For many brides and grooms, even though their wedding day is one of the happiest of their lives, it will have gone by in a blur. For such a focused, concentrated event in a relatively short space of time, the pace can feel very accelerated. This is in striking contrast to the months of planning leading up to it.
This is why a wedding film is the ideal way of capturing the memories of the day, and then reliving them at a more relaxed pace.
But is this a case of just recording what happened, or should you expect more from your wedding film?
As a Manchester-based wedding videographer, I believe that there should be creativity in a wedding film, because this will add something special to the whole experience, and help bring back the emotion of the day when you watch it.
Filming Your Future Memories
Choosing a professional wedding film helps fix your wedding memories in place, but what is in the film, and how it is filmed will affect how those memories look.
This is why creativity is crucial, because it can subtly enhance the moments, without taking away from their essential qualities.
There’s the question of what to film and what to omit. Clearly, as a story, your wedding day has its highlights and key moments, such as the ceremony, speeches and first dance.
But it also has smaller, more intimate moments – the expressions on people’s faces, the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids, arrivals and departures.
This aspect of wedding videography is intuitive, because while there’s a schedule to follow, there are also going to be moments of pure spontaneity worth capturing on film.
Three Approaches in One
There are three different ways of approaching filming a wedding: documentary, narrative and cinematic.
The documentary approach preserves how the wedding looked on the day. This very much focuses on the substance of the day, rather than stylising it. It is about actuality.
The narrative approach focuses on the storytelling aspect, which usually means focusing on the couple at the heart of it and trying to reflect their viewpoint and reactions. It looks for depth and meaning.
The cinematic approach is about the wedding film looking good, with a variety of shots and lenses, and some dramatic editing afterwards.
Some people may choose to film a wedding using either one of these pretty much exclusively. However, I feel that to bring something truly creative to a wedding film requires taking elements of all three and bringing them seamlessly together.
This is the true creativity in wedding videography, and what In Love Wedding Films can offer you.
My wedding films preserve a vivid sense of occasion – documenting the event itself – but this must have at its heart the story of the couple and what it means to them. And in telling this story, I create cinematic settings and shots. These, however, are always in service to the narrative, and never a case of style over substance.
Each wedding film I undertake is unique, because it’s what you, as a couple, deserve.
Relive Your Wedding Day
My name’s Paul and I’m a Manchester-based wedding filmmaker. I specialise in wedding videography and I film weddings in Manchester, Lancashire and across the North West. Contact me about your wedding plans, and let me create something unique for you.