Amy & Robbie - St Bartholomew's Church Wilmslow & Rookery Hall - 8th April 2017

From the moment I met Amy and Robbie I absolutely knew this was going to be the kind of wedding I'd never ever forget. Everything added up for me - the music, the energy, the theatre, the laughter and the fun; this was a wedding that summed up everything that's ever been a part of my own life! I instantly felt at home with Amy and Robbie, and all their amazing friends and family who made us feel so incredibly welcome. 

Amy and Robbie are both have careers in professional musical theatre, and Amy has recently returned from a tour in Asia as part of the cast of 'Wicked'. Can you even start to imagine the amount of singing and dancing that happened during the bridal preparations? Imagine your favourite Disney film and night out rolled into one... yep, THAT! I was dancing too, I assure you, just not while the camera was rolling ;) 

The whole day was absolutely beautiful from start to finish. A good friend of Amy had organised her choir, the Manchester Chorale, to sing before, during and after the wedding service, and they were an incredible addition to the day. There was no shortage of enthusiastic singing in the hymns either - I think you can guess what it sounds like when a talented bunch of musical theaterites sing Lord of the Dance! 

The sun shone all day - in fact it was probably the hottest day of the year so far. Rookery Hall was the absolute perfect setting for what was just such a fun-filled, warm and emotionally beautiful day. Amy's dad produced one of the best father of the bride speeches I'd ever heard, and seen.. I say seen as Amy's teddy (well, orangoutang actually) George, played quite a big part in this as he had to pop back home to collect the forgotten speech. We watched on a projector screen as little George left Rookery Hall in his little 4x4, all the way home and back again, making a grand entrance into the wedding breakfast room to rapturous applause and much laughter. I'd met George earlier in the day as he was getting his custom made (let's not mention build-a-bear) suit on. You'll see him appear in the film with a much needed glass of prosecco. I have my own teddy, Rupert, who I've had since I was a baby. To this day I never go anywhere without him, he's always in the suitcase and has seen the world. I started to wish I'd brought him along to the wedding as a companion for George!

Thank you so much you guys for making us feel so welcome, and thank you for booking us and making us a part of your day. 

 

Enjoy these images taken from their film footage x

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Cath xx

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Anna & Grant - St Andrew's Church and Armathwaite Hall - 18th March 2017

Filming in the Lake District is always an absolute pleasure, even if on this occasion we had to dodge the rather typical Cumbrian showers. Anna and Grant chose two beautiful venues - they were married in the heart of Penrith, at St Andrew's Church, and held their reception at the stunning Armathwaite Hall, not far from Keswick, and overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake.  

I was greeted by a very excited but slightly nervous Anna, make up done and hair all ready, at her parents house in Penrith in the morning. Preparations had started very early on, which always makes for a really relaxed bridal preparations! 

Anna had a mad dash into the church from the car, as by the time she arrived the heavens had well and truly opened. A very happy and smiling Grant was waiting for her as her dad escorted her up the aisle. Andy Whitaker from the Cumbria-based band 'Highly Strung' played Anna's entrance music.

Armathwaite Hall was alive with friends and family of Anna and Grant having an absolute ball. The weather never gets Cumbrian folk down, there's always a determination to have the most amazing party whatever the weather, and that they certainly had. Emotional speeches, beautiful video messages, and an incredibly packad dance floor thanks to Highly Strung's incredible performances, all contributed to a fantastic day for the new Mr & Mrs Davidson.

Thanks so much for asking me to film your big day x 

 

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Leonnie & Andy - Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh - 10th March 2017

Leonnie and Andy chose to get married at one of the most stunning venues I've ever had the pleasure of filming at - Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh. I'd seen images on the website, but nothing prepared me for just how stunning the interior of this building is. The Mansfield Traquair is often described as Edinburgh's Sistine Chapel, and I can see why. The building took my breath away as soon as I entered it. 

This was a slightly unusual wedding for me in that Leonnie's bridemaids booked and paid for a cinematographer as a present for her. Up until a couple of weeks before the wedding all the correspondence was with Danielle, until they gave her the news that she would have a film to remember their wedding by. I won't lie, I enjoyed the excitement of knowing I was a gift, and a surprise, and I'm very pleased it was a nice surprise!

Leonnie got ready at Well Court Hall, another absolutely stunning place. The sun was shining when I arrived, and the light was beautiful. The whole day continued to be characteristically spring-like, putting everyone in a fabulous mood. Well done Edinburgh for putting on the sunshine for this gorgeous couple. We had an absolutely fantastic day with you all.

Here are a few screen shots of Leonnie and Andy's day, and please do watch their preview film. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed filming it. 

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Wonderful to work alongside Cyprus-based photographers Beziique - such a lovely couple whose images are just beautiful. 

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Victoria & Stuart - Southport - 4th March 2017

Victoria and Stuart got married on what could well have been (certainly in Southport) one of the warmest days of the year so far. Beautiful sunshine greeted Vicks, who looked stunning in her dress. Vicks and Stu's wedding, although organised by themselves, was kindly supported by the wonderful charity Gift of a Wedding, as Victoria has been diagnosed with a life-shortening cancer. Myself along with fellow photographer Alex Ford donated our services free of charge, via the charity. The ceremony was held at Southport Town Hall, followed by a church blessing at Kew Church, where Vicks and Stu are heavily involved with the work of the Scouts. The reception was an intimate gathering at the Pageant Pub, also in the Kew area of Southport. The children clearly have so much love for this wonderful couple, and the children mean the world to them. Not only did they provide a guard of honour for Victoria after their ceremony at Southport Town Hall, they gathered in front of the pub to proudly display a banner they had worked so hard to make for the new Mr and Mrs Eley. 

Beautiful couple, and a wonderfully warm intimate wedding. Alex and I are very proud to have had the honour of photographing this very special day. 

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Little Wings Photography Promotional Film

Last week I spent a day with Manchester-based photographer Matthew Grainger, at his studio 'Little Wings Photography' in order to produce a promotional film for the business. Matt is a very accomplished wedding photographer, but he's also a specialist in newborn photography and portraits, and he's truly fabulous. 

All images taken by Matthew Grainger  

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I joined Matt just as his first cake smash model arrived. Emily was first up, and she took a little bit of persuading that the camera was her friend! Matt has a brilliant manner with the children, with heaps of toys and props to keep their attention and make them smile for the camera. 

This was the first time I'd filmed a photographer in action in a studio, and the first time I'd been witness to a cake smash. I'm not sure I was quite prepared for the mess... let alone all the stickiness! Just when I thought it couldn't get any more messy, Matt got the jar of jam out. We soon discovered that little Emily was a big fan of Jam...  

After a bite to eat and a clean up (a LOT of cake mess), Matt's second cake smash of the day, Logan, arrived.   Logan loved the camera from the very start of the shoot - he was such a smiley baby. 

After a bite to eat and a clean up (a LOT of cake mess), Matt's second cake smash of the day, Logan, arrived.  

Logan loved the camera from the very start of the shoot - he was such a smiley baby. 

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It didn't take Logan long to smash into his cake, with a little help from Matt, and his mum. Being sticky didn't seem to bother him at all! He made it look so effortless that I almost wished I could plonk my own head in the middle of a cake, and perhaps I will some day, I'll keep you posted! 

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What really did amaze me is how stunning the images have turned out. Don't get me wrong, Matt's standard is incredibly high, but it just seemed strange that such a messy shoot could look so beautiful, relaxed and fun. I wonder what age it is that you become bothered by having jam spread on your cheeks?!

Each full cake smash finished with some splash time in a beautiful tin bath, complete with bubbles. Ok so yes it's fun to photograph, and the images look super cool, but it also saves the parents and guardians a lot of grief cleaning their cars out...

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Matt's final shoot of the day was Lyla, and there was no cake smash this time. I got to see some of Matt's gorgeous homemade props, all lovingly crafted and tailored to his style of photography, and what suits the children he photographs. He also has a massive selection of clothes, hats, and costume jewellery - something to literally suit every occasion, and to match the many backdrops he has in the studio! 

Lyla was a fantastic little model. She was captivated by the camera, and smiled all the way through her shoot.  

Lyla was a fantastic little model. She was captivated by the camera, and smiled all the way through her shoot.  

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It was a real pleasure to spend my day at Little Wings Photography. As a videographer I never get to be inside a photography studio, so I'm delighted I got the opportunity. Matt is a top bloke, and I'd recommend him highly. 

Here's the result - the Little Wings Promotional Film... 

Carly & Adam - Higher Trapp Country House

Our 2017 started with a very special wedding for us. Carly and Adam were the third couple in their family to use CPD Film to film their wedding! Four years ago we had the very great pleasure of filming Adam's sisters wedding. Hannah and David were married at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal. Two years later Kim and Ollie were married at the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster. Kim and Ollie recently had their first baby, Poppy, and it was amazing to meet her!

 

Carly and Adam's ceremony was a beautifully thought out one, with readings by one of their friends, and Adam's father. There were tears and smiles, and looking around it was hard to find a dry eye. Adam discovered it's quite difficult to put a ring on a finger under the pressure of the moment.. It did go on though, it fit! Carly looked radiant, absolutely rocking a stunning 1920's look. 

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The the theme for the day was Movies. Carly and Adam had meticulously planned everything down to a T, including a fabulous sign by the cake that read 'Cakes on a Plane'. Their music was movie-themed, and even best man David wrote his stunningly impressive speech based on films; quoting as many film titles as he could in 10 minutes.  

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We had a beautiful day with this gorgeous couple. It was an absolute pleasure to see the family again. We're just waiting now for some more engagements and we can be reunited once again! 

Thank you to your family and friends for making us feel so welcome, and to staff at the lovely Higher Trapp Country House Hotel for their wonderful hospitality.  

 

Cath xx

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