When the filmmaker and his bride become the feature of the story.
It’s always special when one of the wedding community’s own gets to tie the knot themselves. We checked in with videographer Hudson Hufham, owner of HUD Productions, on his own nuptials and what makes for great wedding films.
AW: How did you get your start in wedding filmmaking and opening Hud Productions?
HH: In 2017, I was a sophomore at Auburn University looking to make some extra money. I knew the wedding industry would be nice because it would allow me to work on weekends when I wasn’t in school. I asked my cousin if I could film her wedding for free, and she happily agreed.
AW: What is the cornerstone of a Hud Productions wedding film?
HH: Real moments, rich color, and an emotional, live-events driven story. We tend to do a lot of large events with grand design, so I try to create a balance between telling a very authentic, moving story that is centered on the bride and groom, while also showcasing the beautiful work of the vendors around me.
AW: How was your experience planning your own Alabama wedding?
HH: Truly one of the best days of my life. We trusted our vendors and really felt like we had a team around us that cared about us as a couple more than the little details that are so easy to get caught up in. I always tell my couples to play as well as they can, but once the day arrives, put it all out of their mind. The only thing that exists on your wedding day is you and your fiancé. Put all of your love and attention on them. Let your vendors take care of the rest. So, I did just that! It was the most rewarding day. I don’t think I’ve smiled, laughed, and cried as much as we did that day in my entire life. We were married in an actual thunderstorm, with the hardest rain I’ve felt in my entire life. Nobody could hear our vows except the minister and us. Our guests were completely soaked, but it was our moment. The beauty of it transcended the norm of what people get so worried about. I think we had 30 people tell us and our parents that it was the most beautiful ceremony they’ve ever witnessed, even though it was gray, stormy, cold, and inaudible. I think that says something about what really matters.
AW: What is your favorite part of a wedding to capture on film?
HH: Hands down the moment when the couple walks down the aisle after being presented as husband and wife for the first time. Joy is the only word to describe that moment. All of the nerves of the day are gone, and everyone is cheering – it’s magical.