Anna and Scott’s wedding in August 2019 brought us one of the best natural shots of the wedding season when Anna and her father were walking down the aisle at St Mary and St Cuthbert’s church. They turned to each other and smiled which was so emotional and one of the reasons why Love Stories TV showcased the video on their platform.

We were asked by Anna and Scott to film their wedding following a recommendation by her uncle whom I had known years and I had shot a music video for his daughter earlier in the year. It was also good to meet up with photographer Leighton Bainbridge again as coincidently we had filmed a wedding together at Ramside Hall in Durham the previous Saturday too.


The couple chose to have their reception and evening celebration at The Black Horse Beamish in the magnificent Glass Marquee overlooking the picturesque beamish valley and only a stone's throw away from Beamish Museum.

Before the wedding, I attended a rehearsal at St Mary and St Cuthbert’s in Chester le Street in the week leading up to the big day to see the location of the ceremony. Churches can sometimes throw up some headaches when it comes to filming as there are often pillars in the way of getting the right shots and more movement than a civil ceremony wedding. The key thing is getting those important shots for the wedding however not disrupting the service and affecting the enjoyment of the congregation.


On the morning of the wedding, the bridal preparation started at Anna’s father’s house where we were joined by Anna’s mother and father, her sister, bridesmaid and Anna’s nephew. It was a lovely atmosphere to film and we got some amazing shots of Anna getting ready during the hair and makeup process before she got into her dress.


Whilst I was filming the bridal preparation, Keith was spending the morning with Scott and his groomsmen doing his preparation before we met up at the church.


The church ceremony was a lovely personal affair before the couple jumped into their wedding car and headed from Chester le Street up to The Black Horse Beamish for the speeches, wedding breakfast and evening party.


The Black Horse Beamish is a venue that I have seen develop over the years as I live close by to it. Its restaurant serves some of the best food in the area and is the reason why visitors flock there to enjoy a meal. I also have a close tie to the venue as they are members of the Love Beamish and Stanley campaign which I also film all the videos for their campaign. At the back end of 2019, I filmed a video about their weddings where I interviewed Manager Allison Hughes or the video.


The wedding venue is a stunning glass marquee and inside is a large open room which can also hold the wedding ceremony and speeches. Its decor is stunning and is why it is one of the most popular venues in the area to tie the knot.


The wedding venue has some magnificent outdoor spaces to film and take photographs in from the lavender fields, a pond and acres of open space as well as some more industrial areas for some edgy shots.


During the more romantic couples shots, we took Anna and Scott into the lavender fields before doing some filming around by the lake.


It was a beautiful wedding and the weather held out for us during the day. If you are looking for a The Black Horse Beamish wedding videographer and are getting married at the venue I’d love to hear your plans for the big day.





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