Capturing Important Moments Before the Big Day
The photographer is booked, the floral motif has been decided upon and you’ve chosen the hors d’oeuvres for your guests. But what about capturing the brides walk down the aisle, the vows and best man and maid of honors’ speeches? Videographers Naomi Raiselle of Generations Cinemastories and Mike Picard of Mike Picard Videography are here to make sure every laugh, tear and moment of pure joy is caught on video forever.
“We prefer to meet with our couples at least twice before the wedding,” says Raiselle. “The first meeting is prior to contract – we just meet to see if we are a good fit. The second meeting is usually a few weeks before the wedding, where we get to catch up, reintroduce ourselves, and get updated on the wedding plans.”
After the couple has decided to work with Raiselle and her team, she will ask for regular updates from them or their planning to better understand the theme and layout of the wedding. “If the couple likes the idea, we’ll do a little, spontaneous love story film, which we can later edit to be shown at the rehearsal dinner or reception or included as part of the wedding film.” This recorded conversation gives the videographer an idea of what is most important to her clients, whether it is the décor, ceremony, toasts, or first dances. Raiselle and her team have a synchronized plan of action for the wedding, which includes someone being with the bride, groom and at the ceremony site. An increasingly popular service, the videographer also offers live streaming of weddings so that relatives across the world who can’t be physically present feel like they are part of the wedding day.
Mike Picard of Mike Picard Videography also cultivates a close relationship with clients before the wedding day. Picard sets up a time to meet with the couple for an initial consult. “If they do book us every one of our couples will get a phone call one month prior to their wedding to set up a time to come in for a details appointment,” says Picard. “At this time we will go over the entire timeline of their day with them. We will sit and go over the couple’s timeline from the moment they wake up on their wedding day until the end of the reception. This will give us an overview of their entire day so we can better judge our hours of coverage needed.”
Picard works to capture moments of the wedding day that are most important to the couple and their family in addition to the ceremony and reception. That may be the jokes between the groom and his attendants, the matron of honor’s toast, or the cake cutting. “Most of our couples soon learn after viewing our work how important it is to get good prep coverage,” says Picard. “This is even more important if there are gifts to be exchanged or personal cards to be read.” Couples receive a one song long overview of the entire day as well as a documentary edit of their wedding.
The final product may be most important to couples, but finding the right videographer who can put together a detailed plan of action before the event is paramount in getting the wedding coverage you desire.
Written by Jessica Laniewski
**This article was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 issue.