When it comes to wedding video, a lot of couples struggle with whether or not it's worth it. They wonder whether or not they'll watch it or whether or not it just duplicates photography. Most couples who consider getting a wedding video do it because they want to have their ceremony and key moments, like their first dance and toasts, documented on video. A lot of couples don't stop to consider the moments that they will miss altogether.
A perfect example is the arrival at the church. Traditionally, the bride and groom are separated, so they never get to see what the other one is doing. The groom is waiting at the church and greeting guests. The bride is busy making her way to the church, so she never sees the guests arrive. The groom and guests make their way inside the church for the start of the ceremony, so they never get to see the bride exit the limo. So now you may be thinking, "What's the big deal? That's not important anyway."
The arrival at the ceremony is one of those moments that is under appreciated until you get your wedding video back. In the photographs, you will most likely see a lot of poses and smiling, but the video captures the looks between the photographs and the true moments when people may not know we're there filming. It's in the wedding video that you get to see for the first time the smiles on your guests faces as they arrive to the church to share your day with you. You see family and friends that you may not have seen for a while, and may not have seen each other, share a moment together hugging or laughing or both. You get to see whether the groom was nervously pacing or cool as a cucumber. And for all the people who were inside the church, this is the first time you get to see the pure joy and excitement on the bride's face as she gets out of the limo and enters the church with her dad to marry the love of her life.
Here is an example of an arrival to share with you. I love this clip for many reasons, but the one reason that stands out most to me is the song choice. Lisa-Marie married a military man. That means constant uprooting, lots of adjustments and time spent away from their families and each other. When trying to come up with song choices, I told her to pick songs that have meaning to her.
Here are Lisa-Marie's words to me: "One of the reasons I went with 'Home' is because to me it represented a strong union in a certain way. Patrick and I are a military family and over the years of dating we spent many years geographically apart because of it. With our marriage, now we will be moving around a lot and never really calling one place home for to long. We joke, like most military families, in saying “ home is where the Marine Corps sends us.” I liked the tune and the words. I just found great meaning in it for us."