Exquisite Weddings Launch
The party is tomorrow at the Dana, so for now here's a little sneak preview!
Danielle + Nathan 5.30.2010
I'm so happy Danielle added that extra hour just a few days prior to the wedding so that we could video tape their first meeting. It was such a special moment and very well worth it!
Their vendors included:
Venue: Rancho Valencia
Photography: Jennifer Dery Photography
Videography: Bob Hoffman Video & Photography
Coordination: Jowy Productions
Dessert: Michele Coulon
Flowers: Hidden Garden Flowers
Sound: Voice and Video Rentals
Entertainment: Traffic Jamm
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Images by Lighting
Shana's Bouquet Toss 4.24.10
Joanne + Ernesto
Joanne's cousin worked for BHVP a few years ago and having worked for their extended family many times we knew it would be a fun wedding! Joanne and Ernesto had a romantic and traditional ceremony in Santa Monica and then headed down to Newport Beach to cruise around for their reception.
It was a pleasure working with: Saint Monica's Church, B&G Photography, Elegant by Design, Electra Cruises and Cinderella Cakes
To see more wedding video clips and photo samples visit our website
* photos in this blog are stills from High Definition Video by Bob Hoffman Video Productions
Marie + Adam
Marie and Adam were married May 8, 2010 and we were pleased to document their celebration at The Grand Del Mar!!! We made a special wedding trailer for them. Plus it is always a blast working with Trena Lozano, Kathy Wright and Rabbi Ian.
Side Note: video quality looks less than ideal via blogger. Please view on our website for a much better sample.
I wont say much because I think the videos really say it all:
REVOWeddings - Thank you for starting such a worthy cause and for including us in your efforts. We are honored to show these videos.
Estancia La Jolla Wedding Sampler
We love working at the Estancia La Jolla, and we were thrilled to make a wedding demo for them comprised of weddings we have shot there over the past few years. Below is the short version of what we created for them, the longer version that really shows off the property can only be seen in our office or theirs :) I love everything about the Estancia and I love this video because it really shows off their property and our wedding video style all at once.
What Brides and Vendors are Saying...
I posed the question to a group of about 100 wedding industry professionals and married couples/MOBs, "Did you have a videographer at your wedding? Why or why not?" The answers I received blew me away with their positivity. I was moved by all the phenomenal things people had to say about our industry, because to be honest, we don't always get a lot of credit, plus most brides don't see the value in what we do until its already done.
Here are clips of what they had to say:
Couple: Our short recap video is awesome to show to friends and family when we don't have time to watch the entire day
Bride/Coordinator: I didn't want video at first, but I am a huge advocate for video now. I consider it an investment piece for the future.
Bride/Coordinator: Find a way to navigate video into your budget. There are just certain things that photography can't capture...the quiver of your voice as you recite your vows? Priceless!
MOB: Video has saved my daughters marriage more than once! Every time they have a fight they pull out their wedding video and remember why they got married.
Bride/Coordinator/Mom: Your children will thoroughly enjoy watching your video. It is such a joy to watch it with them and answer their questions about our family and my dress. They say "mommy, you're so pretty."
Groom/DJ - The people in your wedding wont always be in your life, having a video to remember them is really special.
...about what they would have done differently
The brides and grooms that answered this question said they would have spent MORE money on their venue and flowers and LESS money on the cost of chair rentals (keep in mind all of these couples had a coordinator and videographer and DID NOT regret it). The two regrets were not hiring a coordinator sooner and really knowing that cheaper doesn't mean better.
...about wedding coordinators
You're only engaged once (hopefully), so you should enjoy it, not stress! The couples we spoke with spoke the world of their coordinators who helped them with everything including:
personal advice on their relationship, telling vendors "no," reminding them when to pay for what, negotiating contracts, their timeline and their budget. In the end they all agreed that having a wedding planner saved them time, money and stress!
Do you have anything to say about videography, wedding coordinators or what you would have done differently? Lets hear it!
Jen + Jason, October 2, 2009
Jen chose our Timeless Memories package and we captured the day with two cameras at the ceremony and one at the reception.
Enjoy their recap:
Mary Bowerman helped plan their beautiful day!
p.s. LOVE LOVE LOVE the sparkler grand exit!!
Jen and Jason - Thank you for the opportunity to attend your beautiful wedding. You are adorable together!
A few months passed and everything was double confirmed and ready to go,but, the Friday before the wedding, around 7pm, Alya's planner called me on my cell phone. Alya and Santos were still hesitant about video. They didn't want us to be in the way, but they knew they wanted a great documentary of their day. Alya, Santos and Alya's father knew that what they were planning was so fabulous and romantic and downright beautiful that they didnt want to miss any part of it. Could they hire a second camera person for the reception?
OF COURSE. We generally do receptions with one camera, but we never turn down the opportunity to shoot with two cameras...it only improves the video to have more footage.Magic happened and we took care of it. It was a go, and six hours of an additional camera were added to their package, but still with several warnings to be as unobtrusive as possible (as we always are).
As it turns out their wedding was amazing. With a second camera we were able to capture their horse drawn carriage exit AND the look on their guests faces, the first dance AND the band as they were singing, the people making toasts AND Alya and Santos' reactions. The video turned out absolutely beautiful, and by the end of the night Santos and Alya were loving the camera! Santos, who had warned Tom (their main videographer) to stay out of the way and told him that he didn't really want video said " I can't wait to see the video. I know you got some great shots."
Alya and Santos - Thank you so much for including us in your wedding day! Thank you for having the intuition to know that you wanted to remember your wedding day for the rest of your lives. It was truly a pleasure to create such a beautiful wedding video for you. Happy, loving couples make warm and sentimental wedding videos. :)
Thank you Gillespie Photo for sending them our way and Wayne Foster Entertainment for putting on a great party. It's always a pleasure to work with both of you.
BHVP Real Wedding -Rebecca and Barry
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Caterer: Coast Catering
Flowers: Flowers by Annette
Hair/Make-up: Young Attitudes
Rebecca and Barry's Wedding was the first at the
Scripps Forum and it was beautiful! The weather couldn't
have been more perfect, and all of the vendors brought
their best to make the day absolutely fantastic.
Rebecca's parents are long-time clients of ours, but they
didn't decide on video until the very last minute. When
Rebecca's mom saw the footage they were so glad that
they did because she got to see everything she missed!!
She was amazed at everything we captured.