Just two short weeks prior to Andrew and I’s big day, an acquaintance contacted me to see if I had secured someone to film our wedding. I explained to him how we hadn’t even budgeted for a videographer so unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to afford any type of fancy theatrical production. Lucky for us said acquaintance had just started his venture into the world of wedding videography and offered to do the honours of capturing our big day for a price that I (as a stressed out and broke ass bride to be) thought was too good to pass up. I sent over examples of videos I liked and on the day of our wedding had absolutely all the confidence that our, or perhaps only my, expectations would be met.

Videography is a tricky thing. Before I started my own business designing and planning weddings, I was on track to becoming a multimedia journalist, someone who is responsible for putting together and telling those little stories you see on the news every night. I know a thing or two about working a video camera, about making sure your audio levels are set properly on two different channels to record sound and background noise. I understand how to both focus and set up a shot in a way that’s aesthetically creative and pleasing to the eye. But most of all I know how to tell a story using bits and pieces of footage, all edited together in a clever way. I get how a story can have a beginning, a middle and an end, with special little moments plugged in along the way to keep a viewer engaged. But unfortunately for us, we had way too high of expectations for how our wedding day story was to be told. Because simply put, we learned the hard way that you often get what you paid for.

I want to point out that I am not angry at our videographer nor do I think he filmed and edited our wedding footage and video with malicious intent. We are entirely blessed to have a few great shots of film from our wedding day and even better, feel lucky to have any footage at all. But for us, I think what stung the the most is that we sort of got a taste for what we were missing had we of researched our videography options, compared prices and most importantly watched samples of vendor’s work. I often see my client’s videos and think “That could have been Apb and I!” or I sit at my computer researching vendors for my clients when I didn’t have the time or know how to do it for myself and I feel regret and a bit of sadness. But luckily these are just small things in the overall picture. And well, you’ll see what I mean if you keep reading here.

About a week before our one year anniversary this past September, Andrew and I spent an afternoon in Traverse City with Paul and Vanessa Filan of Future Focus Media. This husband and wife duo are an extremely talented, passionate and kind team who specialize in wedding videography. The goal of our video was to capture Andrew and I in a way that show who we really are. And what our love is all about. A couple weeks ago I got an email from Paul with our edited reel and I sat the whole time at my computer with a huge smile on my face as I watched our simple yet magnificently filmed and edited video play before my eyes. I can’t show you the entire video right now but I did want to show you this little clip right here. Wedding videography isn’t for everyone and I can absolutely understand and respect that. Maybe a live band, a film photographer or a couture dress are your wedding must haves. But if you’re considering your options for videography, watch this here.

I love how we start off trying to say the exact same sentence. We are such a riot sometimes huh? P.S. Hi, cute husband :)

Importance of wedding video from Paul Filan on Vimeo.

Did anyone out there have a negative experience with their wedding videographer? For those of you that decided not to have a wedding video, I’d love to hear all about your experiences and decision below! Also be sure to check out this post here, from Paul’s blog that talks all about his opinion of why wedding videography is important xoxo