Planning a wedding requires making many creative decisions and organisation, however when some of your plans are surprises for your guests there's also the task of keeping secrets to be revealed on the day. Having had several conversations with Matthew I was able to plan filming to capture these and also the reactions from the guests.
Before the helicopter landed carrying Matthew and Stephen, I set up cameras pointing towards the sky and also pointing towards guests gathered having drinks on the terrace. I really wanted to capture the reaction of Matthew's mum and also the boys exiting when it landed which required a quick dash from the house to the field. I think this came out pretty well, although for the future I learned that the blow-back from a helicopter is very strong. Luckily there was a quick moment for me to re-do my hair before the ceremony.
Following the marriage vows in the Queen's Gallery, guests enjoyed champagne and canapés in the courtyard. During this time I filmed the children playing, adults chatting as well as the photoshoot taking place nearby. Taking a step back means I can capture many natural moments without guests feeling like they're being filmed or observed.
After the wedding breakfast everyone gathered outside for sparklers, but were totally surprised by a spectacular firework show. When filming fireworks, you never know quite what will happen but I wanted to film as much of it as possible. For this part I used several cameras, one locked on a statue of a deer so you could see the fireworks as the background, a wide-angle on the entire display which left me to get shots of the couple and the guests.
A really fun day which will remain in their families' memories for many years to come. You can see Matthew and Stephen's Gosfield Hall wedding film below. Organising something special and out of the ordinary? Let me know - tell me about your plans.