November 2015 at the Biltmore Montecito was the last wedding of the season for me yet it was a wedding with a lot of firsts. This was my first time filming a black tie wedding. It was also the first time I filmed a wedding with a well know celebrity in the family.
Without being briefed on the couples celeb family guest list, I showed up to second shoot the bridal parties preparations. Right after being handed a camera a familiar face walks by me to help out the bride. I register who it is and carry on. It's not my first time working with 'celebrities' on 'set' so I take a breath, mentally note how cool this is, calmly start shooting and ask for direction from the lead videographer.
No matter who is there, the day is reserved for the three biggest celebrities. Number one The Bride, celeb number Two The Couple, and last but not least celebrity number Three The Groom. The entire day is set up for the couple to feel grand, royal, important, supported, like they matter. Every service that goes into creating the day, from the flowers, table settings, to the food are there for the couple to feel comforted. Every service worker from the florist, wedding planner, caterer, event site manager, DJ, Photographer, to Videographer they are there to make the couple feel special.
I don't think I even shot the 'celebrity' once because there wasn't the right angle for them, and mostly because the focus is on the couple. It's about them. It's their wedding day. That is how I perform my trade every time, every wedding. Remembering what's important to Capture The Moment.
The moments on the job, shooting and filming. A behind the scenes experience.