A&G Productions have been filming weddings at Beamish Hall from the very start of their wedding videography career more than 16 years ago and in that time have filmed a number of wedding there including some celebrity weddings and premiership footballers, however every couple is a star in the eyes of A&G Produtions and this was no less apparent in the following Beamish Hall wedding videography North East example:
Wedding Videography at Beamish Hall
Beamish Hall is a delightful 12th century country house hotel in the heart of North East England, set in outstanding rolling parkland, on the borders of County Durham and Tyne & Wear.Bursting with unequaled character and charm, the building offers 42 individually designed bedrooms and a luxury apartment and is perfect for a wedding ceremony/reception. It is nestled in the heart of the English countryside, their fairytale wedding venue in County Durham captures the magic of love with oh so pretty enchanted woodland ceremonies and strikingly elegant function suites.
Available for exclusive use their country house can be yours for the day, so come inside and lock the doors because only you and your guests are getting in.
Beamish Hall have a team of experienced and cleverly creative events styling team under the same roof. Right from the start, you will get to know each other and form a bond that will take you through the advance planning and beyond. They will guide, advise and support you in making your ideas a reality.
Whether it be a fairytale romance you have in your mind, a vintage tea dance, a midsummer nights dream or a Winter wonderland, they have the creativity, the resourcefulness and the props to bring the idea to life.Beamish Hall is available either on an exclusive use basis, enjoying the venue in its entirety, or the exclusive use of any of individual function suites. With space to hold receptions from 10 to 300 people. The gorgeous grounds are licensed for civil ceremonies so you have the option of saying your vows with the grass under your feet in the shining sun
What a backdrop
Standing proudly amongst 24 acres of picturesque parklands, Beamish Hall makes for the most amazing backdrop for your Wedding videography North East by A&G Productions.
A Wedding Video Northumberland’s Le Petit Chateau.
Emma & Paul’s wedding took place in Le Petit Château in Northumberland, Le Petit Château is a French-inspired venue with originality and splendor. Located in the Northumbrland village of Otterburn, Le Petit Château lies on the picturesque banks of the River Rede and makes for the prefect setting for your Wedding Video Northumberland.
Boasting cascading curtains, crystal chandeliers, antique gold furniture, a giant marble fireplace, a fantastical fire on water feature and much more. Your wedding guests will wander awestruck through the majestic grounds and boutique bedrooms.
Le Petit Chateau have created a venue everyone will love, there are a variety of beautiful and different spaces where you can create unique experiences for you and your guests. Le Petit Chateau is all yours for your wedding day – no golfers or ladies for afternoon tea to get in the way of your perfect wedding video or photography.
Emma & Paul married in the “Belle Époque” a French inspired Chapel room. The room combines romance and fantasy with a fabulous crystal chandelier, giant marble fireplace and even a storybook shingle thatched roof, making it the perfect choice for an enchanted wedding.
La Belle Époque draws it’s name from the ‘Golden Age’ of 19th Century France. A ‘beautiful time’ for French art, architecture and culture, the aim is to add the same air of continental beauty and class into every wedding at Le Petit Chateau.
Le Petit Chateau houses a bar, function rooms and 29 beautiful boutique bedrooms indoors, while outside there are stunning Mediterranean Gardens and a fabulous outdoor terrace. They also have a second phase of development planned with a spectacular riverside terrace.
Le Petit Chateau, wedding video
The gardens at le Petit château
Please contact us if you’d like more information or to book us to film your wedding day.
The Samsung Gear 360 review and resulting 360 wedding video
So while I had some time during the festive break I have been testing out Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera for the Insiders network #insidersgear360. So what’s a 360 camera you might ask and why use one? Well, you might have seen a few of these 360° videos on YouTube or Facebook, they are the videos where you can move your smart phone or tablet to look around as if you were there in the room behind the camera (you can also swipe with your finger to move round the video). Not only can you look round but also up and down, but the best bit comes when you view the same 360° video using VR (Virtual Reality) goggles such as the Google Cardboard or, as I used, Samsung’s own Gear VR. So, this brings me back to the Samsung Gear 360 camera, the one issue is that it is only compatible with the Galaxy S6 & S7 (and edge), you can still use the camera without a compatible phone but you will need to use a computer to download and stitch the resulting video content together. The main advantage of using the camera with a compatible phone is that you have easy access to the camera settings giving you full control, basic settings can still be accessed via the built-in menu and display on the camera but as I like to take full manual control of ISO, white balance etc. the phone is a must in my view.
The first thing you need to do when setting up the Gear 360 is to make sure the video settings are at the highest possible resolution of 3840 X 1920 (4k) 30fps, this might sound like high quality, and it is, but you need to remember that once the captured video is stitched together it will be cropped by approx. 6x when viewing, this looks OK on a phone screen or tablet but you will notice a softer less detailed image when viewed with VR goggles, so if the camera is set to anything less than 4k the end result will just not cut it and look too soft. The other thing to note is that stitching is done with the phone app and if you save the video to your phone it will be at a reduced resolution so the only way to keep the maximum picture quality is to download the content to a PC or Mac and stitch/edit that way. The Gear 360 comes with “Action Director” to stitch and edit the footage but I only used this software to stitch the video together and then brought the stitched content into Edius, Action Director is just not cut out for editing professionally. There are some basic tools in Action Director to enhance the video but they are very limited in function, for a hobby user or for personal use it would be perfectly acceptable but not if you want to take things to the next level. The other thing I noticed is that the default ISO limit was set to 1600iso and was WAY TOO HIGH resulting in unacceptable levels of noise in the image so this was limited to 400iso.
Once I had the camera settings sorted out the next step was some real-world use, the idea was to create our first 360 wedding video so a suitable wedding was selected. The church ceremony presented the first challenge, where to position the camera? It’s not like framing a shot with any other camera as everything is in view and you need some foreground interest to make 360 wedding video work, in fact I would say that 360 works best when its right in the middle of the action so you are looking around at interesting subject matter all the time but I don’t think the priest (or couple) would have been happy with a camera placed on a tripod between them, even if the Gear 360 camera is only just bigger than a golf ball. Distant or outdoor panoramic type shots just don’t work in my opinion as the resolution of the resulting stitched footage from the camera is just not good enough but the effect of close subjects or interior views work very well, especially when viewed with VR goggles to give an immersive feel. I settled on a view from the perspective of a guest in the front row and set the camera to record unattended (you can’t man the camera as you would be the focus of attention!), there are two flashing red LEDs (one for each sensor/lens) to let you know you are recording using both front and back facing cameras (you can set up to use one front or back facing camera but not in 360°). The ceremony lasted about 45mins and it was reassuring to see that there was still battery power remaining. This brings me to one good feature of the Samsung Gear 360 and that’s the removable battery, other offerings from some rival camera manufacturers are not removable. The Micro SD card supplied for the review was 128gb so there was more than enough to record over 8hrs of footage, personally I would rather use smaller capacity cards to spilt the content to reduce the risk of losing everything if a card fails but as this was just a test/review I didn’t worry too much. Next I set up the camera on a table at the wedding reception before the guests took their seats, the camera comes with a small folding tripod only a couple of inches high but comes in handy if you have something to set the camera on, in this case a wine glass. The result here work very well as you could look down at the table detail as well as all around the room, a similar position was chosen for the speeches and again looked great. The one issue with camera is the built-in microphone/s, they do a poor job (as do most built in camera mics), I wasn’t too concerned on this occasion as we were shooting with pro kit at the same time and could replace the audio later if needed.
In conclusion, the Samsung Gear 360 is great camera for the price, it’s quick and easy to use and will give good results as long as you know its limitations and set it up right in the first place. To get 360 footage of a higher quality you would need to spend more than 10x as much on something like a 360 Hero Pro rig with 6x Hero 4 blacks at over £4k and from the resulting footage I have seen it doesn’t look 10x better, in fact I’d say the Samsung is close and a lot less outlay and with only one stitch line. I haven’t gone into detail here regarding the post processing or how to export the footage for final delivery/output, in fact there are a few steps to take and to get the best results it is very time consuming, however I have been impressed enough that we are now going to offer 360 wedding video as an add-on or option to our wedding videography services. For more information regarding a 360 wedding video please contact A&G Produtions
I am sure all weddings at Hardwick Hall Hotel are grand occasions in their own right but Jordan & Matthews was off the charts. Lets start with Jordan’s wedding dress, this was a designer silk gown created by the bridal couture queen Caroline Castigliano with silk zibeline, one of the world’s most expensive fabrics. While the average UK bride is said to spend around £1,000 on her dress at around £9,000 Jordan’s dress is almost half the average budget for UK weddings, which now comes in at an astonishing £21,000
Hardwick Hall Hotel
This may not come as a surprise to many as Jordan & Matthews wedding featured in a Channel 4 documentary “How the Other Half Wed” that aired earlier this month. In the program it revealed that the no-expenses-spared bash held at one of Jordan’s family’s hotels included £7,000 on importing over 6,000 hydrangeas, orchids and roses from Holland, the hire of a 20-piece brass band and a Victorian carousel to entertain guests. If you didn’t get a chance to see the CH4 program here is Jordan & Matthew’s wedding video highlight.
The wedding ceremony took place at St Cuthbert’s Church in Co Durham with 300 guests in attendance.
St Cuthbert’s Church, Co Durham
Pimms on the lawn
Guests were entertained at the grand reception with various performers and bands, from the moment they arrived right through to the end of the night. The 20-peice brass band, vintage carousel, Pimms bar and cocktail bar were all set up on the lawn ready for the guests arrival and an illuminated personalised dance floor was center stage in the Colman Suite for the first dance.
Hardwick Hall Hotel is one of the North East’s ultimate wedding venues located in Co Durham, the idyllic setting of the Hardwick Country Park ensures a beautiful location that is picture perfect for your wedding day and makes a stunning back drop for your wedding photography and video. Weddings at Hardwick Hall Hotel have always been a pleasure for us to film and in fact we are blessed with many top class wedding venues throughout the county of Northumberland, Co Durham and North Yorkshire.
Ollie & Natalie’s wedding ceremony took place in All Saint’s Church in Pickhill North Yorkshire, their wedding video features some lovely moments from the day including a tradition not often seen, of paying the local children to allow the couple to exit through the church gate. This wedding includes wedding videography in North Yorkshire, and Rudding Park Hotel
We also had the pleasure of working alongside Alastair Broadwith from Alastair Broadwith Photography, Situated in the heart of picturesque Wensleydale, Alastair mainly operates across North Yorkshire but often works on weddings and photo shoots further afield. Alastair is a pleasure to work with and this was not the first time A&G Productions have had the privilege to work alongside him.
All Saints Church in Pickhill
Natalie & Ollie with their Aston Martin at Rudding Park Hotel
Here is Victoria and Rick’s wedding video filmed at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate, Wedding videography North Yorkshire doesn’t get much better than this.
Rudding Park Hotel is venue with a difference, after your civil ceremony you can walk down the aisle of the 19th century Chapel for a wedding blessing as Victoria and Rick did on their wedding day. The Chapel with its beautiful stone carvings and striking stained glass windows is located close to the Regency period house. The hotel with its mature gardens offers a stunning back drop for your wedding videography and photography.
Jamie-Lee & John-Ryan’s Western Lake District wedding video highlight, the wedding took place in the church of St James in Whitehaven in the western Lake District, Cumbria and was followed by their reception at Hunday Manor. An attractive and imposing building dating from the 18th century, The Hunday Manor Hotel is situated in the stunning Western Lake District. Since 1999 under the present owners Joe and Denise Wilson, this independent hotel has been tastefully and lovingly renovated and extended making it the perfect choice for Jamie-Lee & John-Ryan’s wedding venue . Filming and editing any wedding is always a pleasure and a privilege, but add to that a beautiful autumnal wedding day in the Lakes with clear blue skies and a lovely couple surrounded by family and friends makes for a perfect combination. So here it is, Jamie-Lee & John-Ryan’s wedding video highlight.
Helen & Bryan’s civil wedding ceremony took place in the Great Hall at Matfen Hall, after the ceremony they took advantage of the fine weather and stunning gardens for the drinks reception and some photography with the Hall providing the backdrop. When Helen & Bryan first came to meet with us they loved the end highlights we showed them that often follow the main wedding video and they especially liked the black & white and slow motion that we often use to convey a timeless reminder of the more emotive aspects of the wedding day. We used various additional pieces of video equipment including a GT Glidetrack and glidecam to create another dimension to what would otherwise be simple static shots. These tools together with many years of experience and a creative eye culminated in the following wedding video highlight.
James & Erica’s wedding took place at Langley Castle Hotel, Langley Castle is a 14th Century fortified castle nestling in the Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne. Erica’s homeland is America and her family had the flag of the USA proudly flying alongside the flag of Northumberland above one of the castle turrets, as you can see in their wedding video highlight.
An aerial photo of Langley castle
Stars and Strips flying in the breeze with the flag of Northumberland.
Erica & James exit the Castle for the first time as husband and wife.
Confetti at the gates of Langley castle
Langley Castle providing a stunning backdrop for Erica & James.
Washington Old Hall was the venue that Helen and Stephen chose for their civil wedding ceremony, although A&G Productions has filmed a number of weddings at the Hall it was a while since the last wedding they filmed there and it was great to re-visit this wonderful historic building. The weather on the day was not so wonderful however this didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Here’s Helen and Stephen’s wedding video highlight.