Tears, laughter, dancing and smoke bombs… 2016 was a truly fabulous year, leaving us with wonderful memories of gorgeous couples, stunning venues and fabulous new and renewed friendships with other wedding suppliers.
Our Story Of Your Day Awards 2016 pay tribute to some of the memorable moments we enjoyed and the lovely people we met.
The SOYD Awards 2016 are unique in the wedding industry: there’s no entry process, nor an entry free and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to attend a glittery ceremony! Our awards are solely based on the pleasure and enjoyment you all gave us throughout the year.
Best Location: Sorrento in Italy
Ah the Amalfi coast, what an amazing place to get married. Rachael and James tied the knot in Sorrento in August at St Francis Cloisters, followed by a reception at Villa Antiche Mura. Stunning.
Best Speech: Tom and Cari
Cari and Tom were married in the same Prestatyn church that Cari’s grandparents got married in more than 60 years ago and what a wonderful day it was. All the speeches on the day were clever, thoughtful and emotional. But Tom’s best man, Mark Ovens, was the most original speech I’ve ever heard.
It was funny, well-thought out, perfectly timed and left everyone in the room in tears of joy (even us videographers and the photographers and we’ve heard a fair few in our time).
Favourite Venue: Goldsborough Hall
We are lucky enough to be the recommended videographer for many venues – from rustic barns, beautiful period houses to castles and chateaux.
This year we’ve been at Goldsborough Hall to cover a number of weddings. What we love most, is that the bride can get ready in the morning at the hall, walk to the church to get married at the entrance of the venue and then enjoy her celebrations back in the gardens …. just perfect.
Favourite Highlight: The Jive
After saying ‘I do’ at church, Debbie & Matt took their guests to East Riddlesden Hall to have a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. It was one of the most fun weddings I have ever worked at and one of my favourite things about the day was Debbie and Matt’s Jive for their first dance.
Cutest Moment: Caroline and Charles in church
A moment that encapsulates perfectly the power of having a wedding film to relive your day – when Caroline glances up at Charles at the altar and her face cannot hide how much he means to her and he looks so happy too.
Most Fun with a Photographer: Dominic & Zoe at Daniella + Ben’s wedding
This year I got to work with Dominic and Zoe again, but this time at Daniella and Ben’s wedding at Newby Hall. When you work at a wedding all day, often for more than fifteen hours, it’s always nice to work alongside other amazing suppliers…
You’re ‘on the ball’ for the whole of the day, which is why I love working alongside photographers Dom and Zoe. Not only do we work well together but when we do have a little downtime they’re such a good fun and good-humoured couple and certainly help bring out the best in me throughout the day.
That’s also why they’re on my hand-picked blog of favourite photographers to work with.
Epic Wedding: Nisha and Hersh
A wedding to remember – two days at the stunning Orchardleigh House in Somerset and a wonderful display of a Hindu celebration of marriage. Nisha is from Australia and Hersh, a filmmaker from the US, so it was an absolutely honour to capture their day in what was essentially a Destination Wedding in the UK.
I loved filming this wedding for so many reasons. A fabulous venue, beautiful vibrant colours and boy, WHAT a party!
Favourite DIY Wedding: Eve and Louis in France
Eve and Louis wanted a simple wedding in their favourite country – France. Not all chateau weddings are extravagant affairs and theirs at Chateau St Julien was beautiful, intimate and put together by the couple and all their family and friends who shared their weekend with them.
From the hand-picked flowers from the gardens of the chateau, the hand-made favours made by the bridesmaids the day before to the hand-written signs on the bedrooms. Eve had decided she wanted to embrace the natural environment rather than bring in lots of suppliers and it was perfect.
Most Emotional Groom: My very own Ash Hawkins
Here’s what happened at Norwood Park when our very own cameraman Ash said his vows to Becks. And yes I was in tears at the front filming. That is all.
Something Different: First Look – Emily
It’s always nice to do something new. When I chatted to Emily about her very intimate wedding at Burythorpe House in Malton with only a handful of guests, we wanted to come up with something to bring her film to life.
Emily is an adventurous person so when I suggest a First Look – when the groom sees the bride before the ceremony in a moment for only them to share – she jumped at the chance. That moment was SO well worth the logistics of making it work.
Best Entertainment: Mark Waddington
What can I say about Mark Waddington… the most amazing close-up magician I have ever seen in action. Now you’d think because I’ve filmed him so many times I would have the chance to work out how he does he tricks. But I just can’t.
He has couples and guests at weddings in stitches of laughter and amazement. When I am told that Mark will be at a wedding entertaining the guests, I am always very pleased.
These awards are just a little fun. I can honestly say that 2016 has been my best year in business, meeting the most wonderful wedding experts and suppliers, venues and, of course, couples.
If you were to host your own awards, what and who would you include? Let me know.