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Videography: Do or Don’t?

April 13th, 2011 by     

This past weekend, Olive Dude and I happily decided that we would use Erin from Erin J. Photography to photograph our wedding. I loved her work the second I saw it, and, even though I feel like I looked at hundreds of photographers both around my area AND as far away as New York, my gut kept telling me that she was it. So – photographer – check that baby off the list.

In looking at photographers, I started wondering about videography. Initially, Olive Dude and I nixed the idea due to budget restrictions. However, I have heard from some married friends who did not get a videographer wish that they did. (That whole hindsight being 20/20 thing will really get you every time.)

Last night, while shamlessly watching The Real Housewives of Orange County, I found myself torn. This episode was about a surprise 40th vow renewal that Gretchen, one of the housewives, had planned for her parents. She took them to the church that they got married in, and they sat in the pew and watched their wedding video.

Gretchen’s mom (the bride) had a great reaction. Her first sentence was, “Oh my God – is this our wedding video?” (Meaning they clearly had not watched it in YEARS), but then she burst into tears and said happily “Oh my God. Look at us.” To which her husband of 40 years replied, “Who are those people?!” with a smile.

This particular video was the reason I HAD to go see our venue, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. I cry every time I watch it.

Kristan and Bryan from Monachetti on Vimeo.

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