Mary & John's Wedding Film
Thu, Sep 15 2011 08:13 | old home movies, wedding video
A few weeks ago a man named John came into our office to transfer his 8mm film to DVD. He was married in 1961 in Los Angeles, CA. At that time film cameras were new and very few people had them. Well, one of his weddings guests did! They filmed his wedding with their "new" camera, tucked the footage away in a closet and completely forgot about it......for 50 years!
In cleaning their house many years later, the now 70 year old friends found the footage and mailed it to John in La Jolla. The note read "found this in the closet, thought you might want to see it." John brought it to and we transferred it to DVD and added sound so that he could watch his wedding video for the first time.
The moments of their wedding day were forever captured. It's like being in a time machine. She hugs her mother, who surely isn't alive today. There are shots of their car, their friends, their hometown, her dress, the flowers....everything. They look so in love. This video is so romantic and amazing, I can't even believe it exists. Nobody was able to enjoy it for 50 years, which almost makes it sweeter. John took it home to his wife, children and grandchildren to enjoy and told them stories of all the people in the video. He called a few days later to thank us, and of course I couldn't help from choking back tears. It was the most sincere thank you I'd ever heard.
Do you wish your grandparents had a video like this? I certainly do. Nothing makes us happier than having clients come back to us 2, 5, 10 or even 20 years later to thank us and share their stories of what their wedding video means to them. I would love to hear your thoughts on wedding videography or what your video means to you. Please comment below.