What’s so important about Wedding Films?
Reasons to invest in wedding video in addition to wedding photography
The one thing I always tell couples when they ask is: if you’re going to make a wedding video, make a good one. You want your wedding film to be worth your time, money and effort. Investing in a bigger vision – not just making something you want to watch – is important.
I have been able to relive the best day of our lives through the pictures and video and I have cried tears of happiness every time!! When they say the wedding feels like it is over in the blink of an eye, it is so true, but thanks to Christopher I can experience all of those special moments again!Michelle & Eric, 2015
The reason to record your big day is big, too.
You’re capturing one of the most important days of your lives – the start of your new family. The video and photos from that day are what you hope to pass on to generations as a time capsule of your love for one another.
That’s a huge undertaking, making something that will stand the test of time.
Decades ago, wedding videos were used as spoken messages to the happy couple. Parents and grandparents gave advice and cracked jokes straight to the camera. This was fun, but could feel staged and cheesy. The video camera was large and the light on top was huge!
The way my creative team films weddings is in a documentary style.
We capture what’s really happening – we don’t invade the experience, just witness it. It’s low impact in terms of production, and we all work together as a unit.
I’ve had many clients ask me what it’s like to have a four or five person team at their wedding, picturing themselves being swarmed by paparazzi. My past clients give the real deal on what that feels like… They all say it doesn’t feel like they’re being bombarded – instead, they say they forgot that we were there and can’t believe how we caught the moments we did.
There are two important distinctions your wedding video is different than your wedding photos: sound and movement.
Think about the sound of your family and closest friends talking to one another, the speeches, your vows during the ceremony, and all of the other micro audio moments, like your niece’s sweet giggle.
Think about the movement of the day, too. Not just seeing people dance, but seeing your parents and your friends from college, the shifts in their body weight and physical expressions as guests talk to one another.
There’s a clip my wife Nel, a filmmaker, put into a video for her Grandma Shelby’s 90th birthday party… It was a small moment from a million years ago: Nel’s grandfather and Nel’s dad walking into the room. So simple. But their gait and the way they carried themselves was so similar. It became such a special moment to see it and to share it with the family.
If you’re able to capture these intimate moments on video – the sounds of your family and the posture and mannerisms of your loved ones – you’ll have and be able to share these precious memories, too.
OMG! This is magic! The day went by SO FAST, and it’s so amazing to be able to relive it with this video! Thank you, thank you, thank you.Emily
We could not have been more impressed by how his team seemed to be everywhere all at once, without making anyone feel as if they were being photographed or filmed.Mariel
The number one regret I hear from past clients is, “I wish we had done a video.”
My own son and daughter refer to our wedding film as “The Mommy and Daddy Movie.” To our kids, it’s fascinating to see their relatives 10-11 years ago – maybe before they were born. They’ve watched it many more times than me, pointing out different family members, and often laughing and smiling at all the same parts. Our wedding film is a treasure for them.
A wedding film is one of the few investments from your wedding that continues to increase in value over time.
A wedding film is one of the few investments from your wedding that continues to increase in value over time. Everything else, like the cake and the dress, do not get better through the years. So, if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to make a wedding video, consider what you want to capture that day for generations to come. Will it be important to you 10 years from now to have your grandfather on film as well as in images? If yes, you know what to do.