5. Video

If you’ve booked our video service, there are a few things to note regarding the video that differ slightly from the way that we usually photograph:

PORTRAIT SESSION
We love to keep the wedding as spontaneous as possible, but there may be times we to ask you to repeat poses so we can capture both the photo and video for it.

LIGHTING
We will have to use a small on camera video light when there is low lighting conditions, such as the cutting of the cake and the party. But we’ll try keep it to a minimum.

SPEECHES
Popular among foreign couples, a wedding speech is a traditional part of the wedding ceremony or reception. It is a way for the bride and groom to express their love and gratitude to each other, their families and their friends. The speech can also be a way for a close family member or friend to share stories and memories about the couple’s relationship. It’s a great time for everyone to raise their glasses to the newlywed couple, a toast which is often forgotten about when there are no speeches. 

You’ve probably heard us suggest that you should have at least one speech at the wedding. You may be wondering why and that’s because a good speech has the ability to transform the entire wedding video by keeping it dynamic and personal, and it helps to tell your love story. 

You can choose to do your speech at any time of the day but our favourite time is during aperitivo or dinner. If you’ve attended a wedding before, you’ll know that the dinner generally has a more relaxed atmosphere and the crowd responds better.  We also have the opportunity to get close to the guests as we’re not restricted by the rows of chairs or benches which are usually present at the ceremony. The speeches are one of the few times when the guests don’t notice us because they’re focused on the speaker. This allows us to capture their raw emotion without being detected. 

But not to worry if you’ve already planned all of your speeches for during the ceremony. The important thing is that you’re having one. If you’re having a religious ceremony and have not planned on any speeches for later in the day, we will use the message delivered by the priest, which at times can be a generic message and not very personal to you. 

We don’t want to force you to incorporate speeches but if this is something you’d like to consider doing and don’t know where to start, here are some tips for delivering a good speech:

  • Introduce the location and describe the day. Where are we? What’s the weather like? What’s the location like? Why is it so special?
  • Be personal. Share stories and memories that are specific to you.
  • Be funny. A little humour can go a long way in making your speech memorable.
  • Be sincere. Let your true feelings for your partner shine through in your speech.

On that note, to capture the audio and make it truly cinematic, we will need to use microphones. For the vows, we usually attach a lav mic to the lapel of the groom’s suit during the preparations and if the dress allows, a hidden one on the inside of the bride’s dress. The mic is then strapped to the upper part of the bride’s thigh, which she can put on herself and easily pull off after the ceremony. 

HAVE FUN
Lastly, just like for the photos, the more dynamic you are, the more you enjoy your day, the more you laugh, the more you improvise, the more you’re up to working with us during the couple portraits, then the more amazing your videos (and photos) will be. It’s as simple as that.