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Alex and Allison. A Portage Country Club Wedding Highlight

Alex and Allison are truly childhood sweethearts. From meeting in the 4th grade to ending up in the same city after they graduated college, you can say they have been through a lot. Fate, and  some divine intervention brought these two amazing people together, so if you think a little rain on their wedding day was a big deal, think again!  These two have such a sweet and genuine story.

We hope you enjoy their wedding highlight!

Brides: Tips on making your wedding film even better.

You may have read this somewhere during your wedding planning – “Things to to acheive the best wedding film.”  However, I am going a little deeper, giving you some tips on what you should strongly consider doing on your wedding day in order to have an amazing experience and having a happy wedding film crew.

1. First and foremost, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things inevitably will happen. Probably 99.8% are out of your control.  Smile, and be happy!

2. Trust the pros that you spent hours and hours researching.  Let them do their job.  I could never tell a plumber how to plumb, for a lack of a better phrase (you get the point!). For further clarification, see tip number 1.  This may mean asking you to move into more appealing light, removing items from a particular scene, or even turning off some lights in order to make you look the most radiant.  Another suggestion might be to ask your guests to put away their phones, or tablets during the ceremony.

3.  Don’t chew gum during bridal preps!  Mints seem to work better.  With a mint, at least your mouth will be either open or closed, but not in continuous motion.  Sometimes we film moments that you don’t know we capture.  It isn’t visually appealing to see you chomping on gum while there is a tear rolling down your cheek.  If you have to chew gum during the day, try to do it when the time is right, like when you aren’t doing anything super important.  🙂

4.  Turn the music off, please.  Especially when you are getting into your dress.  We use live audio from your day to filter into your wedding film.  Nothing screams “tear jerker” more than Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime” while you are stepping into your beautiful wedding gown! In order to hear your mom’s voice crack as she says “You’re Stunning”, cut the Kenny.

5.  A good wedding film crew loves a well-planned timeline, but we also understand that things happen and timelines get thrown off.  Do your best to understand, and maybe even build in a little cushion for things like tear down and setup of equipment, travel to and from different locations, traffic, and even bad GPS routes if in unfamiliar territory. Cinematographers tend to carry more equipment than photographers for the most part.

6.  Content.  Get creative.  Have a First Look with your soon to be husband… Or your father, if you want to stay more traditional.  Write your own vows.  Give the love of your life that personalized bottle of 18 year-old bourbon right before your ceremony with a hand written note.  Have personalized favors for your guests.  I could go on and on but the more content we have to build your story around, the better your wedding film will be.  Trust me.

7. Put us on the timeline, pretty please!  Every wedding is different, but the flow of a wedding day is usually the same – preps, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception.  The photographer asks to be added to your timeline so they are able to photograph all the formal shots you need, plus all of the creative shots they need.  The band or DJ requests events to be on your timeline so the wedding day will flow nicely and you know when to cut the cake.  Your timeline also lets you know when the caterers and the florists plan to arrive to carry out their responsibilities.  By adding us onto your timeline, it ensures that we have uninterrupted time with you and your significant other to film the content we need to create an amazing wedding film for you.  We don’t need a lot of time, but please be sure to give us the time we request.  If it isn’t on the timeline, it isn’t going to happen.  This, by far, is my favorite tip.

8.  Kiss, and release.  The two of you will kiss a lot during the day (hopefully many days ahead too).  Unless you want your wedding film to look like your lips are krazy-glued to your partners, Kiss… and release.  KISS = Keep It Sweetly Simple.

9.  Nothing to see here.  Have fun on your wedding day.  Be You.  Be Loved.  Be Married!

10.  This last one doesn’t pertain to a wedding film entirely, but at some point in the evening, hold your partner’s hand and walk away from your guests.  Then, from a distance, turn around to look at all of the people there for you on your big day.  Take a mental snapshot.  You will never have this exact moment again, with all of your favorite people celebrating you!

If you would like to learn more about us, or have questions on how we can create a wedding film for you, drop us a note!

Steve and Elizabeth. A wedding at Key Center

Steve & Elizabeth had a beautiful wedding day. The pieces of their big day fit so perfectly together. From a heartfelt first look with her father, to an emotional love note from Steve before Elizabeth walked down the aisle. These two truly define what love is all about.

We enjoyed every minute of their wedding day and loved putting this film together for them. We hope you enjoy their story!

Cinematography – Cuff and Veil Wedding Films

Photography – Justin Ketchum Photography

Venue – Club at Key Center

DJ – Unlimited Music Productions

Flowers – Heather Lilly

Cake – Wild Flour Bakery

Off the cuff – Getting unveiled in Wilmington

A few weeks back, Wilmington Weddings and Events asked us to film a bridal mixer. It all took place at a posh, yet intimate venue called The Loft on Front.

We had a blast meeting some friendly couples and working alongside some very talented vendors.

Here’s the film we put together!

Enjoy!

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.

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.

Off the cuff – 2013, A recap, but looking forward to 2014

My couples that were married this year were all super cool to work with!  I have been inspired by their love of each other and that really helps us put together a great film.  There were many vendors that we worked with this year and it was a joy to work alongside so many professionals.

This year, we had  some Friday weddings, and even a few Sunday weddings, which was a welcome change.  I pulled off an amazing feat (Not really, but I think so!), my team and I shot three weddings in two consecutive days.  It was a bit crazy, and trust me, I had a hard time getting out of bed Monday morning, but I enjoyed every minute of it!  Would I do it again..?  Of course, but I would make sure I have some extra Ibuprofen and wearable ice packs on hand!

My last wedding of 2013 was at the beautiful Hillbrook Country Club, and we had a great time celebrating with Josh & Lindsey, plus they had an AMAZING S’mores Bar!.  We hope to have their film ready to view soon.