Your wedding day can pass by in the blink of an eye. But now there’s a heartfelt way to capture and treasure the magical moments throughout your happily ever after. We chatted with former magazine editor Jenna Meade about her new venture, Darling Documentaries, where she’s writing dream day love stories for newlyweds.
You’ve booked your photographer and videographer – two very big to-dos crossed off your list. But if a picture says a thousand words, imagine what your wedding documentary will say. Enter: your Darling Documentary.
The heartfelt narratives are an intimate look at couples’ most magical moments – the ones you never want to forget.“Every bride I interviewed would tell me how much of a whirlwind their wedding was, how their day just flew by,” Jenna says. “The memories unfold at such a rapid pace while you’re in your newly-wed bubble, and like so many other important moments in life, they can quickly fade. This is a great way to capture them.”
It isn’t always possible to invite everyone along to your big day, but this is a thoughtful way to show those who weren’t there – or couldn’t be there – just how wonderful it was.
Because the package includes both printed and digital copies of the documentary, it’s also a sweet gesture to send out afterwards to say thank you to guests, and to show future generations how the love story played out.
Jenna describes it as the finishing touch to a couple’s special day repertoire.
“The written word paints such an intimate picture; it’s the heartfelt narrative of a wedding,” she says. “You’ve got their photos and their video – the documentary offers a little extra love to soak up.”
The idea bloomed from years of experience in the
industry where she was given the honour of writ-ing about couple’s special days for bridal magazines.
“My favourite stories were always those from the heart – the warm and fuzzy ones from two soul-mates who had just started their forevers together,” she says.
“Writing about a big day is like an exclusive invite inside two lovers’ hearts. You get to see their eyes light up as they describe how they felt walking down the aisle, their excitement as they recall the moment they found ‘the’ dress and their blissful happiness as they reminisce about dancing the night away surrounded by their nearest and dearest.”
A Darling Documentary package includes a high-quality A4 print of the documentary, and a digital file that can be circulated or used to print extra copies.
There’s a choice of three professionally-designed templates, priced at $350, which feature at least one photo to complement the love story. Each is named after Jenna’s favourite couples.
There’s the Ross & Rachel in honour of the sweet soulmates from Friends; the Beyonce & Jay-Z, arguably the planet’s coolest couple; and the Zoe & Hamish, inspired by local lovebirds Zoe Foster-Blake and Hamish Blake.
“We aspire to these great loves, and they each have their own unique appeal which is reflected in the design,” she says.
Other options are available, including a Through Their Eyes package from the bridal party where the bridesmaids and groomsmen can show the newlyweds what went on behind the scenes, gift vouchers and an exclusive Front Row package where Jenna can personally attend the wedding.
“This is an intimate look at the wedding from all angles,” she says.
“From getting ready with the girls in the morning, to the final send-off, this option provides total coverage of the big day.”