While preparing for the big day, I’d often debated the necessity of hiring a videographer to cover the akad nikah. I thought I’d be the type to watch the video once and forget about it, so hiring a videographer might mean wasting money. People would stress that it’s still something that’s nice to have.
Hiring an affordable and good videographer, though, is not an easy task.
Weeks prior to the day, I spent nights going through the videos by different videographers and production houses. The ones I thought were good kept me hooked and made me smile, while the rest made me stop halfway.
I made several calls to the people who made the videos I liked and “sort of” liked, but the prices (to me) were either too high or unjustifiable. Just a week before the big day, I was on the verge of giving up, until I stumbled upon recent videos from this particular production team.
I’ve heard of Zul Luey, founder of Luey Motion Lab — he’s a reputable videographer and photographer who’s worked with Yuna several times. Dude’s got mad Instagram skills, too!
I got in touch with Zul just a few days before the akad nikah. He wasn’t going to be free over that weekend, but his assistants were. As long as the quality of the video will not be compromised, I had no issue with having the video shot and edited by his assistants. It’s more affordable, too!
The price he quoted was within my range, so I met the crew — all pretty cool and confident — and decided to hire them there and then. I was given an agreement letter to sign later (everything is black and white) and everything was secured as soon as I paid the deposit.
On Sunday, Zul’s assistants, Fahim Fadz and Sadiq Syibli arrived early in the morning in their black baju melayu to cover the event.
Days before the akad nikah, the crew requested that I send them the song for my akad nikah video, so that they could study the beats of the song to make sure that the scenes that they will take will complement the music. Ever since I heard The Circle Married the Line by Feist, I’d decided that it’s going to be my akad nikah video song, if I were ever going to have one. Although I have given up on understanding the what the song is really about (even Rolling Stones couldn’t decipher it), screw it. Love the melody, love the rhythm.
Three days after that, the boys delivered a copy of the finished work to me. Before that I didn’t expect a lot (like I don’t expect a lot with most things), but the video ended up being a pleasant surprise.The akad nikah highlights turned out to be the kind of video I’d always enjoyed — it’s happy, it’s moderately upbeat and it blends well with the song. As proof, I have shamelessly watched it for more than 10 times!
Here’s Luey Motion Lab’s finished product:
(Update: The video is no longer on Vimeo, so I uploaded it on Youtube recently.)
If you guys need videographers for your big day, you might want to talk to: