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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!

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.

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!!