The Brighter Writer


The Luciani Wedding

I tend to dabble in a bunch of things at one time. My attention span is way too short to just be working on one project at a time. But whatever it is, I delve in head first and give it everything I have.

About this time last year, I decided to turn all my video projects into a small production company called 8th Life Productions. I chose the name 8th Life because it was symbolic of where I was at the time. I was born a summertime Leo baby on 8-8-80 (I'm the crazy-8 lady, I even turned 8 on 8-8-88). Well, we Leo kitties live pretty fast and pretty hard (and somehow always end up on our feet even after the hardest of falls). Kings and queens of the jungle have a lot to accomplish with our 9 lives. With my fast-lane first 30 year pace, I was already about on my 8th (so I better make this last one count!)

Anyway, I was doing editing for a friend's online magazine company, piecing together his clips and footage, and then eventually we started shooting full blown events together.

There was one particular event, a wedding, that we were supposed to shoot together, and he pulled a no-show on me at the last minute. So, I grabbed the cameras and the tripods and I shot the footage myself. I've always, ALWAYS, been the editor, not the videographer. To say I was nervous was about the understatement of the year. I mean, this is their wedding... kind of a big deal. And not just any wedding, but the wedding of a couple of great old friends, so I wanted to personally make sure it was everything they had wanted. Because when all is said and done, all you have are the pictures and the video to remember that day for the rest of your life. You know, no pressure or anything.

I was really lucky to be able to watch Lexi getting ready with all of her bridesmaids and her mom while she kept a calm about her like she knew this was exactly what she needed to be doing this particular day; marrying the absolute love of her life. I was lucky to be able to watch Dean pace around the room wondering how the bride was doing and if she was nervous and was she holding up ok. I caught the last minute shot of vodka and prayer circle right before "the walk." I caught the first kisses and the look of total and pure happiness that came after "I know pronounce you..." I was even lucky enough to record the signing of the marriage certificate by the Best Man and Maid of Honor.

Anyway, this is how it turned out. I'm especially proud of it just because it's 100% my own work. I chose the songs from the bride and groom's actual wedding. The song the bride walked down the aisle to, their first dance song, their grand entrance song etc... What a perfect day that was watching them officially become "The Luciani's."