Video Coverage

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Here are some brief descriptions of the coverage and what I try to achieve whilst filming a wedding.

As each wedding is unique, the content will of course be different, but this should give you a good idea of what a typical video might include.

If you would like to know more, don’t forget to take a look at the Q&A page.

 

Home Visit (preps / getting ready)

Caroline getting ready before the wedding.

A few moments here to capture the atmosphere and nervous excitement before the Bride leaves for Church.

Don’t worry, I only film the last minute preparations, such as the veil being attached and jewellery being put on, etc.

There’s always a lovely atmosphere here at the home visit with congratulations being given, the pouring of Champagne and toasts being made.

This also gives me an opportunity of filming some of the wedding cards which people might have sent in the post. It is also a good time to film the bride’s bouquet.

Getting ready before the wedding.
Clair
Group photo toasting champaign at home before the wedding.
Claire with her parents and bridesmaids toasting at home.

Establishing shots

Establishing shot of Risley Hall, Derbyshire.
Risley Hall, Derbyshire.
Establishing shot of Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire.

Establishing shots are often captured whenever there is a change of location. Like the chapter title in a book, they set the scene for the following action. In a wedding video, they introduce the venue and give the video that professional finishing touch.

Interior photo of the reception room at Hassop Hall, Bakewell.
Hassop Hall, Derbyshire.
Interior photo of the reception room at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire.

Marriage venue

photo of ceremony room before the marriage.
Risley Hall, The Baronial Hall
Establishing scene of Hassop Hall, Bakewell, before the ceremony.
Hassop Hall, Bakewell.
Walking to Church to get married.
Lou walking to St. Andrew’s Church, Prestwold, Loughborough.

At the marriage venue, I’ll begin by filming your guests arriving and continue filming as much as possible until it’s time to leave for the reception – unless, of course, the ceremony is the same place as your reception.

Marriage service at St. Mary's Church, Arnold.
Pete & Karen getting married at St. Mary’s Church, Arnold.

As each wedding is different, the content of this part of the coverage will differ enormously. A small wedding with a reportage photographer might produce a totally different results to that of a larger wedding with a traditional photographer – where there is a lot of activity. Nevertheless, I will endeavour to film all I can to try and capture the essence of your wedding of your particular wedding.

Walking up the Isle at St. Barnabas RC Church, Nottingham.
Jock & Claire at St. Mary’s Church, Derby.
Confetti being thrown at St. John's Church, Wentbridge
Greg & Brenda at St. John’s Church, Wentbridge.
Bride and bridesmaids group photo.
Lucy with her Bridesmaids at Risley Hall.
Bride and groom with bridesmaids.
Glen & Lou at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
bridal party walking photo at Risley Hall, Derbyshire..
Edward & Jolene at Risley Hall, Derbyshire.
Confetti being thrown.
Tim & Helen’s confetti at Risley Hall.
Large wedding group waving photo at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Mark & Claire, Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

Romantic sequence

Romantic bland and white close-up of bride and groom.
Mark & Rachel

Depending on your coverage, you might want to take a break from the “Madding Crowd” and spend a few minutes with the person you’ve just got married to (oh, and the photographer and videographer). It is opportunity for us to get some lovely arty shots of you both together set to one of your favourite music tracks.

I don’t set anything up here (no one wants a corny video), other than maybe suggest you have a sit down somewhere nice or take a walk in some picturesque location. If you are having a photographer, then I’ll just capture this from afar, including your interaction with the photographer (you might want to politely request permission from your photographer, although we are all working for you, so they shouldn’t object).

Romantic close-up photograph of bride and groom at Newstead Abby.
Ian & Marina at Newstead Abbey.
Bride and groom touching noses at Bestwood Lodge.
Pete & Karen at Bestwood Lodge, Arnold.
Side view of bride and groom having their photo taken.
Mattlock & Hayley
Blank and white video of bride and groom taking a romantic walk at Risley Hall, Derbyshire.
Paul & Pamela at Risley Hall, Derbyshire.
Bride and groom looking over at their wedding guests at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire.
Mark & Rhian at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire.
Artistic black and white video of bride and groom nearly kissing at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Trevor & Helen’s romantic sequence at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Bride and groom on the rope swing at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Mark & Claire at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Artistic black and white video still image of a casual intimate moment for the bride and groom
Russell & Lorna The Priest House, Castle Donnington.

Details

Wedding reception table decorations at Hassop Hall, Bakewell.
Table decorations at Hassop Hall.

Throughout the day, I try to capture all the small details as well. When you look back in years to come, you won’t just see who came to your wedding and what you did, but you will also see the theme and colour scheme of your wedding. I try to capture as many aspects of this as I can: cake, table decorations, room decor, flowers, cars, venues, etc.

You will have worked hard with the design and preparation on your wedding day, and it’s my job to record it for prosperity.

Close-up detail of wedding cake.
Shots of the wedding cake.
Close-up detail of wedding cake.
Showing the details of the wedding cake.
Wedding cake.
Wedding cake.
Black and white spots and stripes wedding cake.
Wedding cake.

Reception

At the reception, the coverage will usually continue until the speeches are finished. This part of the coverage includes such things Bride & Groom being welcomed into the wedding breakfast; cake-cutting; and speeches. I don’t film people whilst they are eating, but otherwise I’ll continue to capture all I can.

For the speeches, I’ll try to work from the back of the room so that I am not blocking anyone’s view, or making the speakers nervous. This also allows for some impressive wide pictures so that we can see whom the speakers are speaking to.

Bride and groom being welcomed into the wedding reception breakfast at Risley Hall, Derbyshire.
James & Julia entering the Wedding Breakfast in Risley Hall’s Baronial Hall.
Bride and groom cutting wedding cake at Hassop Hall, Bakewell.
Nick & Dee’s cake-cutting at Hassop Hall.
Wedding speeches at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Chris & Nikki’s speeches at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Bride laughing at the wedding speeches.
Chris & Sarah laughing at the bestman’s slideshow at Horsley Lodge, Derbyshire

First dance

Wedding first dance at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Mark & Claire’s first dance at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

If the first dance is requested, then coverage will continue until this is done. I will also try to film your evening guests arriving. I don’t offer a full evening coverage, but if there is a lot of people dancing straight after the first dance, and it is reasonably well lit, then I may stay and carry on filming for a little while longer.

Wedding day first dance captured in black and white.
Russell & Caroline’s first dance.

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