A journey of love at Clearwell Castle

Clearwell Castle

51.7667° N, 2.6243° W – Clearwell, Gloucestershire


Capturing the charm of international weddings in the UK

A Journey of Love at Clearwell Castle

Welcome to the world of international weddings, where love knows no borders, cultures collide, and extraordinary memories are made. As a globetrotting videographer with a passion for capturing the essence of love stories, I’ve had the privilege of being part of these cosmopolitan celebrations both in the UK and across the globe. Today, let’s dive into the enchanting world of Clearwell Castle, nestled in the heart of the Forest of Dean, where I had the pleasure of documenting one unforgettable union.

A Tale of Two Continents

Meet Rachel and John, the stars of this story. Their love story is nothing short of epic, transcending geographical boundaries. Hailing from the beautiful Philippines, their lives were a mosaic of journeys for education, career, and family connections. What’s more, John’s parents called the UK home. Destiny, anyone?
When Rachel and John reached out to me, opting for my top-tier videography package, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. A fairytale castle and a blend of cultures – it was a dream come true!
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Heather was one of the best parts of our wedding. She is an excellent and talented videographer, and a delight to work with. If you are looking for someone to capture your top moments, book Art of Life Films

Rachel & John

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Finding the perfect location: Clearwell Castle

All-inclusive convenience at a beautiful location

Planning a wedding can be quite the adventure, right? But Rachel and John decided to make it a breeze by choosing Clearwell Castle, an all-inclusive venue that takes care of all the details. Their goal was to savour the moments, and this castle offered them exactly that. Nestled in the picturesque English and Welsh countryside, it provided a stunning backdrop for their love story. Plus, it had a range of accommodations, making life easy for the couple and their guests.

Crafting a unique wedding video experience

Rachel and John wanted more than just a standard wedding video. They had a post-wedding celebration planned in the Philippines a few months down the road and wanted videos that they could project there to bring back memories for those who were present, and to showcase the best moments for those who weren’t able to make it.
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Clearwell Castle is an all-inclusive venue, so you don’t have to worry about anything—everything can be in one place, and the venue can take care of all your wedding day needs.

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You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.

Les Miserables—Victor Hugo

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The bride’s dress was designed by the bride’s sister, a fashion designer, who was also fabulously dressed in a pale pink dress with floral details.

Clearwell Castle has amazing grounds with stunning native trees, plants and flowers which just can’t exist in the Phillipines…

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Building excitement with a pre-wedding video

A Sneak Preview for Your Friends and Family

Around a year before their big day, we had a relaxed pre-wedding meeting at Clearwell Castle. It was a chance for us to get comfortable with each other and for them to get acquainted with the castle. Being in front of the camera wasn’t their favourite thing, so we had a laid-back ‘interview’ while strolling around the castle grounds. The result? A charming pre-wedding ‘save the date’ teaser – a sneak peek of their love story and the breathtaking venue. Perfect for their wedding website to give guests a taste of what was in store!

Embracing British wedding traditions

On their big day, Rachel and John fully embraced the charm of an English wedding. Traditional vows, the classic white dress, confetti, a cake-cutting ceremony, afternoon tea, ice cream delights, and garden games – their celebration was a quintessential British affair. Clearwell Castle’s meticulously kept gardens provided a dreamy backdrop for their couple photos, just a stone’s throw away from the festivities.
And about that wedding cake? It was a tier of cheese wheels! A hit with everyone, and by the end of the night, only slivers remained.

Turning memories into movie magic


Crafting memorable post-wedding videos

After the wedding day , it was time to work my video magic. We started with a snappy teaser film, around two minutes long, showcasing the ‘English-ness’ of their wedding and all those genuine, heartfelt moments. And let’s not forget the bride’s unique handmade dress – it magically shifted between shades of blue and white depending on the light. How cool is that? It was designed by the bride’s sister, a talented fashion designer.

Since they planned to show the video at their second wedding party in the Philippines, I meticulously edited their full speeches and ceremony film, creating a feature film that ran about 20 minutes – “The Long One.” This way, they could cherry-pick their favourite audio and video moments to include in the highlights video. I  believe in giving you the opportunity to tell me what your favourite bits are – it’s your day, after all!

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Your privacy, your way…

For Rachel and John, privacy was a top priority. They wanted their wedding day to be a cherished memory, shared only with their closest friends and family. That’s why only their teaser video is available for viewing, and only on my website – with their full approval, of course. While using clips or photos from your day for marketing purposes is a great for me and helps me get more work, I always respect your wishes when it comes to privacy.

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Lights, camera, personalisation!

I don’t believe in cookie-cutter weddings.  that’s just not my style. Each video I create is a work of art, as unique as you are. I don’t just throw together random clips and some background music. We chat, we get to know each other, and I understand your vision. Some couples love the romance, others prefer the party vibe, and some just want to see all their loved ones having a blast. It’s your wedding, and I’m there to make sure your video is as amazing as you want it to be.

To sum it up, I’ve shared the magic of international love, the enchantment of a castle, and videos that are as unique as the couples themselves. Feel free to explore my portfolio, drop me a line, and let’s chat about how I can turn your love story into a cinematic masterpiece!

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