I recently filmed Lusia and Gavin’s brilliant Dean Park Hotel wedding day. Gavin and Lusia were married with a full Roman Catholic wedding ceremony at St Ninian’s Presbytery, Cardenden, Fife. Their wedding reception was held nearby at the Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy, Fife.
It was a beautiful sunny day for a wedding. But it was really, really cold when I arrived at St Ninian’s church an hour before the ceremony. Arriving early gives enough time to film a few detail shots of the wedding venue. After that, I film the groom and guest’s arrivals. These short video clips are then edited together and synchronised to music chosen by the newly-weds.
Gavin was relaxed and looking forward to marrying Lusia. No nerves at all. Lusia looked beautiful and didn’t look at all nervous either. These guys are obviously made for each other. The wedding ceremony was a full Catholic wedding ceremony with mass.
After the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds headed off to have a few photos taken at nearby Balgonie Castle. I followed the guests to the Dean Park Hotel to film the champagne reception. I went round a few of the tables and recorded messages of goodwill while we waited for the newly-weds to arrive.
This is the introductory chapter from Lusia and Gavin’s wedding film. It shows the Groom, guests and bridal party arriving for Gavin and Lusia’s wedding day. This short video also shows all the important details of this part of the day. The flowers, the venue, the wedding rings, the kilts etc. All carefully edited and set to music chosen by the newly-weds.
Dean Park Hotel Wedding Film Opening Scene
Release of One Hundred Chinese Lanterns
The speeches were great fun and very amusing. There were a couple of other highlights of the day. The first was filming a video diary room. This is where guests leave messages of goodwill for the newly-weds. I add the messages as a sequence of greetings, anecdotes and congratulations to the end of the wedding video. Great fun with a few amusing messages left for the newly-weds. It’s going to be great to be able to view these messages again in years to come.
After the wedding breakfast, it was dark outside and the newly-weds had a little surprise for everyone. They had purchased one hundred Chinese lanterns. These were to be lit, one by each of the guests, and released into the night sky. With a little help from a member of the hotel staff and a portable gas burner, the lanterns were dispatched in no time at all.
The release of the Chinese lanterns was a real highlight of the evening. All the guests eagerly taking turns to release their lantern. The portable gas blow torch certainly helped to ensure a steady release of the lanterns. The night sky was pitch black and cloud-free. This was great, as it meant you could see a string of lanterns rising up into the sky. The lanterns looked like a string of pearls twinkling away into the distance!
It was a spectacular sight to see one hundred lanterns released one after the other. I’ve not seen this at any other weddings but I highly recommend this as a fun and entertaining alternative to a fireworks display!
This is a chapter from the wedding video showing the release of one hundred Chinese lanterns during the evening reception of Gavin and Lusia’s wedding day.
Here’s a few wedding photos taken from Lusia and Gavin’s Dean Park Hotel wedding film: