Wedding Cinematography Blog

Wedding Highlights Film :: Tim + Betsy :: “The Jelly to my Peanut Butter” :: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Sometimes you have things that seem that they were just meant to be. Tim and Betsy’s wedding was one of those things. Their wedding date was October 1, 2011. We had more inquiries for that date this year than any other date, but for one reason or another, things just didn’t work out with any of them. Then, about a month before their wedding, Betsy contacted us and ended up booking us for their wedding in Rehoboth Beach, DE. So, 4 weeks later, we were off on our first venture into Delaware.

One of the things that was a constant theme throughout the weekend was laughter. Tim and Betsy love to have fun with each other and are one of the most down to earth couples you could imagine. As we began to hear stories about things they had done together and witnessed their personalities first hand that weekend, we realized that Tim and Betsy are the kind of people that live to share memorable moments with each other. This became very evident the more time we spent with them throughout the weekend and especially during their ceremony.

Tim and Betsy had an amazing ceremony overlooking the bay at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Even though we had been a little worried about the rain for a while that weekend, we managed to escape a rain shower and their wedding went off amazingly. It really gave us a chance to stretch our creativity and shoot their ceremony in a brand new way. Needless to say, it was a time that was filled with touches of Tim and Betsy’s personalities and PLENTY of laughter.

Tim and Betsy’s reception was headlined by a completely unique entertainment idea we had never seen. Since Tim and Betsy were such a huge fan of Dueling Pianos, they decided to book a pair of Dueling Pianos for their reception. The guys from Dueling Pianos International tore the roof off of the place (Can’t wait to share this footage in the wedding film.) We loved the fact they were able to take something they loved and incorporate it into the wedding in such an amazing way.

We finished the weekend out by joining Tim and Betsy on Rehoboth Beach the next morning at 6:00 a.m. for a sunrise shoot with their photographer, Hooman, from Vesic Photography. It was the perfect finish to the weekend. We had the perfect weather and the perfect sunrise that morning. It really gave us the chance to get some intimate pictures with Tim and Betsy during their first day as husband and wife.

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Ceremony Location: Rehoboth Beach Country Club – Rehoboth Beach, DE
Reception Location: Rehoboth Beach Country Club – Rehoboth Beach, DE
Photographer: Vesic Photography – Raleigh, NC
Entertainment: Dueling Pianos International – Royal Oak, MI

Wedding Film :: Cassie + Dave :: “1 Day, 1 Minute, 1 Second at a Time” :: Chicago, IL

A few months ago, I was talking with a friend of mine from film school and he heard I had left my job on One Tree Hill to move back to South Carolina and shoot wedding films. For those of you who have read the bio on our main site, you know the story behind that move. Since the start of Artifice Films, we have strived to take elements used in the film and television world and apply them to weddings in order to make a more personal, emotional, and professional product. Well, as I was talking to that friend of mine, he said something that made me think about the industry we are in. He asked me why I was shooting wedding videos, and then said “Aren’t you too big for that kind of work now?” Of course, he was joking about me being “big time,” but the meaning of his comment made me think. To so many people outside this profession, they look at it is a downgrade to shoot wedding films. It made me realize why I started this company in the first place: Because for so long, this part of the wedding industry has been ignored and thus the quality of work has suffered. That apparently started a chain reaction, because as I looked around, so many brides were opting not to include wedding videography in their budget and thus missing an important opportunity to capture such an important event. So my main goal for starting this company was so that in a small way, I can join the new breed of creative filmmakers that are starting to re-invent this industry and make videography relevant again. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than shooting wedding films. Each new wedding we shoot is a new couple we get to meet; It is a new film we get to plan and a new story we get to tell. There is nothing more rewarding to us than to be able to create something that will be so meaningful to a couple YEARS down the road…. Long after the popularity of One Tree Hill or the latest film or TV show fades away. While we are just a small part of this growing community, we like to feel like we are making a difference with our work. We like to feel like we are changing people’s perception of wedding videos in general and we hope we are creating something new and innovative with each wedding. This is why we have decided to release some of our full wedding videos. We want to give people a complete view of the work that we do for our weddings. Since Cassie and Dave were our first wedding for 2011, we decided to start with them.

Since we have already done a full blog post dedicated to their wedding here, we won’t go into much detail about their big day. However, Cassie and Dave have a great story on how they met and since that is our favorite part of meeting a new couple, we always like to share those, especially when we incorporate it into the video. Cassie and Dave first met when Cassie was the Maid of Honor at a friend’s wedding and Dave was the Best Man in the same wedding. From there they started dating and a little while later, they were married. Their wedding also presented us with a very unique challenge. Instead of having the typical reception the night of the wedding, Cassie and Dave decided to wait a month to have a reception back in their hometown of Marquette MI so that all of their friends could attend. So, that night, Cassie and Dave decided to have a sit-down dinner at the restaurant where they were married and enjoy a very intimate time with their friends and family who attended the wedding in Chicago. This allowed us to capture the speeches some of their family members gave that night and we decided to build their full wedding film around those speeches. In our opinion, those speeches gave a very intimate look into Cassie and Dave’s relationship and we couldn’t be more pleased with how they fit within the story. We are proud to share Cassie and Dave’s wedding video with you and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

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Ceremony Venue: Osteria Via Stato – Chicago, IL
Reception Venue: Osteria Via Stato – Chicago, IL
Photographer: Jen Badalamenti – View Pictures
Hotel: Dana Hotel – Chicago, IL

Wedding Highlights Film :: Dave + Cassie :: “The First Day” :: Chicago IL

Kent and I had the pleasure of heading up to Chicago for New Years to shoot Dave and Cassie’s wedding. Needless to say, it was an amazing event that we were so honored to be a part of.

We arrived in Chicago on New Years Eve to capture a party Dave and Cassie were having at their house with friends and family that night. We always knew we wanted to start the video off with this, because we really felt this was the start of their wedding weekend.

The next morning, we joined Cassie and Dave and their families down at the Osteria Via Stato where they were getting everything prepped for the wedding that night. We loved the way the entire family came together to transform the room into the perfect ceremony location. It ended up being absolutely beautiful and we loved the candid moments we were able to capture by filming this part of their day. After that, we followed Cassie to a local nail salon and spa where she and her close friends and family spent the morning getting manicures and pedicures. After that, we returned to the Dana Hotel to being capturing Dave and Cassie’s final prep for the wedding. While we were there, we made the decision to focus the video heavily on Dave and Cassie’s vows. Both of them poured so much emotion into their vows that we knew we had to make them the focus of the video. We also had a blast hanging out with Dave and Cassie in their rooms with their friends and family during the afternoon. Both of them were so excited about the evening and they were so relaxed that we were able to capture some great moments with them.

Dave and Cassie had one of the most intimate ceremonies we have ever been a part of. They conducted the full ceremony with their friends and family surrounding them. It really made the entire evening feel more intimate, almost like they included everyone in their ceremony. We felt it really helped add a lot of emotion to the evening and really made their ceremony special.

Following the ceremony, we joined their photographer for a trip down the streets of Chicago to capture the first moments of Cassie and Dave being husband and wife. It was amazing… but what made it even more amazing was that Cassie wore a sleeveless dress at night time in Chicago in 17 degree weather. I have no idea how she pulled that off, but I am glad she did. We concluded the shoot at the Dana Hotel where we visited the rooftop of the hotel with Dave and Cassie to grab some awesome footage of them overlooking the city. It was an awesome ending to their beautiful wedding day.

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Ceremony Venue: Osteria Via Stato – Chicago, IL
Reception Venue: Osteria Via Stato – Chicago, IL
Photographer: Jen Badalamenti – View Pictures
Hotel: Dana Hotel – Chicago, IL