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A Cat Nanny's Novel

By Ali - Flat 4D Media, Sep 28 2018 01:42PM




So yesterday I had my very own ‘Yes to the Dress’ moment when I went to pick up my very own kilt for mine and Kelly’s wedding (three weeks – not panicking yet).


The journey to my kilt began back in December when we popped in past Soy Kilts in Portsoy for a look. I had a looming guilt hanging over me however. I’m a Stewart – but I really don’t like our tartan. It’s bright red and reminds me of a tin of shortbread. This is one of many things that makes me the worst representative of Scottish Pride (spoiler – I don’t have much). Luckily for me however there were alternatives that still kept the Stewart name alive and well into the 21st century. It came in the form of the Weathered Hunting Stewart Tartan. It was stunning and absolutely everything I wanted in my kilt – no overwhelming colours in site.


We made an appointment to return in June to begin the process – I was measured up and selected the colours for my jacket – the one that went perfectly was called ‘Gamekeeper Brown’ made even more poignant as we’re getting married on the estate where my dad was head Gamekeeper. It was meant to be. Whilst my kilt was being made we shopped around for my accessories and I instantly fell in love with my sporran, skean dhu and kilt pin – it was all coming together.


I guess what I’m trying to say in this blog is that when it comes to wedding outfits it isn’t just about the brides dress. The kilt or suit that us guys get to dawn is every bit as important. It’s where we get to show our heritage, who we are and where we come from. It’s okay to not like the traditional stuff and go off on a limb of your own. It really comes back to what I said in chapter one – it’s your day. Just celebrate who you are. Have fun with it. Share the experience. I couldn’t wait to put mine on and share how I looked with my family just in the same way Kelly shared her dress with her family.


Even our experience renting kilts was great. We went to Georgian Dress Hire to get the lads suited and booted. The experience was first class and the boys looked as sharp as ever. There was a warm feeling in side me knowing the next time we’d be dress like this would be on my wedding day.


I’ve never really had an emotional experience buying clothes (feeling badass wearing a leather jacket out of my price range aside) but when I put on my full kilt for the first time I felt a sense of pride. This was made for me and only for me. The most special outfit I will ever wear to marry the most special person to me in existence.


Until Next Time.


Ali

By Ali - Flat 4D Media, Sep 20 2018 03:47PM


Four weeks today I get to marry my best friend – Kelly. I assure you this is not just to get the cats in my name *looks away and whistles*


We have the majority of our wedding day plans in place. We have our day mapped out and our list of prestigious guests and people to fill the other spaces to make us look more popular than we are (I kid I kid!). And it’s within this that lies The Upside Down. Yes it’s a Stranger Things reference (which inspired our Novel edit – take note for a future blog) but to me it’s being on the flipside of the camera and realising what weddings are really all about.


Suddenly we’re in the spotlight and all the pressure is on and expectations are high. Turns out planning a wedding is stressful. You’re responsible for everything being there – I’m so used to rocking up, seeing everything in place and rolling my camera. Not this time though, we have to get that stuff there and we need someone to document it all. We need to make sure our guests are happy and that they get fed and watered and moderately drunk. We need to make sure that everything looks nice and there’s things in place to keep people entertained. We need to make sure everyone gets along. And of course there’s the legal part – making sure all the documents are in place, you have witnesses and someone to marry you. Then there’s speeches, readings, bridesmaids, dresses, kilts and before you know it you’re sobbing into your pillow with stress.


It’s easy to fall into the ‘pit of expectation’. You come to think that certain things are expected of you and your wedding when in reality it shouldn’t be. It’s a day of celebrating who you are as a couple and where you’re heading. Of your weird and wonderful personalities and surrounding yourself with the people who have somehow clung onto your heart strings throughout your lives. It’s not a day about bows on chairs, fancy dance floors and owls swooping in with your rings (unless that is you of course - you fancy pants!)

I say it to all my couples but now I’ve found I’m saying it to myself – all that really matters is that piece of paper you sign that makes you a married couple. The rest is all bells and whistles.


We’ve created a day for us – fish n chips, good music, the greatest people in the world (that we can acquire legally) in the surroundings of somewhere that hold sentiment. If people don’t enjoy themselves then that’s up to them – I know me and Kelly will. If people don’t dance it’s okay because me and Kelly will bust some sweet moves on the dancefloor ourselves. If people don’t like fish n chips instead of Balmoral Chicken then that’s okay because me and Kelly will munch fish n chips until we have to be rolled home. We’re taking expectation and throwing it away. This is our day dammit!


I genuinely can’t wait to get married and it’s not just for the wedding day itself but for the simple reason of being married to Kelly – a true starting point for our future. The rest is just bells and whistles of course 😉


…you always need a videographer though.


Until next time.


Ali



By Ali - Flat 4D Media, Sep 12 2018 11:30AM



How do you introduce a blog? I've literally never written one (the cringy ones when I was 15 on Bebo don't count).


I thought it would be nice for my wedding couples – past, present and future to get to know me and my crazy family of Kelly, Mimi and Apollo (they’re our cats) and any thoughts I may (or may not in a lot of cases) have. There’s no real area of focus here, weddings are a bit part of my life so they’ll feature heavily I guess along with stories, dramas and all my goings on. I want to connect. I get to know all my couples in the lead up to their wedding – it’s only fair that you get to know me too. Plus I think Kelly is sick of my ranting and I needed somewhere to channel it.


So my topic of choice this week will be ME. Don’t worry this won’t be an ego trip, just a little background to get you all up to speed.


I go by many names, but generally I go by Ali. I’m the head honcho at Flat 4D Media, with a burning (sometimes crippling) desire to produce the best wedding films I possibly can all whilst trying to balance business, life and most importantly sleep. I live with my Fiancé Kelly and two cats Mimi and Apollo. I owe Flat 4D Media to these guys but that’s another story for a different time.


My interest in filming began when I was around 14 years old when I was able to hook up my EyeToy (look it up kids) to a VHS player (look it up even younger kids). From here I could record directly onto tape. These films mainly consisted of me making a mockery of myself – a trait that I still hold to this day – and showing them to my sister Gail when she arrived home from work. She found them funny and thus began my addiction of creating videos to provoke an emotion. Naturally this would lead to me investing in an actual camera and creating mini home movies and my very own horror movie. At the age of 18 I ventured to college to study TV production after which I teamed with a friend to make YouTube content. Bored at my 9 to 5 job I opted to try and film a wedding which I did, this then started a chain reaction of filming weddings followed by a rebrand which landed me here today.


That’s the short version, I’m sure over time I’ll expand on a few of these details and go into more depth when the occasion calls from it.


Filming weddings has allowed me to meet, connect and have some amazing experiences in my life. There’s been highs and there’s been some mighty lows – but every experience has taught me to step back, revaluate and evolve. So come and join me on this journey of self discovery, tales of adventure and loss, of a mind full of crazy – into the destination unknown.


It’s only right that I fashion the blogs like our wedding films – like a book with chapters. I guess that makes this the ‘About the Author’ section?


Until next time.


Ali