2015 has been an incredible year.
For my wonderful couples who invited me to be part of their day and film their wedding.
For my amazing wedding industry friends and colleagues embracing the challenge of taking on couples’ dreams.
And for me, going from the known into the unknown.
It was a year of many firsts, of travel, unexpected moments, living up to ‘high’ expectations, being in two places at once, and of brides and babies.
And ultimately, this was a year of change.
For us all.
Your wedding is just the beginning.
The START of a new adventure.
My year has been a time for change too.
At the beginning of 2015 Story Of Your Day was little more than a ‘paid hobby’.
A fantastic and thriving little business admittedly … But there were no plans for me to make it into my new career.
I had no ambition to give up my successful career as Reporter and Presenter at the BBC.
But in September this year. That’s exactly what I did. I resigned from the BBC and went it alone.
From reading the news in the comfort of a studio …
To getting dirty on the deck in order to get the best footage …
I want to thank all my friends and family for their support and some amazing women I have met along the way through the Female Photographer Association, especially my mentor Charlie Kingsland-Barrow.
Taking this step and leaving the BBC was most definitely the highlight of my year.
It coincided with reinventing, rebranding and becoming more niche.
Becoming the chosen videographer of couples not just wanting their wedding day filmed but their story told.
A WOMAN, with a CAMERA, telling YOUR STORY
I’ve loved each and every one of the weddings I’ve filmed this year;
From the small intimate ceremonies in village churches, to grand weddings at castles and Chateaux; traditional English services to Abbey blessings; beautiful Chinese Tea Ceremonies to Russian Greek celebrations
I remember what a relaxed morning it was.
How Marilou was ready, in her dress, relaxing with her bridesmaids with a glass of champagne more than an hour before her ceremony.
Since then a warm and familiar friendship has developed between myself and Marilou.
And now Marilou and Andy are expecting their first baby and I am delighted and excited for their new beginnings and the adventure ahead of them.
Another of my brides also expecting is Sophie Boost.
Sophie and Jan-Willem’s wedding was on mid-summer’s eve in Oxfordshire.
It was a beautiful wedding.
But the unexpected happened during the ceremony.
A moment which proves my belief…
If a picture speaks a thousand words, imagine what a film can do?
Probably the biggest wedding for Story Of Your Day in 2015 was that of Anna and Adam.
They had exclusive use of Alnwick Castle aka Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.
To make the most of the day drone footage was used. Again another first for Story Of Your Day.
2015 also gave me a taste of destination weddings too.
Clare and David had their wedding at Chateau Rigaud near Bordeaux. It was simply sensational.
All their family and friends travelled from Dublin to celebrate their day.
Then there was the wedding where it felt like I should be in two places at once …
Will and Winnie brought their friends over to the UK from Hong Kong.
Their day started with a Chinese Tea Ceremony at Matfen Hall, then a fifty mile journey to Alnwick Castle for a civil ceremony, another fifty miles to Hexham Abbey for a Blessing and finally rounding the trip off by returning to Matfen Hall for an impressive ceremony and fireworks.
In October I brought my filming mentor, Real & Short’s Alejandro Calore, over from Argentina to run a cinematography seminar for fellow Videographers in Yorkshire.
I also had a ‘Face to Face’ training session, further honing my own filming skills.
For all my wonderful couples that married this year…
Thank you for inviting me to be part of your day.
For choosing Story Of Your Day to capture your day and your memories on film.
Happy New Year to you all.
I share your enthusiasm, your excitement and sense of achievement.
And for those getting married in 2016.
This is YOUR year. Make all your dreams come true.