When I went to meet the lovely Melissa & Andy in their holiday cottage a few days before their wedding, I could tell straight away that their big day was going to be fun & relaxed. They were very welcoming and totally open to any ideas I had for their film. They just said ‘Do what you feel on the day’ which, as a wedding videographer, is like music to my ears!
We were really looking forward to shooting this wedding as we hadn’t filmed a civil ceremony before. The wedding took place at Truro City Hall so my main concern beforehand was parking. There’s no carpark for the Hall, just double yellow lines and an unloading bay outside the main entrance, what with roadworks & eagle-eyed traffic wardens parading up and down made for a logistical nightmare to park and unload 2 vehicle’s worth of equipment.
We arrived at the venue for 10am, only to be told that it didn’t open until 12:30. No worries we thought, as we were scheduled to film Andy & Melissa getting ready. We split up to film their preparation separately with a plan to get back to the hall for midday, which would give us half an hour to unload, park the cars and get back to the Hall to setup & film guests arriving. I’m relieved to say the plan worked but if you were shopping in Lemon Quay on Saturday afternoon you might have seen a sweaty man sprinting from Marks & Spencers Multistory in order to get back to the Ceremony on time.
The Ceremony was lovely. Very relaxed with everyone looking great. It was a brief ceremony, which we love and the photo session on the grand staircase looked really nice. Linda Ellis was their photographer and she did a fantastic job putting everyone at ease. When the photos were finished we were faced with the same logistical nightmare as before, having to carry tonnes of gear down the huge stairs to our cars, load-up and get back to the reception at the Punchbowl & Ladle in Feock, about 10 minutes away.
Linda took the bride & Groom down to Loe Beach for some more photos and we followed. Tom managed to get some great steadicam shots whilst I sniped from distance. The evening meal back at the pub was lovely and the speeches were from the heart. As night fell the interior of the pub got very dark so luckily I had my portable LED light handy which we rigged up for the speeches, otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to tell who was talking!
After filming the first dance and a bit of the band we rigged up a video booth in a corner of the pub. We managed to entice about 8 groups of people to say something on camera for Mel & Andy’s video. We also got the Bride & Groom to sit down and record messages to their future selves which we think will be a really great way to end their wedding film! Stay tuned for the highlights trailer…