For most of the weddings I shoot, the couples want a highlight video of the day plus an edited together version of the ceremony and extended highlights from the reception (like the entire first dances, all the toasts, etc.).
But for couples who might want to cut a few costs on what can be an expensive day, I do offer cheaper options.
In the case of Catherine and Ella Corbett, they decided to forgo the highlight video and just take extended cuts of the ceremony and reception. I didn't shoot much less video than I normally would, but it made for a much quicker editing process.
I actually got the recommendation to shoot this wedding from their friend Tracy Hollister, whose wedding I'd shot the previous year.
This was a relatively easy wedding to shoot. For the ceremony, I carried a Canon 5D Mark III on a monopod, had a Canon 70D off to one side on a tripod, another camera up top on a tripod (that angle was a life-saver) and a GoPro Session near the altar that I didn't use much.
It was the first time I used an external monitor with my camera (a Lilliput A7s), and that really helped me keep everything in sharper focus, so I'll never shoot a wedding without that again. But it's also the last wedding ceremony I will shoot without a 70-200 zoom lens. I just couldn't get as tight as I would like, but fortunately my new Sony gear will solve that issue.
The ceremony was held at Pullen Memorial Baptist in Raleigh and the reception was held at the same place my wife and I had our reception: Caffe Luna!
Yes, it can get a little dark in the restaurant, and dealing with the low-light was one of the main reasons I made the switch to the Sony camera.
On a happy note, this time I actually got to eat a little of the Caffe Luna buffet that I barely got a chance to enjoy on my own wedding day!
Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Raleigh, NC. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.