Underrated wedding vignettes every couple should capture on video

This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published June 2019.

Wedding videography has come a long way since the days when whichever uncle owned a camcorder was in charge of recording the event for posterity. Today’s professional wedding cinematography records your big day in Hollywood-worthy, crystal-clear HD, edited and mastered into a romantic time capsule.

Still, when discussing what footage matters most with your video team—and a good video team should always ask for your input—couples may unwittingly neglect to include some of the day’s most emotionally charged interactions. We asked Blue Skies HD Video & Film co-owner Julie Hedrick to share a few of the less obvious moments no videographer should miss.

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When mom sees the gown
“We like to do a tight shot on mom’s face, and then it goes to the bride’s face. You can almost see into a mom’s soul when she’s looking at her daughter, the bride,” Hedrick says. “You can’t fully get that in a still image. At every single wedding I think we’ve ever done, the mom steps back, and there’s a moment where she gives the daughter a look that I think is similar to the day she was born. Priceless.”

The father/daughter first look
“We really love to capture the first father/daughter look; that is usually a really intense time,” notes Hedrick. “Most brides have their moms in the room when they get dressed, then have the dad come in or meet up with them just after that. We find it’s helpful to have two videographers: one shooting the immediate reaction of the bride and one shooting the reaction of the dad. The bride and dad tend to have the same reaction—if he cries, so does she. If she’s more upbeat, he’s beaming.”

Pre-ceremony activity
“If you think about it, the last person down the aisle is usually the bride, so she misses all the pre-ceremony music, the grandparents and parents being seated, the groomsmen and her bridesmaids walking and her groom waiting for her,” says Hedrick. “When the couple gets their video back, she gets to see all of that for the first time.”

The guests
“We work extra hard to shoot a lot of footage of all the guests from pre-ceremony, as well as cocktail hour. That helps the couple later remember who was there,” Hedrick explains. “Video can really take you to a place and time. If the couple decides to have children down the road, it allows them to go back in time to show them. If someone has since passed, it allows you to see a time when everyone was here together, having fun and looking great.”?