Our wedding on DVD – no groaning it’s fantastic

Why don’t you come round for dinner one Saturday and we can all watch our wedding DVD together?

Does a statement like that make your heart sink and your smile go all weird to whoever’s just asked? “Yeah, that’d be lovely.’ You lie through your false grin.

Who in their right mind wants to spend a Saturday evening watching a DVD of someone else’s wedding where you only appear once maybe twice on the whole thing? Dull dull dull.

BUT what about if the videographer was really clever?

Oliver Kiell at work - Focus 1 Media

photo courtesy of Jay Mountford photography


What if he broke the whole day up into chapters that were easily accessible with the remote?

What if he made it so easy to flip back and forth through that the footage that it was interesting and a fun evening after all?

What if he went round your guests and asked them to film a message for you to watch later? We have some poignant (mum), some hilarious and some very drunken attempts at saying ‘Congratulations!’

Below is a chapter from our DVD made by Oliver Kiell from Focus 1 Media, it’s the highlights of the day so an overall feel and a quick reminder of how gorgeous that day was without boring my guests too much.


Marianne & Paul Wedding Reel from Oliver Kiell on Vimeo.


From the brides point of view I would say invest in this service as you will have the most brilliant memory of your special day. Trust me the day will fly by so quickly before you know it you’ll be saying goodbyes and worse still you won’t have managed to talk to everyone properly. Too many people, not enough time.

The video shows people laughing, joking, it picks up the sweet moments, the tender ones and the bits that made you laugh. I’m so happy to see so many happy faces there, looks like they all had a lot of fun I can relive my day with this DVD and the girls love it too!

Oliver was at the venue before me, he’d taken a look around the place to get a feel of how he was going to work, he’d looked at where the ceremony was to be held, where I would be getting ready and all the other tiny parts that go into making up your day The Best Ever.

The Focus 1 Media wedding DVD is presented in a sturdy, engraved box and the DVD itself is broken up into sections of the day.

One last word, remember once the day is over, it’s gone. All you have to remind you are the photos and if you’re clever a DVD. I’m so happy I had Jay Mountford and Oliver Kiell that day and cannot thank them enough for their fabulous work

Focus 1 Media wedding DVD

Jay Mountford – the wedding photographer

Jay Mountford Wedding photographer

I was banging on for ages on the run up to our wedding in March just how excited I was that Jay Mountford would be capturing the moments of our wedding and now it’s time for me to tell you what it’s really like having her there whilst you prepare for the biggest day of your life.

Trust me, the day whizzes by and before you know it, Jay will be saying, ‘Right that’s me done, wishing you all the best and I’ll be in touch when the photos are ready.’ Maybe not as abrupt as that but there will come a time when her work is done.

and you will be sad.

This super woman, amazingly creative, little bit bossy, funny, chatty (dirty laugh) lady will go and you’ll be left with that ‘I wish it could have lasted a little bit longer‘ feeling. Not because she skips away before her time, no no no but you find yourself having amazing fun whilst she’s around. Here take a look at this video that Oliver Kiell kindly made of her at work then you’ll really get the feel of what it’s like…

Jay Mountford Photography Trailer from Oliver Kiell on Vimeo.

You can see on Jay’s wedding photography blog a great selection of photos she took of us on the day, then Boho Weddings featured her stuff too as they liked it so much (my incy wincy celeb moment) and here’s a small selection of my favourites from that very special day now over a month ago.

spring wedding bouquet
My beautiful spring bouquet

mother and son
My beautiful daughter in law Oana and gorgeous grandson Evan

wedding preparation shot
My sister in law Tracey zipping me up

me wedding

I can’t decide which B&W or colour?

My gorgeous bridesmaids waiting to go

me and dee 6

My brother Dee who gave me away

husband and wife


I love this shot!

Friends from italy

My lovely friends who came over from Italy to be with us xx

5 generations 9

A portrait shot of the 5 generations – my nan, my mum, me and Paul, my four children and my two grandchildren LOVE this one

Mari & Paul, 10

Portrait of me and Paul – I love the colours

my wedding cake

My mum made my wedding cake for me and the decoration on the top layer is from a dress she wore on her 18th birthday <3

wedding cake and cupcakes

Got to do her hard work justice!

evan choc

and somebody who enjoyed a bit of chocolate

I could go on forever and I wouldn’t bore you as all the shots are stunning so if you’re undecided I promise you she’s good, she’s better than good and will become such an important part of your day you’ll love it.

Go book her now and tell her I sent you ;)

The week that was 365/11

I won’t bore you stiff with wedding photos but choose just a couple that I managed to snap that day which I’m really pleased with. Jay Mountford was on top form and you must check out her sneak peek she posted this week.

Saturday – I got married just in case you didn’t know, a fabulous day which i shall cherish FOREVER

Rosie and Tracey - Mother and daughter

My SIL and my niece Rosie who was my chief bridesmaid and has overtaken her mum in the heights stake! Rosie writes a fabulous blog at My Head and Me My second photo for Saturday is of me and my eldest daughter Megan isn’t she gorgeous?

megan and me

Sunday – Mother’s Day, Paul and I awoke in our Emporer sized bed, tried out the ensuite jacuzzi with rainforest showers – it’s got to be done right? And head home where we had about 25 people for lunch! Luckily the family mucked in and produced a fab meal. We re-lived the previous day, laughed lots more and all went to bed very tired methinks.

mothers day 2013

Monday – I took my son Tommy with his partner Oana and their son Evan to Gatwick in a snow blizzard! and we calmed down a bit and tried to get a little bit back to normal

Tommy oana evan

Here are the girls chilling out in front of the Tv

watching TV

Tuesday – We woke to this! In March, whereas normally the snow brings gaiety and laughter I am fed up of it now, it seems to be dragging on far too long and it’s so cold.


We also took Gracey to Build a Bear at Bluewater and she made a colouful Easter bunny and played monsters with the box

Build a Bear

Wednesday – I took Megan and Gracey to Gatwick at 5am! I was in bed VERY early that night exhausted

Thursday – Can you believe it, I found nits in one of the twins hair again so determined to exterminate every last one I doused all three of us in Hedrin which is really oily and took 4 washes to get out and even then wasn’t satisfactory. I’m sick to death of treating them only to find they come home from school AGAIN. So I had a good old rant on the Facebook school parents page and I hope the message reaches ALL. I’m going to write a post on nits as there’s a dreadful stigma attached to them which kind of pushes the problem underground whereas really we want to eliminate the LOT and be done.

Hedrin ONCE nits

Friday – I’m excited. I had a Google hangout with the BritMums and I’ll be helping out with the BiBs awards this year which means no you can’t vote for me but I wouldn’t have won anyway – there are far better blogs out there but they won’t get awarded without a nomination. So please head over to check out the rules and categories and get your badge up with which category you’d like to be shortlisted for the rest is easy, March 18th it’s Kick off and best of luck to you all

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Our wedding day – the most perfect day EVER

wise words for wedding9th March was the day we chose to tie the knot and seal our love; I’ve been talking about it for months now and now it’s all over I can share with you my decisions and my how-to’s too and some wise words from The Boy and Me a week before above :)

But first – our wedding day! I have to write it down so I can re-read if forever because it was the most special day and I’m still re-living the moments in my head all the time.

Unlike tradition, Paul and I spent the night before together… and he tossed and he turned and he fidgeted, waking up at 4.30am, 5am and then again at 5.30am by which time I couldn’t get back to sleep as all the preparations and things that needed doing started to fill my mind. So brides to be reading this DO spend your last night apart, you’ll get a better night’s sleep trust me.

making waves for alex

I decided to start my day wearing something blue to bring good luck so I chose my Making Waves for Alex t-shirt as so much love was coming in from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram I wanted to re-direct this abundance on to Tamsyn who is fighting so hard, please read her story and support her battle.

At 9.30 Megan and I set off to the hairdressers’s and we didn’t get back to the house until almost 11. We were supposed to be checking in at Little Hermitage at 11.30 so just time for a quick Full English as we wouldn’t be sitting down until gone 3pm we tumbled the three little girls in the car and set off for destination.

bridal hair

On arrival Jay Mountford was there with her assistant for the day @matthewpaulgray and greeted me with a bear hug, Oliver Kiel, my video man was there too and everyone looked really excited so I started to panic a bit inside. I had one hour and a half to pull it together and my main worry was the girls – how do you keep three under 5’s amused for that period of time trapped in a bedroom?


Megan did their hair and we dressed them and then we had to do all their hair again as running around and rolling on the beds with LeapPads hadn’t been such a good idea. Jay came in took props and left the room chirpily ‘I’ll bring it back in a minute’. Off went the bouquet, off went the dress ‘Don’t put it on till the last 15 minutes.’ she told me. That was a toughie but probably a good idea and off went the shoes but as the images start to come through they’re taking my breath away, take a look at Jay’s sneak peeks they are FABULOUS.

Then it was time, Dee my brother was to give me away as dad was no longer with us to do so, Rosie his beautiful daughter was my chief bridesmaid and keeping an eye on the three little angels Alice, Bessie and Gracey directing them to their seats and being ‘Big Sister’ to them all in one go.

4 bridesmaids

The ceremony flew by and felt very surreal, we exchanged rings, we kissed and we started the laughter and celebrations that would be with us all day. Since I stepped on the top stair to descend into the room where the ceremony was being held I hadn’t stopped smiling and when I woke up the next morning that smile was still there.

happy bride

This time round, rather than choose a friend to be my witness I asked my other brother Dom. I wanted to make sure this was a family occasion and my most favourite people would be important factors in my day. PLUS Billy, Dee’s son aged 11 did an excellent reading for us. In front of a whole room of strangers he stood up and read loud and clearly The Magic of Love to us all. Bravo Billy.

Every single thought Paul and I had had for our special day was coming together, the menu’s Jean had printed by hand looked fabulous, her table plan was utter genius and her help with my Bags of Happiness were a real hit too, One guest said and I quote ‘best wedding favour ever’ so watch out for my How to post to follow soon.

wedding table

Meal, speeches by Dee, Paul and finally Dave. ALL of them were brilliant and they did an excellent job.

wedding cake

Then it was time to cut the cake, my mum made it. Isn’t she clever? First dance upstairs which some friends (who had slipped down to the bar) missed so we had another First Dance downstairs. Evening guests arriving

first dance

Photos, portraits, dancing and laughing, lots and lots of laughing.

A very, very special thank you to our family travelling all the way from Spain it was so lovely to see you all again. Our family from Italy, the day wouldn’t have been the same without you and my friends Alessia and Demis also coming in from Italy to celebrate us and giving up a weekend for us.

Images courtesy of Alessia Leitempergher, Oana Dascalul and Nicole Davis plus a couple of my own

Jay Mountford – Wedding photographer

Jay Mountford - wedding photographer


Originally posted as a Silent Sunday, this is Jay Mountford the wedding photographer in action at our wedding. She took the most beautiful photos which I still enjoy looking at today.