The film event of the year

Videographer Ray Trench with Gemma Kerr and Andrew Bazeley
Videographer Ray Trench with Gemma Kerr and Andrew Bazeley

FOR many brides, their biggest day flashes by in an instant.

That’s why a video of the wedding is so important and the man providing it all for our Bride of the Year is Ray Trench, who runs Premier Imaging.

Bride of the Year Gemma Kerr, 28, and fiance Andrew Bazeley, 25, a Hartlepool refuge collector, know it will soon be their turn to star in one of Ray’s productions.

Andrew said: “I can’t wait for it to become reality.”

The couple will marry in September on board HMS Trincomalee after winning the Hartlepool Mail Bride of the Year competition run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.

They’re in safe hands for their video memories of the day. Ray is a man who limits the numbers of weddings he covers because he won’t compromise on the quality of the work he produces.

Ray lives in Greatham and has been based there since he moved from Darlington two years ago. He is a member of the Institute of Videography.

He has owned and run Premier Imaging since its formation in 2003. He describes the company as “quality, value for money wedding photography and filming.”

He has shot in locations including Castle Howard, Wynyard Hall and Rockliffe Hall. He has also worked in other local venues such as the Grand Hotel, Staincliffe and HMS Trincomalee.

Ray used to be a deputy headteacher at a school in East Cleveland.

He took early retirement after 30 years in the profession when he decided he “wanted to do something different”.

He said of his video work: “I pride myself on the rapport I build up with couples and their guests.” He believes his relaxed approach helps to create “a wonderful moving memory of the special day.”

As well as DVD and Blu-Ray, he offers formats that can be shown on smart phones and Ipads.

He said: “I take great pride in the excellent feedback I have received from couples.” He said that had included numerous thank you cards.

Ray said he was “delighted” to be associated with this year’s Bride of the Year competition.

Gemma, a mum to six-year-old Madeline, added: “The wedding day might fly by and there will come a time when we will want to sit down and watch it all back.

“That is going to be a very special time for us. It’s exciting.”