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Crafting Wedding Films: The Art of Capturing Love

The importance of wedding films and how we create a wedding film full of romance.

Creating romantic wedding videos that encapsulate the essence of your unforgettable day, immortalizing the love and emotions that overflowed during your special moments. They offer a timeless journey back to the joyous occasion, serving as a reminder of the love on your wedding day. They can be a treasure to celebrate the significance of your union Crafted with care, they become precious heirlooms, safeguarding your love story for generations to come in a manner as distinctive as your bond.

Romantic Elopement Wedding Video
Cristina and Ryan’s Elopment at Weekapaug Beach in Charlestown, RI.

Essential equipment for capturing love on film

When creating romantic and timeless wedding videos, it’s essential to have the right equipment. Here’s what we need to capture love on film:

  • A high-quality cameras to capture clear and crisp footage. We use more than one based on events.
  • Stabilization gear like a tripod or a gimbal for steady shots of important events like the ceremony and speeches.
  • Different lenses for versatility in capturing various scenes i,e. telephoto (zoom) lenses to stay out of the way for your ceremony that give the feel like we are up close.
  • External microphones for capturing clear audio for events throughout the day
  • Lighting equipment to ensure well-lit shot – especially for receptions that usually go past sunset.
  • Storage devices to store all your precious footage. We never delete your footage either. We keep a backup of all footage, as well as the complete project file, in our archive as a ‘just in case’

Preparing for the big day: planning and coordination

When getting ready for your big day, it’s crucial to plan and coordinate everything smoothly. Start by setting a date and creating a budget to guide your decisions. Establish a guest list to determine the size of the event. Book your venue early to secure your desired location and date. Select wedding profession based on your style and budget. Create a timeline of tasks leading up to the wedding day to stay organized (all of our couples receive a bridal guide after booking with a checklist inside that gives you tips on planning!) Make sure to communicate effectively with all involved parties to ensure a seamless and memorable celebration.

Romantic Wedding Video at Chocksett Inn
Caitlin and Marco’s Romantic Summer Wedding at the Chocksett Inn in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Setting the scene: locations and ambiance

When creating wedding films selecting the right location is crucial. For example, when looking for a getting ready location ask to see it beforehand. Most videographers and photographers for that matter (even makeup artists!) like to use natural light for this part of the day. If you can get ready in a nice well lit room not only will your wedding pros be happy but you will have the most flattering light for your film and photos.
Decide on your ceremony space and what time of day it will be taking place. If you’re going to get married at noon, outside, in full sun, your film will look different then someone who was getting married in the same spot around sunset. Light at noon tends to be very harsh while when the sun is lower it’s prettier and less harsh.

Pay attention to your reception space and how you want the ambience to feel for your guests. Creating a harmonious ambiance with soft music and subtle decor that complements the room gives a romantic and intimate atmosphere. Your choice of locations and ambiance will set the scene for your wedding film.

Capturing candid moments and emotions

Capturing candid moments and emotions in wedding videos adds authenticity and depth to the final film. To achieve this, videographers often use techniques like natural lighting, unobtrusive filming, and empathetic storytelling. By focusing on the genuine interactions between the couple, family, and guests, the video can reflect the true essence of the special day. Candid shots of laughter, tears, and heartfelt embraces help create a memorable and emotionally resonant wedding video.

Romantic Wedding Films at the Floriana
Jessica and Matt’s Classically Elegant Wedding at Floriana (Formally the Hellenic Center) in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Directing for natural and intimate shots

To capture natural and intimate shots of you and your partner for the wedding video, it’s essential to create a comfortable and relaxed environment. We encourage you to interact naturally, share sweet moments, and be yourselves in front of the camera. We usually say something like ‘pretend we aren’t here’ or ‘take a moment for yourselves‘ while we are recording and try to give you a bit of space. When it comes down to the video portion of your photo session we offer gentle guidance on what we do to capture genuine moments. We want to capture candid expressions and moments that reflect your love. Do what is natural to you. Maybe walking hand in hand is not your thing and that’s ok. Remember, the key is to capture authentic emotions shine through in the final video.

The lasting impact of a beautifully crafted wedding video

Wedding videos are more than just a recording of your special day; they are a timeless keepsake that captures the emotions and love shared between you and your partner. A beautifully crafted wedding film can evoke powerful memories, allowing you to relive the joy and happiness of your wedding day whenever you watch it. The art of capturing love through video requires skill and creativity to ensure that every heartfelt moment is preserved for eternity. These videos become cherished mementos that you can revisit with your partner keeping the love and memories alive for years to come.

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About Ashlee

Your Wedding Videographer.

My passion is creating relaxed, candid, and unique wedding films so you can watch your commitment and celebration again and again for years to come.

Hey! I'm Ashlee!