I had an amazing day at the Royal Berkshire Hotel as the wedding videographer for Rachel and Mike. I met them 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 wedding photography and video package!
Wedding videography at the Royal Berkshire Hotel
Rachel and Mike were getting ready in the nearby Royal Berkshire Hotel, which is a simply stunning wedding venue. I always bring my assistant with me for combined wedding video and photography projects – we can both film and snap at the same time thanks to the wonder of modern cameras!
With most of my wedding 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 – an essential part for every wedding videographer. 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. The Royal Berkshire Hotel is perfect for weddings in this respect. 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?”
Filming the wedding reception
Akin to the church, we set up three cameras once again to capture the wedding 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 wedding video shoots at the Royal Berkshire Hotel! If you’d like to know more about these wedding videography packages, please contact me here.