catching up with friends at the pub*, and it rained on the morning of our wedding too, right up until we walked hand in hand into our ceremony together to No Use For a Name’s ‘International You Day’ **. Thankfully the worst of the rain cleared by the time our ceremony had finished, and the rest of the day was dry.

Although we were lucky with the weather on our wedding day, we’ve attended as guests and filmed as wedding videographers some very wet UK weddings in a range of settings from hotels to tents, from midsummer to the darkest days of the year. I thought I would share some advice for those of you who are planning an outdoor or marquee wedding in the UK and are worried about the weather turning. It’s really not a disaster if the skies go grey, and I want to put your minds at ease.Read more…