Wedding Report – Lisa & Richard

April 16, 2016

The Wedding of Lisa & Richard

The Cruin – Loch Lomond

It was a crisp and windy day on the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the choppy waters a stark contrast to the peaceful surroundings of mountains and thick white clouds. It wasn’t difficult to see why many a bride and groom choose to join in the bonds of matrimony in a place like this – one of many fantastic locales throughout Scotland – and we were lucky enough to be invited by Lisa & Richard to film the occasion.

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’O ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road’

Upon our arrival to the venue, The Cruin, we stopped for a moment down by the water side to take in the fresh, crisp morning air. After deciding it was a bit too nippy for that, we quickly surveyed the scene and headed inside the venue to enjoy a quick spot of tea, at which point we were ready to lay out our gear and get the day started. Here’s just a glimpse of some of our kit from this particular day.

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Three cameras (video), full audio kit, various lenses, tripods, sliders and countless memory cards. Not pictured: us smiling widely!

As a venue specifically designed to cater to weddings and other special events, The Cruin was well equipped to handle the approximately 80 attendees for both ceremony and reception in multiple spaces located in the one building, which for is very convenient for both guests and ourselves with all that gear! After setting up everything we needed for the ceremony, it was show time as the very lovely bride made her debut.


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You can see James here (in the grey shirt) out of the way of the action yet capturing every moment!

One of the pleasures of shooting in such a beautiful setting is the immeasurable value it adds to the look of the short films we create. Lisa and Richard chose a venue that allowed for the scenery to work perfectly as the backdrop for their ceremony; a natural matte painting of sorts that always delivers dramatic results!  Take a look at what we mean:

 

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Lisa & Richard balancing very carefully on the pier!

Something you may not know about videographers, photographers and other vendors that attend your wedding – we’re often offered the same food as the rest of the guests, and we’ve had the pleasure of enjoying some of the best cuisine Scotland has to offer – and let me tell you that The Cruin was no exception. We enjoyed a delicious three-course meal of a Salmon starter, followed by Haggis-stuffed chicken and of course the requisite cheesecake selection that delighted the palate and refueled us for the night ahead. Check it out, here’s a picture of just the starter!

 

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It’s like one of those Instagram pictures of food! Except it’s for this blog, so it’s not TOO hipster.

Full from a delicious meal, we made our way to the dance floor to capture all of the important moments – from cake-cutting to the first dance to even the father-of-the-bride breaking out a guitar and rocking the night away with his band, much to the delight of the party-loving wedding guests.

 

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Slash from Guns n’ Roses, Brian May from Queen, & Lisa’s Dad: all cut from the same cloth.

At Strawberry, we attend many weddings throughout the year, but what you may not realize is that each one truly is different to both our couples and with how we approach the project creatively. We pride ourselves in documenting every special moment and presenting them to you a final video that we are proud of creating, one that we hope will allow you re-experience your special day for many more days to come with the same joy that you felt when you were standing together at the altar about to say ‘I do’.

Congrats to Lisa & Richard!

The Strawberry Cinematic Package

Here at Strawberry Weddings, we pride ourselves on acquiring the most current technology, techniques and talent – and as we kick off a brand new year we’ve decided to take that next big step and are very proud to introduce the all-new Strawberry Cinematic Package!  What is this premium package, you ask?

Our new cinematic package really is unique and we feel this level of commitment and quality to filmmaking would be hard to find anywhere else.  We’ve worked on developing this package for months, jotting down notes over many a delicious meal at the various weddings we’ve been to at venues all over Scotland. Now that we have all the equipment we need to make the cinematic package a reality, we can’t wait to get started!

 

Your Story, Your day

As a group of filmmakers there to document your wedding day, we often only spend that one day with you in order to capture all the moments and memories you’ll cherish for years to come. But what if we could expand on that moment in time?  What if we could go back a little earlier and tell your story? With the Strawberry Cinematic Package, we meet with you a few weeks before your wedding for a couple of hours to document your story, find out how you met, what it is you love about your significant other, and maybe even uncover some fun facts that we can then use in the production of your wedding day!  This opportunity gives us a chance to tell your story and create a lovely little film about the two of you in addition to the films we create about your big day.

 4K Production Pipeline

For the first time ever, Strawberry Weddings will film, edit and master your wedding in true 4K quality. What is 4K, you ask?  Fair question – simply put it’s FOUR TIMES the resolution of standard 1080p you have displayed on your TV at home. But wait, you say, I don’t have a 4K television! What good will that do me?! Don’t worry, for now, we will deliver you your films in both 4K and 1080p formats as digital files on USB (or Blu-ray upon request!) so your memories are future proof!  In our hands-on testing and experience, a 1080p film created from a 4K source looks absolutely stunning, but when the day comes that 4K becomes more ubiquitous in the consumer marketplace, you’ll be ready with that 4K file of your wedding!

Anamorphic Cameras

What are anamorphic lenses?  I’m not going to get into all the technical specs of the differences between anamorphic and standard spherical lenses – we use high-quality spherical lenses in all of our weddings – but what I can tell you is that the anamorphic lens has that more ‘cinematic’ feel to the way it captures moving images.  Basically, you see MORE of the horizontal aspect of the picture, capturing more of everything from the gorgeous Scottish landscapes to the LONG line of people waiting to congratulate you on your nuptials.

Same-Day Edit

Exclusive to our Strawberry Cinematic Package, our same-day-edit film is a fantastically unique way to wow your family and friends. So what exactly is it? Basically it’s a cinematic mini-documentary that tells the story of your wedding day, filmed and edited and then screened ON the wedding day, typically after dinner and before your first dance. It is a 3-5 minute fully-produced film that features highlights from all the intimate moments of your event. So how do we accomplish feat of cinematic delight? No, we haven’t invented a time machine (yet), it’s simply a matter of our editor being on-site at your wedding and taking a few hours to expertly put together a film that tells the story of your day from your perspective. This includes your pre-wedding story, your pre-ceremony prep and even the highlights of your ceremony itself. With a fully mobile, fully kitted-out edit suite, our talented team work in unison to produce a high quality film to screen for your guests – this is something you truly have to see to believe.

Steady-Cam and Drone

Let’s be honest here, these are some fun toys for us as filmmakers, but that’s not why we acquired them, we swear! Included in your Strawberry Cinematic Package, these tools are perfect for creating that authentically cinematic look of your big day! From the smooth, sweeping ground-level movements of our steady-cam to our drone soaring hundreds of feet in the air over some of Scotland’s most beautiful manor-homes, the quality of footage we are able to create from utilizing these toys are astonishing. Now imagine that footage in 4K – just incredible. We’ve very excited to offer these as part of our cinematic package!

Your very own director

For the first time at Strawberry Weddings, and exclusive to our cinematic package, you’ll be assigned a director to oversee your film from start to finish. They’ll be there before, during and after your big day to make sure your film is shot the way we’ve planned it. They’ll send you some fun (and some serious!) questions for you to answer about your lives so that we can discover and document your unique story. We’ll use this as a starting point that will then help shape the direction and feel for your film.