My understanding of love comes from years of my family saying "I love you", one long term relationship, and a few random acts of love here and there. I have to say, I got a pretty good dose of love in my day.
For quite some time I have had the pleasure of filming and editing weddings together. Some of them were for good friends of mine. I enjoy being the go-to videographer for my friends weddings. I enjoy the fact that I don't have to be standing around awkwardly looking for someone to talk to. You bet I partake in the dancing though.
What have I learned from filming a few of these weddings? That love is alive.
Yes, it is alive and working wonders. It is intertwined with the fibers of wedding dresses and sprinkled in the bright lights on the dance floor. Weddings give a sense of hope that love exists and is out there for anyone. Capturing that glimmer in someones eye as they look at their new wife or husband makes my heart melt. Sometimes I can't keep back the tears.
I am grateful for the clients I have had. They all have been understanding and laid back for the most part. I always ask the bride, before the mayhem starts, what she wants captured the most. One said her grooms face, while another smiled and said "just capture the joy of the day." I love hearing the answer to these questions, because it lets me see a piece of them. You're not just filming another wedding, but you're filming the love between two individuals.
People. Showing off the human condition is one of the reasons I got into filmmaking. The joy, the sadness, the one-in-a-lifetime moments and the unexpected turns. Weddings are one of the most joyful and stressful events to film. They are one of the highlights of the human experience. I feel honored that this is my job.