Denise Chelini

Cinematic Summer Wedding

At the persistent request (and flattery) of a work colleague, I stepped off into the realm of wedding videography.

My “client” had everything together for their big day – except for a wedding videographer.  He had wanted to hire some one who can veer away from the super-standard wedding video style, but none of the locals cut it.

With zero wedding experience, and a month from my own wedding, I was reluctant to take on the job.
However, I’m no spring chicken with filming live events, so I decided to take it on as a new challenge.

I was able to work within their budget by combining what equipment I had with rentals and creating a minimal gear pack with all the necessities:

(1x) Sony NEX VG 20 and (1x) VG 30
(2x) 200mm e-mount lens (standard for the Sony NEX series)
(1x) 24mm lens with f/1.8 (filming for mood lighting)
(1x) 18mm wide angle lens
(2x) Glidecam stabilizers
(2x) Lightweight tripods
(2x) High-speed 14-hour SD cards
(1x) Tascam DR-40
Extra batteries and battery packs
Every possible style of audio cable


I hadn’t worked with any other wedding videographers, or knew of any, but I did enlist the help of seasoned wedding photographer Baelee Heitzler from Red & Rose Photography.

Did research ahead of time on the venue for any filming obstacles, like poor lighting and giant pillars, and learned to work around those. We split up the duties following the itinerary, tag-teamed between the bride and groom, swapped lenses and places on the fly, needless to say we remained on our toes the whole time.  She absolutely rocked that 12-hour day.

In post, I had edited to the music from their ceremony and the kickoff song from the band they hired. I kept the cinematic, non-linear style in mind while telling a short story of commitment and celebration of two charming kids.

And it was everything they hoped for in a wedding video.


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