Congratulations on your engagement you lovely couples out there!
You may have heard or seen our ad about our special gift to one lucky bride and groom for 2017, that you get to have our team immortalize probably one of the most important day of your lives on film.
A few pointers to keep in mind if you decided to enter our wonderful promo...
Good luck/Break a leg/Merde to y'all and we look forward to watching/reading your stories!!!
Paul & Abby
We L-O-V-E each and every couple that we work with. We perfectly understand that we are not guests at your wedding but we are treated like a good friend or even like family by our clients.
This post is just a friendly reminder to our dear wedding coordinators :)
Most wedding vendors ( photographers, videographers, DJs ,etc) usually stipulate in their contract that vendor meals should be provided, most especially if they would be covering an event for 6 hours or more. Please understand that we are also human and our blood sugar levels also drop. Videographers and photographers in most cases cover an event for 8-10 hours. The little break we take to have a quick bite is vital to get our second wind until the couple's send off.
Seasoned and pro wedding coordinators think and run like a well-oiled machine and they know this particular detail to a T. However, every now and then, you get to encounter coordinators who are either fairly new or "a family friend" who volunteered a helping hand to the couple. They have a lot on their plate, bless their hearts. Often times, vendors are forgotten to be fed. Here are some tips to prevent your vendors from either passing out or shutting down during an event.
WHAT: Some caterers offer discounts for vendor meals, so do not feel obligated to serve your vendors the same menu as your guests. Our team will eat anything and everything, and the same goes for other vendors. Unless, they're vegetarians or have allergies on certain food items.
WHEN: The best time for most vendors to take their break is when the couple and guests are eating. So far, no one has been really interested on having their photos taken or being filmed while savoring their sumptuous meal.
WHERE: Different strokes for different folks. Some prefer to have a designated area away from the hustle and bustle as it gives them a "real break." Some prefer to be close to where the action is, in case something comes up and they can easily jump in to start shooting. For our team, tell us where and we'll be there. But if you can avoid placing us right beside a bathroom, we will owe you our lives.
When all else fails, we have some emergency bottled water and snacks on our trunk ;)
P & A
" People love to be swept off their feet, to go into an environment where they've never been, to experience things they only dream about. And filmmaking offers that potential." - Peter Guber
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be swept off your feet whenever you want to? Even just reliving that magical day when you exchanged " I dos" with the love of your life. Priceless, really.
The sad reality is that wedding videos are usually the first ones on the chopping block when it comes to budget. More often than not, couples are usually content to have their special day captured on photographs.
But... there are certain things that photography would not be able to capture, no matter how phenomenal your photographer is. Hearing you both say your " I dos" or your personal vows is one. The precious way you look at one another, or how one of you got all choked up while exchanging those solemn vows. Hearing all the laughter as your best man/maid of honor/ father give out their toasts during the reception. Seeing your guests' reaction as you walk down the aisle in all your organza/tulle/lace glory. We could go on and on about this for days.
You don't have to break the bank to have one. There are so many wedding videographers out there, with varying price points. Word of warning though. Make sure you do your homework and research on their portfolio and previous works. Ask your photographer if they have worked with any videographers that they may recommend to you. Carve out some time to personally meet them for coffee, see if their personalities would jive yours before signing your downpayment away.
Ironically, for someone who is now involved in the wedding filmmaking industry, we never had ours on film. Sob :( Biggest regret ever!!! We couldn't (unfortunately) even remember how we both said our vows. (Paul initially disagreed, but couldn't recite his vows when I asked him to now.) Things happened so fast, everything was a blur that day. Would have been nice if we were smart enough to know these things then.
To all you lovebirds out there, don't be afraid. Take the plunge. Be the star in your personal lifetime movie.
P & A
"Music is the strongest form of magic." - Marilyn Manson
No matter how flawless your filming and editing are, choosing the wrong music can ruin everything. Well, ruin is such a harsh word. Let's just say that it can either make or break the story or emotion that you are trying to convey.
This blog entry is to give future brides/grooms our insight as to why we try to convince couples to give us their utmost trust in our music selection for their wedding videos.
As videographers, we are the people from the outside looking in during your wedding day. We see every emotion, every detail, etc. We even take mental notes when listening to your DJ's playlist during reception, since it would pretty much tell us what musical genres or types of songs you are usually inclined to listen to. Even prior to your event, we would ask you to give us a couple of songs that have meaning to you as a couple.
One of our goals is to create a wedding film that is unique to you. You may think that the "IT SONG" of the moment is the perfect track for your video... and so does the rest of the brides out there. It's like having other ladies in a party wearing the same exact dress you are wearing. It takes away the magic...
Wedding films do not strictly need to use love songs or ballads. A song that has meaningful lyrics, a good melody, has peaks and valleys in tempo, can easily trigger that " tug in the heartstring" emotion. We have used pop, house music, alternative, even folk ( FOR REAL) music in the past and have had amazing results!
Paul is a musician since birth and I was a ballet dancer for more than 10 years. Musicality is one of our strongest points. There is somewhat a science to what we do and how we do it or maybe it just comes organically with us.
How do we know if we have the perfect song? If both of us gets teary eyed the first 10 seconds the video clip plays with the music =) You have to understand that we somehow have been immune from being emotional during weddings, given that we have been to a lot!
If it can melt our stone hearts, it would surely melt yours.
P & A
Now that you have that ring on your finger, it's time to start planning that special and magical day!
It can become quite overwhelming once you've realized that planning a wedding entails a gazillion things to do. One of them is finding a wedding videographer that will capture those wonderful memories on film.
A few tips to keep in mind while in search for the right one...
STYLE - Take the time to view a videographer's previous works. Ask yourself if their style suits your taste. If not, then try to research on other videographers. You have to create a harmonious relationship with your vendors, and dictating them how to do their job is not the way to go. If you truly love their work, trust them that they will deliver.
TIME - We are all human and admittedly, we all tend to procrastinate and push things aside. However, if you find a videographer that you truly like, BOOK THEM IMMEDIATELY! It can be surprising to know that there are a lot of other couples out there that have the same wedding date in mind as you do. Better safe than sorry.
BUDGET - Wouldn't it be wonderful if the word "budget" is non-existent? The reality is, mostly everyone has one. Costs add up and at the end of the day, it can be quite expensive to pull off your dream wedding. Take into account the services that are included in a videographer's package/s and their quality of work and compare it to other vendors. As Aldo Gucci once said, " The bitterness of a poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded."
Best wishes to all you lovebirds out there and best of luck in finding the perfect fit!!!
Time flies when you are having fun... for the most part. It has been a little over a year since this baby of ours was born. By leap of faith, we blindly entered the wedding industry through videography. What started as a mundane hobby, turned into a full on passion and love for capturing events on film.
It has not been a cakewalk. Everything is still a work in progress. The artistic aspect of the craft is second nature to us. The business side was completely foreign, initially. Both of us came from healthcare professional backgrounds that are more involved in the labor force rather than the business part of it. Time and experience have been our teachers this past year, and we have learned... A LOT! But as they say, learning never stops.
More than a year of sleepless nights. We both have shed blood (figuratively), sweat and tears. Is it worth it?
To see our clients smile or shed a tear after viewing our work on them, being told that they still watch their videos even months after their wedding...
Yes, it is worth it.
P & A