Emotive Music

— Videography Inspiration

James & Nadia by Purple Ribbon Weddings
James & Nadia by Purple Ribbon Weddings

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” - Plato

Nothing tells an emotive story quite like music and lyrics! A universal language with which you can tell a story, send a message, create emotion, ambience and energy. Inspired by this thought, we love wedding videos that use only music and lyrics to complement the visual documentation and help tell the story of the couple and the day. Often words and voiceovers are not needed, the tone, beat and lyrics instead acting in their place.

When choosing your wedding videography, have a look at what it is that moves you and often it is the way the videographer has edited the video to a moving song, to create emotion and drama. The effect the right song choice can have on the mood of the video is incredible.

Some videographers opt solely to use music in place of words to tell the story, whereas others will use it in conjunction with voiceovers from the wedding speeches. We recommend steering away from clichéd songs and talking to your videographer about editing to a timeless song that really encapsulate the mood of your wedding and has significance to you as a couple and your story.

Some videographers, like The White Tree (handpicked for The LANE Directory), leave it up to the couple to choose their own music, but recommend a mixture of slow moody for the ceremony and then up beat for the reception, as well as suggesting music that has a build up and solid beat, as the shifts in momentum can be used to tell a story and emphasise particular moments of the day. Another one of our favourite videographers Joesph Willis has a song in mind before he begins shooting, “I usually try and choose the music for my films before I even shoot the wedding.  That way while I am shooting I am constantly playing that song over in my head which influences the way I shoot. Music gives the biggest effect and can completely change and or steer the emotion in the way you want.”

We asked The White Tree to recommend some of their suggested tracks: 

Slow tracks: Bon Iver, Angus and Julia Stone, The Lumineers, Cinematic Orchestra etc, John Legend, David Grey, Eddie Vedder, Ray LaMontagne, Paul Simon, The xx, Frank Ocean

Upbeat songs: Daft punk, Pharell, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, MJ, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Queen, Eward Sharp and the Magnetic zeros, TheTemper Trap

For inspiration we have included some of our favourite videography examples that have been beautifully editing to music in the gallery below…

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Links: Joseph Willis, Roost Film Co, The White Tree

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