Sarah & Max’s Merton College Wedding in Oxford

Our approach to wedding video

Sarah and Max admitted to me that they were initially unsure about having a wedding videographer. They were concerned that it would be to intrusive and that I would get in the way of the wedding photographer. Thankfully they did go for it and they made a point of thanking me through-out the day for being so relaxed and unobtrusive. I love it when couples breath a huge sigh of relief once they have seen how I operate.  Knowing that your videographer is not some amateur with no manners really helps the happy couple to enjoy their wedding that little bit more.

The joy of recommendations

It’s always nice when couples enquire regarding their wedding photography or videography on the back of a recommendation from a previous couple. It’s a real moral booster. And this was the case with Sarah and Max and their Merton College Wedding. I shot a wedding video for Emily and John many years ago here and loved every minute of visiting this unique venue. This year Merton College is celebrating it’s 750 year and Sarah and Max are the 10th couple of ‘Mertonians’ to be married here this year alone. It seems that Merton College can be a very romantic place! I couldn’t help but feel in ore of this world famous college and found myself dreaming about my children coming here. I even told my eldest about how proud I would be if she managed to go to Oxford or Cambridge; she’s only six!

The Wedding video

Here is our latest wedding video and we are very happy with the outcome. I filmed Sarah and Max’s wedding all by myself. I often do it this way these days as two videographers can be too much for smaller more intimate weddings. I have to work very hard to try and capture as many angles as possible. Hopefully you can see that one videographer and multiple cameras can still make for a great video.

Megan & Matthews wedding at Dodford Manor, Northamptonshire

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The Wedding Venue

It’s not often that I get to work at a new wedding venue in Northamptonshire and so it was with a little extra excitement that I arrived at Dodford Manor for Megan & Matthews wedding. I have to admit that upon first glance the name Dodford Manor is in my opinion a little misleading as there isn’t a manor at all but a collection of barn conversions surrounding a court yard. I had heard a lot about Dodford Manor on the photographers forums as it’s been a very popular new wedding venue and holds a lot of weddings here. I had expected something a bit grander as the name would suggest but actually I was very impressed with the slick operation they run there and the professionalism they apply to wedding coordinating. It is a very well thought out venue and I could not criticise the staff and management on the day. If only they had some woodland, lake, or some other feature within the grounds where I could take my couples for their mini photo shoot then it would be even more popular then it already is. If you are holding your wedding at Dodford Manor and would like a professional wedding photographer or wedding videographer to photograph your day in a  natural and discreet way, please get in contact.

Eoin & Tammy’s wedding at Stapleford Park

The happy couple

Eoin and Tammy are another very memorable couple for me and their wedding was equally memorable. It was clear from our very first meeting that Eoin was so in live with Tammy and she felt the same way about him. They certainly made each other laugh and were very happy in each others company. This fact coupled with their great attitude towards their wedding at Stapleford made it so easy for me to capture their day in a beautifully natural way. They were not too fussed about the details, and they put their faith in all the staff at Stapleford Park, and the weddings suppliers, to do their bit. Leaving them to just get on and enjoy the day together and with their wedding guests.

The wedding venue

Stapleford Park in Leicester is possible our most popular venue over the last few years. It is a special place and somewhere we certainly enjoy working. All in all I think we may have photographed and filmed over twenty weddings here over the years. And Eoin and Tammy’s was our first where we provided both photography and video. I am still waiting for a beautifully snowy winter wedding here but I also have been blessed with plenty of beautiful sunny summer weddings.

The wedding album

Eoin and Tammy’s wedding album is also one of my favourites. Not just because i designed it but they went the extra mile and ordered a mixture of matted overlays and full page spreads. At the time this was an extra charge because you could;t get these albums made here in the UK. We  now offer these albums as standard.

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Aparna & Ankith’s wedding at Ladywood Estate

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Aparna & Ankith’s wedding at Ladywood Estate – I am fortunate to have photographed many asian weddings over the years and quite often asian couples hire myself and my team to photograph and video their weddings. It kind of makes sense to use us for both but unfortunately Aparna and Ankith decided to use me just for wedding photography this time. I don’t take it personally of course but it’s disappointing nether the less. I work very well with separate wedding videographers anyway and believe I am more understanding of their needs as I have experience of how it is different from photography at weddings. Especially when it concertns capturing live audio of an event. There’s nothing worse than the ‘clickety-click’ of the photographers camera ruining all your ambient audio! It’s funny to hear complaints from both side of the industry. Many photographers and videographers complain bitterly about each other but in my experience there is simply good and bad of each and that’s it! Those which complain about the other are more likely to be amongst the bad and the ones that get on with each other are the good. It would be a good test of their professionalism to ask your potential photographer or videographer. Anyway, back to Ladywood Estate, which is a new wedding venue for me. And having shot there I hope to be back again soon. It’s got  a few quirky areas, and is quite new as a wedding venue. But once the grounds are more established it will be a very beautiful wedding venue.

Wedding comments and testimonials- Aparna & Ankith

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Aparna & Ankith held their wedding at Ladywood Estate in Rutland. Here’s the message they sent me shortly after receiving their wedding photographs:

Hope you’re well.

Sorry for this overdue email, was struck down with flu the week after the wedding and back to work this week. Ankith and I wanted to thank you for photographing our wedding. You were really discrete and made Ankith and I feel comfortable. Ankith particularly is grateful for this as he doesn’t usually like having photos taken. He wanted to me say that he thought you were very easy to work with and really appreciated your attention to detail. I agree.

I want to also thank you for managing our numerous family members in the hot weather! You were really great.

We look forward to seeing all the photos.

Best wishes, Aparna and Ankith

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