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Alissa and John's Wedding Highlight Film by vantage point films
I was on the fence when it came to wedding video; my factors included how many people do I need capturing a wedding with less than 100 guests and is it really necessary. I think many couples find themselves in the same predicament, maybe they have different reasons that they are holding back. Read on and find out what I now know.
If we did video, I knew the man for the job, Thomas Morlock of vantage point films would capture the day. I only worked with Tom one time in 2008 (sad); that one day he left such a huge impression on me. There was a moment in the ceremony where I vividly remember him turning around to make sure that he wasn't in my camera frame, he was not even close. It reminded me of the working relationship and bond that I had with my mother when we photographed weddings together; we worked as a team and spoke without saying a word. Tom's a team player. I later realized how talented he is; I simply love his creativity and would someday like the opportunity to work together with him again.
As Oprah says, this is what I know for sure...1. On our wedding day, no one even realized that we had videographers there; guests are there to have a good time with friends and family, anything else is a blip on the radar. 2. People love to say that the day goes by so fast, which could also be translated into you're not going to remember much of anything.
I'm so happy I said yes to the video (and to my husband John!); now we both can remember. John said after first watching our highlights, "This isn't even a wedding video, it is a film. It's a movie!" We are so lucky to have these moments to watch by a push of a button. Thank you Tom!
New addition to the video blog entry: My mom recently wrote Tom a thank you note for doing such an amazing job on the wedding video. I had to share. The written word is her best form of expression; tears of happiness may show you how she feels, but to really understand her is to read her writing.
Dear Thomas, In the hotel room the morning of Alissa's wedding I wondered why you were taking pictures. SURPRISE NUMBER ONE...you weren't. You WERE film-ing.
From 5th grade when Alissa carried my bags till she was 24 and the main photographer for Photography by Mary & Alissa Dinneen, we planned her wedding day. The dreams were perfect. SURPRISE NUMBER TWO...reality isn't. You WERE film-ing.
The final months before The Day brought relentless winter storms and challenges. February 12, 2011 was clear. John and Alissa's wedding was a blur, a silent movie in my mind. I watched as the slides flickered. SURPRISE NUMBER THREE...The camera of my mind was out of focus. You WERE film-ing.
My only memory of you is in that hotel room. I saw another man at the reception. He must have been with you. Time passed. Life marched on. I forgot you were ever at the wedding and your name. SURPRISE NUMBER FOUR...the morning of June 9, 2011 Alissa sent me your Video Highlight of their wedding. You WERE film-ing.
Like the force of the violent storm and rain that struck last night, emotions pelted through me as I watched the dreams that were a blur unfold. I am so overwhelmed by the force of what you created in that highlight. SURPRISE NUMBER SIX...Thomas Morlock captured the heart and soul of the wedding and the future's promise for our families. You WERE film-ing.
I am lost for words to express the magnitude of the effect the video has had on me. I spent twenty five years doing wedding photography for others, treating each one like my own. It is so different being on the other side of the lens and Alissa being the bride. SURPRISE NUMBER SEVEN... LUCKY SEVEN. You WERE film-ing.
With deep gratitude and respect I thank you, Thomas, for the visual of JOY that unfolded dreams and plans of a lifetime for Alissa's wedding day. "Images the Heart Remembers" (my logo) to cherish the rest of our lives. Appreciate-ing, Mary Dinneen Mother of the Bride