The photos are a crucial element to your big day, but the real magic lies in the beauty of the wedding video. While the photos will be undeniably gorgeous, a lot of them will most likely be staged and semi-formal. Video on the other hand, allows you to look back and see your friends and family enjoying the celebration in a real, authentic manner.

To celebrate her one-month wedding anniversary to Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed shared a clip of their sun-drenched video. Leave it to the two actors to really shine on camera. You can expect to see a whole lot of kissing, cuddling and dancing – three crucial ingredients for a happy wedding day/marriage. If the couple’s video has you wanting to mimic their style for your own cinematic keepsake, here are five tips to keep in mind.

1. Wait until just before sunset. Whether you’re a photographer or not, we’re guessing you’ve probably heard of “the golden hour” before. This is a time when daylight is redder and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky. If you’re looking for that soft, sun-kissed look wait until then to shoot some of the important shots.

2. Make sure to film those special moments before the wedding. While you probably remember every second of preparing for your big day, you might not know exactly what went into your partner’s prenuptial routine. Was he nervous or super calm? Watch the video and find out.

3. Choose a song that suits your vibe. Are you and your new beau a super silly couple? Be sure to have your soundtrack reflect that. The Johnnyswim song Nikki and Ian chose is pretty much the epitome of a love song, but don’t feel like you have to go for something as intense if that’s not you.

4. Be sure to have shots of both you + your partner and your wedding party. When you rewatch this video after 50 years of marriage it’s going to warm your heart to see how happy you both were on your wedding day. But we’re guessing you’re also going to want to remember all the people who celebrated with you. Make sure to have the videographer capture wedding guests getting down on the dance floor and sending you well wishes.

Did you do anything creative for your wedding video? Share a link with us in the comments below.

(Photo via @iamnikkireed and Mark Davis/Getty)