For this month’s blog, I’ve asked videographer Tom Pehrson with Peak Impact Productions to write about videography.
I have known Ron Michaels for many years now and have worked several events with him. He is an incredible DJ/Emcee who values quality and professionalism in his business. I am very honored that he has asked me to be a guest blogger. It’s just another way he works to provide his clients with an exceptional experience and I hope you find this information beneficial as you plan your wedding.
– Tom Pehrson, Peak Impact Productions, LLC
Creating a Wedding Video that Tells the Full Story
A wedding video is a fantastic way to tell the story of one of the most important events of your life!
When most people think about a wedding, they think about the ceremony. However, there are many other moments that complete your wedding experience. Each part is like a chapter in a book, and each chapter builds on the previous one to tell the complete story of your big day! A quality, professional wedding filmmaker can take all the pieces and create a video that showcases your wedding not just as a series of events, but in the context for who you are and what you value.
In addition to the ceremony, other moments worth remembering for a lifetime include:
Rehearsal Dinner: This informal celebration offers candid toasts, gift exchanges and moments between friends and family that are funny and heartfelt. These are also some of the last few moments before a couple says “I do.” The rehearsal and dinner creates an opportunity to capture their genuine, growing excitement before the big day.
Pre-ceremony Preparation: Footage of hair and makeup time for the bride and her bridal party offer beautiful, rare, tender moments with her closest family and friends. It is a time of excitement and anticipation when genuine emotional moments happen. Reactions from the ladies as the bride puts on her wedding dress for the ceremony are a priceless, one-time experience that’s great to have on a wedding video. The same is true for the guys. When you put both bride and groom prep together, it helps set the stage for the main events.
Cocktail Hour: Cocktail hour is an ideal time to capture footage of the guests. You invited them to your wedding, so this is the most candid time to capture them relaxing, chatting and connecting before your big entrance. They are excited and happy to be there, which makes for lively, engaging material to add to the video.
Photo Session: Filming a photo session, especially a unique one, can give you the “behind the scenes” feel, as well as the goofy, candid exchanges and silly poses that are unique to you and your family/friends.
Toasts: These are some of the most emotional moments of a wedding. Honored guests share special stories about the couple and what they mean to their family and friends. It will be very difficult to remember what was said without a professional video.
Open Dancing: People come to a wedding to celebrate with you! During open dancing, guests usually forget about the camera and this is a great time to capture all the people who were there on your big day!
A wedding is a time when you take a new step on life’s journey and you celebrate with the people you love the most. It is an experience worth remembering with more than a photograph.
Thanks again Tom! Feel free to check out Tom’s website (link above) to see some of his work. I’m hoping to have more of my wedding industry friends provide “guest blogs” in the future. Their experiences working with couples on one of the biggest days of their lives, and the insight they provide is invaluable. Check in next month when I’ll be writing about my recent trip to the music meccas of Memphis and Nashville! RM