I met Rachel and Mike about a year before their wedding at their chosen venue. A couple of months before the big day, I’m pleased to say they upgraded to a photography and video package!
Wedding filmography at the Royal Berkshire Hotel
Rachel and Mike were getting ready in the nearby Royal Berkshire Hotel, which is a simply stunning venue. I always bring my assistant with me for combined filming and photography projects – we can both film and snap at the same time thanks to the wonder of modern cameras!
With most of my clients I like to have a little pre-ceremony interview, but this isn’t for everyone – Rachel and Mike decided to simply have me document their day. I started with the bridal party, capturing the finer details while the ladies were having their hair and makeup done. I made sure I got some close ups of the flowers and bridal accessories, plus a few touching moments between bride and mother. Later, we headed over to Mike’s room, where he was getting ready with his friends. As with all clients, we told them to simply pretend we were not there and tried as hard as possible not to disturb the flow of the day.
Three camera ceremony videography
We made our way over to Twyford Church where we had set up three cameras – one at the back of the aisle, and one on either side of the altar. We also made sure the priest, groom and lectern had been hooked up with microphones to get that perfect, clear sound.
After the ceremony, I took a shot of the essential confetti moment, which I later edited into slow motion for further dramatic effect. We followed this with some light-hearted video messages from the guests throughout the afternoon. These are lovely to look back on but are also fun to enjoy in the moment – not a single guest passed by without being asked: “Have you done your video message yet?”
Videoing the evening reception
Akin to the church, we set up three cameras once again to capture the speeches. The father of the bride, groom and best man were all hooked up with radio mics, while microphones were also fitted around the room to capture the applause and laughter.
Later on, my assistant and I very quietly moved the cameras to the dance floor to get the best view of the cake cutting and the first dance. Rachel and Mike had chosen a friend to sing for their first dance. She was so amazing that she had an extra camera of her very own!
To capture the party spirit, we took to the dance floor with hand-held cameras. People were only too keen to get into the shots and show off their moves! When the festivities came to an end, we edited Rachel and Mike’s photos and video footage together, ready to deliver to them as one full package. We had a fantastic day and look forward to many more photo and video shoots! If you’d like to know more about these packages, please contact me here.