editing

Here we have more freedom to be creative as we have more footage to play with.

 

Obviously, the filming plays the most important role, but the editing is equally important as it ties all the elements together and tells the story that will generate emotion. Even the nicest scenes won’t come alive if they are not properly edited together.  It’s what differentiates an amateur video from a professional film.

 

TRAILER / HIGHLIGHTS REELS

For these, we take the best scenes from the day, including snippets from the ceremony, speeches and first dance, and blend them together to make an emotional summary of the wedding. 

 

They are an ideal length for sharing on social media and can be a nice compliment

to the longer versions.
 

SHORT FILMS & FULL-LENGTH VERSIONS

Here we have more freedom to be creative because we have more time to play with.

 

We can use more footage to make some great sequences of parts of the wedding day. For example, we can use more establishing shots to make an opening sequence, or a romantic sequence when the photographer takes the couple off for some shots of them together.

 

It also allows us to incorporate more slomo shots, black and white images, and rolling titles. We can also incorporate more natural sound as well as having have fun with more music tracks to fill up with scenes from the wedding.

For the full-length version, we include everything usable piece of footage to really tell the story of the wedding day. 

 

opening sequence

To build the anticipation of what’s to come, we have an opening sequence which begins with introductory music and titles. If a client has opted for childhood photographs (see FAQ), then these will follow.

 

To finish off this section, some more titles might appear, such as the date and name of the venue.

 
Still image from a typical opening sequence.

music & sound

Music does play an integral part in my videos, and there are many reasons for this, the main one being that people simply don’t like to hear their own voice. However, there are more creative reasons for using music, such as it helps bring out the emotion of the day, as well as helping to tell the story of your wedding.

 

Having said that, we don’t over do it, and we only bring it in where I feel it is appropriate. If natural sound is interesting or important, then that will be heard instead. Or it may be heard over background music.

 

SLOWMO, B&W & STILLS

Romantic black and white video still image of bride and groom laughing.
Russell & Lorna at The Priest House, Castle Donnington.

If you are having a romantic sequence, then slowmo, black and white, and stills (freeze-frames or photographs), will be used here quite a lot, but they won’t be overused.


These will also be scattered throughout your video to either enhance or draw your attention to something, such as to slow down the confetti shot or to highlight something that would otherwise be missed. Again, they will only be used to emphasize something but not to distract from your enjoyment.
 
Wedding video romantic sequence.
Trevor & Helen at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

CLOSING SEQUENCE

We take great pride in this part of the video because it will be the last thing you see. Instead of this being a flashback of the day, the emphasis here is to create a collection of the best still images of the couple together on their wedding day. Here we focus on the joy and romance shared between them.

 

It is set to the couple’s favourite piece of music, and incorporates still images, sometimes slowmo, and static and rolling titles.

 

The titles may list whatever the couple wants, such as the dress designer’s name, florist or cake-maker or the photographer’s name. A closing message might also be included to thank people for their contribution or for making the day so special.


Closing rolling credits of our wedding video end sequence.
Rolling titles during end sequence

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