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Natural Desert Wedding at Four Seasons | Videographer Phoenix

Natural Desert Wedding at Four Seasons | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Some say it’s fate that brought them together. Samantha and Anthony said it was the alphabet! They met in dental school. Her last name starts with ‘BO’ and his starts with ‘BR’ so they sat right next to each other.

Anthony told Samantha the morning of, to pack three things – 1 nice outfit, 1 casual outfit, and 1 relaxing outfit. He then brought her to the Fairmont in Pittsburgh (which happens to be her favorite hotel out there).

When they got to the hotel he told her to change into a robe and the happy couple walked down to the spa where they enjoyed a couples massage. When they returned to their room, there was champagne and fresh fruit waiting for us.

Next, they got dressed in their ‘nice outfits’ and Anthony took Samantha to one of the Pittsburgh inclines (which she had never been on). They rode up the incline and he had reservations at Altius (which had been voted one of the top restaurants in the U.S. with a panoramic view of Pittsburgh). Anthony asked Samantha to marry him before dessert came.

Not only did the couple do a first look with each other, which is very popular right now, but they each did a first look with a parent. Samantha with her father and Anthony with his mom. This might be the cutest thing ever, and a perfect way to enjoy a few precious moments with your parents before the day starts to get crazy.

Samantha is stunning in her dress. We love the way it fits her, and all the illusion back paired with parts of the front having an illusion as well. We also are pretty obsessed with the color pallet of the bridesmaids and floral decor. It’s a perfect mix of neutrals desert earthy tones, grayish blues, grayish pinks, grayish purples, cacti colors that is so romantic and classic.

Venue: The Four Seasons
Wedding Coordinator: Sterling Wedding Events
Photographer: Katrina Wallace
Entertainment: Lucky Devils Band
Florist: Juliet Le Fleur
Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

Amanda + Matt

Amanda + Matt

Raw Footage

We get asked all of the time from couples if they can have the Raw Footage from their wedding day. The short answer is no, and you should see the look on the couples face. It is as if we just told them their wedding dress was ugly. However, we want to take the time to tell you why. We promise we are not trying to be mean, keep precious memories from you or even hold it hostage for more money from you. The answer is because you don’t need it, let us explain.

Years ago before cinematic wedding films became the norm a videographer would show up at your event with a giant camera and record the entire day from beginning to end. Then they would deliver tapes of 10 hours of video footage of every single second of your wedding day. Those were the days before editing.

Somehow the idea though, that Raw Footage was absolutely necessary as a deliverable stuck. We are here to tell you that the Raw Footage is no longer necessary. Wedding Films have evolved. Nowadays wedding films are creative and cinematic edits that summarize the wedding day.

That being said, when we film a wedding we no longer film the entire day in full. We only film what we know we are going to use. We will say it again, We only film what we know we are going to use. Our videographers are shooting in HD so the files sizes are huge and we quite frankly don’t want to film every single second of the day for space purposes as well as editing purposes. It’s just too darn much footage to sort through. Since we know we are summarizing your wedding day, filming every single second is just not necessary anymore.

Before you start thinking there is a mountain of memories on the cutting room floor, to compensate for not having that Raw Footage most companies will offer Documentary Style Edits of the most important parts of the day. What that means is that on top of the Wedding Movie Trailer and Feature Film we will edit for you your Ceremony, Toasts, and First Dances. Most couples see those as the most important parts of the day so we film those and edit them in their entirety.

What we always tell our couples is that if something doesn’t make an appearance in the Wedding Movie Trailer, Feature Film or Documentary Style Films there is a reason why. To be clear though, ANYTHING of value is going to show up in one of those 3 places, we will be sure of it.

Raw Footage has become fluff. And when it is offered to couples in packages or as an add-on it is painted as this extremely necessary and valuable piece of their wedding day when it is pretty much what they already have.

The Raw Footage includes the shaky shots, poorly colored shots, and practice shots. We just don’t see the value of this. Again revisiting the size of the files most couples don’t even have the software to open the files or know what to do with them once they do get them open. Not to mention who is actually going to watch 10 hours of footage.

And finally not offering the Raw Footage is a brand management thing for us. The best representation of our brand is always going to be our edited films. With how easy it is to upload videos online these days we never want to run the risk of our Raw Footage getting out there and someone posting a practice clip and claiming that “this is how Serendipity shoots a wedding film”.

In summary Raw Footage is not what you think it is. If there is something of value we will be sure that you have it. We want you to have as many memories of your wedding day as possible. But we also want you to have the best viewing experience and the best experience is always going to be watching an edited film.

Photos By Elyse Hall

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Cream and Gold Wedding at Paradise Valley | Videographer Phoenix

Cream and Gold Wedding at Paradise Valley | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Anna and Brent met through a college friend Anna’s who as luck would have it, also went to high school with Brent.  Brent saw Anna in a Facebook picture and said to the mutual friend (Taylor) “Who is this Anna Shangraw and does she want to get married?”. Sounds like love at first site right? (Get it?)

Once the two become Facebook friends. They started sending each other messages, texts, and Skype dates for 5 months without ever having met one another in person. For them, it was the perfect way to get to know each other. They took this time to learn of one another’s upbringing, family, passions, likes, dislikes. In the midst of extremely busy schedules, we were there for one another.

After a few failed rendezvous attempts that were mostly the result of nerves, they finally met in person in October, and by January of the following year, they were officially dating.

The Proposal:

On February 27, 2016, on one of the most beautiful days Brent had ever seen on Crissy Field, with the Golden Gate Bridge, family, and friends as our backdrop, he proposed. Family and friends drove and flew into surprise Anna after the engagement. They all celebrated with food and champagne! Brent says that once he found Anna, he knew with all certainty that she was the one he wanted by his side for the rest of his life.

The Wedding

Anna and Brent were married on a beautiful April day at the stunning Paradise Valley Country Club venue. Their day was perfectly put together with a gold and white color pallet that is just so classic and on trend.

We love all of the personal and unique things that Anna and Brent did for their wedding that really made it special. From the Beer Burro to the champagne glass table assignments, and who could forget the donut bar.

It’s clear these two just adore each other and have so much fun together. We can’t wait to see where the rest of their story unfolds.

Venue: Paradise Valley Country Club
Wedding Coordinator: Imoni Events
Photographer: Marisa Belle Photography
Entertainment: Outside the Line
Florist: Avant Garde

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Spring Wedding at El Chorro | Videographer Phoenix

Spring Wedding at El Chorro | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:
Kate and Trevor have known each other since high school. They went separate ways school and funny enough Kate even dated Trevor’s brother for a bit. Years after that and going through some hard years these two found themselves living in the same town and connected as friends. It was only a few years later that things turned into more and now they are getting married with the love and support from their families!

The Proposal:
Kate and Trevor went to Deadwood SD for his birthday in October. Unfortunately, on the drive there, Trevor broke down and told Kate he had planned to propose that weekend but when he went to the hiding spot he put the ring at the family farm it was gone, someone stole it!

Never fear! A few weeks later on a beautiful day in November they went hiking at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in ND. Trevor let the anticipation build and waited until the very end, getting some enjoyment out of the torture until he got on one knee and asked Kate to marry him.

The Wedding:
The first thing we noticed about this beautiful wedding was the stunning magenta floral they chose to use. The rest of the color palette is beautiful greens and natural tones, so adding this bright pink color is breathtaking and beautiful!

There were so many unique and fun elements to this wedding that made it very personal. One of our favorites was their spin on the unity candle or sand ceremony. They instead together planted a cactus together, each adding their own soil. So awesome!

The happy couple was married at the gorgeous El Chorro venue and had a beautiful outdoor reception. We also love that this couple has a good heart. Instead of wedding favors, they choose to donate to a charity that they are involved in with their pastor. What an awesome idea.

Venue: El Chorro
Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Gain
Photographer: Gabriel Black
Entertainment: SKM Entertainment
Florist: Butterfly Petals

Garden Sanctuary Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Garden Sanctuary Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How they Met:

Misty and David were introduced to one another through mutual friends and they had a whirlwind relationship. It was a relationship that started by writing to each other online. By the time they met in person they had an instant connection and sparks flew. It is almost a year to date from the time they met, to the time they got married. They say when you know, you know. They have both waited for the right person to come along, and are so happy to have met their soulmate.

The Wedding:

Misty and David were married at the stunning venue, The Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. If you are looking for a romantic and garden like wedding, this is the venue for you. It has breathtaking mountain top views that make it the perfect setting for a wedding.

The floral that Misty and David choose is just the perfect complement to this venue. A mix of blush, mauve, peach, and ivory are just to die for mixed with the lush green of the trees and grass. Since the floral is colorful, but in a soft way, we love that they went with black colors for the bridal party. The ladies are dressed in stunning black gowns that are adorned in the prettiest sequin pattern.

Misty’s dress is so perfect. It is, of course, a ball gown made for a princess. We love the detailed beading on the bodice with sleeves, paired with the simple satin skirt that just flows and is so flattering. Did we mention that it has pockets? We don’t think it gets better than that.

Did you happen to see the cake? Its a 5 tier beauty that we are sure tastes just as good as it looks! With simple and classic gold detail, along with matching floral, that was used throughout the wedding, its perfect.


Venue: The Sanctuary
Wedding Planning: Revel Wedding Company
Photography: Elyse Hall Photography
Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design
Band: The Instant Classics
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Drape: Quest Drape
Cake: Classic Cakes AZ
Strings: Sweet Water Strings
Stationery: Paper Joy AZ

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Dusty Rose, Navy & Gold Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Dusty Rose, Navy & Gold Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Jenna and Matt met at work. Matt was in his mid 20’s, single, and career focused. One day, the company plopped down a young female intern at his desk from Arizona State. Being from Omaha and an alum of ASU, Matt’s company thought he would be a good person to show her the ropes. Turns out they were right….a little too right.

The two started hanging out toward the end of the summer of Jenna’s intern year, and pretty quickly, it was time for her to head back to ASU. They stayed in touch and even visited each other a few times, but ultimately lost touch due to being at different places in their lives.

Jenna heard so many good things about the Omaha winters that she decided to come move to Nebraska and work full time at the same place. The two have been dating pretty much ever since.

The Proposal:

Matt was pretty convinced about their relationship for a while, he just needed to get the ring. He got the ring in September, but waited until Thanksgiving to pop the question so ensure family and friends were around to celebrate the news.

The dilemma for Matt when it came to pop the question was on how to fit this ridiculously sized ring box in his jeans pants. Matt may or may not be known for wearing slim fit (or as some say very tight) jeans.

He came up with idea to stuff the box into his cowboy boots. These are the same cowboy boots that Jenna despises with a passion, and makes it known every time he wears them. For a visual, the boots are pretty awesome and have American flags on them and everything.

Jenna and Matt decided to hop on ASU’s campus to get some new ASU swag for the football game the next day. They walked around for a little while and finally, while they were in front of a historical building on campus, Matt told her to stop for a minute because he thought he had a rock in his boot – which actually pissed her off even more (#1 he was wearing the boots and now #2 they are slowing them down).

The rock Matt pulled out was not the rock she expected, and after a few seconds of shock, she agreed that it would be in Matt’s best interests if he married her.

Venue: The Croft Downtown
Photographer: Vienna Glenn
Caterer: Tom and Lin Catering
Entertainment: The Lucky Devils Band
Florist: Angelic Grove

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Winter Wedding at Villa Siena | Videographer Phoenix

Winter Wedding at Villa Siena | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

Britany and Jonathan met through mutual friends in Las Cruces, NM while they were both in college. Jonathan literally swept Britany off her feet when he asked her to dance two step at a county bar.

The Proposal:

It was Christmas morning three years later when Jonathan decided to pop the question. He worked with Santa and had the ring was wrapped in a box at the bottom of Britany’s stocking.

The Wedding:

Britany and Jonathan were married on the perfect winter day in January. It was a sunny ceremony that was held outside at the beautiful Villa Siena, but held true to the winter feel with the fireplace lit at the altar.

We are in love with so many aspects of this wedding. The color palette is perfect for a winter wedding. We love the pink and white floral that is accented with pops of red. It takes the trend of using pastels in floral and makes it blend perfectly with the winter season.

The bridesmaids really made an impact on the feel of this wedding with their gold sequin dresses. It added so much sparkle and flair and helped blend in glitter and gold from the decor seamlessly.

Brittany’s dress was breathtaking. From the deep plunging neckline in the front to the deep open back, you can’t stop looking at her.  The rest of the dress is lace and sequins. Neither you can go wrong with. We love that she paired the dress with a classic cathedral veil, and it really gave the whole look some drama.

The gorgeous floral from the ceremony and bouquets were also brought perfectly into the reception and cake. The tables had a mix of high and low centerpieces which really give the room some dimension. The sweetheart table had a huge centerpiece of floral that draped over the table and was breathtaking. Even the multi tiered cake was dripping in floral.

Venue: Villa Siena
Photographer: Andrea Brewster Photography
Entertainment: DJ Phoenix
Florist: Blume Events

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We know that when it comes to planning a wedding, to say it can be overwhelming is an understatement. There are so many decisions to be made, and each step in the process affects the next. This is one of the reasons we LOVE the Wedding Wire vendor checklist, it provides a step-by-step timeline for when you should book your wedding vendors. Armed with this, and a few other tips and tricks from us, you will be ready to take on the wedding world. Videographer Phoenix

1. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER. We cannot stress this enough. They know the wedding world like the back of their hand and are worth their weight in gold. You don’t know what you don’t know… A quality Wedding Planner not only will keep you on track, but will help you create the day of your dreams, or help you figure out what your dream day is all while staying within your budget!

2. A good rule of thumb when planning your wedding is to get a jump on hiring your wedding vendors. Nothing is worse than falling in love with a vendor only to find out that they are booked on your date. Haven’t picked a date? Even better, they may be the ones who dictate that for you based on their availability. Very rarely do vendors hold a date for you. They work off of a first come first serve basis so solidifying those vendors early on so you can enjoy your engagement is a great plan.

3. Hiring your wedding vendors is like choreographing a dance, you want to pair people up with the very best partners. If you are unsure about a vendor, don’t be afraid to ask around. It is always good to get recommendations from other vendors because we see it all. We have the pleasure of seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. If we work with people we know and love on the wedding day it’s like working with friends and it just makes wedding magic for the couple!!

4. Weddings are so expensive. One of the benefits of booking vendors early is the fact that you secure better pricing. Most vendors raise prices slightly every year. So, if you are getting married in 2018 it is best to book vendors at 2017 pricing.

5. The earlier you book the more time you have to sit back, relax and just enjoy being engaged.

 

Wedding Vendor Timeline - Wedding Wire

Wedding Vendor Timeline – Wedding Wire

 

Wedding Venues from Wedding Wire

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Classic Wedding at Sassi | Videographer Phoenix

Classic Wedding at Sassi | Videographer Phoenix

How did you meet?

Jennifer and Andrew met at the beginning of their junior year at The University of Arizona. They played off this fact with their guest favors at the wedding. Everyone received a macaroon with the U of A logo on it!

The Proposal like?

Andrew asked Jennifer for her hand in marriage at home, which was perfect. He had made dinner reservations planning to propose there, but unfortunately, Jennifer was held late from work and missed the dinner reservations that he had made! We say everything happens for a reason and it was meant to be intimate and just the two of them.

The Wedding:

The day can be summed up as classy! The wedding was held at the beautiful Sassi venue which pairs perfectly with that theme. This venue has stunning mountain views and a dramatic walk down the staircase entrance that brings you to the garden lawn ceremony.  Jennifer picked the most beautiful and soft floral and in the ivory and blush colors. Her bouquet had a natural feel and almost looked as if you went through a garden and scooped up the perfect pairing of flowers.

With the flowers being so natural and neutral, we love that the bridesmaid’s dresses were a navy blue. It made the floral just pop and the color of the dresses was so complimenting on each of the ladies. We also liked that they all had the same dress, just a different cut. The perfect way to find something to look good on everyone’s body type.

The reception was held inside and had a very intimate feel. We love how they complemented the soft neutral color palette with gold accents. They did this with candles and décor on the tables, as well as with the table plating.

Venue: Sassi
Wedding: Andrea Leslie Events
Photographer: Andrew Jade Photography
Entertainment: Ray the DJ
Florist: Sarah’s Garden
Invitations: Celebrations In Paper

 

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Blush & Ivory Wedding at Omni Montelucia | Videographer Phoenix

Blush & Ivory Wedding at Omni Montelucia | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

Courtney and Jeff meet in NYC at a wine bar. They say when you know you know. Within the week, they were officially together!

The Proposal

Jeff took Courtney to one of their favorite restaurants and told her that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Sounds like the perfect beginning to us.

The Wedding

Courtney and Jeff were married at the Omni Montelucia and we think it was the perfect choice for the type of wedding they had. It’s a stunning location that’s tucked in with the camelback mountains and the venue really has an old world charm.

Courtney’s dress is stunning. We love the simple satin bottom and the extremely flattering illusion top and back of the bodice. Throughout the dress is lace, and is just so perfectly done.

The whole wedding just screams romantic and intimate. The color palette really helps to give off that feeling with light pinks, white, and greens with a pop of marsala. The bouquets are right on trend with what we have been seeing this year. White and blush pink flowers with tons of green coming from them feeling very natural.

We love all the personal touches they used to make the wedding truly theirs. From the signature drink the “Whiskey Smash”, to the use of long farm tables that their guests dined at during the ceremony. The reception was a picturesque setting that was outside and under the stars. It was perfectly lit by fairy lights strung across the whole thing.

The cake looked almost too pretty to eat. It was a beautiful three tier cake, where the tops of each tier look as if they are painted with gold. The front has a gorgeous and huge 3d flower that just is breathtaking and every petal is perfectly placed.


Event Planning: Imoni Events
Venue: Omni Montelucia
Floral: Carte Blanche Designs
Paper: Celebrations in Paper
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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