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Hello there,

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!!

My style

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.

My approach

CAPTURE
'record accurately a moment'

BY DESIGN
'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.

My equipment

Myself.
Two cameras.
One drone.
Some small audio recorders.
Couple of tripods.
A backpack.

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Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Video
Pre wedding

What does the wedding package include?

Full Day Videographer Unlimited contact Full day of filming from bridal until the first dance Drone footage Film trailer 8-10 min film Ceremony & speeches in full Wooden USB Gift Box & treats Insured

How far in advance should I contact you?

You can book me as far in advanced as you would like. I have limited availability for 2022. Get in touch to guarantee your wedding date!

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?

No

Can you travel?

Yes, nationwide Destination weddings

What is the charge for travelling?

Within 50 miles of my home is no extra cost. Outside of this, if i can get there and back in a day i will only charge for fuel. Otherwise i would charge for a hotel. I am happy with a Travelodge

What kind of technology do you use?

Digital

Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?

Minimalistic, natural and relaxed I want to be a friend before i arrive, so that you and your guests feel completely at ease. I am not intrusive, and i try and blend in to the background

What kind of equipment do you use?

3x cameras 1x drone Gimbal (steadies the camera shots) Multiple tripods Professional sound recording equipment Backpack That's about it!

Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?

Alone

Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?

Yes

How do you charge extra time?

I do not charge extra for staying a bit later at a wedding. If something special is happening after the first dance, i would not want to miss it. I will also arrive earlier if needed

What are the forms of payment?

Bank Transfer

How do you work?

I film at wedding venues nationwide. I edit at home in my editing suite. I also edit on location, maybe in a coffee shop or a bar. Sometimes it is nice to get out of the house
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Sophie
Sophie W. Sent on 07/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

"Definitely got the brief of what we were after!"

Steve captured our wedding in sept 23 and to say we are over the moon with the films would be an understatement. From start to finish Steve was so lovely and we felt so comfortable with him being there, it was as though he was part of our crowd and slotted right in. Infact, he worked so well and blended into the crowd I barely noticed he was there (sorry Steve 😂) this was perfect for us as we wanted a really relaxed vibe.

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.
Lauren
Lauren H. Sent on 13/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We can’t thank him enough

We didn’t originally plan on having a videographer, but when it became clear that Danny’s parents would be unable to attend our wedding it became invaluable that we had one, and it turned out to be the best decision.
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!
Tom
Tom B. Sent on 19/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Made it the perfect day

We used Steve as our videographer to capture our wedding. He was a dream to work with and very friendly and approachable throughout the process helping to create ideas of how to capture the day. On the actual day he was a great professional and helped engage everyone (and coordinate them) and get the best shots. He put us completely at ease and made it all fun. We would 100% recommend Steve to anyone looking for someone to capture their special day
Olivia
Olivia S. Sent on 02/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Captured our magical day perfectly!

My husband and I got married on 12th November 2022. Steve was the videographer we chose to capture our special day and we couldn’t be happier with our experience.

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.
Sophia
Sophia Sent on 23/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

You’ll regret it if you don’t book him!

Steve is a professional in everything he does, but most importantly the service we received could not be topped! What a guy, he was so kind, funny, and made everything so easy - we hardly noticed he was recording! He got on so well with our photographer as well, and the final videos were more than we imagined it would be! I cannot recommend him enough, the drone shots were absolutely stunning and the whole video composition just captured all the magic of the day.

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!!
Jennifer
Jennifer B. Sent on 23/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Memories we can watch over and over again.

We are over the moon with the footage Steve captured, edited and put together in a film. Steve was really easy to interact with from the initial booking, on the big day and after the wedding keeping us updated on his progress with the film. Steve worked well with other suppliers especially our photographer. On the day of our wedding Steve arrived early to capture footage of the beautiful venue and grounds,getting himself familiar with the area for suggesting perfect spots to capture some footage. Steve even travelled to a second location which was 10 minutes away from the venue to enable him to capture footage of the Groom and Groomsmen which is much appreciated. The end result brings tears of joy to our eyes as we watch and re live our special day with a great choice of music that Steve selected.Steve’s passion and talent shines while working and watching the final product.We would highly recommend Steve’s service to future couples. Five star service 🌟
Lindsay
Lindsay E. Sent on 21/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible

From my initial contact with Steve at Capture by design to receiving the end product nothing was too much trouble, he was extremely friendly and really wanted to get to know us as a couple, he genuinely cared about what we wanted to achieve from our wedding video and took on board anything we wanted to ensure he captured. I was apprehensive about having a videographer at my wedding as myself and husband hate having a camera in our face. From the moment Steve arrived on the day of our wedding he felt like one of our friends not someone who we had employed to work for the day. He also made the effort to talk to all our family and friends putting them at ease when he was filming them, not once throughout the day did we feel like the camcorder was in our face. It was all very natural.
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!


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Rebecca B. Sent on 19/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs Broster

Steve did our wedding photography and what amazing photos they are, we’re so unbelievably happy with them. Steve has a great eye for detail alongside a nice relaxed approach which is perfect for a day as big as your wedding. He listened to what we wanted and nothing was too much trouble. Steve helped our day run smoothly and the end result is isn’t perfect. We couldn’t recommend Steve enough. Thank you again. Mr & Mrs Broster
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Kate R. Sent on 07/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Supplier we had… Amazing would highly recommend

Leading up to the big day we were unsure if we wanted a videographer as felt photographs may be enough. We left it quite last minute before deciding to book one and can honestly say we are so glad we did. Steve was quick to respond, fitting us in and putting our minds at ease throughout the whole process. Communication is key when planning a wedding and Steve had the best communication out of all suppliers we dealt with. We knew exactly what would happen on the day and timelines throughout, which makes such a difference when you’re not having to chase.
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
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Charlotte M. Sent on 21/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing videographer!!

I can only start by thanking you so much for capturing the most precious moments of our wedding day from start to finish!
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!
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Rachel M. Sent on 28/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Above and Beyond

Words cannot express how grateful we are for the wedding videos Steve has created for us. He has captured the day so perfectly and it is the best tribute to our day. It has made us smile, laugh and cry, something we can cherish forever. If you are looking for a videographer I can’t recommend Steve enough, his work is amazing and he blended into the wedding party so well, as well as great communication as soon as we booked him. Thank you Steve, we honestly can’t thank you enough.
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Daniel O. Sent on 19/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Wedding Video

"Stephen has done the best job we ever could have asked for. A wonderful person with a talent to capture every special moment of your special day"

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
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Olivia L. Sent on 08/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing videographer!

Can’t recommend Steve enough if you are thinking of booking a wedding videographer! From start to finish he was professional, relaxed and made us feel totally at ease. He completely blended in with the rest of our guests on the day and at times we forgot we were being filmed. The finished video is absolutely amazing and better than we could have wished for. He captured our day so perfectly, picking up on every little detail of the day. We have watched it so many times already and every time we do, it takes us right back to our special day! We highly recommend booking Steve as a wedding videographer- he did a fantastic job and we are over the moon with the finished result!
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Nick Sent on 23/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Steve is a fabulous videographer!

As soon as we met Steve, we thought we’d found someone very special, and after meeting him we knew that he was the only professional we wanted to do videography at our wedding.

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
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Ellie Sent on 02/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best decision we made

Couldn’t recommend Steve highly enough! We are so glad we booked with him and now have his incredible videos to watch forever. He made everything so easy and was so comfortable to be around on our wedding day. Thank you so much Steve :)
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