Kerry & Brett were married in Fuquay Varina at Fuquay Varina Wake Chapel Church. Every church has its rules about where you can set up cameras in the sanctuary. Wake Chapel is strict about where you can set up and does not allow you to walk around during the ceremony. I set up four cameras and had two shooting down the center aisle and two flanking each side of the chapel. I had no problems getting the shots I needed, but I could have used a different approach. Make sure you check with your wedding coordinator about the rules the venue has for photographers and videographers. I see a wedding as a sacred event and I respect a church’s rules and regulations, but I do like to have my cameras in locations that get the best angle of the bride and groom.
We shot some footage in a field just around the corner from the church. The field was awesome to shoot in. The sun was just at the right angle and the greenery there is lush. Some of my favorite footage to use is shot during the formal photo shoot. I usually try to shoot what the photographer is shooting, but I will step in and request the bride and groom give me a few poses. I would recommend that you speak with your photographer about allowing the videographer some time to get video footage. Sometimes the photographer overlooks that you have paid to have your wedding filmed. Most of the time, I can shoot from the side of the photographer, but I need to approach the bride and groom at times to get specific shots.
The reception took place at Traine in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was pouring down rain as we arrived at the reception, so we could not shoot outside of the venue and the reception went smooth. Traine is a nice venue and the lighting was bright enough to shoot as the evening went on. Kerry & Brett purchased my wedding film package. I interviewed each of them prior to the ceremony and used the audio from their interviews, the ceremony, and toasts as the audio for the wedding film. Contact me to schedule a time for us to discuss the details of your wedding.
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What style of wedding video are you looking for? There are wedding videos and there are wedding films. Wedding films incorporate cinematic elements that turn your wedding day footage into a film that goes beyond the feel of a video. I strive for the film style over the traditional wedding video. I incorporate story, cinematography, and post editing techniques. The video that I have featured is about a piece of equipment called a Zhiyun Crane 2. It basically stabilizes the camera during movement. I am gearing up for this wedding season and would love to use the Zhiyun Crane 2 on a wedding. This will require a few things.
1. The bride and groom need to allow for time to be dedicated to the wedding film. On most wedding I follow the photographer. They are the lead and in charge. I stay out of their way. I can get most of my footage shooting to the side of a photographer, but I will need some time to get cinematic shots of the bride and groom. This will require the photographer to be informed that you want video footage and will need the me to have access to you. In other words, they will need to not get in the shot and shoot from behind me.
2. Time for shots of just the bride and groom. I use the footage I film of the bride and groom to mix in with the ceremony footage, formal photo shoot, and reception footage. It is crucial to reserve 20-30 minutes for the bride and groom to be alone with the photographer and videographer.
3. Backdrop is something to think about. Your wedding venue does not have to be extravagant, expensive, and exotic. It just needs to be free of clutter. For example, I have filmed brides and grooms in rooms that were clean and free of clutter. The backdrop fades into the shot because the bride and groom are the focal point. I have filmed in rooms that had unattractive clutter. This type of backdrop does stand out and distracts from the bride and groom. In other words you want the room to be clean and organized.
I would love to film your cinematic wedding film. Contact me to discuss the details of your wedding.
I enjoy filming at the Barclay Villa. It is an awesome venue and ten minutes from my house. I have filmed several weddings at the Barclay Villa. This is one of my favorite because the ceremony was outside.
Rebekah & Eric were married at Portofino in Clayton, North Carolina. Portofino is an awesome venue. It has stables, horses, and a beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding. Rebekah and Eric were married under a large oak tree. The audio was recorded off a soundboard set up by the DJ. I also put a microphone on Eric as a backup. It is so important to have quality audio, in addition to quality video. The vows can be heard using the microphone placed on the minister, but I always like to put a mic on the groom to get louder audio. The groom’s mic also helps pick up the vows said by the bride.
Here is Rebekah and Eric’s Wedding Montage Video:
The reception took place in the Portofino clubhouse. The venue is gorgeous. If you watch the wedding film, take time to notice the fireplace behind the father of the bride. The outdoor setting is rustic and dimly light. The wedding ceremony and reception settings really helped give the wedding film a scenic backdrop. The locations the bride and groom got ready in were very elegant. The audio from the interviews, ceremony, and reception was used to thread together the footage from the wedding ceremony and reception.
Here is Rebekah and Eric’s Wedding Film