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Dumfries Wedding Videographer – Julian Voigt

Last July I had the privilege of Filming a Wedding in beautiful South West Scotland on the Dalswinton Estate.  It was a gorgeous July summer’s day and it was hot! Ashley and Chris has booked me for their wedding

which was taking place in a small red tin Church which is part of the Dalswinton Estate. They had booked me for my Full Feature package which consists of a. 3-4 minute highlights trailer, a 20-25 minute feature film,  a full version of their Wedding Ceremony film

and the full version of their speeches film.  This Blog is all about how I film and edit a Wedding Ceremony.


The Ceremony

I film Wedding Ceremonies with 2 Cameras-  one is static on a Tripod usually at the back of either the Church or  Ceremony Room and the other is on a Monopod that I have with me up at the front or wherever I choose to move around. The reason for the 2 camera set up is that I like to have more than one camera angle to choose from in the edit, let me explain why. Often the main focus of the wedding ceremony as was this one in Dumfries is the Bride- usually the videography will focus his main camera on her after all she is the main even, the walk of the bride down the aisle is what everyone is looking forward to right?  However apart from the Bride upon whom are all eyes there is also the Groom- his reaction to his Bride is priceless and that is something the couple will definitely  want to see. This is where the second camera on a tripod at the back really comes in handy and makes the wedding video in that it is this camera that captures the Grooms reaction.  In this Wedding Film that I shot in South West Scotland last July you can see the Bride walking down the aisle but you’ll see in the wedding video that it cuts to the Grooms reaction to his Bride walking down the aisle. This is the main reason why 2 cameras are vital when filming wedding videos.  Apart from the Bride and the Grooms reaction the second camera also allows me to capture the guests arriving, the coupe together saying their vows which it’s nice to cut from the front camera to the back camera in the edit, again you will see this in wedding video I have posted below.


The Audio

Audio is vital in the Ceremony Video because it captures those all important vows of the couple and the better the quality of the audio the better the wedding film. In fact I use multiple audio sources- namely 2 during the ceremony.  I use a cavalier mic and transmitter clipped to the groom and also a separate very slim audio recorder placed in the Grooms top pocket this gives me audio from 2 devices to play with in the edit and ensure that I have the very best quality because nothing ruins a wedding video like poor audio.  We at Julian Voigt Wedding Films strive to make our wedding videos as cinematic as possible and this requires at least 2 cameras and 2 or more audio sources. We want all our wedding films to capture the very best of  the days events including the ceremony and the set up for wedding ceremonies as exemplified in this Dumfries Wedding Video shot by Julian Voigt Wedding Films is such an example- take a look…


Dumfries and South West Scotland Wedding Videographer

If you are getting married in South West Scotland and looking for a Wedding Videographer then please get in touch for a quote


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Here’s the Wedding Ceremony Video



North West Wedding Videographer & Photographer

The value of a Memory


There is a saying that; ” Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory..”  This saying is so true!   How many special moments in our life do we wish we could get to re-live?  Myself and Ryan Williams a Photographer got together recently and we were talking about the value of what we do as a job in capturing people’s special moments in life.


The Cost of a Wedding and your priorities

When it comes to Weddings it’s true to say they are an expensive event, they say the average wedding costs around £30,000 and for a couple planning a wedding that is truly daunting no matter what your income!  I think expectations have no doubt changed over the years and couples ‘must haves’ on their wedding list have increased considerably.  I see this a lot as I film weddings for a living and I often think to myself would the couple’s wedding day have been any less special had they not opted for the chocolate fountain 😉

North West Wedding Videographer

One thing that becomes apparent as a Wedding Videographer based here in the North West of England is that having your wedding filmed is now becoming more desirable than it was say 10 years ago. That I believe is in part because Wedding Films in general have becomes more watchable-  what I mean by that is say 20 years ago a typical wedding video was about an hour long and consisted of mostly boring footage of guests walking about or people eating- not very inspiring!  Now with the advent of the Digital Revolution not only have cameras improved in helping capture Cinematic looking footage but also editing software has become more affordable and accessible enabling would be film makers to create truly professional looking videos.  So now the typical wedding film is around 20 minutes long but much more engaging to watch and much more movie like hence they appeal more to couples and have now come back into fashion.


Will this be your Biggest regret?

Having said all that I still hear the line that;  “Not having a wedding film was my biggest regret..”  Yes some couples allow their wedding budget to get swallowed up with so many things that by the time the budget is exhausted they no longer have enough funds in the pot to hire a wedding videographer and their Big Day comes and goes and they then echo the words above namely that they regret not having a wedding film.  Some things that are a high priority on the couples lists of ‘must haves’ are things like; The Dream Wedding Dress, The Flowers, that amazing cake-  and as important as those things are here’s the thing;  that dress is worn for one day, the cake gets eaten usually in one day, those flowers wilt after the wedding but the wedding film that they may have chosen to forgo could have been the very thing in helping them re-live their wedding day over and over again for years and years and hey maybe even be enjoyed by future children?  To me Videography and Photography are THE most important things to consider.  This is why myself and Ryan from RW Wedding Photography decided to get together and talk about the value of Photograph’s and Video for a couple planning to get married.  Some couples may decide to let a family friend who has a decent camera take their wedding photo’s and maybe get some video footage from someone’s smart phone but the question each and every couple should ask is; HOW do I want my Wedding day remembered?  Will some amateur photo’s really preserve those special moments? Will some Smart Phone video footage be something you will want to share with relatives and fiends that couldn’t make the wedding?

North West Wedding Photographer & Videographer Talk…

In comparison, the cost of having a professional Photographer and Videographer document your wedding is often less than the Dress & Cake put together and remember the Photographer will capture the Dress and the Cake creatively so that you can enjoy them forever!

Here is a 5 minute Video of Julian Voigt & Ryan Williams talking about the above:



If you are getting married in the North West, UK or abroad and looking for a Videographer & Photographer to document your

Wedding day the way you would like to remember it then please get in touch for a Quote.


Liverpool Wedding Video

Back in April 2018 I was presented with a challenge- film a wedding in Liverpool on December 29th 2018 and edit the film on the same day and show it on a projector in the evening to all the 200+ guests at the wedding. Charlotte and Sam and contacted a number of wedding videographers in Liverpool but could not find any who wanted to accept this challenge. When Charlotte contacted me I must admit my initial reaction was the same, I was not keen at all!


The Challenge!

Why was I not keen on this idea? Well filming a wedding is a full on commitment that requires the videographer to be on his metal the whole day- a typical wedding day being around 12 hours in duration, so the idea of finding time during what is a very busy day to actually edit the wedding film trailer (4 minute film) is a BIG ASK! Especially when you consider that a typical wedding film trailer takes me about 4-5 hours to edit. My question was, where will I find 4 hours free during the day??


How I did it

What made this challenge possible was that Charlotte & Sam’s wedding ceremony wasn’t till 3pm and this is what made the whole challenge possible. What I did was, a few days before the wedding I went to Liverpool Albert Dock area and filmed what we call in the industry the  ‘establishing shots’  these are shots of the area and significant land marks and icons that would not only establish where this wedding was taking place in Liverpool City Centre but say something about the couple too. For example Charlotte had told me that Sam was a Big Everton Fan and in the wedding video you see a nod to that. Getting these shots ahead of the wedding day really helped because I was able to start the editing process before the wedding- choose some music and lay those clips in the timeline. In the morning I shot some Bride prep footage and by 11am was adding that footage to the timeline, so by the time I left where Charlotte was getting ready I had already about 2 minutes of their wedding film done!

After the ceremony myself and the photographer headed over to the Albert dock to get some couple shots and the light was perfect just turning dusk and so some nice bulb lights on the dock. After filming couple shots I headed back to the Hilton Hotel and got set up for the speeches. Once those had been filmed I then had about 2 hours till the screening was scheduled. Hence I edited like mad to get footage from their ceremony a few hours earlier into the timeline and lo and behold we had a 4 minute plus trailer done- yay!

I wanted to do a quick dummy run by connecting my laptop to the Hilton’s projector and audio system to ensure everything worked well and I am glad I did as I was struggling to get a full screen experience of the film with only part of the screen filled? When you are in a state of anxiety you often find that your brain doesn’t quite work correctly and I was struggling to figure out why this was the case. With some help from the staff and another videographer we thankfully quickly realised that it was my laptop settings that was causing the problem because I use a secondary monitor at home and hence the screen display is divided. Once we adjusted the settings we were in business and it was all systems go! Phew!


The Reaction…

There were about 200+ guests waiting outside chomping at the bit to get back into the room to watch this film. I wanted to capture Charlotte & Sam’s reaction to the wedding film hence had them stand in the middle of the dance floor facing the screen while I set up a camera to record their reaction. I will show that clip in my next blog 😉

The reaction of the couple and the guests was great, in fact Charlotte & Sam came and gave me a big hug and said that it was exactly what they were looking for! It had all been worth it! They very kindly gave me a lovely review on ‘Guide for Bride’s’ which you can read here:

“…We used Julian to film our wedding day. We had been really struggling to find a videographer who was able to produce a same day edit. He had never done one before but was happy to take on the challenge. Julian listened to everything we wanted, we had phones calls and email contanct before hand to make sure everything was in place before the big day. We can whole heartily say that Julian went above and beyond to make sure we had a trailer clip ready to play our evening guests. He even had time to help my dad play some clips and pictures during his speech. The end result surpassed all our expectations with the majority of our guests commenting on how breath taking the clip was and they were astonished he put it together in such a short space of time. We would highly reccomend Julian to any one who would like a really personable and professional videographer to film their special day.

Amy Faith the photographer on the day was great and we worked well together as a team. Her pictures are superb and you can see them here:

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North West Wedding Videographer

North West Weddings

Having been born and bread in the North West of England I can honestly say the I love it and would not choose to live anywhere else. Being a Wedding Videographer in the North West I can honestly say that I get to film ant some of the nicest venues in the UK! Northerners are know for the friendly down to earth approach and this certainly helps when it comes to wedding.


North West Wedding Venues

Having filmed the majority of my weddings in and around the North West of England this year I though I would write a series of Blogs  about the venues I have worked in around the North West and just mention one venue per Blog that way give you enough information about that particular venue in an effort to help couples getting married in the North West to find a venue that fits with what they are looking for. Remember this is only my humble opinion as a wedding videographer I am not an expert on wedding venues but certainly can give you an idea on what certain venues are like.


Knowsley Hall Prescot

This is a very grand wedding venues that well sort of reminds you of something ‘Pride & Prejudice like, if you follow me. I have filmed a couple of times there within the last 12 months and can’t help to be impressed with this venue.

Knowsley Hall is a stately home in  Knosley Merseyside. According to records since 1953 it has been designated a Grade II* listed building and is the ancestral home of the Stanley family, the Earls of Derby. The Building is surrounded by 2,500 acres (10 km2) of parkland. The hall is still owned by the Stanley family but is no longer a family home and instead used for functions such as corporate events, conferences and weddings. According to one father of the Brides speech during one of the weddings I filmed “one of the more expensive venues to get married at..” If you are looking for true English charm with History and you are not on a tight budget, then this place could be for you?  I filmed a Styled Shoot for Great Northern Wedding Venues here this year and they couldn’t have picked a nicer venue for the back drop-  you can see that short video here:


The Staff

Obviously this is from the perspective of a Wedding Videographer working at this venue so bare that in mind but these were my observations.  I found the stay both friendly and professional.  The were very much on the ball and as far as I could for the couples weddings who I filmed there and seemed to go very smoothly without any hitches.  I do remember making a special request to move the Speeches to a certain location so that we could get the best shooting angle and control the audio and even though this posed a few  challenges for the staff at Knowsley Hall I found that they were very accommodating and professional.


The Decor

In a word;  ‘Grand’ the beautiful furnishings and the valuable painting that festoon Knowsley Hall really does give you a sense of English History and culture and you wouldn’t be suprised to see Mr Darcy come working in at any moment. The grounds are impeccably kept and very beautiful and the shot I have feature here from Lara & Chris’ wedding has Knowley Hall as the backdrop and really makes this picture- talking of which here is the trailer from Laura & Chris’s wedding film:


In my next Blog I will talk about another Northwest Wedding Venue.


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I met with Shona & Lee about 8 weeks before their wedding at Eaves Hall and during the meeting I really got a sense of who they were as a couple. This to me is so important because if you do not get a sense of who a couple are together and as individuals then I don’t feel you can create a wedding film that will truly reflect them as a couple- this is a big reason if and when possible I like to meet up with my couples and if that is not possible at least have a FaceTime chat which is as easy as a phone call these days with, Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime.



During my meeting with Lee & Shona it was obvious that family was really important to them and that their lives revolved around their kids. Also I could see that Lee (the groom) was himself a ‘big kid’ those are his words not mine- in fact during his vows – the personal vows he had wrote himself and was affirming to Shona he actually said;  ” I promise to never grow up…”   Lee told me that he wanted the wedding. film to be honest and true to how they are as a couple- to show his larger than life ‘big kid’ personality and to not be overly contrived.  I really do think this is important for us as wedding videographers because we might have it in mind to create a certain type of a film, perhaps one as a portfolio piece but essentially the wedding film should be about the couple and not us and that is one reason why each and every wedding film should be different, no two wedding films should ever be the same. Ofcourse we want our wedding films to look beautiful and reflect the type of work we want to be known for but I believe we can achieve both things;



1. A Film that captures the essence of a couple and their Big day

2. A film that is both beautiful to watch and reflects our style and approach as wedding film makers. Here is how I think that can be achieved in 3 simple steps:

  1. Get to know the couple, if not by a meeting at least by phone calls, Skype calls etc. Also devise a questionnaire that and ask the couple to fill in that will give you a feel for them and help build a picture about them as a couple and as individuals.
  2. Knowing something now about the couple look for those elements during the day of filming and make sure to isolate them in the edit but blend them tastefully with the rest of the footage
  3. Balance is so important, as a film maker we want to tell stories with our films and like all good stories there is an arc. This is where the action rises and falls or you might say where the emotion rises and falls, for example if we keep our films all about laughter and dancing then that would not be a true reflection or record of the day, what about the solemn moments? What about the nerves? What about those sad moments- perhaps absent family and friends? Yes all these elements are essential to creating a truly balanced film.


What I wanted to capture in Lee & Shona’s wedding film;  1. Lees larger than life ‘big kid’ personality and just how important family life was to Shona and Lee and what a great mum she was to her girls along with all the other elements I have just mentioned. Did I achieve my aim?

Judge for yourself by watching their eaves hall wedding video 1 minute instagram version here:


Getting Married at Eaves Hall Clitheroe? Looking to capture your wedding day in a way that will let you remember it forever? If you are getting married at Eaves Hall and looking for a wedding videographer then please get in touch to see how we can create a

stunning wedding film for you to be capture all the emotions of your day. Maybe you are getting married elsewhere, then again please get in touch for a free no obligation consultation.


If you would like to watch the 4 minute trailer of Shona & Lee’s wedding film then that can be found on my website under the tab


Tel: 01772 437727

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Owen House Wedding Barn

Owen House Wedding Barn in the heart of rural Cheshire is a  family run venue, lovingly converted in 2013 the venue and the farm offer couples a totally exclusive, relaxed and unique countryside wedding.

It was this venue that Naomi & James chose to celebrate their marriage with the family and close friends last June.  A really nice venue with bags of character and some very attentive staff.  It was a swelteringly hot day so keeping my Sony A7sii camera

from overheating was a bit of a challenge as I did get the temperature warning on the screen a couple of time but swapping the batteries helped to cool it down thankfully.


Tell a story…

Naomi & James’ story was definitely one I had to incorporate into their wedding film as James told me that he had proposed in their favourite City New York- in fact they had a picture on their shelf commemorating the proposal in New York and this appears in the

film, take a look (I will post the link to the trailer at the end of this blog) James had took Naomi out for breakfast the morning he was planning to propose but was so nervous was that he couldn’t eat his breakfast, in fact he mentions this in the film. To James’ relief Naomi said yes and the plans started for their wedding.

I always try to find out a little something about the couples who’s wedding I film because I create my Wedding Videos with a story driven element in them- in my mind this makes them engaging to watch but more importantly personal to the couple, after all the wedding film. is really about them. One of the best ways to tell a story in a wedding film is for their to be a narrative that accompanies the images, this can be achieved a number of different ways, an interview with the groom as is the case in Naomi & James’ wedding video or by using some of the speeches or vows as somethings these will have elements about how the couple met, how he proposed.  Sometime a groom or a couple will not want to be interviewed for their wedding film and that’s perfectly fine too because I am strong believer in not making a couple do anything they do not want to do. As mentioned earlier there are other ways to tell their story in the wedding film. Other ways to tell a story visually without words is to look for photograph’s in the house when filming, or cards, letter etc. With regard to letter and cards be careful not to intrude on the couples privacy be revealing what is written in the card to letter- a simple  My Dear…. is sufficient.


Cheshire Wedding Videography


Cheshire is a beautiful county and one that I have had the privilege of visiting at least three time this year to film weddings. In my next Blog I will talk about Elly & Chris’ Wedding in Chester. If you are getting married in Cheshire and looking for a wedding Video then please give us a call as we would love to chat about how we can make a beautiful wedding film for you to be able to remember your special day forever. Contact us on 07516 783512.  Email:  web:



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Eaves Hall Wedding Videographer

Eaves Hall Clitheroe

I had the delightful privilege of Filming my first wedding at the delightful Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. I say delightful for a number of reasons, firstly the venue itself is stunning and is happily likewise situated in a beautiful location in the stunning Ribble Valley. The other reason for my description of this wedding venue as ‘delightful’ is the very friendly and helpful staff on hand on the day. The team there at Eaves Hall I found to be both professional and friendly not always a combination the goes together but it certainly did here.

Filming a Wedding at a New Venue

When you are filming in a new wedding venue there is always a little bit of anxiety, firstly because you are not familiar with the layout but also who the wedding co-ordinators are on the day. I always make a point of getting to a new venues extra early aswell as doing my homework on the internet a week or so before the wedding. Even though Eaves Hall is certainly a grand structure the layout and the staff gave it a very small family friendly like feel which is exactly what you want on a wedding day. It was obvious the staff here loved what they do and they worked very hard to ensure that Shona & Lee’s wedding day went very smoothly and that they and their guests were well catered for- as a videographer watching people all day long you notice these things!

Shona & Lee

Shona & Lee were surrounded my a big group of family and friends all eager to share in the celebrations of the day and I think they chose the best place for that to happen- Eaves Hall. The kitchen staff made sure myself and the photography team were looked after my making sure we were all well fed- always a bonus when you are filming for well over 12 hours!

The decor was very elegant at Eaves Hall and I think this shows itself in the wedding video I produced there.

If you are getting married and looking for a stunning wedding venue that’s grand but that also has staff treat you like close friends and family, I think you’d be hard pressed to find many places better than Eaves Hall, and of course if you are looking for a wedding videographer for your wedding at Eaves Hall look no further than Julian Voigt Wedding Films to film your wedding!

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To see Shona & Lee’s Wedding Film Trailer you can watch it here:

Dumfries Wedding Videographer

Southwest Scotland

Last July I had the privelige of helping document Ashley & Chris’ Big day in Dalswinton just outside of Dumfries southwest Scotland.

I don’t know what it is, but just 35 miles over the English border and you know you are in Scotland- the scenery, the people and just the charm of the place lets you know that you are now in a different country.

Another Hot day!

July 14th was promising to be another hot day and I was anxious to get some early morning shots with the drone on the Dalswinton Estate before the sun came up too high in the sky and then everything begins to look a bit nuclear.

The Beautiful Dalswinton Estate

I found the Dalswinton Estate about twenty minutes outside of Dumfries. Surrounded by rolling Scottish countryside in Dumfries and Galloway, Dalswinton Estate is a stunning Wedding Venue for those looking for a some rural charm. About eight miles north of Dumfries,  the Dalswinton Estate is famous for its stunning gardens and it’s own Loch. Having got there taken a number of early morning drone shots and realised I was going to be spoilt for choice when I finally got the footage into my editing software.

The Dalswinton Estate even has their own small red tin Church where couples can choose to get married if they are looking for a religious ceremony and this little tin red church looks like it’s right out of ‘Little House on the Prairie.’  As you are driving along the single road towards the Dalswinton estate if you blinked you would probably miss it!

The Bride & Groom

Ashley the Bride,  a school teacher and avid horse rider looked beautiful in a very classy wedding dress, and Chris her fiancee’ looked very dapper in a traditional kilt and jacket though I could see he was struggling with the 25+ degrees plus temperatures in the woollen jacket and kilt,  but he did look very smart and complimented his Bride well!

I was very grateful that Cammy their photographer from Dumfries new the estate and area well and he took the couple along with myself to the Loch to get some amazing shots later in the day as the sun dropped in the sky, you can see the footage in the video I have linked here in this Blog.

What I thought was particularly charming was that just before the wedding ceremony was about to begin I had noticed some of the local folk from the houses near by came out and were stood over the road wanting to witness the arrival of the bride, one of them spoke with me asking for a card apparently she was involved with the local village hall and the community but it was so nice to sea the community interested in a local wedding.

The whole wedding was a charming affair and the evening band that played the couples favourite music crowned the evening with some great songs that got everyone on the dance floor again you can see this is the trailer of their wedding film which I have linked below.

Would I like to do more wedding videos in Dumfries and southwest Scotland? The answer is yes!  If you are getting married and looking to document your wedding in the absolute best possible way,  then please consider Julian Voigt Wedding Films for your wedding in Dumfries or Southwest Scotland.

Ashley & Chris’ wedding Film trailer:

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Outdoor Weddings

One of the lovely things about wedding venues like Bartle Hall near Preston in Lancashire is that you can choose the option of an outdoor wedding. I had the privilege of shooting Hana and Stuart’s wedding

at Bartle Hall back in May and the weather was gorgeous and the couple had opted for an outdoor wedding. The way it’s set up at Battle Hall is that there is a small wooden out building which is registered for marriages

and the couples get married in that. Just in front of the out building is a patio area on which are two blocks of chairs for the guests to sit and witness the couples marriage. Because this is set back on the grounds just a little bit away from

the main building the effect is that you have a lovely quite space to conduct the wedding ceremony and you are sheltered by tall majestic trees hence you feel away from it all- no road noise or anything else for that matter other than the birds

which really does make for a lovely setting for a wedding!


The challenge for me as a videographer was making sure I was positioned correctly to capture the brides walk from the main building over to the area where the ceremony was to take place. This was a little different than a traditional set up say in a

room or church but given the space we had around the outbuilding and where the guests were sat we were able to get all the necessary shots we needed-  you can check out their wedding film trailer here:



There is something very natural about getting married outdoors I think, in fact wasn’t the first ever marriage performed outdoors when God brought Eve to Adam? Though not quite the Garden of Eden Battle Hall is a delightful setting for an outdoor wedding.

I also found the staff were very well organised on the day and Hana and starts wedding ceremony went very well and without any hitches. I also was very pleased with how the wedding film came out as were the couple as you can read their 5 star review here:

“… Julian has left me and my husband speechless after we viewed our wedding trailer for the first time. He captured the most meaningful parts of our day. We love every part of it and it’s something we can treasure forever.

We are shocked at how much of our day was documented as we didn’t even notice the cameras and the hard work he had put in to create this for us 😊 “


If you are a couple and looking for a venue to celebrate your marriage I can wholeheartedly recommend Bartle Hall as a wedding venue and if you are already getting married at Battle Hall and looking for a videographer to capture your wedding at Battle Hall then please consider

Julian Voigt Wedding Films as we create cinematic style wedding films that truly capture the beauty of your wedding day. For more wedding films please visits: