After a very enjoyable first visit
to St. Peter's Brewery it was time to do it all over
again for another wedding fireworks display, with
the pyro provided of course by Skyscenes. Naturally
we were looking forward to the fireworks and seeing
the Skyscenes crew again, it never even crossed our
minds that we'd also get a second shot at the brewery
shop full of lovely ale (liar!).
The difference this time around was
much nicer weather. Apart from the tarmac melting
and getting stuck on my boots and even bigger swarms
of nasty black insects than the previous display,
it was a pleasure to enjoy the green Suffolk countryside
and the brilliant brewery location.
The caravan club who had taken up
residence on the normal firing area had also departed,
so we were able to set up in a grassy area surrounded
by hedges - very picturesque.
The beautiful scene of St. Peter's Brewery at night,
into the pond. I swear I saw something in there
that was eight feet
long and had two heads!
With the setting up complete it was time to play
the waiting game again. Having to kill time comes
with the territory with pro displays. You have to
set up in the light but you cannot display until
it is dark. Our waiting was made easier yet again
by the brilliant staff who kept us fed and watered,
and this helped to alleviate the pain of listening
to Gerry's jokes too.
For this display, PeteB was the Ground Zero man
again, taking up a position in the corner under
a tree, protected by his PPE. The camcorder was
left running on autopilot, and I retired to the
other side of the brewery and had one of my worst
ideas yet, to film from an island in the middle
of the pond. No, I did not fall in, but I nearly
did, and was bitten in lots of places by some very
hungry insects. All this just to try and get some
nice reflections in the shots!
The guests assembled at the due time and Steve
sent up a single rocket as a signal to me that the
display was about to start so I could get the camera
ready. The guests cheered at this then had a laugh
that the show was over already. Just as the mirth
was subsiding BANG!! an opening volley of shells
and the show started.
I really liked this effect on the night, green stars
banana yellow, and it has come out well in the still
shots too, looking like
a huge daffodil.
Part of the opening shell salvo, green and
blue aerial shells. This display sounded good
too, with the noise rumbling around the countryside.
Silver and red stars leave
trails and a reflection in the pond. Not quite
as spectacular a reflection as I had hoped
for but you have to try these things. The
lone trail going up is the first shot from
a crossette candle.
Lilac crossette effects. This section actually
cycled through lots of colours and looked
very, very good. A silver effect breaks in
the middle of the shot.
A column of effects with the
silver continuing lower down while some more
purple and green aerial shells explode high
Two sets of fanned candles fill the air with
green stars and then lots of bangs, reflected
on the water below.
This is a noise sequence with
the sound effect shells leaving fluffy white
trails. Overhead, more silver.
This was another nice sequence, the green
and yellow "flowers" (shown in the
full sized picture above) are crowned with
purple and blue shell effects.
Lots of colours here with purple,
red and even green strobe.
This is one of the gold effect cakes, with
Just before the end and look at this beautiful combination
pink and silver - very fitting for a wedding.
As the final barrage of gold willow shells died
down, the guests responded with a very enthusiastic
cheer. After clearing up, it was time to head to
the bar for a well earned night cap, and Skyscenes
were thanked by their clients for another stunner.
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