My vintage seaside wedding – the movie!

I bet you didn’t think that the first thing I’d be sharing from the wedding would be a fully-fledged video, did you?! But here’s the deal: unlike with the photographs (which we’re still waiting to get back), the video was DIY. It’s also probably the best snapshot of what the whole day was like, so I quite like that it’s coming first for that reason. I’ll show you the details later in the photos 😉
We always knew we wanted a video, but we also knew we had the skills to do it, if it wasn’t for the inconvenient fact that we had to also star in it. Such a drag. The thought occurred to us very early on that we could still edit a video ourselves, as long as we had a willing videographer who could take the footage for us on our camera. Fortunately, my bridesmaid’s fiance was persuaded into it (probably partly with the promise we’d return the favour and do their video next year). After an enjoyable afternoon showing him the ropes and taking test footage (which B then edited into a video to prove to our friend he had the skillz), he knew the main principles of how we wanted the shots framed to create our usual style of authentic-looking Super 8-esque video.

And then on the day B was too distracted to tell the poor guy how to change a crucial setting on the camera that would have stopped a lot of over-exposure during the outdoors ceremony because, what do you know, we had perfect summer weather. I’d like to explain that we’d both planned the whole day expecting typical British seaside weather (rain, wind, cold, clouds – you know the drill) and instead we got 20 degree sunshine (ideal for wedding attire) and a gentle breeze for most of the daytime. This aside, while some of the footage wasn’t salvageable, we had enough to work with. And we really couldn’t complain – we always knew it was a risk of not using a skilled videographer and that the video itself was a keepsake bonus.
Oh and the battery died fairly early on in the evening and the aforementioned distracted groom hadn’t thought to pack the spare battery – but honestly, given the state of some of our guests, not necessarily a bad thing 😉

Anyway, all of this ‘making of’ aside, I should just show you the video now shouldn’t I?! Enjoy this glimpse into what this amazing day was like 🙂

I can’t wait to hear what you all think!I keep saying to B he has a career or at least a part-time job in making this style of wedding video, but he won’t hear it! Long-time readers will know that last year he shot and edited the video for my best friend too. What do you all think – could he do this professionally?? Available for weddings in the East Anglia area ;)Three more weeks until I’m expecting the photos – having the video to watch is keeping us going until then 🙂 I will tell you a lot more about things like what I wore, the decorations etc etc when I post the photos.



  1. July 9, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Just like having a front row seat to the festivities, absolutely fabulous!!! I don't mind the over exposed look – it brings out your red lipstick and the bouquet very nicely, and just puts an emphasis on the perfect weather you had 😀 Haha it probably is just as well the battery went flat about the time everyone was getting sloshed, it looks like you captured just the right moments of this beautiful day. I definitely agree – B could easily make this a full time gig and so could you when it comes to wedding styling 😉

    • July 9, 2017 / 8:04 am

      😀 Yeah the over-exposure (that we could use!) looked good in the end 🙂 I think I'd enjoy wedding planning a lot more if it wasn't for my own… it's the decision-making that's hard! And B LOVES weddings so I don't know why he's resisting so much to his true calling ;D

  2. July 9, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    What a wonderful snapshot of your gorgeous wedding. I am often shy of looking at wedding videos of people I don't know, but I was intrigued and am glad I watched. You both look so beautiful and happy and the video somehow captures the atmosphere of the day! Kx

    • July 11, 2017 / 6:04 am

      I know what you mean, and I'm flattered you watched – and that you liked it! I think it helps that it's short – no one wants to watch hours of this stuff!! Thank you 🙂 x

  3. July 9, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    So wonderful! What a great movie of your wedding day! Everything just looks like it came out so perfectly! Congratulations!!! <3

    • July 11, 2017 / 6:04 am

      As good as it could have done, for sure! 🙂

  4. July 9, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    This video is just perfect, you are going to treasure this in years to come! I agree that the overexposure actually works well, it blurs out a lot of background stuff that could have been distracting. Definitely see a potential career here if your husband had the urge! We have some friends up in Yorkshire who run a Super 8 video business, their web page is if you want to see how it's done professionally xx

    • July 11, 2017 / 6:05 am

      Yeah that's a fair point, there's lots to look at. Like that random woman who walks past during the ceremony, lol! I'll have to check that out, thanks xx

  5. July 10, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Aw, this is so lovely and such a wonderful video to treasure and remind you of the day. It makes me think of the videos from my childhood (the 70s!) when it was someone's wedding, christening or etc. They had such a similar feel. xx

    • July 11, 2017 / 6:06 am

      You often give me compliments that hit the nail on the head in terms of what I was trying to do Cate 😉 xx

  6. July 10, 2017 / 10:19 am

    This is so awesome and the over exposure is fine to me! What an amazing video to have and look back on, it looks like you had an absolutely beautiful and very special wedding. I can't wait to see the photos soon. B should definitely pursue this, he always does such a fantastic job with these videos! x

    • July 11, 2017 / 6:07 am

      We threw out the worst clips because there was no saving them, but thankfully had just enough of some key bits to work with! Photos aren't far away now!! x

  7. July 10, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Such a wonderful video of your wedding day, thanks so much for sharing it on your blog! Congratulations once again! xo

  8. July 10, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    This was wonderful! I LOVED your dress and your bridesmaid dresses. It looked like a wedding from the 1950's. Fantastic attention to details.

    This was a great idea and a perfect way to remember the day for years to come. I wish I had one of these from my wedding even though we eloped.

    I like hubby has a real flair for video editing.


    • July 11, 2017 / 6:09 am

      The bridesmaids' dresses have become a really popular wedding choice here now, but as one of mine said, no one else will likely style them quite how I did! And if it looked like a wedding from the 50s then I'm on the right track 😉

      We went through a time when we thought eloping was what we wanted to do – I still would have, but B loves a party!!

  9. Mairi
    July 10, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I've been visting for years although I haven't commented before but – aww! I had to today. What a GORGEOUS video. I think the more exposed footage makes it all look so much more vintage. It looks so fun and sweet and just a gorgeous day. I'd have B do a wedding video for me in a heartbeat (although I live in Scotland so that's perhaps less than practical!) x

    • July 11, 2017 / 6:11 am

      Hi Mairi – I love nothing more than hearing from long-term readers but first-time commenters 😀 thanks for your kind words! And hey, we're always looking for an excuse to visit Scotland again 😉 x

  10. July 11, 2017 / 10:46 am

    What a great little movie. It has caputured the beauty of the day splendidly! And you managed to maintain a playful and fun feel to the day which is so lovely to see. Also you both look lovely. Definitly a career in this field for B!!! Well done on this amazing footage!

    • July 15, 2017 / 7:33 am

      For sure, keeping it fun was the main aim of the day – we're not ones for formality and ceremony usually! And thanks, I keep trying to tell him this!

  11. Anonymous
    July 11, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Hi Cici-marie,

    I haven't commented in a while.
    The video is perfect from my point of view. It reminds me of the 70's, when I was a little girl. I love, love, love your dress. I was curious about the red accents you wanted to put on it… those hearts! And matching the bridesmaids ; -)
    Fantastic work on decorations and details.
    I'm also happy to see the weather collaborated 😀

    Have a great week!!

    Eva from Luxembourg/Germany

    • July 15, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Always lovely to hear from you, Eva 🙂 Glad you like the red bits – I think they worked even better than I pictured 😀 I'm really looking forward to sharing more pictures of the details, I worked hard on those!

  12. July 12, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    This is so sweet! I love the mood that the super 8 style film adds to it. The shot of you and your bridesmaids by the car really looked like something from an old family film. B could absolutely market his skills, this is wonderful!

    • July 15, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Yeah that shot did look like something from a family film because the framing was a bit off – lolz! I can only imagine how good the video B works on next year for my (other) best friend will look after a couple of goes now 😀

  13. July 13, 2017 / 4:49 am

    I love this!!! I really like the sweet homemade feel it has. That's so good that you were able to salvage enough of the film to create this sweet memento of your special day.

    • July 15, 2017 / 7:36 am

      That was the idea 🙂 I mean it helps that we're amateurs so 'homemade' is what we can do 😉

  14. July 16, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Congratulations! The video looks like an actual movie scene! And you both look lovely! Did you dance to rock an roll only?

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