Hein Wagner & Melindi Kearney's wedding, which took place at the Sea Trader up the West Coast was exceptional. It was so special in many ways... For me it was the first time I was asked to film a wedding for someone who has never been able to see.
Hein has been blind from birth, but this does not stop him, as amongst many of his crazy achievements he holds the record for the fastest blind person on earth, clocking 323km's per hour in a car!
Hein's appreciation of beautiful things and the way he does everyday things is amazing. The way he reads the time, the way he ties his shoelaces, the way he "looked" over his wife after she walked down the isle, the way he studied the old bridal car, the way he signed the register, the way he knows who is around him, the way he teases himself... just being around this special couple for the day was extremely inspiring.
I shot this wedding on my brand new Canon 7D. Yes it is predominantly a stills camera, but it also happens to shoot video.
Thanks to Sybrand Cillié of ProPhotography who has spent many hours helping me with this transition, and for all those beautiful lenses!
I decided to included a lot more audio in this video particularly for Hein, so he too can hopefully watch this and relive the moment. I think the ministers words were very beautiful and worked well as a kind of voice-over.
I must admit I was a bit like a fish out of water on this shoot, as it is very unfamiliar territory, and these cameras are not really designed to do this kind of thing, but I think I got some beautiful footage... you decide, and your comments are welcome.
This was filmed and edited by Mark Chipps of Goosebump Productions. http://www.goosebump.co.za