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Wedding Film Services

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Due to the large number of couples who requested to swap out services on our packages in the past, we have moved away from packaged pricing in 2019 and now offer our services à la carte. We start with a foundation of core services, which still includes capturing up to 3 hours of pre-ceremony (bride prep, groom prep, first look, etc.) and a Wedding Highlight Film.
These services can be upgraded and additional services added, if desired, to build the perfect level of coverage to capture your wedding day.
Not sure of the differences between similar services?
Click on any of the services below for a detailed description of each. We also go over these during our initial consultation with you.

Foundation of Core Services

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Here is what we include when you hire us. Need more than what we start with? Add or upgrade service are listed below!

Hours

Rather than focus on how many hours we’re there, we’ve found that its much more beneficial for everyone if we set how early we arrive, and then stay through couple’s exit from the reception.
With this approach, we get the footage we need to tell the story of your wedding day and you don’t have to worry about adding extra hours in the middle of your reception.
We arrive up to 3 hours before your wedding ceremony to capture fun moments while you are getting ready – hair & makeup, mimosas and laughs with your girls, the exchange of gifts or letters, the dress, the groom hanging with his guys, and, my personal favorite, your first look.
Need us there earlier than that? Extra hours are available à la carte!

Ceremony

We capture the entire ceremony from start to finish with multiple full-HD cameras and professional audio equipment, including the wedding party processional, the groom’s reaction to seeing his bride (even if you do a first look), the vows, and the officiant announcing you has husband and wife. We incorporate these moments into your final film(s) to tell the story of your day.
If you plan to have something special happen during your ceremony such as readings, singing, etc., please let us know before the wedding so we can prepare to capture everything.
The full-length ceremony video is available as an add-on!

Reception

It’s not often that you get ALL of your friends and family in one place and we capture it all. Your grand entrance and first dances, cake cutting, bouquet and garter tosses, Aunt Linda and Uncle Bob getting down on the dance floor, and of course your final send off. Because our packages aren’t limited by a number of hours at the end of the night, we’ll be there through the exit and we’ll never ask you to pay for additional hours for reception coverage.
Planning to have toasts and speeches at your reception? Let us know in advance, so we can plan to capture them in full!

Two Cinematographers

Having 2 cinematographers allows us to cover your wedding more completely and allows us the time to get more cinematic shots, multiple angles, and coverage of simultaneous events. For instance, if the bride and groom are getting ready in separate locations, we have the ability to capture details from both, rather than missing those moments.

Professional Audio

Audio is an extremely important part of your wedding day!
We use multiple recorders to capture everything from the homily and vows, to special readings and musical performances, as well as your first announcement as a bride & groom.
*We do not use wireless channels for our audio, so there is no interference with any of the venue’s audio systems. Our recorders fit comfortably in the groom & officiant’s pockets and require no action from you.

Wedding Highlight Film

Our introductory video is the Wedding Highlight Film, which is generally 4-6 minutes long and shows the highlights of your wedding day, making it perfect to share on social media with friends and family!
See below for a Highlight Film example.

Primary Wedding Film Options

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Here are our wedding film options.

Wedding Highlight Film

Highlight Films are generally 4-6 minutes long and are a peek at the special moments that make your day your own.
This short film is perfect for sharing on social media and with friends and family.
This option is included when you hire us and can be upgraded to a Wedding Story Film or Wedding Featurette.
Want a Highlight Film AND a Story or Featurette? No problem!

Wedding Story Film

An upgrade from our Highlight Film, Cinematic Story Films are usually 7-12 minutes in length and show all of the special moments from your wedding day. This option can be selected in addition to a Highlight Film also!

Wedding Featurette

An upgrade from our Cinematic Story Films, Wedding Featurette Films are usually 15-20 minutes in length and are usually edited with events  in chronological order.

 

 

à La Carte Add-ons

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Here are the à La Carte services that can be added to your wedding video package.
Click on each service for a detailed description.

Wedding Ceremony Film

A full ceremony multi-camera edit, complete with professional audio.
If you plan to have something special happen during your ceremony (readings, singing, etc), please let us know before the wedding, so we can prepare to capture everything.

Additional Cameraman

Think we’ll need help at your wedding?
Additional camera operators are extremely helpful during weddings that are spread out. If the bride and groom are getting ready at different places, it can be difficult to capture those pre-wedding moments with only one person filming.
Want us to capture those reception details before the guests arrive, but have photos immediately after the ceremony? We can send our second cameraman to the reception, while we capture some amazing moments with the newly married couple!

Additional Hours

If you’ve picked one of the packages above, we’re already staying with you through the reception and exit. However, our packages are structured so you can choose how early we arrive on the wedding day. If the package you picked does not have enough pre-ceremony hours to cover your make-up, hair, mimosas, gifts, etc; you can add additional hours before your package’s scheduled arrival.

Engagement Film

Perfect to be shown at rehearsal dinners, this short film highlights the story of your love. A few weeks before your ceremony, we schedule a time to meet with the couple to interview them and film a few intimate moments to be edited in with the interviews. These films are amazingly sweet and often funny! There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

 

Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinners are often when friends and family give those amazing, heartfelt toasts and speeches. Don’t let them be forgotten!
Our Rehearsal Dinner coverage includes two hours of rehearsal dinner coverage with multiple cameras and professional audio capture. The video from your rehearsal dinner will be cut together and included on the flash drive with your wedding films.
Need a microphone and PA? Let us know and we can make it happen too!

Video Guest Book

“Congratulations from Aunt Sue and Uncle Bob!”
We take a few minutes at the beginning of the reception and ask your wedding guests if they’d like to give a special message for your wedding film.
If we wait until later, once the drinks start flowing, the messages get a little… live 😀

Reception Speeches

In most cases, toasts and speeches are given during the Rehearsal Dinner, but who makes those rules anyway?!

If there are speeches planned for your reception, let us know! Even if you don’t plan to add this option to your package, we’d rather know about the speeches and be prepared to capture them when they happen, so that if you’d like to add them later, we’ll have the audio and video. You never know, someone may give the most amazing toast and you may want to add it to your highlight or story film!

Wedding Party Interviews

Everyone who adds these interviews absolutely LOVES them!
We take a few minutes individually with everyone in your wedding party and ask them a few questions about the bride & groom. The results are often hilarious, but can also be a tear-jerker.
We recommend having a quiet room available early in the day for these interviews, – because after ceremony, its nearly impossible to wrangle bridesmaids and groomsmen for interviews and if we catch them after they’ve had a few drinks, you can only imagine what kind of responses we get!

Aerial Footage

Aerial footage is an epic addition to your wedding film. In most cases, we use drones for “establishing shots”, for the opening of your film, or a transitional point, showing that we’ve moved from one location to another.
Whether we can fly on your wedding day is based on the weather, location and several safety factors.
We’re sorry, but we do not fly during ceremonies.
We’re licensed by the FAA as an sUAS Remote Pilot (part 107).

1min Instagram Teaser

These short films aren’t limited to Instagram, that just seems to be the perfect place for them!
This 60 second highlight film shows a few amazing moments from your day.
These are generally available within the week following your wedding.
Here’s an example from Colleen & Patrick’s wedding:

Full First Dances

Planning a choreographed first dance or just want to have a complete video of your first dances?
*This item can be added after your wedding, but only if we were able to capture the first dances in their entirety. It’s best that we’re notified that you want them before the wedding, so we can be prepared to film them from start to finish.

Additional Flash Drives

Each package includes one personalized flash drive with your wedding film(s). If you need more for friends and family, you can add as many as you like up to one month after your wedding. This allows us enough time to order the personalized drives from the manufacturer and have them here in time for delivery.
If you need more after this time, we can still add them, but we’ll have to send a new quote based on the manufacturing cost and shipping.

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