You should know that we will arrive at the ceremony site two hours before your scheduled ceremony. This ensures that we will be set up long before your guests arrive. We find that when we do this, your guests are less likely to notice what we are doing and more likely to focus on the event at hand – your wedding ceremony. We ask that you obtain permission for the doors to be unlocked for us when we arrive.
Music – When choosing the music, you should look for a love song that you like, then listen to the words. Decide whether this song fits the photos you have in mind. The classic choice for this feature is Through the Years by Kenny Rogers, but other choices include Over the Rainbow, Keeper of the Stars, Beautiful In My Eyes, and many more. The number of photos you can fit will depend on the length of the song, but for most songs you can choose 50-60 total photos. Ask us if you need help.
Photos – When choosing photos, look for 15-20 of the groom growing up through the years as well as 15-20 of the bride . It is best to keep the number of the photos close to or the same as each other. Finish with 10-15 of the two of you together. Remember when choosing photos that video is a horizontal medium – photos of five people on a park bench will look better than a photo of five people standing totem-pole style.
If you have a tall photo, or a photo of an adult standing next to a child, be aware that in your dvd, you will see black space to the left and the right of the photo. Try not to use too many posed school photos (except for graduation, which always looks nice). Candid shots are less formal and convey more emotion for your dvd. Feel free to include others in your photos such as friends and family members, but try to avoid too many group photos. Faces in a group photo are smaller and harder to see.
If you have chosen this feature, we need to schedule 15 minutes with the groom and 30 minutes with the bride. Remember that we need to be at the ceremony site two hours before your ceremony, so call us to schedule adequate time for this segment. For instance, if your ceremony is at 4, we need to arrive at the church by 2, we would be scheduling the bride for around 1 and the groom for around 1:30, or vice versa (it doesn’t matter who we visit first).
During the shooting of this feature, we ask that the best man be with the groom and the maid/matron of honor be with the bride. Additional friends and family members may be included if they are present.
Brides, you should have your hair and make-up complete by the time we arrive. We will begin the session before your dress is on by shooting the first half of the spin shot; wait while you slip your wedding gown on; then proceed with the second half of the spin as well as all the other shots.
Grooms, you should be showered and shaved but wait to don your tux until we arrive. We will be 15 minutes or less with the groom to get all the shots we need. Classic choices for the song for this feature include Chapel of Love, I’m Getting Married in the Morning, or Wishin’ and Hopin’. If you have any other song in mind, talk to us.
Follow the directions above, but omit the groom’s part.
If you have chosen this feature, please let those you care about know that we will be asking them to give their best wishes on camera. We never go around to tables, so they will be invited to come to us where we have the camera set up during the reception. Let them know to listen for the dj or band to announce when it is time. Knowing in advance will give them time to plan what they would like to say. This makes them far more comfortable talking on camera and more importantly, improves the quality of your best wishes.
If you choose this feature, be sure there is enough room in your limo or bus for an extra person – our videographer!
Choose your favorite love song for this feature. Most couples use the same song as their first dance, but if you have another song you really like, choose it as your highlight song.