Much of my wedding film business comes from recommendations from former clients. So when Jo contacted me about her church ceremony and marquee reception in the garden of her family home last May, I knew we had met before.
In 2014 I filmed the wedding of Emma to her husband Ian at Hengrave Hall, Suffolk and in 2015 the marriage of Sarah to Charlie at the The Tythe Barn, Oxfordshire. Jo was a bridesmaid at both Emma and Sarah's weddings and now it was their turn to help and assist Jo at her marriage to Brendan in May 2015.
As a Buckinghamshire wedding videographer, Jo and Brendan's wedding in the villages of Little Kingshill and Prestwood was close by so I was able to attend the rehearsal in the week before. The church was going to be filled to capacity on the day with family and friends, not to mention the string quartet and trumpeter, therefore it was a really useful opportunity to plan my camera placement. It was also important to the family that video coverage was as un-intrusive as possible, especially during the church ceremony. With this in mind, I was able to completely hide two cameras behind the font at the rear which gave a clear view up the aisle, but were unnoticeable from the front. Meanwhile I was able to capture a clear view of the nuptials from the side near the musicians.
I'm always impressed by couples who host their own weddings and at Jo's parents home they had the most incredible marquee in the garden which incorporated a bar area with seats to relax, a dance floor, banqueting tables and a kitchen area. Jo created all the decorations and also a special motif which featured on the stationery, her pyjamas and even the cushion covers! The dedication shown by Jo and Brendan to the details of their wedding are an integral part to their film. It's rare that a family home hosts an occassion such as grand as Jo and Brendan's wedding so it was a great opportunity to create a production that captures both the sentimental location and the joining of two families at this unique moment in time.
Although there was a few brief moments of rain on the day, this didn't dampen the spirits of the guests who celebrated with Brendan and Jo at a truly distinctive occassion - a testament to all the hard work and planning by the couple and their families.
See Jo and Brendan's testimonial about my wedding videography here