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Leeds Wedding Video - River Xavier

The launch of cinematic wedding films; adding more emotion to your wedding story.

This is the story of Leanne and Chris and their three beautiful children; and their wedding day at Holiday Inn Leeds-Bradford for whom I was commissioned to create a wedding film. This was my first wedding venture as (River Xavier Photography) into wedding videography and creating a wedding story of emotion and drama. It is a story of love all captured in a wedding film that made this brides dream come true. This is also the story of how I made the wedding film for Leanne and Chris. 

Holiday Inn, Leeds-Bradford, a quiet country setting not too far the motorway.

Driving along the M62, once one passes Morley and the imposing IKEA building all of a sudden the landscape opens up and from a sub-urban setting, the countryside comes into view.  It is here the Holiday Inn sits. Built from sandstone in keeping with the surroundings the venue is a welcoming place to stay and get married. Surrounded by fields, woodland and pastures the venue is close to Tong Park. Within this location, I certainly do not feel I have only several minutes ago left the hustle and bustle of the motorway. 

Saturday the 7th of March. I was driving up to the Hotel where the day was to unfold. I had spent the previous day (and the day before that) going through my bag and making sure I had everything ready. The list of shots I wanted to film, lenses, spare batteries, large formatted memory card, spare memory card, camera settings completed, microphones, recorders, spare batteries, stands and more spare batteries. Even though I feel very comfortable photographing a wedding and directing people I felt a little nervous as I was driving to the venue. This continued as I arrived at the venue and began to look for the bride. This was to be my first professional wedding film and it brought with it high expectations which only continued. I stood outside of the room where she was getting prepared. All around was quiet bar the butterflies, flapping in my stomach. I took a deep breath and knocked on the door. The door opened, I stepped in and introduced myself to the hype of slippers, gowns, champagne glasses and remnants of a good time. I took out my camera, pointed the lens, pressed the record button and saw a flock of butterflies rise. Suddenly I felt at ease.

Laugh, cry, it's all part of the job. But it makes it worthwhile. In fact a pleasure to now you are producing history in the making.

Being a guest at a couple's wedding brings along all the pleasures in the world. Every time I feel happy, joyous and sentimental. I love the speeches, many are brilliant and funny; poignant and meaningful. At times I have found myself almost choked with emotion. However, as a photographer or videographer one is present to do a professional job. Creating wonderfully creative images that the couple will love and want to hang on their wall or have printed in a luxury wedding album. These are essential, creating beautiful images of the couple on their wedding day. But there is more to it than that. Personally, my job is to engage the viewer in each image. To create photographs that tell a story, that show emotion. A moment caught in time if you will, history in the making. For the wedding couple a moment for them to remember as they see memories of their day. 


As a wedding videographer, the principles are the same. Create a story of the couples day. Show them the day as it occurred. The emotive moments, the guests' anticipation as they await the arrival of the bride. The bride as she gets ready with her bridesmaids, all excited and glee. The small moments of anxiety; of self-doubt as the pressure mounts, only to be relived a few moments later. Plus all the joyous momentum after the vows are said and the celebrations start. These are the principles of our film making, Tell the story. Relieve the moments.

The reaction.

 Reviews count in any industry. We are passionate about the words coming from our customers. This is vital for our service and growth of what we do. Therefore, here are Leanne's words. 

I don't even know where to begin!!!! Professional, polite and courteous! We booked River as our videographer. After receiving our video, me and my husband are blown away!!!! He's captured our day PERFECTLY!!!! every little detail, lighting, little bits we didn't notice. I am so happy with it!!!! He has done an outstanding job I couldn't be any more happier with it. I've watched it so many times!!!! 100% recommend him his work is fantastic!!!!! 


Our wedding films are cinematic timepieces designed to evoke memories of your wedding day. We create the story of your day from a full days filming; gather the reactions, emotions and beauty of your day. This is your personalised wedding film. Want something for your wedding day that is creative, different and emotive? Why not contact us to discuss how we can create personalised memories of one of the best days of your lives!