Archives by Year: 2014

Off the cuff – A New Beginning. The Salt Life.

I’ve grown to LOVE Cleveland over the years.  Yes, I said LOVE.  Keep in mind, Cleveland had always been a tough pill for me to swallow considering I was raised in Pittsburgh.  When I came here in 2001, there were a ton of uncertainties.  A TON!  Would people like me?  Would I fit in?  Would  I have a chance to finally do what I love?  Most importantly, could I find any good sushi joints there?  Cleveland is a great city and I can’t wait to see it flourish again in the next few years.  My decision to move here was easy… I fell in love.  Crazy, right?  Fast forward several years and I’ve since been blessed with a beautiful, supportive wife, two AMAZING kids, truly inspiring friends, and some of the best memories of my life!  Not forgetting to mention some of the most talented and dedicated vendors I’ve ever been around!  Here are just a few:  Changing a baby’s diaper on a 90 degree day in a car with no air conditioning is no party.  Romeo’s makes a fantastic buffalo chicken pizza.  In order to coach a baseball team of  6-9 year old kids, one must have dedication, patience and a lot of heart.  Lastly, even quirky things, like knowing your left running shoe isn’t tied as tightly as the right, but continuing your run because you think you can beat your best mile!  Cleveland brought forth thousands of memories – big, small, happy and sad.  These moments helped shape me and will stay with me until the end of time.

Cue the transition in life…

“There’s a place in the sun for everyone, you just got to find it.  I wish you luck with yours, I have to go and find mine.” – jl

In a few short weeks, I will be heading south.  My family is relocating to Hampstead, North Carolina.  It’s been a personal goal of mine to be able to film weddings in multiple states and cities.  Moving south is something my family and I have wanted to do for a long time.  The timing couldn’t be more perfect.  First and foremost, to all of my couples in Cleveland, past and current, I will continue to go above and beyond for each and every one of you.  The only difference is that I will travel to you for your wedding.  I’ve  made all my arrangements for the future weddings I’ve  booked here in Cleveland.  I will still personally be the one filming your special day.  If you haven’t heard from me yet, you will soon.  I’m looking forward to the couples I’m working with this upcoming year.

The definition of progression is – “A movement or development toward a destination or a more advanced state, especially gradually or in stages.”  My move/progression will involve: unfamiliar territory, unexpected challenges and successes, networking, building my brand in another state, and, as always, sarcasm.  Then, once again, a search for good sushi!

I’ll keep in mind what happened when I came to Cleveland –  Life moments.  Goals attained.  Great relationships built.  Art Williams said it best:  “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it”.  Another quote that sticks with me is this one: “What we desire is always out of our comfort zone.”  I am a true believer in that statement as this move will be WAY out of that zone of comfort, but that is what makes it so exciting!

I will miss a lot of things: family & friends, Taco Tuesday gatherings, and cold beers at Whiskey Island.  One day, very soon, I’ll return and I hope to continue right where I left off with all of you!  I really can’t say enough about the great people I’ve met.  I am proud to call you friends.  You all have a place to visit anytime!

I honestly don’t know what the future holds, I ‘m just living for today!

Oh Yeah, one last thing.  As far as good sushi in Cleveland, do yourself a favor and visit Lily at Mizu Sushi.  You won’t be let down!

Talk to you later!

Doug

Michael & Rebecca. Same Day Edit at Gervasi Vineyard

Michael & Rebecca were married on August 24, 2014. It was 86 degrees out, beautiful and sunny! Those two last words, perfectly describe the bride & groom. The first time I met Michael was at our last planning meeting. He walked into Panera Bread holding & swinging a golf club. I thought they got his order wrong.. Nope, he was just happy to be! Rebecca, on the other hand, had every detailed paper and form nicely prepared into one convenient folder, smiling as she effortlessly went over the final plans of her Big Day. That’s how she rolls, being an Event Planner! It all took place at Gervasi Vineyard, an absolutely stunning venue and one of my favorite places to shoot.

Here is their Same Day Edit. Even “Google”, their dog was a special part of their big day!!

Cheers!!

Michael & Rebecca Same Day Edit from Cuff & Veil Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Bryan & Tracie. Coming Attraction

Here’s a little teaser for Bryan & Tracie’s upcoming film. Hope you enjoy!

Cheers!

Tracie & Bryan’s Coming Attraction from Cuff & Veil Wedding Films on Vimeo.

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James and Cristina. Highlight Film. The Union Club

It was late Spring, I was sitting on my deck sipping a cold one when I got the call. James & Cristina were seeking a cinematographer for their June 7th wedding. I was up for the task, and the party that ensued later that evening. All kidding aside, these two are so in love, you can see it in their eyes. Truly meant to be! So many emotions filled their magical day. This one really “got me”. I am so happy that that this night was finally about YOU, James & Cristina! Here is the highlight film. Music licensed through songfreedom.com. Song – “Shine” by David Gray

Cheers!

James & Cristina from Cuff & Veil Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Josh and Lindsey. Club at Hillbrook Highlight Film

Our last wedding of 2013 was definitely one to talk about!  Josh & Lindsey are an amazingly sweet couple.  So many details went into their big day, all led by superstar wedding planner Jennifer Hartman of Heart 2 Heart Occasions.  We delivered their Feature Film to them and then reworked the edit a bit to create this wonderful highlight film for them.   I could talk forever about the details of their wedding day, but it’s just easier to show you their highlight film.  We hope you enjoy! Music licensed through the Music Bed – Marie Hines, Always Been You.

Josh & Lindsey Highlight from Cuff & Veil Wedding Films on Vimeo.