Moving Memories: Invaluable Advice From A Seasoned Wedding Videographer

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Lovereel Films
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Wedding videography is so powerful in the way it brings all those beautiful memories of your wedding day flooding back. There’s nothing like seeing your day in motion and hearing all the joyous moments played back to you. Today, we chat to the talented videography team at Lovereel about why having a videographer on your vendor dream team is oh-so important, and why couples often regret not having one.

Above, they have also shared a stunning short film with us that really shows off how amazing a wedding video is at capturing all the emotions and details of your big day. Sophie and Michael’s wedding day was filled with sunshine and smiles, kind words and honest promises. The two said ‘I do’ in a charming venue in front of Athol Hall overlooking the stunning Sydney skyline, and finding moments of quiet amidst the echo of blissful laughter.

Keep reading to find out more about the magic of wedding videography…

Any wedding videography ideas you would like to share?
We’ve found that quite a few couples were not really aware of the fact that we (the videographer) love to come along to our couples’ photoshoots on their wedding day. Typically, we let the photographer do their thing with our couples whilst we film it all and we try to keep out of the way as much as possible. We often capture some of the most beautiful footage from the day at our couples photoshoots and you can see that it really stands out in our wedding films, and makes our couples wedding films all the more memorable. Some couples also like to have a video specific shoot which we’re more than happy to do. This gives us more flexibility in the shots, i.e. we could have the couples running through fields of long grass towards the video camera with beautiful scenery all around us.

What is something couples should consider when choosing a wedding videographer?
My advice would be just to be cautious when considering a photographer and videographer in one combo. Many are great and experts in both mediums. However, some specialise only in photography, not videography. It is simply an optional extra which they can offer their couples which would appear convenient at the time, typically offering a “discount”  on the videography if the couple book both both services. I believe couples might regret this decision because, if they had just spent a little extra time and a little extra money on finding themselves the perfect wedding videographer, one who specialises in wedding videography, they’d be far more likely to find themselves enjoying their wedding films and actually wanting to watch them back for years to come.

Why is not having a video is a couple’s biggest regret?
This is a couple’s biggest regret simply because it’s often difficult to remember everything that happened on what is a whirlwind of a wedding day. Photos help, but video actually allows you to see and hear everything. But if you are going to hire a wedding videographer for your wedding, make sure you hire one who’s work you’ve looked at thoroughly and absolutely love. You might also want to make sure that they include all the raw footage, so that you can watch back through everything your videographer captured for you on the day, in addition to any edited wedding films. 

Can you tell us a little about the various packages of wedding video options out there? What are the differences?
This is a bit difficult to comment on because every business is different. For us, we include the raw footage for all of our couples, and couples have the option of ordering as many wedding film types as they’d like. Some couples even choose only the raw footage and later request an edited film on a significant anniversary! We have four different film types for couples to choose from and there are examples of each on our website: Teaser Film, Highlight Film, Short Film, Feature Film. Again, different businesses will offer different types of wedding films with different names, and each business will have their own way of editing them, so it’s best to simply watch what each business has to offer and make your decision based on this, and not on who’s the cheapest (you only get one shot at doing things right).

Here’s a brief description of each of our film types anyway, just to give you an idea of some different options.

Teaser Film
A super short trailer-like film showing some highlights of your wedding day, edited to music with no audio narrative, between 30 to 45 seconds in length.

Highlight Film
A short and sweet film showing the absolute best bits of your wedding day, edited to music with no audio narrative, approx. three minutes in length, mostly chronological.

Short Film
A mid-length film telling the story of your wedding day, edited to music with audio narrative, approx. five minutes in length, mostly chronological. Sophie and Michael’s wedding video (at the top of this feature) is an example of a Short Film.

Feature Film
A full presentation of your wedding day with the main focus on the ceremony and reception speeches. Any other important parts of the day will be edited to music with no audio narrative and cut to show only the best bits e.g., preparations, first dance, cake cutting etc. Up to a maximum of two hours in length which is plenty of time for most weddings, mostly chronological.

All images: Creek Street Photography

Ms Floral Says: There’s nothing like revisiting your day over and over again with a gorgeous wedding film! Thank you for the reminder of its importance.

About Lovereel: With various wedding film options to choose from and all the raw footage at your fingertips, Lovereel offer an affordable yet highly professional wedding videography experience.

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