Today we are pleased to introduce Emma of Story of your Day
How did it all start?
For 25 years, I worked for the BBC in programming, current affairs and in news – and I loved every minute of it. But on a cold February morning in 2012, a friend mentioned over a cup of tea all about her new life as a wedding photographer and suggested that with my years of filming experience, I might just make a good wedding videographer. At the time, I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do less. But the very next day a friend called me from work and asked if I’d film their wedding. And that’s where it all began. Soon after filming a few weddings I fell in love with it and started up Story Of Your Day. I combined that with my job at the BBC for about eighteen months before leaving my career in favour of a new and exciting adventure and going it alone.
Do you have a favourite venue?
It would either be Alnwick Castle in the UK or Suvretta House in Switzerland. Alnwick Castle is a truly magical castle, not least because it is also the setting for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies! Suvretta House, spectacularly set in its own grounds in the Corviglia ski area, is a St Moritz institution and a simply stunning venue for a wedding.
How would clients describe you?
“Emma maintains the highest degree of professionalism, organisation and responsiveness – not to mention the finest videographer we could have ever wanted. She is a straight-talking visionary…really organised, bubbly and with a ‘can-do’ approach – it was as if she was a videographer, wedding planner and friend all rolled into one.”
[These are genuine snippets from my wonderful clients stitched together in a couple of very proud sentences that sum me up].
Wedding planners or suppliers you particularly admire?
I love wedding planners Louise Perry and Kelly Chandler and am thrilled to have worked with them both. It makes working feel effortless and fun. Both these planners ‘get me’ and understand and support my requirements both before, on the day and after the wedding.
I adore the timeless, romantic style of photographer Rich Page, photographer Erich McVey’s love of natural light and incredible scenery and the relaxed style of photographer Hannah Duffy.
How do you unwind?
I love to go skiing and sledging with friends and family and walking with my dog, Harry, and spending time with my family.
What trends are you seeing for 2017/18?
Couples are becoming savvier when it comes to their wedding videography and often come with a brimful of hopes and expectations as to what they hope will come across in their films. As a passionate storyteller, working with enthusiastic couples who are happy to reveal what makes them tick, makes filming their wedding the more enjoyable.
What is your signature dish?
Anyone who knows me will admit I am not the best chef, so I am probably best known for rustling up beans on toast!
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love work on?
The wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice would have been a blast. Stylish, wonderful and exuberant, the timeless charm of Venice never fails to enchant me, and George has an effortless style about himself too!
What is your vice?
Chocolate and cheese (not together)