Grace Ceremonies Testimonial Videos Project
We’ve crossed the 18-month mark in these “COVID times,” a milestone that has me feeling both dread and optimism. Maybe you can relate?
My parents are about to get their boosters and my daughter will soon be eligible for the vaccine. But here we are, going into the colder months again, and all my alarm bells are sounding. Last winter is still too fresh.
Looking back, I am staggered by the challenges of the past year and a half, both personally (hello, Zoom Kindergarten 😵💫) and professionally (I’m sure you can use your imagination on this one 🙈).
Many of you also have faced painful losses, distressing pivots, difficult choices, fears, disappointments, compromises…and hopefully, like me, many sweet moments and unlooked-for gifts along the way. (My newlyweds and new parents have had the best year ever, though! Amirite?)
It was a blessing to spend more time with my family, and to be able to help couples refocus on the heart of their marriage celebration, even when their weddings looked different than they ever could have imagined.
These months have given me a long pause to reflect on the ceremonies I create and why they matter, especially after hearing from many family members, friends and clients (also, hi again! 👋🏼) about how hard COVID was on their relationships.
In this time, I've leaned on memories of my own wedding as a reflection of our marriage intentions and aspirations. I have returned to my vows like they were a compass, pointing me back to my true north; my fixed mark in a topsy-turvy world.
Through these experiences, my calling to help bring greater meaning and purpose to wedding ceremonies has only grown.
That’s where I am hoping you can help.
When I look at my website, I see writing. When I see the incredible reviews you’ve shared on WeddingWire and The Knot, I realize they, too, are written.
As you know from my ceremonies, a lot of my work is, well, words! But it’s so much more than that, isn’t it?
It’s the way you felt; it’s the energy we created; it’s the experience you two had that even today stays with you. Right?!?
So, will you help me share that?
I am working with a videographer to compile a series of testimonial videos for Grace Ceremonies. We want them to be authentic — not overly scripted or produced. And we want them to be fun: just real people, at home, with a camera.
The set-up is super easy:
1. Have your camera in landscape format (horizontal)
2. Make sure your camera is straight (not angled up or down)
3. Choose a less-cluttered background (it’s okay if there’s stuff on the walls)
4. Face a window or light source (so you’re not backlit)
5. Let your face/neck/shoulders fill most of the frame (about 3' away from the camera)
6. Sit close together, with your shoulders touching (or nearly so)
There are four simple testimonial prompts below. You can give short answers…no need to be poetic or rehearsed or go super in depth. We’re going to be editing them into a compilation of many couples, and sometimes just using your voices to go with photos! Your entire video can be only a few minutes long.
We don’t have to use your names or tag you on social media (just give us a heads up) and if only one of you wants to participate, that’s better than neither of you!
Are you ready? Here goes!