I have been capturing weddings for a few years now, and have been fortunate enough to record at some great venues here in the Valley. Some of the venues have been great and some not so great. I feel that I have had the opportunity to visit many wedding venues and can shed some light on one particular venue for those who are planning their wedding. Now, I have not received any money for my opinion of this venue, I am only mentioning this venue because I think it has a ton of great features that can benefit brides and grooms. The venue I am referring to is The Manor Estate located in Madera, Ca. I have had the pleasure of recording two weddings at The Manor Estate. One wedding ceremony was held in front of the mansion, and the reception in the back. The other wedding reception I captured was in the back of the mansion held in a large tent.
When you first arrive, you can see the wonders of the Antebellum Mansion. The mansion is a very beautiful and historic dwelling that is located in the center of the property. The ceremony I captured in the month of May of 2016 was held right in front of the mansion. Courtney, the bride, arrived with her father via a classic truck. The outside gates opened and the truck was able to make its way from the street into the venue. They rode in class from the street all the way to two wooden doors that were located at the beginning of the aisle. Guest were seated on the lawn as the two large wooden doors opened at the beginning of the aisle for Courtney and her father to walk through and continue down the aisle. The scene was spectacular to say the least.
Courtney’s wedding reception was held in the back portion of the mansion. There were many trees which were life savers. I can remember how hot it was that day, but once you were under the limbs of the trees you began to cool down. The trees were decorated with lights and a dance floor was in the middle. There was a large pool in the backyard as well. There was plenty of room for tables and chairs for the guest, and room to move around freely.
The second wedding I captured at The Manor Estate was this past weekend. I was fortunate enough to record Stephen and Nicole’s wedding. They decided to have their reception in a tent, which I believe is near or on a tennis court. The inside of the tent was decorated very nicely. There was a walkway from the front of the mansion that led the wedding guest to the tent. The path was decorated with white fabric and flowers. The dance floor was in the middle area of the tent, and there was ample room to move about.
As a videographer, you look forward to capturing weddings at great locations. Beautiful locations make the video stand out. I can shoot a great wedding video without having to rely on a venue’s beauty, but it is so much nicer when the venue is attractive. If you are looking for a venue that is near Fresno and has the capability to host your reception in a tent or outside of a tent, you should check out The Manor Estate. The front of the mansion where the weddings are held is breathtaking. Below are the two weddings I captured here.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller. Throughout the years, I have been honored to receive the Edward R. Murrow award, Five Telly Awards, and many more. My motto is “THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME BETTER AT MY CRAFT EACH TIME I GET BEHIND THE CAMERA."