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

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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

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Worth Waiting For

Monisha : Jeremy

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Monisha : Jeremy

Why Did You Want to Capture Your Wedding on Video?:

The wedding was such a rare opportunity to have all of our friends and family in the same place. We’ve moved around a lot, and unfortunately don’t get to see our friends and family very often. Even though the day was pretty long, we knew we’d feel like it would go by in the blink of an eye. We wanted a way to remember that feeling for a lifetime and to capture all of the moments we weren’t able to see.

How Did You Meet?:

We met in glorious Newark Airport on the way over to Edinburgh for the first time, lol. Jeremy was his typical loudmouth New Yorker self, and Monisha wanted nothing to do with him. She can literally still remember boarding the flight and thinking, “Whew, don’t need to see that guy anymore.” As fate would have it, we ended up having a class together and kept running into each other around campus. We finally bonded over Thanksgiving one year (Monisha was incredibly homesick and Jeremy invited her to his party), and the rest is pretty much history.

Describe The Proposal?:

We went back to Edinburgh for our 10 year anniversary to have another epic Thanksgiving party with our friends. Jeremy kept suggesting a hike up to Calton Hill, which was immediately alarming as we are NOT hiking people. Monisha’s curiosity was piqued, so we made the trek in the rain on a particularly chilly morning. When we got up to the top, Jeremy was walking towards a monument when he immediately did an about-face and started walking in the other direction (Monisha later found out it was because he was walking to Nelson’s Folly, and decided something called a “folly” perhaps wasn’t the best place for an engagement…). Anyhow, upon settling on the perfect spot, Jeremy dropped to his knee and asked Monisha to marry him, after which she promptly made him agonize as she busted out some dance moves to milk the moment. But she, of course, said yes, and we began planning our dream wedding.

How Did You Meet?:

We met in glorious Newark Airport on the way over to Edinburgh for the first time, lol. Jeremy was his typical loudmouth New Yorker self, and Monisha wanted nothing to do with him. She can literally still remember boarding the flight and thinking, “Whew, don’t need to see that guy anymore.” As fate would have it, we ended up having a class together and kept running into each other around campus. We finally bonded over Thanksgiving one year (Monisha was incredibly homesick and Jeremy invited her to his party), and the rest is pretty much history.

 

Why this place above anywhere else:

Well, Edinburgh was a no-brainer. It was where we fell in love and came into our own as a couple, and it will always hold a very special place in our hearts. The Signet Library, in particular, was fate. Monisha at 19 (after only dating Jeremy for a few months) had come to the Signet Library for a networking session for her Economics degree. The company was dreadfully boring, but she was amazed by the space. At one point, she had an image pop into her head of herself and Jeremy getting married there, which she quickly cast aside since we were so young and the chances of us being together for life seemed small. When we did defy the odds and finally decided to tie the knot, there seemed no better place.

Venue – The Signet Library, Edinburgh
Photographer – Lauren Scotti
Food – Heritage Portfolio
Humanist – Stuart Struthers, Humanist Society Scotland
Flowers – Planet Flowers
DJ – Jeremy Thoms
Piper – The Pickled Piper
Cake – Liggy’s cake

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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!

Welcome to a New Cinemate

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Bold, raw & Passionate

With a fresh perspective, we step into a new year. With that comes new goals to be reached and new friends to greet but it is our newfound sense of dare and attitude that we light our passion filled hearts with and strive for a better tomorrow!

Cinemate is going bold, raw and passionate. A passion bound to our heritage, framed by our past and fortified in our films.

 

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

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 and it’s that passion you see in the film above.

To our past couples thank you for your inspiration and love, to our future couples, we can’t wait to meet!

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou

Humanist Society Scotland Promotional Film

Cinemate

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Your Life: Your Ceremony

Why choose us?: Our ceremonies are a real celebration of life; of lives lived, new lives and lives together.  Every ceremony is unique and personally crafted by our celebrants to meaningfully and joyfully reflect the life of who the ceremony is for.  HSS Registered Celebrants take the privilege of preparing and conducting your ceremony very seriously and as the largest and longest standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland you can be sure that with us you are in safe hands.  Choosing a celebrant for your ceremony is an important part of your planning.

It may help you to know that we were the organisation to campaign for legal humanist marriage in Scotland.  In 2005, 12 HSS Registered Celebrants were the first humanist celebrants to be authorised to solemnise marriage in Scotland; a huge achievement and we’re delighted that so many couples have benefitted.  Humanist Society Scotland is also a registered charity and all our celebrants contribute part of their fee to us to help with the continued development of humanist ceremonies, our ongoing campaigning and our charitable work both at home and internationally.  It’s also important for you to know that only HSS Registered Celebrants are covered by the HSS Promise.

The HSS Ceremony Promise: Your humanist ceremony will be to mark one of life’s most important events. That is why we take your booking seriously. As the longest standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland we support and co-ordinate our nation’s largest and best known group of Humanist Celebrants. Every year our celebrants conduct thousands of ceremonies and we’re committed to ensuring that every one is unique and of a consistently high quality. To demonstrate our commitment to you and your ceremony we are the only provider to offer the HSS Ceremony Promise; all HSS Registered Celebrants are covered by our Promise as are all their ceremonies.

Be Assured, We’re Insured: We are delighted to have a reputation for providing high-quality ceremonies and service. Although it is only occasionally (only about 0.5% and we conduct around 7000 ceremonies each year!) that problems arise with our ceremonies you can be assured if you book an HSS Registered Celebrant they are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.

We’ve Got it Covered: It is very rare that the celebrant you have booked is unable to conduct your ceremony, and this would only be in extreme circumstances such as serious illness. However, as the largest provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland, we have the network to find you a replacement, even at very short notice. We have office staff available to ensure we can respond quickly to any emergency with minimal stress to you. Although unlikely to happen, always ask your chosen organisation how they provide cover in emergencies.

Developing Skills to Give You the Best: All HSS Registered Celebrants must complete intensive training and mentoring programmes before they are registered to conduct any type of ceremony. Our celebrants are regularly reviewed and also participate in ongoing practice development opportunities.

Setting the Standard: All our celebrants work to a set of standards to ensure that your experience is the best it can be. Our celebrants are also subject to a complaints and grievance process. If, in the unlikely event you have any concerns about your ceremony please raise these with your celebrant directly in the first instance. If this proves difficult please email ceremonies@humanism.scot and we will do all we can to resolve the matter.

Best of All, We’re a Charity!: The Humanist Society Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity and as a charity, we campaign for a fairer Society; provide humanist ceremonies, including funerals for those under 16 at no charge. We’re also really proud to be the Humanist organisation that worked hard for legal humanist marriage in Scotland.

Of The Land & Sea

Margaret : Seppi

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Margret : Seppi

Why Do You Want to Capture Your Wedding on Video?: Everyone there, the craic, getting ready, the excitement, the entrance the party, fun and everyone having a good time. And our special dance (which isn’t anything major but for us it’s huge, cause we can’t dance)

Describe The Proposal?: Seppi acting nervous shuffling me about salt hill beech trying to get me away from other humans, obviously so no one would see what he was trying to do. We were on a weekend break after the new year. He got down on one knee and asked would I do him the honour of being his wife. I asked was he joking so when he said he was f**king serious I said yes.

The venue(s), why this place above anywhere else: It’s classy, romantic and beside the sea which we love. As we grew up on the coast. The food is also amazing.