Abbie and David – June 22nd 2014

It’s not particularly often that a bride comes to you to ask you to be a part of her wedding at a Zoo. So, when Abbie emailed the team at Dave Spink Photography to enquire about a Marryoke, Wedding Video, and Photo Booth package for her wedding at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, it couldn’t be refused.

The day started out as any other, with a drive from the office in Leeds down to Doncaster. Abbie had chosen not to have the team film her prep, so everyone headed straight across to the Wildlife Park. The Marryoke team were directed in through the gates and taken to the Outlook Gallery Suite, where the very first wedding ceremony at Yorkshire Wildlife Park was to take place.

After greeting the park staff and confirming details of arrivals for both Abbie and her soon-to-be husband David, the team took the opportunity to explore the park and start shooting footage for the wedding video.

The team returned to the Outlook Suite to begin capturing the arrivals of guests, the details of the room, as well as the soon-after arrival of David. The suite steadily filled as the couple’s guests arrived, creating a hum of activity and some choice shots for the Wedding Video. Soon after, word came over the radio of the bride’s imminent arrival, and so the team divided, to join Abbie for her entrance into the Park.

Following a very sweet, simple ceremony, the newlyweds set out into the park to do one thing that all newlyweds should probably do: Feed the lions. The Dave Spink Photography team were able to join Abbie and David as they went ‘behind the scenes’ of the zoo and up to the fence to feed three lionesses. One of the lions – Crystal – took a particular interest in Abbie’s beautiful ballgown-like dress. It’s not very often that there’s opportunity to stand to the side of a couple as they have pictures taken with a lion leaping up behind their heads.

Abbie and David feed the lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Once the lions were fed, the next duty was to head past the ‘African Plains’ to the Giraffe House, where the couple were introduced to three very interested giraffes. Admittedly, the trio were probably slightly more interested in the leafy branches that David and Abbie had to offer. The Marryoke team were able to capture a few lines of Abbie and David’s selected Marryoke song (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John) with the couple, and the accompanying wildlife. Even members of the park staff got involved!

David and Abbie feed the Giraffes at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The team then split off into two once again, allowing the wedding video team to continue to capture guests and the couple as they had photographs taken, while the Marryoke team took the time to take guests aside and film marryoke lines with them. With a stunning location like Yorkshire Wildlife Park, both teams were spoiled for choice in scenery and backdrop.

Later in the afternoon, it was time for speeches and the wedding breakfast. The couple and the wedding party returned to the Outlook Suite which had been transformed into a perfect setting for a sit-down meal. The statement colour of orange continued across the tables, and each table was named with an animal that could also be found at the zoo. There was evidently a lot of thought and planning put into everything the couple had chosen, which paid off when everything came together so spectacularly.

All three speeches – from the father of the bride, the groom, and the best man – were short, sweet, and very sentimental. Before long, the Dave Spink Photography team were retiring to go grab their own dinner as the guests tucked into their meal.

The evening seemed to roll around all too quickly. The London Bus Photo Booth that Abbie and David had booked with Dave Spink Photography pulled up, parking in the Tsavo Lodge: the night’s venue. The park was closed to the public for the night, and with the lions roars as they were tucked up in bed, Abbie and David’s evening reception was all set to begin. Evening guests steadily began to arrive and the Marryoke team continued to put together some of the final shots for the song. As a part of the package the couple selected, they also were to receive video messages, so the video team invited guests to stand in front of the camera – with the Wildlife Park spreading into the vast distance behind – to leave a short message for Abbie and David.

Under the twinkling ceiling of the Tsavo Lodge, the full team joined the couple to record their first dance, ensuring not a moment of their magical day was missed. After a little more Marryoke-ing, shooting wrapped, and the video team headed home, leaving Abbie and David to enjoy last few hours of their wedding day.

Abbie and David testing out or Ultimate Booth


Caroline and Dan – November 3rd 2013

 One of our wedding highlights of 2013 was joining Caroline and Dan for their special day at Rudding Park. It was a wedding video with a difference; it was time for our first official Dave Spink Photography Marryoke video.

The team began their day joining Caroline at her parent’s home near Selby. While half the team focused on beginning the Marryoke with Caroline and her bridesmaids, our second videographer ensured that all of the preperation details that would be a part of the full wedding video would not be missed. The large kitchen played host to the make-up for the bride and her bridesmaids, letting in plenty of morning light. Shooting prep with the bride allowed the team to introduce themselves, and allowed Caroline more time to adjust to being in front of the camera.

As Caroline made her final wedding preparations, the Dave Spink Photography crew packed away the equipment, loaded the van, and headed across to the wedding venue: the stunning Rudding Park in Harrogate. The videographers arrived ahead of the guests, allowing them to film the wedding attendees entering the venue. The couple had selected the Radcliffe Room for the main events of their day. This allowed the team to utilise the space available, ensuring every angle of the wedding was captured.

The couple had transformed the Radcliffe Room to their own tastes. The aisle was lined with a pale carpet, which greeted Caroline and her father with the sentimental inscription of: Dad, of all the walks we have taken, I’ll remember this one forever, Caroline x“. A string quartet played the music for the entrance of the guests – then later, the bride- who walked down to the aisle to a beautiful rendition of A Day Like This by Elbow.  

Caroline and Dan had stamped the day with personality and made it their own; from buttonholes featuring Lego superheroes for the pageboys, arriving in a VW Campervan, to Oscar the three-legged pooch acting as ring bearer, the day was a pleasure to be a part of. Of course, the ceremony didn’t mark the end of the team’s day.

After the bride and groom had taken their first walk together as a married couple, we rejoined them outside the venue for the group photograph. At this point, the team divided once again to continue producing both the wedding video and the Marryoke.

For the Marryoke video, the team approached guests and invited them to take their starring moment in front of the camera.  A variety of outdoor locations were used, to capture what was a beautiful – albeit chilly – day in winter. The team even utilised the VW camper van that Caroline and Dan had arrived in, to capture the spirit of the day.

Meanwhile, our second videographer continued to ensure that not a moment of Caroline and Dan’s day was missed for their video, joining the newlyweds and their photographer as they took shots of the bridal party. The guests later joined the happy couple outside, to throw the confetti in the entranceway.

Soon after, the Wedding Breakfast room was available, and so the videography team ensured that the details in the Radcliffe Room were captured; with tables named after music albums, letters of gratitude from the bride and groom for each guest, disposable cameras on the tables, preserves in jars as wedding favours, and a fantastic cake adorned with purple and peacock feathers.

At Dave Spink Photography, the team strive to ensure that every important moment of the wedding day is caught. From cutting the cake to teary eyes, to the little details hand-selected by the bride and groom. There was an abundance of personality in Caroline and Dan’s day that we ensured was included in both their full-length wedding video and their very quirky marryoke.

Caroline and Dan entered the room and took their seats at the head of the horse-shoe table. After the wedding breakfast was polished off, the speeches began. Proving further that the day was their own, Caroline stood up to make a speech.

Later that evening, the Dave Spink videography team continued to capture different and creative shots with the bride, groom and guests. One of our favourite shots of the day involved Captain Jack Sparrow joining us in the library, singing along from a suspended chair. Another had the bride, her mum, and bridesmaids looking up at the camera.

For the evening reception, Caroline and Dan had also hired one of the Dave Spink Photography Photo Booths, set up in the Drawing Room, alongside a sweets table for the guests. The team wrapped the wedding video with the First Dance(s) – at this wedding Caroline and her father had a special father-daughter dance to Superman by Black Lace – and ensured that the spirit of the evening was captured.

The Marryoke was wrapped soon after, and the team set off home after a fantastic day. Thanks to Caroline and Dan for inviting the team to be a part of their special day. We hope you all enjoy watching the Marryoke above!

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