BY CHRISTIE CAMPBELL
As a kid, Tim Feeny was the Spielberg of his neighbourhood. He grew up hauling around the family video camera—the kind that weighed as much as a small dog and used videotapes that only recorded 90 minutes worth of adventures.
Since then, video technology has become so popular and so accessible that even children and the technically challenged can easily share their thoughts on current events or off-key renditions of popular songs with the world through video. However, it wasn’t a Lady Gaga tune that inspired Tim to begin a career as a wedding videographer; it was love.
At just 20 years old, Tim was planning his own wedding with his bride-to-be. As a fan of film, Tim knew he wanted to preserve on film the moment when he married the love of his life.
With a quick internet search, he discovered something incredible and inspiring: as technology advanced, wedding videos had changed completely. They were no longer shaky recordings by family members; they employ sophisticated editing and shooting techniques, and even plot. Gone were the days of blurry images, fuzzy sound, and choppy editing. Tim found that modern wedding videos told the story of a relationship rather than simply capturing an event.
Tim was struck with the artistry of these personal films and sought a mentorship with the videographer who captured his wedding. He quickly learned the craft and created Limelight Studios, filming weddings professionally with his wife, Melanie. Together they have handcrafted over 150 wedding and corporate films and will be celebrating their studio’s tenth anniversary this January.
“EACH LIMELIGHT WEDDING VIDEO USES MUSIC AS A BACKDROP FOR THE COUPLE’S STORY. SHOTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE DAY—THE ANTICIPATION, THE STIRRING MOMENTS AND THE CELEBRATION—ARE WOVEN TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT PERFECTLY CAPTURES THE EXCITEMENT, THE JOY AND EVEN THE TREPIDATION THAT ARE A PART OF EVERY WEDDING DAY.”
Photos have always been an important part of most wedding days, but now technology allows us to easily create and share all kinds of media with anyone, anywhere, at any time. It has given us new ways to experience our memories and important events. When Tim and Melanie first started Limelight competition was slim, but the rise of social media has helped boost wedding videos from a niche market to a souvenir with broad appeal.
With families spread out across the country and globe, a wedding video helps ensure that even far-flung friends and relatives can experience the special day through the magic of digital video. Video is a better medium to capture the intangible elements that really make the day special: the words of advice from your grandmother, the tearful—or hilarious—speeches, and the music that played during your first dance as a married couple. A wedding video means you don’t have to rely on your own patchy memory, clouded by the high emotions of the day.
Tim and Melanie often hear from wedding guests who wish they had a video of their own wedding. Many kids grow up looking at their parents’ wedding photo, marveling over the younger versions of the mom and dad they know so well, giggling at the out-of-date hairstyles and clothing. While a wedding video doesn’t guarantee that your kids won’t one day laugh at your overblown mustache or sky-blue tuxedo, it’s still a wonderful way to preserve the the person you were when you committed your life to the one you love—and the moment your family began.
Check out Limelight’s website: limelightstudios.ca
Find them on facebook: Limelight Studios Modern Wedding Film.