Song licenced via themusicbed.com
This is the trailer for the wedding of lana and raphael which took place at the breathtaking Syon Park in London. The civil ceremony took place in Syon House with the reception in the great conservatory. A glass building is a photographer and videographers dream and this has to be one of my all-time favorite venues to work in. Our jaws were dropping through every stage of the day.
As if the venue wasn’t beautiful enough, cherry blossom trees were added in to line the ceremony room and to act as the basis of the table plan at the reception.
Lana and Raphael also laid on some incredible entertainment; an awesome indie-rock band, an original mini converted into a photo booth (and still road legal!), an amazing magician that despite being shot from every angle is still unfathomable. It was very British wedding but with some subtle Lebanese and German touches. It was lovely to hear the personal vows that Lana and Raphael had written for each other and also witness one of the best first dance routines i’ve seen for a while (notice the dress change!).
This trailer has a long build up to the crescendo and Ive adopted a “less is more” approach as with most of our trailers, trying not to divert focus away from the story of the couple.
It took me a long time to find the perfect song for this particular trailer and I believe I’ve also beaten all the cool American TV shows in licencing this little gem for commercial use. The title, “this ain’t how we planned it” didn’t immediately jump out as being appropriate for a wedding, but the more i thought about it, the more I realised just how incredibly apt it is. First and as is the essence of the trailer, love comes from the most unexpected places at times we are least expecting it. Second and as married man, I fully appreciate the just how much planning and preparation goes into a wedding day. But for all the planning we do and even if we perfectly execute it, there are some things we simply cannot plan for; our reaction to seeing your bride walking down the isle at her most radiant, speaking the vows to last a lifetime, entering a room to all your friends and family cheering you. You cannot plan, anticiapte or even imagine how you will feel or react. And that’s what makes a wedding so utterly special.
Lana wanted the “look” of her wedding film to be like “Midnight in Paris” which I would describe is very warm with heavy saturation in the greens and magenta’s and a heavy film grain. I tried to stick to that brief with the trailer.
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