A Same Day Edit is essentially a short, cinematic, mini-documentary that tells the story of your day as it unfolds. This includes everything from the pre-ceremony preparations, to the ceremony, the post-ceremony and even some of the reception. It’s one of the best ways to entertain your guests and will give everyone, including the bride and groom, a chance to re-live the day.
If you’re looking for that WOW factor, a Same Day Edit is a must!
In the last two years I’ve had the opportunity to work on a countless number of same day edits. Each one presents itself with new challenges but also new openings to learn, grow and try something different. Every couple has their own unique story and I will be your storyteller.
We met with Irene and Ray a month before their Wedding to discuss the details of their day and, of course, to get to know them. In discussion, we discovered that they wanted to write their own vows. Personal vows are so unique and after meeting this couple, we knew we were in for something special.
Further into our chat we learned that Irene and Ray were very open to our input and suggestions. In the end we agreed on a same day edit style that was simple, soft, natural and emotional. I’m a sap when it comes to love and romance, so this was right up my alley.
Irene and Ray were married on June 4th at the beautiful Oakview Terrace in Richmond Hill. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a Wedding and these two looked stunning. I arrived at the venue before the Ceremony began and grabbed all of the footage that had been captured thus far to start the edit.
Typically, I just sit at a table with my laptop, headphones and a brain full of ideas. I delve into the edit right away and start sifting through the footage from each of the cinematographers to find the best moments. At this point, I had all of the prep. Irene getting ready, Ray arriving at Irene’s house for some games – those were a hoot – and two small tea ceremonies with both families. I started grouping all of my favourite clips into events and started to trim down from there.
At about 5:00pm the ceremony finished, the cinematographers came along to deliver some more footage and then everyone got back to work. I knew before the edit began that I wanted to add in some of their personal vows, so I listened to every word – got emotional myself – and selected my favourite part. The vows were the perfect audio backdrop for the footage and everything started coming together perfectly.
The Reception started around 7:00pm. The couple entered, shared a choreographed first dance – which was a nice surprise – and then the program began. This is where my job gets stressful. I had to collect the last bit of footage from the cinematographers, incorporate some cocktail hour, hall décor, entrances, some of the first dance, finish the edit, finesse the audio, add some transitions, review, export and deliver the final product to the DJ before 8:30pm.
With the help of the crew – Zim and Thurka – as well as constant updates from the Wedding planner – Rainbow Chan (Rainbow Chan Weddings) – I finished the edit and was super excited to share it with Irene, Ray and all of their lovely guests. I delivered the edit to the DJ – Rod Wang (Beyond Dynamic) – who set up the projector for playback and let the planner know that we were good to go.
Finally, it was time to present the film. The room was silent and the film was shown. There were a few laughs, some tears and a huge round of applause to end a day that I was very proud of. Irene and Ray even came over to our table a little while later to thank us for putting together their film.
Zim decided that it would be a great idea to film Irene and Ray’s reaction as they watched their same day edit for the first time and I’m so glad he did. The stress and pressure of a same day edit is a lot to overcome but the reaction of the couple makes it all worth it. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
Written By: Emily Van Praet
Photo Credit: Geoff Gabriel