When we first met with these clients, we asked a question that had almost no hesitation with an answer. We asked, “If you could describe your upcoming wedding with one word, what would it be?”. Their answer was LOVE. I know that is probably something that nearly all of our couples would say, but we realized quickly that this ran a little deeper with these two. They dove deep into an explanation on how they wanted their guests to truly feel love not only from the two of them, but also in their own relationships. The groom literally pulled me aside during their rehearsal dinner after a speech about how he wanted everyone to feel a deep sense of love that weekend and told me that we, as in me and Calen, weren’t exempt from that. When we showed up to start filming that weekend, the sense of love was unavoidable and fully flooded every experience and interaction we witnessed the entire weekend. I’m not joking. So when I sat down to start to edit this wedding, Love was my story. That was literally the only story that I could imagine pulling out of this day.
Every piece of audio was chosen to compliment their “word”, every shot was focused highly on expressions and reactions, and even the song choice was with the intentions to tell the story of how their weekend was nothing but “Love”.
When it comes to story, how many different types of stories can you pull from a wedding day?
We can pull out stories through audio, like in toasts and vows and meaningful pieces from something an officiant said. We can pull out stories of anticipation and resolution through things like first looks and grooms breaking down during a processional. Story can come through our song choices, our editing techniques, even our choices in stabilizers and lenses…
One of my favorite stories to bring into a wedding film is a mood or a feeling from the wedding day, which is what we did with this wedding. So I encourage you to ask your couples this question and consider it when you’re crafting your edit. “If you could describe your wedding with one word, what would it be?”
For some couples, that word is “celebration”, “adventure”, “romance”, or “timeless”. There are so many words that could best describe a day. Consider that word when you sit down and start your edits. Sometimes that word was intentional and the reality of their day was a different word. We’ve had “timeless” when their day really felt like “celebration” and we’ve definitely had “adventure” when their word really felt like “romance”. So if that word doesn’t always line up with how their day really felt, it’s okay.
Sometimes the deepest, most fitting story to be told in a wedding film is a Mood or an Emotion.