Essex Wedding Film – Josie & Chris

Essex Wedding Film – Shot on location at Mangapp Manor, Burnham on Crouch, Essex.
July 2013

Let’s for a moment, just set a bit of context to Chris and Josie’s wonderful wedding. 1) It was the hottest day of the year. 2) The ceremony was held under a gazebo in the middle of a lake.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, luckily…..nothing. But from my point of view it had all the elements for a massive videographer fail. To confirm and to be clear, I didn’t melt and I didn’t fall in the lake. What I did do was be witness to, and capture, one of the most romantic, emotional and heartfelt Weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure to be present at.

The day was a highly emotional affair. During the speeches I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the marquee; and at one point I even considered stopping filming, as the moment was so raw. But, I really do think this is what made the day so special – pure and raw emotion laid bare in front of close friends and family.

With most couples, I’ve usually met them a few times over the months preceeding the Wedding, but with Josie and Chris, things were slightly different. I got the email to film their Wedding so late that we didn’t have time to meet up before the day. Not that it mattered, as Chris and I worked out via email’s back and forth that we actually used to play football together when we were kids.

In fact – Chris….I’ve found a picture of the Woodham Athletic Under9’s Trophy Night from 1990. Chris is in the black top on the left hand side, I’m second kid from right in the light blue top and white trousers.


Don’t we look sweet.

I must say a great thank you to Sasha and the team at Mangapp Manor for their help on the day. Some venues can be quite unobliging with videographers, as if we’re a hindrance to the day, but the team at Mangapp were the most accommodating I’ve ever dealt with. Thanks guys.

The music used for this highlights is a great track called ‘Moving Backwards’ by Ben Rector
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