One Too Many Wedding Surprises

photo of nikon camera overlooking harvey's lake

One Too Many Wedding Surprises - Sara and Sean

Sean planned a stellar day for he and Sara. Jokes flew all day about how long he’d waited to get married, so it seemed he was going to make sure that he got the most out of the day and had a couple of wedding day surprises planned. 

As an Eagles fan and employee, Sean part of the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band and Swoop come up from Philly to surprise Sara. They played at the cocktail hour and took photos with the bride and groom, as well as some of the guest. Then there were the surprise bagpipers that lead the ceremony and reception off. Sara and Sean had a good time dancing an Irish Jig to kick off the reception. They even had a quick boat ride planned around Harvey’s Lake. While not a total wedding surprise, it was a really cool idea. 

Special touches like these can make your wedding video and overall day that much more special because they add a personal touch to all the festivities.

Surprise, It's the Wedding Police

photo of nikon camera overlooking harvey's lake

While waiting on Sara and Sean to come back ashore, we noticed that another boat on the lake had stopped them. At first we thought it was well wishers given the “Just Married” sign. But as time passed and a second boat appeared, we realized it was actually the Lake’s boating authorities. The boat Sean and Sara were in had just been remodeled, but had forgotten to display its license properly and the fire extinguisher was in the wrong place. 

For Sara and Sean, it was a bit of an inconvenience to sit and wait for the inspection and ticket to be written. The ordeal took about 45 minutes. Luckily, they were both good sports about it and in the wedding video we have them coming ashore smiling and waving. Plus, they now have a truly unique story about their special day.  Remember, if you have surprises and special events planned, always add in extra time for delays and mishaps. This way you can keep you stress levels to a minimum and enjoy all the ups and downs of the day!

If you’re in need of wedding videography, let us know!

When Your Wedding Goes off Schedule

Shot of Carissa and Randy during their wedding ceremony

When Your Wedding Goes Off Schedule

Putting together a wedding schedule takes military precision. From the time breakfast arrives, to coordinated transportation, to when the cake cutting happens. The problem is weddings are a day-long live event, which means something is bound to go wrong. This was the case with Carissa and Randy’s special day. 

Wedding Schedule Disaster

Most weddings are usually running 10-15 minutes behind. Flowers were late, make-up took too long, someone took a wrong turn. It happens! If you have a great wedding planner they’ll plan for little delays here and there. It’s what they do. 

Unfortunately for Carissa and Randy, they ended up being over an hour behind schedule!

The original plan was for pictures and video of the bridesmaids getting ready and the first look to start at 11:30. We’d spend an hour shooting and then head to the ceremony at 12:30 and the bridesmaids’ shuttle bus would leave at 12:45 for a 1pm ceremony. 

It was 12:45 when I headed to the church, not to bad. Then the wait began. 

1:00pm, 1:15pm, 1:30pm. No bridesmaids. Worry sets in and questions start. Come to find out that the shuttle bus broke down on the way to the bridesmaids and the back-up shuttle did as well. Around 2:10 the pastor let us know that the bridesmaids were on the way and they’d be walking off the shuttle and into the church. 

Shot of Carissa and Randy during their wedding ceremony

While the wedding went off with no problem once the bride arrived, there was a scheduling issue. The rest of the day was now behind by an hour and a half. This meant the photo session, both at the church and reception, was going to have to run a lot faster. Why? The reception venue and DJ are expecting us at a specific time. Plus, the reception has it’s own schedule and set end time!

Luckily it worked out. We worked with the photographers to make sure that the family members needed for photos where lined up and ready to go so it expedited the process. We also alter how we shot to compliment what the photographer needed, cutting the photo session time down. While dinner did start a little late, once the reception and dancing was underway, no one remembered that we were running behind and everyone had an amazing time. 

While you want to make sure you plan for little delays make sure the wedding vendors you’re working with have the flexibility and personalities that allow for quick thinking if things go very wrong. This is one reason we don’t have a set amount of hours we’re with you. We cover the day because we’re there to not only capture your day but to help it go smoothly. And sometimes that means adjusting quickly to disasters!

Contact us today to see how we can help make your day even more special. 

NEPA Wedding Videography – Meg and Nick

Meg and Nick on a bridge at the Woodlands.

NEPA can be a bit of a weird place to define. As a transplant, I still get confused as to ‘where’ I am in NEPA when you start to get into the smaller cities and communities. You can walk across the street in what seems like a neighborhood and actually be entering a whole other town. This is what makes NEPA Wedding Videography some what tricky.

Meg and Nick NEPA Wedding Videography

Because the towns are so close together, often I end up spending the day zig-zagging across counties getting from location to location. It’s not a complaint, just a very weird adjustment!

NEPA Wedding Videography

Keeping this in mind, we turn to Meg and Nick’s wedding day. Luckily there were two of us as we began the day in the Back Mountain and Wyoming. The guys had a blast getting ready. Literally. Luckily, only a beer can or two were harmed when the shotgun went off.

The ceremony took place in the lovely St. Theresa’s Church in Shavertown, followed by photos in Francis Slocum Park. And we ended the day in Wilkes-Barre at the Grove in the Woodlands resort.

While it wasn’t the most we’ve traveled between wedding day locations, it was a good chunk of driving. While heading all over NEPA to shoot can be a bit much, it does make for a great video. Getting to see all the places in the Valley and highlight places close to couple makes it worth the effort!

If you’re looking to get married in NEPA, let us know!

Looking for a Vineyard Wedding – Gibson Wedding Highlight

Wedding Videography - Gibson Wedding

If you’re looking for a vineyard wedding, you must see The Monterre Vineyards in the Lehigh Valley, which offers gorgeous views for wedding videography. It’s an amazing venue that offers full services with lovely spots for the ceremony, a spacious reception venue, views to make even the most special day even more memorable. Shoshanna and Jonathan were a fun and adventurous couple and shooting their wedding was a great time.  

Wedding Videography - Gibson Wedding

Vineyard Wedding

We can’t say enough about Monterre Vineyards! The beautiful vines, amazing views, and great staff made shooting Shoshanna and Jonathan’s day so easy. Monterre has a coordinated and focused staff and only does one wedding at a time, and even has it’s own DJ set up. The couple had a fairly large (and fun) bridal party, which can sometimes be an issue, but with so much space to roam and rows of vines to shoot in, it was easy to be creative and get lost in the moment!

Lehigh Valley Wedding Videography

As always, if you’re looking for a wedding videographer in NEPA or the surrounding area, send us a note! We’d love to capture your special day!

Wedding Videography – Paupst Wedding

Jackie and Dave are great people and we had an amazing time doing their wedding videography! Wedding and ceremony took place at The Barn at Glistening Pond, which offers a unique setting and amazing views.

Paupst Wedding Videography image

Paupst Wedding Videography

The day started off a little worrisome with the weather as it’s been one of the rainiest summers of the last few years. We lucked out that whenever we popped outside, the rain would stop. About an hour before the ceremony the rain came to the end and the sun peaked out. As usual, we follow the photogs around and do our best to work with them. We were blessed to be with the Knot Just Any Other Day and able to capture some great video while they snapped away.

As always, if you’re looking for a wedding videographer in NEPA or the surrounding area, send us a note! We’d love to capture your special day!

Wedding Video – Breger Highlight

Lindsay and Matt Breger Wedding Highlight

When Lindsay, an old friend, reached out looking for a wedding video I was thrilled. Then terrified. I’ve shot hundreds of weddings, but shooting one for a friend can be a bit scary. Not because of the process or anything technical, more keeping your focus! We managed to focus and capture Lindsay’s magical day while still finding time to catch up and reminsce.

Wedding Video – Breger Highlight

Photo of Lindsay and Matt's wedding video.

It rained terribly the night before and there was some worry about the wedding venue, the Rodale Institute, might be waterlogged. We lucked out with a gorgeous day that was just dry enough to proceed. Rodale is an amazing venue and we had a blast celebrating. They have a great repurposed old barn we used for the ceremony and a lovely garden pavilion where we had the ceremony

Looking for a wedding videographer, contact us and we’ll see what we can do for you!

Where to Find your Wedding Videographer

To say that weddings are a business is a vast understatement. From flowers, to venues, yes…photographers and videographers, everyone seems to be willing to give you the day of your dreams…for a fee.

But have you ever thought about where you’re finding these vendors at? Today there are tons of sites that offer you one stop shopping for your wedding vendors. From The Knot, to Wedding Wire, to WedPlan, these sites will give you access to wedding vendors from all over…but does being listed there really mean they are the pick of the litter?

In business, one of the prevailing notions is ‘you have to spend money to make money’ and that’s what many of these sites prey on. Most of these sites have free listings that are usually nothing more than an image, url and brief description. The ones that have video, multiple images, blog post and so on are paying a pretty penny to get your attention. And that’s where things get hairy. You’re connecting with your vendors through a third party who is also making a profit. The ranking on those sites have nothing to do with the service they provide, but everything to do with the price they pay.

Now I’m not saying that they aren’t great companies, they very well could be. I’m just saying that brides and grooms should do some deeper digging. It take a lot of time to keep those sites up-to-date with relevant info to attract you. Time that could be spent elsewhere. If a company is listed on as few as 5 sites, that’s a heavy time investment. The thing is all that work only helps the company on the vendor site…not theirs! If they are writing blogs, updating video/photos and such for that site…they are increasing search traffic in the wrong place.

collage-dan-copyAs a small business owner, I’d much prefer you spend time on my site (that I’m already paying for) and work with me directly. When I get notification from these sites…you’re just a name, email and usually ‘expected budget’. Working with clients, whether corporate or for a wedding, should be about the relationship we build. For me to best capture your day, I need to get to know you, not some questionnaire.  Sure, we’ll eventually have a face-to-face, but that’s after a few mediated contacts that I had to pay for. Of course I’m going to really try to net you, regardless of whether or not a good fit, because I’m paying to talk to you!

Also, if the vendor you find is any good, they probably have contacts and connections locally to wedding venues, caterers and other vendors. Local small businesses win and you’ll get a chance to really get to connect with and find a good match. I think of the Knot and other sites like wikipedia…use them to get some general info, but then dig deeper to really find what you’re looking for.

In the end, I’m willing to bet you’ll be happier with those around you on your special day!