When I was younger, I used to take out the VHS (who knows who converted it to VHS from its even-more archaic format) of my parent’s wedding and watch it frequently. It was just a 2 or 3 minute video taken by my father’s cousin. The quality is, of course, very vintage style and the clip is now set to music. In fact, my memory is that it's mostly of the receiving line outside of the church. I am just so in love with the motion images of my mom and dad, young and trim, laughing and enjoying their day—it’s moving art. Not to mention, the scene of all my grandparents in the receiving line. This is the only video we have of any family from that era, so seeing my grandparents in their youth is so priceless, especially now that all my grandparents are gone. I wish I could take it out and watch it right now.
I realize that my generation, at least in my family, is the first to have taken consumer video to the next level—shooting videos of their kid’s firsts, major events, etc. But I hope my children are able to watch my wedding with as much enchantment as I watched my own parent’s video.
I took photography class in college with a kid named Adam, and we used to have a lot of fun skipping class to take photos with film cameras. Then we graduated and he became a wedding videographer….so it was only natural that he film our wedding.
(Now’s a good time to hit play, pause, wait to load and finish reading. Just a suggestion for your viewing pleasure! )
In fact, if it wasn’t for him, I’m not sure I would have entertained trying to find a professional videographer. And one major reason is because GOOD wedding videography is a relatively new concept (the camera technology alone has RAPIDLY changed in the past few years; think photography’s film and dark room developing being converted to digital) that hadn’t quite hit my home state. Until Adam. I guess I’m just lucky I befriended South Dakota’s best wedding videographer. It probably sucks having to do a service-type job at your friend’s wedding, especially when it’s 110 degrees and you’d rather be double fisting lemon water and a beer, but I didn’t give him a choice. There was no one else. And I’m so happy with the results. I now have the short highlight reel on this page, a 15-minute highlight reel, speeches, ceremony and uncut footage of the wedding day + an engagement video about how we met.
My husband was less than excited about the investment associated with a photographer, because he thinks that everyone puts their wedding album on a shelf to look at only a handful of times in life (which is why I’m contriving a way to prominently display my album—if I can ever figure out where to print it!), BUT he seems to love watching the videos. His best friend/groomsman and friend’s wife visited last weekend and my husband insisted we watch the wedding videos. So funny.
I hope you enjoy this clip; it’s set to very sentimental music for us, which I’ll try to explain on a subsequent Wedding Wednesday. Matt Maher’s “Hold Us Together”
Video courtesy of AJ Production Company (easier to watch on Facebook).
My other favorite videographer: The Capture Blog
And are you aware of the new trend, Super 8 Video—made to look vintage? I think it has its place and other times I’m afraid it may be a disservice to the vibrant color of the wedding. Everyone likes a different look. What do you think?