How to make your wedding look like it does in the movies!

More and more people are interested in getting video for their wedding day. Photography is usually the first choice when it comes to preserving your wedding day for ever. Pictures are wonderful. You can’t frame a video and hang it on a wall, right? But, life is not only still images and staged family portraits. It’s you, the person you’re getting married to today and your family and friends enjoying the most beautiful day of your life, right there, moment by moment. You’ll get to see your future wife or husband getting ready. Maybe they were little nervous. Maybe they said something super sweet to their mom or dad. The video will capture the wedding day, with more than you realized there was to it.

When looking for your wedding videographer, you probably watched some BEAUTIFUL wedding videos. Like, Martha Stewart Weddings kind of perfection. You want that for yourself. We’ll let you in on some of our tricks how to make that happen:



1.  Amazing color

Probably the most important thing when it comes to a professional looking video is the color. Have you ever watched a video and thought: “Wow, this film looks so pretty!” The light and colors just charmed you. There is a whole science to making the color look right. We can bring out the beautiful colors of your bouquet and flower decorations, or enhance the blue of the sky, while keeping things looking natural (color grading makes skin look really pretty!). 




2. Camera movement

Camera movement makes the video look so much more alive! Some videographers tend to film only static shots – put the camera on a tripod, and let it film whatever happens in front of it. But, just like with photographs, that’s not how we experience and see life. We look around, we walk, skip and dance through life – and especially on a wedding day! We at River Story Weddings like to make our videos so they resemble the real thing – life, and more.


3. Sound

Can you hear what is your uncle saying in his toast? Making video is more technical than it might seem. A good videographer stays on top of his camera, or two, and a whole set of audio equipment. You want to make sure you hear the ceremony, vows and speeches, but maybe not so much of plates and glasses being cleared off the tables. A great soundtrack to a wedding has multiple levels of sound - the birds chirping, the music flowing, or your vows during the wedding ceremony. It is a mastery (and lot of fun!) layering and balancing all these sounds together, so they create a pleasant harmony of sounds.


4. Editing

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Video editing is the unseen art. It’s what happens with the footage after your big day is over. Hours-long raw footage is masterfully transformed into a fairy-tale wedding film you’ve always dreamt of. A great video keeps you hooked to the very end. It has flawless cuts and sound.




Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. So, when the big day finally arrives, remember to enjoy it to it’s fullest. You’ve been planning this day to it’s perfection probably for months by now (and some of us have been secretly planning it our whole life in their heads, psst!). Now, your wedding day is here. Forget all the planning, organizing and making sure everything is taken care of. Everything IS taken care of. You have fun. And, when you get a chance, and get couple seconds to stop – do stop – and look up to the sky and savor the moment. The sweet smells of flowers and delicious foods, the warmth of sun on your face, laughter of people who love you so much, and they are all here with you on the most wonderful day of your life. Remember the color of the sky on your wedding day. Take it all in.


The day’s going to go by faster than you can imagine. But don’t worry. All this is going to be recorded and mastered into a perfection of a wedding film. Whenever you sit down to watch it, you’ll be right there in that moment: taking a sweet, deep breath, surrounded by all the wedding happiness, looking up to the blue sky. Countless times, for as long as you live – whenever you press ‘play’.

This is the magic of a wedding video.