Its hard to believe that our summer is now just a memory, Autumn has arrived so what better time to have look back over some amazing wedding films which we had the pleasure of shooting and producing during the Summer 2018.
Gemma and Alan were married in St. Peter and Pauls Church Clonmel on April 21st 2018, they enjoyed a fab wedding reception in the Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel on the banks of the Nore.
The camera shoot commenced with the boys in Willow Park Clonmel they all seemed pretty laid back and not in any particular panic to get out the door to the church. It was a nice start to the wedding video story just some candid shots of them during the final preparations before heading down town to get Alan married to long term sweet heart Gemma.
Next location was Cooleens Close Clonmel where we captured the fun and excitement of the preps with Gemma and her bridal team, the house was brimming with excitement it was easy to shoot quality video footage without been noticed.
The film also features some beautiful video footage in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle, as you can see from the video highlights Gemma and Alan were in a romantic mood and they really enjoyed every moment of their big day they were a lovely couple to work with.
The River Court Hotel is right on the River Nore it hosts a beautiful view of Kilkenny Castle, just across the street is a typical Irish pub with live music daily. The upmarket hotel is one the top wedding venues in Kilkenny, Gemma and Alan were very happy with their choice of wedding venue.
Just to say thanks to Gemma and Alan for choosing Drangan Video for their wedding videography, if you are in the process of wedding planning and are thinking about having your big day on video, please feel free to contact myself Eamon who will be more than happy to discuss our range of affordable stylist wedding videography packages, looking forward to hearing from you soon.
I recently had the pleasure of been videographer for the wedding of Catriona and Eugene in Freshford, Kilkenny. The camera coverage began at Catriona’s parents house which was only a 5 min drive from St. Lachtons Church on the village square.
It was a beautiful day with an abundance of warm April sunshine shining on the busy village of Freshford which is constructed around a large green tree lined square, we used the square for the family photos after the ceremony.
The video clip contains some cool shots of Catriona preparing for the day, I captured a very special moment as the radiant bride greeted her emotional parents and family in the front hallway, ” first look for Mum & Dad”.
After the wedding ceremony we assembled on the village square for the family photos which were captured by local wedding photographer Terry Campion, the sun was beaming down it was an ideal setting for video and photos.
After the family photos the bridal party made their way to Upper Court Manor known locally as ” Upper Court. It is the perfect venue for capturing colorful interesting wedding video footage. The house was built in 1790 by a Sir William Morris, the estate was then purchased more recently by Surgeon Paul O’ Byrne and a huge amount of of restoration work has been carried out on the house. The property consists of 34 acres, a walled orchard and a “Loop walk” which will take you around the beautiful Kilkenny village of Freshford.
We stopped of Kavangh’s Pub the square Freshford for a well deserved drink by a thirsty bridal party, the pub is owned by famous Kilkenny hurler Michael Kavanagh and Tipperary folks are more than welcome by Michael and staff.
Our final stop was the ever famous Newpark Hotel Kilkenny, an excellent choice by Catriona & Eugene, it is one of my favorite wedding reception venues in Kilkenny. The speeches were conducted before the meal and dancing commenced on time which is testament to the very efficient Newpark management and staff.
Catriona & Eugene have received their wedding DVD and are very happy with the final production, I received a nice text from the happy couple expressing their gratitude for a jod well done. Catriona has also giving permission to have the clip shared on my Drangan Video facebook page.
It was a pleasure to have been Catriona Eugene’s wedding videographer it was a lovely wedding, they were a smashing couple to work with I just did my own thing on the day all very easygoing and relaxed I am delighted with the end product.
In our ever changing world of social media and an ever-increasing video sharing culture, deciding to hire a wedding videographer to record and preserve the precious memories of your special day is a MUST these days. Given its huge importance several pertinent questions should be asked before a hiring decision is made. Here are some questions to ask and points to consider. Feel free to get in touch with me (Eamon) here at Drangan Video should you wish to discuss any of the points raised below or to enquire about package prices for your own wedding.
How much is this going to cost us?
Irish people don’t like to talk about money and that’s the truth, but it’s vitally important that you get a full list of costs before you hire your videographer or any other wedding service provider. The greatest regret of many brides concerning their wedding day was their decision not to hire a videographer. In the majority of cases they chose not to because they believed it would be too expensive, this is a common misconception and believe me when I say it can be one of the most affordable services you purchase for your wedding! Remember, your wedding video will last forever whereas flowers, food and clothing will not. Getting an all inclusive package price upfront will allow you to see just how cost effective hiring a wedding videographer can be.
What style do you have in mind for our wedding shoot?
By asking this question you can elicit the videographer’s creative traits. This will give you the opportunity to share with the videographer what your thoughts are and what style you would prefer. Some videographers may prefer a documentary fly on the wall style where many events of the day are recorded (many of which are unseen by the bride and groom) and then edited to suit the tone of the day. Others will prefer a cinematic style approach where a lot of the footage will be staged including a lot of set pieces and posing. It’s important to understand and agree upon what the final product will look like.
Can we see some examples of your recent work?
Following on from your discussion about styles ask to see some samples of recent work competed in the different styles you may be considering. Any professional wedding videographer will be happy to direct you to an online portfolio where you can view video snippets and read testimonials from genuine customers.
What would you consider are the most important moments of the day and how would you go about capturing those moments?
Try to elicit from your prospective videographer what moments they see as key to a successful production. You may wish to have the preparations (possibly even the rehearsal) recorded as an introduction. You will need to know how the videographer will capture the ceremony and the all-important “I dos” and of course the “You may now kiss the bride…” moment.
Have you shot videos in our chosen venue before?
Experience and knowledge of the venue will be of considerable value to the videographer. From making decisions about lighting and backdrops to where to set up and store equipment, a good understanding of the reception rooms will be invaluable. Here at Drangan Video we will visit any venues we are unfamiliar with prior to the big day, this will ensure everything flows smoothly on the day of your wedding.
Will you intrude upon my guests?
It is of course very important to you and your intended that your guests have a great time at your wedding, you want it to be a day to remember for all the right reasons. During this discussion you can also ask the videographer whether they intend to do a “special message” section, where guests are often put on the spot and asked to say something about the bride and groom. This is not to everyone’s taste and should be clarified early on in your decision making process.
Drangan Video is a professional provider who has been shooting wedding videos in Ireland for more than a decade. We pride ourselves on providing our couples with a video that captures every important moment of their big day, and some moments that they would never have thought of themselves. In short – we are professional!
Get in touch today for an all-inclusive quotation for your wedding video.
Here at Drangan Video in Kilkenny we are all set for another busy year, fingers crossed in anticipation of lots of sunshine during summer 2015 which will assure a broad smile on all our Kilkenny Brides to be.
Today we’ll step away from the subject of videography and talk a bit about why Ireland has become such a sought after destination for brides and grooms across the globe. Over the past decade we have seen a huge surge in summer weddings across the country, many of which travel great distances to enjoy the Irish hospitality.
So, what’s so special about a summer wedding in Ireland?
1. Without a shadow of a doubt Ireland is one of the most romantic places on our planet. The towns, villages, venues, sites and people all conspire mischievously with music and song to create a unique and irresistible charm. Just this week ‘Friends’ star Courtney Cox has announced that she will be marrying her partner Johnny McDaid in Ashford Castle, just one in a long line of celebrities who choose Ireland for their wedding vows. I wonder if they need a videographer?!
2. For brides who really want to feel like a real princess on their big day, Ireland is a place with many castles and magical venues to offer. Owned by the Guinness family, the aforementioned Ashford castle in County Mayo is a gorgeous edifice and also a luxury five star hotel. For those who are budget conscious but still want to avail of a castle wedding in Ireland, Cloghan Castle in County Offaly offers self-catering accommodation (something different) and a unique venue for a summer wedding.
3. Ireland has a rugged beauty that needs to be explored and this can be better achieved in the summer months due to Ireland’s unpredictable weather. No matter where in Ireland you choose for your wedding venue, you can be assured that there will be a wealth of places to discover nearby, should your guests choose to go that extra mile. From the calming waters of Glendalough to the haunting loneliness of the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland offers many unique backdrops for wedding videos, photographs and scenic walks.
4. Ireland comes alive in the summer with festivals and events in almost every village and town. From Cahersiveen to the Aran Islands there will be celebrations of life with drink, music and song. What better place and time to have your own celebration? The party has already started; all you have to do is join in!
5. Ireland is steeped in history and tradition, many of which are noticeable at Irish weddings. The Claddagh ring from County Galway is often the engagement ring or wedding ring of choice for many Irish couples. Made up of two hands holding a heart, with a crown above the heart, symbolises love, loyalty and friendship. Before getting married the ring is traditionally worn with the tip of the heart pointing away from the hand and then during the wedding the ring is turned around so the heart points inward to show that the bride’s heart is taken. An interesting tidbit: The term “tying the knot” comes from an old Irish wedding tradition where the hands of the bride and groom are tied together with a ribbon or cord. This signifies their betrothal and binds them together so they shall never part.
6. A summer wedding in Ireland is not just a grand champagne reception. It can also be the location for the hen party, the wedding and the honeymoon. Dublin city has become one of the most popular destinations for hen parties and stag parties. Belfast, Cork and Galway also have some fine dining establishments, plenty of traditional bard and a host of great venues to choose from where you can expect dancing and craic from dusk till dawn.
Here at Drangan Video we believe that an Irish summer wedding is a thing of beauty. We sincerely hope that Ireland will leave an indelible impression on everyone who is lucky enough to travel to our shores to celebrate their vows.
Don’t forget to give Drangan Video a call if you are travelling to Ireland for your big day, we will be delighted to assist you with any queries you may have and will always be onhand to help!
Searching for a wedding video package can be confusing and very technical. Here is some general advice that hopefully will help you to understand what you are actually getting
for your money and whether you are been asked to pay over the average for a professional wedding videographer. What are the factors that determine the best choice of videographer for your wedding day, if you are asking yourself this question, you are not alone.
Wedding Video Prices : I am beginning with the cost of a wedding videographer, price it is an important consideration. Unfortunately there is no price regulation for professional wedding videographers so when it comes to shopping around you will have to use your own discretion as to what you are been asked to pay. The average price for a wedding Video is €1000, this is a guide price for a professional videographer who will cover the full day from bridal preps and continue recording up to 11pm that evening. I have been carrying out some research on wedding video prices in Tipperary, all my information was obtained from couples who have booked Drangan Video for weddings in 2014/2015 and beyond. Shopping on line for a particular wedding supplier or videographer is very much the normal approach when it comes to planning your big day, you would expect to find all the information that you require to be included on a suppliers website, sadly not all wedding video companies are sharing their prices on line, this was brought to my attention only as late as last week by a local bride to be who had researched a number of local videographers, she said that most companies were showing the prices on their websites and that their price for the full day was on average €1000. Here is an interesting point she came across one wedding video company that were not showing their prices on the website but when she contacted them, she was asked “what kind of quotations have you been getting from the opposition” we will better any quote that you have already got, happy days if your looking for a cheap wedding video. I have also heard of quotes of up to €3000 for for coverage of the full day which dose seem very much over the top. The feed back from customers would indicate that the general body of couples are looking at lots of suppliers and when it comes down to making decision it will be with a supplier who falls into the average price category.
The style of the camera man/woman : this is what makes every wedding video different no two camera persons will have the same style of shooting, just like wedding photographers they all have their own individual style and approach to recording the most important day of your life. Tripods have their use when it comes to recording steady shots with smooth panning and of coarse the tripod eliminates shaky and unsteady shots which are never professional looking. I like to limit the use of a tripod just to ceremony and speeches, taking the cam in hand and working on foot lends itself to a much more creative style of wedding film production, the camera needs to be on the move and be changing angles frequently for a variety of POV’s. This style dose and should not have your camera man running all over the place bumping into guests and been the center of attention, my personal preference is to remain in the background and shoot from a distance.
Two cameras is a must have option : I came across a blog post recently from a videographer who was rubbishing the idea of using two cameras for a wedding shoot,
he claimed that he was so skilled that he knew exactly what footage to capture on the day with one camera. That statement could not be further from the truth, I use a two camera one man system, camera 1 usually remains static during the ceremony and camera 2 is very discreetly on the move and covering different angles. This type of camera shoot dose involve some extra editing maybe 3hours extra compared to a single cam shoot, I really like the live mix in real time between both cameras. It is vital that both cameras are the the same and that the picture quality is identical in every way so that mix is not noticeable in the finished production.
The guy that tells you what to do : This in my opinion is the worst choice of videographer, just imagine been told when to kiss, when to smile, when to hold hands ? it is possible to produce a stunning wedding film with just a minimum of interaction with couple on the day. My approach is very hands off on directing the camera shoot in fact i never set up as much as a single shot. I also believe that too much talking on the day is a distraction for the couple I like to get my head down and concentrate on the job to be done but in a light hearted manner.
Editing the final polish : Many videographers are not professional editors, they will most likely be using the very latest software which will make editing and post production quick and streamlined. I often make the comparison with cameras and editing software as been the tools of the wedding video production trade, but just like a skilled carpenter or trades man it is only he who will get the very best from his selection of tools. I suppose the message is that the very latest video production gear will not necessarily guarantee a professional wedding film. Editing and post production is all about producing an emotive and highly entertaining wedding DVD which tells the story of the most important day of your life. I am a full time wedding videographer and I shoot and edit my own footage, it is a huge advantage to be working full time and to be in a position to dedicate all my time during the week to the post production of my wedding shoots. Before deciding on a videographer it might be in your interest to establish if he or she is working full time as a wedding video/film producer. Another important consideration regarding the style of different videographers it is a major plus if the camera person is actually sitting down and editing their own work, speaking from my own experience when I spend more than 12 hours at a wedding I get a feel for what the couple are expecting from their wedding video, I could not ever imagine handing over their footage to a third party for editing.
Summary : Before you make the final decision on booking a wedding videographer, take advice from your friends who have already used the particular videographer that you are interested in. Allow loads of time for online research, check out the samples on the videographers website and their facebook page. A busy website and facebook page is a sign of a busy wedding videographer.
Thanks for reading my blog post, wishing you all the best for your big day.
Professional Wedding Videographer and Media Production Specialist