- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
And now I’m paying for it.
I had my cousin videotape our wedding – ceremony and parts of the reception. She is currently in art school and does a lot of work with media so I figured she wouldn’t have a problem pushing the record button. My dad helped her set up 2 cameras for the ceremony, and then she took it from there. After the wedding, my Dad took the cameras and videotapes home. I have been so busy the past few months I haven’t thought much about the tapes, with the exception of knowing someday I’d want to edit them and put them together in a nicer format. My cousin texted me a couple of weeks ago asking if I had seen the videos yet, and I told her I hadn’t and that my Dad still had them. So last night when I was at my parents house, I brought it up and asked if he had them somewhere. My Dad, Mom, and sister got really quiet, and then my Dad informed me that “something went wrong” and when he tried to playback the tapes all of them were blank. All 3+ hours of “footage” was not really there. They said my cousin must have done something wrong and didn’t actually record anything.
I’m upset for a lot of reasons. For one thing, my parents/sister knew about this for months and were hoping I’d just forget about the tapes if they didn’t say anything. For another, I’m obviously upset that we now have no wedding video. There were so many moments I wanted to relive and see again from a different perspective that I will never, ever, be able to do. I’m really kicking myself for not hiring a professional videographer, but at the time it was just more money we didn’t really have to spend.
I was up at 4:45am this morning in sheer panic mode upset about this video. The only consolation I have is that we have beautiful photos (thank goodness).
Well Bees, I didn’t shell out the cash for a professional videographer and now I’ll pay in years of heartbreak over not having any video footage from our wedding at all. The thought of it makes me want to cry. So the moral of the story is, when you hear not to hire family/friends to do something a professional should actually do, make sure you listen.