The gorgeous, awe-inspiring bride’s dress has been picked out and awaits to be worn, sitting on its hanger like a silky white reminder of a lavish future to come. The equally stunning and head-turning bridesmaids dresses have been ordered and ready to be adorned by the girls gearing up to line the altar. Tuxedo and suit colors have been picked out for the discerning gentlemen readying to comprise the groomsmen brigade. And, yes, you have not forgotten the flower arrangements, catering or music…
What are you missing for your big day?
What about capturing this monumental milestone in your lives with photography and videography services? If you haven’t put much thought into it, perhaps it’s time…because more so than any other celebratory element, wedding videography in particular is what allows you to relive all those fun, sometimes crazy, moments of your wedding.
In Jax Videography’s first blog of the new month, we’re going to take a closer look at the five major elements you may not have thought about with regard to wedding video production…but that our videographers always ensure to capture.
A wedding may seem like a videographer’s dream on the surface – you’ve got happy people dressed to the nines, a gorgeous (or at least decked-out) setting in which to shoot and the kind of real emotion that makes for an authentically riveting video. But while the beautiful aesthetics and joyful atmosphere can get a videographer pretty far, there are some specific steps that need to be followed to get the ultimate video capture…and one of them is ensuring the first dance is expertly filmed.
While every wedding is different, there are some basic moments professionals like Jax Videography need to capture: From the bride putting on her dress to the first dance to the couple’s grand exit, anticipating these moments and being there to capture them is our job. With this in mind, we make sure not to miss walking down the aisle, the groom when he first sees the bride, the vows, the kiss, the bride and groom walking back down the aisle together, the couple’s entrance to the reception, the first dance, the toasts, the cutting of the cake, dance floor moves and merriment and even mother/son and father/daughter dances.
So, without further ado, here begins our list of:
The Top Six Things We Make Sure Get Captured in Wedding Videos
1. The “Two Cameramen” Approach
Some wedding video companies will record the ceremony itself with one camera, panning from left to right and zooming in and out to capture the events as they transpire. All of this camera movement, however, will be apparent on the video unless it is cut, resulting in loss of certain parts of the ceremony in the video. This is precisely why we always recommend ordering two camera operators, as they can be in two places at once and recording different areas of the ceremony and, during the reception, catering hall/restaurant/country club etc.
A two-camera recording of the wedding ceremony is also ideal for capturing the signing of the register, the readings, the sermon and the vows themselves. While this does increase the cost a bit, the final edited product will be of a far richer, more professional standard – believe us.
2. Establishing Shots of the Venue and B-Roll Footage
“B-roll” coverage is of critical importance to the professional quality of a wedding video production. In obtaining B-roll footage, our videographers use a tripod to capture exterior shots of the building in which the event will take place, dramatic closeups of stained glass or other beautiful architectural elements, the food and flower arrangements and any other special touches our guests point out.
In addition to these shots, we begin shooting at least 20 minutes prior to the wedding’s beginning to obtain angles of the guests being seated while capturing audio of the music played before the ceremony. Our video experts survey the venue to see if there’s ample lighting – especially in areas where the couple plans to hold the first dance, cake cutting, speeches, etc. – and consider all contingency plans for factors such as weather, so they are prepared for unexpected rainfall.
Arriving very early at the venue – way ahead of schedule, in fact – allows for more establishing shots of the grounds and the event; by doing so, our experts can shoot the venue as it is adorned with flowers and banners while getting wide-angle shots of the establishment’s façade without the distraction of people walking by or parked cars.
Tying in to the first point we made regarding dual cameras, a second camera comes in handy for the precious B-roll footage, as our videographers can roam around the room and carefully observe the audience’s response and the couple’s reaction, as well as special ceremony elements and decorations. In cinematography, these minor details may be filmed and then used as B-roll or cut-away clips – and, to break away from the continuous frames of one individual talking for more than five minutes, these clips may be inserted.
3. Capturing Both the Bride and Groom Getting Ready
As the bride slips on that majestic dress, ensures the silk lacy garter is firm around her thigh and checks her makeup and hair in the mirror one last time for perfection. The groom tightens up that bowtie while adding the last drop of hair gel and receives reassuring hugs/pats on the back and handshakes (or fistbumps) from his groomsmen. These are all perfect moments to capture on video.
First and foremost, we get those classic shots of the bride getting dolled up with her mother – her hair, makeup, the works…and the bridesmaids and flowergirl, too. Then, there’s the always-quirky and awe-inspiring video of the groom helping the ring-bearer get dressed. Moving on from these moments, we will capture the reaction by the bridal party when they finally lay eyes on the bride in her amazing gown as well as the groom and groomsmen getting their ties on and buttoning up their shirts, the guys hanging out and toasting the groom and even the father of the bride’s reaction to seeing his little girl in that dress.
For those daring types, we can even capture the bridesmaids surveilling guests as they arrive – a unique and quirky touch sure to entertain even years down the road when you view your video.
4. Filming the Ceremony, any Special Ceremony Events, and the Classic Kiss
Jax Videography knows better than anyone that no two wedding ceremonies are alike. For many, like us, the opportunity to capture the unexpected with a video camera is what got them into wedding videography in the first place. Videographers are always in the middle of the action, watching and filming while remaining ready at any second to grab footage of that spontaneous kiss on the steps of the steeple or the flower girl’s unrehearsed tumble down the aisle. While certainly not the main attraction, these clips add “color” to the bigger picture – the ceremony – while similarly capturing those spontaneous moments that seemingly pop out of nowhere.
Though there are certain moments and situations that come along with every wedding, there are literally thousands of different ways to capture them. It takes the kind of creativity and experimentation that we practice here all the time at Jax Videography, but acknowledging the differences allows us to see the wedding – and thus the typical ring and kiss shots – in a new and exciting light each time.
In capturing these classic images, we like to have a little fun with the composition of the shots, mixing things up just a bit to encompass tilting the camera a lot more than is really necessary for dramatics; this provides not only drama but can help create a well-composed shot by filling the frame more cohesively. Beyond the ring and kiss video, there are many moments that help tell the story of the bride and groom’s ceremony, especially any religious or non-religious customs of importance.
5. The First Dance…and Other Important Dances Such as Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Etc.
The father daughter dance is a long-standing custom and is a staple at almost every wedding. Whether you’ve just picked a song to sway back and forth, or have practiced a full choreographed dance routine, just watching a beaming, proud, and teary eyed daddy dance with his daughter makes it obvious that this is a major moment to be captured on video. Mother and son dances are almost just as common, and you know mom deserves a spin on the dance floor.
6. Capturing the Antics of Kids at the Wedding
Capturing kids on video or photographing them is sometimes an adventure in wits management. They’re busy, squirmy, fast and sometimes cranky…but you know what? Comparatively, all of those elements can be a total piece of cake if you know how to use them to your advantage.
The main thing we stress with little ones at a wedding – whether they be the bride or groom’s younger siblings or not – is to let kids be kids. Some of the best shots of weddings we’ve ever seen are when kids are doing adorable things rather than being posed.
What allows Jax Videography to stand apart from the competition in the burgeoning wedding videographer market is the way in which we approach every wedding as if it were our very own…we think about what we would want captured, what would make our blushing bride or handsome groom beam with joy and what memories we’d be daring enough to create.