Bloody Lush

Kathleen : Ben

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Kathleen : Ben

Kathleen + Ben || Bloody Lush || Micro Wedding Scotland

We’re being asked quite a lot about what we think of Micro Weddings with really restricted numbers. We LOVE them, they are so personal and the importance of the wedding seems even more heightened. Check out this Micro Wedding Film and their story below.

Last year was quite tumultuous for most however in July Kathleen and Ben got in touch to say they were planning a Micro Wedding and wanted our help. Two months later they had a beautiful intimate ceremony and wedding at Borthwick Castle with a small handful of family and friends. Two days after that we kept the celebrations going with an adventure session in Glencoe, where we paddled in the river and set some symbolic white roses off into the water too.


How did you meet?
At Kamalaya on Koh Samui. I met Ben’s Mum before I met him. The first date was on a private boat and lunch on a private island. He lived in Paris and I lived in Tokyo but we knew within 5 mins of talking. He moved to Tokyo 6 months later.

Tell us about the proposal:
New Year’s Eve 2019 on a beach outside Oban watching the most stunning sunset. Ben got down on one knee. We had already picked an engagement ring and both wedding rings together the week before but I wasn’t expecting the proposal so quickly. We had amazing seafood lunch at Loch Fyne restaurant that day and have replicated it for our wedding rehearsal dinner.

The venue(s) or location, why this place above anywhere else?
We decided at the end of June to get married in Aug/Sept and only looked at two places – Gleneagles and Borthwick Castle. The castle was beautiful and the staff were great so just decided. No long search. In our heads, we had thought of a beach in Bali or Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como. Never planned Scotland but have just gone with the flow and it’s all working out fine.


Photographer : Emma Lawson Photography
Bouquets : Floristic Designs
Harp : Deborah Shaw
Bagpipes : David MacRoberts
Table decor : Borthwick Castle
Dress : Eleganza Sposa // Martin Aliana Bridal
Suit : Moss Bros.
Groom’s shoes : Hugo Boss
Groom’s personalised cufflinks : Monica Vinader
Hair : Chris from Nicci Weston Makeup Artist
Make up : Emma from Nicci Weston Makeup Artist

Planning a Micro Wedding in Scotland? We'd love to hear from you.

Reckless Entanglement

Katie : Mark

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Katie : Mark

Katie : Mark || Reckless Entanglement || St Andrews Wedding Film

Why do you want to capture your wedding on video?
We hear the day goes really fast and we want to be able to go back and see the day again and again

Why did you pick us?
Recommended by the photographer, then loved your galleries online and you have been really easy and lovely to work with 🙂

The venue(s) or location, why did you pick this St Andrews wedding venue?
The venue is beautiful, I grew up on a farm and love the barn and rustic feel of Kinkell Byre

The Team
Video : Cinemate Films
Photographer : Neil Thomas Douglas
Celebrant : Linda Stewart
Venue : Kinkell Byre
Catering : Lazy Sunday
Flowers : Blue Poppy
Band : Papa Shandy and the Drams

Planning a St Andrews wedding? We'd love to hear from you.

Edge of the World

Shazia : Chris

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Shazia : Chris

Shazia : Chris || Edge of the World || Double wedding highlights

Wanting something different from the hundreds of weddings that they’ve photographed over the years, Chis and Shazia decided to elope to Skye just for them before having an epic party two days later. The party was a street food, gaming, and all-round awesome-fest at Wylam Brewery. Safe to say the couple pulled together an amazing team of suppliers for both events and gave their guests a unique party to remember.

Isle of Skye Elopement and Wylam Brewery Wedding Video

The venue(s) or location, why this place above anywhere else?
Isle of Skye. We wanted somewhere different than where we normally photograph and somewhere that would look great in photographs. We talked about Iceland but the cost was problematic, whereas Skye offered a great balance of cost and beauty. We both love Scotland and the Scottish culture, so it’s all worked out perfectly. In Newcastle, we picked somewhere we’d never photographed at before. Plus it a fantastic venue and a really cool place visually.

What experience do you want to give your guests? Just a relaxing, enjoyable day. We’ve done so many weddings and we don’t want to do the usually format. We’ve told our guests that our day is more like a food festival day with a bit of a wedding jammed in somewhere. There will be music throughout the day, lots of food and lots of drink (with it being at a brewery)

The Team

Photographer : Pablo Laguia
Humanist : Lesley Simpson
Newcastle Venue : Wylam Brewery
Florist : The Enchanted Florist Durham
Dress : Jean Jackson Couture (Rue De Seine)
Kilt : Hainsworths
Suits : Master Debonair and Mr Munro
Neons and Light up signs : Coco Luminaire
Street Food : Meat Stack, Dumpling & Bun and Redhead’s Mac N Cheese and Cake Bros
Retro Games : Gaming4weddings
Mariachi Band : The Mexican Way
Piper : Rich Gordon
Evening band : The Jets

Planning an elopement and a party next year? We'd love to hear from you.

Three Waters Meet

Tomi : Tahnee

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Tomi : Tahnee

A Wild Scottish Elopement Film In Glen Coe || Three Waters Meet

Tomi and Tahnee, along with Tahnee’s teenaged daughter travelled from New Zealand to adventure around our mystical country of Scotland and tie the knot in Glen Coe.

A bit about you, what do you do, how do you spend your time? What’s important in life?

Tomi is a Barber by trade, he loves his work but has many other hobbies including playing music, researching history and science and getting out on the motorbike for a ride. I work in hospitality, not my great passion in life, but it works for us right now. I love reading, drawing and getting out to explore the outdoors with my little family, usually always with a camera on hand. Tomi and I both work massive days, 5 days a week, so time spent with each other is the most important part of our family life.

Tell us about the proposal:
Tomi had just got off the phone to his then band manager. (Tomi was once the frontman to a band with a very heavy touring schedule) He and the other lads from the band had been asked to relocate countries. So, in the heat of the moment, he asked me to be his wife. He will tell you that it was the worst proposal ever, but to me, it was an honest and real moment of love that will forever be stored in the highlights section of my memory.

The venue(s) or location, why this place above anywhere else?
We have had many conversations over the years of where we would love to travel to. Scotland had always been on both of our lists. My gran was from Scotland, and after losing her and knowing she wouldn’t be there to witness our wedding day, I had Scotland on my mind a lot. Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries and family ties still there made it a no brainer for us.

The Team
Video : Cinemate Films
Photo : The kitcheners
Venue : Glen Coe
Celebrant: Neil Lynch
Preps Venue : Albyn Place, Edinburgh

Planning an elopement wedding? We'd love to hear from you.

Rough Roads

Alexis : Andrew

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Alexis : Andrew

A Destination Wedding Film at Eilean Donan Castle || Rough Roads || Alexis : Andrew

Today we’re launching the highlights from Alexis & Andrew’s intimate wedding film we titled “Rough Roads”. Alexis and Andrew journeyed from the states with their families to one of Scotland’s most unique castles Eilean Donan.

Contact us, we’d love to go adventuring Scotland with you!

Why do you want to capture your wedding on video?
Because we feel it is one of the, if not the, most important moments in our lives and we’d like to have it captured on film; photos only capture small glimpses.

Why did you pick us?
After looking at 30+ Filmographers/companies yours was the only one that stuck out as exactly what we were looking for.

A bit about you, what do you do, how do you spend your time? What’s important in life?
Alexis- I’m an ER nurse. I like to spend time drinking wine and spending time with my family. Family time is the most important thing in life. Andrew- I’m a firefighter/paramedic. I like to go diving on occasion and going on random adventures doing things I haven’t done before. Travelling and experiencing new things.

Tell us about the proposal:
I took her diving at La Jolla Beach, California and wrote on the dive slate if she’d marry me, half-joking. Then our families met us on the beach and that’s when I popped the question.

Describe your relationship in 5 keywords:
Passionate, loyal, persevere, playful, adventurous

What experience do you want to give your guests?
Something unique, special, and true to us.

The Team
Video: Cinemate Films
Photo: James Frost
Planner: Timeless White
Venue: Eilean Donan Castle
Officiant: John Stevens Cordrey
Piper: Rich Gordon
Hair Stylist and Make-up Artist: Kristine Bondare
Florist: Janet Simply Flowers
Horse and Carriage: Andy Campbell
Evening Reception & Catering: Kinloch Lodge
Evening Transport: Scottish Car Tours

Planning a Scottish Destination wedding? We'd love to hear from you.

Flowers & Headstones

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woodland wedding inspirationFlowers & Headstones

was an alternative, same-sex, Scottish woodland wedding styled shoot. When Cinemate were asked to put our spin on the shoot our heads instantly drew inspiration from the poem titled “The Road Not Taken” written by Robert Frost.

The ambiguity of this poem has left even the keenest of written word enthusiasts unsure of an interpretation, whether its point of view is that of free will versus determinism. However, having the belief that all art forms are subject to interpretation Cinemate took the more direct interpretation of free will.

We wanted to inspire those seeking a more alternative wedding by highlighting all the amazing suppliers featuring their work in this shoot and by creating a film bold and unapologetically different and dark.


By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Team
Video : Cinemate Films
Photographer : Melody Joy Co
Check out the incredible photos on Melody’s blog post here
Florist : Adelaides flowers
Stylist : Scarlett and Bell
Hair : Pamper Polish Beauty Bridal
Make-up : Heather Snowie MUA
Stationary : Edinburgh Letters
Nicola’s nails : Sarah Murray Skin Clinic
Jewellery : Patience Jewellery
Models : Nicola Giffin and Anna Maytal

Planning a woodland wedding? We'd love to hear from you.

The importance of wedding films

A time capsule is an apt description of what we create in a wedding film. It’s a historic cache of good times, family, friends and love which I believe are the truest treasures of all.

A best man quoted an American labour leader and civil rights activist called Cesar Chavez during a recent speech. Intrigued by the unknown individual I took a little time to research the man and in my educating found a quote that again is rather apt.

Cesar Chavez said,
“True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.”

In mentioning the legacies we leave behind Cesar Chaves was right! For in film we have the ability to communicate through generations, to inspire those with the goodness in our lives, in the demonstration of love, of living and of celebrating those things.


In my youth, as many do, I had a carefree attitude towards time. Perhaps this is an honest aspect of youth, to have a disregard, a naivety towards the inevitable end but as I’ve aged and my role in life turned to husband then of Father I realise how cavalier I was.

There seem to be darker tones which linger in my mind these days, it’s the juxtapositions in life, a fear found in the loss of the things I love because there are beautiful moments in life but equal pain that comes along with them.
It is the reason I continue to create the films I do, to celebrate the joyous moments so to balance the sad.

Not capturing my wedding day on film was certainly the spark that imbued Cinemate with life but as the years have passed and I have had the privilege of being invited into the fold of many incredible family moments. I have gained a certain perceptive towards the importance our role plays for these families in their present and in their futures. It is an honour and a responsibility I hold in the highest regard.

In pondering the importance our visual legacies have to the generations we leave behind, my mind pivots to the more selfish aspects of the visuals we invest in and capture. How do our own films affect us?

There are many avenues I could write about and from a plethora of scenarios but I want to focus on those that personally strikes me as the most devastating and that I fear the most, the loss of loved ones.

As I continue, Cinemate bride Lisa, aids me in my writing.

Gary and Lisa had been together for thirteen years, five of which had been spent married and of course, it was ourselves who captured their wedding in film. As we spent time with them on their day it was clear that they both had a sense of humour, in fact, Lisa described themselves as “big kids who could switch from super serious and responsible one minute to silly and giggly the next.” Their wedding day went as planned, it was an entertaining, fun day filled with laughter and happiness.

“We loved that we were having photographs and video to capture all of the things we wouldn't see, the little candid moments that are so fleeting”.

However, Gary had been diagnosed previously with Angina in 2008 and unfortunately went on to have a total of eight stents implanted and an ICD (personal defibrillator) between Dec 2016 and Feb 2018. In Dec 2016 he had approximately three silent heart attacks and it was by sheer luck he went to the doctor as he had none of the symptoms of a heart attack. On March 22nd, 2018 he had another suspected heart attack and when in hospital his heart stopped and it could not be stabilised enough for them to operate. Simply his heart could not go on anymore and he passed with Lisa at his side.

Ever since their wedding I have been friends with them on Facebook and had reached out with well-wishes earlier in the year when I heard of Gary’s passing however when writing this blog decided to reach out again for any insight Lisa could offer. Lisa was extremely open and honest with me so much more than I thought she would be due to the severity of the subject.

Aletter from lisa

In all honesty, her openness was overwhelming and as I don’t want to dilute any of the poignancy of what she wrote me I shall let Lisa continue in her own words…

“The most important things in my wedding film are the shots of family and friends just enjoying the day, the speeches and Gary singing to me for our first dance. It was a day of very long preparation and the culmination of so many hours of planning. We had family members and friends together for the first time in years or ever and it was such a great thing to see their faces in the film. My mum’s aunt who was in the film sadly passed away the year after so it was lovely to be able to show her smiling and looking so lovely to her family.

I have always known that I would appreciate the wedding video over the years as family members passed away and kids grew up. But I, of course, did not consider losing Gary so young. I have not watched the film all the way through yet since Gary passed, So far I have picked certain parts to watch and some of the unused footage too. I am building up to watching the whole thing soon. I watched it to remember what Gary’s voice sounded like, and my dad’s. To try and find a part where I could hear Gary’s booming laugh as that is what I miss more than anything the physical contact, of course, is missed but the silence of voices and laughter is what truly hurts. Gary was such a loud and loving person that I miss everything from the silly crap jokes to the raucous laughter at a comedy gig. Then the cheeky face he would pull when he says something cheeky.

Watching the video and hearing his voice helps me a lot to remember that although he is gone, I really did have an amazing man for 13 and a half years and although it was far from a smooth ride, I had strength to go through a lot with his health problems and his family problems and I still managed to smile a true smile.

Wedding photos are great to have but they are silent and still, we are like that when we are dead.

Forever silent and forever frozen in place. It’s the video that means so much more, the life, the laughter, the love you can see it animated and alive. Hearing the voices and the warmth in them, the accents and funny little quirks in the way someone speaks. I can almost recite the best man speech from our wedding as I loved hearing Gary’s booming laugh in the background. I don’t see him but boy do I hear him. That brings such a warm feeling to me and although I cry my heart out I also laugh along with him watching it.

My advice for couples getting married is VIDEO YOUR WEDDING! If not, for now, there will be someone at sometime in the future that will be in that video that you wish you could see moving again and hear their voice. I have a colleague who wishes with her whole heart that she still had something with her mother’s voice on it as that is the one thing she found comforted her when she was young. Now that her mother is gone she misses her soothing tone and would give anything to have it back.

My dad is gone and I have no other video of him except my wedding video. I have photos and video when he doesn’t talk but hearing his voice has meant a lot too. In short, I owe you a lot for agreeing to film our wedding and for allowing us to buy all of the raw footage too. I will be putting the video and also the sound files onto my iPod for me to listen to or watch when I need that little boost.”

A time capsule certainly is an apt description then. I shall be putting more priority in keeping these treasures in the present and not let them slip away into the past.

– Simon Ferguson

Stephanie : Matt

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What is a first look?

A wedding day sees two lovers promising to be together forever, saying vows that take them over the threshold into married life, but, before they do there’s that moment. That moment when both their eye’s meet for the first time on their wedding, when they realise they’re looking at the person they will be spending the rest of their life with and it’s all about to begin, life as husband and wife!

The tradition of the groom not seeing his bride before their wedding is still very common in western cultured weddings. Its practice was originally founded through arranged marriages, as it was believed that if the bride and groom were given the opportunity to see a glimpse of their soon-to-be spouse before the ceremony, one of them may back out if they didn’t like what they saw. Although the idea of bad luck (believed to be the result of someone being left at the altar) would seem to be the motivation behind the traditions common use, we believe a truer aspect of its use is heightened suspense and anticipation.

Contraryto popular belief

the influence on anticipation by not seeing each other before a bride walks down the aisle can also be struck in a more private session, this being the “First Look”. Although not overly common in the UK, you may already know of this custom if you have attended a destination wedding or have family out with the UK, living in the United States or Canada.

A first look is where the bride and groom see each other for the first time usually a few hours before their wedding ceremony, usually taking place in private, held at a separate location. It is a wonderful moment to capture in film and stills however foremost it allows the couple a moment of peace and reflection before the whirlwind that will be their ceremony and celebrations.

Whatdo you think?

It really depends on each individual couple whether a first look is right for them of course. Some couples feel they’ll be more relaxed if they see each other before the ceremony and claim that the time together alone calms the nerves before the main event and some rather hold to traditions and share that moment with family and friends.

So, that moment when both your eye’s meet for the first time on your wedding, when you realise you’re looking at the person you’ll be spending the rest of your life with and it’s all about to happen, will this moment be on the aisle or privately together?

FYI, there’s no wrong answer

Planning a first look? We'd love to hear from you.

One Lifetime Could Never Be Enough

Claudia : Max

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Claudia : Max

Why do you want to capture your wedding on video?
In addition to still images, we think that a video will be able to capture our wedding moment in a more all rounded way. The “feel”/dynamics of the moment, the sounds and the texture of the environment translate better from moving images.

How did you meet?
We met during our 1st year at university but never kept in touch. After graduation, we both worked in New York City and started dating about 10 years ago.

A bit about you, what do you do, how do you spend your time? What’s important in life?
Claudia loves all things design- and psychology-related. Previously an art director in advertising, she recently became a lingerie designer and is a hypnotherapist in training. Max works in finance and loves numbers. Travelling is our favourite way to spend our time. We also love to read and watch movies. Important in life: Love & compassion

Tell us about the proposal:
Nothing fancy 😀 Max proposed 3 separate times: All in the morning while Claudia was still in bed.

The venue(s) or location, why this place above anywhere else?
Fairy Glen — We want to be surrounded by nature; somewhere remote with lots of green grass and a peaceful vibe.

Photographer: Jo Donaldson Photography
Hair and Makeup: AMM Hair and Makeup Team
Dress: Costarellos
Flowers: Loch Duich Plants

Planning a Skye Elopement? We'd love to hear from you.

Films for the Enamoured and Adventurous

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Visual legacy perfection

There’s a passion for those intimate moments that runs through our veins. A passion bound to our heritage; it flows through our mountains, amidst the glens. It’s not a focus on a dress or precious metals; this passion stems from the honest bond shared by two. Rooted together by love, wonder and attraction, these are the moments that matter most.

The boldness of Bruce, the romantic flair of Burns, the innovation of Bell. At Cinemate, we nurture these attributes inherited from our Scottish forefathers and instinctively apply them to our art. With pride in our hearts, we aim to excel and impress.

 You see, we are not conventional wedding films. We promote progression! And, just as generations evolve over the years, so too should our visual legacies. So, aside from typically posed pictures, with every trembling palm and each intimate embrace, our movies capture that key connection; that authentic spark.

We’re not making wedding videos, we’re making memories!

Surrounded by Scotland’s dynamic landscapes, the air exudes inspiration. From the mossy hills amongst the heather to the steepest crags upon the moors; these scenic juxtapositions are integral influences for our cinematic vision.

You see, we like our footage to source similar contrasts. Transitioning from the sincerity of ceremonious vows to elated celebrations, these varying dimensions ingrain a layer of complexity into each sequence. So, combining the values of our heritage and an appreciation for rural aesthetics, our filmmaking carves the balance necessary for an engaging, emotive experience.

At Cinemate, we attend unions spanning Scotland’s horizons and even further afield, across Ireland and Europe. Simply, if there’s a couple in love and waiting to create stunning memories on their wedding day, we long to be with them!

The authenticity of our films stems from the very roots of their creation. Sculpted by the vision of those behind the lens, they encapsulate every desire held by the passionate in front.

In cinematic sequences contrived from the heart, we favour the natural dynamism of emotion in an expression of true artistry and filmic craftmanship.

This ensures our films are formulated for an optimum, emotive impact!

The romantic determinism which lays within our art is indisputable. Grounded by the values of our heritage and protruded by our cinematic vision: at heart we are bold, we are intuitive and we are progressive. Merging stunning wedding visuals with precision audio engineering, we are committed to curating cinematic artistry, which reflect your wedding’s natural charm.

Whether yours is an all-day celebration in the Scottish Highlands or a three-day event on the Amalfi Coast, our artistic flair will follow!