Do Brides Watch Their Wedding Films?

When I meet with brides who are wanting to inquire about a wedding film, one of the most common comments I hear is “I don’t think I would ever watch the wedding video more then once or twice.  Why would I want to spend the money on a video that I’m only going to watch once?”  In all honesty, I thought the same thing more then 25 years ago when I first got married.  I thought who in the world would want to have their wedding day on video or film.  I thought like most others, that photos would be more then enough.  That was 25 years ago.  So what changed for me?

At the wedding of my first wife, we had a photographer who was a “friend or a friend”.  I never met him or talked to him before the wedding.  He took a lot of photos that day and was a very nice guy from what I can remember of him from 25 years ago.  After the wedding, we never heard from him or saw him again.  The only photos from that day was the ones taken by family members and they were not very good.  But, an uncle of my then wife set up a video camera and videoed our wedding.  I didn’t like the idea at the time, but it is now one of my most treasured items from my first wife.  You see, my first wife died 3 years ago.

One of the many reasons why I love what I do, capturing weddings of couples every weekend, so that they can have something they can go back and look at over time.  But in reality, how often to they really watch their wedding film if ever?   I can’t really tell you that they watch it “X” number of times each year.  That would be easy.   I can tell you that most will watch it again on the wedding anniversary each year.  It’s a great way to feel like you’ve gotten married all over again each year.

That’s not always the case.  Every now and then I get a message from a former bride and groom who tell me that they just watched their wedding and how much they enjoyed doing so again.  Today was one of those out of the box cases.  One of those times when I hear from a former bride and it makes me feel good about what I do and the gift I give to each couple.

 

Kristy Royer was a bride of mine back in August of 2015.  Shortly after her wedding, she and her groom moved to SC for his job.  This morning she posted on her Facebook page about watching her wedding film last night, here is the post:

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In several comments she talks about the toast a bridesmaid did, how funny it was and how special it was for her.   She had a great day at work and was sore from a workout she had that day, but this is what made her day even better.  She just decided to sit down and watch her wedding film all over again.  I asked her why, she told me she does so several times a year, just to laugh and feel good about her relationship and to remember what an amazing and beautiful day she had.

 

Do you want to remember what a beautiful and amazing wedding day you had?  Don’t you want to see your wedding as your guest saw it?  Be that fly on the wall as you see all your planning and work unfold into your dream wedding day?  Of course you do.  Midnight Magic Studios can capture your day with full motion and sound.  Here is a trailer for Kristy’s wedding day.  Contact us today to schedule your wedding day.

 

 

A Brief History

Want to learn about the beginnings of Midnight Magic Studios? How it all started? Here is a brief history.

I’m one of those people who can say “I’ve had a camera in my hand all my life.”  The big difference is most of the times my camera was a video camera or an old 8mm film camera.   I fell in love with movies and television very early in life.  My parents got me my own television when I was 11 years old.  Now, you have to think, that was back in 1975 when most homes had only one TV in the entire hours.  To be 11 years old and a TV in my room, well I was the king of the hill with my friends.

My high school had a video production program in house and I was like a kid in a candy store with it.  I wanted to learn everything I could, every detail, every aspect of video production from running camera to editing and everything in between.  I was always carrying a camera around with me.  I was always looking at things not just for the beauty of it, but how can I translate what I see to video so that my viewer can see what I see and feel what I feel.

Flash forward to 1999.  I’m married and have a beautiful little girl.  My wife’s cousin was getting married and we were sitting around trying to figure out what to get her for a wedding gift.  My wife suggested that I video her wedding.  “WHAT!?!?  Who in the world would want to have a video of their wedding!” was my response.  I couldn’t picture why someone would want to have that when you have someone taking pictures all day long.  But, my wife at the time was a very prescient person and before the day was over, I was set to make a wedding video for her cousin.

I worked really hard to capture the day, trying to get everything I could.  I mean this was a wedding and in my mind there were no do overs or re-shoots.  Now, granted, I didn’t have the best of equipment to work with, just some old camcorders and no microphone system to speak of so it was pretty much one shot, very little sound and very shaky.  I strung three VCR’s (ask your parents if you don’t know what a VCR is.  It’s a lot like a DVR only you had to have a tape cassette for it to work.) together to edit it all together.  No computer editing to speak of.  At the end, for what I had to work with, it wasn’t too bad.  In fact, I had fun doing it. I kinda of enjoyed what I was doing and I learned a lot along the way.

Two years later, I get a phone call out of the blue from a young lady saying she had seen the video I shot for my cousin in law and she really liked it.  I didn’t know this person but I thanked her.  She then asked if I could do something like that for her wedding.  I told her it was just for my cousin and not something I did on a regular basis.  She then said “I’ll pay you for  your time if that’s ok.  Would $500 be ok?”.  My next statement to her was “When is your wedding?”.

I found out that I could do something I really liked and have fun along the way, plus I get paid to do it.  HOW COOL!!!!   In fact, the next day at work (I was working at Jewelry Television at the time) a co worker and I were joking around about doing wedding videos for a business.  When I got home that night, I talked to my wife about it and we started brainstorming the idea.  I did some research on the area, asked a lot of questions of former brides about what they liked and disliked about their weddings, if they had a video, or if they didn’t, why they chose not to have one.  I took weeks of time to research every aspect of this business. Everything right down to the type of tapes to use and what shoes I should wear.  I’m a very detailed person.

So, in May of 2001 I started a small video business.  If you want to call it a business at that point.  It was just me and a web site, a very crude web site, but one non the less.  I did a wedding show that August and started booking weddings.

My first full year of working weddings I did 3 weddings.  Last year I shot over 37 weddings and it continues to grow.  I have much better equipment, I have learned and strengthen my skills as a cinematographer and have found that I love weddings.  I love working with people, sharing their special day with them and watching them grow not only as people but as families.  This May will begin my 17th year as a wedding cinematographer in the Knoxville area.  I truly love what I do and I say this a lot.  I have the best job in the world and can’t see myself doing anything else.

Now you know a little bit of the backstory about Midnight Magic Studios, but the one question I get all the time is where did the name come from?  That is for another blog.