Weddings are events that can’t be recreated, or should I say should not be recreated. You have to get the shot when it is happening. This is why I make sure I have three cameras during the ceremony. It would be terrible if I missed the first kiss just because I had to zoom in. I have two cameras next to me, one on a wide shot and the other on a medium close-up. The third camera is in the back in the middle of the aisle for the lovely two shot.
As far as audio goes, if there is a dj providing sound during the ceremony I plug into his mixer. I also have a microphone on the groom just in case the dj sound is not good. During the ceremony I also plug into the dj so I can get the sound of the music for the first dance and speeches ect.
While recording the speeches I have two cameras as well. One camera is on the person giving the toast, and the other is on the bride and groom. This gives me the ability to change from a shot of the toast to the bride and groom’s reaction. During the first dance I incorporate three cameras. I have more camera angels to choose from while I edit, and because I have more angles I can make the first dance look better with three cameras instead of just one. One is okay, but I like to have a more dynamic look to my video. And while you watch your wedding video at home, you will be glad I chose more than one camera too.
Many of the events during the reception are captured with two cameras. Two are always better than one!
I have been working in television/media for over 16 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, and storyteller. It is my belief that you have a chance to better your skills each time you pick up the camera. I strive to be better than I was yesterday.