The wedding of Charlotte and Chris was held at Tythe barn. A beautiful venue situated on a farm in Oxfordshire countryside. It was a great venue for wedding videography with plenty of charm and space. We arrived about an hour before the ceremony to capture some footage of the guests arriving and establishing shots of the barn.
The ceremony hall was beautiful but quite dark and that’s where our camera the A7sii (renowned for its low light) really comes into its own. It was a beautiful ceremony with some natural light coming in from outside adding a dramatic light contrast.
The reception was in the same venue out in the beautiful gardens and another adjacent room. Barn weddings are one of our favourite types as they make weddings feel cosy and intimate while still providing plenty of space. We were able to capture some great natural shots of the reception using a long lens to help remain unobtrusive.
The wedding hall was set out with three long tables. Although this setup can have challenges for videography (the main one being you may be on the wrong side of the table when you see a great shot) it can also make for some great footage especially shooting down from the end of the table where you can get a great depth to the image.
This layout can also look great for the speeches with one camera facing back down the tables to capture the reactions of the guests. There was a slide presentation in the speeches and when this happens we always ask the bride and groom for the slides and so we can insert them into the edit in post-production.
The first dance is always a great moment in wedding videography made even better when everyone floods on to the floor as was the case in Charlotte and Chris’s video.