Sarah and Graham were recently married in Kent. I had the privilege to film their wedding for them. It was a typical English August day where the weather certainly played it’s part. One minute, the sun was shining, then the heavens opened before the skies turned blue again.
The day began at Sprivers Mansion near Horsmonden in the very heart of Kent. This venue was new to me, but I have to say the place was magnificent and hopefully I’ll be back soon. The photographer for the wedding was Alan Harbord whom I hadn’t met before. He was a true professional and we got on like a house on fire.
The ceremony took place outside in a huge marquee. Although the rain played it’s part, the wind was absent thankfully. When the weather switches between gloomy shade and bright sunlight every minute, as a videographer, I have to be at the top of my game. I tend to use two cameras up front simultaneously and one at the back. Knowing how extremes of light and shade can test, I know before hand just by looking at the sky and set my cameras accordingly.
While the cameras are rolling, I know from experience what I need and when. I edit in my mind as the day progresses and that has always worked for me.
To the farm!
Once the ceremony was finished, we made our way to the reception venue, a place I had been before. Sarah’s dad owns East Hall Farm at Boughton Monchelsea a few miles away so I took the opportunity to follow the wedding car and put a camera on the voyage. It’s a good way to link the two venues in the video. I knew the farm because I had filmed Sarah’s brother’s wedding there a few years ago.
Sarah and Graham also knew the place well, naturally. With over 120 guests, I had my work cut out for me and made the most of my time getting messages from the guests for the video. This always goes down well with a wedding couple and everyone was happy to oblige.
The evening came and I set up for the big firework display. Setting my cameras to focus, this was actually the easiest shot of the wedding day but it’s something I would never set a camera to autofocus or autoexposure for fireworks. That’s a recipe for disaster. The footage was excellent however and the whole day went so very well for me. I was very pleased with what I saw in the edit the following day.
This was a perfect wedding because it had the best light, great people, a fabulous atmosphere, two picturesque venues… and that is always a great combination for me.
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