Wedding videography Cardiff

Wedding videography Cardiff

 

I dont use big tripods and clunky shoulder sized cameras. There is only one way to capturing and filming a wedding and thats to concentrate on the story of the your big day. I promise you will blink and the day is over. Everyone’s story is different and I don’t just see a bride or a groom but friends, partners and people who are there to share something really special with you. By looking beyond the dress and the suit, Dave Packer Films creates individual and personal films that tell your story. I have a totally reportage approach to wedding cinematography which means each of my films flow with the natural times of your big day, leaving you with a memory that will last a lifetime. Get in touch on Facebook or buy email 

 

Wedding videography Cardiff


Llangoed Hall Wedding

To have your Llangoed Hall wedding at the castle you first need to know the history that tells us, that Mrs Laura Ashley would pass the huge castle near Hay-on-Wye in Wales and often remark to her husband Bernard, that it would make a beautiful hotel, and that it should be restored.  Sadly, the old castle (dating back to 1632) wasn’t for sale during this time, but some years after her death the option to purchase came into fruition.  Sir Bernard Ashley seized the opportunity to buy the hotel in memory of Laura and her vision of turning it into a hotel.  Sir Bernard did exactly that, overhauling the castle into a destination of spectacular grandeur, and a unique venue for a wedding  with exclusive use  

Today Llangoed Hall can be enjoyed as a luxury 5-star hotel and as an amazing venue to get married. The hotel provides a wonderful array of rooms and natural light for your wedding photographs.  It really is the perfect wedding reception.

The hotel is also the ultimate venue to celebrate your special occasion, with dedicated and highly experienced staff who will make certain that your day is one that lives long in the memory.

 

Llangoed Hall Wedding

Cali and James had chosen to split their service into a humanist, non-religious wedding ceremony where they wrote their own script and vows.  They tailored the day to meet their requirements, and after a quick break and drinks with guests, it was off for a small civil service in one of the wonderful drawing rooms to seal the day “Officially”

The guests were served drinks and canapés on the Terrace warmed by the sun, looking out to the gardens and mountain beyond.  With wall to wall sunshine ordered for the day it was lovely seeing everyone drinking and having fun with Cali and James to celebrate their big day at their Llangoed  Hall Wedding.  The wedding breakfast was prepared and ready to be served in the Orangery, which has two big patio doors to open the room out and let the garden ambiance in.

Cali and James chose to have their wedding outside in the hotel gardens, the staff were on hand all day to plan the smallest detail, with advice on every aspect, including showing the florists the layout and making us wedding photographers a cup of tea in the morning (always a good start).

The day finally ended with the amazing Velveteens rocking the night out with big hits, and filling the room with their unique sound and vibe, all helping me photograph some dodgy dad dancing at your Llangoed Hall wedding

X Dave

 

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Anyone bring Confetti?

The tradition of throwing confetti over the bride and groom comes from Italy. Before paper confetti, there were flowers, petals, grain or rice thrown at the happy couple, to bestow prosperity and fertility. These days confetti comes in all shapes and sizes, colours and textures, and you can still buy natural petals, which remain the most popular type, and certainly the most Vicar- and venue-friendly! Many modern brides make confetti their DIY wedding project by drying their favourite flower petals before the wedding.

 

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Llangoed Hall was resplended in Sunshine, light and friendly staff who made us a cup of tea in the morning. A  stunning wedding was the order of the day and 5000 frames later we finished with a lovely evening shot. XDave

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Vintage Wedding Bus South Wales

Vintage Wedding Bus South Wales

I jumped on the bus on the way to the venue to capture the fun and atmosphere with my camera, had to increase the ISO somewhat to get a fast shutter speed to compensate for the 50 year old gearbox! But it was all good. Contact me HERE for more information

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Hiring a Vintage Wedding Bus in south Wales for your big day is a great option to get all your guests to your venue and provides a great atmosphere .With the onboard bar flowing with champers and bubbles. We Parked outside the lovely Holm House in Penarth to carry on the celebrations well into the night

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West Usk lighthouse wedding

 West Usk lighthouse wedding

What a lovely idea for two sailors to get married at West Usk lighthouse, With a strong nautical theme it was the perfect backdrop for their big day. The west Usk lighthouse is now run by a husband and wife team who attended to the guests needs all day with no fuss and a smile.

The lighthouse was the first to be built by renowned Scottish civil engineer James Walker in 1821. Amongst other projects, Walker went on to build another 21 lighthouses. The land around the lighthouse has been reclaimed as farmland but it stood on an island until 1856. It was decommissioned as an operational lighthouse in 1922.

The Lighthouse is available to hold Civil Ceremonies. Which is  held downstairs in the large Dining Room, This has a sea view as well as landward view, with seating for 20 guests. You can also have the ceremony in the slate bedded Entrance Hall for 10 people, with the spiral staircase as a backdrop.  As we are a B&B, the Lighthouse will be entirely at your disposal for 4 hours on the day, preferably between 12pm-4pm. You can bring your own refreshments for afterwards. You will have access to the lantern Room, the Roof Garden, the Wedding Room, and the Garden where you can continue with your celebration afterwards if you wish.

West Usk lighthouse wedding

With full use of the lighthouse it was something new for us at Dave Packer Photography, and so a quick recce to find the best light and that was all we needed before we captured the day in our usual informal style of documentry photography. The day came to a close with the kids relaxing the hot tube and the bride and groom providing everyone with an evening fire works display

A private road off the B4239 (Lighthouse Road) leads to the lighthouse. Alternatively, it may be reached by a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) walk along the sea wall footpath from the car park of the Lighthouse Inn on Beach Road. The lighthouse is situated next to the Pont-y-cwcw Reen. Give me  shout out if you want more information about our wedding prices

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St Fagans Wedding

St Fagans Wedding

Having your wedding at St Fagans wedding venue is a good choice if you want to be surrounded by stunning well kept wall gardens, lakes, fountains and rose lined paths. A medieval castle dating from the 13th century. St Fagans Castle became a Grade I listed building in 1977 previously existed on the site, and a new house was built on the site by Nicholas Herbert, who bought the site from Gibbon in 1586. Part of the D-shaped medieval boundary fortifications remain, forming a wall around the current house.

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I have photographed a few weddings at St Fagans and each time its been a nice cosy affair with 20-30 guests with both rooms providing stunning window light to shoot the wedding ceremony and guests, and with my camera on silent mode no one hears me snapping away during the service. There are plenty of rooms and walled gardens to provide cover too, if the dreaded rain comes in on the your big day. The bride can make a grand entrance in her wedding car along the tree lined route from the St fagans village end and always provides a great photo for the memories. The Wedding cars always stay behind after the wedding service and we position the bride and groom on the same path with St Fagans wedding venue behind them. The tourist are kept away from the main house area for the wedding so the guests can have private use to relax and enjoy the wedding day.

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Autumn family photo shoot Cardiff

Autumn family photo shoot in Cardiff, I photographed Becky and Martin's wedding a few years ago, and my wife taught Becky to Ski when she was only 4 years old. (Wifey is feeling old now) So it's been great to keep in touch over the years and we had a great laugh chatting about skiing and all the characters from the ski centre. Llandaff fields provided us with a stunning carpet of fallen leaves for Toby to kick around whilst I snapped away with my super fast Sony 55mm 1.8. Becky brought the family waterproof picnic blanket for the photos, so they would be nice and comfortable holding their latest addition to the family, young Molly.  I have been spending a few hours this evening editing the lovely colours to get an even match before they go off to the printers for Xmas presents. XDave

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Rosedew Farm Wedding

Rosedew Farm Wedding is a fine venue to choose for your big day. With the Great Barn providing an ideal room for the ceremony and party. So it was hay bales out and Dear Florence prividing the rustic charm, chic and finishing touches.

The new Mr and Mrs Dite put on a great afternoon for their guests which included a 60s singer and Space Hoppers (What's not to like). Pre wedding breakfast nibbles was in the shape of little cones of fish and chips washed down with Champers and beer. The staff and front of house at Rosedew were on hand to make the day go smoothly and all the guests found their seats on time although some insisted on bringing their space Hoppers!

The bearded Taco man provided alcoholic ice lollies of  various flavours and taste which went down a hit, They trade from a uniquely converted ford transit van named Contessa, who spent most of her previous life as a police riot wagon. All the ingredients are  sourced locally wherever possible check them out on facebook for more information.

With only a couple of requested formal shots from the lovely Mrs Dite, Mandy and I were able to spend most of our time with the telephoto lens attached to the cameras, observing, waiting and then CLICK getting the shot. We love shooting weddings at the great Barn as there is nearly 360 degrees availablity around the Barn for photos which is important for us humble wedding photographers looking for the best light to shoot and make the photos punch.

Dear Florence provide the inhouse decoration hire at Rosedew farm, they hire out the wedding or party decorations you want for a fraction of the price of buying and a whole lot less effort! Hiring is really simple to organise.

Want can I say about the evening show / band. Big Macs Wholly Soul band were the head line act and boy did they rock the Great Barn out, EVERYBODY was dancing to the classics. Thanks for including me in your big day guys XDave

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window light is the photographers soft box when out on location

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Waiting for the rain to stop at a wedding seems like it takes forever sometimes. But always little shots of little people to be had with window light.  XDavewaiting for the rain to stopwaiting for the rain to stop