Hear from some of our wedding couples about their experience working with Best Made Videos for their wedding videography. It's Their Voice and Our Video!
“Their Voice, Our Video” - Kelly and Mike
Kelly and Mike's story -
"Reid: Just talk about the thoughts behind hiring the wedding videographer in the first place.
Kelly: It was your idea.
Mike: Yeah, okay. Yeah, well, I really had the idea of the videographer. I'd seen my sister's wedding, and I was really … It was nice being able to look back and seeing all the relatives and everyone together. And so it was a really nice, I thought, part of the wedding to take home. And so Kelly really didn't want a videographer.
Kelly: I was kinda on the fence about it, I was kinda thinking about our budget, and if it was something we absolutely needed …
Mike: She really didn't want one. But I wanted one. And, I'm just kidding. So anyway, we talked about it, and we, we really, we went for it, and we're really glad we did.
Kelly: Absolutely. I would just emphasize it was probably the- one of the best decisions that we made about our wedding. It has been absolutely priceless.
Mike: Yeah, and initially, I think, I don't know what you think, but I wanted it just because I wanted to see the memories afterwards. But it became much more than that.
Kelly: Yeah, the personal impact it had for us was pretty enormous. We have many friends and family that are in different states and in different countries, that due to age or just difficulties with travel weren't able to attend our wedding, and so getting to share with them our video brought them to tears. Cuz they felt like they were there to experience our wedding and that was the best part.
Mike: That was huge. I don't know if I can say any better. It was really just … so many people just said it was like they were at the wedding and that really meant a lot to us.
Reid: Talk about when you guys saw the video for the first time and what that experience was like.
Kelly: So the turn-around was amazing. We were so shocked to find that it was three or four days later, we were on our mini-moon, and got an email that our wedding highlights reel was ready to watch, and so we got to watch it on our honeymoon, and that was really special.
Mike: That was really nice.
Kelly: We were still just soaking in the great memories of the wedding and sharing stories and then getting to literally relive it together, on such a special time of our honeymoon, was really special.
Mike: Right. And you know, it was more than reliving it, because we got to see it from the perspective of other people, and we saw … there's so much that you miss on the wedding day,
Kelly: Yeah, it went by so fast.
Mike: … that we really able to recapture it. So, we relived our memories, and saw even more perspectives than … and there's a lot of things we had missed that day that was really nice to capture afterwards.
Kelly: And one of my favorite parts about that was the ceremony. Because as the bride, during the procession, you go in last. So, I didn't get to see the bulk of that part of the wedding, and I'm gonna see the- our flower girl go down, our ring bearers, our bridal party, our parents, and so, getting to, from my perspective, getting to see that part was really special.
Reid: Ah, yeah. If you could, and Mike, would be the favorite part of the video, that you got to see?
Mike: Well, I really liked all of the video. There's- just being able to- there were multiple aspects that I really liked. And I think our video was special because it had a song that I recorded for Kelly in the video. And so, the video is set so that the song really was played over everything that happened, and then it was spliced with the song we had walked down the aisle to, or Kelly had walked down the aisle to.
And so that was really, just a really touching and personalized part of the video for us.
Kelly: You're right. That was the best part.
Mike: So we really loved all of the wedding video. But it was really important to us that we capture the entire process. Initially we were focusing on the ceremony.
Kelly: And the toasts.
Mike: Yeah, and we thought those would be the most essential aspects of it, but we were, I think, wrong.
Kelly: Yeah, we were totally-
Mike: We liked seeing the entire day on the video, and that, again, I think captured the whole picture of the wedding and was part of the reason we could send it to our friends and family.
Kelly: Right, getting ready, the travel, the dancing, the sendoff … all of that was all wrapped up in this beautiful video. So the people who got to watch it got the full, sort of, picture, of what our wedding was like. Including us.
Mike: It was like they were, even though they couldn't make it, it's like they were there.
Reid: And then, if somebody was on the fence about videography, what would you say? And if you could both, kinda individually, speak on that.
Kelly: I have a strong reaction to this so, if you're on the fence, because that was me, I would say that prioritize it over almost anything else. That this has been such a rich and special part of our wedding process. And it goes by so fast, and so getting to be able to actually see it again is very special and I would– if it comes down to budget or whatever, I would just put that above other things.
Mike: I agree completely. It's, a lot of times people think it's the same thing as pictures, but it's not. Frankly, we tend to go to the video to relive the memories, because it's, I mean, it's rewatching the entire thing happen. And pictures capture a moment, but the video captures-
Kelly: The experience.
Mike: … time. Yeah, the whole experience. And so, prioritize it, for sure.
Kelly: Yeah, so, when we think about video and photography, just one of the advantages of video is it gets to capture the audio. So, having Mike perform and sing his song, having the ability to get to watch the toasts again, because you're so emotional and just getting to re-laugh at those jokes, is just definitely something that no other medium or modality can capture.
Mike: And vows too.
Mike: Just hearing, how happy everybody is. You can see it in photos, but in videos you can hear it, and it's a … more. Much more of a take-away that you get from it.
Reid: Cool. Anything else? Think we're good.
Kelly: Best Made Videos is the best!
Reid: Thanks. Perfect. Thank you guys.
"Their Voice, Our Video" - Sally and Nick
Sally and Nick's story -
"Reid: I guess if you could both independently or together speak on each, what was your thoughts going in and getting the wedding video to begin with?
Nick: I think it was overall a really good experience. You were really easy to work with, I think Sally appreciated your response time was excellent.
Sally: To this day.
Nick: And when you're planning a wedding that's really the thing that you're looking for is quick response time, easy to work with, everything straightforward.
Sally: It's such an intimate moment that's being comfortable with someone who's really with you from the moment you start getting ready to the end of the night and being able to just feel comfortable and just excited to be sharing that moment with somebody there as well.
Nick: Yeah, it was a great experience overall.
Sally: And we got our video four days later.
Reid: Was videography something you thought you wanted? Was it kind of on the fence or what was your thoughts heading into the wedding?
Nick: We thought that we wanted to spend our money on things that would last. You can make your wedding nice, but some of that stuff goes by and it ends at the end of the night. Photography and videos, those are the things that kind of last. We put some thought into it but we thought we would invest in things like that that would last. We're happy with that we ...
Sally: To be fair we didn't know where to start though, we would watch videos online and we're like oh some are super cheesy and some aren't really our style. But we found you and you were so responsive again, we had so many questions really in the beginning because we didn't know what to expect. That was super helpful in helping us decide what to do.
Reid: And then what was your reaction when you guys saw the video?
Sally: Our video?
Sally: Oh my God, I was ecstatic because we had just landed in Bora Bora for our honeymoon and that was the first thing we did. Let me tell you it was amazing, but we got into our room and the first thing we did was watch the video. It was the perfect balance of capturing the day but you had edited so perfectly. There's one scene where my makeup artist and I are surprised and you captured it perfectly, it's in-between our vows. It couldn't have been better, there was nothing for us to say other than thank you.
Nick: I think our style is we like simplicity, we like things being straightforward. As Sally said, we don't like things being over the top, cheesy or anything like that. And I think that's what the final product ended up being was capturing what the day was. Everything was simple, but tastefully done and straightforward. We're really happy with it.
Sally: It's really nice to go back to those moments. Especially when I was saying my vows I was just bawling so to be able to go back and see it when I'm not, it was really awesome.
Reid: What was a favorite moment specific from you guys about the video? Because then I try to kind of match it up.
Nick: Do you have one?
Sally: You go first I'm thinking.
Nick: All the reaction shots are pretty cool.
Sally: Yeah, mine was probably the dress shot for sure. And then I really like how the video started right away with our vows where Dale our officiant is starting off with his brief but kind of meaningful of how the work really is between us and then going into our vows from there. That really kind of set up the whole video for us and carried the theme all the way through.
Nick: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Reid: I'm glad you guys liked the dress shot, those were good.
Sally: So awesome, I don't ... right now.
Reid: They were good. And Nick what about you?
Nick: The first look was pretty cool, that's really the one thing that you get is the first look of when you're going to get married.
Sally: I was so emotional.
Nick: Capturing that moment, that in itself might have been worth it.
Sally: I think we were surprised at how emotional that moment was because we were kind of prepared for the ceremony part of it, but that moment was good.
Reid: And then finally, what would you say to couples that they were kind of on the fence about videography? I guess what would be kind of your thoughts about it?
Sally: The day goes by so incredibly fast, there's no way that you could possibly remember all of it. And then there's so much that you don't get to be a part of because you're either mingling or getting ready, you're doing photos. You're really able to capture everything that we missed and the things that we won't really be able to soak in until later.
Nick: And then you can, on your wedding day you can plan out the food but the food's gone at the end of the night. You can plan out the drinks, but it's gone at the end of the night. The things that stay with you for years down the line is the memories that you can relive with photos and with videos as well especially.
Sally: I still tear up watching the video, Reid.
Reid: That's good.
Sally: It's like watching it in present day.
Nick: I'd say if you're on the fence this is the stuff that lasts.
Sally: Yeah, this is what really you'll take away from the wedding.
Reid: Perfect, the you go. You guys did great. Thank you so much. It was so funny I was just down in Vegas for that conference and I was walking in the room and Dale was there. I was like oh what's up man? He was doing a big talk on officiant and I think it was pre-wedding counseling.
Sally: We really do appreciate everything, your responsiveness and getting the video to us so quickly. We've heard horror stories from our friends, it took them a year to get their video back. And we loved every minute of ours, so thank you.
Reid: Well Juliana was great, I saw the photos.
Reid: I hope you guys ended up having a good experience with everything.
Sally: Yeah, for sure.
Reid: It was really fun, it was fun for us too. I really appreciate it because that's kind of why we do it.
Sally: My sister just got engaged so as they start planning I will send her your way.
Reid: There you go, I appreciate it. I hope she's as cool as you guys.
Reid: You guys enjoy, good luck with house hunting.
Sally: Thank you.
Nick: Great, thank you so much.
Reid: Have a good night, appreciate it.
“Their Voice, Our Video” - Cristina and Jason
Cristina and Jason's story -
"Reid: I just have like three or four quick questions. What was your guys' process like for hiring a wedding videographer? What was your thoughts behind it?
Cristina: Oh, I liked it. Answer that one, honey.
Jason: I didn't want one. No. But I'm glad we got one. I didn't want one.
Jason: But I'm glad we did.
Cristina: I'm the one who wanted it, and I was telling him that I wanted a videographer. And he's like, "No. It's not worth it," and whatnot. And all of a sudden I was like, "Okay." And I went on this search, and I looked at everybody else's ... had about five people that I was looking at all their videos and whatnot. Yours was the one who stood out that was different. Each video was different from one another, and that's what I liked. I liked how it was different and not the same. You brought how the person was, or the couple was, into the video, versus just a segmented thing that I saw on everybody's else's.
Jason: No, I liked it. I thought it was cool. I'm glad we got it. I'll tell you that.
Reid: So what was it like when you guys got to see the video? I mean I know it was pretty recent, but what was it like?
Cristina: Oh, gosh.
Jason: It was emotional.
Cristina: Yeah. I was crying. I cry every time I see it. There was things that I didn't know that was happening, which was another reason why I wanted to get it so that I could see what happened everywhere else because it's such a ... the day just goes by fast. So seeing that video, I was crying like a baby. I loved it.
Reid: And what about you, sir?
Jason: Yeah. It was good because you're getting pulled constantly from everywhere, and then it's cool that you guys captured the stuff that we couldn't see. I liked it. I thought it was cool. I loved it.
Reid: Let's wait for that. It sounds like a plane's going overhead. I think your guys' is always a good representation of ... I think photos are really important, and I think you can see emotion in photos, but I think that seeing your guys' emotion in the video and being able to hear and stuff ... I mean do you feel that? Is that an accurate statement? Or what do you say to that?
Jason: Oh, yeah. That's very accurate. Like when we redid the vows and you put that in the video and stuff, that was really cool how you tied other pictures into us doing the vows was actually pretty cool.
Cristina: That was one of my favorites. I liked how you captured the slide. That was awesome. That was really cool. I was like, "Oh!" And then the little moments of the running down the driveway, and then what I did. It just brings back the memories of how that whole thing came about.
Reid: And then what's it been like just being able to share it with family and friends and whatnot?
Cristina: Say that again?
Jason: What was it like sharing it with family and friends?
Cristina: Oh gosh. I called up a few of my girlfriends after I sent it out, and one of them answered and she had just tears running down her face, saying that it was absolutely beautiful. Like you did an amazing job at capturing everything. I called up my ordain, who was our ordain, and she was at work, and she was like, "I just got done bawling my eyes out. And I'm at work, so I had to take a couple minutes and regroup." And I was like, "Yeah." She loved it. So far, everybody who's seen it, it is phenomenal. And that's all they could say. And they were just amazed by how quick you got it back to us and just made it look effortless.
Reid: Awesome. Thank you for that. I appreciate that. What would you say, last question, and if you could both answer, to anybody that's on the fence about videography or doesn't think that it's ... and especially I would like for both to say.
Jason: You need to do it. It's worth it because it's like you said, the picture's kind of a more still thing, but you get the actual raw emotion of the whole entire thing. So, yeah. You need to do it. Because, like I said, I didn't want to do it, but you should do it. It's worth it.
Cristina: I agree. Everything that he said. I would do it anyways because then you get to see everything that you don't get to see when you're doing the wedding.
Reid: What's your big, last, hard sell if you had to tell somebody?
Cristina: Oh, gosh. The day goes by so fast that you miss the little things.
Jason: Or what people say and stuff like that in the little clips that you have. Because you can't hear what everybody's saying, but some of them, it's really funny of what actually really goes on, especially when you're not around. So it's totally cool because you can hear what people are saying and stuff like that, so that's pretty cool.
Cristina: He's loving the one that you got of us at the house with our daughter. That's his favorite one. So it's the little things that you miss out, like in our video, it was the kids playing on the swing set, and going down the slide, or people standing there on the fence, with the cows and interacting with them, or all the kiddos on the bouncy house. I didn't get to see any of that, and that brought more tears to my eyes because it was so beautiful just to see that everybody was having fun. And it's the little things that make the big difference in the whole videography. So, I love it. I'm excited that we did it.
Reid: Perfect. There you go. I appreciate it. Hopefully, that was quick and painless.
Cristina: It is.
Jason: It really is.
Cristina: I was waiting for him to say something because he's the one that was so anti-videography.
Jason: I did say something.
Cristina: No. That's why I wanted you to.
Reid: And it's good. I mean most of them it is that way where it's one or the other, and then it was one way or the other convincing. So I think that that is really relatable to a lot of people, so that's good because it is most ... even our friends, the one didn't want it. So it's good to have. And I really appreciate it. Yeah, you should get the DVDs. I mailed them yesterday. So you should get them, and let me know if you need anything else from me. I really appreciate it.
Cristina: You fucking rocked it.
Reid: Awesome. Good.
Cristina: You rocked it. Thank you. Thank you. Like, it is absolutely amazing.
Reid: I mean, even just where it starts out every time with the officiant talking and it's like ... it's just really emotional. I get emotional thinking about it.
Cristina: I know. I was getting teary eyed. I was like ...
Reid: But I sit and watch it all day. And so my wife will come him and I'll just be a wreck because I sit with it in front of me for six, eight hours. So it's cool, but I mean it was a really cool experience, so I really appreciate it.
Cristina: Did you have fun?
Reid: Oh, it was a blast. No, it was a blast. And I sent it to Jeff, and he loved it. And so we're excited.
Cristina: Tell him thank you, too.
Reid: I'm so glad. Yeah. And I'm so glad that he got that extra time with the house before I got there to get the cows and the orchard and all that kind of stuff. It's worth it, even for us to do all that, it was all worth it. So I was really happy with it.
Cristina: It really was. Cammy, that's her house. I go, "You should see how they did the cows, and they put your dog and the rooster." And it was absolutely amazing.
Reid: Yeah. And the bouncy house. And I was like, "You need to get the [inaudible 00:08:17] and the bouncy house going up." You know because a lot of videos start with a piano or whatever, but that was like real life for that wedding. And that's what it was. It was like a big backyard, still beautiful, still we got great portraits and stuff and all that. But, I mean, it was. And so it's like it needs to be really authentic to what that is, and I felt like it was really ... I thought Jeff did a really good job getting all that stuff. I thought it was really authentic.
Cristina: He did. The opening to it was actually amazing.
Reid: It's great. And that was all him.
Cristina: Everything just came to and it just flowed. And I'm like, "Oh my gosh. This is awesome." I think I've watched that video like, oh, umpteen million times by now.
Reid: It's perfect. I love it. So it's good.
Cristina: It's so awesome.
Cristina: So, again, Reid, thank you, thank you, thank you. You did absolutely amazing.
Reid: Well, like I said, if you ever need anything from me, let me know. Like I said, with the footage and the DVDs and stuff, just don't hesitate. I'm really easy to get ahold of, so.
Cristina: Okay. Sounds good.
Reid: Awesome. You guys have a good night. Thank you so much.
Cristina: Thank you.
Jason: Thank you.
"Their Voice, Our Video" - Jacquie and Derek
Jacquie and Derek's story -
"Reid: First off just thoughts going into the wedding day in terms of videography. Is that something you guys thought you wanted or how did that thought process come about?
Derek: Originally I was against it.
Derek: Not necessarily against it, but I just thought it was an unnecessary expense. When you're budgeting a wedding there's a lot of stuff that you have to turn down. But for Jacquelyn it became important and then I heard through other people that they really wished that they had videos of their wedding.
Jacquelyn: Yeah, I knew for sure that we had to have a videographer and that we'd make room in the budget. Definitely because I wanted to have memories of my loved one's being there. Everybody told me that it's going to fly by. The day is going to fly by and you have to soak in every moment. And honestly, I can't remember everything there. It all went by so fast. And to have the opportunity for you to make the video, and then even for us to get that extra footage, is amazing. There's things that it helps me recall what happened and I have it permanently. I think the really cool thing is actually today I started a new job and so the girls already knew. One of the coworkers was getting married and they were talking about my wedding and a couple of the girls were like oh, yeah. And I'm like here and so I sent them the link of our wedding video and they just loved it. They got to see, they got to be a part of it and they weren't even there, which is really cool. I really wanted it.
Derek: Yeah in hindsight I probably should have placed more importance on it than I did.
Jacquelyn: I had to push for it but we got it.
Derek: She shouldn't have had to push very hard because it's a no brainer thinking back.
Reid: That's kind of exactly the reason because generally when we do this it's one of, if not both, of the people didn't want to have it. And then for whatever reason they came along to it. I just think that's such an important story just to hammer home. That's all I do is talk to clients about that.
Jacquelyn: I think the funny thing, what sold Derek was that there was an older gentleman that heard that he got engaged and he told them that he has to have a videographer. And he's like oh my fiance's telling me that. Yeah, it was actually an older man.
Derek: Well the guy told me, we hadn't even talked about my resisting the video or anything like that or really anything. He's like there's two rules for a wedding, you have to have a videographer and you don't smash the cake in her face, that's the two things you don't do.
Reid: Well that's good, that's a good lesson so I appreciate that. That's funny. You guys were joking, you just talked specifically about day of. How did that whole process go?
Jacquelyn: Gosh, everything was just so easygoing. I feel really fortunate because we have Megan, who's awesome. And she kind of talked with Joe more than we had to, but I just felt super comfortable with him. Because he was with me in the bridal suite getting ready and everything just went so smooth. It was effortless honestly.
Derek: Everything went really well, that was the other resistance that I had to videographers. Originally my brother got married the year before us and they had a videographer that wanted us to choreograph a bunch of shots and stuff and do all sorts of stuff. And Joe and I forget is it Matt that was the other guy?
Reid: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Derek: Right. Matt was in our room and he didn't have us really choreograph anything. It was like well you got any ideas and just kind of rolled with it and it went really well.
Reid: And then when you guys got the video what was that initial being able to watch it reaction? What did you guys think?
Jacquelyn: Oh my god, I cried.
Derek: We didn't watch it together initially because you sent the video and then she sent it to me.
Jacquelyn: Oh, yeah.
Derek: I was on the road in Eastern Washington or something like that and I checked it out. I watched it like three or four times, it was a really good highlight video.
Jacquelyn: It makes me want to cry thinking about it. Literally, I'm probably going to cry. It was awesome. It was so cool to see it. It just highlighted the joy and the love that we have for each other. And to see everybody so happy during it, it was badass. It was so great. And to have the family pictures in it as well it brings it to life.
Derek: Right. During the wedding, you know this because you're married, during wedding day you don't really get to visit with everybody. You're getting pulled in 1,000 different directions to do 1,000 different things, and the wedding planner wants you doing certain things. Looking back at the video and actually getting to see everybody that was there and seeing that everybody was having a good time and seeing ...
Jacquelyn: Yeah, and to see what Derek was doing. It's awesome.
Derek: It was really cool, yeah.
Reid: Yeah, I loved your video. You guys had picked your music and whatever and I can't even remember the name of it but the song that's at the beginning of your video is absolutely my all-time favorite song on that site. And I've only used it one other time, and it's one of my most favorites. I just really loved it. When I was oh what music did they pick, I was like oh yes because I didn't even know the name of it and I plugged it in and I was like this is literally my favorite song. I just knew, I really liked it. I thought Matt did a really good job with all the little details, like going in the man cave and setting it up. I just really was happy with how it turned out. What is specifically a favorite memory from the video, do you guys have one?
Jacquelyn: Gosh, for me it was really nice, I didn't get to see people walk down the aisle. One of my favorite is actually watching the ring bearer kind of like walk past the aisle and turn around and sprint down.
Derek: Yeah, he like bee lined it so that was funny. I think my favorite part of the video was you paused at the beginning, you paused the music at the beginning because one of my groomsman said what if she doesn't even beeping show up, or whatever.
Derek: I thought it was hilarious, it was so funny.
Reid: I'm really glad. I told you it could be a line, but I was like it's so funny I had to at least send it because I really ...
Jacquelyn: I think that's what's perfect about it too is it was fun, the video. It wasn't all about, it added a lot of character to it. My favorite part though is when we're at the altar and we're saying our vows and I can see how excited I am on my face, the anticipation and the joy. It literally just flashes so quickly and to look back and be able to see it and I don't know, it's unbelievable to have video of the most important thing in my life. I just looked really happy, more happy than I thought I'd look.
Reid: I thought you guys looked really happy, I would definitely agree with that. You hope that people enjoy it. I thought you guys looked really happy. Ultimately, last question is if people are on the fence or they're like Derek out here that doesn't want to get a video. What do you say to that?
Derek: I say go for it especially with how you have it laid out. Another one of the things that kind of had me resisting it is that when you start looking at videographers specifically, there's so many different packages you can choose from and there's so many different upgrades that you can, and so many different things. The pricing, you never really get a straight price on some of the stuff that you're looking at. And the way that you had it laid out, it's like no this is just my price. It was so reasonable so why wouldn't we do that? For me the way that it turned out in hindsight it's obviously a no brainer.
Jacquelyn: What I would recommend is honestly if somebody's looking at their budget and they're like I don't know if we can make it work, honestly lower your entrees and your food choice for the caterer. I swear it's worth it. Feeding somebody versus having this for the rest of your life, they'll have a great time. The food's really not that important, so put that cost towards a videographer. For sure, absolutely no doubt about it.
Derek: Yeah, you should be able to make room in the budget ...
Jacquelyn: Don't take it away from the alcohol, but take it away from the food.
Reid: That's perfect. Well that's it guys, that's all I got.
Jacquelyn: Real quick my twin brother and his brother didn't get a videographer. And that's the number one thing they regret. Anybody I talk to, any bride that doesn't have a videographer, that's what they regret most is that they didn't have someone there to document it. Pictures are great, but a videographer is a whole different game.
Reid: Yeah. I think especially with the vows, there's a lot that goes into it. Even our wedding Saturday I'm just editing it right now and they've got six minutes of these amazing vows and they went to high school together and all this stuff. You're like man you have all these great photos of that and that's awesome to see the ceremony and stuff, but if he's crying and you see the photo it's like what's he crying about? You don't know, but if you see it then you see it, and then you know it gives you context to everything. Anyway, I do what I do. I don't need to tell you guys anymore.
Jacquelyn: One thing I wanted to book this sooner than later. I think we waited a little long to book you.
Derek: We were really luck to be able to get Joe and Matt for that day, really.
Reid: Thank you guys so much and for taking the time tonight. I really appreciate it.
Jacquelyn: Thank you so much. "
"Their Voice, Our Video" - Christina and Tanuj
Christina and Tanuj's story -
"Reid: I guess first off, what inspired you to look for a wedding videographer, or what brought that thought process about?
Christina: Well, obviously we wanted to be able to capture moments of the wedding that maybe I would be able to see, or parts of the wedding, getting ready, that he wouldn't be able to see. So, it was just important for us to be able to sort of look back and have a great visual for the whole ceremony and listen to our vows again, and we had heard of you specifically through a good friend of ours. So, we were really excited to talk to you, and get to know what services you had to offer.
Reid: And then your end Tanuj, were you sold on it?
Tanuj: I was once Christina showed me some of the stuff that you've been doing, and you worked pretty closely with Ro, and Ro said you guys worked really well together. And we saw your product and we really, really enjoyed watching our video. I really liked the fact that you hooked up a microphone to us so we could listen to our vows again, and it was recorded that way versus you just capturing the video alone from far out. So, being able to actually hear them, it was really, really important to us. And we really liked that concept that you have.
Reid: What was it like when you guys saw the video? I think I got it to you guys pretty quick, right? Were you-
Reid: Were you on your honeymoon?
Reid: What was that like, to be able to watch it?
Tanuj: Yeah, we watched it on our honeymoon. It was a really quick turnaround, and we really loved the video. And you captured a lot of the important things to us-
Christina: I mean, I cried.
Tanuj: Yeah, she cried during the vows.
Christina: It was great. I think during the wedding it happened so fast that you can't always hear everything. I mean, you hear what your significant other is saying, but some things you miss in their vows, and so it was really great to kind of hear everything that Tanuj had to say, and to laugh about the awkward moments where I can't read what vows I wrote, and it was really fun for that.
But the turnaround was great because it was only days into the honeymoon, and I said, "Oh my gosh, we can relive this already."
Tanuj: It was really nice to have that right away.
Reid: That's great. What was your favorite part, if you guys could both just, one specific thing?
Tanuj: For me personally, I liked the bagpiper and over the hill, that video of catching the sunset and downtown, that whole atmosphere. It was just really, really nice to have it because you guys captured it perfectly when the sun was setting, and it was really important to us and to Christina specifically that she wanted that sunset and downtown Seattle in the background.
Christina: I loved that it was funny and really sentimental all at the same time. I loved being able to hear our vows but then overlapping is parts of the video where all the groomsmen are being silly together when they're taking their pictures, and then the bridesmaids are being silly, and I think it was a great representation of who we are, which is that we care about each other a lot, so there's lots of sentimental things that we say, but then there's tons of laughter amidst all of it and goofiness. That was honestly perfect for us.
Tanuj: Yeah. You really captured how we are, just comfortable and normal, and we like to be serious in certain things, and we were, and we were silly and funny in other places. So, it was really good.
Reid: Perfect. And then finally, if somebody was on the fence about wedding videography, what would you say or if they thought maybe that wasn't for them, or they weren't sure?
Tanuj: Best made videos.
Christina: I would probably say, if they were on the fence, I mean I highly recommend it. It's just such a great way to capture and relive some of the best parts of your wedding, because you do have the highlight reel, but then you also have all of the other components. The full videos that you send us where I wasn't really able to see what happened when all the flower girls and the ring bearer went down, and some of those are the cutest parts for the wedding, and the bride doesn't always get to see that. So, I think you're able to see so much more than we're able to see, even on the dance floor. If we're going to greet other people, you're able to capture some of the funny moments that are going on that we can't actually see.
Tanuj: Yeah, you miss a lot when you're getting married. Your friends having a good time, and you're trying to say hi to everybody and greet everybody, so you miss all the funny things like the groomsmen "Despacito" song. I missed that, I wanted to see it. It was really important to have the video, even the raw footage, and the highlight video. Everything. Everything came together really well, and it's something I can hold over my friends and make fun of them later too. So, it was really well done.
Reid: Perfect. Well, that's it. You guys killed it.
Reid: Thank you so much.
Tanuj: You did really did a good job with our wedding. We really appreciate it.
Christina: And we really want to thank you too for recommending Ro, because I wouldn't have heard about him if you hadn't suggested him, so just after comparing ... After you suggested him, we kind of went online and just compared his work compared to other people that we were looking at, we were just in love with his pictures and we're really happy that you guys ...
Tanuj: You guys work really well together.
Christina: Yeah, you work so good together.
Tanuj: It's so awesome for both of you to kind of be on the same page with video and photography, but yeah. You guys were just amazing, you and your team, and everything was just ... We loved it. We loved it.
Christina: Yeah, it was good.
Tanuj: Thank you.
Reid: Well, I appreciate it. And I really do appreciate it because you said we had booked so long ago, and you being Sinae’s friend, and even after we met for Starbucks, and then I had your guys' save the date, and so ... The ones that are on the calendar for a long time, you really do hope that it all just goes well for everybody, that you guys have a good day and that we're able, and so ... It is always a relief when those really been on a calendar for a year, it's like, "Oh good." It all went good for them, and they were happy, and Row's happy, and I'm happy. It's just good.
Tanuj: It was great. Yeah.
Christina: Yeah, it was really good.
Reid: Thank you guys so much. I appreciate it.
Tanuj: Good luck with everything.
Reid: Thanks. Have a good night."
“Their Voice, Our Video” - Elizabeth and Bronson
Elizabeth and Bronson's story -
"Reid: What led to your decision to hire a wedding videographer?
Elizabeth: I had to convince him, but I actually saw one of my friends, she had a wedding video that she posted on Facebook, and I fell in love with it. I said, I want to do that, because it's more than just a photo, because you can hear voice. You can actually see-
Bronson: I wasn't convinced at first until I watched them. Watched the videos and then it's ... different than slideshow or just photos, video actually makes like, you can see people laughing. See people emotion's emotions, not just a still photo of somebody. So that [inaudible 00:00:55], if that makes sense.
Reid: And then what was your reaction when you guys saw your wedding video for the first time?
Elizabeth: Yeah, I just kept watching. I'm like, "Is it over yet? Can I keep going and going?"
Bronson: It's weird watching it happen, because you're so caught up int he moment sometimes, like, during the wedding, you forget things that are happening, you have so many emotions and you're excited and happy and then you go back and watch it, you're like, it's kind of surreal, watch it happen again.
Reid: And what about you, Elizabeth?
Elizabeth: Well, I'm not a very emotional person, but I loved it, and ... I didn't cry.
Bronson: You cried.
Elizabeth: Did I cry?
Bronson: Yeah, you cried the first couple times.
Elizabeth: Okay, maybe I cried one time. I do watch it often and I love ... I don't know, I love seeing everything I didn't get to see, if that makes sense. Like, from other people's views, rather than just myself.
Reid: What's your favorite part of the video?
Elizabeth: Oh, man. I liked him getting in the car. That was hilarious. When he was blindfolded? That was super funny. Because I didn't get to see that, because I was behind the door, so it was funny for me to see what he was going through when I wasn't there.
Bronson: Dancing was also pretty fun to watch. You and your dad, dance.
Elizabeth: Oh yeah, me and my dad dancing. Yeah, that was good.
Bronson: There's a lot of good stuff.
Elizabeth: I should have watched it to refresh my memory.
Bronson: You've been so busy. We're up in Seattle, so we were pretty hectic this past weekend.
Reid: That's okay. What was, I guess, your family or friends, what was their reaction to your video?
Elizabeth: Oh my gosh, we had a ... everybody could not stop posting it. Everybody said they cried, pretty much. We probably had like, 200 comments on it.
Bronson: I had a few people go, "Who'd did you hire? Somebody from Hollywood?"
Elizabeth: I had people asking me who are going to get married, like, "Hey, I love your wedding videographer, how much is it?" Trying to get information because they loved the video so much. And a lot of people said how much they cried.
Reid: What was it like actually working with the videography on the day of? Talk about, like, was that easy, or what was that like?
Elizabeth: I kind of enjoyed you guys being around. You didn't interrupt at all, but it was just kind of nice to have somebody ... for me, it kind of eased my stress level? You guys are so calm and you're like, "Just walk here, it's going to be okay." It was nice to have someone with me and telling me, it's going to be okay, just do your thing and it's okay.
Bronson: I enjoyed it.
Elizabeth: I enjoyed having you in the car ride for an hour and a half with the thunder and lightning and hail. That was fun.
Bronson: Yeah. There was no bad transitions. It always segued. I almost forgot you were even there sometimes.
Elizabeth: Besides enjoying you being there, I didn't notice that you were there, if that makes sense. And some photographers, how it's really awkward, like, "Put your head this way," or "Do this." It flowed really nicely.
Yeah, especially the way you worked with Jessica, too. She's taking pictures and you're doing the video at the same time and we didn't have to do anything five times in a row. I thought it was good.
Bronson: It was really good. I enjoyed it.
Reid: And then finally, if there were couples that were thinking about not having a videographer for their wedding day, if both of you guys could kind of, what would be your thoughts or ... how you would kind of, not convince people, but what would your thoughts be?
Bronson: I would say I'd be the biggest skeptic on the romantic videos and stuff like that. I was like, "Oh, we don't need one." But then, going back and looking at them? They capture so much more than any photo could and it really captures a lot of the wedding that you don't really, in a sense, get to see at the time because you're so caught up in the moment of other things going on.
Elizabeth: Or, it's really nice, I've watched it a few times since, we both are so busy, I've watched it a few times, but, try to make a point, like, okay. Six months, let's plug it in. A year, let's plug it in. Year two, let's plug it in. So it's kind of something that you can look forward to reliving, basically, your emotions that are going on while you're watching it, kind of like as an anniversary. That's kind of cool too.
Reid: Overall decisions on making, getting the wedding video? Positive? What would be kind of your in conclusion?
Elizabeth: Oh, best decision ever. I'm so glad we decided to hire you and having a wedding video. I love it.
Bronson: Yeah. I agree with that.
Elizabeth: I would have never changed anything else. That was the number one thing on my list. I'm glad that we hired a wedding videographer.
Bronson: Yeah, I agree.
Reid: Can you talk about just the retainer scene in the video? Did you think that was funny or talk about that?
Elizabeth: Oh yeah, the retainer. When I was opening gifts?
Elizabeth: Yeah, it was hilarious. And it was so funny, because I even told Jessica, "Please make sure I take out my retainer, because I just got my braces off," and I was wearing it 24/7, and I knew it was gonna happen, and I got so caught up with everything going on and I'll be darned, taking photos with my retainer in. With a lisp, too.
Doesn't happen as often now, but I still catch myself, carrying it around. "Oh, let me take that out real quick."
Bronson: I thought it was good. I thought it kept it light, in a sense. Because you get so emotional and stuff, but it kind of brought the mood back up, like when you-
Elizabeth: Yeah, like you getting in the car with the blindfold. That was good.
Bronson: Banging my head.
Reid: What were your overall thoughts on hiring a wedding videographer?
Elizabeth: Oh, it was the best decision ever. It was my number one, you know, thing on my checklist, to hire a wedding videographer. And I'm so glad I decided to hire you, because the wedding video is amazing and it didn't take too long to get my video back.
When you're waiting for it, you're like, "Please, I want to see pictures!" And boom, it was right there, so it was great.
Elizabeth: It's nice to keep in contact, not really in contact, with you ... I don't know, it's nice. I've never hired somebody and you know, followed through with all this ratings and ... it's kind of cool. We put a lot of work into our wedding and we're proud of it.
Elizabeth: It's a great video.
Bronson: And that was completely ...
Elizabeth: We let you do whatever you want.
Bronson: I think that was the best decision, because we would probably screw it up if we tried to do it.
Elizabeth: I think that's probably the best advice, is let you do your thing. I'm like, you pick the music. You do this. You do whatever you want to do. And it was perfect. And then, that leaves some-
Bronson: Full reins over the editing, because we probably would have picked.
Elizabeth: Put that in there. Let you do your work.
Bronson: If other people are listening, you want that video? You have to let Reid do his thing.
Elizabeth: Yeah, for sure.
Reid: Well, thank you guys, I know you're so busy. I really appreciate it. And it means a lot, so thank you guys. I'll send it over.
Bronson: Thank you for all you did for us.
Reid: Awesome. Enjoy your day.
Elizabeth: You too!
Reid: Alright, bye."
“Their Voice, Our Video” - Ina and Ron
Ina and Ron's story -
"Reid: Cool! Thank you, guys. Basically, we just have a couple quick questions, just about wedding videography. If you guys could both start just what inspired you to hire a wedding videographer in the first place. I guess, what brought that decision about?
Ina: Okay. Is there gonna be a, "Three, two, one, action"?
Reid: We're recording, so whenever you're ready, you are good.
Ina: Okay. So, I guess what inspired us to get a videographer was ... At first, we didn't want to. We were gonna focus on photos, and then the more I started thinking about the whole moment and everything, and our age difference, I thought I wanted to be able to have something to look back on when we're not together anymore. So, I started doing some research and found out some good information and that was it for me. I just wanted something to capture the memory so that I could hear and see him. Hear his voice and hear everybody's voice.
Ron: It's interesting because she ... You know, usually when we make any of these decisions, we actually talk together and we make these decisions together. And so after she had done her research and talked to a couple of her friends, she came to me and she said, "I'm gonna get a videographer and I'm putting my foot down on this one because I think it's really important that we have one." And at the time I wasn't sold like she was because I had not done the research or had any conversations with anybody. I was looking at one thing, that was looking at the price tag on the sign over there, you know what I mean? That's what I was looking at. And so it's not often that she says, "I'm putting my foot down 'cause I really do want this." And she said that and I said, "Okay, then let's go talk to some people, then." That's how we got there.
Reid: What was your reaction when you guys got your wedding video and were able to see it for the first time?
Ina: I cried. I cried at ... I think the first thing that struck me was the very beginning and the song, and just how it led into our video. You know, our name pops across the screen and it was beautiful. And I cried and I just thought to myself, "I'm so glad that we did this. I just can't imagine not having it." And I was so happy.
Ron: Yeah, it actually brings a certain immersion, when you just asked me that question because it was breathtaking. I can't even describe what it actually brought out, just watching us, both of us, because there's things that were happening with her that I would've never got to experience had it not been for that video, and I've watched it over and over and over again. It's almost like every time I watch it is like the first time seeing it and again, especially in the beginning-
Ron: ... when there was things that I didn't see. I didn't see what was going on in her room and all the stuff that was going on. I did not see all the stuff she was ... all the preparation. For us to be right out there in front of that hotel when we actually saw each other for the first time. I didn't see anything leading up to that on her side. This brings a whole different meaning to the whole thing.
Reid: What is ... besides the opening part, what's your guy's favorite section or part in the video, or what was it then that you liked the most, I guess?
Ina: You know, the thing that I liked the most was when I was ... when we watched it for the whole length of it and everybody that you spoke to that we had no idea that you spoke to, and I think out of everything, my favorite part was my brother-in-law and sister-in-law at the very end. They all mean a great deal to me, every single one of them and everybody at our wedding, but to just see those two, because they are such a big part of our lives, and Jeannie and Melvin closing it up at the end ... yeah, that was very sweet and that was ... out of all of that ...
Ron: Yeah, I think I kind of agree with that, but I think I want to answer your question in a different way, Reid, because for me, people say when you actually go through the wedding, you're just there and you just don't realize everything that's going on around you, or even some of the things that you're doing or saying as ... even if you're saying them. You just don't ... you're just not really have a vivid memory of that. And so that video allowed me to fill in all those gaps and to go back and make all those things real, all of them, including that last clip.
So, I'm not so sure I have a favorite part. I mean, I think there's some things that I actually gloss over, like my brother ... well, you took the part out of there for him, but ... but, you know, just some people talking are funnier than others and so I probably go back and watch them more than some of the other ones, but just making that whole thing real. You know, when she put her foot down and said, "This is what I want" and we did it, I just can't even imagine us not having that. I mean, how sad would that be if we didn't have that?
Reid: Perfect, and then last question: If somebody was maybe on the fence about videography ... hiring a videographer ... what would you say to them, or what would be your thoughts on that matter for the wedding?
Ina: I would say they would need to do it and they would regret it if they didn't. You know, interesting on how I found you because when I was doing my research, I listened to the blog and I didn't even see your portfolio or anything; I heard your voice and how you were talking, and how passionate you were about videographing and the weddings and just capturing moments, that I thought, "This is our guy." So, I would just tell people, I think, to really sit back and think about it and go with your heart because what I didn't know was you did pictures as well. You know, I thought it was just gonna be the video and we have pictures from you too, and so, you know, I guess people can think about that. Because they don't know. And so they just cannot not have a videographer. You have to do it. You have to. Just to be able to go back and look.
Ron: Yeah. You know, and I don't know how everybody else does it. I know that we sat down and we said, "Okay, let's put all the things down that we want in our wedding and ... you know, and try to come up with how much all that costs so we can have some kind of thing going in about how much money we're gonna spend." And we actually tried to prioritize those. You know? You've gotta have food, so that's gotta be somewhere at the top of there. But no, you've gotta have a cake. That's got to be up there. You've gotta have champagne. Stuff like that are the things that you have to have, and then you start getting into those other things about flowers and such.
I think when it comes to a video, I think, you know, after you buy a wedding dress and after you deal with the food ... 'cause people have to eat 'cause they're gonna be there ... and what they're gonna drink. I think the video has to come next. It has to because it's just that important. There is no way to recapture the moment of what you're going through without the video. Pictures are one thing. The video is something completely different. I would give anybody any advice that you cannot have a wedding without having a video of that wedding. And it doesn't matter what that means you can't do without. I mean, you've gotta make it ... have to make it work where the video's in there and everything else comes after that. Did you have one at your wedding? Did you have a video?
Reid: Perfect. Thank you guys. That was so good.
Reid: Perfect. Thank you guys so much. I really appreciate it and I really do love your guy's video. I mean, that's why ... I mean, the people that I reached out to were the really special ones and obviously people I knew would be a good testimonial, but then the videos and the days that were really special, and I think your guy's was obviously one of a kind. So, thank you guys for letting me do that. It's been really fun to come back and do all this stuff and talk to people about it and hear stuff that I didn't know and stories and stuff, so it's really nice.
Ina: Yeah. Well, thank you, Reid.
Ron: Thanks, Reid. Talk to you later.
Ina: Bye, Reid.
Reid: Thank you. Bye."
“Their Voice, Our Video” - Brooke and Dominick
Brooke and Dominick's story -
"Reid: Okay, Go for it.
Brooke: Well we weren't originally planning on having a videographer, it was just something that just seemed so far out of reach ...
Dominick: We actually talked about it, and decided not to include it in the budget at all.
Brooke: Mm-hmm (affirmative)-
But it was ... after talking with Reid, and I literally went through and watched every single video on his website, and then after that, I knew. I had to-
Dominick: She was like I have to have a wedding video and it has to be Reid.
Brooke: I did. I went and I said, "I have to have it."
Like it just ... and we knew people who didn't have videography at all, and they didn't regret that, like that was a choice that they made, and they didn't regret that at all.
And so, that was kind of the mindset we were in, but then it's like, "Well, what if we do though? What if we do regret not having it?" And I just didn't want to have any regrets about our wedding day. I just wanted to have the most ... just to have all of that captured, and-
Dominick: It just gets a lot more of the emotion and the feel of the day.
Brooke: Yeah. And we got some amazing compliments on it. I mean, perfect strangers were sharing the video saying, "This is what a wedding is supposed to be."
And that ... you don't get that with either like a cellphone capturing a video of the vows, or just something set up in the back; you don't get that emotion.
But with a professional you get the story telling of it. You really get the emotion of the day, the excitement, and it's just told in a really, really beautiful and crafted way.
Reid: What was your reaction when you guys got the video?
Dominick: So, we were still on our honeymoon, and Reid contacted me and said, "Hey, look out for a link later today."
Brooke: I was super nervous to watch it. I was getting butterflies, before and when waiting for it to load and come through. I was getting butterflies to watch it.
Dominick: When we came back from doing our honeymoon that day, and came back to the hotel, and the link was ready for us. And it was ... I mean, it was really fantastic, it really brings you back to the day. I mean, it's only a couple days later, but it all seems like so long ago, because it's such a dream day.
Brooke: I don't actually remember ... there was so many points during the day that did not register with me; they went so fast. And I don't remember a whole lot. It just ... it really ... there was so many emotions going on. And so to see that, and to see also the parts where we weren't there. Like, there were things that we just didn't see.
Dominick: You're taking pictures in the evening and all this stuff is going on at the reception, and you've got ... Reid is with us while we are taking pictures, but there is someone, a second shooter, doing video of the reception while you're gone, and you get to see people dancing and having a good time and we had a great shot of her Dad dancing-
Brooke: My Dad dancing to "Play that Funky Music".
Dominick: So it was really cool to have that, to see what else was going on, while you were talking with guests. And you can see more if what your guests are doing, and that they're having a good time. And it's really cool to get the other side of the wedding, not from our perspective.
Brooke: It was. I watched it so many times, throughout the rest of the honeymoon I watched it so many times.
Reid: What was your favorite part of the video? And if you could both add a specific moment from the video, from the edited one, so I can kind of match it up then ... if that's possible.
Brooke: I think it was the vows for me. I think the vows were my favorite, because you don't get ... without video you can't see the emotion. You get the pictures, and you see the looks in your eyes and whatnot. But I think that hearing those, and being able to go back, five, ten, fifty years from now, and being able to relive that, and to actually hear them ... I mean, he choked up a little bit. And that's just a really special memory that I can't wait to relive.
Dominick: Yeah. My favorite was also the vows. I mean, her vows were so fantastic. But when you're up there, your heart is pounding and you know, I'm sitting up there shaking, trying to read my vows and you know you're barely hearing what's going on. So its really nice to be able to get that shot from in the back, and see your vows again, and hear them again, and see the two of you, you know, you're looking at each other and it's just ... everything just feels like you're there again and it's just really fantastic to watch.
Reid: Yeah, I think you had commented right after the ceremony and you said, "Wow, I couldn't even remember what he had just said." And it's like 30 seconds after the ceremony.
Brooke: I don't. I don't recall it.
Dominick: Yeah, my heart was pounding and I don't remember the ceremony.
Brooke: I don't remember music being played, like walking down the aisle, I don't even remember the music being played, I didn't hear any of it.
Dominick: It's kind of like going back to your wedding again, because ... it's probably not just me. But, you know, I think that's how a lot of weddings go, and so it's really nice to be able to see it and experience it.
Reid: And then finally, what would you say to someone who was just really on the fence with videography?
Dominick: For me, it was absolutely worth it. I am so glad that we went with videography, because it does let you live that day again. It goes by so fast. Everyone tells you it's going to go bye so fast, and it really does.
And it's really hard to make memories of all of that. And having photographs are great, but like she said, you don't capture the emotion, you don't capture the spirit that's going on. You don't get the same laughter, and people's voices, and all that extra detail is something that makes it into the video that won't be captured in a photograph.
Brooke: I would say, if somebody is on the fence, meaning if they are even considering it: Just do it. You won't regret it.
If you are considering it, thinking about it, then you will not regret it. If you're even thinking about it, and want to make it happen.
I am so glad that we made it happen. And it is one of my most prized ... it's one of the things I most cherish about the days, the fact that we were able to have that video.
Dominick: We show the video to anyone who wants to see it ... if they ask how the wedding was. You know, I show them the video first, and then, I guess if you don't want to watch the video, here's a picture. But really the video capture's everything.
Brooke: Yeah, it's just the best way to share it, just the day in a nutshell.
Reid: Perfect! There you go! Thank you guys, I really appreciate it. "
“Their Voice, Our Video” - Annabrodea and Aaron
Annabrodea and Aaron's story -
"Reid: Talk to me about why you guys hired a wedding videographer.
Annabrodea: What was I saying?
Reid: You said you were originally not-
Annabrodea: We weren't originally gonna hire a wedding videographer, but we got really nervous about photography and stuff like that. So we started looking into it and I found you on Weddingwire, was that right?
Aaron: I think so.
Annabrodea: Okay. I don't remember where I found you. But I found you and a couple others and I looked at the videos and showed them to him and he liked your videos the best. So we shot you an email and everything worked out. For us it was last minute. It was still like four months before the wedding, I think. But for us it was really a last minute decision, if that makes sense.
Reid: What about your thoughts, Aaron?
Aaron: She was mostly the wedding planner and she made my job easy by selecting ones that she was like "Alright, I like this one, I like this one, I like this one, I like this one. Which one do you like?" And I picked you. I thought yours was awesome.
Reid: What were your thoughts about videography in general? Were you hesitant? Did you think that was necessary?
Aaron: The idea of videography to me was really cool because I remember my parents, they have their video and they don't watch it all the time anymore because compared to what we have now, it's a little outdated. They used to love plugging it into the VCR and playing it. So I wanted to do the same thing where I could just go on our phones and kind of relive what's been one of our favorite days.
Reid: What was your ... Both of your guys, what was your reaction when you saw your video?
Annabrodea: So we were on our honeymoon and we had turned our phones off for the majority of it and we turned ours on like the fourth day we were on the cruise and there was an email and we opened it. And we were super excited and we clicked on the link and then, of course we were on a cruise ship, so the wifi sucked, so it took an hour to load. And we were like "We can't handle it." We were so excited. And it finally played and both of us cried. And we were like "This is amazing."
Aaron: Yeah, we were blown away.
Annabrodea: This is perfect. It was the perfect way to remember our wedding because it was exactly how both of us felt during our wedding. Yeah. What do you think?
Aaron: My thoughts were that it was way better than I ever thought it would be. It was better than I had imagined it to be. It was better than I had hoped it to be. And it got all my favorite parts of the wedding put together in exactly the way that I didn't know I wanted. But it blew me away. And we watched it, I think, four or six more times.
Annabrodea: Just during the honeymoon. And then-
Aaron: That hour.
Annabrodea: Yeah, that's right. We still had the whole rest of the day just watching it over and over and over again. Because it just made us so happy. And we picked out different things each time.
The first time I watched it, I actually didn't hear him teaching them how to tie each other's ties. And the second time we watched it, I was like "Did you have to teach all of them how to tie a tie?" He's like "Yes, we all got in a circle and I taught them how to tie a tie."
So hearing him and the way it cut from the music right into him talking was perfect. It was just really funny.
Aaron: It was great. I thought the best part was when she realized that she actually knocked one of the stage props off with her dress. It was like the fourth time we watched it. But things like that make us wanna keep watching and seeing everything, if we missed anything. And then now we watch it just to relive our day.
Annabrodea: And we show it to everyone.
Aaron: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Annabrodea: Everybody. Everybody and their grandparents, and their mothers and their fathers and everybody.
Aaron: Yeah. I think we sent it to all of our friends and family.
Annabrodea: We did. We were like "You have to watch this. This is amazing."
Aaron: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Reid: And then last question, if someone was on the fence about having a videographer, what would be your thoughts on that?
Annabrodea: So I can only think of one reason why you wouldn't get a videographer and it's for the money. And if I had had to choose between photos and my video, I would've picked my video every single time. Of course, you don't know that before the day comes, but I would choose my video over my photos any day of the week.
Because everyone at your wedding, even if you tell them not to, is snapping pictures. So you have pictures from the day. But getting to relive your day every single time you watch it-
Aaron: As a whole.
Annabrodea: Yeah, it's something that you can't capture in a photo and you can't capture in your mind either. So I would say if you don't do it you're crazy. But yeah. What about you?
Aaron: I think if somebody's contemplating not getting a videographer, I would advise them to rethink that. Because-
Annabrodea: You should think that through.
Aaron: You should really think that through. Because photos, sure you can flip through a photo album and it's really quick. You can go to your favorite photo, but a video captures everything. It captures the emotion, it captures the scene, it captures the flow, the music. There's nothing missed in a video. And so I'd say that if you're not gonna get a videographer, you'll regret it.
Annabrodea: Actually, we've told that to a couple of our friends. Any time we hear someone's getting married, we send them a link to your website and a copy of our video. We're like "So, we know this really really amazing guy. And he does amazing videos. And so this is what you should do. And if you're on the fence about it, you need to get a videographer. It's worth it." And a couple of our friends have been saying that they don't necessarily want a videographer, that's not important to them. And both of us have been talking with them about how it's meant the world to us and it's something that we can't replace. It's irreplaceable. That's the word I'm looking for.
Aaron: When somebody asks us for something to look at when they ask about our day, we don't ... The first thing we go for is our phone to show them the video.
Annabrodea: Yeah. We're not like "Look at this photo." We're like, "Here watch the day."
Aaron: The thing we're most happy to share with other people is the video. The short one, the long one if they'll watch it.
Annabrodea: I mean if they wanna watch the 30 minute video, I'll show it to them.
Aaron: The first thing we always show them is the video.
Annabrodea: We're like "You have 10 minutes right? Here you go."
Annabrodea: Yeah. It's perfect. We couldn't be more happy with it. Yeah.
Reid: I really appreciate it. It means a lot, both your words and then taking the time to come on and do this. So thank you and I really appreciate it and I hope you guys-
Annabrodea: You too.
Reid: I hope you guys like your video and it's good that I like just being able to stay in contact with people and check in. It's good.
Reid: Awesome. Thanks. Have a good night you guys. Enjoy.
Annabrodea: You too.
Aaron: You too.
"Their Voice, Our Video" - Briannah and Drew
Briannah and Drew's story -
"Reid: Okay, go for it.
Briannah: So I actually had no plans on getting a videographer. I didn't think that it was something that I cared about or that was important, and something that, in our year-and-a-half-long engagement, we spent no time considering. We had a great photographer and thought that was enough.
About seven, eight days before the wedding-
Briannah: I decided I couldn't live without a videographer. One of our friends had just gotten married and had Best Made Videos do theirs, we loved it.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: So, I contacted Reid and ... like a crazy person ... and asked if he'd be willing to do our wedding. That was a Saturday and we were getting married Sunday. The next Sunday.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: And he said he'd make it happen and it was one of the best decisions we made with our wedding.
Drew: Yeah, it worked out perfectly. It was very last-minute though, and he helped us figure out all the stuff and we made it happen.
Drew: And we're really glad we did.
Briannah: Very happy.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Reid: What was it like when you guys saw your video for the first time?
Briannah: We were in shock. We were in shock that, not only how great it turned out, but how many things that we didn't remember that we were able to then recount and recall through the video.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: I think a huge thing is we were so surprised we almost didn't do it.
Briannah: And to see how great it turned out and to relive it was incredible.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: It was the best day of our lives and so it was amazing to go back and have all that.
Drew: And one of the busiest days too. It happens really fast. So to go back and to see all these cues really reminds you of the day and what happened.
Reid: Yeah, talk about the difference between like, obviously having the photos, but then having kind of that living video as well, with being able to hear the ceremony and all that stuff.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah. Well, so the ceremony, in particular, happens ... you're in front of everybody, there's a lot going on ... and it happens pretty quick. You try to take in the moment the best you can, but to get that actually documented and to actually hear my wife tell her vows to me again and have that captured so nicely and perfectly, it's just priceless.
Briannah: Yeah. The photos I can't say enough about because we're so happy that we have a really phenomenal photographer and have all of that, but I think, again, the vows was huge. Speeches was really big. Seeing our first dance ... there's things I don't even remember about that-
Briannah: Because you're just, you're on cloud nine and it goes by so quickly.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: It was really fun seeing, in action, what he was doing when I was away and to see our first look through in a different light. It's incredible. I'd say that the photography and the videography ended up being the most important elements of our entire wedding, so we're very happy we did both of them.
Reid: What was it like working with the videographer during the day, just the actual process of it and all that?
Drew: Yeah, really easy. Reid was ... you were there, but you weren't ever in the way. You always could tell that you were catching the shot and you were part of it, but you were just in the background, perfectly-
Drew: Making it happen.
Briannah: It was seamless. It was really seamless. I think it was really cool, too, because it's another really artistic eye to see it, in addition to the photographer. So, there would be times where we would maybe move around or go to a different backdrop.
We got married in the city, so it's really urban, kind of industrial, nothing really pretty. There's not any fields around-
Drew: She was pretty.
Drew: Or flowers or anything to kind of make it great. There's brick and there's walls and there's dumpsters, and somehow, between our photographer and Reid and Best Made Videos, they just made it incredible. And made it part of the concept, which is really cool.
Reid: I actually thought you guys[inaudible 00:04:02] really pretty in photos. What's your favorite part of the wedding video? If you could both say a specific moment, or part of it? I don't know if that's hard or not.
Briannah: Yeah, gosh.
Drew: I really, really liked the short video that you put together. You can watch it really quick, it's just a couple minutes long, and you can just watch it and it's like you're there again.
Drew: Real quick and so that part is awesome.
Briannah: Obviously, in addition to the footage, I love how you did the vows over our video so it starts out with us giving our vows, which was really special and emotional. I was on the verge of a complete meltdown the whole time, in a good way. I was holding back tears and so, I think that it just took everything in me to concentrate on not a breakdown. It was really special to hear it back.
We finished the vows and it's like, "Did that all work out? Did it come across how I wanted it to?" So I thought that was really incredible that you tied that into and we didn't know that you were going to do that and so that was very, very special-
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: And a really cool editing part of it.
I really love how the music ties into it and you really found us and our concept with the music in addition to the video.
At the very end we did a send-off, we did a Seahawk send-off, and I love how you stopped the music and did just the "Seahawks"-
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: The whole day, yeah. That was really cool.
Reid: Just a couple more.
Reid: Can you talk about having that video to share with family and friends, through Facebook and whatever else and just how easy that was or good that is?
Briannah: Yeah. That was so cool. A lot of our family and friends have Facebook, which is really special. People, a family that was a part of it or friends-
Drew: People that couldn't make it even.
Briannah: Yeah, that were in the wedding, that was super fun to see themselves. People that couldn't make it, we could let them feel like they were there a little bit. We were able to text it to people, email it. A lot of people asked us about it, so we were able to share that so easily-
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: Which was amazing.
Drew: Yeah. I sent a link to all the people at work for the short video and they were able to get a feel of what happened that weekend.
Reid: Can you say that again? Because I didn't do a good job of prompting, like, being able to share it online or just to give a context to the beginning of that? Like, it was great to be able to share it online or just something to give context to that.
Briannah: Okay, yeah.
Reid: I should've done a better job prompting there, I'm sorry.
Drew: That's cool.
Briannah: It was great, once we had the video, which, by the way, it was very, very quick. I couldn't believe how quickly we had the videography back.
Drew: Yeah. It was a week or two [crosstalk 00:06:52] the first-
Briannah: It was so nice to be able to share it online and share it on Facebook and share it to our friends and family. Social media is huge and it just made it so easy just to upload it.
We're coming up on our six-month anniversary and I can't wait to share it again online so people can see it.
Reid: Two more questions. Yeah, can you talk about how quick you got the video back and how nice that was?
Briannah: Yeah, gosh. Truthfully, I have friends and family that got married in the summer and just now got their videography back in the last couple of months.
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: We got it back within a couple of days. The biggest delay was, truthfully, that, since we hadn't [inaudible 00:07:32] any pre-planning ... because I asked them eight days out to do our wedding video. We just needed to figure out the music. But, it was within a couple of days we had the short version. Then, very quickly after that, we had the long version, the extended version.
But, it was amazing. I would say that I was expecting months, and it was a couple of days.
Reid: And then finally, both of you, just talk about if there was somebody that wasn't, obviously, considering videography, why they should consider it?
Drew: Yeah. It's one of the best take-aways from something that we can actually go back to and relive the experience. If we had missed the opportunity, this last-minute decision to get the videographer, I would still be kicking myself forever.
Briannah: Yeah. I would say to anybody even, if you're on the fence or you're not sure you want to do it, do it. It was, again, one of the best decisions. If you're worried about budget, find a place for it. I think there's a lot of other things you can kind of cut out or minimize a little bit more.
I would say it's well worth the investment. It's actually, it's priceless.
Briannah: We look back at it and would have done that ten times over. We're so happy. We get to go through it, we get to still live it with our friends and family and ourselves. If I'm having kind of a bad day, I find myself going back and watching the wedding video-
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: To relive it and to just experience that part of it. One day we'll share it with our kids, which is really special.
Briannah: And always remember what it was like when we got married-
Drew: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Briannah: And why we got married and our love story.
Drew: Absolutely. Yeah.
Reid: Cool. Thank you so much."
“Their Voice, Our Video” - Rakayla and Juan
RaKayla and Juan's story -
"Reid: If you guys first off could just briefly speak about why you decided to have a wedding video in the first place.
Rakayla: Well, at first, we didn't want one. Then I thought about it and was like, "No, this is something we're gonna have forever."
Rakayla: We didn't want just anyone. And then I saw your work, and I was like, that is perfect. Exactly what-
Juan: She showed it to me. I automatically agreed.
Rakayla: I was like, that's just what we're looking for.
Juan: At first, we were gonna just do it ourselves.
Rakayla: Yeah, just think how that would've been.
Reid: Why make that leap then from trying to do it yourself to hiring somebody?
Rakayla: Well, probably time. And then it's your wedding. You don't want to be doing all that work on a wedding. Our wedding, we already did so much work planning for it. Might as well give it to someone else who's more professional.
Reid: Perfect. Talk about what was your reaction when you guys first saw your video.
Rakayla: I was ... oh my God, I cried.
Juan: Yeah, it was sweet. I loved it.
Rakayla: It was beautiful. And everybody loved it too. And it was ... the turnaround time was so fast.
Juan: Right, it just made the experience more real when I saw it. Because when I saw it, it didn't feel as special, I guess, you could see.
Rakayla: Like when we were doing it all? All the work that we were doing was just, "Oh, I wonder how this is gonna work."
Juan: I felt like I was running around the whole time at the wedding. And then when I saw the video, I was like, "Oh, wow. That's beautiful."
Reid: What was each of your favorite part of the video? If you could just talk about that.
Rakayla: Favorite part. What was your favorite part?
Juan: I liked the whole thing. I didn't really have a favorite part.
Rakayla: I know, you cut it together so perfectly. Everything.
Juan: I think when you snuck up behind me, when ...
Rakayla: The music like dropped.
Juan: Yeah. I think that was one of my favorite parts.
Rakayla: I know, you synced the music perfectly. I was like, "Oh wow, everything is just so awesome."
Juan: I loved it all. I loved the whole thing, yeah.
Rakayla: I loved the ending, how we all disappeared because the ending, the song was "Ghost" and how we ended and like disappeared.
Juan: Oh yeah.
Rakayla: That was so cool.
Juan: That was pretty cool.
Reid: What was your reaction for family and friends and stuff when you showed them or shared with them? Was that easy, the process of sharing with friends, and what'd you think about that?
Rakayla: Yeah, that was super easy.
Juan: I was gonna say, everybody and anybody that wanted to see it.
Rakayla: I told people at work, "Look at this!" And everybody's like, "Oh my gosh, how awesome!"
Rakayla: And I still have friends who are asking me, "Who was your videographer?" So you might be getting some business through me.
Reid: Talk about if somebody decided not to have a wedding video or they were kind of on the fence, what would you say to them?
Rakayla: They should really think about that, and they should know that this is something they'll have forever that they can always look at it.
Rakayla: And if they want it to be perfect, they should go through Reid Johnson
Reid: And what would you say as the groom? Normally, it's the bride a lot, but obviously you seemed to really enjoy it as well. And a lot of the guys I've talked to really were kinda hesitant, and now that they see it, they like it. What's your honest perspective of having gone through the wedding process and now seeing the video?
Juan: Well, like I said earlier, we were running around the whole time and it felt crazy. Then once I saw the video, like I said, it made the experience more real. I liked it.
Rakayla: A good investment.
Juan: Yeah, it was a good investment. I was happy with it.
Reid: Any final thoughts? What you thought or how you thought your day went? Maybe talk about the Halloween theme a little bit, just because that made your guys' so special. Do you want just touch on that briefly?
Rakayla: Well, the day was crazy. Now we know how a wedding is.
Rakayla: Never want to do that again.
Juan: No, I don't.
Rakayla: But yeah, I think the theme was perfect. Everybody loved the theme, and everything ... it all just worked together. That was the coolest wedding I've ever been to. It was pretty awesome. I'm glad we went with that. No regrets.
Juan: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Reid: Perfect. Anything else? I think you guys did really good.