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
Shoes : JIMMY CHOO
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.

Breath Mountain Air

Laura : Marcus

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Laura : Marcus

Letter Reading, Glencoe Elopement Film || Laura : Marcus || Breath Mountain Air

Here are Marcus and Laura in the heart of Glen Coe, at the foot of the three sisters, saying their vows to each other in front of a small selection of friends. Not only their friends, however…..
Just out of frame are a group of respectful tourists who have gathered at the top of the hill to watch our couple promise themselves to each other. At the end of the ceremony, as the couple kiss and group cheer and yell their congratulations to the now-married couple!
It was lovely!

Later that evening as the light from the setting sun crept its way through the forest it found its resting place on the bodies of these two friends. It was at this time tears were shed and promises made, read aloud from handwritten letters each had crafted and gifted to the other.

Contact us, we’d love to share in your adventure in Scotland!

Why did you pick us?
We were googling elopement videographers in Scotland. When cinemate popped up, we really loved the style of film and editing. We both have an arts/media background so we were really keen on having a film with an aesthetic purpose that captured the landscape and atmosphere more than just a raw video of events.

How did you meet?
Laura was new to England and living in Surrey (from Canada), Marcus had just moved into London with his first job position after his masters. Neither of us knew anyone or had any friends. I guess we were both using dating apps as a way to find someone to spend time with. We only matched because Laura had taken a train into London alone to spend a day sightseeing. Marcus was at his job in central London. Otherwise, with the distance parameters, we never would have matched. We spoke about a month, and then met in Hyde Park on Christmas day. It was our first Christmas’ away from our families. We had Christmas dinner together at a pub, and have been together ever since. ((Laura’s mom doesn’t know we met on an app though, so we’re saying we just met randomly in London on Christmas day 😉 ))

The venue(s) or location, why this place above anywhere else?
We wanted somewhere outdoors, woodsy, natural, with beautiful landscapes. We didn’t want to choose a side of Canada or Sweden, and we wanted it to be as quick as possible. Scotland always kind of called to us, and we’ve only visited once but both felt at home there. We’re excited to see the highlands and make our wedding another adventure to add to our story.

The Team
Video : Cinemate Films
Location : The base of the Three Sisters
Getting Ready Location : Signal Rock Cottages

Planning an elopement in Scotland? 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.

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.

 

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
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.

Chronicle

Sara : Cameron

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Sara : Cameron

Sara and Camerons Colstoun House Wedding was all about family, friends and harsh sun! Watch the highlights above and then hear about their wedding in their words below.

Why do you want to capture your wedding on video?
So that we can have a lasting memory of the day that goes beyond photographs, captures the people closest to us, and also all the details we lovingly planned for the day!

Why did you pick us?
We were looking for a style that matched ours – no cliches, captures genuine moments and all very natural. Creative and emotive.

How did you meet?
We met in our second last year of high school.

A bit about you, what do you do, how do you spend your time? What’s important in life?
Cameron is a Senior Marketing Manager for a FinTech company, Sara is an Account Manager at a creative agency. We’re foodies, we enjoy travelling, appreciate design in most areas of life! We love music, being with friends and family and keeping fit and healthy. Pretty much all of the previous list is important to us and we spend our time across all of these things!

Tell us about the proposal:
December 2016, Cameron booked a surprise trip to New York, though it wasn’t originally his plan to propose there. On the first day, we went to the Boat house in Central Park for a drink to warm up, we then went for a walk down to the frozen river and skimmed stones. After Sara had made plenty inappropriate comments and asked Cameron why his heart was beating so fast, completely oblivious to what was about to happen, Cameron got down on one knee. Sara’s first response was ‘are you joking’, then (very quickly) Yes!

The venue(s) or location, why this place above anywhere else?
We loved Colstoun immediately as it could be ours for the whole weekend. It’s rustic feeling but also finished to really high standard. We wanted something that didn’t feel too formal but was also formal enough at the same time to hold a big wedding party!

What experience do you want to give your guests?
We want to have a big party with all our favourite people. We want everyone to really enjoy themselves and not feel constrained by the ‘normal’ things you experience in a more traditional wedding venue.

Venue : Colstoun House, Haddington
Photographer : Ricky Baillie
Filmmaker : Cinemate Films
Dress : Catriona Garforth Bridal
Kilt : 21stcenturykilts
Catering : GingerSnap
Band : WooHoo Band

Music Licensed at artlist.io

Planning a Scottish 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.

Life'sjuxtapositions

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.