It's a common dilemma for couples - they have booked a photographer but do they also book a videographer for their day? I personally think the two go hand in hand - you have beautiful framed photographs to remind you of your day, but to also have them paired with the nervous excitement before the ceremony, the gasps from your guests as they catch the first glimpse of the Bride in her dress and the laughter during the speeches - all expertly edited together with your favourite piece of music.
Chris from Coast Productions tell us all about his experience in the industry and advice for couples looking to book them for their special day.
I have been a professional cameraman and editor for nearly 10 years, starting out in London, building camera kits for mainstream TV programmes. I progressed through various roles, filming for multiple companies, and travelling all over the world. I moved back to the Isle of Man and set up Coast Productions nearly a year ago. We are a video production company that specialises in cinematic wedding films.
One of the things that make Coast wedding videos stand out is our drone footage. We try to capture stunning aerial shots on every wedding we film at no extra cost – and when the weather is on side the results can be spectacular! We are fully qualified, insured and registered with the Civil Aviation Authority.
We are extremely fortunate to get to share one of the happiest days in a couples’ life, and to create something that captures that feeling for them is a true privilege. The responses I receive from couples is hugely satisfying, that kind of direct gratitude is rarely found in other jobs, and is unrivalled compared to anything I’ve done previously.
My favourite part of the day to film is after the wedding breakfast – all the formalities are over, any nervousness has left the atmosphere with just a pure party spirit remaining….so guests naturally let their hair down on the dance floor! At this point I usually have a bit of time to fly the drone or get some more creative shots around the venue. I always try to incorporate some of the natural surroundings of the wedding, especially when we are spoiled with such beautiful landscapes on the island.
I have two pieces of advice for couples on their wedding day; the first is to prioritise some time together as a couple. It's easy to get swooped up spending the day socialising with guests, so during the reception take 10 minutes just for you and your partner.
My second piece of advice - enjoy the day for what it is. If the weather isn’t as good as you had hoped, or if something goes wrong, you just have to let it go and embrace every moment, because it will go by in a blur! If you can do that, then I guarantee it will be the best day of your life