Video for Preservation

My grand parents, Jack and Marilyn on their wedding day looking awfully sharp.

My grand parents, Jack and Marilyn on their wedding day looking awfully sharp.

I have loved weddings since I was a little kid. I loved sifting through old photo albums and seeing younger versions of my family. I loved giggling with my sister as we remark on old fashion trends and seeing our long lost relatives who were oddly kinda hot. I’d spot the how both my dad and poppa wore carnation button holes on their wedding day and I’d add that touch to my fantasy wedding.

I would hear stories about my Mum’s wedding hat that was more expensive than her dress, or my grandmother boasting about her size 6 wedding dress. These little stories travel and a couple photos stick around and they form a rough idea of what the day was like. Time may pass but weddings are essentially a time capsule. Those photos that don’t get lost in the move or distributed between siblings show a couple with thousands of stories and generations in front of them. They capture old friends and relatives sharing a day full of love and happiness and those photos are kept and cherished.

My Mom and Dad, Lori and Andrew. It is so nice to see them so young and in love here.

My Mom and Dad, Lori and Andrew. It is so nice to see them so young and in love here.

Now wedding videos are taking all the power of photography to the next level. Now when future generations sift through old photos they can also watch a video of their dad when he was 25 and dancing as ridiculously as ever. They can see their grandparents’ sloppy first kiss as husband and wife, and at what point in the ceremony really triggered the waterworks. They can see all the beautiful ‘vintage’ dresses, and their fresh faced Mum getting her “fashionable at the time” strong eyebrows drawn on.

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All those happy scenes are sweet and nostalgic and valuable, but I think the best thing about having a professional film done is the ability to hear audio.  When a loved one passes, certain things go. You forget what their voice sounded like, of the way they would give knowing glances to particular people. You forget the way they brushed their hair with their finger tips or how they always sat with perfect posture. But all that can be remembered with a wedding video.


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Now kids can watch their granddad deliver his father of the bride speech, hear his voice, see his hand shake with nervousness and remember his mannerisms. And their kids can get an insight into a man who they have never met but have heard stories about for years. The wedding video is way more than just capturing the day, it is about preserving the people who mean the most to you. It is a privilege that I get to give that to the couple who hire me.







ellyn cook