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things about my wedding day that I wouldn’t change AT ALL…. I wouldn’t even touch them!  It was perfect… the beginning, the middle, the end.. I loved it ALL. 10.10.10 was undoubtably the best day of our life!  It’s really kinda unexplainable how awesome it was!  I remember such VIVID moments about that day. Like lining up with our bridal party before our big entrance into the reception! People were EVERYWHERE, the candy bar was already half eaten, guests were in my mom’s sunroom waving at us before we walked through the flower covered arbor and everyone was trying to take pictures of their own to capture the moment.

Then there were moments with my bridesmaids that I will never forget. We squealed when my  dress went on and teared up when daddy walked in to see me.  I remember sitting in the parlor right before the ceremony and hearing the 400 guests chattering on the other side of the door while piano music played in the background. I remember smiling at Daddy and squeezing his arm as we waited on the back porch of the church before walking down the aisle. Gosh there are so many moments that I wish I could just re-watch over and over!  It was such a beautiful, happy day…. so full of Joy!!! And this brings me to my point for this Wedding Wednesday…. VIDEO is VALUABLE.  As a photographer, I almost feel bad about promoting videography because so many brides decide to invest in one or the other…. and obviously I want them to invest in PHOTOGRAPHY! …. However, as a BRIDE…. I want to inform other brides about the one regret of my wedding day.


We were over budget…. I bought a few too many birdcages and the floral budget was more than expected… so we decided that videography could be cut.  I was going to have a fabulous photographer so why did I need VIDEO TOO?! Well, friends, images are BEAUTIFUL… and they allow you to relive moments of your day… but VIDEO makes your memories come to LIFE!  I asked a close friend to take video clips of our wedding day and I’m SO thankful for all that she did! Those quick shots are PRICELESS and I find myself re-watching them and studying them just to try to remember more about that glorious day!!! It’s really pathetic! …. But I just love it.  It took me a YEAR to get those random clips together and while I love our homemade wedding video… I couldn’t help but wonder….. WHY DIDN’T I HIRE JOSH GOODEN?!!!  I want to KICK MYSELF every time! Why didn’t I just take that money out of savings and WAIT on the new car or the Pottery Barn desk in my office?!  WHY KATELYN? WHY?!  If you’re new to the industry, let me introduce you to this modern style of cinematography that makes wedding days look like featured films! I cry at them all! And I don’t even know these people!!


So here’s the bottom line, I think videography can be such an AMAZING part of your wedding day!  I realize it’s ANOTHER expense… but if I had to do over again, I would have cut out a few hydrangeas and birdcages and hired  a videographer to capture our day!  For me personally, I LOVE this style… check out these amazing artists! (ps. some of these are totally NOT in my price range…. but I LOVE watching their work!! Enjoy! )








xoxo, Katelyn
12 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. ashley barnett reply

    Awww Katelyn this totally makes me smile today :) And I agree with you 100%!! I cannot begin to express how much having our wedding video from Stillmotion means to us…and you can bet one of the first things we booked for our “big” wedding was Josh!! :)

  2. molly reply

    ah i totally know what you mean – we don’t have our video our friend back yet – but i wish i could have splurged on a videographer too (or at least built one into the budget) – but i’m the same with you – i wouldn’t take back a THING about our wedding day – and having you shoot our wedding was BY FAR the best decision ever (other than of course getting married!!) :)

  3. Rae Barnes reply

    YES! I am glad to hear another photographer say this! We spent all we could on photography and flowers, and that was my priority for the day. I gave $50 to a friend to pay for new tapes (which he forgot to buy), and only about 15% of what he tried to capture actually came out, the rest of it was damaged or had a flower arrangement blocking half the scene. Seven years later, there are so many things I knew I would never forget about our day, and I have. Photography is your daily reminder of your wedding (via the walls), but videography can make you actually relive moments in motion and sound!

  4. Josh Gooden reply

    Aw thank you so much for sharing this Katelyn!! Its definitely so important to have both photo & cinema. I think my favorite part of our films, is that you get to hear your friends and family in that moment. You get to hear the story in their words. :] Also, you need a rockstar photographer aka Katelyn James that works with videographers instead of against them, so we both can create awesome products for our clients.

  5. Jamie reply

    I’m in the same boat…we let a friend video tape and we saw more lawn at times then people! I wished we made room for cinema!

  6. Sara {Then Comes Life} reply

    I could not agree with you more! We almost didn’t hire a cinematographer for the same reasons… everything you listed. But then I came across films done well (like the ones you posted today) and my mind was changed forever. Now, 2 years later, I tell everyone that it was by far the best decision we made for our wedding day. We hired Fiore Films and they were worth more than “every penny” – what they gave us was priceless. The way the moments are captured help you relive the day in a way photos can’t recreate. We even have video of Dave and Sara (from your DC engagement post) dancing on the dance floor!!

  7. Samantha June reply

    I completely agree! My wedding was a little over a year ago and I have ZERO video of any of it. At the time I simply didn’t think it was necessary. Thankfully we had amazing photographers and their pictures were beautiful, but if given a chance to go back I would not hesitate to have a video made! That is the one and only thing I would change about my wedding day!

  8. Wes reply

    These folks are the best:

  9. Elizabeth reply

    And Illuxa Studios! OH MY WORD!!! Can’t believe we have the footage we have from our wedding day.

    sooo fantastic. can’t reccomend them enough!

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  12. Justin Gibby reply

    Thanks for being open with your thoughts about Videography. I’m sorry to here about any regrets. It saddens me when a wedding goes by without video, especially now when Virginia has so many talented Wedding Videographers.

    Best wishes!

    -Justin (Videographer)

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