Victoria Rose and Adam’s Old Woodhouse Manor Wedding was such an interesting wedding to be a part of! First up was a lovingly choreographed first look between this lovely, couple, followed by a classical music concert and then a delightful outside reception in the shadow of this delightful old manor in the Adelaide Hills.
Both Victoria-Rose and Adam were being prepared in one of the many rooms in this delightful old Manor. Walking through the rooms was super nostalgic for me as the last time I had visited this Scout-run venue was over 20 years ago for a school camp.
This grand gothic sandstone house was built for one time Premier of South Australia and Chief Justice of South Australia Sr Richard Davies Hanson. Hanson built this large mansion in the 1860s, while the Australian Boy Scouts purchased the house and property in 1972 and to this day run the site as a training ground and popular camp site.
Victoria-Rose was keen on having a grand ‘first look’ with Adam next to the nearby stream so much of the time we were with Victoria-Rose as she got ready, Adam was with his groomsmen awaiting her arrival.
White suit jacket in tree
Groom having tie tied on verandah
Groom playing with cufflinks
Bride having makeup touched up
Engagement ring in red and pink bouquet
Groom pasing hallway
Engagement ring perched between shoes
Groom tie being adjusted in mirror
Wedding dress habging in window at manor
Bride smiling in small mirror
Groom talking to groomsmen
Grandma watching as girls get ready
Bridal party inbetween doorframe
Bridal bouquet closeup
Bride at Old Woodhouse Manor
Victoria-Rose and Adam held their first look at the bottom of the gardens surrounding the Manor, we made use of the nearby foliage for a bit of shade during the midday sun for a few glamour shots before heading to a nearby clearning for their ceremony.
Groom waiting patiently for first look
Bride arriving for first look
Bride approaching groom in first look
Smiles at first lok
Bride and groom hugs at first look
Bride leaning into her groom
Bridal party amongst the greens
Groom tickling his bride
Bride and groom on small bridge
Bride and groom close together through leaves
Bridal party silly photo
Bride and groom in the lush greens
Bride and groom embrace together
Bride and groom walking together
Bride and groom leaning in for kiss
Bridal portrait in the undergrowth
Old Woodhouse Manor Wedding Ceremony
Victoria-Rose and Adam’s Old Woodhouse Manor wedding ceremony took place under the shade of a large tree, nearby the car parking spaces reserved for people heading to the Manor.
Victoria-Rose arrived in a modern Mustang, with a rather brave driver, as they were completely off road and in heavy grass as they approached. I would have been worried aboult getting such a low car out of there!
Victoria-Rose walked along a small footbridge towards Adam and their congregation with Enya playing in the background and held a nice, simple ceremony topped off by having one of their grandmothers join in with a hand-fasting ceremony, which was a nice touch.
Groom looking out for his bride
Bride hitching dress up to walk in long grass
Old Woodhouse Manor wedding ceremony
Old Woodhouse Manor wedding holding hands
Groom looking at bride at ceremony
Bride looking at groom at ceremony
Placing wedding ring on her finger
Grandma joing in for hand fasting ceremony
First kiss at Old Woodhouse Manor wedding
Bride and groom exit on sunny day
Famiyl with wedding certificate
Old Woodhouse Manor Wedding Reception
Inbetween Victoria-Rose and Adam’s Ceremony and sit-down reception which was taking place in a large paved courtyard, shaded by the old manor, everyone was treated to a classical mucic concert as a surprise, put on by their parents.
Bride and groom walking up hill
Old Woodhouse Manor wedding reception setup
3 tiered white wedding cake with leaves
Bride and groom arriving at concert
Bride and groom cutting cake outside
Bride and groom enjoying concert
Mum and guest
Bride cork popping
Bride and groom leaning against large tree
Bride and groom under sunlight and trees
Fiurst dance at Old Woodhouse Manor wedding
Thankyou so much to Victoria-Rose and Adam for having my wife and I cover your wedding as both wedding photographer and Videographer! Was a lovely day!
Yet another year has been and past, and what a year it has been for the wedding industry! This past week saw the announcement of the winners of the 2021 South Australian ABIA Awards and I can proudly say that SvenStudios has once again shown to be one of the top rated wedding suppliers in South Australia!
The ABIA awards (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) are awarded to wedding vendors in a wide variety of categories in each state, and also nationally each year. In previous years, SvenStudios has proudly been a finalist in a number of categories, including wedding photographer, photobooth supplier, and this year also being a fionalist int he wedding videography category. In the 2020 edition of the awards, SvenStudios was awarded the runner-up wedding photographer of the year and the runner-up best photobooth supplier of the year gongs in South Australia so we were quite optimistic about the results of the 2021 South Australian ABIA Awards!
Unfortunately we diddn’t quite take out the golden star as the best wedding photographer, nor the best wedding videographer in the state, although we are very proud to have been selected as a finalist in both these categories!
Wedding photographer 2021 ABIA SA Finalist
Wedding videographer 2021 ABIA SA Finalist
In order to be a finalist in a category an aggregate rating drawn from reviews direct from previous couples are collated and run through an algorithm to find the best rated supplier in each category. A finalist is a supplier who achieved a rating of 95% or above. SvenStudios recieved an aggregate rating of 97.94% for wedding photography, and 96.18% as a wedding videographer!
The ABIA Awards are a unique way of running awards with the winners soley selected by the reviews given by previous couples the supplier has served at their actual wedding in the previous year. In this way future engaged couples are better informed by how well a certain supplier has bee recieved in the past by other couples, without having to rely on ‘industry expert’ awards awarded by people not in any way involved with a supplier’s past work.
As a result SvenStudios are super happy and proud to have recieved such glowing reviews over the past year by our newly wedded couples and super pleased to be a finalist wedding photographer and videographer in the 2021 South Australian ABIA Awards! Thanks so much for those who took the time to write out a lovely review, and hopefully next year we can take out the golden star!
Your wedding is probably going to be one of the most memorable moments of your whole life, so it’s only natural to want to capture every single detail of the day. Wedding videography helps record all the heartfelt emotions and standout moments of the event that photography alone may miss.
Here are some common misconceptions about wedding videography and why you shouldn’t take them at face value.
“Photos Are Enough”
Often it’s the justification for not getting a videographer or having a budget for it is because a wedding photographer is enough. We agree that wedding photography is an important part of planning, especially if you want to see all the stills, stolen shots and photos where you didn’t think you were smiling, but you were. However, wedding videography can be just as important.
Videos can capture the sounds and movement of a party that some photos are unable to emulate—the popping of the champagne bottle, the clinking of glasses during a toast, the song you first danced to, the messages from your parents. It’s an unmatched moment to have all that on tape and to watch the wedding through the cinematic lens of your videographer.
If it’s budget constraints you’re worried about, there are plenty of photographers out there – my self included – that offer ‘hybrid’ video coverage allowing a highlight video snippet of your day to be captured alongside photography as a single person – saving money on having a second dedicated videographer in tow.
“Anyone Can be the Videographer”
Although it seems tempting to cut costs and get a nephew of yours to take the video through their camera, you won’t get the same result as professional wedding videographers from a studio. There’s sound editing, transitions, angles and shots that have to be considered when all is said and done.
Let me highlight one of those points – SOUND RECORDING! While your nephew may have the camera, it’s not that often they also have the appropriate audio equipment and backups for if it doesn’t work out right.
You’ll get a better product and outcome if you get some experienced people into the venue. Check price lists and background for past work they’ve done that you might want in your mini-film. The quality of a great wedding video is simply incomparable and something to be treasured forever.
Mobile phone photo 2
“Choose a Videographer the Night Before”
It’s much more recommended to book a videographer in advance, especially experienced ones who might have their schedules full months, even years before an actual wedding. It also gives your chosen videographer a chance to get to know you and the vision you’re going for in the video.
It can be personalised as much or as little as you want to. If you want to incorporate a specific concept into the wedding video outside of the ceremony and reception, you could have a small discussion about that, too.
Gallop bridge Wedding photo
“Wedding Videos Are for One-Time Viewing”
This can be a personal choice, but wedding videos were made to stand the test of time. Rewatching it helps you observe new details. You can show the recording to other loved ones who might not have been able to attend due to different circumstances. You can even show the videos to your children and grandchildren!
Or if you’ve forgotten what it’s like, you can always look back at it with a particular fondness, especially after so many years have elapsed. You have proof of experiencing that much happiness, laughter, love and tears.
These misconceptions about wedding videography being that it tends to be watched once and never again tends to stem from the fact that traditional wedding videography products can be a chore to watch, being hours long. Modern videographers like to offer ‘highlight’ montages these days to combat this – providing a short snippet of your day edited to music that is much easier to watch.
Wedding videography can be a truly delightful thing that will help you earn a keepsake after the big day. And hey, we won’t judge you if you want to fast forward and skip it to the part where you both say ‘I do.’
Keep in mind these common misconceptions about wedding videography and hopefully you’ll think twice about having a video made on your day. We highly recommend it!
SvenStudios offers both wedding videography and wedding photography in Adelaideand around Australia. We help craft the precious memories of your matrimony so you can have a reminder of your grand love. Get in touch with us today!
Things to Check Before Hire a Wedding Videographer
One of the most meaningful events in a person’s life is their wedding day, and it’s important to document all the best and most touching moments properly. Everyone wants to have the best wedding photographer they can for their big day, but wedding videography sometimes gets left by the wayside.
Wedding videos are a great way to immortalise the event, from preparations to the reception. Everything is captured, so when the couple looks back on their special day, they can still recall how happy they were and how much fun their guests had. Wedding videography does this in a way that photos simply cannot do. Both are important in that they capture the same things, but in different ways
Wedding videos are a great way to preserve memories, so it is crucial to find the best wedding videographers who can do a great job recording and preparing your wedding film. However, choosing one is not that easy. You cannot just pick the first company you find on Google and assign them this critical task. The best event videographer is skilled and creative enough to craft the best wedding video for your special day.
5 Essential Things to Check Before you hire a Wedding Videographer
Choosing a great videographer can get tricky, so here are the things you should look for to find the best one for your big day:
The Videographer’s Portfolio
Your videographer is another of your wedding vendors, so you should spend some time looking at their samples and package options. You probably skimmed through pages of magazines and brochures to find the best wedding dress, the most fitting flowers, the most attractive wedding cakes, and the ideal wedding place, after all. You should also be this thorough when looking for a wedding videographer—and you can do that by looking at their portfolio.
A good videographer will present you with their portfolio to show off their skills and past work. If they don’t, you can ask for it so that you will have a reference. You should carefully analyse the videographer’s capabilities through their portfolio and also make sure their style suits your own personal sense of aesthetic.
If they manage to amaze you with their previous projects, you can be reassured that they can give you the same quality of work during your wedding day. Remember to always look through a videographer’s portfolio before you put them on your shortlist.
The Videographer’s Experience
While beginner videographers can also possess excellent skills, you should opt for someone with more experience if you want guaranteed results.
Experienced videographers have been at hundreds of weddings in the past and know whats going to happen and when, so you can trust them to do a great job on your special day.
Videographers with experience have more knowledge on what they should do during the ceremony itself and how to be in the right place at the right time to capture special moments. You will not need to tell them what shots to take at which angles and what they should focus on.
Also, experienced videographers know how to blend in easily and communicate clearly to get the best out of every subject. With an experienced videographer, you can rest easy knowing they will do great at recording one of the best moments of your life.
Be sure to check out reviews from previous couples to get a better idea on how they act on a wedding day and what others have thought of their work!
The Videographer’s Creativity
There are thousands of wedding videos out there. You can settle for making yours similar to any other wedding video, but if you want something exceptional, be sure to take note of your potential videographer’s creativity.
A wedding video, just like any aspect of a wedding, should reflect the couple’s personality. A creative videographer will bring that out—your personalities, your love story, what makes you both happy, and your love for each other.
When you hire a wedding videographer you should pick a videographer that has excellent attention to detail, angles, timing, and editing. This way, you know that they will produce a great wedding video that does not only consist of the typical shots and clips.
A creative videographer will take your interests into account and make sure that it is seen in the colour grading, the music, and even the transition between the clips. You must get a videographer who can make a one of a kind wedding video instead of just putting together a generic, boring, bland set of clips.
The Videographer’s Communication Skills
Communication is crucial because you do not want additional stress on your wedding day. You need someone that can easily understand and grasp the tasks at hand without requiring much of your guidance.
Any miscommunication can disturb the wedding day, so make sure to get a videographer with the best communication skills from the beginning. To gauge that, observe if they can easily coordinate the details, requests, and instructions you gave.
Moreover, a good communicator will always give you project updates. They should tell you about what they will do for you during preparation, the day itself, and after the event. Doing so helps ensure the excellent quality of your videos and achieve all your wedding video wishes. Also, pick a videographer that values time—you do not want to be stressed about a videographer arriving late to your shoots or even the wedding itself!
The Videographer’s Packages and Rates
Wedding videography packages can be pricey. After all, you are paying for the videographer’s unique skills and expensive equipment.
So, make sure that you find a videographer that offers extensive packages for a reasonable price. Ask about their inclusions like highlight reels, extended films, same-day edit videos, and more. They might also use drones and even underwater equipment. Inquire about their rates as well, whether it is an hourly, daily, or per-project rate.
Finally, you must find the best and extensive wedding videography package for your special day that suits your needs. Not only will you get quality videos during the wedding, but you get what you pay for. You will not have to worry about low-quality wedding videos when you know you have hired someone skilled that offers a package with many inclusions.
It is also vital that you do not lowball prices with them. Remember that you are paying for their skills, time, and equipment. If you do not want to pay according to their rate, find someone that offers a lesser price or do the work yourself.
Sunnybrae wedding night time photo
Your wedding day truly is one of the most memorable days in your life. It’s a once in a lifetime event that you will always want to look back on and remember heartwarming moments. So, make sure that you get a photo and video team that can deliver on what you envision—the perfect wedding videos to commemorate your perfect day.
Sash and Dan’s St Francis Xaviers Cathedral Wedding was the last wedding of 2022 for me, and what a wedding it was too! taking place in one of the more beautiful Cathedrals the city of churches has to offer the weatehr was wonderful and the people involved even more so!
Sash and Dan had organised their wedding very well, choosing accomodation nearby their reception venue of Ayers House so that they have a short walk back to their hotel after their big day – it also meant that we were able to set up their photobooth before heading for their preparation photos quite easily! It was also good as we had quite a bit of video gear to cart around too, and being in the city it can be tricky – but not at Sash and Dan’s wedding!
The rooms in the Crown Plaza are lined by beautiful floor to ceiling windows lined with white skim curtains which makes for a nice backdrop to preparation wedding photos, along with letting in plenty of natural light.
Engagement ring perched between two blue shoes
Wedding rings in bridal affects
Smiling bride before dress is on
Bride peering out curtains
Bride looking into makeup mirror
Page boy having fun
Bride standing in hotel hallway
Bride in dress looking out window
bride in dress inspecting boquet
Bridesmaid’s makeup being done
Bride with her bridal party
We started by heading up to Dan’s room, only to find that his groomsmen werent coming until a bit later, so we head over to Sash’s room where she was finishing up her makeup.
The whole morning was laid back and fun to be a part of!
Groom shirt hanging from roof
Groom writing his speech
Groom looking out window
Groomsman turning and smiling
Groom buttoning shirt of groomsman
Groomsmen together holding glass
Groom leaning on wall
St Francis Xaviers Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
The St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, just off of Victoria square is a very impressive building both inside and out with a beautifully gothic aesthetic which sets for an impressive backdrop for a wedding.
One thing that really ‘wowed’ me was the entrance of Sash in the huge double doors at the head of the Cathedral following the procession of her bridal aprty and family members. The doors flew open to reveal her stunning visage which was certainly enough to make Dan shed a tear or two!
Sash and Dan’s St Francis Xaviers Cathedral wedding was a traditional catholic affair with heartfelt vows and family members joining in as sponsors throughout for various reasons such as the laying of a veil over their heads and a wedding lasso rosary.
Something a bit different at Sash and Dan’s wedding was that during the ceremony we had group photos at the altar of the Cathedral, which allowed me to do some fun stuff with a very long pole acting like a drone throughout the Cathedral – its a rather rare thing to be able to do!
Groom waiting for ceremony to start
Groom walking in Church
Flower girl walking down aisle
Groom and groomsmen waiting for bride
Bride walking towards altar
father addressing wedding congregation
St Francis Xaviers Catherdral wedding
St Francis Xaviers Catherdral wedding ceremony
Groom looking at his bride during ceremony
bride wiping away tear
bride and groom standing together during ceremony
First kiss at St Francis Xavier cathedral
Bride and groom with sponsors
Bride and groom exit cathedral
Group photo in front of cathedral
The original plan was to take some glamour photos around Victoria Square so we could have the Cathedral in the backdrop of the photos – however their ceremony took a little longer than expected, and we spent a bit of time having a group photo in front of the Cathedral.
We spent a little time inside the Cathedral itself using the wonderful architecture, and also recreating their first kiss as their original kiss was unfortunately behind their two chairs they sat in during their ceremony.
Sash then retired to her room at their hotel, but not before shooting a bit in front of some rustic walls in a nearby allyway. This allowed me to get a start on their same day edit video, which they specially requested to be played during their reception. Putting these together can be a bit stressful, but are always very rewarding considering the glowing feedback you get from guests throughout the night!
Once Sasha and Dan made it to Ayer’s House we used the gardens and historic scenes around the manor for a few shots before entering their reception.
Sun flare in cathedral
Kiss under bridal veil
Bride and groom inbetween church pillars
Bride leading groom on walk
Flying veil on rustic street
Groom leaning on wall talking to bride
Bride and groom portrait at ayres house
Close up of bride holding groom
bridal party in front of ayres house
Inside the front doors of ayres house
Bride and groom betwen foliage at ayres house
bride and groom backlit by smoke
Night time photo of bride and groom in doorway
Ayres House Wedding Reception
Sash and Dan’s reception was one full of heartfelt speeches and general family love – it was lovely to see and be a part of!
Bridal entrance to wedding reception
Maid of honour speech
best man speech
3 tiered white wedding cake
bride and groom next to wedding cake
bride and groom with wedding sign
Catching the bridal boquet
Bride and groom dancing
Thanks go out to Sash and Dan for having us cover your incredible St Francis Xaviers Cathedral Wedding! Your day was a blast!