Mr & Mrs Chevin | Brooksby Hall Wedding

Brooksby Hall

The end of July saw the beautiful Mr & Mrs Chevin enjoy their Brooksby Hall wedding in style. Dave and Lois’ wedding was a pleasure to film and certainly had a few unique elements!

One of our favourite things about the whole day was their Wedding Hashtag. This has become quite a popular trend recently, where couples have a catchy, unique hashtag for their day. This means anyone from the day can post and find pictures very easily on social media sites! In this case just add #TheChevsWed to a picture from the day and other wedding guests can see images you took!

Our bride had a busy morning of getting hair and make up done with her bridesmaids. The room seemed so relaxed you hardly would have known what a special day was ahead!

We usually tend to know about all the little surprises and secrets – so we can catch them on film. But even we were shocked the morning of the wedding to find out there was something we didn’t know! The groom’s friends and family had a surprise for him he’d never forget – a helicopter ride! That’s right, Dave and his best man travelled like no other to the Brooksby Hall grounds for his wedding. His mum and dad also got the scenic travel to the venue and enjoyed an alternative look at Leicestershire from the skies!

(Check out Hazel Skye for the awesome 360 images we managed to capture from the day!)

The guests filled up the grounds, eager to get a look at the bride’s transport too. They had a stunning vintage VW Camper Van for the bridal party to get to the church. Now it was time for all the friends and family to head in for the ceremony, after all, they can’t see the bride before the wedding!

Lois looked absolutely incredible in her gown and had a brilliant army of bridesmaid to help arrange her dress and hair and flowers. They were all smiles as the minutes ticked down and finally it was time for Lois’ grand entrance.

After the ceremony there was plenty of time (and beautiful weather!) for photographs with family and friends, and again we managed to put the 360 camera into action for a charming shot of the couple. The grounds were a beautiful backdrop for photos and filming, as well as a great location for the entertainment – Morris Dancing! Tattered coats and bellpads all round – the morris dancing was a popular hit with many of the guests.

Speeches were made after the wedding breakfast and they did not disappoint. From loving memories and hilarious recollections of the past, the general theme was of well wishes to the future for the newlyweds. And something about rainbow umbrella hats…

The reception was soon underway, Lois and Dave shared their first dance as husband and wife. The cake was cut, and all that was left to do was party!! It was a beautiful wedding and a pleasure to video. We were also really happy to see Mr & Mrs Jackson and Mr & Mrs Fowler, whose wedding videos we also filmed! You can see those too, though be warned, it’s all very emotional!

Thank you to Dave and Lois for letting us capture your beautiful day on film! We hope you spend the rest of your lives making each other very very happy!

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Mr & Mrs Young | Barnsdale Lodge Wedding

Barnsdale Lodge

Barnsdale Lodge hosted a stunning wedding on the 24th June 2016. Ellen and Ian were to become Mr & Mrs Young. So much about this wedding made it beautiful! Let’s start at the beginning before we get ahead of ourselves. Bridal prep was full of fun and laughs, the children took the chance to play out … Read more

Mr & Mrs King | Sketchley Grange Hotel Wedding

Sketchley Grange Hotel

Chelsie and Ryan’s wedding day took place at St Mary’s Church and the beautiful Sketchley Grange Hotel. The morning of June 18th began with busy hair and make up prep for the bridal party. A few of the bridesmaids were younger so there was a lot of energy in the house! Balloons flying, bright pink … Read more

Mrs and Mrs Floyd | Mythe Barn Wedding

Mythe Barn

Mythe Barn is a gorgeous location for a wedding (check it out here!)! Winter weddings are not always the most popular choice, but on 6th December Hayley and Sarah chose to go for a more unique wedding theme. Their love of Harry Potter was the epicentre of the Floyds’ big day.

So many little touches made the theme shine through. The confetti was made from book pages, as well as the blue tipped paper roses. The seating plan saw each table named after well known landmarks and places in the fictional world. Even both brides had customised their shows to show the “Marauder’s Map” from the franchise. Even the cake was a perfect miniature depiction of Hogwarts castle, complete with a pair of owl toppers!

Everything took place at Mythe Barn, so we arrived to film the prep, in which the girls had to carefully plan their hair and makeup timings, as they were using the same room to get ready! Cards were exchanged and it most of the time, these are incredibly emotionally and heartfelt. So it was refreshing and amusing to see a card that read “arghh, I’m going to be your WIFE!!!”.

Chairs set up and candles lit, it was time for our brides to walk down the aisle, each accompanied by their fathers. The bridal party (parties?) wore royal blue. The guests all gazed on with smiles on their faces as the civil ceremony went on. Finally… Hayley and Sarah were Mrs & Mrs Floyd!

The couple and their wedding party ventured outside to get some family photos while the room was transformed for the wedding breakfast. The guests ate their food, listening and laughing with each other during the speeches too.

Hayley and Sarah also managed to get a little bit of time on their own for pictures before more guest pictures. We loved the little wand duel set up with the guests! Not only were the guests up for that, they loved the live band that played and weren’t afraid to dance.

The only thing left to do was enjoy the rest of the night! Oh, and get some chocolate frogs from the Honeydukes Express!

Thanks to Sarah and Hayley for having us at your beautiful winter wedding! We really loved being able to capture the day on film for you. We wish you all the happiness for the rest of your lives!

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Mr & Mrs Hammonds | Belvoir Castle Wedding

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.

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Thanks to Hazel Skye for the photographs.

Mr & Mrs Cripps | Rothley Church Wedding

Rothley Church

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.

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Mr & Mrs Hughes | Belmont Hotel Wedding

Belmont Hotel

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.

Amy & Matt Hughes

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