On 14th June 2015 Belvoir Castle hosted a beautiful summer wedding. Richard and Lauren embarked on one of the happiest days of all to tie the knot in this beautiful Belvoir Castle Wedding! It was a pleasure to be able to film this day for The Hammonds’ and what a hectic day it was.
With the bride surrounded by friends and family, the day began at the castle. Lauren spent the morning surrounded by her bridal party while they all got ready, champagne at the ready! Grandma arrived to add some support and have a chat before the ceremony. So after a chat, it was on with the veil and Jimmy Choo’s – wedding time!
The first ceremony was an intimate ceremony in the Ballroom before the bride and groom headed down the grand staircase for a jewish blessing in the Guardroom, followed by a drinks reception in the Picture Gallery and of course a good old song and dance in the Old Kitchen.
The wedding was full of unique touches, including a sword to cut the cheese ‘cake’, classical musicians, dancing waiters and fireworks.
The video is one of our favourites since we began filming in 2014. I am sure we will find it hard to beat as we move ahead this year.
Kirby Castle Hotel was our most recent wedding venue for the brand new Mr & Mrs Fox. On the 18th April, the sun shone down on a busy morning of wedding preparation. Amanda and her bridal party (along with some gorgeous puppies) got ready for the big day! The bridesmaid dresses, hair pieces and car ribbons were all beautifully matching in their purple colour scheme.
Amanda looked amazing in her bejewelled all white lace off the shoulder wedding gown and her father also could not have looked prouder. The teardrop bouquet was perfect, combining all the subtle colours to pull everything nicely together.
The bride travelled in style to her ceremony, with a slick white Rolls Royce Phantom from Westend Chauffeurs to take her to the alter. The ceremony at the Kirby Castle Hotel took place after a bit of mingling in the sunshine for the guests. Nerves were palpable before the grand entrance but the ceremony was beautiful. The room was gorgeous, with a fairy light wall as the fairytale backdrop to the start of a new marriage. Emotional readings were made too before Amanda and Peter became husband and wife.
The vibrant atmosphere of the morning and the wedding continued through the day. The kids and dogs had boundless energy as the guests posed for various photos in the grounds.
Once the venue was redecorated for the reception, the guests were all seated for food. We loved the harpist, that’s a nice little touch we’ve never encountered before. The speeches were a brilliant mix of humour and embarrassing stag do stories!
There was a live band as the evening’s entertainment and we also love love love the wedding cake! It was a gorgeous 4 tier purple and white ombre sponge cake with stencilled puppy silhouettes!
We would finally like to thank to the new Mr & Mrs Fox, we wish you all the happiness in the world!
Adam and Kerry’s special day was further out than we’ve ever travelled before so we were thrilled to film an Alfriston winter wedding. And not only a winter wedding, a christmas one! The venue was stunning, all decked out with christmas trees and log wood fires.
The preparations began with champagne and hair curlers for the ladies, and cravat tying for the fellas!
Finally it was time for Kerry to see her husband to be at the alter. The ceremony was held at the Church of St Andrew and many friends and family witnessed the lovely wedding. As well as – of course – throw heaps of confetti in the chilly winter sunshine after!
Everyone headed to the reception in a quaint little venue full of christmas cheer. There were wreaths and christmas trees, candles and gingerbread men and a lot of baubles! The speeches sparkled as much as the room and champagne flowed as everyone toasted to the new bride and groom.
There was a second receiving line at the reception, although this one was a little different with guests opting for sparklers rather than confetti!
The couple were also big fans of Bhangra so the evening’s entertainment included a traditional Bhangra dancers which was awesome to watch! Luckily for Kerry, she could also get up and get moving. She’d already put on her dancing shoes – specifically a pair or personalised wedding sneakers!
Thanks to the new Mr & Mrs Hart for having us, we really had a great time and this was a wonderful close to our year! We look forward to everything 2015 has to bring as well!
On the 11th October, Rothley Court was the venue for an awesome Autumn wedding. The morning was spent deep in wedding prep – Jo and her bridal party got hair and make up done whilst the lads were suiting up.
The classic car for taking the bride and her father to the ceremony showed up and naturally the bridal party took the chance to have pictures.
The bridesmaids wore unconventional, yet beautiful, black swing dresses. This contrasted nicely with the flower girls and their white dresses. But none looked more stunning than Jo herself, in a breathtaking jewel encrusted, backless fishtail gown complete with train and matching tiara.
Bagpipes played as guests entered the building, ready from the ceremony. The car pulled up at the Rothley Court Chapel ready for Jo’s grand entrance. She was ready to walk down the aisle towards her future husband! The ceremony was intimate and full of adoration, as well as full of confetti at the receiving line!
Balloons, birdcages, candles, butterflies and lilies. The bagpipes featured again, and soon it was time for cake cutting and the first dance. The rest was history, the new Mr & Mrs King dancing the night away surrounded by friends and family.
Huge thank you to Jo and Dan, we hope you love the film – and each other – for years to come!
Mr & Mrs Woods tied the knot at St Andrew’s Church in Aylestone. From the get go it was clear that this couple had a strong passion for Leicester City football club.
The morning was full of so much getting ready! On Sarah’s side, she was preparing with 3 bridesmaids, a maid of honour and 2 flower girls! Chris wasn’t to be lonely though, he was accompanied by 4 ushers, 2 best men and a page boy. The bridal party and groomsmen all travelled to the church in style – specifically a 16-seat Hummer!
Sarah’s foster father gave her away at the family church and both her foster mum and the groom’s mum did beautiful readings.
After the ceremony, it was time for everyone to get to the reception venue at Whetstone Gorse Barn. There was a bus provided (albeit the wrong one!) and the guests all got fairly merry en route! The brand new Mr & Mrs Woods weren’t to be outdone though – their transport from church to reception was a white horse drawn carriage!
At the wedding breakfast, the LCFC theme was prominent in all the little details as well as more obvious ones. The centre pieces were created by a family friend, in the signature blue and white colours. Table plans, seating cards, candy cart and venue decor all matched perfectly!
Gorse Barn was an idyllic location, with space for a bouncy castle for the kids (and for Sarah!). The speeches were wonderful and of course we had to steal away the bride and groom for some respite before their first dance! Sarah managed to get herself a father daughter dance too.
The guests and family danced (and bounced) the night away as Chris and Sarah both spent their first evening as a married couple!
We were so pleased to be able to capture the wedding on film for The Woods, and wish them a lifetime of happiness!
Lee and Kaye had set their wedding date for the 2nd August 2014 and we were there to film it all! As our third wedding video at Forget Me Knot, this was really exciting for us. Our first was a tester and our second was that of Matt & Amy, founders of the company! This was a great chance for us to start being really creative with what we do!
Luckily for us, Kaye’s bridal party was full of energy during preparations in the morning. Once all the hair and make up was done, we took advantage of the cute garden scenery to film the bride and her bridesmaids having the time of their lives! They honestly looked like something from a music video when dancing under the shelter in the pouring rain. Kaye definitely got the chance to get a lot of use from her stunning wedding gown!
Lee didn’t disappoint either, he and his groomsmen were relaxed and light hearted (at least, on the surface!) for the morning’s final prep! They were also more than happy to get their boogie on!
Their ceremony took place at Rothley Church and was, of course, full of joy and hymns and cheers as they became husband and wife! The weather was kind too, with the sun shining down as family and guests posed for pictures. Next up was a champagne filled car ride to the reception were more mingling and drinks were on the cards.
The speeches were heartfelt and humorous and it was clear throughout the day that this was a couple meant for each other! In the words of the groom – “when you know, you know.”
Finally, it was time for the last few wedding day traditions – first dance and cutting the cake. Surrounded by adoring guests and even more dancing, the live band played on through the night. This was definitely a night to remember for the happy couple!
The Happy Couple
We love hearing feedback from couples, and when we sent The Cripps their highlight video, this is what they had to say!
“Oh wow wow wow!!!!!! We LOVE it!!! It’s perfect! We love the song as well and we would love you to use it on the full length & we don’t mind which one it replaces? As your the experts use what ever fits? Thanks again you really have captured the emotion and ‘energy’ of the day.. I will Definitely be recommending you to all my brides!!!”
Thanks again to Lee and Kaye, it was a total pleasure.
This colourful spring wedding, which took place on the 30th May 2014 at Belmont Hotel. It’s a very special one for Forget Me Knot, because it is in fact our big day. Matt and I feel that having our wedding film as part of our portfolio is important. Now we know how it feels to be filmed and of course, be apprehensive about it.
When I speak to couples about the process of the day, a lot of people (usually men) will say they are nervous about being filmed and this is exactly what my husband said at the time, so i can totally understand. I often explain that videographers will not come in with huge invasive cameras like the BBC, and take over the day. The truth is if you have hired a photographer it will be like you have another one there using the same size cameras, blending into the background.
Originally, we hadn’t planned to get our wedding filmed, and thats another thing so many couples say when I meet them at wedding fayres, but funnily enough whilst planning our wedding we decided to create a sister business for our company Kinetal Media. Forget Me Knot wedding films was created and so we had our entire day filmed. It was the best thing we did! Seeing everyone having the best time and myself wrapping my arms around Matt as we were declared man and wife is beautiful!
I still cry every time I watch it. We love the fact we can re-live our day over and over, and can’t forget a thing! It also showed how hard we had worked to plan everything, and how well everything came together. Now we are married, we can honestly say our wedding film means everything to us. It makes the most precious keepsake and we can assure couples planning their big days, that wedding videography isn’t just a luxury, it is a necessity.
Where it all started…
Matt and I had been together 8 years, and already had 2 gorgeous daughters together before we got engaged. After an anniversary meal at the Grey Lady Restaurant Matt had decided it would be a great venue for our wedding, however; he still hadn’t even popped the question, which was a bit confusing! 2 months later he asked me to be his wife, we were at home, so it was private and perfect. Matt gave me a beautiful, unique ring which was handmade in New York, which was then delivered to him in Las Vegas, where he was working at the time. Very special indeed!
Matt decided on our wedding date, and booked the Grey Lady for our reception venue for the 30th May 2014. We also booked to get married at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester City centre, they were brilliant and so helpful! The ceremony was personal and emotional, my big brother gave me away, our eldest daughter did a reading and cried throughout because she was so happy! I loved that we didn’t get our words mixed up and finally we were complete as a family. We hired a gorgeous Badsworth wedding car ‘Married in style’ for our wedding car, John showed true professionalism and was so friendly. He got everyone where they needed to be within plenty of time and he smiled throughout! To get all our guests to the reception we used a double decker open back bus provided by ‘confidence’ who also provided an excellent and reliable service.
The Grey Lady is next to Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, which is surrounded by beautiful woodland scenery. Willow trees surround the building and the noise of wildlife is just gorgeous. The venue itself has thatched roofs and the land is child friendly. They even have their very own pigs and Hens! It suited the style of wedding we wanted, and complimented the decor. The food is beautiful, and was a big talking point on the day and since. We opted for a three course sit down meal with a hot ‘buffet’ in the evening, with mini dishes such as fish and chips, lamb kebabs and burgers. Absolutely gorgeous!
I’m a quite a creative person and love the natural rustic look, my vision was to bring the outside in, and to create the look of hand picked flowers scooped up and put in jars. I started this style with the design of our wedding stationary. I designed them myself and passed them onto a very talented friend Taynee Tinsley who is an illustrator. We then got all our wedding stationary printed ourselves and had something completely unique. We also decided to word our invitations in a way which meant our daughters were inviting everyone, as we wanted to involve them as much as possible.
To create this style for our venue we got in touch with Nicola, owner of Eve Lily venue stylists. We were really happy that we could pass on our vision and we wouldn’t have to worry about the stress of piecing it all together on the morning, or the night before. As I had bought and made things for the venue, Nicola collected everything and along with her team they created exactly what we wanted and what we had spoken about in our meetings.
I remember walking into the room and thinking wow! The venue had been transformed and was complimented with beautiful bright flowers everywhere, bunting, lanterns. Most importantly, at the end of the top table, a special place for my mums photo and flowers. Getting married combined with losing my mum was overwhelming, and it meant a lot to me that she was involved in our day. We used a lot of photographs to symbolise people not being there on the day as well as photographs of us together through our relationship.
I really wanted our wedding to be unique to us, so to add to the style, I decided because we didn’t want to have flowers for the boutonnieres, i would make my own with buttons and other beads, I loved how they turned out, they looked great against the black suits and I received lots of compliments! I also created our guest place settings and decided we wanted to do something different for our wedding favours.
Alongside a childhood favourite; retro packets of fizz whizz, we had raffle tickets. We gave away three prizes to three very happy guests, although they did have to guess how many days Matt and I had been together! I also bought an old suitcase, for £1.54 from EBay and revamped it to create a home for all our cards. It was brilliant because we closed it up at the end of the night and took it to our hotel and read all the lovely messages in bed!!
Being parents ourselves, we really wanted children to join in our day so I created personalised goodie bags for them and mini jam jars with cloth gingham lids filled with sweeties. This was actually one of the most important things to get right. We had 23 well behaved children in the day. They all had an amazing time, some of them in the mud as it had been a bit of a wet week!
I like to think that I wasn’t a typical Bride, and let’s just say, I got told off a lot! The Dress was probably the thing I was least bothered about, I didn’t want to stress about it and I didn’t want to spend much money on it!! I bought my dress for just over £500, 4 months before our big day. It suited me perfectly and it meant I could spend more money on my favourite thing… my hair!
Tina Donovan has been my hair stylist for over ten years. What a talent! We discussed our ideas at length, and using private Pinterest boards she created my wedding hair, which I like to call a piece of art! Matt has since said my hair was his favourite thing too! He loved it because he knew I would have something different but he was still pleasantly surprised! Complimenting my hair was a bespoke hair piece made by Klaire van Elton. There were tears when Tina put it on, I felt like a Bride! It’s a stunning lace piece with silver thread and delicate pearls. Klaires work is perfect for brides wanting to wear something that will give the wow factor. Hopefully one of my daughters will wear it someday.
My make up artist was Beth Goode. I booked my make up trial on my hen-do, to put my make up to the test! (a great tip for all brides to be!) Beth made my eyebrows look amazing! I really loved the vintage look she created with smokey eyes and bright red lipstick, which really complimented my pale complexion. Beth made us all feel extremely relaxed and was great with my God Daughter on the wedding morning, lots of smiling and laughter.
Our two beautiful Daughters, my sister Emma, and my best friend Hannah were my Bridesmaids. Hannah lived in Dubai and I will always love that she travelled here for us. Best of all, a few days before she was due to come she decided that she was bringing my Goddaughter, so I had another beautiful Bridesmaid! They were all brilliant, they didn’t moan about a single thing! They gave me the support I needed, which is what every bride needs.
Matt was supported by his brother Jamie, my brother Michael, who also gave me away, and good friend Chris who was also our DJ in the evening. Everyone worked together perfectly and got Matt into gear as left the suits until the week before!
We also booked the amazing Sarah Salotti to do our photography, I met her at Eve Lily’s wedding show. Within 5 mins of talking to her, I had booked her! She made me realise how important it is to make sure you have those keepsakes. Sarah’s style of work made me fall in love with the idea, as it suited us and our wedding perfectly. Sarah was fantastic on our engagement shoot, she was brilliant with our girls and everyone on our big day. Sarah kept everyone at ease and is so friendly. She’s fun and is a true professional. When we received our final product it took me right back to our day. Sarah’s attention to detail is phenomenal.
Matt and I decided we wanted a band, but not the obvious band people thought we may go for. We met the Kit Mason Trio and wow we fell in love with Sarah’s voice instantly! We didn’t even look at any other bands as we knew the three piece were exactly what we wanted. Fun, talented, classy and happy!! I love how they put their own style to songs, we all loved dancing to the Disney songs!
Vintage photobooth.me were a late edition to our wedding plans but we are so happy with them! They set up and packed away without us knowing! All our guests had the best time taking photos using all the crazy props. They all loved that they could take their photos home too! They gave us a USB on the night which had every photo taken in black and white and colour! Let’s just say some of the men got excited and we have some interesting pics! Amazing service and an unforgettable addition to our day!
Charlotte owner of Bitsys Emporium of awesomeness is really an absolute delight and so are her beautiful cakes. We asked Charlotte to do a few different types of cake to create a cake display. We had a two tier cake. One tier of chocolate fudge brownie and one carrot cake smothered in cream icing.
Cake pops galore, topped with multi coloured sprinkles were placed in my DIY jars. We had ice cream style vanilla cake cones topped with flakes and raspberry sauce too. WOW! The whole thing was demolished! An amazing talented lady to work with and the best cake I’ve ever had. We love her cakes so much we actually book with Charlotte for every cake occasion.
So I think it’s worth mentioning, it’s completely true when people say you can’t plan for everything. Matt was actually really poorly on our day, he managed to eat his main meal, but nothing else. He couldn’t drink all his favourite beer the venue provided for him. He managed our first dance but felt very uncomfortable and he couldn’t really enjoy the day to the full.
We travelled to our LA/Hawaii honeymoon two days later via Heathrow airport where Matt lost his wedding ring! We bought our wedding rings from Tiffanys- New York 9 months before. I’m not sure how most would feel but I really didn’t care!! We were finally married and that’s all that mattered. It wasn’t time to sweat the small things. Luckily Matt felt much better a few days into our holiday. It was the trip of a lifetime and a perfect way to start married life together.
Please feel free to watch the highlight of our wedding film.
Mr & Mrs Goode’s wedding at Normanton Church was our first ever wedding video! We were incredibly excited to begin our new venture into wedding films.
The wedding took place on March 29th 2014 at the beautiful Rutland water. We started with bridal prep at the location and groom prep too. We spent the morning with everyone getting ready for the special occasion and captured footage of the excitement and nerves in abundance!
Their ceremony was held in Normanton Church and they had arranged a great mode of transport for groomsmen and family – a wedding bus! The happy couple were blessed with gorgeous sunshine for the whole day! We managed to take advantage of the stunning location and get some lovely memories on film.
The wedding bus then took the couple and close family to the reception, where everyone got to enjoy some food! And of course, some funny speeches! The Goode’s also had great entertainment in the form of a live band. First dances are always a blur, so we thought it was important to capture that for the newlywed’s.
As the night went on and the party continued, we were really grateful to have spent a “Goode Day” filming! For our first ever venture, we are incredibly proud of what we’ve put together for Barry & Beth and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together!