Sometimes the best-laid plans at a wedding have to be changed, and that was the case with Jordan and Kenna. Their beautiful September wedding received some PNW rain and adjustments had to be made. Even though it was not what they expected, the ceremony undercover with all their guests seated close together was so full of love it warmed everyone watching. Faith was the centerpiece of the beautiful wedding of Jordan and Kenna, their faith in God and each other was so touching and meaningful in their wedding ceremony and the toasts from their friends and family. It was an honor and privilege to watch these two beautiful people start down this new path together.

Kenna and Jordan’s Wedding Team 
Cinematography | Like The River Films  
Photography | Petra photography 
Ceremony | Reception Venue | Three Cs Farm
Officiants | Andrew Larsen & Steve Balvanz 
Florist | Three Cs Farm
Caterer | Sunset Catering

GEAR LIST: –CAMERAS— Canon 5DmarkIII — Canon C100 — Canon 70D — 
–LENSES— Canon 70-200 2.8 ii — Canon 70-200 4 — Canon 50mm 1.2 — Canon 24mm 1.4 — Canon 24-70 2.8 — Canon 100mm 2.8 IS — 
–SUPPORT— Manfrotto 535 tripod – Manfrotto MT290XTC3US tripod — Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 tripod — Manfrotto 502HD head — Manfrotto MVH500AH head — Joby Gorillapod — 
–AUDIO— Tascam DR10L – Countryman B3 Lavalier Mic black — Countryman B3 Lavalier Mic white — Tascam DR100 — Zoom H2n — Rode VideoMic — –BAGS/CASES— Manfrotto case — Think TANK —

John & Stephanie Wedding Highlight Film | Sacramento, Ca | Bellingham Wedding Videography

Stephanie and John’s Sacramento wedding was the picture of beautiful simplicity. The day was indeed about the couple, their love and the people that love them. Stephanie and John were lab partners in college and when they started dating it was the perfect match. As the best man said-“They just mesh together, it makes perfect sense.” Their wedding was full of beautiful moments from the touching toast by the best man to dancing in the sunset by the lake. We had so much fun getting to know this couple and their story and documenting their beginning as a married couple was an honor.

John & Stephanie Wedding Team
Cinematography | Like The River Films
Photography | Vanessa Lynne Photography
Ceremony | Reception Venue | Their Family’s Home 
Officiants | David Schwartz
Florist | Teri Olsson and Pamela Reistetter 
Groom’s tux | Men’s Wearhouse
Caterer | Bocca Catering
Desserts | Maureen Foley

GEAR LIST: –CAMERAS— Canon 5DmarkIII — Canon C100 — Canon 70D — 
–LENSES— Canon 70-200 2.8 ii — Canon 70-200 4 — Canon 50mm 1.2 — Canon 24mm 1.4 — Canon 24-70 2.8 — Canon 100mm 2.8 IS — 
–SUPPORT— Manfrotto 535 tripod – Manfrotto MT290XTC3US tripod — Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 tripod — Manfrotto 502HD head — Manfrotto MVH500AH head — Joby Gorillapod — 
–AUDIO— Tascam DR10L – Countryman B3 Lavalier Mic black — Countryman B3 Lavalier Mic white — Tascam DR100 — Zoom H2n — Rode VideoMic — –BAGS/CASES— Manfrotto case — Think TANK —

Our Favorite Skagit Valley Venues Part 2

Today we are going to finish up our list of venues we love in Skagit County. If you missed the first post check it out here. As with before, if you book one of these venues let us know and you will get $100 off your video package.

Vanderveen Farm

Vanderveen Farm

One of the newer venues in the valley, Vanderveen Farms is a beautiful old dairy barn that has been transformed. Upstairs you have soaring ceilings with giant chandeliers that are breathtaking. With seating for 300, you can have a huge wedding with comfort. Downstairs is just as beautiful with ample space for a lovely reception. Your guests can enjoy cocktails on the deck and the beauty of the fields surrounding the property.

Indoor Ceremony and Reception
Capacity: 300

Maplehurst Farms

Maplehurst is another beautiful barn in Skagit, set in the fields near the I5 it is an easy destination for those coming from the north or the south. The most beautiful thing about this venue is the Oak tree lined driveway that is so picturesque many couples choose to hold their ceremony in the driveway. With views of the fields and Mount Baker it is another beautiful option for couples.

Indoor and Outdoor Ceremony and Reception
Capacity: 225

The Grand Willow Inn

The Grand Willow is a venue with a longstanding history in the Valley, they have been serving couples for 12 years. Located near downtown Mount Vernon it is both a beautiful venue and a charming bed and breakfast. This lovely mansion has an amazing staircase perfect for a dramatic entrance and photos. There is outdoor space for your ceremony and an outdoor courtyard perfect for cocktail hour. This venue really is a must see!

Indoor and Outdoor Ceremony and Reception:
Capacity: 200

Beau Lodge

Another tucked away venue that is worth a look is Beau Lodge. Set in the hills above Bow, this sprawling property has a beautiful lodge for small events and expansive lawns for larger summer events. There are countless locations for your ceremony and reception only limited by your imagination. During the spring and summer Beau Lodge can host larger events and in the cooler months the lodge is perfect for intimate weddings and events.
Indoor and Outdoor Ceremony and Reception
Summer/Spring Capacity: 150-200 guests
Fall/Winter Capacity: 75-100 guests

Eaglemont Golf Course

Eaglemont Golf Course

If you love a country club wedding, Eaglemont is the venue for you! It is set above Skagit Valley and on a clear day you can see the Olympics and the sound. This beautiful venue has an amazing outside ceremony space with a beautiful arbor. Inside they have upstairs and downstairs ballrooms that have floor to ceiling windows facing the beautiful view. Another bonus is the countless spots around the property for photos and videos.
Indoor and Outdoor Ceremony and Reception:
Capacity: 200

If you skimmed: If you are getting married at any of these venues, mention this list when you inquire and you can get $100 off of your film package!

Wedding Venues of Skagit County (Part 1)

Skagit County has become a second home for us, we have met some amazing wedding professionals through the Skagit County and the variety of venues makes it an amazing place to film. From farms to wineries to secret gardens this county has something for everyone. We wanted to share our favorite Skagit Valley wedding venues in another two-part series. If you are getting married at any of these venues below, mention this list when you inquire and you can get $100 off of your film package


Bertelsen Winery

The Vine Event Center at Bertelsen Winery is a newer venue in the valley and beautiful. This space is filled with crystal chandeliers that create a romantic ambiance. There are also seven glass garage doors that can be opened on warm days or closed to keep the wind out. Since they are glass, you never lose the natural light. They also have an outdoor space for wedding ceremonies that faces a beautiful pond on their colossal lawn. Finally, the wine is delicious! Your guests will love the area and the beverages!

Indoor or Outdoor Ceremony
Indoor Reception
Capacity: 200

Majestic Inn and Spa

Majestic Inn and Spa is a jewel in downtown Anacortes. There are so many options for your event and their exceptional staff and variety will allow you to have your dream wedding. Their courtyard is the largest space and is often used for ceremonies or if your guest list exceeds the ballroom capacity you can add a tent for an elegant reception. The ballroom is the epitome of elegant. The black crystal chandeliers and décor is breathtaking and perfect if you want a luxurious venue. Finally, the rooftop deck is perfect for a cocktail hour and gives 360-degree views of Anacortes. Majestic Inn and Spa is a must see in Skagit Valley.

Indoor Ceremony and Reception: 120
Outdoor Ceremony and Reception: 200 Seated, 300 Standing
Rooftop Deck: 100 Seated, 200 Standing


Stepping Stones Gardens

Stepping Stones Garden is often referred to as the secret garden venue in Skagit County. This beautiful venue is tucked off of Cook road and you could drive right by and not know that all the beauty was just behind a large hedge. The gardens are expansive and the centerpiece is a soaring white tent that is elegant and perfect for a garden wedding. You can find a number of beautiful ceremony locations around the property and there is also a sweet little barn to use for an indoor space during inclement weather.

Outdoor Ceremony and Reception
Capacity: 200


Greenfield Farm & Gardens

Greenfield Farm & Gardens is another beautiful venue on Fidalgo Island. Their tagline is that they are a rustic venue with a twist and that could not be truer. From the beautiful red barn to the silo that can be used as your bar and a lounge this venue is full of character. Another thing we love about this venue is the proximity to Deception Pass, a beautiful bridge spans the Pacific ocean and makes for a beautiful backdrop for photo and video.

Indoor and Outdoor Ceremony and Reception
Capacity: 200

Photo by Laura Nichols

Big Lake Lodge

If you are looking for a gorgeous space for an intimate wedding Big Lake Lodge may be perfect. Nestled in the hills overlooking Big Lake it is a lovely spot for a wedding or an event. The property offers many spots for pictures and videos and the most unique part is the covered ceremony space that is canopied with hops plants that provide shade and natural beauty

Outdoor Ceremony and Reception
Capacity: 120

If you skimmed: If you are getting married at any of these venues, mention this list when you inquire and you can get $100 off of your film package!
Check back soon for part 2 of our Skagit Wedding Venues Post!

Whatcom County Wedding Venues (Part 2)

Welcome back for part two of our Whatcom wedding venues list. If you find a venue from this page that you love, please let the venue know you found them through Like The River Films! If you are getting married at any of these venues, mention this list when you inquire and you can get $100 off of your film package!

Hotel Bellwether

With the gorgeous views of the harbor and a beautiful lighthouse overlooking the bay the Hotel Bellwether is one of the most elegant venues in Whatcom County. You guest will enjoy the well appointed rooms and onsite dining if they make a weekend of your wedding. The main event space is the perfect combination of industrial and elegant and lends itself to a variety of décor options.
Indoor/Outdoor Event

Capacity: 250 people

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Bellingham Golf and Country Club

The Bellingham Golf & Country Club offers the a romantic setting for large and small weddings. They have beautifully manicured ground that are a dream for pictures and their grand ballroom has a grand stone fireplace and opens onto a spacious deck. Their services also includes day of assistance and delicious on-site catering.

Indoor/Outdoor Event
Capacity: 200 people


Broadway Hall

Broadway Hall is located on a bluff overlooking the Squalicum Harbor and Bellingham Bay, so the sunsets and the views of the San Juan Islands are out of this world. The gleaming wood floors and soaring ceilings are breathtaking and elegant and a stage is perfect for exchanging vows or for a DJ booth overlooking the dance floor. Broadway Hall is a great venue in Bellingham and if you are looking for a historic place to hold your wedding make sure you check it out.

Indoor Event

Capacity: 280 people
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The Leopold Crystal Ballroom

If you are looking for a venue that feels like you are back in the roaring 20’s look no further than the Leopold Ballroom. The Beautiful chandeliers and the lush carpet is elegant and beautiful. There is no other place in Bellingham that feels so historic and it is perfect for those looking for that Gatsby feel.
Indoor Event
Capacity: 100 people
Photo: Jeff + Rebecca Photography
Depot Market Square
Depot Market Square is nestled in the heart of downtown Bellingham and is perfect for those looking for something more urban. Since you are surrounded by the cute streets of downtown the photo opportunities are endless. The facility includes a 5,200 square foot building with restrooms and a small prep kitchen and a 15,000 square foot courtyard with 8,200 square feet of covered shelters.
Indoor/ Outdoor Event
Capacity: 250 people

Misty River Weddings

Just 30 minutes outside of Bellingham, Misty River Ranch is a private working ranch with an open-air event center. The Ranch is nestled in the valley alongside the Nooksack River in the Mount Baker foothills.  This venue is a nature lovers dream and is beautiful throughout the entire wedding season.

Outdoor Event

Capacity: 150 people


The Majestic Ballroom

This historical building in downtown Bellingham is both elegant and affordable. This two-story building comes with everything you need for a beautiful wedding. From chairs to ceiling décor, they have so much onsite that can help you create your dream wedding. If you have your own design vision in mind they also welcome outside décor and the space is easily transformed to meet your vision.
Indoor Event
Capacity: 200 people

MoonDance Inn Bed & Breakfast

This Lakeside Bed and Breakfast is picture perfect. The lush greenery and the lakeview make for a fairytale setting. Their onsite staff works well with couples and vendors to make sure that everything goes smoothly. If you are looking for a intimate wedding venue this might be perfect!

Outdoor Event

Capacity: 100 people
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Bellingham Cruise Terminal

The upstairs Dome Room at the cruise terminal is a site to be seen. It overlooks the water and is a gorgeous backdrop for a ceremony or reception. The Dome Room has a spectacular view of Bellingham Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows that curve into a domed ceiling.  Also available is a prep kitchen, sound system, tables and chairs.

Indoor Event

Capacity: 200 people

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Zuanich Point Park and Squalicum Boathouse

This 4-acre community park overlooks Squalicum Harbor and is a lovely location for a wedding. At the park is the Squalicum Boathouse, with an open design with high-beamed ceilings, natural woods and stone it is very PNW. This facility offers a large fireplace, full kitchen and buffet area. The oversized windows offer stunning views of Bellingham Bay and Lummi Island.

Indoor Event: 100 people

Indoor/Outdoor Event: 150 people
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Semiahmoo Hotel and Resort

Semiahmoo Resort has everything in one place for your wedding or event. The gorgeous ocean and mountain views are the perfect backdrop for intimate to large-scale weddings and receptions. Their staff is amazing and works to meet every need you could have on your wedding day.

Indoor/Outdoor Event

Capacity: Up to 250 indoor and up to 400 people outdoor


If you find a venue from this page that you love, please let the venue know you found them through Like The River Films!
If you skimmed: If you are getting married at any of these venues, mention this list when you inquire and you can get $100 off of your film package!

Lauren and Tyler Wedding Highlight Film | Hotel Bellwether | Bellingham Wedding Videographer

Lauren and Tyler were the most playful and fun-loving couple. The met and fell in love at Ohio State University and they moved to Washington together and have not stopped having adventures along the way. They are so full of life and love, not just for each other but for all the important people in their lives. It was so much fun to get to know them and film their wedding. Congratulations Lauren and Tyler! As was said at their reception- “may all your troubles be little ones”.

The Lauren and Tyler’s Wedding Team
Cinematography | Like The River Films
Photography | MMR Photography
Day-Of coordination | Lisa Vaughan
Venue Coordinator | Hillary Hunsaker
Ceremony | Reception Venue | Hotel Bellwether
Officiants | Seth Phillips
D.J. | Cature Entertainment
Florist | Natalie Pozie
Equipment Rental | Ever After Events LLC
Makeup Artist | Lauren Bell
Caterer | Ever After Events LLC
Desserts | Barb’s Pies and Pastries

Justin and Kelly Wedding Highlight Film @ Evergreen Gardens. Bellingham Wedding Videogragher

Justin and Kelly Wedding Highlight Film @ Evergreen Gardens

“Remember to the whole world you are one person, but to one person you are the whole world”. This quote from the meaningful ceremony of Justin and Kelly really sums up their wedding day. The way they look at each other you can tell that their worlds are each other and this new adventure of marriage will be full of happiness. Their wedding was held at the beautiful Evergreen Gardens and the couple and their guests danced the night away and enjoyed basking in the glow of this lovely couples. Congratulation Justin & Kelly!

Cinematography | Like The River Films

Photography |Jeff & Rebecca Photography

Day-Of coordination | Whitley Osterhout – Eastwood Events

Ceremony | Reception Venue | Evergreen Gardens

Officiants | Jim Beidle

D.J. | Stephen Peterson from Evergreen Entertainment

Florist | The Backyard Gardener (Kim Zylstra)

Groom’s tux |The Formal House

Caterer | Desserts Market Street Catering

Bellingham Wedding Videogragher

Whatcom County Wedding Venues (Part 1)

We’ve filmed weddings all over the PNW, but Whatcom County is home. We have some amazing venues in our county and we wanted to give our favorites!  If you are still searching for your Whatcom wedding venue or a surrounding area venue get some inspiration here. If you are getting married at any of these venues below, mention this list when you inquire and you can get $100 off of your film package.


Barnstar Events

Barnstar is a gorgeous historic barn set on 120 private acres in Whatcom County. With soaring ceilings and its expansive space, Barnstar is more cathedral than barn. The interior is chic, rustic and elegant, filled with curated vintage furniture and decor. Surrounded by pastures, flower gardens and an incredible view of Mt. Baker, Barnstar Event Venue is a beautiful setting for your special occasion.

Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony

Indoor Reception

Capacity: 200

Photo: courtesy

KatherynMoranPhotography-Baker Creek

Baker Creek Place Wedding and Event Venue

Baker Creek place is a venue full of options! From their new 3000 square foot banquet hall to well-designed meeting rooms they can accommodate 15-200 guests. The venue is flooded with natural light overlook wooded surroundings. The space also has a beautiful outdoor patio and catering kitchen.

Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony

Indoor Reception with patio access

Capacity: 200

Photo: Courtesy of Kathryn Moran

Evergreen Gardens

Evergreen Gardens

Evergreen Gardens is tucked away in beautiful Northern Whatcom County, surrounded by towering evergreens and picturesque flower gardens. Just seven short miles north of Bellingham it feels like you are in a secret garden of your own. A covered outdoor pavilion gives you the opportunity to be outside even if the weather is not cooperating. Our favorite thing about this venue is the variety in location options. You have so many choices of where to have your ceremony and how to set up your reception. It is truly a place that allows the couples to put their own unique spin on their day.

Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony

Indoor Reception

Capacity: 175

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Wandering Waters Farm

Tucked away in the stunning North Fork Nooksack River Valley, Wandering Waters offers a natural setting for couples to exchange their vows and celebrate their marriage. The setting is perfect for any wedding from casual to formal. It offers tranquility and gorgeous sweeping views and colorful farm gardens.  Amenities include a picnic shelter, convenient outdoor kitchen, a sheltered fire pit, and a stage with a dance floor.

Outdoor Ceremony and Reception

Capacity: 120

Photo: Karen Obrist Photography


Samson Estates Winery

Samson Estates Winery sits on a 500-acre berry farm, situated in the middle of the Nooksack River Valley.

Surrounded by acres of lawn and flowering botanical gardens. It is a gorgeous location for a wedding. The large covered pavilion allows you to be outside even if there is some PNW rain. The venue also has staging areas for the caterer, sound system and plenty of parking.

Outdoor Ceremony and Reception

Capacity: 300


Windows on the Bay Events

This all-inclusive venue is perfect for an intimate wedding and reception.  The gorgeous event room overlooks the marina and your guests can mingle and enjoy the deck. They have everything you need onsite for a beautiful event and their catering is delicious.

Indoor Ceremony and Reception:

Capacity: 100

Lairmont Manor

Lairmont Manor

Lairmont Manor is a jewel in Whatcom County. This romantic mansion nestled in the hills of Fairhaven is the ideal setting for couples who love the beauty of historic architecture and the elegance of sprawling gardens. This beautiful venue has space for intimate indoor events and large outdoor events under their romantic canopy. It is a must see in Whatcom County.

Indoor Event

Capacity: 100

Indoor/Outdoor Event

Capacity: 250

Photo: Genaro Photography

If you find a venue from this page that you love, please let the venue know you found them through Like The River Films!

If you skimmed: If you are getting married at any of these venues, mention this list when you inquire and you can get $100 off of your film package!

Check back soon for part 2 of our Whatcom Wedding Venues Post!

The Biggest Mistake Couples Make When Hiring A Videographer!!

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When you hire a videographer to capture your big day, you’re already avoiding the #1 regret most couples have about their wedding. But you’re not completely out of the woods yet! Unless you’re having a small, intimate wedding, the most common regret we hear from couples that hire a videographer is when their filming team consisted of only one filmer. A single videographer package often comes with a tempting price reduction but also some serious compromises!

One Videographer Can’t Be In Two Places At Once

This snag usually hits first thing – even before the ceremony! During pre-wedding prep, it is nearly impossible for one videographer to capture great footage of all parties. Often times, couples are getting ready at the same time totally different locations, making it difficult for a single videographer to catch all of the awesome moments. Keep in mind these moments are some of the most special to look back on, filled with anticipation and excitement for the day ahead.

OneVideographer Just Can’t Do It All

When you only have one person in charge of capturing your entire wedding on film, they are going to concentrate their efforts on what’s most important. Of course, they will follow your “must-haves” and do their best to get footage of all of the details they can, but some of the little moments that happen at the same time as your big moments won’t get on camera! Think little candid moments between your guests, B-roll shots of the venue and surrounding landscape, or some details not on your “must-haves” list like your photo booth or dessert table.

One Videographer Can’t Capture Multiple Angles

The best way to highlight the importance of having multiple angles is to imagine the moment you walk down the aisle. Do you want your single videographer to focus on the look on your face or the look on your spouse’s face? Then, as you recite your vows, imagine having two videographers posted in two inconspicuous spots capturing every touching moment vs. one videographer scrambling around your ceremony to try and grab every shot.

Two Videographer Capture Higher Quality

One of the best things about having multiple videographers is that when your film reaches the editing stage, there are multiple shots and extended footage to choose from. This allows your team to craft your wedding day into a true cinematic event. Your favorite films from when you were browsing for inspiration online definitely utilized at least two videographers, and aerial!

Wedding Trends To Watch For In 2019

With 2019 is fast approaching, and we know that couples with a 2019 wedding date are already looking ahead to what will be on trend. When you film weddings, you pick up on subtle changes over time, hinting at trend changes that are on the horizon. These are a few of the things we noticed popping up in 2018 that will definitely explode onto the scene in 2019!

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Custom Cocktails

Couples are adding personality to every aspect of their wedding. One of our favorite ways is through custom cocktails! Share your two favorite drinks with your guests and put a fun spin on their traditional names to really make them stand out.

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Micro Weddings

Formerly known as elopements or “intimate weddings,” micro weddings are quickly gaining popularity amongst brides and grooms. “In simple terms, a micro wedding is an abbreviated celebration of a marriage that has only a handful of invited guests (commonly 20 or less), is shorter in duration and is more simple in format, relaxed in atmosphere and less stress to organize than a traditional wedding.” (Huffington Post)

Rich Color Palettes
Flowers from Triple Wren Farms

Rich Color Palettes

Yes, “millennial pink” certainly had its moment and then some. But in 2019 couples will be looking more towards rich color palettes of maroon and navy – and incorporating bright accents and make their details pop!

Custom Wedding Films

When it comes to memorializing your wedding day, it’s okay to want more than a standard wedding film! We have more and more couples requesting custom details such as aerial footage, same day edits, and pre-wedding love stories. Luckily, any Like The River Films wedding package can be totally customized to fit your dreams – so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and choose details that will really take your wedding film to the next level.

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Flowers from Triple Wren Farms

Statement Florals
Grand floral chandeliers, elaborate pampas grass displays, and bold texture combinations are on the horizon. Brides and grooms are branching out from roses and peonies and getting adventurous with florals!

10 Moments You’ll Definitely Want To Include On Your Must-Have Shot List


When you hire a videographer to film your wedding, it’s helpful to clue them into the aspects of your day that are most important to you to make your film exactly everything you’ve dreamed of! These are some of the most essential moments to include on your “must-haves” list, and the best way to relay them to your videography team!

Getting Ready – Guys AND Gals

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The time spent getting ready on your big day is arguably favorite. It’s the “calm before the storm,” when everyone is relaxed and brimming with anticipation for the events to come. Make sure to ask your videographer about your timeline or adding a second shooter – that way they can capture BOTH parties in pre-wedding mode. It’s one of the only times you spend apart on your wedding day, and you will treasure watching the love of your life get ready for the big moment!



Chances are, you spent months and months planning your wedding to make sure every detail was perfect – from the escort cards to the favors guests took home. Be sure to cue your videography team into any extra-special details, but don’t be afraid to include the usual stuff too! Create a little box with a copy of your invitation suite and let them know you’d love shots of your engagement ring, the custom champagne flutes, etc.

Aerial Footage Of Your Venue

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If it’s permitted at your venue to capture aerial footage, this can be one of the most stunning and theatric moments of your wedding film. Seeing your venue from an aerial perspective is so special and the most dramatic way to take the memories of your day to the next level!

First Look

Whether you are doing a “first look” or seeing each other for the first time as you walk down the aisle, you’ll want to capture all of the romantic feels! This is another time when a second shooter comes in handy because they can capture both of your facial expressions. And don’t forget any other “first looks” throughout the day – consider your bridesmaids, father of the bride, siblings, etc. The looks of surprise and love are something you’ll definitely treasure.



It doesn’t matter if you wrote your own or are using traditional vows, you’ll want them captured on film! Give your team a heads up so they know the general timeline of your ceremony and whether your vows will be personalized or not so they can best capture them.

First Kiss As A Married Couple!

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How could we leave out the first kiss? This may seem like an obvious one, but consider the moments surrounding the kiss. Do you want your film to feature “I now pronounce you…” Are you going to stop at the end of the aisle for a fun dip or fist pump?



Believe it or not, the order of events during different wedding receptions varies a LOT! The more detailed your timeline is, the more likely it is that your filming team will be able to record every important moment. Providing a detailed list of who’s speaking when is extremely helpful!

First Dance

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Your first dance with your new spouse, parent dances, and any other features dances are essential parts of any wedding film. Planning a surprise choreographed a dance? Don’t let it be a surprise to your videographer!

Breaking Down The Dance Floor

Speaking of dancing, make sure your videography team knows to get out there on the dance floor. It’s where your guests will be letting loose and having a great time – so you’ll love all the different expressions they will capture!

Anything Totally Unique To Your Day


Are you doing a meaningful cultural tradition on your wedding day? Do you have custom details that took hours and hours to coordinate? Are you surprised everyone with a burger delivery at the end of the night? The more information your videography team has, the better footage they can get to create a truly holistic vision of your day!

Most Importantly…

Don’t Forget The Candid Moments!

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The candid moments throughout your wedding day WILL be your favorite – trust us! If there are people you especially want candid shots of, don’t be afraid to provide pictures ahead of time. But for the most part, this is where you let your videographers do their thing. They are experienced professionals who’ve done this a time or two and know what to look for. Put your trust in them to create an incredible cinematic representation of your day.

Hiring the Best Videographer for Your Wedding Day

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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, if that is true then a video is worth a million. While photographs help document moments in time, videos truly help tell the bigger, more genuine story of your wedding. That’s why one of the most important tasks on your wedding checklist should be to hire a videographer so that you can get a great wedding video.

Many brides underestimate the amount of effort it takes to find a great videographer – it’s important to pick someone who will capture the moments that are most important to you as a couple.  Today we are sharing our five tips for hiring the best videographer for your wedding day!

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  1. Evaluate Style and Aesthetic

The most important thing you can do is to watch demos and sample videos. Every videographer has their own aesthetic and style, and you need to make sure that it fits with your own. Some videographers focus on the decorations and décor details of the wedding, while others capture the important moments of toasts, dances and cake cutting. Make sure that the videographer you choose will be creating something that you will enjoy watching later. If your style does not match up there is no point to considering them as your wedding videographer.

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  1. Understand the Role of a Videographer

Understand that a wedding videographer and a cinematographer are two very different things. Videographers are experts at capturing important moments on your wedding day. A wedding cinematographer are more hands-on with their couples, they essentially direct the couples as actors to capture the day. This can be fun for the right couples but it is not for everyone. Make sure that you are aware of what you are looking for and the expectations you have for your videographer.

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  1. Know Your Price

There are a variety of price points for videography services. Our advice is to do some research into the typical cost of videography services in your area and determine your budget. Most videographers have different packages so you will be able to get some sort of video coverage for your wedding day if you are realistic with your desired budget.

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  1. Know the Value of Hiring a Professional

You will likely come across some very low-cost videographers, while a bargain can be hard to pass up, please remember you get what you pay for. We always advise couples to stay within their budget but to also make sure they are hiring a professional. The best-case scenario is to get a referral from one of your other trusted wedding vendors or someone you know. If you do not have a good recommendation to work from, make sure to do a lot of research and ask for testimonials and sample work. A professional should be able to provide all of these things easily. Finally, if you are presented with a price that seems too good to be true, make sure to ask why. It may be that you are one of their first weddings, or they have no experience. If you are willing to take a chance on someone who is new to the industry you can get some great deals, but they should share their lack of real wedding experience before you book.

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The special moments of your wedding are too good to miss. A photographer can capture still images of your day, but the only video can let you experience the emotion of the ceremony, the stories in the toasts and the merriment of the guests.

Once I attended a wedding where a little girl wanted to stand up on the chair and toast the bride and groom. When she opened her mouth the only thing she could do was sing her A, B, C’s. The moment was really special but because the wedding only had a photographer, the little girl’s adorable toast was lost.

Don’t let that happen to you. Hire a videographer.

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