Right after we booked our photographer, Mr. Coyote and I discussed having a videographer at our wedding. I know for most brides this is a less important priority and many couples choose not to hire one, but honestly I just could not imagine not having a videographer for our wedding day.
Why? Because I am a total narcissist and attention whore, that’s why. Just kidding. (Kinda.)
The reality is I LOVE HOME MOVIES. My father has had a video camera for as long as I can remember and is constantly filming us. Every once in a while we will pop in an old movie and reminisce about a certain vacation, someone’s birthday, a school play. He’s recently been converting all of our old VHS tapes into DVDs and sent along this gem:
I told you guys I was a narcissist! Look at that wee little Coyote all up in the cameraman’s business! Now that’s the only embarrassing clip you’re going to get out of me so I hope you all really treasure it. Because I grew up with a video camera around me all the time, it was an absolute must to have our wedding day captured on film. But just like our hunt for good photography, I was absolutely floored by the high costs.
The truth is we had already splurged a bit on photography and there just wasn’t that much left over for videography. Apparently, in the wedding world, my budget for videography will get you nothing more than some schmuck who snatched up the last camcorder on clearance from Best Buy and enjoys filming blurry, wobbly video of their great-aunt Bessie’s birthday parties. Sigh. Finding someone with just an ounce of talent that didn’t jack up their prices because every package MUST include some crazy Academy Award winning full feature film was proving difficult.
Now, because my father has always been known as the guy with the video camera, a few of our family members have actually asked him to film their weddings for them. At one point I became so desperate that I actually contemplated going this route (you know, to save on costs and all), but I’d already asked him to walk me down the aisle so that was out. Damn. Finally, just when I had reached the end of my rope, I stumbled upon Shaw Video Productions. I knew I struck gold when I read the little mantra on his site:
“My philosophy is simple. Your wedding is about you. My job is not to produce a wedding video that is my artistic interpretation of what I think your wedding should look like.”
No frills, no crazy bells and whistles necessary, just the highlights of a beautiful wedding day to relive and cherish for the rest of our days together.
Are you hiring a wedding videographer for your wedding day?