‘It was one of those weddings that changes you,’ said John. He continued to relate a story about the bride’s elderly and frail father. ‘They didn’t know if he was going to make it to the wedding, but he started feeling better. He didn’t need to wear his oxygen to walk her down the aisle and had this little impromptu moment…where he popped in to the bride room to see her getting ready and he just lost it and just told her how proud he was. Then during the reception he gave a speech and had this charge for them and their marriage. Three weeks after the wedding I get this call, and it’s the bride. She’s shaking and crying and she says, ‘tell me you have audio of my dad from the wedding. His voice. I don’t have anything to remember his voice. He passed this morning and I don’t have any voicemails, I’ve got nothing.’ Fortunately this bride was in safe hands. John recorded everything her father said to her on her wedding day so she could remember it for the rest of her life. He was even able to craft the film around her father making him a thematic focus of the film. John ran into this same bride many years later and she said, ‘You don’t even know what that film means to me.’
This story really struck a chord with me. Wedding films allow you to not only relive your wedding day and feel how you felt about each other, but you can see and hear your loved ones after they’re gone. There’s something so beautiful about that.
A wedding film is not just a nice to have add on. It’s the one thing that will allow you to relive this transformational, once-in-a-lifetime event. I say this all the time, but wedding albums cannot speak or move you like cinema can. A photo can bring back a feeling but cinema can transport you into that world again and again.
Link to the ‘How To Film Weddings Podcast’ episode: https://www.howtofilmweddings.com/podcasts/133
Vancouver has an amazing talent pool of wedding filmmakers and I’ve compiled a list of all of my favourite ones in this article Vancouvers Best Wedding Videographers in 2021. I provide video examples of all of their work and links to their websites so you can see what Vancouver has to offer. I’m certain you’ll have a hard time making a decision as all of them are great!