Emily and Ben were married at Mordecai Historical Park near Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The ceremony took place outside under a large oak tree. I filmed the wedding ceremony with four camera angles. One of the cameras was set behind the couple. This makes it possible to get the couples face in the frame as I film. I recorded the audio with two wireless microphones. One on the minister and one the groom. Audio is just as important as video. The two got ready at a hotel in downtown Raleigh. I interviewed both Emily and Ben prior to the ceremony. I used their interviews, audio from the ceremony, and audio from the toast for the wedding film. I made a brief teaser video and released it prior to launching the wedding film.
Here is the teaser video:
A wedding film is much different than the traditional wedding video. It is a condensed version of the day that uses narrative audio to thread together the video footage. Some bride and grooms are more outspoken than others. Emily and Ben did an excellent job of telling their story. What really sets Emily and Ben’s wedding film apart from others are the toasts that were given.
Here is their wedding film:
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 becausethe 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
Kerr & 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. The church allowed me to move around, as needed.
I see a wedding as a sacred event and I respect a church’s rules and regulations, but I do try to shoot a wedding the in my traditional style.
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.
Here is the wedding montage video:
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.
Here is their wedding film: