Re­liv­ing the day

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WE’RE INTO dou­ble-digit count­down for the wed­ding now (argggh­h­h­hhh!) and it’s mak­ing me won­der where the past year has gone and how fast the Big Day it­self will go.

Once we had set­tled on a wed­ding date and place I was quick to book a pho­tog­ra­pher and very soon af­ter that, a videog­ra­pher.

Now while older gen­er­a­tions baulked at this (‘‘A what? You’re not a celebrity.’’), to me it was a no-brainer.

Ev­ery­one loves to say to you how fast a wed­ding day goes so why would we not want footage of it to add to our mem­o­ries?

It’s not about re­plac­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher, just about a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment to the day.

Like most things as­so­ci­ated with wed­dings, there are peo­ple who do it well and oth­ers who should be given a wide berth.

I used a sim­ple tech­nique when re­search­ing po­ten­tial video op­er­a­tors. Find video. Watch. Check cheeks. Dry? No go. Wet. Dingding-ding. Folks, we have a win­ner. The cry fac­tor is cru­cial. The handy­cam op­er­a­tor must have the abil­ity to tell a story, to cap­ture the vibe and com­press it into some­thing mean­ing­ful.

Don’t get me a wrong, some­one stand­ing with a handy­cam in a cor­ner is still valid, you don’t need to get a full-on pro­fes­sional to cap­ture spe­cial mo­ments but that adage of get­ting what you pay for rings true.

Here are some of my favourite wed­ding videog­ra­phers (and no, they haven’t paid me to men­tion them. I like them be­cause I like them).

Check out their videos to see what I mean about the cry fac­tor. They are: Bub­bleRock, Jono Tucker and Per­spec­tives.

There are a few rea­sons I re­ally like the idea of film­ing our wed­ding day.

First, we have a bunch of friends and fam­ily who can’t make it for var­i­ous rea­sons but mainly dis­tance.

Hav­ing a DVD we can send to them after­wards al­most makes it okay. Al­most.

Sec­ond, be­cause peo­ple of­ten talk about one of the best things on the Big Day is hav­ing ev­ery­one you care about it in one room, so I like the thought of pho­tos com­ing alive in film so that you have pre­cious view­ing mem­o­ries for the fu­ture.

You never know how long you or the ones you love have got.

Record­ing happy oc­ca­sions is im­por­tant.

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