30 days before the wedding Ryan will send you a link to our online pre-wedding questionnaire. The questionnaire collects all the information we need about your day including:
- Details for a point of contact on the day (other than the bride / groom). It’s always handy to have a contact we can liaise with if and when you’re busy.
- Your photographers name. We’re more than happy to work with any photographer, knowing their name before arrival aids us in communication.
- Addresses. Where the bride and groom are getting ready, the ceremony, the reception venue etc.
- Timings of events. Here we’ll collect various timings including: ceremony, wedding breakfast, cake cutting, first dance etc.
- Who will be making speeches. We’ll need to place a lapel microphone on anyone making a speech, knowing who’s speaking greatly aids us in this process.
- Information about first dance and evening celebrations. Are you having a a father-daughter dance? Are you planning to get everyone up on the floor?
Once we’ve received the pre-wedding questionnaire back we’ll start work on piecing together a plan of action for the day.
Morning of the Wedding
We are super early birds and always like to be in the right place with plenty of time. Whether our location is Kent, London, Essex and so on, you can always trust our pronto arrival.
Heading straight over to the bride to introduce ourselves, we like to put you at ease. Weddings are stressful so if we can reassure you we have arrived and are raring to crack on – then we will. Sussing out the venue is always handy in this extra time to familiarise ourselves with what’s happening and where.
We like to get stuck in from the get-go to make the most out of the time we have. We’ll take a moment in bride-prep downtime to discuss our schedule and work out how our time we’ll be best put to use. Quite often I’ll leave Ryan to film whilst I investigate what’s going on elsewhere. If all the action is taking place in one venue – we will manoeuvre in between rooms to ensure we’re filming the best action.
During this time, we’ll capture bridal-prep, groom-prep (if requested), guest arrivals, B-roll (detail and venue shots). We’ll organise the tripods, lenses and all the equipment needed for the ceremony.
the Wedding Dress
When you’re ready to get into your bridal dress, we’ll head out of the room. We’ll use this time to capture the venue / detail / guest arrivals whilst keeping a close eye on all the developments as they unfold. If you’d like us to capture the dress going on, we’ll pop back in as soon as you feel conformable for us to do so.
For the ceremony we’ll use four cameras, discreetly placed around the room.
- A Camera: Set on a tripod up front. It’s job is to capture a wide shot of the bridal party entrance as well providing a fall back shot for the ceremony.
- B Camera: This camera will be set on a monopod and managed by myself or whoever is assisting Ryan. I’ll be upfront, using it to film close up detail throughout the ceremony.
- C Camera: Set on a tripod at the back. This camera will capture a wide shot from the back of room.
- D Camera: Ryan will use this camera to capture the bridal party entrance. He’ll then switch to a zoom lens to capture close up ceremony detail from the back of the room.
Hugs and kisses make for some wonderful footage. Naturally, this tends to happen after the ceremony, when the vows have been declared and the papers have been signed. We’ll film from afar without imposing or causing any awkwardness. We are completely aware of the perception videographers can bring so we like to stand back and remain unobtrusive.
We’ll film the speeches with 3-4 cameras depending on space.
- A Camera: Set on a tripod at the rear of the room capturing all of the wedding guests.
- B Camera: Set on a tripod, placed to capture the entire top table.
- C Camera: Set on a tripod and used to capture close up detail on who’s speaking / who’s being spoken about to capture those all important reactions.
Lapel mics will be given to everyone making a speech ensuring we capture crystal clear audio. We have plenty of mics to go around, do not worry, your best man isn’t getting out of it!
We often use our light panels to boost the light during the speeches if the natural / ambient light isn’t strong enough.
First dance & Evening Celebrations
Similar to the ceremony and speeches, we’ll use 3-4 cameras to capture the first dance and evening celebrations. Two of these cameras will be mobile on either Ronins or GlideCams (camera stabilisers) allowing us to be agile and nimble on the dance floor. One or two cameras will be placed on tripod providing a fallback shot.
We have perfected our craft over the years, finding the finest way to develop a truly magical wedding video for our couples. Our attitude will never become stale. With our flexible and experimental approach, we are always finding ways to improve, keeping up-to-date with the latest equipment and styles.