Alli Walker & Matt Salimbeni 5.14.22
Matt & Alli were married on Saturday at the Moondancer Vineyard and Winery in Wrightsville Pennsylvania. The couple got ready in the winery and were planning on having the ceremony on the lawn near the vines facing the Susquehanna River but the cloudy weather started to turn into a heavy rain. The guests quickly moved the round archway and folding chairs under the big tent where the reception was going to be held later. It all worked out well and the couple had a beautiful wedding ceremony with sound of the rain landing on the tent in the background. One amazing highlight was the flower man doing a full on performance. The winery served wood fired pizzas for appetizers and a full buffet for dinner. The rain finally stopped around the time the reception dancing started. It turned out to be a beautiful wedding, the couple and family had a lot of laughs. Wedding photography was by Katie McDonald Photography.
I love look of film grain so in every wedding video I use Super 35 film stock effects to give it a subtle texture that has a more real analogue feel to it. I thought this wedding video could use an extra edit to push it even further with a faster paced edit, film grain, and high energy vintage sounding music. I used 16mm film mattes and grain for this and some film burn transitions.
This is the first wedding to include footage from a drone. I used the DJI Mini 2, a pretty small aerial camera to get the shots. I was initially frustrated by the weather and the low clouds but after the wedding reception was underway the weather cleared up a bit. I used the DJI quick shot helix which worked out great, the couple stood on the lawn and the drone spirals upwards and is able to get theme and the hills going down to the Susquehanna River. I was also able to get some shots of the winery before sunset. I was super excited to be able to use the drone in this wedding video after passing the FAA Part 107 test.
One thing I really enjoyed using in this wedding video was the Panasonic Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 lens. I use two primary Panasonic Lumix cameras to shoot most of the video and this was the perfect lens to use for a wedding. The wedding reception, and ceremony were held in a tent and the wide aperture setting really helped to get footage in an otherwise difficult spot. The lighting would have been too dark for the camera sensors otherwise. The Panasonic Nocticron also has image stabilization which is perfect for filming weddings because it is easier and more natural to use the camera handheld.
I found that for this wedding I didn’t use the DJI Ronin SC as much as with all outdoor wedding videos. I liked the tighter lens handheld because it was easier to get the close in shots. I used my usual sound recording methods which mostly worked well despite the rain beating on the side of the tent.