The question here is really do you want to be reminded of what your wedding day was like (photography) or do you want to be able to relive those feelings and emotions of your wedding day (video/film).
All of our options come with a short film that will help you remember the highlights of your wedding day in under 10 minutes. Please take a look at our sample films to see if you think one is right for you.
If being able to remember and relive the reading of your vows or your first dance and all of the speeches from your loved ones is important to you we have a variety of options you can choose from in packages to make sure you can remember what’s important to you.
You can also take a look at our reviews to see what previous brides have to say on the topic.
Why get a film?
You’ve already put months into designing the stage and the set so why not?
Video helps you to relive the series of moments in context during your wedding. It allows you to watch the complete actions instead of isolated moments. You can see the moment when the ring was slid on your finger and the smile afterwards in the same shot.
Seeing those continuous moments does wonders for getting your mind back in the flow of that moment as it happened.
A wedding trailer allows us to create a short film about you and your wedding day to help you remember and relive the moments and emotions you felt that day in a way that unedited footage or photography never would.
It also allows you to star in your own film when you’ve already put months into designing the stage and set. It will be a unique day in your life, so why not remember it in a unique way?
We use the different words for different things. To us a video is unedited or sparsely edited footage.
Somebody puts a video camera on a tripod and leaves it there, the figures out when to start and stop.
We use the word film to demonstrate the intention behind what we do. Our focus is on finding numerous quality small shots to make a much greater whole when they are all put together. Our highlight films are heavily edited by nature.
This takes both having an idea of what we’re looking for on your special day and responding and adapting to the individual differences in your wedding.
If you have any parts of your wedding that will vary from the norm please inform us beforehand so we are prepared to properly capture it. In order to give your wedding the film it deserves we need to be a step ahead of the events instead of reacting to them as they happen.
If you book with us this is something we will talk about beforehand so you do not have to worry about it on your wedding day.
Do you travel outside California for weddings?
Yes. We will travel out of the local area (75 miles) for intermediate and premium packages. You would be expected to cover our travel expenses for 2 people and our gear. For this option we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to keep costs down.
We evaluate each situation on a case by case basis.
If you are interested please fill out our travel form.
What will I have to do for my film on my wedding day?
We are there to capture your wedding, not to interfere with it.
Getting ready and the first look are generally the times we will ask for your cooperation to get a specific shot (or sometimes encourage your bridesmaids/groomsmen to be a little more involved in the process), but otherwise we will be capturing your wedding as it unfolds.
The main exception to this will be if you and your spouse do a letter reading or do scripted messages to each other. (below)
What if we want to record a letter reading or other message to be used in our video? What will we have to do?
- Write out a short message/letter to your spouse (generally under 30 seconds each when spoken slowly)
- If you prefer you can also do how you met or the proposal (under 1 minute and usually less)
- Each of you will need to set aside 5-10 minutes in a quiet place to record the audio
We highly recommend that you write out what you want to say so you can focus on reading it and not thinking about it. It will affect the quality of your video if you don’t.
Having it written out will allow you to focus on your tone, pacing and saying exactly the words you want to say and, um, like nothing else.
We have found that interjections like this are inevitable for those of us that are not accustomed to being recording or performing. Even those who are will still probably not say exactly what they want to say.
The more you can say with the least amount of words the more powerful it will be in your film, and your film will be a constant reminder of that and will last forever.
Once we get two solid consistent takes of your reading you can go back to what you were doing (usually getting ready).
We only recommend this to couples where they already have something in mind that they think is very important to have in their video and are willing to take the time to write and refine what they want to say.
That is to say it’s not for most people as they already have plenty going on for their wedding day. If you have any questions about this you can feel free to contact us with your questions.