As soon as the email arrived in my inbox, my heart started beating rapidly, and the excitement was too overwhelming not to click the link immediately. I watched it one time through and was so elated, I couldn’t help but forward right away to our parents, my sister, and my best friend Emily, who responded:
- Best friend: I made it four minutes in before I started crying. Your high five with Vicki made me loose it. Finally made it to the end! Worth every freakin penny! Cried like a baby. Laughed until I cried. Perfection. The outtakes were great.”
- Sister: “My face hurts from smiling so much while I watched it! I love it!!!!!!!! The "outtakes" at the end are probably the best part”
- Mother-in-law: “I love this! I can't stop smiling and laughing! and loving the beauty of this whole day (or many days). So beautiful and full of life just like the bride and groom and all who surrounded them this day......I'm off to watch it again.” She also left me a 3-minute message of just crying and laughing.
But I had to wait seemingly forever until Pat got back from a work trip for him to see it. I don’t think I could possibly convey how utterly thrilled we are with how you captured the best day of our life, but I’ll try. How cleverly and beautifully edited especially. A few of my favorite things:
- My flowergirls are certainly a highlight of the entire video and rightfully so. The shot of them walking up the aisle is so absurdly adorable. I love the shot from behind of my niece Aubrey catching up. Amazing! And actually had no idea that’s how it happened.
- I love how you used the b-roll of me and Pat’s father dancing post-somersault as Pat’s reciting his vows about wanting to goof around with me.
- One of the things that I think sets you guys apart from so many other videographers is your use of audio. Not only did you capture it brilliantly. It’s so crisp. But I love how it’s utilized throughout the video – from our vows, to our niece screeching, to my goddaughters laughing, to the groomsmen's rather ridiculous getting ready conversations (which are so inherently them). I love Pat’s dad saying “keep pedaling, keep moving forward” with the moving shot of the ceremony – gorgeous and poignant.
- I love the way our first dance was filmed!
- The last section before the outtakes, 18:30ish, simply feels magical – like something out of a fairy tale. I feel like it’s our own major motion picture, our own Love Actually. The shot of us slow dancing is exquisitely dreamy. I adore the angle and the music as we walk back down the aisle. And I’m in the love with the concluding shot of us outside walking, smiling at each other – what a perfect ending.
- 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.
I look forward to watching it over and over and over and over again. I, we, are absolutely in love with it. Thank you so, so, so, so, so much. And I’ll now end my massively long email. I know when I’ve worked on my own video projects for hours, weeks, and months, simply, "I love it" seems a little insufficient. So I just wanted to let you know just how much I love and appreciate everything you’ve done. I think it’s fair to say that in the sea of wedding decisions I made, you guys were my favorite. I frankly can’t imagine our wedding without you.
Thank you so very, very much,
Stephanie & Pat
I've been putting off writing this review because it's hard to find words to describe quite how spectacular CinemaCake is. Here it is: I researched wedding filmmakers from Los Angeles to New York, so I knew before I started working with them that CinemaCake was one of the best in the business -- but they surprised me at every turn with a ridiculously high level of personalized attention, a sincere passion for the work they do, and unmatched professionalism.
We met with Dave and Sheryl Williams at their PA home so they could show us their equipment, and a few of their recent wedding films. My husband was sold on the spot, primarily because of Dave's visible passion for his life's work -- he is the Real Deal. We were lucky that they had our date available -- but they book quickly.
All emails and questions were always responded to within 24 hours, and on the day of our wedding, Dave and his team were stress-free, stealthy, and perfect wedding guests. People told me after the wedding: "the videographers were like ghosts!" They were completely unobtrusive, blended in seamlessly, and got along beautifully with everyone they interacted with -- other vendors, the Union League, the church, our families and friends...
And then, the product.... Dave wanted to skype us when we watched our short film for the first time so he could see our reactions. We were really touched that he cared that much about getting our reactions and talking to us for a while afterwards. 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 wedding filmmakers are good -- but there's no other word for it, CinemaCake is MAGICAL. People who don't even know us (random friends of our friends, and friends of our parents) cry when they see our film and feel compelled to write emails gushing about how awesome they think it is.
I can't say enough how much the work they do is WELL WORTH the cost. Once you see their films and work with them, you'll realize that they offer far more quality than other videographers.
Don't waste your time researching other videographers!! These guys are the best of the best.
I could keep writing, but you should just watch our video to see how good they really are!!!
As we began planning for our wedding, we initially thought that our pictures would be enough to take us back to our wedding night and that we didn’t need a video. But when two weeks before the wedding the opportunity arose to have CinemaCake film our special night, we jumped at the chance. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions we made. At the end of my wedding night there were so many memories that I wanted to hold on to and I knew that pictures would only tell part of the story. And now that I have seen the amazing video production done by CinemaCake, I know it would have been a huge regret to not have it. Our wedding film literally takes me back to those exact moments and emotions. Dave listened to the things that were most important to me about my night and made sure they were all included in the final product. It truly exceeded my expectations. I cry every time I watch it.
My fiance and I were recently married september 15th at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia. Planning the wedding and selecting all of our vendors was not an easy task, but the one decision we made from the very beginning and never looked back on was choosing Cinemacake as our videographer. Our wedding video was one area we 100% did not want to compromise on. We knew a well made wedding video would play more like a film that could capture our wedding in ways photography simply could not and that we could watch and relive over and over again for the rest of our lives. We spent countless days researching every single videographer in the tri-state area; going through every single company website, looked at every review online from every wedding website, got recommendations from every vendor and the four seasons themselves.... All of our research led us back to Cinemacake and there really was no comparison- we were hooked and it turned out to be the best decision we made in all of our planning. These guys were unbelievable; everything we thought they were going to be and more and did not disappoint one bit. They are worth every single penny. Everyone at the wedding was going crazy at how amazing our same day edit turned out. "how the **** did they put that together so fast????!!!!" "that was absolutely amazing!!!!!" "OMG!!!!OMG!!!!!!". Every time we get together with family or friends or whoever, everyone wants to watch the same day edit again because it just makes you feel so good every single time you see it. They really did a knockout job. Unbelievably professional. The number 1 question after the wedding from all of our friends and our parents friends is still "who wassss that videographer you guys had???" We can't recommend them enough. See for yourself: http://www.cinemacake.com/video/ariel-michael/:: March 03, 2016
Letter received after they saw the Trailer:
Dave, we just got back from our honeymoon and finally sat down to a computer. We haven't stopped watching our Coming Soon Trailer since you first posted it while we were in Maui! That day, we ran off the beach and up to our room and just sat there and cried, in our bathing suits. You so wonderfully captured our emotions and the beauty of the most special day of our lives. All of our friends and family have said it's the most amazing video they have ever seen. We absolutely can't wait to see the final product. Working in the TV industry, I have pretty high standards when it comes to shooting and editing, and from the very start, cinemacake not only stood out, but was the ONLY option for us. You truly are the best. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Letter received after viewing the film:
Dave, I called and talked to Sheryl right after we watched our film but wanted to put it into words for you what an AMAZING job you guys did with our wedding film. We had super high expectations and you surpassed them. Watching with our parents for the first time, all of us on the edge of our seats waiting to see what would come next, it was a half hour I will NEVER forget. The film truly captured the love and emotions we were feeling on that day, the pride of our families, the energy of our friends. You somehow managed to capture every little detail, and the editing made it magic. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jamie and Paul
Letter from the bride's parents:
We just watched our son's wedding video for the 8th time since Saturday. Your work is fantastic, absolutely beautiful, amazing, wonderful, incredible, uplifting, inspiring, better than a Disney Princess movie, like watching a 'Love Story'! Added to all your creative editing is your ability to convey a very 'spiritual' feel.
We will treasure this always and your business will be highly recommended.
Joe and Liz Coleman
Hi Dave and Sheryl,
Thank you so much for hosting us for a little viewing party last night. We were so excited to show our parents that all we had for dinner was the cookie in our gift bag! We were thrilled with the results and were absolutely speechless with how amazing it was. But after watching it more than dozen times with our loved ones in one night, we're now able to tell you exactly what we love about it:
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.
I should have completely trusted you during our meetings prior to the wedding because everything you said was absolutely true. I really didn't see any value filming us going table to table to greet our guests because I assumed it would be absolutely chaotic. But I LOVED that scene and how you incorporated it into the video. You also strongly pushed for us to capture the tea ceremony and I thought it was fine that we didn't. I really regret that now because everything else was captured so beautifully that it would have been really nice to have that on video too.
We were blown away by the voice-overs. The words that were said during the film and how it tied to the imagery still lingers way after we turned off the TV for the night. It was perfect and we're so glad you pushed for the interviews.
We adore how the film is centered on the words of the ceremony. It's genius editing and we're so grateful that you just knew that was the most important part of the day for us. We spent a lot of time thinking about what was important to us in the ceremony and you pulled those key ideas to center the film around without us even having to tell you.
There's a million more reasons why we love our film but this email would go on forever. Our only regret was not having you join us for more of our day! Thank you so much for the time and effort that you put into our film. It was a pleasure to have you join us on our very special day and we hope to have you join us in more happy events. We can't wait for the link to go live so that we can share it with our friends and family out of state!
Thank you again,
Janie and Kenny
PS. People were right - we did get more corgis! Meet our newest family member, Chip! We couldn't stop laughing at how many times corgis were mentioned throughout the film. We love it.
CinemaCake is more than the "Best of the Best" when it comes to selecting your wedding videographer. I had watched some of their films online prior to us picking them. I couldn't stop watching their beautiful films and knew that they had to be a part of our special day. They certainly did not disappoint.
The owners, Dave and Sheryl, are fantastic to work with. They met with my husband and I in the very beginning to review our package options and to get to know us on a personal level. This was very important to us because we wanted to make sure we had someone that knew exactly what we were like and how to make our video perfect for us. We decided to do the "Same Day Edit" as a surprise for all of our guests as well as the final film.
On the day of our wedding, Dave and his crew were very professional to work with. They showed up early to set up and jumped right in to filming our pre-wedding festivities. They use the most up to date equipment and were discreet in capturing every little moment. My family and friends didn't even realize they were taking video half the time so I know they got all of the candid moments as well.
Cinemacake was amazing and my family and friends can't stop raving about our same day edit film. The film was edited throughout the entire day by their amazing editor, Caleb, and then shown on a big HD screen after we cut the cake. It made the reception so unique and special and one that many will never forget. I watch the video non-stop. It's so good...I can't help it.
We look forward to seeing the final film when it's complete. I know there were so many other moments that Dave and his crew captured. This will definitely be something my family and I cherish forever!
If you haven't done so already, watch some of their films online at cinemacake.com. I highly recommend them if you want a video with the best memories that will last a lifetime!