Wedding day in focus for our Bride of the Year couple

Bride of the Year winner Deborah Langley and her fiance Andrew Mullen  meet their video maker, Ray Trench
Bride of the Year winner Deborah Langley and her fiance Andrew Mullen meet their video maker, Ray Trench

A QUITE superb day lies ahead for bride-to-be Deborah Langley.

When she ties the knot on board HMS Trincomalee in early September, Deborah, 44, and fiance Andrew Mullen, 39, will achieve their dream to become man and wife.

And if they miss any part of it, there’s no need to panic. Ray Trench will have it all on video.

Ray lives in Greatham and is a member of the Institute of Videographers.

He runs Premier Imaging which describes itself as a company which does “wedding photography and filming of distinction”.

This year, he is concentrating on a maximum of 10 weddings. Explaining why, he said: “I am not willing to compromise on quality.”

Instead, he provides a service which is sheer class.

And thanks to Ray, his video service will be there in September to cover the wedding of the winners of the Hartlepool Mail Bride of the Year competition run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.

The couple may be too nervous to take in every moment of their big day.

But afterwards, there will be memories galore which will be recorded forever.

Ray has owned and run Premier Imaging since its formation in 2004. He used to be a deputy headteacher at schools in Middlesbrough, Northallerton and York took early retirement after 30 years in the profession when he decided he “wanted to do something different”.

Premier Imaging started out in Saltburn before moving to Darlington and now to Greatham, near Hartlepool.

Ray said: “We cover weddings in a huge area which stretches from Barnard Castle to Ponteland and we have done weddings at venues across Hartlepool.

“Job satisfaction for me is when a couple say that they have seen something on the video that they did not see on the day.

“That enables them to relive the day which always seems to pass so quickly.

“It is always a special moment as well when people recommend you to their friends. I am really looking forward to being part of a wedding on HMS Trincomalee.”

The couple are delighted to be working with Ray.

Andrew watched one example of his work and said: “That is quite lovely.”

He added: “This will be our constant reminder of a very special day. When you get married, you can’t see the day because you are in your own world.

“We will have a hundred things running through our heads such as our guests being happy, and is Debs going to be on time, and saying our vows.

“It is when you have an opportunity to sit back and relax and look at the video that you take it all in.”

Deborah said: “Ray’s work looks amazing and really professional. This is something we shall be able to look at for years to come.”

The video company offers couples a complete record of their big day and not just the poignant moment when they take their wedding vows.

Ray makes sure he captures every element of the big day from the build-up to the ceremony and the evening disco. It is the ultimate in wedding packages.

Ray will also include the couple’s favourite music on the video as well as a rolling credit at the end containing the list of guests at the wedding – if the couple wishes.

Deborah won the Bride of the Year competition after she was entered for it by her fiance Andrew Mullen, 39.

In early September the couple will say “I do” on board HMS Trincomalee.

A devastating health condition has left Andrew mostly confined to a wheelchair.

But as a thank-you to his “lovely princess” he entered her into the Bride of the Year competition – and won.

Deborah has been there for him ever since he first developed the string of related conditions – degenerative spinal disease, facet joint arthritis, chanical back pain and nerve damage.