Wedding: Cool Spring at Morden Hall

Spring Time South London White Wedding

On a cool crisp spring day, I found myself at Morden Hall filming the long awaited wedding between Laura and Mike, who had been together 23 years.

The Couple

Mike and Laura have actually been together for 23 years, that’s right, 23 years! That’s got to be some kind of a record. They finally decided to tie the knot on 27th April 2019 and I had the pleasure to film their wedding. As is mentioned by the brother of the groom in the speeches “it gives him great pleasure, not to mention relief” to finally be able to see them get married. He also jokes that maybe them both being civil servants is the reason they decided to wait so long. I’m glad they did finally get married, as I had a great time filming and editing their wedding for them.

Screen grab of silhouetted bride and groom in the evening sun on their wedding day.
Mike & Laura

Morden Hall

I’ve shot weddings at Morden Hall a number of times now, each time a pleasure. The Hall is perfectly set out for weddings, not too big and not too small. The staff are helpful and know how to make a wedding run smoothly. There are enough different rooms to add variety to the wedding and keep everything as the day progresses.

Moments

There were plenty of great moments. A personal favourite of mine being the confetti shot. I finally got to use my new Ronin S Gimbal! The long sweeping shot I filmed made all the money I spent on the gimbal worth it.

There was also lots of wildlife running about due to the spring timeline of the wedding. Herons, geese and even foxes were all spotted and recorded, although not everyone made it into the film.

Readings

I was also a really big fan of the readings for this wedding. One was a touching excerpt from Winnie the Pooh the other a poem named vow by Roger McGough. I am a big fan of unique readings as it gives me plenty of material to work with when editing the wedding film. I’ve decided to post the excerpts here as I like them so much.

Winnie the Pooh

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always
remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than
you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with
you.”

Excerpt from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

The Vow


I vow to honour the commitment made this day
Which, unlike the flowers and the cake, 
Will not wither or decay. A promise, not to obey
But to respond joyfully, to forgive and to console,
For once incomplete, we now are whole.
I vow to bear in mind that if, at times
Things seem to go from bad to worse,
They also go from bad to better.
The lost purse is handed in, the letter
Contains wonderful news. Trains run on time,
Hurricanes run out of breath, floods subside,
And toast lands jam-side up.
And with this ring, my final vow:
To recall, whatever the future may bring,
The love I feel for you now.

Roger McGough –Vow

The Photographer

The photographer for the wedding was my good friend and colleague Paul Gapper. I work with Paul regularly, it is always a breeze to work with him. You can see his work by clicking his name above.

The Wedding Film

So here it is finally, the 5 minute highlight video from the day. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed working on it.

To Laura and Mike, congratulations and many happy returns.

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