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Updated: Sep 16


7 Tips for getting the most amazing Wedding Video


Tip #1: Brief your videographers

Communication is key in every relationship. Being clear with your vendors about everything you want and expect is very important. An experienced videographer most likely will give you some sort of form or ask questions about your special day and the things you specifically want to capture (and the things you don't), meaning people, situations, moments, surprises, details, pets! If you leave the little things to common sense it's possible "some" will be missed, so take your time to properly brief your photographer and your videographer. For example, quite often we're asked to "delete" certain people from our edits. We would have been much more careful in our shooting if we knew this in advance.


Also, ask your planner (please have a planner) to forward a copy of your event's timeline (please have a timeline) so the team will know the right time to take a break and no moment will take them by surprise. We wouldn't want to miss the fireworks, right?


Watch the teaser video of Carla + Daniel's catholic wedding in Venezuela filmed in at the Tibisay Hotel of Maracaibo with a romantic trash the dress session in the forgotten ruins of a classical construction.



Tip #2: Hire sound professionals for your ceremony and speeches. Audio is crucial!

Videographers always need to carry sound recording equipment, but it's hard to put a microphone on a bride, for example. If you hire proper sound technicians for your ceremony, not only will your video be awesome, but your guests will also have the best experience. Ask your sound vendor to keep in mind you want your sound to be recorded. We've come across some sound technicians that won't let us record the sound coming out of their consoles. The same happens at some churches that have their own sound installed.


Watch the highlights video of Nataly + Elan's jewish wedding in Miami filmed at the Sagamore Hotel and the former Versace Mansion for their trash the dress session.

Tip #3: Words, don't come easy, but they are definitely worth it

Specially if you won't exchange your own vows, you should really think about adding some "feelings" through WORDS to your video. The bride and groom could exchange letters, a phone call, a voicenote? And if you guys are too shy, maybe ask someone close to you to share a speech. A mom? a dad? the maid of honor? A sharp video editor will know how to keep your video balanced between romantic and fun avoiding making it cheesy.


Watch Fer + Pablo's outdoors wedding in Mexico filmed in the woods of Valle de Bravo.

Tip #4: Mind your Light

Yes, sunset weddings are magical, but if the ceremony takes a little too much time and you didn't hire lights there could be chaos. Also, your first dance shouldn't be "purple lit" and getting dressed would be great near a big window during the day. Great light gives the prefect cinematic look to any film. Get ready during the day in a nice place with enough natural light. Think about the light in your ceremony. If it is a night ceremony ask the decorator not to put colored lights on you. Ask your DJ to properly light your first dance. Ask your decorator to light the bride and groom's table if you'll be in it during the speeches. Smart videographers will always carry their own lights, but the video will look so much better if they don't need to use it.


Watch the teaser video of Tanya + Andres's wedding in Miami filmed at the Ice Palace Film Studios.


Tip #5: Hire a trash the dress session

We have a whole post on why you must definitely do this here 👉 link.


Just knowing you have a post wedding session hired will let you relax and forget the cameras on your wedding reception. This will add originality, romance, fun and art to your wedding video while letting you enjoy your wedding day not worrying too much about the couple's session.


Watch the teaser video of Maya + Jaques's destination wedding in St. Barth


Tip #6: Hire a professional wedding filmmaker

93% of couples who don’t get a professional wedding video regret it. Most likely you'll spend a lot of money on your wedding, but you should never wonder if a wedding video is worth it. It is! After your wedding is over you'll have your video to always remember the best day of your life. Some of our clients use it for couple's therapy and some for their social networks on their anniversaries, but the most beautiful use we've seen is to have it as an invitation to your wedding for your kids when they grow old enough to watch it.


Watch this awful cute little compilation we made of kids reacting to their parent's wedding videos


Avoid hiring friends or family and hire professionals with proved experience. Someone that you think you can trust. Even if your friend shoots high end music videos for a living, the wedding filmmaking's know how is VERY particular and hard to learn. Also, ask for a contract and READ IT. We're always being asked to re edit someone else's footage, because the couple hired the wrong person. Last, but not least beware of "low prices".


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Tip #7: Enjoy your day

A stressed bride or groom stresses everyone else too. If you hire a great planner and follow tip #1 (communication) there should be nothing to worry about. And even if there is, just be cool let it flow. This will let you have the best day of your life just like you always dreamed, and of course this will reflect on your wedding film. Every videographer is grateful of the couples who like to show their happiness, their love for each other and their great mood. Let yourselves enjoy this once in a lifetime moment.


Watch the teaser video of Maria Claudia + Reinaldo's catholic wedding in Miami filmed at the Coral Gables Country Club and Calle 8 for their trash the dress session.


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Updated: Sep 12



Some years ago, a new wedding trend emerged: the trash the dress session... It was supposed to be a post wedding session where the bride got to destroy the dress by either diving into the sea or maybe something more dramatic. Today, we don't need to be that extreme, but a post wedding session is certainly the greatest idea ever and here's why:

1) You get to enjoy your wedding day without worrying too much about the couple's photos... You'll get plenty of time afterwards in your post wedding session.

2) Every wedding tends to look alike, the timelines are very similar and there is not much time for adding originality to your wedding film. In a post wedding session there are no limits. You get to do whatever you want while wearing your wedding gown again! This can add personality to your wedding memories and also art.

3) On your wedding day all eyes are on you. This can be intimidating... Don't you want some privacy for your photoshoot with your new spouse??? We bet you do. Having several cameras on you might not be something you're used to, but this is what will remain with you forever from the wedding! Everything else will just end and fade after the last dance, so it's definitely worth it.

4) It doesn't matter if you're shy. We've dealt with shy brides and really shy grooms, and we can say they both feel more confident in this kind of session. Maybe at first it can feel weird, but we've developed ways to make the couple comfortable and actually enjoy their session.

5) You get to choose an amazing place! Is it a street? a park? a mountain? An abandoned train? An out this world landscape? Another country? We've done them all... We can help you think of the perfect place, although we think it is important that you choose something you identify with as a couple. Let us show you some examples:


Sedona Rocky Mountains in Arizona


Abandoned old cablecar station in Galipan, Venezuela


Striking streets of Valparaiso, Chile


A cool modern building in Miami, Florida


A mix of old and modern in the streets of Barcelona, Spain


A Puerto Escondido dreamy beach in Oaxaca, Mexico

Want to see more? Here's a mix of several amazing trash the dress post wedding sessions we've shot. Hope you enjoy it!





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This 2021 ended with the most amazing news for us. Two of our documentary shorts were nominated and awarded at the 2021 Suncoast EMMY award gala.


El peor lugar del mundo (The Worst Place on Earth)

In Venezuela there are hundreds and even thousands of childhood cancer patients who are forced to move to Caracas, the capital, in order to obtain medical attention. Many of them make a titanic effort to overcome the difficulties that this implies. One of them is Geremy. Every week, Geremy must travel to Caracas to complete his chemotherapy treatment. Leaving his town has become a nightmare and, perhaps for this reason, he considers Caracas as "The worst place on Earth." However, Geremy does not hate Caracas. He simply despises so much injustice, the heavy and tortuous journey and being in a place that does not belong to him in order to survive.


This documentary short film, written and directed by Priscilla Torres, Jorge Gonzalez an Luis Olavarrieta, received 3 awards for:

Human Interest, Short Form Content

Writer, Short Form Content

Narrator/Commentary, Short Form Content


If you want to make it a little better por kids like Geremy, please donate to Mama Lis Foundation


Soledad


More than 30% of the Venezuelan children under 5 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition. And this number grows for towns and little villages in the country.


Soledad is a small town in the heart of Venezuela, known as "the place where criminals come to hide". A town full of necessity. However, currently more than 75,000 meals are being delievered per year.


More than 50 Venezuelan NGO´s fight against hunger in the country. Ending childhood hunger in Venezuela is the goal.


This documentary short film, directed by Edwin Corona Ramos and produced by Priscilla Torres received an awards for Societal Concern, Short Form Content.


Watch a glimpse of the exciting announcements from the Suncoast EMMY night!
















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