That Viva Style! How We Edit Our Wedding Videos // Wedding Video Editing

When I first start the wedding video editing process the actual day is already over: the vows said, the celebrations finished and the party most certainly had. Yet one of the main reasons for having a wedding video is to keep the day alive in some way: to give the ability to see yourself walk down the aisle, to hear your vows again or to watch your loved ones party the night away in your honour over and over again.

To invite us at Viva La Wedding into your most inner circle and to put your faith and trust in us to produce a video that will forever put a smile on your face is both a great privilege and responsibility. As the wedding video editor I see my role as carrying on the work and care already put in by you in acknowledging the style and detail of the day you’ve created and enjoyed, and mixing this with our own unique wedding video editing style to create a video that perfectly reflects you and your big day.

One of the best aspects of being a wedding editor is that the wedding day always has a natural story-telling element to it. As I first watch the footage and listen to the couple and their family and friends, the story of the couple and their day naturally emerges. My job is to take these emerging story elements and present them in a way that will make you laugh, cry and want to dance like you were there all over again. No small task then!

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(Me at work editing a wedding video)

Whether you’re thinking of getting a wedding video made, or you have received your wedding video from us and are curious as to the making-of process, here is a little run down of our wedding video editing process here at Viva La Wedding.

The first thing I do is review what I consider to be the main story-telling cornerstones of your wedding day: the ceremony, the speeches and any interviews and guest messages. I find the key elements of the story are usually there already: the anticipation in getting ready, the joy of the ceremony, the fun of the reception, and sometimes a grimace from the groom and the best man reveals some long-forgotten jape!

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(You can watch Anna and Ryan’s Wedding Highlights)

These moments allow me to hear about you from yourselves and the people dearest to you. If you’ve already seen some of our wedding videos you’ll no doubt know that we like to use these moments to drive your story. Stories about how you first met, how one of you proposed, part of the father of the bride’s speech, or a video message from one of your closest friends. These are the moments I really enjoy listening to, editing and using to build a story of you both, as well as your families and your friends from your wedding day.

Like any portrait of people or a moment, a wedding day also has a natural dynamism. Many times in the preparations before the ceremony I hear one of the couple say impatiently that they just can’t wait for the ceremony to happen, whilst conversely I hear them later say that the day is flying by and they wish that they could slow everything down! Well, as an editor dynamics are pivotal to what I do. A useful dynamic device is to mix the couple’s music choices with some carefully selected cinematic music of my own, varying the tone and pace of the music to match the moments I want to portray. This is another aspect of our wedding video editing that makes our wedding films unique, tailor made to you and your musical taste.

Before I start editing I look at the forms and notes we have from the couple from our pre-wedding meeting. Here we ask all our couples to tell us a little bit about their musical and cinematic tastes: their favourite music acts, favourite films and a selection of songs they’d like us to use in their wedding video. Whether you’re a pop fan, a metal head, or a vintage singer-songwriter fan, let us know what makes you move and I can use this to create a video uniquely for you. And don’t worry about picking music that you think should go in a wedding video, instead try to pick whatever music means the most to you both! I do love a challenge of sometimes editing part of the wedding video to a song not usually associated with weddings can be great fun and have a surprisingly good effect (editing to Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls springs to mind!).

Once I’ve woven a storyline into your video and chosen the shots and moments that really bring the day to life I then start the audio mixing and colour grading process. This is a mixture of technical and creative know-how with the aim of making your video look and sound as great as possible. We use professional editing and grading software and take great care to colour grade all of our footage which I think helps give our films a real cinematic quality. Our videographers do a great job in getting a real mixture of dynamic footage and I always have a brilliant choice of shots. They really make you shine with arty low-depth of field shots, roaming steadicam, high-rising crane shots and effortlessly smooth slow-motion shots that all help let me add a real variety and texture to the wedding videos.

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(You can watch Kokil and Neil’s Wedding Video Highlights)

To be honest it is a strange feeling once I’ve finished wedding video editing process: I’ve listened to how they met and how they proposed; I’ve witnessed them say their vows to each other (often involving at least one of them being reduced to tears); I’ve seen them dance in reckless abandon with their friends and family; and I’ve often heard some strange stories regarding the groom from the best man’s speech! Yet for me the ending of the wedding video process for me isn’t the video rendering, disc-burning or posting them out.

It’s always a few weeks after all this – when I’m probably in the middle of editing a new wedding video and learning about a new story emerge – when we receive our customer feedback forms. It’s always a great pleasure to read these and hear what the couple thought of their video and realise that all the time spent watching, selecting and editing their footage has been completely worth it.

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Anna & Ryan: Manchester Wedding Photographer at Great John Street Hotel

Anna and Ryan are such an adorable couple and we were delighted to be chosen as their Manchester wedding photographer and videographer! They wanted a very relaxed, candid style of wedding coverage and we were able to offer them a wraparound photography and videography service, with our team working unobtrusively to capture all the beauty, fun and emotion of their big day.

Childhood sweethearts since their schooldays, Anna and Ryan were always going to have a very special wedding day. Anna’s family were keen to mark the occasion with special touches, decorating the steps to the couple’s Didsbury apartment with a gorgeous display of flowers. Their ceremony at the beautiful St James’s church in Didsbury was a very moving celebration of their love and the twelve years they had already spent together.

Anna’s mum Jill contacted us a couple of months before the wedding day with a special request. She’d had the family videos from Anna’s childhood put onto DVD and wondered if we could edit a montage of clips of Anna along with photos of the family and Anna and Ryan, set to one of the couple’s favourite songs “Could you be the one?” by The Stereophonics. We were more than happy to offer this service, and the resulting video was a huge hit at the reception. It was a lovely trip down memory lane, and a few tears were shed to see this vibrant, funny little girl and the amazing woman she had become.

Manchester’s Great John Street Hotel was a fabulous reception venue and the perfect fit for this cool, urban couple. The space was ideal for a relaxed summer wedding, with an elegant interior and the rooftop lounge providing a wonderful outdoor space with a fantastic view of the city.

The speeches were lovely, genuine and heartfelt and the evening festivities were a blast with the guests keen to hit the dancefloor and party the night away. Anna and Ryan and their families were a joy to work with and we wish them every happiness! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Woods!

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Real Princesses: A styled wedding shoot

Wedding Styled shoot: Real Princesses

Have you ever searched for wedding dresses on Google images? If you do, you will find scores of gorgeous gowns and all of them, pretty much every single one, will be modelled by a white woman.

I’ve always found this a bit strange. At Viva la Wedding our portfolio is very eclectic, but when we look around us in the wedding industry it’s difficult to find much representation of people of colour.

This is something that bothered Nova Reid, when as a black bride-to-be she began planning her own wedding.

“It reminded me of some of the insecurities and battles with race and identity I encountered as a child and teenager. I felt like I could never be a princess as I could not identify with the images constantly proffered at me via media.”

Nova was so incensed by the lack of representation that she started her own bridal blog, Nu Bride to add a splash of diversity to the wedding industry. Several years on she has received two prestigious awards and her readership is growing daily.

Nova’s work has inspired me many times, but when she wrote about feeling excluded from the world of princesses it gave me an idea. Princesses are the ultimate beauty icon, as any three year-old girl can tell you, yet they are so often depicted as being white. I thought it would be empowering to subvert that and show beautiful princesses of different ethnicities. My plan was to create a series of bridal shoots with women of colour styled as fairytale princesses, photographing them on location in stunning wedding venues and capturing iconic moments from each fairytale.

When I suggested this to Nova, she was instantly hooked! “You do realise this is an epic project?” she said. “Have you ever organised a styled shoot before?”

I had not, but I wasn’t going to let a small thing like that hold me back!

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Watch our making-off film to find out more about Real Princesses!

From the start I was determined to feature non-models, and the concept of “Real Princesses” was born. I wanted to prove a point. If I could call upon four friends and acquaintances of different looks and ethnicities and ask them to participate in a shoot, then the bridal industry could try a bit harder to include women of colour.


Best of 2015 – Manchester Wedding Videographer

It always comes around so fast but we’ve finally put together our ‘best of’ for 2015. It was an incredible year and we were lucky to be a part of twenty-seven weddings from a huge variety of cultures and religious traditions. We are Manchester wedding videographer and we were in the stunning Swedish archipelago, breath-taking French chateaux or rustic British venues, we enjoyed every minute!

We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our couples for allowing us to film and photograph their special days. We met some amazing people this year and made some unforgettable memories! If 2016 is half the year that 2015 was, then we’re in for a treat! Please take a look at our best of photos and wedding videography!

Thank you, The Viva team!

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Sara & Lyn – Civil Partnership

Here’s one from our archive, a gorgeous civil partnership from 2010. Lyn and Sara’s day was all about their fantastic sense of fun. After a heartfelt ceremony, Guille had a great time filming the couple larking about on The Wirral’s sweeping sands. We adored their monochrome styling from their fabulous footwear and glasses to Sara’s gorgeous lace dress and fascinator. It was such a pleasure to be part of their big day. Sara tells us they converted their civil partnership to marriage last year. Congratulations to the Bailey girls!