I love these forums!

On the ugly side of flash. It is probably indeed because of the in-camera flash which I mentioned. Which is on the same axis as the camera. Plus it most of the time overpowers indeed.
I must say I'm not a fan either of the "perfect" looking flash photo's, like you see often with wedding photographs.

I was really impressed by the photographer I saw in the video. That's why I want to start flashing too .
So if I understand well what I need:

An unexpensive flash ( will any flash do? or? Maybe someone can suggest a couple to look for?)

Hotshoe trigger and receiver ( Any suggestions?)

A synchcord (unless, wireless system)

A camera with hot shoe.