Join us in celebrating the wedding of Kathryn + Daniel. They were married at the historic Aldie Mansion in Pennsylvania. Always a pleasure working with Emily Wren Photography, Complete Weddings & Events, Andrea Duca , Papertini, and last but certainly not least JazminRae Makeup.
Summer is in full swing, and because we got married at the Jersey Shore ourselves, beach weddings will always be especially meaningful to us. Filmed this spring, Leanne & Cesar’s wedding features footage from Brandt Beach, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven & Surf City.
Like many of our couples, Leanne & Cesar opted to customize a package that included both a Trailer:
and a Highlight:
While enjoying the sun, sand and surf, it’s hard not to shed a tear over the moving toasts, and all of the love that’s being shared at the Shore.
It makes our hearts especially happy that we were able to capture the beauty of an island that is still working to rebuild and return to normalcy. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the site of Leanne & Cesar’s ceremony, was virtually destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, but as you can see by the films above, it has been beautifully restored.Photography: Jen Woodruff Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Reception Venue: The Stateroom
Wedding day anticipation may be described as an emotional roller coaster. As Brad wrote to Christine, he could not wait for the “big moment” and the start of their “newest, best chapter yet.”
Cinematographers are storytellers. We love the opportunity to capture heartfelt sentiments like those Brad & Christine shared. Are you are taking the time to write letters, exchange gifts, or personalize your vows? While it’s not for all couples, it certainly makes for great storytelling.Photography: m2 Venue: The Pen Ryn Estate Florals: Monday Morning Flowers Music: Synergetic Sounds and Lighting
After ten years together, Sarah & Wes were married on the beautiful grounds of the Pratt Gardens. Once you’ve finished swooning over the lush scenery, take note of their first look (on a swing!) and the magical doorway that provides the perfect backdrop for Sarah’s ceremony entrance. If you’re planning a rustic wedding or in search of inspiration for backyard elegance, this wedding is for you:Photography: Shaun Reilly Event Design & Coordination: Just Be the Bride Venue: Pratt Gardens Florals: A Garden Party Music: Center Stage Entertainment
In advance of the holiday weekend, we’d like to share some love. Laura & Matt celebrated with family and friends just around the corner from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, so it’s only fitting that we post their beautiful wedding highlight this week.
Here’s a little something for your pre-fireworks viewing pleasure:Photography: LoRusso Studios Venue: The Down Town Club Makeup: Dylan Michael Cosmetics by Cindy Singer Hair: Up Your Do by Jill Kozar Florals: Beautiful Blooms Hotel: Hotel Monaco
Within the past two weeks we’ve been informed by several potential clients that their wedding photographers have warned them that wedding cinema (aka: videography) is a bad investment; that cinematographers “get in the way all day,” “ruin the photographs,” and “take away from the wedding celebration.”
Ouch. Apparently, our work is not worth the money, and our services are something you’ll regret. It seems a war is being waged: wedding photogs v. wedding cinema togs. We’ll call it War of the Lenses.
So what do we do when put on the defensive? Well, if we already have a potential client on the phone, clearly s/he is interested in a wedding film and recognizes its value. So, our usual response begins with acknowledging that that photographer’s perspective is likely the result of a prior bad experience or personality clash with a specific cinematographer. We then try to turn a negative into a positive and talk about our approach (including our desire to work WITH photographers, not AGAINST them), and our process. Then we ask questions about the potential client’s wedding and move on to discuss the love story we may be commissioned to share.
At no point during these calls do we say, “You don’t want to waste your budget on photographs!” We don’t diminish the value of other vendors or call into question their skills, let alone their entire industry. In fact, we very frequently discuss how wonderful it will be for us to capture and celebrate the many details that are created by other vendors such as florists, planners and stylists. And what vendor do we almost always highlight and speak very enthusiastically about on our calls? Photographer. We talk about how much we look forward to working with the photographer(s) and collaborating on the day of the wedding to create the best possible film and photos for the couple.
Perhaps we were unaware of the war because photography has traditionally received more attention (and more of the wedding budget) than cinema. Have we mistakenly viewed ourselves as the non-threatening, lesser power in the wedding market? Maybe we’ve been too diplomatic, because every wedding we have ever filmed has included photography. We’ve always expected to work with photographers. We welcome them. We are challenged by and grow from them.
Why is it some photographers feel the need to demonize our kind (and vice versa)? What counter-attack should we employ? To date, ours may be considered akin to “keep your brides close and your photographers closer.” We try to foster relationships with the photographers we work with, and those we admire from afar. Heck, we even follow their work and send them referrals.
And, as it turns out, over the past few years, upwards of 50 percent of our business has come from photographers. So we know not everyone with a dslr is doing battle. This simple fact also signifies that if you’re duking it out, it’s costing you. While you’re busy bashing the other ‘tog, you are losing business in the form of referrals.
Isn’t it time we all stop putting each other down and give our respective professions the credit & the respect they deserve? What might be achieved if instead of battling each other, we worked together to create something beautiful, like these photos taken by LuRey Photography?
and our similarly styled film:
Tara + Steve Wedding Highlight Film
In closing, we’ll leave you with our current mantra: Make art, not war.Venue: The Chelsea Atlantic City Florals & Linens: A Garden Party