We asked our wedding videographer for footage of our big day… we were horrified with what we got back | The Sun
A NEWLYWED couple is outraged after their videographer accidentally sent them footage of him calling their guests “f***ing m**gs”.
Lee and Lois Adderley, both 28, were left “stunned” after watching the unedited video in which Kent filmmaker James David can be heard muttering the derogatory slur about their family and friends.
Lois’ brother has cerebral palsy while other guests were in wheelchairs at their nuptials in August 2021.
Lee, a designer for a house building company, told The Sun: “We decided at the last minute to get a videographer so we went through a few and found James David who had good reviews at the time.
“He did the video and it wasn’t that good for what we paid – £1,700 at the time.
“He didn’t include a lot of close family in the video, which we thought was a shame.
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“It got to a year on from the wedding and he messaged us as he was clearing space on his server and asked if we wanted all the footage taken on the day.
“We thought, ‘well, we spent quite a lot of money on this and we had no footage of our first dance’, so we asked if we could see if he had any of it.”
The pair, from Shepherdswell, had asked the band to learn an acoustic version of The Wombats – Give Me A Try.
Lee added: “He said it would be another £100 to send over all the raw footage.
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“Because we had just had a baby, we didn’t look at it for ages, but when we saw it, we just sat in stunned silence.
“It was really upsetting, for our friends and family, to hear someone say something like that.”
The couple said another of the videos sent to them focused on a woman’s backside as she danced for 30 seconds.
They said that he also called Lois the wrong name.
The pair said there was nothing at the time that made them suspect anything.
In a review of the videographer online, Lois wrote: “[We were] disappointed that our video didn’t include any footage of our first dance with original audio from our live band who had learned our song specially, we asked if he still had any of this footage.
“James said he did and could send us the raw footage for an additional £100.
“We thought this was a bit steep, but agreed as it meant a lot to us.
“Fast forward to us receiving this footage and looking through the videos last night, we find a delightful video of James calling all of our family and friends ‘f**king m**gs’.
“Beyond unprofessional, he hasn’t apologised, instead just blocked us from his social media – which let’s face it, is much more effort than an apology and shows that he isn’t sorry.
“I truly wouldn’t recommend him!”
On the James David Films website, he claims to have won Best Newcomer at the Wedding Industry Awards and Wedding Videography of the Year at the International Wedding Awards, both in 2021.
He writes: “We respect the environment of a wedding day, for both you and your guests. Generally, no one will know they are being. Filmed.
“We truly believe that through our relaxed approach, we not only are able to deliver, but will ultimately be able to provide the most natural, intimate and emotive results.”
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He adds: “We will document your day providing you with a keepsake you will cherish for the rest of your life.”
James David told The Sun: “We’re going to deal with it on our end and speak to the client and try and rectify the problem on our side.”
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