To the newly engaged couple:
Picture your ten year wedding anniversary. Maybe you and your partner are living in a new home across the world or maybe you are both sitting on the same couch as you are right now. Maybe you are surrounded by family or a couple of kids of your own or maybe you two are just enjoying each other's company as you reminisce on the day you said "I Do." You are fondly talking about your wedding day, but the details are a little hazy. What exactly did your maid of honor say in the toast? What was that hilarious thing that your flower girl did during photo session? Did you even see the decor you toiled over for weeks in the cocktail space? Then you press play on your film and are immediately transported back to the day...
Like we discussed last week, your wedding day will breeze by and as the months and years go on, it will be hard to remember all the small details. Having a film of your wedding day will bring you right back to the moment and will give you the chance to hear your vows again and see your guest's reaction to your first dance. By keeping the film a manageable length, usually around 20 minutes, our couples can go back and relive their day over and over again. This also makes the film easy to share with others and something that your guests and people who enter your life in the future will want to enjoy! Lauren and Philip totally understood the importance of having their film documented in this way and we were so thrilled to receive this review from they happy couple.
"Prior to our wedding, the single comment most mentioned was how quickly our wedding day will pass. Given so many events and details happening around us that day, it was important to us that CinemaCake capture our wedding day in a way that not only Philip and I, but anyone who views the film, would be able to experience as though they were actually there. When Philip and I viewed the film, we were brought to tears. You have not only documented in film each moment that Philip and I personally experienced, but you somehow were able to bring to life the entire day and events as were experienced through the eyes of our family and friends. From the beautiful ceremony and speeches through the wonderful reception and every special moment in between, CinemaCake perfectly captured our wedding day. Philip and I are so grateful to have this film and the opportunity to forever relive our wedding day and to share with our family and friends.”
Your wedding film will become important not only to you and those closest to you, but to future generations as well! If you have your own children or nieces and nephews in the future, they will be interested and excited to relive these important moments with you. It will be great to show them what they're family was like before they we're alive and allow them to share these incredibly important memories with you. Jamie Apody and her husband Paul just celebrated their 6th anniversary and the sportscaster shared this sweet, personal post on her Facebook page to highlight the day.
"Because I'm sentimental today...6 years ago was a pretty special night. We showed our wedding video to the boys this week. Tanner is still upset and keeps asking why he wasn't there! I told him he was there in our hearts"
As you experience more anniversaries and get further away from your wedding, your film will become an even more treasured heirloom. It will start to hold new meaning for you as older relatives pass on, but are forever captured dancing and laughing in your film. Years after we filmed the wedding of Michael McKenna's daughter he reached out with a story so powerful, we had to have him tell it again on camera. Have a tissue ready for his incredible testimonial.
Your wedding day is going to be incredible and one of the most important days of your entire life. Be sure that you always have a way to look back and see just how amazing it was. We wish you all the best with planning and hope to hear from you soon.
To the newly engaged couple:
You may not believe it now, but your wedding day will come and go before you know it. All the months of hard work and planning will play out over several hours and then it's done! Once the last piece of cake has been eaten and the last floral arrangement has wilted, all there is to look back on the day with are the film and photos. Of course the photos are a great way to remember special moments by, but nothing compares to being able to relive your day with a film! Leila planned an amazing destination wedding to New Orleans and had this to say after seeing her film for the first time:
"EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE THEIR WEDDING CAPTURED ON FILM! We had the most amazing time at our wedding weekend in New Orleans! Dave + team were fabulous and truly captured the essence of the weekend and our favorite moments. Pictures are amazing but film is the only way to truly capture these precious moments in time to remember forever. The celebration all goes by so fast and being able to hear your vows and Maid of Honor's toast again and see yourself dancing with your dad is priceless. This is such an important celebration in your life and you put so much time, energy and money into it and you want to be able to relive it forever. We were so fortunate to have had CinemaCake as part of our big day and we are so glad we made it happen. They are the BEST!!!!”
There will be so much of the day that you won't get to see with your partner and watching back these moments will be one of the best post-wedding experiences. The biggest part of the day you'll experience separately is Bride or Groom prep, when you are each getting ready with your members of the bridal party and family. These small, special moments make up a lot of our film for a really good reason: your partner won't be there to see any of it! With your film, he will now get to see your father's expression when he sees you for the first time, and you'll be able to see all the fun he's having with his groomsmen. Personal moments like these add so much to your film, like the particularly special moment that Janie noted after watching her film several times.
"Every. single. person. could not believe that you were actually present and were capturing the moments that were seen on the film. After the third and fourth viewing, people still commented that they couldn't believe you were there at that particular moment because they just didn't see you. For instance, I clearly remember being surprised with jewelry by Kenny's mom before the ceremony and thinking to myself, "I wish Dave was here to capture this." And you were!!! You and Jimmy blended in so seamlessly with the background that no moment felt staged. Everything was authentic."
Your film will allow you and your partner to experience all the moments you missed later in your day as well. Now you can see your guests mingling at cocktail hour or enjoying the photo booth. You will also enjoy the fun, silly moments that we incorporate into our OutCakes chapter at the end of the film! These bloopers are a favorite among our couples and we often hear that it's the favorite part of the film! Stephanie and Pat's families loved their OutCakes section of the film and the happy bride even mentioned it in her film review:
"Everything about the outtakes is phenomenal! I love the music, I love the compilation of hysterical clips, and the ending of his grandfather dancing is just epic."
Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important days of your life and you'll want to relive it over and over again. Having a film that allows you to not only see the people at your wedding, but hear them as well will do just that. Not only right after the wedding day has passed, but into the future as well. Next week, we will be wrapping up our series with a look into the future and we will discuss how important your film will be to everyone long term. Be sure to check back in and until then, happy planning!
To the newly engaged couple:
If you are over the age of 23, then you have experienced WEDDING SEASON. It's that beautiful time of the year where you could attend anywhere from 2 to 10 weddings in just a couple of months. This time is filled with love and joy, as well as a couple of blisters from all the dancing! It's such an honor to be a part of that couple's special day, but sometimes in can turn into a giant blur of beautiful flowers and bridesmaids gowns...
So how do you help set your day apart from all the other beautiful weddings out there? The key is find ways to personalize your day and make it unique! There are so many ways to do this and these personalized details will play a huge role in how your guests remember your day, as well as what you look back on. Our team takes a lot of time before the wedding day, both talking to the couple and meeting in-person, to ensure we know what details are going to stand out the most when the couple looks back on their day. Kristen, one of our 2013 brides, explains it further in her review of CinemaCake:
"We had a preliminary phone interview to go over details about the wedding, voiceovers, and information about me and my fiancé. This preliminary part turned out to be so important because the things we discussed were exactly what was captured in the video. Every wedding has it's own identity and our video displays that perfectly!"
Now the question is: what details can you add to YOUR day to make it stand out? Some of our clients have brought everyone to tears writing their own, personalzied ceremony, and others have pulled out all the stops with a beautifully choreographed first dance! We also see couples use decor or the favors they give out at the end of the night to give their evening a personalized flair. Another great option is to tap your bridal party for help! Marianna understood the importance of details and the performance her sister gave during the reception is a perfect, memorable example! Here's Marianna's response to her CinemaCake film after seeing all of the elements included:
"The film was perfect beyond words, somehow capturing EVERYTHING that was personally meaningful about our day while still being artistic, impeccably edited, fresh, and original. A lot of wedding filmmakers are good -- but there's no other word for it, CinemaCake is MAGICAL."
In spite of all of your hard work and planning, sometimes the special unique moments aren't clear until the wedding day itself! Our crews are constantly paying attention to everything around them and are ready to catch any sweet moment or planned surprise for the newlyweds! When Lisa and Paul were married in the summer of 2016, no one had a clue what Lisa's dad had in store for the couple and their guests. He pulled off one of the best surprises we have ever seen. You just have to see it to believe it!
Even if you can't get a 3-time Grammy winner to perform at your reception, there are still plenty of unique details you can incorporate to make your day stand out! Don't worry if you miss them on the wedding day either, because your CinemaCake team will be on site to capture every sweet, beautiful, magical moment to include in your film! Next week, we'll talk about your actual wedding day and what you'll experience as the newlyweds! Be sure to check back in and until then, happy planning!