The Wedding That Sprung a Few Surprises

Toni and Gareth were married in the heart of Berkshire on Saturday 5th October at the Burnham Beeches Hotel near Slough.

The hotel is synonymous with the England Football Team as it is the former base where the squad used to stay before matches and was even the hotel they stayed at when they played in Euro 96.

We were invited to make the 10 hour round trip to the venue after we filmed the wedding of Jack and Charlotte in May 2018, who are friends of Gareth and Toni.

In the lead up to the wedding we were informed of a few surprises that had been organised by Toni's mother. It is always nice knowing a few surprises going into the wedding day as it gives us the chance to focus on the bride and groom when the surprises are announced. On this occasion Toni's mam had organised an owl to deliver the rings down the aisle to the best man which went down well with the happy couple.

Also before the speeches, singing waiters were booked and I have to say they were some of the best we've seen at a wedding. The three lads who performed really got the party started and the guests on their feet as they entertained.

For the highlights video I wanted to do something a little bit different and personal so I asked for some old home movies of Toni growing up to be sent up so we could digitally convert them and use them, with some audio of Toni's dad to be played for the introduction.

During the day we were able to get outside the hotel as luckily the rain held off as we filmed a few of the couple's shots in the grounds of the hotel. We also got the chance to speak to close family and friends too as we recorded some guest messages. I always feel this is a special part of the day as it gives those who mean the most to you get the chance to record a personal greeting which will last forever.

It was the first time we'd shot a wedding in Berkshire and hopefully not the last as it is a stunning part of the country. Next time I will maybe spend a few extra days down there and visit the likes of Legoland Windsor (my childhood dream location is still to be fulfilled) and maybe take in the Warner Bros Tour which are both nearby.

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Taken from our film recording.


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