I am starting a new thing here on the VEP blog! I'm going to be highlighting some other wedding vendors and getting the inside scoop, so you (my lovely couples) can have more insight when you are booking these vendors!
First up is Doug with Cuff & Veil. Doug is a videographer based in NC. When I talked to Doug on the phone, I instantly knew he was in love with what he does. The way he talks about filming weddings...you can just tell that he gets excited about two people getting married.
As you'll see below, Doug's work is beautiful. I wanted to get inside his head a little and see what kind of things he wanted brides to know when booking a videographer. Are you on the fence about whether you should hire a photographer AND a videographer? I interviewed Doug to get those answers you've been asking yourself. Keep reading!
Tell me a little about yourself
First and foremost, I'm a husband and a dad. My wife and two beautiful children, who are my inspiration, are the reason I do what I do. Secondly, I have an inherent passion for creating films. The desire has been with me since I was in high school, and it's followed me my entire life. After getting away from videography for a short time to work in corporate sales, I decided to start shooting weddings on the side. I started Attention to Detail Films in 2008, then rebranded to my current company Cuff & Veil Wedding Films in 2013 and moved from videography to cinematography. When I'm not filming, I love to be outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, beaching...anything really, as long as I can see the sky or smell the trees. I also have a love for music and spending time going to concerts with my wife and friends. Give me some great music and I could get lost for hours!
Where are you located? What areas do you serve?
Our business started in Cleveland, OH were I started my family, but I'm originally from Pittsburgh, just two hours away. We still happily serve those areas. In 2014, we moved to Wilmington, NC. I now also have the opportunity to do weddings all over North and South Carolina, but will go anywhere. We love to travel!
How long have you been filming weddings?
How would you describe your style?
Clean, lively, fun, modern, yet timeless
Why should a couple hire a videographer? What are the benefits of having one?
There are several benefits to hiring a cinematographer. Photos are critical, but having a film offers things that photos simply cannot. Audio is a crucial part of our films. There is something to be said about hearing your husband's voice crack as he stumbles through his vows. You also get to see your dads reaction the first time he sees you in your wedding gown before walking down the aisle and giving you away! A few years ago, we filmed a wedding and shortly after the bride's father suddenly passed. It was a bittersweet feeling knowing we had captured her dad's voice, emotions, and reactions on one of the happiest days of her life. Just imagine being able to show your grandkids what you looked like on the day you said your vows.
How should a couple go about choosing a videographer? How do you ensure you're a good fit?
It's really important to feel comfortable with all of your vendors - cinematography is no different. This day is only going to happen once and it goes fast. Compatibility and communication are key, as well as liking the artist's style. Getting to know my couples helps me tailor a film specifically for them.
How do you tell a couple's story as compared to how a photographer tells their story?
Your wedding day will be filled with emotions. From crying when your mom sees you in your gown to laughing hysterically at your crazy sorority sisters antics! It's a cool feeling to see yourself hugging your guests or watching your crazy uncle's dance moves. Just try to watch your favorite movie with no sound. It just doesn't work.
If there is one thing you could tell a bride and groom as they're planning their wedding, what would it be?
Get a wedding film! Decide what's important to you and your budget accordingly. I know some people that will spend $10 on a decent cup of coffee but very little on something that will last generations. There are many factors that come into play and make your day special from the food to the venue, and everything in between. Remember, the food and cake will be digested, the DJ announces last call at midnight, and the lights go out at 2. From that moment, all you have left are memories of the happiest day of your life, unless you get a wedding film. The film will capture every move and every sound...and it will last forever.
See an example of his work below or click HERE.
Read more about Doug and his company, view his work, and say hello over on his website.
Did you enjoy this Feature Friday? Let me know in the comments! Have an idea of what kind of wedding vendor you would like me to interview or are YOU a wedding vendor that would like to be featured on my blog? Shoot me an email at email@example.com