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Joel and Alicia's Wedding

Myself and Nick Church arrived at Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa at 10:30am. We set up the recording kit and headed to the Bride’s room. The Bride, Alicia, was having her hair done by a stylist. The Bridesmaids were preparing for the service as we filmed them. The result looked brilliant - Alicia agreed! Having filmed enough of the girls, we went to the Groom's room. There, we met the American husband-to-be, Joel, along with his two brothers and his friends. It was great to meet them, and the footage I got of them preparing for the day was excellent. We said our goodbyes to the anxious Groom and went back to Alicia's room to see her with her dress. It was beautiful, and I hope the footage I got will reflect that. A stunning old Rolls Royce came to pick her and her father up and, once they were ready to leave, myself and Nick set off for the church.

We arrived promptly at the Bostcome Salvation Army Church. I took some shots of the venue, the guests and the impressive orchestra that were performing on the stage. Joel and his Groomsmen entered and anxiously waited for Alicia's arrival. I filmed her as she turned up in the vintage car and continued to do so as she walked into the church. I re-positioned myself and got a brilliant shot of the Bridesmaids walking down the aisle, followed closely by Alicia and her father. As the orchestra flared, Alicia met with Joel at the front and I think I captured the moment perfectly. The ceremony was great, and the speakers did an excellent job. Once the ceremony was finished and everyone had taken a moment to celebrate with some food and drink, we headed back to the hotel.

The Bride and Groom, however, decided that they wanted to stop off on the way back. We followed the newlywed’s car and arrived at a lovely area by the sea. Here, I got some great footage of the newly married couple walking along the shore. The sun was beaming across the sea, making for some awesome shots. Once we were satisfied, we made our way back to the hotel.

Later, the guests all came outside to the waterfront for some photos. There was an absolutely vibrant sunset, and I took the opportunity to capture some brilliant shots. The married couple walked to the end of the pier and I got some captivating, silhouetted shots. After the huge group shot was taken, all the guests went inside to sit down for the evening meal. I was able to get a few shots of the reception before the food started to arrive. Myself and the photographer then went into the dining area to eat ourselves. The venue brought us a wonderful meal, but soon enough it was time to get back to work.

I went back in to film a pair of honorary speeches - one was by the Bride's father, and the other came from the Groom himself. They were both brilliant, clearly fueled by their love for Alicia. Once everyone had raised a glass to the married couple, it was time for dessert: again, we went into the dining area to have some of our own. Soon enough, another speech was called. This time, the best man - Joey's twin brother - stood up to speak. His speech was full of jokes and appreciation for his brother, as well as his new sister-in-law, and was enjoyed by everyone. After raising their glasses one final time, it was time for the evening party to start. Guests slowly started to make their way down to the lower deck area. A DJ, a bar and a dance floor awaited the reception here.

Once they arrived, the newlyweds had their first dance. It was an absolute pleasure to film, and I am very proud of the footage I got. After the first dance, more people started to join them on the dance floor and within minutes, the room had erupted with ‘Billie Jean’ and transformed into a full-on party.

All too quickly, it was time for us to leave. We packed up our kit and said our goodbyes. All in all, I had a brilliant day, and I am very much looking forward to editing and sending Joel and Alicia their wedding highlights video.

- Ethan C

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