best wedding films

How to Choose a Great Wedding Videographer

Pick a Style, Any Style

Max out your Pinterest boards, scour the wedding blogs, and flex your social media muscle! Before you book your videographer, it is super helpful to get a general idea of what you want your wedding to look like. Once you have a good feel for your wedding, you will be able to find a filmmaker that most closely matches your style. Every wedding filmmaker will manage the color and texture of their images differently. Some wedding videographers shoot on film or emulate film stock in order to give their work a distinct look and atmosphere. Some wedding filmmakers have a documentary style while some are more cinematic, or highly stylized. And they are not all created equal, which brings us to our next topic.

Don’t Replicate, Innovate

Who wants a cookie-cutter wedding film? Every filmmaker worth his or her salt will treat each love story they film as unique and unparalleled. When all of the films on a videographer’s website utilize the same fonts or progress with the same set of shots, be wary. Rebel against the formulaic wedding film! A quality wedding filmmaker will constantly be improving.
Pro Tip: A good rule of thumb is to preview 2-3 wedding films from a particular videographer in chronological succession. If the last film you watch seems a bit more polished than the first, it is a good sign that you have found someone worth booking.

Be You, Bespoke

Many filmmakers will list packages on their website in order to introduce a couple to some of their options, but some may be willing to work with you to customize the amount and type of coverage your particular wedding requires. Do not be afraid to ask for a more tailored package—there are no stupid questions!

Bright and Early

Prioritizing your wedding film in the early stages of wedding planning dramatically increases the chance that you will receive a film you cannot stop watching. If you wait until shortly before your date to book, there will only be a few studios left with openings, and the chances of getting your first choice will be slim. It is important to take finding a quality videographer as seriously as you do your photographer.

Technically Speaking

Does your filmmaker offer aerial footage, slow motion, time lapse, 4k? Will they be using multiple cameras? How will they deliver your product? Cutting edge tech is useless in the wrong hands, but when handled skillfully, the right gear can help a wedding filmmaker tell your love story more effectively, as well as future proof your investment. There is, however, a standard that all good wedding videographers should meet both visually and acoustically. 
Pro Tip: Professional filmmakers know the quickest way to identify an amateur film is the presence of bad audio. Make sure your filmmaker captures clean, undistorted audio and shoots and delivers in full HD (1920x1080) or above.

A Magical Evening

Last month we had the pleasure of filming Haylee and Steven's wedding, and to say it was special just wouldn't do it justice. Haylee and Steven have such a strong and quiet bond. They are so joyful and comfortable when they are together. That kind of steadfast love is contagious, and it carried everyone around them to a special place. 

Haylee and Steven had a Harry Potter themed wedding and it was another great way to have fun with their wedding and their guests. Theme weddings are one of many creative ways to connect with guests, really giving the couple a chance to showcase their love and their personality all at once. Every detail of Haylee and Steven’s wedding was creative and whimsical. They had"Have You Seen This Wizard?" posters, Harry Potter themed jewelry, and even Butter Beer! Our favorite detail was the Marauder's map program that Steven designed, and we loved animating it in our film. 

Wedding venues are another way to showcase a theme. The Lee University Chapel created a cathedral vibe reminiscent of Hogwarts. The reception at The Old Woolen Mill felt straight out of the London train station scenes!  The guests loved all the fun nods to the Harry Potter world throughout the night and it really created a relaxed and open atmosphere.

We love theme weddings and we had a blast at the Gaffin wedding. If you’re thinking about going for a wedding that really shares how fun and magical your love is, try it! It's safe to say this one was for the books!

A Fresh Venue

A Fresh Venue

Leslie and Dave’s engagement party was the best pre-wedding shindig we have been to in a long time. They were the very first couple to book an event at the Knoxville Public House, a vintage industrial facility by the interstate in old Knoxville, Tn.