He was all dressed and ready to go - clothes freshly ironed, tie expertly done by his brother, shoes all shined up. Ben couldn’t remember the last time he was dressed so sharp. He stood nervously, playing with his cufflinks as we waited for Sarah, his bride. He occasionally glanced over at people nearby milling about.
Suddenly, a gentle pressure moved along both sides of his waist, and just as he looked down to see a pair of hands equipped with French manicures, he felt a gentle breeze rub his ear wrapped in Sarah’s voice.
“Hey”, she whispered gently.
Ben turned around, and a rush of gratitude and amazement filled his gut almost instantly. His eyes did a quick scan of Sarah in her wedding gown and they finally stopped at her green eyes. This was the best day of his life so far…
I'm not sure how speeches came to being at weddings but whoever started the trend had some thing going and (maybe) didn't know it. Speeches done well can quiet a restless crowd or create a shortage of Kleenex tissue like none other. In most cases, however, the reactions are not typically extreme, but they can be powerful.
In PART 1 of my series on speeches, I mentioned that the story-telling value of speeches can bring people together. People from different aspects of our lives have only parts of the story respectively - even more so with two separate people coming together.
The wedding party and the DJ put together such a spectacle that got everyone energized after the cocktail hour. The bride and groom’s entry was equally as fun, ending with a touching first dance with them singing to each other and literally dancing serenely as if no one were watching. The next hour would be the most challenging of the whole engagement process: sitting through a series of speeches similar to a Netflix marathon, but without fast forward button, with a fraction of the engagement and definitely with no chill.
I’ve wanted to write this series on preparing a good line-up of speeches for your wedding (or event) for some time now. With my attendance at tens of weddings and having to relive them ALL through the editing process, I’d love to offer some insights for making your speeches a fertile oasis in the program instead of “something to kill time with during dinner”.
Since I started shooting weddings, I've gotten a chance to have conversations that I wouldn't have had otherwise. One of those particular conversations goes something like this:
Friend: Ryan, I really like your videos!
Me: Thanks! I'm so glad you like them...
Friend: I wish we had gotten videography for our wedding...
Some of the time, these are people who got married a longer time ago when video was inaccessible or when the best of wedding videography was Uncle Bob wandering around the wedding venue with his handy-dandy camcorder. However, videography, wedding videography in particular, has evolved way beyond that in the last 7-8 years. For couples in 2017 interested in recording their special moments, it's beneficial to do some looking.
This blog post is a gentle appeal to not let go to waste a great opportunity to capture your special day
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!