The Top Wedding Trends We’ll See in 2019

From vibrant violet tones to geometric decor, 2018 was full of Insta-worthy wedding trends we loved seeing at ceremonies and on our feeds. Each year gets bigger and better, however, and we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for the gorgeous couples and wedding vendors around the world. Here are seven of the top anticipated wedding trends we’ll see in this new year.

  1. Colorful Coral

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Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2019 and it’s as bright and joyful as we hoped. “Living Coral” is anticipated to be one of the most widely used colors in 2019 and we know weddings will be no exception. While this color may be too strong for some brides’ tastes, adding it as small details throughout your spring or summer wedding can add a cheery vibe without going overboard.

  1. Minimalism

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This is a trend we don’t expect to go away any time soon. After the world fawned over Meghan’s classic wedding dress and simple updo, more and more brides are opting for simple, minimalistic details and decor for their big day.

  1. Mixed-Gender Bridal Parties

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Photo courtesy of Heather Kincaid Photography

We’re seeing a noticeable shift away from the traditional girls-only bridal party and men-only groomsmen. More couples are opting to include both genders on both sides of their party, and we imagine this exciting and inclusive trend is here to stay.

  1. Gorgeous Greenery and Grasses

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Greenery and florals have been at the top of brides’ must-have lists for several years, but as we head into 2019, we can expect to see more earthy elements to this decor. Instead of accents of delicate florals in arrangements, more couples are opting to include grasses and serious greenery, like branches and leaves, in their wedding decor.

  1. Halter-Necks

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Again, we have Meghan Markle to thank for this lovely trend. After wowing the world with her elegant reception dress, bridal salons around the world have seen an increase in brides opting for dresses with halter-style necklines. Simple, sophisticated, and sexy, we hope this trend stays around for a while.

  1. Video Projections

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We may be biased, but this is one of the trends we’re most excited for. Video projects, or video mapping, as some wedding professionals are calling it, is one way to add a personalized and unique touch to your wedding that very few of your guests have likely seen before. Projections can include shots from you and your fiance’s engagement video, clips from each family’s home videos, or even add fun music video-like touches to the dance floor. This is one trend we can’t wait to see take off in the next calendar year!

  1. Drones

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2019 is the year things get bigger and better, and that’s certainly the case for wedding videos. While couples have embraced this growing service over the years, 2019 is the year we’ll see couples truly embrace drones as a unique aspect to their wedding film. We’ve seen how much more special incorporating drones can make a wedding video, and the video we filmed for Abigail and Christopher’s wedding in Tuscany is the perfect example. Especially with destination weddings, the surrounding landscapes are half of the appeal, and drone shots can perfectly showcase the beauty of whichever location you and your fiance have decided on.

Which of these trends is calling your name for your 2019 wedding? As we start taking bookings for the year, we’re hoping we will be able to see at least a few of these incorporated into the weddings we film. Looking for more wedding advice? Hop on over to our blog to see some of our past posts, and visit our website to learn more about hiring a wedding videographer for your destination wedding!

These Winter Wedding Venues Are Perfect for a Snowy Escape

Forget Hallmark movies and holiday albums, nothing truly gets us in the Christmas spirit like the thought of escaping to a romantic winter resort. Whether along the peaks of the Alps or in a countryside castle, our friends at Wedaways have found the best international venues for your winter destination wedding. Take a look at these five venues to find the perfect seasonal setting for your dreamy white and wintry wedding.

Hotel Royal Evian Resort | France

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Surrounded by the peaks of the Alps, Hotel Royal Evian Resort is a luxurious venue for couples wanting to take in the views of snow-capped mountains and the glistening water of Lake Geneva. Dotted with wintry pine trees, the property looks pristine under a fresh coat of snow and will promise endless romantic moments from one of the resorts’ many cozy couches. A 5-star restaurant and wellness facilities aren’t the only perks to this beautiful venue. Situated just on the edge of the France-Switzerland border, your guests can also enjoy taking a day trip to Lausanne, Switzerland and be back in their room in France before the sun even sets.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof | Switzerland

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Ever wanted to slip away for an evening of private night skiing? If so, this luxurious chateau in the Alps might be calling your name. The Grand Hotel Kronenhof features a world-class spa, award-winning restaurants, and proximity to snow-covered slopes for guests to partake in sports like snowboarding, snow hiking, and even tobogganing. For a truly romantic Christmastime wedding, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof decorates with antique sleighs and vintage carriages. You can also be whisked away on a carriage ride with your love through nearby towns and villages to experience the magic of Christmastime in the Alps. Personalized experiences are what this resort does best, so by having a wedding at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof, you can be sure that every perfect wedding detail will be covered in time for your big day.

The Alpina Gstaad | Switzerland

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Seemingly plucked straight out of a postcard, the Alpina Gstaad is a stunning escape situated in the Swiss Alps. From each window in this resort, you can catch a glimpse of the rolling green hills and quaint European cottages that dot this charming town. During the day, guests can indulge themselves on a private helicopter ride over the mountains. At night, they can admire the twinkling stars from one of the resort’s serene gardens. While located in a small town, there’s no shortage of quintessential Swiss activities that you and your guests can partake in. Visit Maison Cailler for the chance to taste gourmet chocolates and take in the sights from Glacier 3000, a nearby ski resort that offers panoramic views of the snow-coated mountains. This 5-star resort combines luxury and charm to offer a beautiful setting for your winter wedding.

Chateau Bouffemont | France

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A truly royal wedding belongs on the grounds of Chateau Bouffemont. Wedding guests can take in the sights of the snow-covered Montmorency Forest as they listen to the crackling fireplace in one of Chateau Bouffemont’s grand reception halls. Marble staircases line the property and traditional Victorian decor make it feel like walking through a snapshot in time. While equally beautiful in the summer, this venue can accommodate more than 150 guests in one of its grand ballrooms, perfect for colder winter nights. With just 9 exclusive suites on the property, this elegant venue is ideal for more intimate weddings. However, at just 30 kilometers away from Paris, you can entertain guests throughout the day of your ceremony before they return back to the City of Lights to end the evening.

Chateau d’Artigny | France

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Celebratory fireworks over 25 beautiful French gardens. Marble statue-lined salons. An award-winning chef to create delectable French cuisine. Chateau d’Artigny is every luxury-lovers dream. Built by famed perfume-maker Francois Coty, this winter wedding venue is nothing short of glamorous and romantic. Your guests can enjoy the hotel’s elegant suites by night and bundle up to enjoy the stunning sites of the Loire Valley by day. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Loire Valley offers guests the opportunity to visit historic fortresses, tour renaissance castles, ride horseback through fragrant fields, and sip on world-class wines at one of the area’s many vineyards.

Which one of these wintry wedding venues is perfect for you and your future spouse? Still searching for the perfect one? If so, the team at Wedaways can help you find the best possible venue for your ideal destination wedding. And whichever venue you choose, we hope to be with you on your special day to capture every magical moment.

Want a Winter Wedding? Here are the Top Locations Your Guests Will Love

Cold weather typically draws honeymooners and destination wedding planners toward tropical locations, but what about couples who dream of having a white, wintry wedding? Forget the Caribbean this winter; these dreamy destinations will have you wanting to hit the slopes and curl up by the fire with your entire wedding party.

  • Budir, Iceland

Once a country that was primarily thought of as cold and barren, Iceland has catapulted to the top of many travelers’ must-see lists, including couples gearing up to tie the knot. While warmer weather draws many travelers to Iceland in the spring and summer months, visitors who choose to explore the Nordic country in the winter can be lucky enough to view the Northern Lights many, if not all, of the nights they spend in the country. The country’s capital city of Reykjavik is traditionally popular with travelers, but couples tend to prefer marrying just outside the city in the small town of Budir, thanks to its charming church set against the jaw-dropping landscape of the sea and mountains.

After officially tying the knot, Iceland offers the perfect honeymoon road trip with its iconic Ring Road. At just 828 miles in length, the Ring Road, or Route 1, offers travelers the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful natural attractions the country has to offer, including the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Dyrhólaey peninsula. Driving the entirety of the island is possible in about a week, but with colder weather comes icy roads, so adventurers are warned to take their time driving this two-lane highway.

  • Bariloche, Argentina

Confused how Argentina made this list? This coastal country may have its fair share of sun and sand, but tucked away in the foothills of the Andes is the stunning ski town of Bariloche. With architecture styled so similarly to that of towns along the Swiss Alps, Bariloche is lovingly referred to as “Little Switzerland”. Popular venues in Bariloche for couples saying “I do” include Llao Llao Resort and Correntoso Lake and River Hotel.

Once the wedding festivities have commenced, couples can take in the sights of Circuit Chico, a popular driving route perfect for seeing the surrounding mountains and lake, as well as hit the ski slopes on Cerro Catedral or Cerro Otto. Within the town itself, wedding guests can enjoy tasting local, specialty chocolates and dining on delicious Argentinian dishes.

  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

If you prefer the actual Alps, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is the perfect European escape for you. This region is one of the most classic spots in Europe for couples looking to combine snow sports with romantic resorts. Couples who desire to wed at one of the 5-star resorts in the area will not be disappointed with Hotel Mont-Blanc, while couples looking for a more private venue will be charmed by one of the town’s quaint chapels set against the backdrop of the Alps.

In the mornings, guests can enjoy taking one of the town’s classic cable cars up the summit of Mont Blanc to catch a glimpse of the spot where Switzerland, Italy, and France intersect. During the afternoons, your guests will love exploring the town and trying authentic Savoy cuisine from one of the local chalets. As the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, hours of snow-filled entertainment await you and your loved ones in this romantic Alpine town.

  • Quebec, Canada

Boasting a town that rivals some of Europe’s best, Quebec is home to one of the most popular winter destinations in North America: Quebec City. Old Quebec commits to its love of Christmas each year with its wildly popular Christmas markets; which, paired with a fresh snowfall, make for one of the most magical and enchanting settings you’re likely to see.

Whether it’s in a ballroom fit for royalty at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac or within a chapel made out of ice at Hotel de Glace, you will be hard pressed to narrow down the options of beautiful wedding venues in this region.

From the peaks of the Andes to the winding streets of Quebec, these global locations are some of the best in the world for couples planning a luxury winter wedding. Whichever destination you choose, your guests are sure to love the array of ski slopes, cosy resorts, and wintry weather found in each destination. Comment below to let us know which destination catches your eye the most!

The Top Luxury Wedding Trends of Summer 2018

Rose gold decor, industrial warehouses, and donut-lined walls filled our Instagram feeds last year as brides around the country threw their wedding day celebrations. However, this year, luxury weddings are getting a bit of a twist on their traditional decor. Here are 5 trends we can expect to see at this season’s matrimonious celebrations.

  • Experience > Favors

Gone are the days of wrapped boxes of mints and bags of personalized M&Ms. This summer, couples plan to thank their guests with immersive experiences rather than material items. From specialized entertainment to unique drink stations, the sky’s the limit for couples looking to add extra flair to their big day. Some of the more popular entertainment choices that couples are picking include fortune tellers, illusionists, life-sized game boards, and even acrobats.

  • A Revamped Wedding Party

The traditional wedding party is getting a whole new look for luxury weddings this summer. Couples are now inviting their grandparents to be ring bearers and flower girls, wedding parties are no longer divided up by gender, and dogs are getting special roles during the ceremonies. For brides and grooms with best friends of the opposite gender, this new trend allows them to honor their friends in their wedding without being constricted by old wedding traditions. Putting a little flair on your wedding party can add a fun twist for your guests and make your wedding more memorable.

  • The Florals are Getting Flipped

Say goodbye to heavy, voluminous floral centerpieces this summer, and hello to hanging floral arrangements. At luxury weddings, tables are being decorated from the top down as chandeliers are adorned with flowers. Some of the most popular floral options for these stunning centerpieces? Orchids, wisteria, and roses make beautiful additions to any upside-down bouquet.

  • Deep Necklines and Luxe Lace

As far as wedding dresses go, brides planning luxury weddings are opting for more form-fitting, lacy dresses this summer. Princess gowns and A-line dresses are predicted to make a comeback eventually, but for this summer, popular gown styles involve deep necklines, lace sleeves, form-fitting material, and loose waves for the wedding day hairstyle.

  • Clear is the New Color

From venues with full glass walls to decor designs featuring clear candelabras, chandeliers, and dining chairs, weddings are going transparent this summer. Shimmering, crystal accents paired with pastel decor will likely appear at weddings all over the country, and soft twinkle lights will help every glass detail shine. With the re-emerging popularity of mid-century interior design, luxury weddings are seeing an increase in the use of this see-through decor.

This summer, luxury weddings are going bigger and better than before. By focusing on their guests’ wedding experience and incorporating jaw-dropping details, couples are setting this summer’s wedding trends extravagantly. Don’t forget to hire your wedding videographer to capture every element of your modern wedding – from your grandma tossing flower petals down the aisle to your guests playing an intense game of life-sized checkers. If you’re still in the market for a professional wedding videography team, give us a call to chat about how we can take your luxury wedding and turn it into a memory that will last a lifetime.

Popular Wedding Traditions Around the World

Did you know carrying a bouquet is an American-specific wedding tradition? What about serving cake and giving toasts at the reception? These traditions may seem like commonplace wedding activities, but to the rest of the world, they’re completely unique. For anyone interested in having a destination wedding (or just interested in learning about other cultures), here are the top wedding traditions in several countries around the world.

  • Germany

To celebrate their “I Do’s”, German brides and grooms spend the first few moments after their vows cleaning up pieces of shattered plates. German wedding guests smash plates to ward off potential evil spirits and leave the happy couple with good luck. This tradition is also used to symbolize the teamwork needed by the couple to make their relationship last. Teamwork is a popular trait German couples value as another one of their common wedding traditions involves a large log and saw. Together, they must saw the log in half and if they succeed, they have proven their ability to work so they will overcome future obstacles.

  • China

Chinese brides and grooms take their wedding traditions very seriously. One of their most common traditions? The groom shoots the bride with a bow and arrow multiple times. No, there are no actual arrowheads attached, but the groom does aim for his bride as the bullseye. During the ceremony, he will break the arrows to prove that their love is everlasting. Another intense Chinese wedding tradition? On the day of the wedding, the bridesmaids will haze the groom by putting him through specific tests and obstacles. Once he successfully completes their tasks, only then has he proven his worthiness to marry the bride. He will also pay the bridesmaids with an envelope full of money. Sounds like a good deal for the bridesmaids, right?

  • Congo

Congo might take the cake for having one of the most unique traditions. During the entirety of their wedding events, including the ceremony and reception, if a Congolese couple smiles, it means they aren’t serious about committing to the relationship. We’re not sure if we’d be able to commit to this tradition!

  • Mauritius

In the U.S., it’s common for a bride to want to shed some weight before the big day, right? In Mauritius, their popular wedding tradition is quite the opposite. Brides on this small island nation quite literally pack on the pounds. The heavier the bride, the more beautiful she appears to her future husband who considers a well-fed bride to be a symbol of success.

  • Norway

Donut towers and macaroon-filled platters run wild at U.S. weddings, but in Norway, brides and grooms are all about the wedding cake and wine – together. Yes, this tradition involves placing a bottle of wine in the middle of a towering almond cake called a kransekake. Um, yum! Another tradition Norwegian couples follow is the wearing of a crown by the bride. This crown is often adorned with little charms that twinkle when she walks and ward off any evil spirits that might threaten the happy couple.

  • Kenya

“Spit take” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to weddings in Kenya. After the celebration is over, a Masai bride’s father will spit on the newly betrothed couple. Sounds a bit germy, right? The point of this peculiar tradition is to avoid tempting fate by not showing too much support for the newlyweds. Not the most heartwarming wedding tradition in the world, but certainly one of the most unique!

  • Philippines

This Filipino wedding tradition is straight out of a fairytale! At some point during the ceremony, the bride and groom open a bird cage together two release two white doves into the air. This tradition is definitely Hollywood-like, and it symbolizes the couple’s future life together that is full of prosperity and harmony.

  • India

You may have seen this popular Indian wedding tradition featured in dozens of Bollywood movies, or, when Cece marries Schmidt in “New Girl”. Either way, this distinct wedding tradition is one of the most intricate. Before the wedding, Indian brides will gather their bridal party to receive a Mendhi-style henna tattoo. This tattoo lasts for weeks after the wedding and replaces any accessories brides might need for the big day.

Romania:

  • Couples in Romania have similar wedding traditions to those in China, but they do things a little differently. In this country, guests work with the groom to “bride-nap” her and take her to an unknown location. Here, they ask her for a “gift” to give the groom in order to return to the ceremony. Some gifts include several bottles of alcohol, and sometimes, a love song sang to the groom in front of the entire guest list.

What are other popular wedding traditions around the world that we missed? Would you be interested in bringing any of these traditions to your ceremony? If you are planning a wedding in the near (or distant) future, check out our wedding video services here to see what our team can bring to your special day. And for more tips and tricks for planning a wedding, take a look at our other blog posts to learn more!

What Having a Wedding Videographer is Really Like

Maybe you’ve seen your newly married friends’ wedding videos and they seem flawless — every important moment of the day is captured and it’s all wrapped up in a short, 5-10 minute film. Unless you attend the wedding and are heavily involved in the event, however, you probably don’t know all of the details that go into making that final, perfect film. For our future (or future-hopeful) brides, we want to give you a rundown of what exactly it’s like to have a videographer or videography team at your wedding, and dispel any myths you may have heard.

Myth #1: A videographer will get in the way.

Contrary to some brides’ worries, we don’t actually get in the way. If the videographer or videography team is good, they know how to stay out of the way while capturing compelling shots of your big day. Don’t get us wrong, they will be present for most events throughout the day, but extra precautions are taken to make sure they don’t feel invasive, and you enjoy the day in its entirety. Similarly, your videographer will coordinate with your photographer ahead of time to ensure everyone gets their shots.

Myth #2: A videographer will use annoying, hot lights

Fortunately, we’re no longer living in the 1980s. High-quality video cameras are much more capable of picking up images in dim lighting now, and we make it a priority to carry as little equipment as possible while capturing as beautiful of images as we can. Considering you and your party will likely get ready during the day, natural sunlight provides the perfect amount of light for us to capture all of the essential events during the day while relying on our high-quality cameras and venue lighting for any nighttime shots. Otherwise, great technology affords videographers to carry high-quality lighting equipment smaller than your clutch!

Myth #3: The videographer won’t get along with my photographer

This myth always makes us laugh. If your videographer and photographer are located in the same area, maybe even the same state, odds are, they know each other and have even worked together in the past. While we provide different services, if both professionals are truly that – professional – they’ll understand that each need to cover similar moments during the day and will be respectful of it. Each team will take turns getting the shots they need, and even if they aren’t best friends by the end of the day, they will certainly be cordial. If they aren’t, that’s why reviews on WeddingWire, The Knot, and Yelp are essential to check prior to hiring a vendor.

Myth #4: A wedding video isn’t worth the cost

Any service that costs more than $1000 can raise questions about its true value. We get it — most brides don’t have an entire savings account dedicated to spend on their wedding. But once you realize the true value of having the most intimate, the most special moments of your wedding filmed, the expense can seem very doable. While we think wedding photographs hold undeniable value as well, no picture can convey the sounds of the happy the cracking of a voice, tears shed as you walk down the aisle, the elation in your fiance(e)’s voice as they recite their vows, or the laughter of you and your bridesmaids as you dance the night away.

 
Overall, your videography team will become a welcome, friendly presence throughout your day, but if you do your research, you’ll be able to find a videographer who manages this without becoming overbearing or in-the-way. They’ll make sure each shot you want gets captured while suggesting clips that might not have been thought of prior. Your videographer will have your best interests in mind and will do everything they can to keep your wedding enjoyable and your wedding film even more so. If you’re in the market for a quality wedding videography team for your big day, check out some of our past work or give us a call so we can schedule a time to talk. Let’s talk about how we can capture your big day in a way that’s completely unique to you and your partner!

Celebrating our Brides on this International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, we want to show our appreciation to all the wonderful brides we have been privileged to film through the years. While there are so many lovely women to highlight, we wanted to share the stories of some of our most memorable!

Catherine & Les

Catherine and Les | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

As a high-level executive at 20th Century Fox, Catherine dedicated her focus on her career until she met her now-husband, Les. While she was not initially sure she wanted to hire videographers to film her wedding, she met with our team and decided to share her special day with us. Catherine and Les married on July 15th at the beautiful Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. This wedding was one of our favorites because of the quiet, but passionate love Les and Catherine share. A simple wedding shared with close friends and family made this wedding intimate, cozy, and a joy to film!

Dottie & Jesse

Dottie and Jesse | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

These two high school sweethearts have a special place in our hearts. Kim, our Head of Marketing, met Dottie’s parents years ago as neighbors and were raising their kids at the time. Kim and Dottie’s mom, Kelly, became so close, they decided to sell their houses at the same time! While this was happening, Dottie met her future husband, Jesse, both only being 15 years old in high school. Together, they attended Point Loma University and after 5 years of dating, they were finally ready to tie the knot and got engaged during their senior year.

The love that they have for each other is so clear in the way that they look at each other, but also in the way they talk about the other. In the wedding video we created, we captured Dottie saying about Jesse: “I never dreamed of the perfect dress or the perfect wedding, but I dreamed of the perfect guy, and that’s who Jesse is.” We definitely shed a few tears during their intimate wedding hosted at Bommer Canyon in Irvine, CA. We were so honored to be a part of their special day. Dottie and Jesse’s wedding will always be one to remember!

Jericho & Allon

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While we adore Dottie & Jesse, we also have a special place in our hearts for Dottie’s brother, Allon, and wife, Jericho! These two lovebirds met while attending Hope University in Fullerton and they’ve said that from the first time they met, it felt like they were both talking to an old friend.

Jericho and Allon’s incredible attitudes and patience were tested on their wedding day when the ceremony venue fell through at the last minute. Fortunately, they both work at First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, and were able to switch locations so they could still have their ceremony held at the church. It was wonderful to see the support their two families had for the couple. Allon’s dad could be heard on the wedding film saying “Allon’s the best guy I know.” It was an absolute joy to film two of their family’s weddings, so Dottie and Allon, if you have any other relatives getting married, let us know!

Maxine & Fisher

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Maxine and Fisher’s love story might always be one of our favorites. While they are both from Southern California, they met while attending school at King’s College in New York City. Maxine was helping work Orientation and she offered to give Fisher’s family a private tour of campus. She was immediately attracted to Fisher and after seeing him again later in the dorms, she invited Fisher to be apart of her “study group”. The only catch was that there was no study group! As soon as Fisher agreed, Maxine called her friends and begged them to come join her new study group so she could get to know Fisher. They started dating and after a year together, Fisher finally told Maxine that he loved her.

Kim got to know Maxine through multiple mission trips to Namibia, so of course, we were beyond thrilled when she asked us to film their wedding. It was a mixture of Jewish and Arabic traditions and it was held on Fisher’s gorgeous family farm in Central CA. Maxine’s fun and bold attitude is definitely apparent in the final wedding video and we had such a blast getting to be apart of their special day.

Jessica & Matthew

Jessica and Matthew | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

If you think California wineries are romantic, you’ll love Jessica and Matthew’s love story. Since they are both from different parts of California, Jessica and Matthew didn’t meet until later in life. They met in Paso Robles, CA attending a winemaking function while both working for different local wineries. The couple decided to get married at Terra Mia, a nearby vineyard in Paso Robles. Fun fact: their wedding was the first wedding Terra Mia ever held, and now the venue is booked solid for two years!

Jessica’s family was a huge part of their wedding. During her maid-of-honor speech, Jessica’s sister jokingly turned to Matt and said, “If you hurt my sister, I’ll find you. Ask Jessica what happens to boys who make me mad,” and Jessica turned to the audience and quietly said, “They’re not here!” We have no doubt that Matt has been a supportive and wonderful husband, and we wish them years of happiness together. Thank you for letting us tag along on your big day!

Nancy & Gil

Nancy and Gil | Wedding from Life Event Films on Vimeo.

 

Nancy and Gil were a special couple for us as we got to experience each important moment of their marriage. Gil asked us to film the surprise proposal he had planned for Nancy, which involved renting out a rooftop terrace in Irvine,CA, dropping hundreds of rose petals along the floor, and lighting countless tea lights that let to his proposal spot! The musician Drew Bray was even there to perform a new song written specifically for Nancy as she walked out onto the terrace. This song became their engagement and wedding theme song, and it can be heard throughout their wedding film.

They had a beautiful ceremony and reception on top of a yacht sailing through Newport Beach Harbor. Nancy had every detail planned down to a T, and she was escorted down the aisle by her father who gave a moving speech at the ceremony in their native tongue of Arabic. It was incredible to experience every part of their love journey, from their proposal to their wedding ceremony to their reception, and we were honored to film the couple every step of the way.

While we wish we could highlight all of our wonderful brides this International Women’s Day, we loved getting to share some of their beautiful love stories with you. Give us a call if you’re interested in hearing more about the weddings we’ve filmed, or take a look at our Vimeo page to see the final products!

Who Pays For What? A Guide to Paying for Your Wedding

Traditionally, the parents (and family) of the bride have been expected to help plan and pay for the majority of the wedding, but these expectations are quickly shifting as couples begin to marry older and wedding price tags continue to climb. Your total wedding cost is typically based on how extensive you want your wedding to be.  So ultimately, you have full control on how much is spent.  If you are a new bride-to-be and want to better understand the traditional expectations of who pays for what for a wedding, please keep reading.  

 

  • CEREMONY

 

    • Venue = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Decor = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Officiant (including travel, accommodations, etc)  = Groom
    • Marriage License & Certificate Fees = Groom
    • Transportation to Venue (both wedding parties) = Groom’s Parents/Family
    • Other Misc. Rentals & Professional Services = Bride’s Parents/Family

 

  • RECEPTION

 

    • Catering = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Decor = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Entertainment (band, dj, etc.) = Groom and/or His Parents/Family
    • Drinks  / Bar = Groom and/or His Parents/Family
    • Cake = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Party Favors = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Other Misc. Professional Services = Bride’s Parents/Family

 

  • HONEYMOON

 

    • Wedding Night Accommodations = Groom’s Parents/Family
    • Honeymoon = Groom’s Parents/Family

 

  • PARTIES

 

    • Engagement Party = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Bachelor Party = Best Man
    • Bachelorette Party = Maid of Honor
    • Bridal Shower = Bride’s Parents/Family and/or Bridesmaids
    • Rehearsal Dinner = Groom’s Parents/Family

 

  • PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY
    • Photographer = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Videographer = Groom’s Parents/Family

 

 

  • ATTIRE
    • Bride (dress, shoes, veil, etc.) = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Groom (suit/tux, shoes, tie, etc.) = Groom
    • Wedding Party = Participants pay for their own items, unless Bride and Groom are feeling generous.

 

 

  • RINGS
    • Engagement Ring(s) = Person proposing (Bride or Groom)
    • Groom’s Wedding Ring = Bride
    • Bride’s Wedding Ring = Groom

 

 

  • STATIONARY
    • Announcements = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Wedding Invitations = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Wedding Program = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Other Misc. Stationery = Bride’s Parents/Family

 

 

  • FLORAL
    • Reception = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Ceremony = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Bride’s Bouquet = Groom
    • Bridesmaids & Flower Girls Bouquets = Bride’s Parents/Family
    • Groomsmen & Ring Bearer Boutonnieres = Groom
    • Mother of the Bride Corsage = Groom
    • Grandmother of the Bride Corsage = Groom
    • Mother of the Groom Corsage = Groom
    • Grandmother of the Groom Corsage = Groom

While these costs are based on one specific model of a wedding, for more modern couples not interested in following these traditions, it is often reasonable to split the costs 50/50 between families. As millennials begin settling down and marrying later in life, they are more capable of paying for their own wedding expenses. But if you end up needing extra financial assistance, check out The Knot’s helpful budget calculator to determine how much to budget for each essential part of your wedding. And no matter how you decide to split up the costs, don’t forget to bring Life Event Films along to document every step of celebrating the journey®!

11 Wedding Photos and Videos That Are Essential to Capture

When commemorating your special day, it’s important to have a picture (and video clip!) captured of each essential moment of your wedding. Preparing an extensive shot list prior to your wedding will guarantee that your photography and videography teams will try to capture the footage you want, but by specifically highlighting the most important shots for you and your fiancé, they will focus on those images before moving on to the extra footage. Below are the top 11 shots you should ask your photographer and videographer to capture throughout your special day for an in-depth photo album and wedding video.

1) Ring shot

This is the time to let the diamond truly shine. Coordinate with your wedding planner to decide the best way to help show the ring off. Whether it’s having the rings sit on an embroidered pillow or resting on your manicured finger, the ring shot is one of the most important images to have captured.

2) Details

From your ivory-colored heels to the floral arrangements on the table settings, the details of your wedding day are crucial to help you remember it in its entirety. When giving your shot list to your photographer and videographer, make a point to include the details you would like them to capture. While they will already try to capture the intricate aspects of the wedding outfits and decorations, giving them this specific shot list will guarantee beautiful images of the details you want to show off the most.

3) Groom, Bride, and Wedding Party prep

Have you purchased matching robes for you and your wedding party? This is the time to show them off! Take advantage of these adorable outfits by getting pictures of you and your wedding party getting ready, or even just hanging out before the ceremony. These special moments of spending time with your best friends before you say “I do” make for memorable and heartfelt pictures. For a more creative take on these pictures, ask your videographer to capture footage highlighting your special relationships with each of your bridal party members. Make it fun, make it sentimental, but most importantly, make it all yours!

4) Make-up prep

The moment your makeup artist puts on the finishing touches of your wedding day makeup is full of a mixture of nervous energy and complete happiness. This moment always makes for sweet and intimate photographs, and your excitement will surely come across on camera. Your videographers and photographers will likely already be interested in capturing this moment, but by putting it on your shot list, you’ll emphasize the importance of getting this moment on camera.

5) Dress

Show off your gorgeous gown by letting it glamorously hang from the window overlooking your ceremony. Or, show it off next to your bridesmaid’s color-coordinated gowns. However you choose to have your dress captured in all its beauty, let your photographer and videographer know ahead of time so that they can photograph it with plenty of time for you to get ready. If there are certain details of your dress you particularly love, like lace sleeves or a beaded train, highlight these intricate details to your two teams.

6) The first look

This special moment will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come. Whether it’s your fiancé’s tears of joy or his dropped jaw, there is little that compares to this emotionally-fueled interaction. Make a point to emphasize the importance of this photo to your photography team, as this moment can flash by in a second. Hiring an experienced and talented photographer will help ensure this quick moment is forever remembered through photographs.

7) The arch

Now is the time to show off your rustic archway with the grandiose floral embellishments. Ask your photographer and videographer to get a picture/video of the arch prior to the ceremony, while also capturing the moment you and your partner say your “I do’s.” The wedding arch symbolizes the future home you and your fiancé will start your family in, and your mother and grandmother will thank you for asking the photographer to capture these images.

8) The kiss

After exchanging vows, kissing for the first time as spouses is the pinnacle moment of every wedding. Help out your photographer and videographer by kissing your partner for longer than just one kick peck. A quick kiss can escape even the fastest shutter speeds and most prepared photographers, so to avoid missing this important moment, kiss your partner like you mean it! We’re positive they won’t object, and your photography and videography teams will thank you for it.

9) Centerpieces

The table centerpieces are arguably the most important part of wedding decor. From their beautiful floral arrangements, intricate wedding favors, and customized place settings, the centerpieces are the perfect combination of thought-out design and personalization that your guests will love. Ask your photography and videography teams to capture the entire centerpieces together, but also focus on the small details listed above.

10) First dance

If all three are important to you, specify that you want sufficient coverage of you and your partner’s first-dance, the father-daughter dance, and if applicable, the mother-son dance. These moments last long enough for the photography and videography teams to get proper photos and video footage and ensure a final image that you’ll love.

11) The cake

Possibly everyone’s favorite part of the night, the cake is an essential look to have your photographer and videographer capture. Ask for a before shot, a cake-cutting shot, and a shot of you and your fiancé feeding each other. This will be an eventful ending to your perfect day, and it’s important to have it photographed in multiple mediums!

While there are many details of your wedding that will make for beautiful pictures and video clips, these 11 moments are sure to create a stunning wedding video or wedding album that will help you remember the most important moments of the day you say “I do.” For help choosing the best videographer for your special day, read our previous blog post, “5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Wedding Videographer.” And for more information about our experienced team of wedding videographers, give us a call today!

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Wedding Videographer

We believe that your special day should be as perfect as you are. So when you’re planning your wedding, it’s important to take every detail into consideration. With high-quality wedding videos becoming more and more popular by the day, hiring a wedding videographer can be a great addition to your vendor list. Before you finish planning your wedding, make sure to ask yourself these 5 questions to determine if hiring a wedding videographer is the right decision for you.

 

  • What is my budget?

 

Videographer’s rates often vary based on the equipment they use and the services they provide. Lower priced packages typically offer minimal, basic equipment and event coverage, while the higher-end packages will include high-end cameras, lenses, lighting, sound engineering, and extensive editing, as well as extra features (like pre-ceremony prep, bride/ groom interviews, and wedding trailer). Some even offer Save-the-Date videos and a Slow Mo booth. Both options can create a wedding video you’ll cherish for years to come, but adding just a little more to your video budget could provide you a beautiful and compelling wedding video that blows you away!

TIP: Staying in continuous communication with a videographer is key. Happen to find one you really love, but they don’t offer a specific service? Communicate and see if you can create a custom videography package for your wedding. Many videographers will be happy to assist and customize your perfect wedding film.

 

  • How do videographers differ?

 

When it comes to videographers, each has a unique style of filmmaking that can take your wedding film in a different direction. Some like to create accurate, journalistic depictions of your wedding, while others like to create beautiful, cinematic films. While neither option is right or wrong, it depends on your preference and ultimately what you want to get out of having your wedding recorded. When choosing a wedding videographer, look through portfolio and imagine yourself in the video — is it a style of wedding film that fits your and bride/groom-to-be’s personalities? If not, it may be necessary to keep looking for that perfect wedding videographer that suits YOU.

TIP: Another BIG difference is whether the videographer works solo or with a team. Only having one cinematographer filming on the day of your wedding may mean that some event coverage is sacrificed since one person cannot be everywhere at once.  Also, a production team has in-depth knowledge of lighting and sound. While a one-man videography studio will capture one angle per shot, a team can film multiple angles throughout every moment of your wedding, while paying attention to poor lighting and background noise that could later impact the quality of your wedding film. For the highest quality of wedding, you may want to consider looking into a wedding videography team, as opposed to a solo videographer.

 

  • I already have a photographer — is a wedding videographer necessary?

 

Contrary to popular belief, the work of photographers and videographers differs greatly. Much of the time, photographers have difficulty capturing moments on video, and vice versa. While photographers are great resources for capturing still shots of your special day, wedding videographers can offer something photographers cannot – motion and sound!  When you rewatch your wedding video, you’ll be able to listen to your vows, the music played and laughter at your reception, and the hilarious speech given by the best man. While photographs are great at portraying certain moments of your event, videos capture every moment, from the quivering lips, to the rolling tears, to the crackling of laughter.

TIP: It is essential for your photographer and wedding videography team to work together to ensure your wedding is fully captured and you receive high-quality images and video.

 

  • Why do I want a recording of my wedding?

 

Thanks to more recent technological advances in creating compact cameras, videographers can now create beautiful, fluid shots from anywhere. Before deciding on a videographer, do your research!  Look up your local wedding videography team and watch their work to see the kinds of shots they’re filming, the quality of the videos they’re producing, and the special moments they capture. Wedding days are long and can be stressful at times, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget important details. Hiring a wedding videographer can help you look back and remember the special moments you may have forgotten or missed.

TIP: If you have friends that have used a wedding videographer in the past, ask for their advice! Let them share how they went about hiring the right person, what qualities to look for in a videographer, and how they felt about the finished product. Hearing real world experience from people you trust can help you decide if hiring a wedding videographer is right for you.

 

  • How do I know I’ll be happy with the finished product?

 

While there can’t be any definitive guarantees, doing your research will help you feel confident about making a decision. If you find a videography team that continuously delivers wedding filmography that you love, it’s extremely likely that you will be grateful you hired them. Always look for consistency and quality and you can’t go wrong.  Secondly, it is extremely necessary to be open and communicative with you potential videographers. They will only be able to capture the shots you want if you communicate what you’re looking for. This also builds rapport and you can get a good feel for how it will be communicating with them the day of your wedding!

TIP: Remember, if you don’t have a good experience with the videographer BEFORE your wedding, it’s unlikely things will improve the day of your wedding and you’ll be happy with your video.  Ensure you feel like the videographer understands you both as a couple so that they will capture all of those special moments of your special day to create that perfect wedding video for you.

While videographers do bring an added expense to your wedding, ultimately, they offer a finished product that is full of love, happiness, fond memories, and lasts a lifetime. Gone are the days of dinky wedding videos full of poor lighting, shaky shots, and amateur camera work. Wedding videography teams are extremely skilled in capturing the big moments, small moments, and everything in between to help you look back on your special day and smile. For more information about how we can bring your wedding day to life, even after it’s over, visit our About page here. And take a look at our gallery to see some of our previously captured wedding films!