Mr & Mrs Beange | St Mary’s Church Wedding

St Mary's Church

Early on a Saturday morning preparations were being made for a St Mary’s Church wedding. The happy, yet nervous, couple were Nicola and Cory. Soon to be Mr and Mrs Beange!

When we arrived in the morning of 13th August – to Nicola’s parents house – the bridal party were well into the preparations for the day. A hairdresser was present and the girls alternated between curling hair and painting nails. There was a lot of organisation to the morning so everything flowed wonderfully.

We also have to give a big shout out to Nicola’s mum, who was delightfully prepared and got us some bacon cobs when doing everyone’s breakfast ordering!

Within an hour the house was really getting busy, the kids were awake and the hair and make up nearly done. It was nearly time for Nicola and the girls to pop their dresses on. Each of the bridesmaid’s wore a beautiful knee length swing dress in varying shades of pastel.

The beautiful bride was buttoned into a gorgeous white 50’s style gown, the kind you want to twirl around and around in forever. Nicola’s father came to see her for the first time after finishing touches to hair and jewellery were added. Every bridesmaid and mother of the bride teared up as the ceremony drew nearer.

Cory’s morning looked somewhat different to the bridal party. At the house across the street groomsmen cracked open a can each and toasted to Cory over the morning’s football news! The atmosphere was much more relaxed, although the preparations were still well underway. There was shoe polishing, bouttoniere arranging and even some ironing going on!

For many of the weddings we’ve filmed at, there have been gifts at the bride’s house. Groom’s often get there groomsmen something too, but Cory really set the bar high. He gathered everyone out in the sunshine and presented each with a wooden chest. These were amazing gifts, each box contained a hip flask, some preferred tipples, a bow tie and a coordinating pocket square among other things. They were also personalised with names and titles – ‘father of the bride’, ‘groomsmen’, etc. Well done Cory, we think these were a great addition to your day. And the fellas filling up their hipflasks did too!

Apparently, the couple are rather fond of penguins too, we noticed some adorable cufflinks. The groomsmen had a colour scheme to stick to though and after juggling around belts and bowties, it was time for a wedding!

Cory and his best man got to drive to the church in a Porsche, kindly (temporarily!) gifted for the week! We hope you enjoyed that!

The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church in Queniborough. The church was full of friends and family when Nicola and her bridal party arrived. Cory was visibly and understandably a little more nervous now. As the bridesmaid and flower girls came down the aisle, there was a lot of adoration in the room from everyone. The couple’s daughters in their cute white dresses were enough to make Cory teary, especially when one ran up for a cuddle from daddy! Definitely one of the cutest moments of the day.

Despite the church’s sound system breaking, the service went smoothly and there were no objections! Some hymn’s were sang and there was a very emotional reading from one of the bridal party. After the certificate was signed there was just enough time for a very hilarious rendition of All Things Bright And Beautiful – made only funnier by the vicar forgetting where he was on each verse!

Smiles all round, that was it! Nicola Sharpe and Cory Beange were now officially Mr & Mrs Beange!

The party moved outside for group photos before they all travelled to The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields for the reception. The couple had arranged a bus for getting everyone there!

At Beeston Fields, there was a huge marquee set up for the guests to eat at (BBQ was the perfect choice for the weather!) and the gardens were full of games, bubbles and activities.

All the guests mingled and enjoyed the games and drinks before they sat down for food.

Speeches were made by Nicola’s father, the best man and Cory himself. Just about every emotion possible was felt by the guests in that half an hour.

There were toasts and tales aplenty. Stories from the stag do, army men and a beautiful nod to lost loved ones. Cory’s best man did a very good job of finishing the groom’s speech when it got very emotional.

After speeches Nicola and Cory got to escape the hustle and bustle for a little while and take a drive in the Porsche to get some beautiful photos in the grounds. We don’t think they were used to quite so many cameras pointed towards them! They were a great sports though and managed to enjoy a stroll back to the marquee as the sun was setting.

Check out this little snippet of their romantic walk!

The cake cutting came soon after, and the summery pastel colour scheme was present there too, with a giant pastel cupcake above 5 tiers of pink, yellow, green and orange cupcakes.

Mr & Mrs Beange’s last ‘first’ of the day was their wedding dance! It was a beautiful moment for them, and a lovely close to the day! They even managed to get lots of the guests up and boogying!

Thanks so much to Nicola and Cory for having us. We hope you love your wedding film as much as we do! Here’s to you and your beautiful family having a long and happy life together!

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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 Grant | Shearsby Bath Summer Wedding

Shearsby Bath

Simon and Layla could not have picked a more perfect location for their gorgeous wedding on 30th July 2015. They chose to tie the knot at Shearsby Bath – a stunning wedding venue in Leicestershire. The venue hosted ceremony and reception, so there was only a short walk from one to the other!

The ceremony was beautiful and Layla was the picture of happiness walking down the aisle on her mother’s arm.  Florals featured heavily throughout the décor and the bridal party’s accessories – with all the bridesmaids and the bride herself wearing vibrant flower crowns.

As you expect for a Summer wedding in Britain – the forecast was rain! So we were delighted when the clouds parted and allowed us some sunshine after the ceremony to capture some great footage of the guests and the newlyweds in the great outdoors. It was also a great change for the children to get outside and expend some of their energy, of which they had plenty! We love seeing the kids having fun at weddings and they certainly give us the run around whilst filming!

The party carried on through the evening and the event moved over to the marquee. Fairy lights, flowers and brightly coloured paper lanterns adorned the whole space, giving a truly summer feel to the wedding. The Grants also had beautiful handmade butterfly name cards on the tables that fit perfectly with the flower theme and a charming box to hold all the cards from guests.

We captured the couple’s first dance as husband and wife as the evening rolled in and the band played on. Soon after, everyone was up on the dance floor having a great time, even the children were still full of liveliness! Though that’s probably down to the selection of goodies on the sweet cart. We absolutely loved filming this wedding.

Layla and Simon are close friends of ours and we wish them a long life of happiness together. Thank you to the happy couple for letting us capture your day on film.

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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 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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