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Brian and Sharon. A wedding film at The Union Club in Cleveland, Ohio.

Weddings, I’ve been to a ton of them! Each one has their own unique setting, characters and style. When Sharon contacted cuff and veil about wanting to have us create their wedding film, I was humbled. We had a few email exchanges and we decided to meet for coffee. If I remember correctly, Brian, Sharon and I ended up talking for over an hour and a half, sharing stories while laughing and getting to know each other. In the back of my mind I was already assembling how to piece their wedding film together. Their day had many different dynamics stemming from people coming from all over the globe. Sharon grew up in Indonesia and came to the states in eighth grade to continue her education. Sharon speaks softly, yet her words are very concise. Brian spent many days water skiing in Canada. Who knew that a search for a painter would bring these two together. Brian answered Sharon’s inquiry and the rest is history!

We truly enjoyed getting to know Brian and Sharon and wish them all the best!

We hope you enjoy their wedding film.

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 – A wedding cinematographers guide: Does your second shooter Win, Place, or Show?

Finding a second shooter for a wedding cinematography team is similar to owning a horse.

Let me start by saying I am not a horse owner, nor do I ever plan on purchasing one.  They intimidate me slightly, and I don’t care to smell a horse when it’s wet, so there is really no point in calling one my own.  That being said, this post will have some direct similarities to finding yourself a skilled second shooter along with the responsibilities of owning one of these majestic creatures.

When looking for the person(s) that would be able to carry a pretty big responsibility as second shooting with a wedding cinematography team, here are some qualities and soft skills I look for:

Compatibility – First and foremost, you must to be on the same page with the expectations being discussed.  Hands down, my favorite characteristic.  Sometimes an aged horse fits the bill, sometimes a yearling.  It’s all relative, and you want a shooter that is bomb proof (someone who doesn’t spook easily).  We all know weddings can scare the mess out of you if you don’t know what to expect or how to anticipate the flow of a wedding day, look for a well trained person with a conditioned response so they can properly handle things.

Commitment – Once your shooter is found, now you can train and teach them the way you want them to handle their responsibilities.  Commitment is needed on both sides of the fence, from the colt and the purebred.  As a second shooter, if you commit yourself to assisting with a wedding, you should never, ever, (did I say ever) back out of said wedding, especially days before the event.  This can cause rogue behavior with the purebred also causing a slight panic, not to mention being unprofessional on the second shooters part.  I get it, things happen, but taking another job because it seems cooler or may pay more is just wrong.  There are no do overs with weddings and though the purebred may have a list of wedding cinematographers to step in if needed, they too may be booked that day already. The purebred was able to build lasting relationships, and have people to rely on, because at one point they too were a yearling and they proved themselves being compatible and committed.

Communication – This is a key factor in almost any situation.  Talk about expectations.  Review the footage of your second shooter as soon as you can after the event.  Make those corrections, critique their work, give constructive (not destructive) criticism and give kudos when they do a great job!  This leads back to either being compatible, or unsound.  If you find your second shooter not a fit for you, or your business model, maybe it’s time for that horse to be put out to pasture.

**side note – sometimes as a wedding vendor, it takes a lot of running, never taking a break and being on your feet all day.  When it does come time to eat dinner, Please leave the feed bags at home.  Be Professional.  Always.

Also, Don’t EVER Nae, Nae, or Whip for that matter!

Lastly, Cinematography – Toys are fun (drones, sliders, etc.) but if you don’t use them properly the footage isn’t worth anything.  Be a solid shooter with the tools you use frequently.  Don’t be a chief.  I feel the role of a second shooter is to get solid, usable footage.  Finding someone who can compose a shot, nail the exposure and have the ability to keep things in focus are a great start.  I’ll take 5 minutes of solid stuff over 2 and a half hours of footage that gets trashed any day. Also, be prepared to handle your duties like you would a lead shooter. Always have extra cards, batteries and lenses with you, it saves you from interrupting the day or running out to your car.

During this process you may have to put up with a lot of horse manure in order to find your shooter, but once you do, you’ll be galloping  like “Hoof Hearted” to the finish line with a great team, leading the way!

So, as I did my research to find some useful horse related terms for this blog, please do the same when looking for a solid second shooter for your wedding cinematography business, and hopefully your second cinematographer doesn’t smell nearly as bad as a wet horse!

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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.

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.

Off the cuff – ‘Tis the season to be the Reason

Every year around this time, I reflect back on what means the most in life.  It is not planned,  it just happens.  While it may be cold out, with dirty snow on the ground, and gray muck on the cars, it’s also the time to take in how grateful we are to have the time to spend with our loved ones!  This year, on a personal level, my wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in Punta Cana.  I trained and ran my first 5K.  My son started Second grade and my daughter, Kindergarten!  We traveled to the mountains of Tennessee and also to the beach.  We had teeth lost and enjoyed dance recitals, soccer, Tae Kwon Do, baseball, swimming lessons and gymnastics and sushi, yes lots of sushi.  We honored my dad on the 1-year anniversary of his passing by spreading his ashes on his favorite lake where he loved to fish.  Lastly, my brother and his wife finally moved back home from Las Vegas, after being there 17 years.  We are still looking for the teeth!  Needless to say, we created a lot of memories from this year.

On a professional level, we said goodbye to our company Attention to Detail Wedding Films, and gave life to Cuff & Veil Wedding Films

My couples that were married this year were all super cool to work with!  I have been inspired by their love for each other and that really helps us put together an inspiring film.  We worked with many new vendors this year and it was a joy to work alongside so many professionals.  We had  some Friday weddings, and even a few Sunday weddings, which was a welcomed change.  My team & I pulled off an amazing feat (not really, but I think so!)! We 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 with me and next time I’ll be wearing ice packs!

My last wedding of 2013 was at the beautiful Hillbrook Country Club, 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 so stayed tuned!

A few weeks ago, I took my wife and kids to see Christmas lights.  Now these aren’t just ordinary Christmas lights, these lights were magical!  They synchronized to the music and changed colors.  It was almost like being at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show on a much smaller budget minus the pyro!  As my children sang along to Frosty the Snowman, with smiles on their faces, I quietly observed the lights twinkle in my childrens’ eyes.  While holding my wife’s hand, it was that moment that I relived all of these memories of this year.  I remained silent and took it in, with a smile on my face and tear in my eye.

That moment froze in time as I reflected for those few seconds, but I also took a moment to look forward at the many more memories being created with family & friends.  I cherish these times.  I hope you all do the same.  Whether it’s Christmas, or any special holiday that you celebrate, may you create awesome memories with the ones you love.

Make it Magical & Be Merry!

kids leaning back swinging hands

Handcrafted gets Handpicked!

So, how cool is this?

We were chosen to participate in the Handpicked | A Different Kind of Bridal Event.

It’s true!  We are so stoked to be a part of this non-traditional bridal event, along with teaming up with so many awesome vendors.  All headed up by the ever so sweet and talented Baci Designer.2013Handpicked_Badge

What is it, you ask?  If you have ever been to a bridal show before…  Think the exact opposite!

Let’s do a side by side comparison:

Typical Bridal Show:

– Expect masses of people.  I compare it to herding cattle!

– Little or no time to talk to the the vendor(s) you are thinking about hiring for one of the biggest days of your lives!

– Endless supplies of “stuff” from vendors you’ll NEVER remember!

– Maybe you’ll get cake.

Handpicked | A Different Kind of Bridal Event:
A Bridal Show Meets Styled Shoot Creation by Baci Designer – Tuesday, December 3rd 2013 @ Happy Days Lodge

 –  An intimate evening of inspirational details.   Great food and tasteful music paired with extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional vendors that want to get to know you!
–  A question & answer session with “yours truly”Cleveland Boudoir!

–  Did I mention cocktails?

–  Dress Fittings, Eye Demos, and Wedding Hair Consultations 

 – More cocktails..  Oh, and Chocolate!!!

 – Lots of happy couples!
–  A special gift for you at the end of the night!

Where & When:
– Tuesday, December 3rd 2013
– Open House Style from 6:30PM until 10:00PM
– Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Street, Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Ticket Information:
– $20 Advance Purchase Tickets Available Here http://handpickedevent2013.eventbrite.com/

– $25 Tickets at the Door the Day of the Event {Cash + Credit Card Accepted}
-A portion from each ticket sold will be used to support Brides Across America, a non-profit charity making military bride’s dreams come true by providing them with a free wedding gown.

As a preferred vendor I am giving 5 VIP Half-price Ticket Codes to current or potential clients that you feel are the perfect Handpicked guests.  Shoot me a message and I can hook you up!

Vendor Information:
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Happy Days Lodge
Molly Taylor Designs
MKleinmanArtistry
Hayley + Jamie Representing Sola Salons
Totally Cooked Catering
Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals LLC
PartyPix Photo Experience
Something New Entertainment
Sitting Pretty Linens
– Something White, A Bridal Boutique
Bittersweet’s Chocolate and Pastry
Cleveland Boudoir

NOTO

Adam Pate, “The Caricature Guy”

Baci Designer

We would love to see YOU there!

Off The Cuff

Hello, thanks for reading the first installment of my blog called “off the cuff”. Here is where you can view our latest work. It will also be a place to catch up on a very informal look at my life outside of weddings, and pretty much whatever else I feel the need to talk about. Regardless, I hope you stop in every once and a while.

Couples I meet always ask me why I do what I do. Well, that’s a great question. To be honest, it sort of started when I got married. I’ll do my best to keep this story short and if you want to hear more, let’s sit down with a beer, or some bourbon!

When we were planning our wedding and looking for vendors, my soon to be mother in law said she knew someone for video, (…and who doesn’t trust their mother in law, right)! Side note – I hate the word video but for intents and purpose, I’ll use it here. My soon to be mother in law knew a company that wanted to expand their folio from providing disc jockey services into video. I met with the owner, grilled him with questions and all seemed well. Our wedding day arrived and low and behold, nothing was right with their team from the moment they walked in. They were horribly dressed and wearing tennis shoes. No microphones were provided, no equipment to stabilize their cameras. I forgot to mention they were using cameras any consumer can purchase at any of the Big Box stores around town. All of which was agreed upon though we never signed a contract (or had one provided). A year almost passes and we still don’t have a video to watch. I make some calls, send some emails…. Crickets!

Finally I get in touch and they promise they are working on the video but in the meantime they’ll send the raw footage over so we can at least watch something.

We get the VHS video tape just in time for our 1 year anniversary trip and to our surprise…
It Really Sucked. Really Badly Sucked! Footage was barely watchable, dimly lit, shaky… You name it! I was fuming, and trust me it wasn’t from the chili I had the night before!

That is exactly why I started my company Attention to Detail Wedding Films in 2007. The very first wedding I shot in Cleveland was Dean and Kelly’s. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

It sure has been a fun ride and it will be tough to say goodbye to Attention to Detail , but change is good and I’m looking forward to ripping off the rear view mirror and leaving the past behind.

Today I give you cuff & veil wedding films!

I owe a very special thanks to a few people. The first is my wife for being very supportive over the years while we walk this journey together. I love you Forever!

The second is Go Media who helped give life to cuff & veil through conversation, many logo and color concepts and ongoing support and direction. Thank you for taking my vision and making it real!

Lastly, to my father for giving me great inspiration to give cuff and veil such character through his story, even though you aren’t here to enjoy it. R.I.P! I’ll blog about my dad later.

Stay tuned!!