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Old July 19th, 2009, 06:10 AM   #1
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Worst wedding ever

Check this out...an outdoor wedding at a country club was delayed 15 minutes due to unexpected weather conditions...it wasn't supposed to rain.

Then, in the first 4 minutes of the processional, one of the guests died in his seat. This delayed the wedding for another half hour.

After that, some crazy lady lost her little puppy dog and started to yell out the dogs name and came right up to the bridal party asking if they could help her find it. This was a disruption that toally blew everyone away.

Then, having three audio recording sources to capture the vows, etc. the wind was blowing so hard, you couldn't make out what anyone was saying.

The unity candle wouldn't stay lit even though it was in a hurricane lamp.

Alter decorations were falling to the ground, flower girl's pettals were blowing away as she tried to place them in front of her as she went down the isle.

These are just a few horrible memories I can recall at this writing.

AND THIS IS JUST THE CEREMONY!!!

The reception turned to sh!t also...I'm not even going to go there.

What can I do?

Turn it all into a music video?
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Old July 19th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #2
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Old July 19th, 2009, 07:01 AM   #3
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Wow. I really, really feel sorry for the B/G. I think you must do your best and get something out of this just to ease their pain.

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Old July 19th, 2009, 07:32 AM   #4
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(I'm sorry Tom but I have to ask...)

DID YOU FILM SOME SCENE? ANY!


Jokes apart... feel very sorry about the special day of b/g.

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Old July 19th, 2009, 07:39 AM   #5
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I feel your pain, really. I had the weather and wind on Friday. No one died (although I felt like it myself when it started raining and my B camwas out in itthank goodness it was covered with a garbage bag so no harm but still...)
Anyway, do the best ya can with what ya got that's all you can do.
It may not be the 'award winner' but it will be what happened on their wedding day and while they might not want to be reminded of some of the things that went on it is what happened.
Do what you can with the footage and don't feel bad about it--you don't control the weather or human nature (re: lady looking for her dog).
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Old July 19th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #6
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Someone died? Talk about a bad omen...
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Old July 19th, 2009, 10:39 AM   #7
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How about.....

...a post-event interview (simple) with the B&G with their recollections of the day. Even do it as a VO and cut the events to their comments... Use music and some of their narrative. Hey, it might even be somewhat therapeutic for them to talk about it.

I'm trying to imagine the scene of all of this. Wow.
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Old July 19th, 2009, 12:23 PM   #8
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At least you have something to share with couples in the future who are planning their wedding. Gulf - summer - afternoon - outdoor without an easily switchable indoor venue - BAD idea.

Many couples want to have a beautiful outdoor wedding but they also need to consider the risks they are taking. A number of years ago, I spent a year in Orlando Florida. In the summer, it rained almost every afternoon. During these rainstorms it was often VERY windy as well. During the summer, the odds of a weather problem in the gulf states and Florida in the morning is much less than the afternoon. If a couple has a burning desire for an outdoor wedding in your part of the country during the summer, they would be wise to schedule it in the morning rather than the afternoon.

I realize that a videographer can't set a time for a wedding but at least they can share their experience and advise and then the couple can make an informed decision.

To be a little facetious, it's also a bad idea to plan an outdoor wedding in Alaska during December and hope it won't be cold outside.
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Old July 19th, 2009, 05:47 PM   #9
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Someone died in the scene and they still decide to proceed with the wedding ceremony?!!? woow.. what a day!
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Old July 19th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #10
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Wow! I'm laughing but I know I shouldn't be - how do you cope with something like that?

I wonder what the bride & groom think? - if they can look back and laugh then maybe you can do a post wedding interview and include some footage.

If they just want to forget the day then ... I dont know

as far as any part of the day being a bad omen - horse$%#$ - let's not lumber them with that.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 01:58 AM   #11
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Wow. Crazy! I would call the B&G and get a feel for what they want to do. They obviously don't get their money back, but offer some options. Re-dub vows for example. High wind isn't your problem after all. If the B&G are just laughing it off, then proceed as normal. If they are emotionally scared, then.... well.... Lord help you, because that edit will be hard!
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Old July 20th, 2009, 06:10 AM   #12
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Looks like we are going to do a little ADR work. The bride, groom and pastor are going to do some sync work with the video clips. I know this is additional work, but then they will have the vows etc. in studio quality. I'm thinking of throwing is some ambient wind just to give it a little depth.

By the way, the link to part one of a three part video that is playing at their second reception in Philly is here...

www.bluestarvideo.com/videos/first.wmv
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #13
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What a string of bad luck!

Looks like you made due with what you shot. The song was a great choice!
I'd agree with Jason, feel out the attitude of the BG and move on with caution.
I would defiantly keep in mind that that day is apart of their story! Embrace it!

PS- I LOVE the last shot, what did you use to film that?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 01:30 PM   #14
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Mary, that was a 16' camera crane on that last shot...one of my favorite shots as well.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #15
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Tom, that's horrible. I had a wedding last year where the bride's grandma died that morning, but at least she wasn't at the wedding yet. I'm amazed that someone died AT the wedding and it was only delayed a half hour. Good thing this wasn't your first one. d;-)

Great crane shot at the end, btw.
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