The day couldn’t have been more perfect; a bright sun shining down from deep blue skies upon the picturesque country church and hundreds of brightly-coloured balloons released into the sky by a row of cheering children, as the newlyweds made their exit through the porch to begin their lives as husband and wife.
The smiling guests were treated to refreshments from a vintage ice cream van set up in the gardens in country fete style, before the happy couple drove off in their carriage, a red convertible Corvette shining in the sunlight, stopping to take in a breathtaking wildflower meadow in full bloom.
A perfect day indeed, and I was delighted to witness it all at the wedding of my niece, Sara. As a professional filmmaker I could not help myself from imagining how I would have framed these moments, what questions I would have asked and how I would have told their story. As it was, I was off-duty that day as my niece wanted me to enjoy this big family celebration without any responsibilities. She had decided to just book a traditional wedding photographer, leaving the video side of things to her many friends who were going to shoot clips with their phones.
After the wedding my niece remarked that her special day had gone by in a blur, and that she couldn’t wait to relive all the amazing details of it by looking at the photos and video clips.
The professional photographs were, of course, excellent. From the traditional group shots outside of the church to the rings being placed on fingers as the vows were exchanged. The photographer had done a fantastic job. We looked forward to the video clips.
Sadly these were very disappointing. Many of the clips looked shaky and over-exposed and the audio was muffled. The footage was technically amateurish and there were just not enough good shots to edit into a little wedding film. Sara really regretted not having her wedding documented on film and I regretted not having insisted on shooting this film for her.
So many magic moments of the day had been lost; the tears of joy mingled with the smiles while exchanging vows, the happy couple’s dance in the wildflower meadow to the accompanying birdsong, and their laughter as they fell to the ground. The interactions of family members and guests, Sara’s 85 year old granddad knocking over all twelve tins in one throw at the wedding village fête. All those moments are now just memories but cannot be shared with anyone who was not there to experience them first hand. As the saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words, but only a film will tell the whole story.
When I returned from the wedding I spent an afternoon with Anya, the talented cinematographer I enjoy working with on my TV films. We talked about how invaluable little films of key moments in our life can be – not just for us but for generations to come. Anya had only recently discovered an old and faded film of her parents’ wedding. She absolutely loved seeing her young parents getting married but also enjoyed rediscovering herself in some of the relatives who were wedding guests. Grandparents, aunts and cousins she had never met whose physical traits and body language was so similar to her own. The faded film showed her what she had never seen in images of those relatives before.
It was that day that we decided to offer our professional skills as filmmakers to couples who would like a bespoke, creative and unforgettable film to document their big day. Konfetti was born to capture those confetti moments in cinematic images and with crystal clear sound – I Do’s, birdsong and all.
We look forward to hearing from you so we can create a unique package just for you to help you to tell your whole story. A story to relive your big day, share with your families and friends and generations to come.
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