Let’s talk about wedding videos. Did you just shudder at the thought?
If so, it’s probably because you imagined a two hour long video shot from way off in a dusty back corner of a church with the only audible sound being of some baby wailing in the background.That thought makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry as well. But! There’s good news; your wedding video doesn’t have to be like that.
Let me paint a new picture for you.
It’s the morning of your wedding and your with your best friends laughing and having a great time. Your mom helps you put on your wedding dress and after the veil is on, she gives you the most heartfelt hug and with a shaky voice and a tear in her eye she tells you how beautiful her little girl is. Before you know it, your walking down the aisle and your man is melting at the sight of you. You stand before all those you love and say your vows, your promise to love the one in front of you for as long as you shall live. Imagine the roar of applause as you walk into your reception, the hilarious speech the best man gives and your parents telling you how proud they are of your choice in a husband.
Sounds a lot better, doesn’t it?
You may be thinking, “Yeah, that does sound a lot better, but do I really need a videographer? My photographer will capture all those moments for me.”Yes, your photographer will be there to capture all those moments, but video has something that photography doesn’t – audio.
The most important piece to any video is the audio. Without it, you’d just have a moving slideshow. Audio is the foundation of video; it creates the story. Think (or read) back to the wedding visual I wrote just a few lines above. How much of it is audio based? (Answer: pretty much all of it) Video’s job is to capture the laughter, the quivering voice, the cute mannerisms and the heartfelt speeches; the things photos can’t. Video works along side the photos to give you a complete recollection of your most important day.
The new style with wedding videos is to give a highlight or a feature type edit which compiles the most important pieces of your wedding day and overlays them with the audio from your pastor or officiant and reception speeches. In the end your given a beautiful, upbeat and romantic video that won’t take up half your evening to watch.
If we were to strip down a wedding to the bare essentials, what you’d be left with is your vows. That is really what a wedding comes down to; promising a lifetime of love and faithfulness to someone. There may be times that you may need to hear those vows again, to see the love in his eyes and hear the sincerity in your voice. Knowing the value that is found in the vows is what motivates and inspires me as I edit. What an honour to be able to forever preserve such a powerful and transforming moment.