It happens to us often that we experience something unexpected with people and places… and that is the case of Grace and Matt wedding at St Giles House. Just… wow. When we go to a wedding, we never know in advance what the unexpected will be. What will happen? Everytime it’s a surprise. In June 2022, we headed to the county of Dorset for St Giles House. We were there for 3 days, shot hours of footage with Super8 included (a lot of color and black and white film too) and it was great.
St Giles House is etched in our memories and we already know we are going there again next year for another wedding. Actually, you could just say “check out the video” but it’s so much more. Give a bride a Super8 camera and you will see… We think it was a great success (sometimes we have to give ourselves a pat on the back). So many great things happened at this wedding…
We also met some amazing vendors:
string quartet #CascadaStrings
cake: Sugar and Salt
Photography is fun, don’t be afraid of it. After all, it’s one of the most relaxing things about a wedding! In fact, it might be the first time since the morning that you have some quiet time to yourself to talk, relax and absorb all the emotions. Don’t think of it as extra stress, but more like a light walk outside.
Of course, we’ll advise you all in person as well, but we’ve decided to write most things down so you can read everything ahead of time. There are years and years of experience involved, maybe something will come in handy!
For our czech speaking friends (or friends with Deepl or Google Translate) we’ve added a few tips to our friend’s article Vita Malina. You can find tips and the article here: https://malinaphoto.cz/blog/uplne-nejvic-nejlepsi-svatebni-tipy
First preview of what we created for Grace and Matt at St Giles House in the south of England. Super8 wedding film, sweet, chic, groovy… – as we like it. How beautiful it was!
Venue: St Giles House
string Quartet #CascadaStrings
hair & Make Up @amazing_facedorset
cake: Sugar and Salt
And we have another Super8-only wedding movie, this time for our friends Kachenka and Vojta. Two Kodak 50D colour films, the band Gipsy, a beautiful day, dancing and lots of drinks… that’s what we like. Another wedding where a memory in the form of a film captures just a fragment of everything we experienced there. Thank you so much for inviting us.
muah: @veronikamykolenko dress: @mariemukarovskadress venue: @farmakalhov
One of the best parties we’ve been to! A wedding on a football field, bartenders from our favorite Aircafé, DJ Cliché behind the DJ desk… we danced till dawn, it started to rain like crazy, we had water up to our ankles and kept dancing anyway. Cliché played on demand directly for Perky Pug Films, well just perfect! And the best part at the end: we shot the entire wedding on analog Super8 (Kodak 50D) film only.
photographer: @kryspinphoto DJ: @dj_cliché drinks: @air.cafe coffee: @fcilespressobar catering: @restauracekonicek dress: @gabrielastulirova_atelier mua: @martina_styling
Make it yours and yours alone
We’ve seen it and we’ve experienced it: a couple thinks of a great thing, has great ideas, starts getting everything ready… and then the others come in with their opinion of what something should look like. That’s also why we shot in Iceland and Bali, our couples just ran away. You’ve thought of a casino wedding, go for it. You want to go to the beach, go to the beach. Donuts? Hamburgers? Streetfood? Whatever you want, just do it.
Sometimes you can tell from the video: the craziest and most content couples are usually the ones that just went and did all the ideas they came up with.
Experiences, not things
The internet can probably show you plenty of inspiration on what to do and how to make everything look perfect. Mostly, though, it’s advertising editorial and inspiration for what you should buy.
So think more about what you want to experience with whom, the decor and things around it are just underlining the most important thing: you and your family and friends. Enjoy your wedding, dance, drink and dance again. We don’t script weddings, we 100% respect everything you come up with (and always have a great time) and quite often the best things are things that aren’t planned too far in advance anyway.
Wedding video as a memory
Quite a specific tip. Wedding video - consider it carefully. It’s a great thing when videographers film experiences. Don’t let them film the stuff, the dress, the shoes and the decorations. Time flies at a wedding and in a video, and it just comes in handy to have footage of memories of people and “what it was like”. The feeling of the wedding day just has to jump out at you as soon as you press play. That’s what we’re always trying to do. It just depends on what really happens. Don’t try for epic shots or editorial shots of the two of you on the cliff when the wedding is in town. Most of the time it’s a 3 hour drive for a few shots and your guests are waiting for you in the meantime. A wedding should be a celebration, not a commercial. And most importantly: it’s not even a little bit timeless, there will be completely different trends a year from now that we should all follow. But we won’t, haha.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
At the end of the day, no one will remember the color of the wedding, what flowers were on the table and will not remember the wedding planning. All that matters is if everyone had a good time. And everyone will remember that forever. All the guests will do what you do: dance and they will dance. Sit at the bar and everyone will sit and drink with you and it will be a lovely conversational evening. There’s no manual on what to do, just do what you want.
And finally: drinks, drinks, drinks
Provide refreshments for everyone. Guests are arriving, they will be waiting for you, don’t leave anyone high and dry. It’s great to come up with something original, but it doesn’t matter that much. But a bar with a bartender and a bride and groom’s drink for a summer garden party is a pretty good idea.
This was lovely! ♥
photography: glorious @martinfaltejsek decor & event: @millionbells venue: @roubenkypodoborou
Svatební cirkus, budem tam zas! Stránky: https://www.svatebnicirkus.cz/ Těšíme se! Kdy a kde? Holešovická tržnice, hala č. 13, 29. a 30. ledna 2022. Fotka: Anna Édes.
For fashion brand Macešky we created short film Garden Celebration. Summer, Prague, wine, apples and wonderful people. Production: Veronika Svobodová, photography Lucie Urban.
Wedding of Lucie and Vojta on Super8 film (Kodak 50D).
Photography Víťa Malina and for czech speaking friends there are some kind words on Lucie’s blog.