My name's Steve and I am the guy behind Capture By Design.
I live in the beautiful village of Heysham in North West England, with my beautiful fiancée Hannah and our not so little 1 year old boy Ernie.
I created Capture By Design at the start of 2022 after working for over a decade in the Media Industry and decided that it was finally time to take the plunge and work for myself.
I graduated University with a 2:1 in Media Production & Technology and in the past have been fortunate enough to have filmed live sports including football and rugby, been behind the camera at music festivals and even filmed royalty at prestigious events.
Outside of work I love to play golf, go walking and spend time with my family and friends. I am a keen DIYer and have additional qualifications in plumbing due to previously working for our family business. This has helped a few times on wedding days repairing broken equipment or decorations. Just recently in fact someone snapped a wire on a wooden 'LOVE' sign stopping the lights from working. With minutes to spare before guests arrived I was able to rewire the lights and get them back up and running. Not all heroes wear capes but on this occasion I really wanted one!!
Minimalistic, natural and relaxed.
I love capturing that little bit of magic behind the camera. Your wedding day is a wonderful journey from start to finish. They say blink and it's over, and this could not be more true. Your day will fly by and you want to cherish every moment without having to stop and start your day to allow a cameraman to film what's happening.
That's why I do my utmost to hide in plain sight, capturing special moments as naturally as possible. For the most part you will just see me and a camera. By keeping my setup minimal, I am able to subtly capture memories that make your day special without being obtrusive or in the way.
'record accurately a moment'
'as a result of a plan'
My business name epitomises my approach and work ethic. With every film being planned and thought through, so that the day itself can run as smoothly as possible.
I do not just turn up and hope for the best. I take it upon myself to contact all venues and suppliers prior to the big day and introduce myself. I discuss everything with them and make a plan for how best to approach the day. I never want to miss that vital moment, so putting into place a bit of planning and structure really goes a long way.
Some small audio recorders.
Couple of tripods.
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"Definitely got the brief of what we were after!"
He most definitely got the brief of what we were after. Not only were the films perfect, Steve made the whole process from booking, to receiving the films after the wedding and everything In between totally stress free and easy at what can be quite a stressful time with the organising of a wedding.
I would most definitely recommend him, in-fact my sister has already tapped me up for Steve’s details following her recent engagement. Thank you so much for creating something beautiful for us to relive our special day.
We can’t thank him enough
We’re so happy we found Steve, his enthusiasm and genuine excitement about his job is second to none and he also is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Every interaction we had before the wedding was positive and made us feel at ease. He took the time to get to know about us as a couple and what we wanted from our film.
Steve captured our day just perfectly in such high quality, it’s like he managed to be everywhere all at once! But crucially without feeling intrusive at all. It was so wonderful to watch it all back and relive our day and we can’t wait to have a little screening with our family and friends.
We would highly recommend Steve, and already have done to one of our friends getting married next year!
Made it the perfect day
Captured our magical day perfectly!
Steve was recommended to us by our photographer Richard (from ‘This is Richard’ Photography) and we a so thrilled we decided to go with his recommendation. When we first met with Steve, we were so pleased to find that he was such a lovely person. He was friendly, enthusiastic and made us feel relaxed straight away. He seemed genuinely excited about our wedding and our ideas that we knew we had made the right decision in choosing Steve as our videographer. It was also special that Steve was getting married the week before us, so we all sort of had ‘wedding fever’ together.
During the wedding planning process, Steve made himself accessible via email and WhatsApp which was really helpful if we had any queries or updates. We also had an in-depth discussion with him a week or two before our wedding to finalise the entire plan of the day and what our wishes and expectations were. Being able to reach Steve anytime was very important and reassuring to us both.
As Steve’s wedding portfolio expanded – we were so impressed and excited by the work he was posting on his website and his social media. The wedding videos he was posting demonstrated to us that he was able to capture the style of wedding video we were specifically looking for. Seeing his previous work provided us with confidence and made us even more excited for our special day.
On the day, Steve was wonderful. He worked amazingly alongside our photographer Richard from This Is Richard Photography – they were an awesome team and bounced off each other extremely well. They both honestly made our day so easy and enjoyable. They were able to capture special natural moments throughout the day, but also put us at ease when doing our couple portraits/shots too (as neither one of us are comfortable in front of a camera). All of our guests commented on how friendly, sociable and efficient/professional they both were. Steve had the perfect mixture of blending into the background so that we, as well as our guests, didn’t feel too conscious about the camera and having the personality to work with a crowd when facilitating group moments/shots.
After the wedding Steve kept us updated with regards to when we could expect our video. It took around 14-15 weeks however it was certainly worth the wait. We would rather wait a little longer for our video to be done properly and for us to be happy with it rather than it being rushed and poorly executed. The quality was absolutely exquisite and truly breath-taking. Steve managed to capture our whole day perfectly and we could not praise him more highly. He really was able to bring our magical day to life.
The video was everything we had hoped for and more. It was relaxed, candid and not ‘over-produced’. The video was delivered on a beautiful, personalised USB Stick and included a trailer, a 14-minute film of our whole day as well as the ceremony and speeches separately. The video came as part of a lovely ‘night in’ package including some tasty goodies that went down very well and just added a personal, hand delivered touch. Upon receiving our video, we couldn’t stop watching it – we loved being able to share our video with our family and friends (all of whom adored it as well). We are beyond grateful to Steve that we have this stunning video to treasure forever.
He is beyond talented. The video that we received just demonstrate how skilled and proficient he is in his craft. We would 100% recommend Steve to anyone. So much so, that my sister used his services for her wedding in February 2023.
Thank you, Steve! From Olivia & Tom.
You’ll regret it if you don’t book him!
Everyone who's seen it has been buzzed and I cannot wait to re-book for future events because there's no doubt we would want the same for future anniversaries and events. We are both so happy with what we received and the little box with treats to watch our video with is just another example of how far Steve will go to make this an unforgettable experience. He definitely gets it! If you don’t book, you’ll have missed out on the best investment for your wedding, I PROMISE!!
Memories we can watch over and over again.
Watching the video was incredible it brought back all the amazing memories of the day. Choosing to have a videographer at my wedding was the best decision I made in all the wedding plans!
Pictures capture the day but not in a way that a videographer does. Listening to the ceremony and the speeches and seeing all the reactions of my family and friends faces brought back all the emotions of the day. I can treasure this video forever and you cant put a price of capturing your special wedding day on film to watch over the years to come!
I can highly recommend Capture by design, Steve is very friendly and extremely talented he goes the extra mile at every opportunity and I cant recommend him highly enough!
Mr & Mrs Broster
Best Supplier we had… Amazing would highly recommend
On the day of our wedding, he greeted us both warmly and really put us at ease with his personable approach. He captured the day perfectly and worked seamlessly alongside our photographer who he'd never met previously. We received our amazing videos in the weeks following the wedding, and had the wonderful experience of reliving our day. The music and moments captured were perfect and we now have that to enjoy for years to come. If anyone is debating booking a videographer then do it with Steve, photos are amazing but a video captures so many different elements. We cannot recommend him enough, thank you so much!! Love the Routledges
Steve made everything run smoothly and captured everything we had asked for and more. It genuinely felt like we had known you forever, as you made us feel that comfortable throughout the day!
Our videos are absolutely perfect, everything we had dreamed of and more!
I would highly recommend Capture by design, as he really is amazing at what he does!
Above and Beyond
Amazing Wedding Video
When you book a videographer for your wedding, without a doubt you are always panicking and thinking endlessly 'Are they going to do the best job?'
Well without a doubt Stephen did that and more for our wedding. He is a wonderful person who makes you feel instantly at ease from the get go. Our wedding videos are absolutely brilliant. Fantastic shots without a single moment missed. Throughout the day he works tirelessly to get every single shot he can and capture every moment. He never moaned, never complained, offered experienced advice on shots and takes, listened to our needs and wants and took his job of capturing our day seriously, professional and amazingly.
I cannot reccommend anyone higher. You seriously don't need to look anywhere else but here with Stephen. We did what everyone does, research, panic, look, watch.. everything.. but I promise you Stephen is the best. Our special day will always be remembered, captured and treasured because of his incredible talent and hard work.
Thank you so much Stephen. A pleasure to work with you and I hope everyone everywhere gets the chance to work with you on their wedding days!
Dan & Vivien
Steve is a fabulous videographer!
We didn’t want just a basic video that we would never look at. We were hoping that a fabulous video could reflect the feeling and energy of our special day.
He did an amazing job of capturing moment after moment in a way that tells a story through different perspectives, and takes you back to those moments every time you look at the film.
The videos speak for themselves. They are everything we asked for and so much more, each one is an expression of joy and love.
Steve is both fantastic at videography and also the moments he caught on his drone. He is so professional and so dedicated, nothing is too much trouble.
He is a genuine and talented artist who was a highlight of our wedding.
All correspondence leading up to the wedding was friendly, easy, helpful and responsive. Steve was completely getting and understanding us as a couple, and the wedding atmosphere we wanted to achieve. He listened intently and understood our every need, whilst providing great creativity and guidance.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Steve. He was flexible, fun, and down to earth and captured film footage without being intrusive.
Throughout the entire day and evening he seamlessly fitted in with all our friends and family. He was very friendly, laid back and super accommodating.
He went above and beyond what was asked of him to make the day perfect, and we will aways enjoy the videos he took. Not just remembering the day but the amazing man who took them.
Steve was an absolute superstar, not just on the day but also before and after.
We honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more, and words cannot express how grateful we are. 10/10.
We love our complete wedding film and videos from each part of the very special day.
Nick & Melinda
The best decision we made
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