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Cinematic Style for Your Wedding Video

Wedding videography has come a very, very long way since I started at Here Comes The Guide more than a decade ago. Gone are the cheesy fades and posed scenes, garish lighting and Comic Sans fonts (I’m not joking, I’ve seen it!). More and more, we’re seeing real filmmaking in this specialized genre. Now, rather than either laughing at or snoring through a wedding video, I am often amazed at the power that true artists can convey in a few short minutes.

articles_altOne true innovator in this field is Savadelis Films. Chuck and Jewel Savadelis have perfected the art of the cinematic style: they turn the story of your particular romance into a short film that you’ll adore. And imagine how great it would be to be able to share this kind of “wedding film” with your kids one day. I wish this kind of wedding film had been available when my husband and I got married. I think I actually would have spent money on videography if it had been.

One of my favorite videos of theirs is called “Memoirs of a Wedding”. Check it out. It gives me chills every single time. Jewel says: “This piece was filmed in the garden where scenes from “Memoirs of a Geisha” were shot. The most striking feature of this quiet garden is that something is always blooming. So, we took artistic license to make the wisteria bloom as the groom approached his bride. This one won the industry’s highest award, the WEVA Gold Creative Excellence Award, in 2006.”

I love companies who do truly groundbreaking, excellent work and Savadelis certainly does that each and every time.

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Jan 02, 2008.
Filed under Wedding Video

You Know He Loves You When…

Did you all see Oprah the other day? She featured some great YouTube videos, one of which was a clip of a British couple’s first dance at their wedding. Apparently, they are both huge fans of Dirty Dancing, the 80’s classic dance movie. They performed Baby and Johnny’s famous dance, almost move for move. Wow, how many of you could convince your fiance to do this?

You have to check this out:

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Dec 20, 2007.
Filed under ReceptionsStuff We Love

A Little Bit of Wedding TV

Confession: I’m an educated mother of three with a full time professional job, but I love TV. Love it. Don’t get to watch as much as I’d like, but I watch what I can and, the trashier the better. Two of my favorite shows premiered this last week and I had to make sure you were watching:

First, CBS’s The Amazing Race premiered its 12th journey around the world last Sunday. The show’s been around forever and has won several Emmy’s and for the longest time, I thought it was “Reality TV for old folks”. But it’s surprisingly riveting. And, what I love is watching how the teams (oftentimes married or dating couples) communicate with each other as they meet the race’s challenges. My husband and I always talk about how we think we’d do on the show. Would we fight? Would we win? Would we suck but be likeable?


I think that every couple should have to go on some journey like “The Amazing Race” before they get married. I think it would really suss out the bad matches quickly, since life is the ultimate metaphorical “Amazing Race”. I mean, if you’re going to fight dirty over not winning the footrace to the stone idol on the show, you’re really going to have a rough time when money is tight and the kids are crying, right? Come on, Nathan and Jenn, pull it together!

articles_altSecondly, and MUCH trashier is my personal fave: The Real Housewives of Orange County. This is super car-wreck TV on Bravo my favorite network). This season, one of the Housewives, Laurie, is planning an Orange County wedding. Will they decide to have it at home? Will they forego the wedding planner’s advice and squish 400 guests in the space for 200?

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Nov 08, 2007.
Filed under Sex Romance RelationshipsStuff We Love