Do you remember that scene in “Father of the Bride” where Annie Banks surprises her parents and says that she’s engaged? I grew with a cousin who was obsessed with FOB 1 and 2 – so there were many sleepovers together watching this movie.
I bring up this scene because John and I recently video taped a surprise wedding. The bride is a coworker of John’s and we’ve hung out a few times with the couple outside of work. They invited us to their engagement party and had asked John to take some video of the party at a local restaurant. But it wasn’t really their engagement party – it was actually their wedding.
We of course knew about the surprise, but it was a little tricky to shoot and get footage without giving it away to the rest of the guests. We wanted to blend in as much as we could since the crowd was a mix of coworkers, family and friends. We knew we needed to act as guests taking photos – but secretly taking footage for a wedding. We shoot our weddings with a Canon T3i and to the average eye it’s a picture camera – so this fancy piece of equipment helped us “go under cover”.
This bride and groom asked us to record video of their wedding because they weren’t going to be in the room when the maid of honor announced the surpise wedding. They wanted to see everyone’s reaction. They wanted to experience the event as their guests experienced it. They wanted to see the raw emotion and raw surpise and joy from their friends, and family.
John and I were very honored to be part of their wedding and a part of their special surprise.