Personal connections are a critical piece of what drives our films. Check out some of our recent posts below, and get to know some of the incredible couples we’ve had the pleasure of working with here at New England Creative.
Riverhouse At Goodspeed Station Wedding Film
We met Gina & Mike at a past couple’s wedding in the fall of 2017 (check out Maria & Zack’s film here). A bit disheveled and exhausted from shooting Maria & Zack’s wedding all day, we ran into Gina & Mike in the parking lot of Lion Rock Farm just as we were running our equipment out to the car. After striking up a quick conversation in the parking lot, I knew these two would be an awesome couple to work with if given the opportunity. Fast forward a few months, and after we released Maria & Zack’s film, Gina immediately reached out and asked if we were available for her date. Finally, we had an opportunity to create a Riverhouse At Goodspeed Station Wedding Film with a fun-loving, easy-going couple.
Gina & Mike’s ceremony was held with their closest friends and family at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Killingworth, CT. Let me tell you, Gina’s first look with her dad was one for the record books, and while we’d like to say we always remain professional and hold our shit together, we did not in this moment. Both us, and Alicia from Alicia Pettiti Photography lost our marbles a bit as Gina embraced her dad – seriously, watch the video. We were then hit straight in the feels again, as they opted out of a first look so Mike could experience seeing Gina as she walked down the aisle. Clearly overcome with emotion, Mike lost it as soon as she entered the doors of the church; an incredible moment you really have to see in the film.
From the hospitable staff at the Riverhouse At Goodspeed Station, to the incredible food and awesome vendors we worked with (linked below), we successfully battled the brutal June heat and spent an awesome day capturing Gina & Mike’s story. We’re super stoked to share this film again, and be sure to follow the blog as we’ve got another Riverhouse At Goodspeed Station film to share very soon!
Photography: Alicia Petitti Photography | Venue: The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station | DJ & Floral Design: Powerstation Events | Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up | Cake: JCakes | Wedding Dress: Lastrina Girls Bridal Salon
La Bella Vista Wedding Film
To sum it up, Andrea & Steve are our kind of people. Both of them have such incredible attention to detail, and amazing artistic vision. Heck, Steve is a floral designer and jumped at the opportunity to design Andrea’s bouquet, as well as many of the floral arrangements throughout their wedding day. They hand-painted their cake plate together, and spent so much time designing and meticulously hand crafting many of the details seen throughout their wedding day. You could tell their focus was ensuring their guests had the time of their lives, and left their wedding with unforgettable memories. They didn’t disappoint.
Andrea & Steve were married at their beautiful hometown church in Danbury, CT surrounding by their closest friends & family. The party continued at La Bella Vista in Waterbury, where the evening went off without a hitch supported by the awesome venue staff and vendors (noted below). All-in-all, we couldn’t have asked for a better day spent with such a warm, welcoming and kind couple.
Photography: Tim Nosenzo Photography | Venue: La Bella Vista | Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Priest: Father Jose Brito Martins | DJ: CNT Entertainment | Floral Design: Petals On The Bus & Agnew Florist | Hair & Makeup: Klickers Hair Studio
“Want your wedding film to be the best it can be? Want to know how you can help? Here’s how..”
How You Can Help Your Wedding Videographer
We think we work with the best couples here at New England Creative, and having spent a lot of time on the phone, and talking in person with future brides & couples; we commonly get asked a very simple, yet important question – “How Can I Help?” First off, the fact that a couple would even ask this question, is most definitely a good thing! Videographers who are sought after, and may have multiple inquiries for the same date, will pick the couple they mesh well with 100% of the time. They’ll always pick the couple who makes the extra effort to collaborate with them and communicate openly.
Admittedly, when you hire a professional videographer, you’re putting your trust in their ability to execute, and create an amazing memory of the most important day of your life – but it doesn’t have to end there. We’d encourage you not to consider your role over once the contract is signed and the deposit’s been paid. There are so many ways you can help your wedding videographer, that don’t require much effort at all, and can only result in a better wedding film. Here are our top 5 ways you can help your wedding videographer:
More Personal, Less Formal
Ultimately, your wedding day, is your day. However you want it to run, however you want to say your vows, is entirely up to you – and we’re on board with your vision. With that said, we always encourage our couples to tie in more personal details & moments throughout your day. Whether that’s sharing a first look before the ceremony, writing & reciting your own personal vows, exchanging a personal gift, letter exchange prior to the ceremony, or planning & coordinating a surprise event during the reception, all of these things make your film more unique and speak to who you are as a couple. Most videographers are equipped with high quality, low profile microphones to capture all of the incredible audio from these moments, and can weave that into a unique, one-of-a-kind story. We have a saying in the industry, and that’s “Story is king.” Make it unique, make it personal. Help us tell your story.
The Little Things
During our initial consultation, we might ask a lot of silly questions, seemingly unrelated to creating a wedding film. What’s your favorite genre of music? What’s your favorite artist? Favorite book? What are you crazy about? Bear with us here, as all we’re trying to do is comb for unique details we can tie into your film. Do you have some old home videos you’d like to tie into the film? How about some old Polaroid shots, or old cell phone video of you guys in your early dating years? Come to us with these unique ideas & details, let’s chat about what’s important to you guys, and how we might be able to tie these into your film.
Compiled Vendor List
If at all possible, try to provide your videographer (and photographer) with a compiled vendor list as early in advance of the wedding day as possible. This comes in handy for early coordination, and allows us the ability to touch base with the other vendors, network, and coordinate in advance of the wedding day. Key things for us as videographers is the ability to touch base with the DJ to discuss audio capabilities and lighting during the ceremony, and for general coordination with the photographer. It also acts as a helpful resource when your film is complete, to ensure we’re tagging & including all participating vendors when posting your film to social media.
99% of the time, you’ll be discussing start and end time coverage details with your videographer, however, it’s super helpful for us to have a simple bulletized list with start and end times of all key events throughout the day. Providing a detailed timeline in advance of the wedding day allows us to plan our course of action for the day, schedule logistics and coordinate locations & coverage with our second shooters. This detail is absolutely critical, and is printed out, in our pockets and referred to throughout the course of the day. Send it to your videographer early, and don’t hesitate to ask if he/she has any objections, or suggestions on adjusting the timeline.
No matter how much time you spend planning, coordinating, and creating your detailed schedule & timeline, something will come up. An unforeseen hurdle, an unexpected event, a late arrival, or one of a million other things. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who’s seen these things before, and plan in advance? Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about anything on your wedding day, and have a right-hand man/woman you can direct all questions to? Yes, yes it would. We’ve captured weddings with and without planners, and let me tell you; the weddings with dedicated planners run much smoother, and result in much happier and relaxed brides. Naturally, this results in happier, stress-free moments during your wedding day, which in-turn results in a better wedding film! Whether it’s our friends at Blue Lane Events, Pearl Weddings & Events, or Soirees & Revelry here in Connecticut, there are a lot of talented planners out there. We always hear from our couples that the day “flies by,” and having a dedicated planner can ensure better coordination between your vendors, and more time for you to soak in all the little moments from your wedding day and far less stressful day.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel Wedding Film
On an early spring day in Falmouth, MA, Jess & Vinny were married in a truly intimate, personal setting on the beach at the scenic Sea Crest Beach Hotel in the heart of Cape Cod. One could argue that a beach wedding in the early spring is a gamble; entirely subject to a random chilly day with crazy wind blowing off the Atlantic ocean, but not this day. It was the perfect day to capture our first Sea Crest Beach Hotel wedding film.
I’ve spent limited time on the Cape growing up in New England, only visiting 3-4 times over my life, but it’s easy to see why Jess & Vinny fell in love with this location specifically. Despite traveling all over the world together already, they chose this beach, in this shoreline town in Massachusetts. From the pool overlooking the ocean, to the open outdoor bar, to each room’s prime balcony real estate overlooking the Atlantic, it’s easy to see why Sea Crest holds strong as one of the top wedding venues on Cape Cod.
After dodging waves (and large dogs) while capturing the incredible rocky beach setting of the venue, Vinny greeted us with incredible hospitality, gave us a run-down of the venue and introduced us to the family. From the incredible floral arrangements, and beach ceremony setting created by the groom’s mother, to the illustrations by Gabi Tozati, everything had such a unique touch touch to it.
A definite highlight for me was their decision to have the officiant (Vinny’s sister) read an excerpt from the best selling novel “The Alchemist” by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. Having never read the book before, it was incredible to hear the words for the first time, and see how it spoke so much to these two. Queue further excitement when we were able to find the audio-book, and include the specific excerpt into the first few minutes of their film. It’s opportunities & details like these that allow us to personalize films for our couples, and put a unique twist on telling their story.
You know, for the weeks leading up to Jess & Vinny’s wedding, I was stressed, wishing so badly that we could start our 2018 wedding season off on the right foot. These are natural feelings. I truly believe it. For those of us who strive to be the best at what we do, there’s a natural nervousness leading to the start of something. A certain nervous anticipation that no amount of preparation, schedule review or confirmation email can alleviate. A desire for the hurdles to entry to be small, and the unplanned obstacles to be minimal. What helps immensely is when the people you work with put you at ease, and have such kind and easy-going personalities like Jess & Vinny. They look out for their fellow man (and videographer) and personally live to help those less fortunate than them by engaging in their community to support causes near and dear to them. In short, the kind of people you want to surround yourself with.
I’ll leave you with this quote, direct from Vinny’s closing portion of his vows. Something I think we can all apply to our every day life:
“The world is a diverse and beautiful place. The universe is vast and mysterious. And life is just too, too short. Let’s take on the world with compassion in our hearts and acceptance in our minds…let’s strive to be the change we want to see in the world.”