I could tell from conversations with Joana that her and Benjamin's wedding day was going to be a stylish and tasteful one and when I arrived in Northampton to see the church they had chosen I knew it was going to suit my wedding video style perfectly.
There was a string quartet called CLS String Quartet at the wedding who gave a stirring performance, and after taking a few visually pleasing shots of them playing, I knew what sort of soundtrack I needed to source for the video. This is a perfect example of why I insist on choosing the music for my videos, as it is a very important element in telling the story of the day.
Their were two readings during the ceremony, the first of which was a beautiful piece read perfectly by a member of Joana's Portuguese family, and worked well as a sound bed underneath shots of the ceremony. The shot of Benjamin looking so emotional while waiting for his bride to be was one of my favourite shots from this part of the day.
The wedding reception took place at the family home in a stunning countryside setting, which was definitely reliant on a sunny day and the weather did not disappoint.
Emotionally delivered speeches and readings are always a blessing for me, as they match so well the elegant tone I try and portray in my films, so Benjamin's retelling of his and Joana's story up until this moment, and his sister's stirring bible reading during the ceremony, were a perfect match for the shots I wished to use for the remainder of the film.
Joana and Benjamin's elegant first dance provided some lovely moments for the film and matched the tone I was attempting to evoke perfectly.
I am always looking for the stand out shot of the day, one that I think encapsulates the couples story, and the moment Benjamin and Joana were announced as husband and wife, when their faces were filled with such emotion, was the obvious choice, and an ideal way to end their film.