I was brought on by a photographer in the Philadelphia area to help Monica and Pat O’Brien remember their special day via wedding film. It was a particularly different wedding for me to film as I was hired as the only video professional.
The bridesmaids and bride’s parents were the first group I got introduced to. The ceremony was at St. Bernadette Church, a mere 3 blocks away from the house the Monica grew up in. The bridesmaids got ready at the Monica’s parents house before we met up with any of the groomsmen at the church. You could tell the couple was full of energy and excited for their big day. The church was magnificent, as you will see from some aerial footage. They had a traditional ceremony, but the photo session in downtown Philadelphia was anything but. Monica even showed off her athletic skills, executing a perfect split for a group photo while atop a set of marble stairs. The group then converged on The Ballroom at the Ben for cocktail hour and the reception. This was my first time filming at the venue and it certainly lived up to it’s reputation as a first class facility.
Typically we operate with a crew of 2-5 people depending on the details of the day and the needs of the couple, so going as a solo shooter was a very new experience for this day. Not one I intend to put myself or any of my couples through. In the end, Monica and Pat were extremely happy with their video. They decided to forego any final edits and fell in love with the very first draft, sharing it on social media and getting over 1,000 views in 24 hours.