Meet Your Nottingham Wedding Videographer

 

 

Hi everybody, I’m Ellyn. Originally I’m from Canada but I’ve been in the Nottingham of 10 years. “Now how did that happen?” I hear you say. Well it’s a long story that starts with me in early twenties who had no job, lived in her crazy mother’s house and had just been dumped. So of coarse I did the only rational thing and packed a few bits and went on a grand backpacking adventure which eventually led me to stay on a friend’s spare room in Sherwood. A short stay turned into a long stay because I got a visa, got a decent job, met some great people and eventually Nottingham began to feel like home. Now I’m married to a lovely chap, we have a one year old baby and a bastard cat, and I have my dream job filming happy couples all around Nottinghamshire and beyond.

I love true crime podcasts, luxurious bubble baths, live comedy, classic rock music and anything salty. Oh and I forgot to mention, I LOVE WEDDINGS!! Here’s me on my wedding day in West Bridgford.

My credentials:

  • I studied film at uni, got a couple internships in my hometown of Toronto, then moved to LA where I was technically a production assistant but I mainly just tagged along to parties and made notes in meetings.
  • Filmed friend’s weddings and birthday parties and really loved it but I didn’t even consider it as a job
  • Worked at a corporate video company in Nottingham for three years where I got pretty good at planning, filming and editing shoots. I loved the creative freedom of film making but filming boring old dudes talk about some new software or business initiative didn’t cut it, so I started filming weddings on the side.
  • After a couple reebies I started making some money. Then as I got better, got better equipment and  generally a bit more confidence, I started doing Bright and Beautiful Films fulltime.
  • That was five years ago. About 200 weddings. Thousands of editing hours. It’s been unbelieveable.

I have a few personal style rules I like to follow when filming weddings. But to sum them up I rely on my handy-dandy motto “the wedding video is not more important than the wedding”. That’s why

  1. Don’t bring in any massive, distracting equipment or insanely large crews.
  2. Get the best shot you can without interrupting the guest’s experience.
  3. Don’t micromanage the portraits, just capture the couple having a good time.
  4. Take up as little time with the couple as possible, they want to get back to the party.
  5. Don’t charge an exorbitant amount. Make a profit but don’t take the piss.

If all that sounds good to you, check out how things usually go during the weddings I film. Hopefully you like the cut of my jib and feel inclined to get in touch. I love chatting about weddings and painting a picture of how I can contribute to your wedding in particular.

Pre Filming

I would love to chat you and your partner either over a video call to discuss your wedding. We will lock down exactly what you are looking for from me and how involved you want me to be on the day. Once you’ve decided to book me (thank you) I’ll let you carry on wedding planning.

About 6 weeks before the wedding I’ll get in touch to arrange a briefing call. We’ll discuss the schedule, who the key people are, logistics and the video’s edit schedule. On this call I aim to enter into the friend zone a bit. I want you to feel comfortable with me on the day and like I’m just another guest, not some stranger.

Wedding Day

I like to arrive as early as possible and get at least an hour of preparation shots. Then I go to the venue to film the details while it is empty and set up my cameras for the ceremony. I’ll mic up the groom and officiant and the next half hour or so is out of my hands (yey congrats, you’re married now).

 

During the reception I film lots of the guests chatting and enjoying themselves and generally getting scene-setting shots. For speeches I will mic up all the speech givers. I always film the speeches in full, so if you only bought a highlight video but decide later that you want the speeches too, I will have them. Following that, no one looks good eating so I usually wait until cake cutting or dancing to jump back into filming mode. But all that being said, all weddings are different and I will work around what you have planned. I go into more detail about how I can capture your wedding on the Packages page. If you are interested.

Post Filming

I will edit the footage and send you a version one for feedback. It usually takes 8-10 weeks for me to get it to a good enough place to share it. Together we will go back and forth until you are happy (but hopefully I nail it the first time). When the final product is approved, I’ll pop a little care package in the post so you have a physical copy of your film.

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