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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.

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.


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Wedding Vendor Timeline – 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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NYE Sanctuary Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

NYE Sanctuary Wedding | Videographer Phoenix


How They Met:

Samantha and Kyle met through mutual friends a few years after college. When Samantha first met Kyle, she thought he was cute, but his confident attitude was not appealing to her. It was only at a friend’s pool party a few months later that she got to know him better and instantly developed a secret crush on him. Kyle doesn’t take hints very well, so Samantha basically had to shake him and say, “I like you!” Once he realized that she was being serious, he grabbed her and kissed her and they have been together ever since. They just celebrated their 6-year dating anniversary in July.

The Proposal:

It was Thanksgiving Day, last year. They had agreed to split the day with both families, visiting Kyle’s family for the first half and Samantha’s for the second. Thanksgiving has always been a big deal at Samantha’s house – they have about 30 people over every year and look forward to it year-round. Kyle’s family doesn’t make such a big deal about it, so Samantha, of course, wanted to spend most the day with her family.

She ended up getting ready at her parents’ house that day since she had come over early to help cook. Samantha was anxiously awaiting Kyle to come pick her so that they could go to his family and then hurry back to hers.

Of course, Kyle was running late, and this didn’t make Samantha very happy. Suddenly, the doorbell rang, and a black limo was sitting in the driveway.  She knew right then what was about to happen. The limo pulled up to a park that she had never been to before. She sees Kyle standing under a tree by a pond, wearing a suit and holding an umbrella (it was pouring rain).

Kyle explained to her that he brought Samantha to this park because this is where his dad proposed to his mom 30 years earlier. Kyle’s mom passed away when he was 9 years old, so it was very emotional for both when he told me where we were standing. He got down on one knee and revealed the most beautiful ring she has ever seen. She, of course, said YES (through many tears), and then he told her that he had one more surprise – a videographer had been hiding behind a tree the whole time, and he captured the entire proposal.

Wedding Coordinator: Meant 2 Be Events
Venue: The Sanctuary
Entertainment: The Instant Classics
Florist: The Flower Studio


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Striped, Blush & Gold Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Striped, Blush & Gold Wedding | Videographer Phoenix


How they met:

Leah and Shawn met during graduate school (MBA) at Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business. They were introduced by a mutual friend at school, who also happened to know that both Leah and Shawn were going on the summer study abroad trip to Europe! What a perfect time to meet!

The proposal:

Leah and Shawn took a vacation to Seattle. One of the days they were there, they decided to go with some of Shawn’s work friends to what Leah thought was a picnic at the infamous Gas Works Park. When They got there, they sat down in the grass and admired the beautiful Seattle skyline from across the water. It wasn’t long until Leah started to notice that Shawn was nervous and glancing at notes of a speech he made on his phone! Shawn then stood up and pulled Leah up with him, and then got down on one knee and popped the question!

The Wedding:

The color scheme for this wedding is just flawless. It is navy and white striped with hints of blush and gold. To us, it’s the perfect pair of masculine and feminine, which might we say is perfect for a wedding! The blush and gold, which are so on trend right now, give off such a soft and romantic feel, where the stripes gave just a hint of nautical to this beach wedding.  They took the color scheme and executed it to a tee from the ceremony to the floral, and right into the reception. It all tied together perfectly.

The bridesmaid’s dresses are a short navy ensemble that we love. The top is so flattering with the halter type look, and we think overall they look so chic and classic. Leah’s gown, is, of course, breathtaking with adorable sleeves and a low back that gives just the right amount of sexy.



Wedding Coordinator: The Best Wedding For You
Venue: Coronado Community Center
Photographer: True Photography
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Entertainment: Elite British DJ
Florist: Whimsey Florals

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Natural Wedding at Silverleaf | Videographer Phoenix

Natural Wedding at Silverleaf | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

It was an act of physical fitness that brought these too together, and we would be willing to bet that they are forever thankful to the gym where they met. The love between Gabrielle and Trent is vivid. In the toasts made by Gabrielle’s mom and Trent’s brother, you can hear that these two were meant for each other. Gabrielle’s mother even claims, she knew that Trent was her future son in law from the first moment she met him!

The Wedding

We love the Silverleaf Golf and Country Club venue. It is one of the most romantic and intimate venues we have filmed, and we get excited when a couple chooses it. Between the beautiful stone walls and the deep wood décor, it gives you the genuine feeling that you are in a castle.  Since the venue has such a bold and exquisite presence, we love that Gabrielle and Trent choose very soft florals to add in. The blush pink and ivory, along with the succulents down the aisle and mixed into the bouquets are the perfect touch to give the day that natural look.

Gabrielle’s dress was fit for a princess. From the endless ruffles down the skirt, to the fully beaded bodice, it was just breathtaking.  The addition of the jeweled headpiece was the seamless final touch.

We love the personalized details that went into this beautiful day such as Gabrielle’s awesome and super comfortable wedding shoes, Glamified pumas! The succulents that were given to the guests as favors were the perfect idea. We love when you can give something that will continue to grow long after the wedding is over.  Plus, they had fire pits and gave all the guests the cutest little marshmallow sets to enjoy!

This perfect day, ended in an even more perfect evening, with an abundance of fireworks.

Venue: SilverLeaf
Planner: Amy Mancuso
Photographer: Cameron Kelly Studio


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Shayna + Tyler | Videographer Phoenix

Shayna + Tyler | Videographer Phoenix


A Wedding Film is FIRST thing cut from the wedding budget yet the #1 REGRET a couple has after a wedding if they decided not to get one. The very thought of a couple not having a wedding film documenting their wedding day makes me beyond sad. So many moments and memories lost… So here is my pitch… Take what you like and leave the rest.

1. Who is at your wedding sadly may not be here 10 years from now. Over my 9 years in business I have had 7 couples lose someone unexpectedly after the wedding. Many of those couples that was the last time they ever saw that person and heard their voice was on their wedding day. Can you even imagine not hearing your mom’s words to you as she zipped you into your dress? Or your dad’s toast to you on your wedding day? Or what your groom says to you the moment he first sees you in your dress. Lost, lost and lost if you opt out of a wedding film. I hate to be morbid but it is a truth. Document the say… No matter the curve balls life throws us you will be so glad to have a video record of those who were with you that day.

Kristen + Kent | Videographer Phoenix

Kristen + Kent | Videographer Phoenix

2. Of course you are going to have a Photographer on your wedding day. But Photos and a Wedding Film go hand and hand. A Photographer will give you snapshots of moments. We will give you the sound and motion from those moments. Together we are your memory team giving you multiple facets and angles of the day. I have NEVER had a couple say to me that they had too many memories of their wedding day… As soon as people find out what I do for a living inevitably the ones who didn’t have a cinematographer at their wedding ALWAYS say to me “That was our biggest regret.. I so wish we had a wedding film. We decided against it and I wish we hadn’t”. I have NEVER had someone say to me “I wish we didn’t invest in a wedding film” even if it wasn’t a great film they are still glad they have it.
3. The day goes sooooooo fast. The morning after your wedding you will discuss with your spouse how amazing it was and you will both agree that it went by lightening fast. And if you decided to invest in a wedding film you will have a sense of peace in knowing that you have that memory forever but also that you will soon get to re-live that day when the film is finished. We will show you in your film parts of the day that you never knew existed. You will get to see your day from a completely different angle. You will get to re-live it like it is brand new again and that is priceless.

Alexis + Dylan | Videographer Phoenix

Alexis + Dylan | Videographer Phoenix

4. You will want this memory if you decide to have a family. While it may not be on the radar now having a family might be in the picture one day and you will regret deeply not being able to share the day of your wedding with your future children. They will want to see what life was like before they came along.
5.  In this day and age with all of the technology it just makes sense. Wedding films can now be easily shared with family and friends. You want those that attended and those that couldn’t to be able to share in the memories. Wedding films are nothing like they used to be. They are high quality productions now. They are a customized story of your wedding day and they are fabulous and a MUST HAVE in your wedding budget.

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New Years Eve Wedding at Montelucia

Metallic New Years Eve Wedding At Montelucia | Videographer Phoenix

Jessica and Travis wanted an epic wedding so what better night to have your wedding than on the biggest party night of the year??? New Years Eve!!! They chose the gorgeous Montelucia for their wedding celebration. The vision behind the day was all that glitters. Jessica opted for glitz, glamour and sparkle throughout her event. For her Ceremony she chose ghost chairs with life size letters that spelled out love as her backdrop. They also had a personalized aisle runner with their names and wedding date. It was all very dramatic and romantic with the dim lighting and candlelight. They chose for the entire event to be held in the Castillo Lucerno so what that means is that the space had to be flipped during the cocktail hour to accommodate the reception which is no small task. Jessica and Travis exited their Ceremony through a tunnel of sparklers to head of to take photos and enjoy some cocktails. During the photo session Jessica had gotten these giant balloons to take photos with and they were just adorable. They headed back into the Castilo for their reception and to dance the night away and ring in the New Year. For decor for the reception Jessica went with white floral and sparkle linens with silver touches for her reception. No detail was undone from the ghost chairs to the chargers to the centerpieces to the acrylic initials to the crystal candelabras. It was all too die for and every brides dream wedding. To celebrate the stroke of midnight and the New Year they blew off confetti canons. It was definitely a night to remember!! One amazing thing about their wedding date??? They will NEVER forget their anniversary!!!

Team Of Wedding Pros

Venue: Montelucia

Event Planner: Simply Modern Events

Photographer: About Love Studio

DJ: Got You Covered

Florist: Flowers By Jodi

Invitations: Celebrations In Paper

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Most couples have never hired Wedding Videographer before so they have no idea what to look for or what questions to ask. Here is a guide on how to select the right Wedding Videographer for you as a couple.

Style… The first think you need to identify with is the style of the Wedding Videographer. Take a look at their website samples and review their blog. Ask to see films from the venue that you are getting married at. Don’t bypass that videographer if they haven’t filmed at your venue though. That is often times a good thing because they see it as a blank canvas and it actually stimulates creativity to be able to film at a new location. If you are finding yourself sending who you want to hire samples of other videographers work then hire the videographer that you are sending samples of… If you are asking to change that videographers style then they aren’t the videographer for you.
Experience… It is really important to look at the experience of the company you are hiring. How many years have they been in business? Have many wedding seasons have they gone through. Do they specialize in weddings or all video production? You want to work with a company who specializes in wedding films. Weddings are a very different animal than commercial video production because they are live events. We get one chance to get the shot so live event experience is a must.
Videographers… Who will be filming your wedding? Do they have a staff of videographers that are trained to film weddings or do they just hire freelancers to shoot the weddings booked. Be very aware of this. Freelancers can operate cameras just fine but they may not be trained in filming weddings. Weddings are live events and require a specific level of expertise. It is important that your team of videographers is in sync that day and has experience with one another and is not just randoms hired to film your event.
A One Camera Package Is Never A Good Thing… The offering of Packages with one camera and one videographer is NEVER a good thing. Do not purchase this despite the temptation of the low price. It is very dangerous for your wedding film for so many reasons and you truly are selling you and your wedding film short.
What if something happens to the one camera they are filming on. Then what… All filming stops while they figure out a solution?
What if something happens to the one card they are recording on. If your wedding is filmed with one camera and one data card and the card fails… Then what? Your whole day that was recorded is lost?
So much is missed when filmed by one person because they can’t be in 2 places at once.
You only get one angle of everything.
Service… Who will you be working with throughout the process? Are you working with a sales person who just sells you on the service and passes you off? Will you be working with the owner or have access to the owner should the sales person leave? Your wedding film is a very important investment. Who is servicing you and how they are servicing you is of utmost priority.
Investment… You truly get what you pay for with wedding videography. There are a lot of low cost providers flooding the marketplace with some very cheap packages. A quality wedding film is definitely something worth investing in. If a company is significantly less than others in the marketplace there is a reason why. You need to look long and hard at their product and what your experience will be like with them. Quality wedding videography is not cheap and owning a wedding videography company is not cheap. There is a reason the pricing is the way it is for a legitimate company that may cost more. You may need to be concerned about the low cost providers ability to still be in business by the time your wedding comes if the price point is so low.
Watch Out For Fluff… You need to look at the meat and potatoes of the Collection or Package you are purchasing. There are things that videographers offer to make a Collection or Package look like you are getting so much that is truly of no value. For example the Raw Footage… Everything that is usable is going to be in your film or films. Everything else is what was on the cutting room floor. When you get the Raw Footage there isn’t a mountain of memories that was missed because if it was good it would have made it into the film. So pretty much is all of the stuff that didn’t make the film is generally the practice shots and out of focus stuff. See… No value… Plus are you ever going to really look at hours of footage? What would you do with it? What matters most are the deliverables and these are what you need to be asking for:
How many hours of videography are you getting?
How long is the Feature Film?
Are you getting a Wedding Movie Trailer?
How many Videographers will be at your wedding?
How many cameras will they be filming with?
Delivery… How the company delivers a finished wedding film is important. Are they delivering on old outdated technology like DVD’s and Blu Ray’s. Those are both dying technologies that in a few years won’t be around. Asking for a DVD is like asking for music on a cassette tape or CD. Everything is going towards streaming, downloadable films or URL based delivery methods. These are how you should be delivered your film at this point.
Videographer Phoenix, Serendipity Cinematography is a Arizona and California based wedding videographer focused on hand crafted wedding films.

Videographer Phoenix, Simply Cinema, specialize in simplified wedding cinematography for the budget minded couple in Arizona and California.

Burgundy, Gold, and Orange… There couldn’t be a more perfect color palette for a Fall Wedding at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch. The gold pumpkins are an adorable detail to compliment their Fall theme. Jean and Jordan came all the way from Atlanta to enjoy our sunny skies for their wedding day and they got a gorgeous day to say “I Do”

Team Of Wedding Pro’s

Venue: Hyatt Gainey Ranch

Event Planner: Meant 2 Be Events

Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography

Entertainment: JJ’s Band

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