AW: Video of our Wedding Ceremony

So I uploaded a 4.5 minute montage of our Wedding Ceremony to You Tube...check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCctWXrqvx0

BTW, my brother shot and edited the film...aren't I a lucky sis?
Posted on February 15, 2008 at 7:13 pm
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Lovely :)
Posted on February 16, 2008 at 2:26 am
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Oh that gave me goosebumps.
Posted on February 16, 2008 at 3:00 am
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It was so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes ... I'm a sucker for weddings. :) BTW, your brother did a great job!
Posted on February 16, 2008 at 3:44 am
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Wow, that was really cool. What were the readers reading? Were they poems? The way you had everyone really involved instead of just kind of passively sitting there was great. That's exactly the kind of thing I'd like to do with mine.

Great job. Very touching and sweet.
Posted on February 17, 2008 at 6:36 am
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it's lovely and it's lovely of you to share it with us. I don't plan to have a videographer and it always makes me think twice when I see a beautiful video : )
Posted on February 17, 2008 at 6:55 am
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Thanks ladies for your kind words!

Paddysgirl-- We wrote our own ceremony and really wanted the focus of the day to be about the ceremony and our marriage vows, etc. We had our guests involved in many ways and wanted them to participate in rather than just observe us making our commitment public. That's why we went for the round seating formation rather than the typical theater-style set-up.

Everyone was in the Lei Exchange and Ring Warming (where we passed a seashell with our rings in it around to each guest to hold and "warm" for us with prayers, positive energy, etc.) When we all held hands our friend was reading the prayer of St. Francis. Next came my oldest childhood friend (the blond with a flower in her hair) and her husband reading the text of the Hand Ceremony. We had our near friend of 84 years (not featured in the video, but she was next to my husband, in the hat) read "The Art of a Good Marriage" (she had been married for 63 years and lost her husband 3 months before our wedding).

And finally, each family member read one of the Seven Blessings (taken from the Jewish tradition, but also similar to the Catholic Prayers of the Faithful, both of which are from our heritage). We wrote Seven Blessings and my brother, father, mother, etc. read them, with the final one being read aloud by the group. What also was not show in this clip was that my stepmother interpreted the entire ceremony in American Sign-Language for my 14 year old adopted sister, who is deaf. It was really beautiful and touching that she could do that.

TheDame-- I am normally not a huge fan of wedding videography and as a budgetzilla, that is usually an area where the couple can save $2-3K. That said, I am really glad that my brother was able to video for us (in fact he captured the entire weekend, which is awesome) and also has the skills to do the editing. To be fair, his degree is in Radio, Television and Film and he's a professional cameraman (although this was his first wedding...and he's new to the whole editing realm...he's generally the camerma man and sometimes director). He normally does Bay Area entertainment news coverage, local athletic events (he just shot some footage for the Raiders) and some music videos for local rappers. Here's my advice...if there is someone, a friend or family member, who can either film it all or edit it, then go for it. Another option is to hire a pro to shoot the footage and then either edit yourself or have a friend or family member who knows how to edit it, do it for you. I have seen some great deals under $1K for "raw footage" only. You could get that first and then, down the line, pay for editing or like I said, have a friend or famliy member or even DIY (there's a lot of pretty easy movie editing software available to the general public these days).

Also, the trend now seems to be these shorter montage-like music video formats, rather than the old fashioned...1 hour long, cheezy wedding video. My brother and sister-in-law were married 10 years ago and their video is VERY different in length, feel, etc.

This one, we'd actually watch and show our firends since it's less than 20 minutes total (starts with our Welcome BBQ and ends with our reception) and the ceremony part is less than 5 minutes if we just want to subject them to that part!
Posted on February 17, 2008 at 7:21 am

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