Jack and Charlotte

Six weeks before his wedding Jack reached out to me to see if I could film his wedding. I was available to film it but it was his laid back attitude and beautiful venue choice that made me want to film it. His lovely bride to be told me they just want the day covered, not many posed shot and nothing should feel over engineered, so they fit exactly with how I like to film.

They’re venue was a bit on the far side for me, so I found a cheap and cheerful hotel, prepped everything for the next day, had a dirty Mcdonald’s dinner and went to bed. The next morning I met Charlotte and her squad of beautiful and hilarious bridesmaids. I filmed some prep, moved to get empty venue shots, got some shots of Jack getting ready and prepared for the ceremony. I always like a bit of time for ceremony coverage so I can plan where the cameras should go to get a beautiful shot but not be annoyingly in the way.

During this time I met their photographer Sarah of www.sarahelvinphotography.co.uk who was just lovely and considerate. We were a perfect example of videographer and photographer working well together. She watched where I was filming, I watched where she was shooting and we were constantly talking about our plan of attack. It was just ideal.

The ceremony went well. I got lots of guest mingling shots and took a break during the family shots (as they don’t look great on video).

Prior to the wedding I asked Jack and Charlotte on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being nothing, 10 being twirling in a field/ running to each other from across a great distance, how much posed stuff do they want. They said 3. I like this because it feels authentic and doesn’t take too long. We filmed them laughing, walking, a couple kisses and bosh, it’s back to the party for them.

A little later in the evening I filmed the speeches, one of which was the funniest best-man speech to date. I have gotten a bit numb when it comes to the gushy lovey stuff, but I found myself welling up over people I just met that day. Apparently I’m not as stone-faced and professional as I thought I was, or maybe just Jack and Charlotte are so sweet that you instantly root for them!

The night was wrapped up by them cutting the cake, first dance, and an epic motown/classic rock dance party. When I film the dancing portion I like to get right in there and boogie myself. I find it makes the viewer feel the energy and the footage looks really nice and their crowd was totally cool with it. Once I knew I had enough, it was time to say my goodbyes because if I stick around too long the drinks start flowing and nobody wants that on video.

To Jack and Charlotte I just want to say it was a total blast working with you both. You are insanely beautiful people and you deserve all the good things coming to you!

ellyn cook