I’ve had a few readers contact me recently post wedding, about how much they wish they had chosen to have a cinematographer as well as a photographer. Regretting thinking that it was an expense they just didn’t need to incur and wishing they had placed more value on it.
You only get one shot ladies and gents, just one shot.
I am a HUGE advocate for encouraging couples to invest in a professional film made to capture your wedding day, if the budget allows. Seeing your day unfold again in moving pictures helps reinforce the memories with durable masking tape, evoke the emotions, re-live the giggles, the tears, the overwhelm and the dance floor antics.
Couples who are investing in film more recently are wanting more out of their wedding video than a 3 hour DVD capturing the day from a tripod. They want the storytelling, the cinematography, the behind the scenes, even video messages from guests with the final edit almost like a mini cinematic experience.
To give you a little bit of inspiration about what is achievable with a wedding film and of course a nice tear inducing start to your day, I asked Nu Bride Ambassadors Jo and Apos of Urban Cinematography to share their 5 favourite wedding films. (It was a tough call) Jo and Apos are lucky enough to get to capture an incredible array of diverse weddings from the most tender and intimate to celebrity affairs, to the grandest of weddings with backdrops such as the natural history museum.
Illana & Steven // Santorini
The wedding of Illana & Steven was one of our favourites in Santorini. They are such a lovely couple and were a delight to spend the day with. Their family and friends were a pleasure to be with. We never get tired of filming in Greece, it’s our second home and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to film couples in an environment we know so well. Santorini is breathtaking and weddings there are so lovely to film!
Imran & Vassoula // The Langham
Imran and Vassoula’s fusion wedding was a cinematographers dream. They were happy, relaxed and their reception was held in ‘The Langham’ which also happens to be one of our favourite hotels in London.
Vassoula really planned her wedding with her guests in mind, she entertained them from beginning to end, it was like a West End production full of colour and culture. (Nu Bride: Sounds like my kind of wedding!) It was an Indian – Greek cultural mix and they incorporated great elements from both backgrounds. It was definitely a wedding that will last in our memories. Vassoula was so happy and such a genuine woman she really made the day special for everyone.
Lyuba & Niko // New York
We loved this wedding in NYC, it meant we got to travel, see the sights and enjoy meeting the locals. The couple made us so welcome, we felt like part of the family. We did an engagement shoot in Boston and NYC while we were there. The bride was Ukrainian and was unable to have her father at the wedding, but via Skype he was able to be at the reception on a huge video wall, which was very emotional for everyone. (Nu Bride: Oh wow!)
Lyuba and Nikos have just had a baby, so we will be going back very soon to film the christening, which is very special for us as we follow them on their family journey.
Razor & Leah // Eastwell Mannor
This wedding was a lovely celebrity affair, so many familiar faces from the T.V. Eastwell Manor in Kent is a beautiful setting with a very pretty walled garden.
Neil (Razor) was a huge character and made sure his wedding was a memorable one. Leah was a real Princess for the day and looked stunning. The couple was very happy to be in the limelight, which always makes a great film.
Lao & Kit // National History Museum
Such an unusual but familiar setting, The Natural History Museum is such an iconic building. How many other couples can say they had a dinosaur at their wedding!?
Lao & Kit were just the nicest people ever and great hosts. The wedding was all about their friends and family enjoying themselves. We loved filming this wedding because the location was so spectacular.
Kit & Lao had a fabulous religious ceremony in a Church just off the Kings Road in Chelsea, London. The ceremony was very moving and up-lifting. Kit and Lao were surrounded by all the people that matter to them most. They had a full Gospel Choir and a soloist with the voice of an angel!
After the beautiful romantic ceremony, all the guests headed off to the Natural History Museum for canapés and champagne, before a sumptuous full sit down meal, this was followed by dancing and wonderful music until the early hours!
Delicious aren’t they! I know you shed a tear, I just know it.
Thank you so much Jo and Apos by sharing these stunning snippets into the weddings you have been lucky enough to capture. Just beautiful.
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