Supplier Stories: Wedding Videographer A Piece Of The Party’s Journey from Strictly Come Dancing to First Dances
Industry Insights from Wedding Videographer Lauren Garvey and A Piece of the Party
Welcome to this week’s Supplier Story! ‘Supplier Stories’ is an original Bridebook Business article series, where we go behind-the-scenes and into the wedding world through those that know it best – the experienced and talented venues and suppliers across the UK.
So whether this is your first story or 10th, enjoy as we look into the industry as a whole, and celebrate a true story in itself! Who says couples have all the fun?
A Piece of The Party’s Supplier Story:
Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a top television producer film your wedding? With A Piece of The Party, couples can have just that! Lauren, this week’s featured wedding supplier, draws on her years of experience working on some of the UK’s favourite shows, including Take Me Out, Big Brother, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here and Strictly Come Dancing to make wedding videos that capture as much of a couple’s special day as possible – from the grand entrances to the tiny details. Together with her incredibly talented team, she immortalises wedding memories and has a ridiculous amount of fun doing it.
So without further ado, Lauren over to you!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a senior TV producer, with over twelve years of experience working in the industry. I started as a runner on Strictly Come Dancing and worked my way up through the ranks on shows like The X Factor and Big Brother. I spend half of the year working on programmes like I’m a Celebrity and devote the rest of my time to filming weddings and events – allowing me the perfect balance of fun and creativity whilst still keeping up with all of the latest innovations in the media.
2. Share your story?
I’ve always loved an event – even when I was little I used to get so overexcited before a party that I couldn’t sleep for days before. Luckily I’ve mellowed a little now! I have worked in TV since I was 18 where started as work experience at BBC Television Centre. I fell in love with the industry, the glamour, the chance that you might run into Ian Beale or one of the guys from McFly – it was absolutely brilliant. I worked on Saturday night shiny floor shows like How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do before falling into my ‘university education’ – working on Big Brother from Series 7. I worked my way up and have done all manner of roles on the show. I was then headhunted by a chat show and became the youngest TV producer in the country aged 24, going on to be one of the youngest seniors there’s been. What I lack in age, I make up for in extensive experience storytelling and producing, and that is something I want to bring to people’s weddings.
When a good friend of mine moved to Australia and turned 30, my friends and I realised we had to put together a video to show her we were thinking of her. So I filmed and edited our friends dancing around and singing for her to a Katy Perry song called ‘Birthday.’ What it lacks for in quality (it was practically shot on a Nokia 3310) it makes up for in love and I realised there was a serious market for people showing their love for friends and family through the fun and beauty of video.
3. What drew you to the wedding world?
Having already been inspired to start up some kind of fun filming company, a lot of my friends started getting married a few years ago and asked me to film their weddings which I absolutely loved. I realised there was a total gap in the market for wedding videos which are fun as well as beautiful and tell the story of the whole day. So I decided I could make a career out of it. Freelancing in television allows me the flexibility to spend part of the year in TV and the rest on A Piece of the Party.
4. What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve documented?
I’m lucky in that I genuinely feel like every single wedding I’ve documented so far has been really special and unique. But I have to say the one that sticks in my mind is Maria & George Hollis. They needed a fairly fast turnaround as Maria’s mother might not have been able to make the wedding due to illness. It already had grabbed me from the moment that the couple booked but attending the wedding made it a million times more special. Maria’s flower decorations were incredible, potentially due to the fact she’s got her own wedding florist business (Luna in the Wild). All of her friends and family were so close and lovely. They had an OFF THE SCALE party too – fancy dress and a hell of a lot of R Kelly made for a brilliant night. All of this was topped by the fact that Maria’s mother managed to make the day. I remember driving home feeling totally overwhelmed and full of love for the couple. I can’t wait to film heaps more special couples like Maria and George and create a video as special as they are.
5. What’s your favourite wedding memory?
Two come to mind. One is my very good friend Chris’s wedding – he was the first in our friendship group to get married, I was surrounded by our very best friends from college and it was the first time I realised just how incredible weddings are. The second is my friend Ellie’s wedding, who hired a band called Brando who played a thirty minute version of ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift. I still want to return to that moment to this day.
6. What part of a wedding is your favourite?
I think the moment the couple see each other for the first time is always pretty special but I’m also all about the party – everyone has finally relaxed and it’s really nice to see a total mix of people together in one room celebrating their friends coming together. To be honest though, what I love about weddings is that every single one has an element of the day which makes it really special and until you’ve filmed it, you never know what it’s going to be, which is why I love to be there to cover every single moment and then select the very best bits.
7. What do you think makes you/your product unique?
I genuinely love weddings, I’m a people person and most of all a people pleaser, so I really do go above and beyond trying to ensure people have a video that is truly unique to them. Our videos are a tale of the whole day and my storytelling experience from television means that storytelling is an inherent part of my personality. I don’t treat the videos as if they have a set format – they’re all set to different music, and I will always consider the individual style before I even shoot the video. It’s important that I spend a lot of the day getting a feel for the couple and the wedding.
I’m also very used to remaining discreet, not intruding on the event whilst still capturing the beauty of the day and the most special moments that they might miss. I’m also a family girl through and through (I made my Mum wear the same outfit as me ‘for the brand’ at a wedding fayre once!) and I’m really keen to capture families in videos, in whatever form that family is made up. For me it’s all about the love that you have for someone who will always be there for you.
8. Why do you think having a wedding video is important?
Weddings go by so quickly. And you spend SO LONG working on them, but on the day it’s just impossible to take in every detail, even if you have a completely photographic memory. There’s just too much to do and see and I feel like a video is the only way to capture it all. Don’t get me wrong, photographs are super important and a wedding essential but a video is your best possible chance of remembering the finer details that you’ve worked so hard on and also seeing the things you didn’t get to see on the day, even for years to come. You spend so much money on your big day that an additional expenditure on something that ensures your wedding will never be forgotten, to me seems like money well spent.
9. What is your favourite documentary?
It’s not a documentary but I’m all about the dates – so Take Me Out (a show I worked on for three years and absolutely adore) First Dates or Married at First Sight. I will never stop being excited by watching romance (or the occasional dating disaster) unfold on TV. If you want to cringe/roll with laughter in equal measure, you MUST watch the 2017 Valentines First Dates special – particularly the bit where the guy gets asked how he wants to pay the bill… I was watching behind a cushion.
10. What do you love about Bridebook?
The client user interface is really well laid out, the design is super slick but most importantly its run by a brilliant, friendly team who genuinely love weddings and want to give suppliers the chance to connect with really lovely couples. For me as a supplier, I couldn’t ask for anything more. That and the fact it can be used anywhere is essential for a 2017/18 bride!
A huge thank you to Lauren for sharing her Supplier Story. Check out her superb videos in her Bridebook profile.
Want to feature in your own Supplier Story? Get in touch with Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.