Darren & Michael - The Elvetham Hotel, Hartley Wintney, Hook.

Check out Darren and Michael’s short film below.

How did you guys meet?

We met on a dating website and then found out we were in the same business, had mutual friends and had trained at the same college.

How did you get engaged, is there a cool story?

I proposed to Michael in Ariels Grotto in Disney World in Florida. I rewrote the words to Part of your world and got Ariel to fill in the words for me.

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What made you choose your wedding venue?

We searched for Dog Friendly wedding venues and after scanning through them The Elvetham Hotel was the first one we visited and we fell in love with it.

The Elvetham Hotel   , Hartley Wintney, Hook.

The Elvetham Hotel, Hartley Wintney, Hook.

Where were your suits from/designed by?

We had our jackets made by Sophea Bailey and we sourced reference images based on Disney Prince Jackets. The trousers and shirts were bought separately. Michael's Shoes were from Irregular Choice www.irregularchoice.com and mine were from Dychurch Lifestyle in Northampton. dychurchlifestyle.co.uk

Where did you get Hastings outfit?

Hastings Outfit was made by Michael with pockets for our Wedding Rings

Hastings the dog.

Hastings the dog.

What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?

We wanted it to be a classy fairytale.

First dance.

First dance.

What is your Entrance music and first song and why?

Our entrance music was A string quartet version of Taylor Swifts ‘Blank Space’. Michael is a huge fan and the lyric ‘I’ve got a blank space baby and I’ll write your name’ was appropriate for the wedding. Our First Dance Song was Happily Ever After which accompanied the fireworks at Disney World. We saw the very first night it was performed and is such a special song to us, again with a perfect wedding theme to it.

Who supplied your beautiful Flowers?

The flowers were by the amazing Tarnia Williams. She was just amazing and really got the style and colour scheme we dreamed of. She was like a Magical Wedding Nymph on the day! Tarniawilliams.co.uk

Hair and Make up?

We did our hair ourselves and our Groomsmaids did their own hair and make-up.

Photobooth fun!

Photobooth fun!

Who made your amazing Cake?

The Cake was from Cutter and Squidge cutterandsquidge.com in Central London and the sugar flowers adorning it were made by my friend Gary Murphy.

What would be your number one tip to other couples planning their wedding?

We were reminded by many friends throughout the process to always remember the day is for you. No-one else. Don’t get dragged into trying to please everyone. It’s YOUR day.

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Videography:  All footage captured with two Sony a7s cameras.

Lenses: Sony E PZ 4/18-105mm G OSS SELP18015, Sony NEX 18-55mm OSS NEX E-mount 3.5-5.6, Sony NEX 16mm F2.8 Pancake wide angle Prime Lens SEL16F28 E-Mount

Microphones: Rode VideoMicro on camera Microphone, Zoom H1 Digital Recorders w/ Professional Tie Clip lapel Lavalier Microphones.