portrait shot of couple by the canal Lowry Theatre Wedding

Manchester Wedding at Lowry Theatre

The Lowry Theatre

On May the 4th this year (2019) I got to film my first ever wedding at the Iconic Lowry Theatre. Situated in the Media City in Salford and famous for it’s stunning panoramic views of Manchester and Salford I knew this was going to be a Wedding Film that was visually stunning! I had met with Kirsty & Sean a few months before their wedding to talk through their Big Day and it was apparent that choosing to celebrate their wedding at the Lowry Theatre had been a well thought out decision and that this venue meant something to them.

The Lowry Theatre an artistic venue that is the perfect backdrop to a creative life. This Award winning venue has a raw urban vibe with a strong link to Manchester’s artistic pedigree, not only remembering and celebrating the life of one of it’s famous sons LS Lowry, but the Film and Music culture that Manchester is now so famous for the world over. Oh and if you happen to be a Manchester United Fan, as was the groom Sean, you have the extra visual treat of a perfect view across the canal of the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ – Old Trafford. The couple that choose the Lowry for their Wedding venue not only get to exchange vows overlooking some of the most stunning views of the City but also overlooking Manchester’s famous ship canal. The Compass room right at the top of the Lowry Theatre has almost circular  panoramic views of the city a truly amazing vista to get married  in front of. On the day I was filming Kirsty & Sean’s wedding I really did feel spoilt for choice in terms of capturing amazing looking ‘B’roll shots to make Kirsty and Sean’s Wedding Film look truly cinematic, in fact I had to keep reminding myself to be filming the couple and their family and friends more than the surroundings!

As if I didn’t have enough great things to capture in Kirsty and Sean’s Wedding Film, when 8.30-9.00pm came around we were all treated to an amazing sunset perfectly visible from the panoramic vista the compass room provided- in fact this sunset created a gorgeous orange hue that bathed all the guest who were outside on the veranda talking in the sunset- you can see this in their wedding film trailer which I have linked in this blog.

Amazing Shots

After the sunset had given way to the blackness of night, Karen the photographer suggested we now take the couple over to the bridge spanning the canal that is illuminated with constantly changing coloured lights and get some amazing looking shots of Kirsty and Sean on the Bridge to really give their wedding photo’s and film that wow factor! So off we set. Karen got some amazing shots of the couple over the bridge illuminated red then purple and then green. I too managed to get some great clips of Kirsty and Sean in an embrace on the bridge. All in all this was an amazing venue for any couple to get married at and an absolute treat for photographers and videographers alike.

As a proud Mancunian myself, I absolutely love shooting weddings in and around Manchester and I have to say now having shot a few in this amazing city that The Lowry is certainly in my top 3 venues to shoot at period!

If you would like to watch their Wedding Video Trailer you can view that here:

 

 

 

 

Also if you would like to check out the Lowry as a possible wedding venue then check that our here: https://thelowry.com/venue-hire/weddings-special-occasions/

 

 

 

A lovely Couple

As a Wedding Videographer you always hope that the couple who’s wedding you are booked to film have what I like to call a ‘spark’ between them- a connection that you can capture on film and that was certainly evident between Kirsty & Sean!  That ‘spark’ isn’t something you as the videographer can create, no amount of skilful editing can produce that, so you hope and pray that the couple not only have that ‘spark’ but display it when you are filming them, let’s face who likes having a camera thrust in your face?  Kirsty and Sean allowed themselves to get lost in the moment to get lost in each other and the emotions they felt during their wedding were clear for all to see. The were so relaxed and happy on the day they I got some amazing shots of the two of them.  What tops all of that though is when you deliver the trailer to the couple in nervous anticipation of their response and they come back and tell you that they, and I quote;  “Loved Love LOVED it!!!..” that is the response every wedding videographer wants to hear, it what to me makes my job one of the most rewarding in the world and why I absolutely love what I do!

 

 

Julian Voigt

 

London Asian Wedding Film

 

 

 

 

Faizal & Farhannah’s Wedding

Cavendish Banqueting Hall, Edgware North London

 

When Faizal and Farhannah got in touch last year and asked if I was available to Film their Wedding in Edgware London with my good friend and photography partner Ryan Williams, I jumped at the chance.  The weekend of Faizal and Farhannah’s wedding according to weather forecasts for the London area was going to be a hot one and it certainly was! Northern greater London that day hit 25 degrees and for a Northern couple chappies like me and Ryan it was a pleasant suprise 🙂

If I had to some up Faizal & Farhannah’s Wedding how would I describe it?   I’d use words like, Vibrant, Colourful, Fun and emotion filled,  oh and with a touch of style thrown in!  Both the Bride and the Groom looked stunning as did their Wedding venue the Cavendish Banqueting Hall in Edgware,  http://www.cavendishbanqueting.co.uk

I love filming Asian weddings because they are so colourful and joyous! In the Asian culture two people getting married and joining their lives together is a Big Deal and you really get a sense of that when you are documenting it on the day. Faizal & Farhannah did not hide their emotions and the joy they felt on their wedding day, as I think you can tell by watching their wedding film trailer just above,  it was there for all to witness.

For me as a Wedding Videographer I am always on the look out on the wedding day for emotions, because it those emotions felt not just by the couple but also by their family and close friends that makes their wedding so memorable. I want to capture that in a Wedding Film so the couple, their family and their close friends can re-live it with them.

I loved the fact that when Faizal arrived at the Wedding venue in Edgware and he got out of the car he and his groomsmen started dancing in the street, what an expression of joy and thankfulness for what was about to happen!  I had to include that in the wedding film!  Another thing I love about Asian weddings is the fact they are alway BIG- A typical English wedding may have 80-120 guests, this is quite normal, an Asian Wedding often were talking hundreds! These are occasions for the family, friends and the community to celebrate and you really do get a sense of that celebration of live at an Asian wedding and Faizal & Farhannah’s was a perfect example.

 

Working as a Team

I first heard about Faizal & Farhannah’s Wedding in London through my good friend and work partner Ryan Williams from RW Wedding Photography, http://www.rwweddingphotography.co.uk

Ryan had received an enquiry from Faizal asking about wedding photography and video coverage. Because myself and Ryan work together offering couples a Photo/Video package for their wedding this was a great opportunity for us to not only film a Beautiful Asian Wedding but also

cover a London wedding which always makes thing that bit more interesting traveling a few hours outside my normal sphere of operation. London is a vibrant city that pulses with life and culture and it’s great to capture that in a Wedding Film.  The things that made this trip an easy one for myself was the fact that Faizal & Farhannah and the extended family were so hospitable. Not only was I provided with a comfortable Hotel just a few minutes away from the Cavendish Banqueting Hall but we were also well fed and cared for during the wedding day.  Myself and Ryan worked really well as a team making sure we knew where we were going and when we needed to be there, which when you are moving between multiple locations in a different city from the one you live is always important. What also helped was that the whole day had been well planned and organised hence ensuring that everything went really smoothly. Ryan was able to get the couple laughing during portrait shots in the park and those moments were beautifully captured both in photo and film.

 

The Bride loved Ryan!

Ryan has what I would describe as a winning personality that puts people at ease. He makes the couple feel comfortable in his presence and helps them relax which for a Bride can sometimes be a challenge especially when you have a camera pointed at you and you feel very much on show. Ryan had helped Farhannah feel quite relaxed as he took pictures and I felt I didn’t really need to add to that as I began filming so we definitely got the very best shots of the couple. In fact during the evenings dancing Farhannah invited Ryan to dance with her- now we are talking Asian style dancing not really in Ryan’s skill set- well so I thought- he burst into life much to the shock of those watching and you would think he was a natural! He did manage to get some laughs but it made great footage for me, again you can see that scene towards the end of their wedding film trailer 🙂

 

Frequently asked questions about my Wedding Videos are:

 

Q: How far do you travel?

A: I cover the whole of the UK and abroad

Q: How much do you charge?

A: The answer to that depends, are you looking for a Highlights Film of the day or a longer film with full coverage of the Ceremony and Speeches?  I keep things really simple with just two packages-  ‘Cinematic Short’ a 6-8 minute Highlights film or

my full feature package which consists of a longer 25-30 minute film. Both package come with full coverage of the Ceremony as a separate film and full coverage of the Speeches again as a separate film. I do offer extras but if you email me here I will send

you my pdf brochure with all my details.  julianvoigt_23@hotmail.com

Q: I notice you are based in the Northwest, do you charge more for a London Wedding?

A: My package prices are the same whether I am filming locally say in Manchester or a few hour away in London. The only extra I charge I make is £100 on top of my regular package price. The £100 covers fuel driving up to and back from London and money towards

a Premier in or Travel Lodge as I usually travel up the night before the wedding thus avoiding unnecessary travel on the wedding day?

Q: How do you Film your weddings?

A: In a word, discreetly! Yeh this to me is very important I keep my footprint at a wedding small and inconspicuous. People do not like to feel like their is a camera in their face or be directed to do things they might feel uncomfortable doing. I never ask a client to do some thing they

wouldn’t feel comfortable doing. My style is very much ‘Documentary’ in that I film what happens I don’t ever get a couple to act out any roles. I film with 2 small cameras all day thus capturing multiple angles. I film in Full Broadcast Quality 1080p HD and I colour grade my Film

for a Movie like look to them.

Q: How much noice do you need?

A: Well, that really depends on my Bookings schedule, as a rule most couples will book me at least 6 months before their wedding many at least a year before, so I do get booked up and I do limit my weddings to about 35 a year so I always suggest getting in touch sooner rather than later

that way I am likely to be available for your wedding. Having said that I have had couples get in touch just 10 weeks before a wedding and as it happened I was available so was able to cover their weddings 😉

Q: How long do you take to produce the Wedding Film  after after the Wedding Day?

A: I normally allow 8 weeks to produce a Cinematic Wedding Film. It’s not something that should ever be rushed and I prefer to take my time producing a film that truly expresses what the couple were all about and how their wedding unfolded on the day.

Q: Do you have client reviews we can read?

A: Yes, there are some on my website under the tab, ‘Kind Words’ or you can read all my 53 5 star reviews from couple and their families here: https://www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/reviews/julian-voigt-wedding-films/143075

Q: Do you have any Awards or Accreditations?

A: Yes, I was Awarded the ‘Best UK Wedding Videographer’ 2019 by the IWAA (International Wedding Awards Association) https://internationalweddingawards.com

I also was a Finalist for The Best UK Wedding Videographer with Guides for Brides; https://www.guidesforbrides.co.uk

I was also approved as a Official ‘Rock My Wedding Supplier’ in 2018

 

 

If you liked Faizal & Farhannah’s Colourful Wedding you might like Vanessa & Mike Wedding Film trailer with an African Flavour, you can watch that here: http://www.julianvoigtweddingfilms.co.uk/uncategorized/wedding-videographer-cheshire/

 

Again Here is their Film: https://youtu.be/nZwmylKOVqU

 

 

 

 

 

 

Widnes Cheshire Wedding Video

Widnes Cheshire Wedding Video

The Northwest of England boast some beautiful counties and some amazing wedding venues and I have had the privilege of filming weddings in many of them. Whether it’s the beautiful county of Lancashire, Cheshire or

Cumbria and the Lake District we really are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country. If the weather is on our side- no always a given unfortunately then I know I can create a stunning wedding film for a couple given

the lovely countryside we have in the North of the UK.

I kicked off the 2019 Wedding season with a Wedding in Widnes Cheshire for a lovely couple, Jade & Andrew.  I have found doing this job now for a couple of years that a couple who are quite relaxed and allow themselves to enjoy their

wedding day also create some stunning memories in both photo and video. Being able to film a couple who are happy, laughing and enjoying themselves makes a videographer’s job so much easier. sometimes and understandably a couple can be anxious and even quite stressed on their Big day and while this is to be expected to some extent, my advice to all the couples I meet with before the Big Day is to simply relax and enjoy their wedding- after all it’s all about them! Jade and Andrew were a delight to film, they were both very relaxed and determined to enjoy their day.

                                                        Their Wedding in Widnes Cheshire was a lovely and everyone seemed relaxed and enjoyed themselves. Jade the Bride looked Gorgeous in a a very tasteful dress and her smile as she greeted Andrew by the Altar in the Church gave away her joy

On the day she and Andrew were to be married.  Andrew I noticed was like many Grooms awaiting his Bride a little anxious a rightly so marriage is a big step but in their wedding video I was able to capture his nervousness as he stood awaiting his Bride to

Begin her walk down the aisle. In fact I have included a snippet teaser video in this blog for you to see. It is only one minute long and designed to capture a moment from the day- in this case the pre-wedding happy nerves of the Bride and Groom hence I chose to

Make the 1 minute teaser video in Black & White to extra to the emotion in the shots and I chose some cello music to enhance the feeling in the film.  Now the usual trailer I deliver is not in Black & White (unless the client requests that) or has music that is as reflective as the music I

Chose for this video but it just helps me as the Film Maker tell the story which in this case is all about those happy pre-wedding nerves 🙂

I have Filmed quite a few weddings in Cheshire in 2018 and have a number booked in for 2019- in really does seem to be a popular choice of county for couples to get married in and I have to say it’s one of my favourite counties in the North West.

 

                                                                                                                            Here is their 1 minute teaser Wedding Video

 

The confetti shot at Chester Town Hall

A Wedding at Chester Town hall

CHESTER A DELIGHTFUL TOWN

I met Elly & Chris last spring  having spoke via email a few times about their wedding taking place that August 2018 in Chester. We all met up at the Trafford centre just outside of Manchester and I immediately felt at ease with Elly & Chris and Elly’s mum and dad

as I could see how friendly and easy going they all were and that always makes videographers like myself feel at ease when you know that the couple who’s wedding day you will be documenting in film also feel at ease with you too . It’s very

important to me and I am sure many other wedding videographers that we get on well with the couple and they feel happy with their choice of wedding videographer. Hence this is why to me it’s so important to meet

up with the couple to get to know them a little before the wedding day. I know we are living in an era of faceless communication via email, text and facebook messages but I still think nothing beats a face to face meeting and getting a sense of one another. For me as a Wedding

Videographer this really does help me with the story telling element of film making.  You have to get a sense of the couple, their personalities, their likes and dislikes etc. I think the reason this is so important is that when you turn up on the wedding day and everyone is feeling a little anxious, that I at least know the couple and they feel relaxed with me filming them and feel that they know me and I am not just a stranger with a camera.

 

CHESTER TOWN HALL WEDDING

Elly & Chris had chosen Chester Town Hall as the venue for their Wedding Ceremony and this was for me the first time I had shot a wedding in Chester Town Hall.  A Grand Old Building in the middle of Chester that once you stop inside cannot fail to impress you with

not only it’s architecture but the fit and finish of the Building. The hall built was 1865 in banded pink and buff  sandstone with a grey-green slate roof. The building is nearly symmetrical, in ten bays and in the Gothic  style, applying features of late 13th-century Gothic Architecture to a modern use. One of the great features of Chester Town Hall is the stair and upper veranda. After the Ceremony had finished myself and the photographer Hayley arranged for all the guests to line up on the upper veranda with their confetti in hand, while the couple walked downstairs via a different route and then into the hall way via some other doors to be showered with confetti from above. I managed to capture this in their wedding video and the result looked stunning!  In fact if you would like to see the effects of this shot you can watch Elly & Chris’s Wedding Video trailer via the link at the bottom of this Blog.  The amazing staircase at Chester Town Hall allows the guests to shower the couple with confetti from above and this looks visually stunning, you can see this both in their wedding film trailer linked in this blog and in the image too.

Chester Town Hall is an iconic building and definitely a great place for couples looking for somethings different as a place to get married. Both myself and Hayley the photographer got some amazing images here.

 

ECCLESTON A CHARMING CHESHIRE VILLAGE

Elly & Chris had chosen Eccleston Village Hall as the venue for their wedding reception and this was a delightful and charming backdrop for what was a relaxed family centred wedding.  The Hall had been very tastefully decorated and there was a summer fate feeling to the wedding reception with guests and children enjoying the beautiful open green spaces round about the village hall. Elly & Chris were very obliging in allowing both myself and the Photographer Hayley to exploit the beautiful surroundings by getting some lovely shots of the couple down some country lanes bathed in that golden summer dusk light, again you can see some of those shots in their wedding video posted below.   A beautiful Cheshire Wedding and a beautiful day!

 

CHESHIRE WEDDING VIDEO: https://youtu.be/STOi-IZdFRw

Northwest Wedding Videographer talks to Ryan Williams

Wedding Videographer in the Northwest

As a Wedding Videographer based here in the Northwest I get to work with a lot of great Photographers. One who I interviewed recently- Ryan Williams from RW Wedding Photography

is a wedding photographer that I have had the privilege to work alongside and who I have booked a number of Weddings in with for 2019 and 2020, in fact Ryan and myself are working together on a wedding

in London next month. In the interview- which by the way you can watch via the link at the bottom of this page-  I speak with Ryan about his unique style and approach to wedding photography. He, like me takes a very

discreet approach to documenting a wedding in that he doesn’t like to intrude too much on the couple’s wedding day but prefers to capture much more natural and real shots. He is very keen to ensure that his couples feel very relaxed

in his presence and he really goes out of his way to make a Bride feel relaxed and almost unaware that he is there.

He talks about this in the interview.  He like me has a real passion for his craft and has worked extremely hard over the past few years to develop his craft and art.  Having gained an A Level in Photography at Southport College he then decided

to hone his skills further by enrolling at University for a Degree course which he gained, all the while he was gaining experience in the Wedding Photography Industry by doing gigs on the side while studying. After gaining his Degree and leaving

University he went on to grow his Business and within just 2 years he was Booking 58 weddings a year.

 

Ormskirk Wedding

I first met Ryan while Filming a wedding in Ormskirk for Jenna & Dan and we really got on well. We helped each other on the day and worked well as a team, the result being was that we got together a few weeks later and decided to come up with a Photography and Videography

package that we could offer couples getting married looking for a ‘one stop shop solution’ for both photography and videography. We not only wanted to simplify the process for couples by having a single booking for photo and video but also have a package price that would

mean a saving on what a couple ordinarily would pay to book a separate photographer and videographer. As a result we have now booked a number of weddings together for both 2019 and 2020 and the package idea seems to appeal to lots of couples.

 

Passion for Creating Stunning Images

What is obviously when you listen to Ryan is the passion he has for creating stunning Images. With there being so many photographers in the marketplace as there are videographers, particularly in the Northwest, to stand out your have to develop your own unique style.

Ryan has certainly done that and you can check out his work here: http://www.rwweddingphotography.co.uk

Ryan I see going places, he’s a young guy not long in the wedding photography industry and already making an impact.  If you are looking for a photographer that gives 110% then I can wholeheartedly recommend Ryan Williams. Check out the interview I did with him here:

 

This clip was from a Bartle Hall Wedding where the ceremony was outdoors.

Wedding Videographer Northwest

Northwest Wedding Videographer

I am proud to call myself a Northwest Wedding Videographer even through now I have been filming weddings going on for two years I am finding myself filming weddings all over the UK, London, Scotland and even abroad with my first

destination wedding booked for this June.  Still even though I am going further a field shooting wedding by far most of my enquiries and Bookings are coming from couples getting married here in the Northwest. In my last Blog about Northwest weddings

I mentioned some of the great wedding venues I have had the pleasure to film at and what my observations were as a wedding supplier working in these venues. I talked about Knowsley Hall in Prescot and just what an amazing venue that is!  In this Blog I would love to talk about another not quite as grand but equally charming wedding venue- Bartle Hall in Lea in the heart of Lancashire and the Northwest.

 

Bartle Hall Wedding

I have only filmed one wedding at Bartle Hall but since filming that wedding last year I have since booked another two wedding that are taking place at this lovely venue. One thing that stands out about Bartle Hall is the beautiful surroundings it’s set in nestled in the heart of the beautiful Lancashire countryside. The grounds are lovely and depending on when you are planning to get married they accommodate outdoor wedding on the grass in front a small dedicated wedding outbuilding. Hana and stuart got married there last summer and their wedding was a delight to film not just because the venue was so nice but also because the staff at Bartle Hall are so attentive and professional- they even ensured that myself, my assistant and the photographer were all fed well. In fact they ensured we got our meals well before the speeches which to be honest can often be a problem in that understandably the staff are busy attending to the wedding party and having then ensured they are al well fed and happy will then if they remember provide some food for the videographer and the photographer but often this happens just about the time they need to get set up for the speeches hence I rarely have the time to eat it hence these days I come prepared with my own pack lunch. Yet Bartle Hall had ensured we got fed not too long after the guests were served which ensured we could eat our meal and still be ready bin time for setting up for the speeches which was great! Hence I am now looking forward to filming two more wedding there this year.

Northwest Wedding Videography

The elements I looked to include in Hana and Stuarts Wedding film were, the beautiful surroundings for this Northwest Wedding namely the beautiful setting of Bartle Hall, the fun loving nature of the young couple getting married- Hana & Stuart. The beautiful building that is Bartle Hall with it’s tastefully decorated function room and the loving family that surrounded Hana and Stuart.  You can see if I manages to capture those things in their wedding film linked here:

 

https://youtu.be/jjKTnpGCrZA

 

Wedding Videographer in Liverpool

Liverpool an Iconic City

 

Last December I got the opportunity to Film a Wedding right in the heart of one of the UK’s most iconic City’s Liverpool.  The couple both from Liverpool had chosen to get married

right in the heart of City at the Hilton Hotel just opposite the Liverpool Docks.  They had also asked me if I could make sure to include in their wedding video some iconic landmarks of the City so that

their wedding video would have a distinct Liverpudlian flavour.  I must admit I love doing this sort of thing when filming a wedding because it really helps set the scene for where the wedding is taking place

and connects the couple to the City and the home that they love. It also helps with story telling too. For example Sam (the Groom) was a Big Everton Fan and Charlotte his fiancé had asked if I could find some image or nod to Everton Football club,

thankfully I found that while filming beside the Hilton Hotel I say a Banner with the words Live Life and the Everton Badge there next to it on the banner- result!  In fact when the trailer of their wedding video was shown to the

guests in the evening when that clip came on with the Everton badge there was a cheer went up in the audience!

 

Iconic Buildings and Landmarks in Liverpool

Liverpool is a City with a rich History and Culture and you can see that all around you. From the Liver Buildings with the distinct Liver Birds a top, to the Beatles museum and their statute on the dock all of which made it into Charlotte & Sam’s Wedding Video, which really made their wedding film A LIVERPOOL WEDDING VIDEO.  The Albert Dock area of Liverpool is full of reminders about Liverpool Ship Building past and heritage in fact the world most famous ship is linked with Liverpool as the White Star Line Offices were based there.

 

Liverpool Wedding Videographer

My approach to Wedding Videography is very much story based hence the reason I mentioned that I loved adding in Liverpool’s iconic landmarks in Charlotte and Sam’s Wedding Film- I love to tell a story with my wedding films and get those establishing shots of the place the couple have chosen to get married in- for Charlotte and Sam Liverpool was their home and they were proud Liverpudlians and I wanted that to come across in their wedding video. Have a look at their trailer I will post a link to it here and see if I had managed to achieve that aim.

 

https://youtu.be/kZQzzhiKLys

South West Scotland Wedding wedding Videographer

 

Dumfries Wedding Videographer – Julian Voigt

Last July I had the privilege of Filming a Wedding in beautiful South West Scotland on the Dalswinton Estate.  It was a gorgeous July summer’s day and it was hot! Ashley and Chris has booked me for their wedding

which was taking place in a small red tin Church which is part of the Dalswinton Estate. They had booked me for my Full Feature package which consists of a. 3-4 minute highlights trailer, a 20-25 minute feature film,  a full version of their Wedding Ceremony film

and the full version of their speeches film.  This Blog is all about how I film and edit a Wedding Ceremony.

 

The Ceremony

I film Wedding Ceremonies with 2 Cameras-  one is static on a Tripod usually at the back of either the Church or  Ceremony Room and the other is on a Monopod that I have with me up at the front or wherever I choose to move around. The reason for the 2 camera set up is that I like to have more than one camera angle to choose from in the edit, let me explain why. Often the main focus of the wedding ceremony as was this one in Dumfries is the Bride- usually the videography will focus his main camera on her after all she is the main even, the walk of the bride down the aisle is what everyone is looking forward to right?  However apart from the Bride upon whom are all eyes there is also the Groom- his reaction to his Bride is priceless and that is something the couple will definitely  want to see. This is where the second camera on a tripod at the back really comes in handy and makes the wedding video in that it is this camera that captures the Grooms reaction.  In this Wedding Film that I shot in South West Scotland last July you can see the Bride walking down the aisle but you’ll see in the wedding video that it cuts to the Grooms reaction to his Bride walking down the aisle. This is the main reason why 2 cameras are vital when filming wedding videos.  Apart from the Bride and the Grooms reaction the second camera also allows me to capture the guests arriving, the coupe together saying their vows which it’s nice to cut from the front camera to the back camera in the edit, again you will see this in wedding video I have posted below.

 

The Audio

Audio is vital in the Ceremony Video because it captures those all important vows of the couple and the better the quality of the audio the better the wedding film. In fact I use multiple audio sources- namely 2 during the ceremony.  I use a cavalier mic and transmitter clipped to the groom and also a separate very slim audio recorder placed in the Grooms top pocket this gives me audio from 2 devices to play with in the edit and ensure that I have the very best quality because nothing ruins a wedding video like poor audio.  We at Julian Voigt Wedding Films strive to make our wedding videos as cinematic as possible and this requires at least 2 cameras and 2 or more audio sources. We want all our wedding films to capture the very best of  the days events including the ceremony and the set up for wedding ceremonies as exemplified in this Dumfries Wedding Video shot by Julian Voigt Wedding Films is such an example- take a look…

 

Dumfries and South West Scotland Wedding Videographer

If you are getting married in South West Scotland and looking for a Wedding Videographer then please get in touch for a quote

 

Tel:  01772 437727

Mobile:  07516 783512

Email:  julianvoigt_23@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.julianvoigtweddingfilms.co.uk

 

Here’s the Wedding Ceremony Video

 

 

North West Wedding Videographer & Photographer

The value of a Memory

 

There is a saying that; ” Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory..”  This saying is so true!   How many special moments in our life do we wish we could get to re-live?  Myself and Ryan Williams a Photographer got together recently and we were talking about the value of what we do as a job in capturing people’s special moments in life.

 

The Cost of a Wedding and your priorities

When it comes to Weddings it’s true to say they are an expensive event, they say the average wedding costs around £30,000 and for a couple planning a wedding that is truly daunting no matter what your income!  I think expectations have no doubt changed over the years and couples ‘must haves’ on their wedding list have increased considerably.  I see this a lot as I film weddings for a living and I often think to myself would the couple’s wedding day have been any less special had they not opted for the chocolate fountain 😉

North West Wedding Videographer

One thing that becomes apparent as a Wedding Videographer based here in the North West of England is that having your wedding filmed is now becoming more desirable than it was say 10 years ago. That I believe is in part because Wedding Films in general have becomes more watchable-  what I mean by that is say 20 years ago a typical wedding video was about an hour long and consisted of mostly boring footage of guests walking about or people eating- not very inspiring!  Now with the advent of the Digital Revolution not only have cameras improved in helping capture Cinematic looking footage but also editing software has become more affordable and accessible enabling would be film makers to create truly professional looking videos.  So now the typical wedding film is around 20 minutes long but much more engaging to watch and much more movie like hence they appeal more to couples and have now come back into fashion.

 

Will this be your Biggest regret?

Having said all that I still hear the line that;  “Not having a wedding film was my biggest regret..”  Yes some couples allow their wedding budget to get swallowed up with so many things that by the time the budget is exhausted they no longer have enough funds in the pot to hire a wedding videographer and their Big Day comes and goes and they then echo the words above namely that they regret not having a wedding film.  Some things that are a high priority on the couples lists of ‘must haves’ are things like; The Dream Wedding Dress, The Flowers, that amazing cake-  and as important as those things are here’s the thing;  that dress is worn for one day, the cake gets eaten usually in one day, those flowers wilt after the wedding but the wedding film that they may have chosen to forgo could have been the very thing in helping them re-live their wedding day over and over again for years and years and hey maybe even be enjoyed by future children?  To me Videography and Photography are THE most important things to consider.  This is why myself and Ryan from RW Wedding Photography decided to get together and talk about the value of Photograph’s and Video for a couple planning to get married.  Some couples may decide to let a family friend who has a decent camera take their wedding photo’s and maybe get some video footage from someone’s smart phone but the question each and every couple should ask is; HOW do I want my Wedding day remembered?  Will some amateur photo’s really preserve those special moments? Will some Smart Phone video footage be something you will want to share with relatives and fiends that couldn’t make the wedding?

North West Wedding Photographer & Videographer Talk…

In comparison, the cost of having a professional Photographer and Videographer document your wedding is often less than the Dress & Cake put together and remember the Photographer will capture the Dress and the Cake creatively so that you can enjoy them forever!

Here is a 5 minute Video of Julian Voigt & Ryan Williams talking about the above:

 

 

If you are getting married in the North West, UK or abroad and looking for a Videographer & Photographer to document your

Wedding day the way you would like to remember it then please get in touch for a Quote.

 

http://www.rwweddingphotography.co.uk

LIVERPOOL WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

Liverpool Wedding Video

Back in April 2018 I was presented with a challenge- film a wedding in Liverpool on December 29th 2018 and edit the film on the same day and show it on a projector in the evening to all the 200+ guests at the wedding. Charlotte and Sam and contacted a number of wedding videographers in Liverpool but could not find any who wanted to accept this challenge. When Charlotte contacted me I must admit my initial reaction was the same, I was not keen at all!

 

The Challenge!

Why was I not keen on this idea? Well filming a wedding is a full on commitment that requires the videographer to be on his metal the whole day- a typical wedding day being around 12 hours in duration, so the idea of finding time during what is a very busy day to actually edit the wedding film trailer (4 minute film) is a BIG ASK! Especially when you consider that a typical wedding film trailer takes me about 4-5 hours to edit. My question was, where will I find 4 hours free during the day??

 

How I did it

What made this challenge possible was that Charlotte & Sam’s wedding ceremony wasn’t till 3pm and this is what made the whole challenge possible. What I did was, a few days before the wedding I went to Liverpool Albert Dock area and filmed what we call in the industry the  ‘establishing shots’  these are shots of the area and significant land marks and icons that would not only establish where this wedding was taking place in Liverpool City Centre but say something about the couple too. For example Charlotte had told me that Sam was a Big Everton Fan and in the wedding video you see a nod to that. Getting these shots ahead of the wedding day really helped because I was able to start the editing process before the wedding- choose some music and lay those clips in the timeline. In the morning I shot some Bride prep footage and by 11am was adding that footage to the timeline, so by the time I left where Charlotte was getting ready I had already about 2 minutes of their wedding film done!

After the ceremony myself and the photographer headed over to the Albert dock to get some couple shots and the light was perfect just turning dusk and so some nice bulb lights on the dock. After filming couple shots I headed back to the Hilton Hotel and got set up for the speeches. Once those had been filmed I then had about 2 hours till the screening was scheduled. Hence I edited like mad to get footage from their ceremony a few hours earlier into the timeline and lo and behold we had a 4 minute plus trailer done- yay!

I wanted to do a quick dummy run by connecting my laptop to the Hilton’s projector and audio system to ensure everything worked well and I am glad I did as I was struggling to get a full screen experience of the film with only part of the screen filled? When you are in a state of anxiety you often find that your brain doesn’t quite work correctly and I was struggling to figure out why this was the case. With some help from the staff and another videographer we thankfully quickly realised that it was my laptop settings that was causing the problem because I use a secondary monitor at home and hence the screen display is divided. Once we adjusted the settings we were in business and it was all systems go! Phew!

 

The Reaction…

There were about 200+ guests waiting outside chomping at the bit to get back into the room to watch this film. I wanted to capture Charlotte & Sam’s reaction to the wedding film hence had them stand in the middle of the dance floor facing the screen while I set up a camera to record their reaction. I will show that clip in my next blog 😉

The reaction of the couple and the guests was great, in fact Charlotte & Sam came and gave me a big hug and said that it was exactly what they were looking for! It had all been worth it! They very kindly gave me a lovely review on ‘Guide for Bride’s’ which you can read here:

“…We used Julian to film our wedding day. We had been really struggling to find a videographer who was able to produce a same day edit. He had never done one before but was happy to take on the challenge. Julian listened to everything we wanted, we had phones calls and email contanct before hand to make sure everything was in place before the big day. We can whole heartily say that Julian went above and beyond to make sure we had a trailer clip ready to play our evening guests. He even had time to help my dad play some clips and pictures during his speech. The end result surpassed all our expectations with the majority of our guests commenting on how breath taking the clip was and they were astonished he put it together in such a short space of time. We would highly reccomend Julian to any one who would like a really personable and professional videographer to film their special day.

Amy Faith the photographer on the day was great and we worked well together as a team. Her pictures are superb and you can see them here: https://amyfaithphotography.com

If you are looking for a Wedding Videographer in Liverpool then get in touch for a quote:

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