Pure Luxe Bride has the privilege of working with top-notch, impeccable vendors on a daily basis. From florists to photograhers and caterers to videographers, we've got friends in the wedding biz that every couple should know about. Matt Rouse, an award-winning videographer, is one of them and we have the utmost pleasure of introducing you to him.
We asked Matt a few questions with an emphasis on what the bride and groom can expect from his wedding videography services. Here's what he had to say:
When and why did you get started in the videography business?
Filmmaking is my passion! Growing up, I would make short films over summer break with friends. We spent our time trying to get into film festivals and hosting screenings in my parent's basement. I loved telling stories and wanted to pursue filmmaking as a career! I shot my first wedding in May of 2012 and ever since then, I've fallen in love with the craft of wedding filmmaking. I love the joy and beauty of the wedding day! I love the art of taking visuals, audio, colors, light and motion and using each to tell a story. A couple's wedding is one of the most important days of their lives! I'm passionate about crafting heirloom films that help them remember the promises they make to each other and what it felt like to be present in that moment.
What parts of the wedding day do you feature?
We start filming during the bride and groom's preparations at the beginning of the day and finish with the reception. In order to tell the story, we want to be present at each moment. Any good film has a beginning, middle, and end. Each scene communicates something different about the day. The morning preparations communicate the anticipation, the joy of friendships and excitement for what’s about to take place. The visuals and sound we capture at the ceremony communicate love, commitment, partnership and passion. The reception communicates the rapturous joy and celebration of two becoming one. Each and every scene is vital in communicating the full range of emotions that happen during the day. In addition, some couples have us film their rehearsal dinner so we can capture the important stories that are told during toasts by family and friends.
What is your videography style? Cinematic? Documentary?
We fully embrace the fine art, cinematic style with an emphasis on storytelling. I love bright, well composed, naturally colored, moving imagery that highlights the joyful beauty of a wedding. It's also important to us that our style is timeless. We want your wedding film to be relevant not only 6 months from now, but 60 years down the road! Some of our packages do offer full documentary style edits of the important parts of your day like the ceremony and toasts. These are important moments to remember in their full form!
Do your videos use dialogue or only background music?
You'll always hear me say that audio is what helps you connect emotionally to what you are seeing visually. Because this is true, we use a lot of audio in our films. We love capturing audio of the letters couples write to each other, toasts that tell your story/express the things your family and friends are feeling, meaningful words from your officiant, vows and natural sound from the day. Good audio works in tandem with the video to go deeper and build the emotional part of your story.
As a videographer, what are the three most important moments you always capture during a wedding event?
- First would definitely be the ceremony. it's the reason we're all there! That's what the day is all about! Part of why we do what we do is to remind couples of the promises they made to each other and the love they had for each other on day one! It's such a special part of the day when two people become one.
- Secondly, the first look and/or our creative shooting. The footage from these parts of the day help drive home the story being told through audio. If we use audio from the officiant saying, "No one can make Mary laugh the way you do, John", then we would use a video clip from our creative shooting session or first look with the bride laughing. We really try to connect the audio and video in a way that makes the story stronger.
- Thirdly, the toasts. You'll never know what your closest family and friends were thinking and feeling unless they say it out loud. The toasts allow you to hear from the heart of the most important people in your life. Marriage is best when you have a community around you to support and encourage you. We love creating wedding films based on the audio that is spoken during toasts. It's so powerful!
Matt Rouse and his beautiful bride, Meredith "Mer" Rouse, continue to endeavor their husband-wife teamwork in creating stunning wedding videos. Brides, take note: This duo knows their videography business and would be ecstatic to capture your special day.