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Paris to Boston with Love

The romance of Paris is brought to Boston through soft florals and opulent architecture

Sheika had always dreamed of a French themed wedding. In love with the city of Paris, she wanted to bring that element to Boston. With sweeping views of the Boston Public Garden and a ballroom that inspired a Parisian color palette, Sheika and Mark knew they found their venue. “We hired Exquisite Events from Newport, RI because we knew they would make our vision come to life. From our first meeting and throughout our wedding, they were there for us every step of the way. Stasia Anthony and Lauren Hellman went far beyond our expectations to make sure were happy. They listened to how we wanted our wedding to be, then guided us to the appropriate vendors to make our dream a reality,” Sheika explained. Winston Flowers filled the ballroom with lush florals in soft hues of ivory and blush along with candles in varying heights creating an ambiance reminiscent of spring in France.

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Paris to Boston with Love

The romance of Paris is brought to Boston through soft florals and opulent architecture Sheika had always dreamed of a French themed wedding. In love with the city of Paris, she wanted to bring that element to Boston. With sweeping views of the Boston Public Garden and a ballroom that inspired a Parisian color palette, […]

5 Reasons to Hire a Videographer for Your Wedding

A drone capturing video of a wedding. Photo Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

Photo Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

Budgeting for your wedding day can be a challenge. So many times, brides hem and haw over what to keep and what to cut from their list of expenditures. Photography is one of the few expenses that just isn’t optional. But what about a videographer? We caught up with F. Mike Henriques, artistic director and lead filmmaker over at Artistic Wedding Films, to find out the top 5 reasons a wedding videographer is essential to your big day.

Film is the best way to re-live your wedding day. Your day will go by so quickly. Seeing portions of your day that you were not present for like the bride and groom preparation, cocktail hour and wedding party introductions that you may have missed is an incredible keepsake and so fun.

Don’t think of videography as the long, boring videos of years past. Wedding videography has evolved. Videos are creative, story-based short films that will evoke the emotions you felt on your wedding day. They act as a time machine to bring you back to your day. Your photographs will remind you of the special moments, but the film allows you to re-live that moment again.

Technology has also advanced. The quality of the cameras, the audio equipment and the overall footage is going to rival what is being produced in a Hollywood movie or quality TV programming.

Photo Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

Photo Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

You get to choose from a ton of special effects. Options like same day edits, time-lapse video and aerial cinematography allow us to enhance the production value of a wedding film. It’s going to look amazing, especially when it’s produced well.

Weddings are a pretty big moment in your life. Think of it this way — it’s not often that your family and friends will gather this way in the same room. Aging family members are closer to not being with us and it’s a fantastic way to memorialize these special people.

For a sample video from Artistic Wedding Films, click the link here.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Videographer for Your Wedding

Budgeting for your wedding day can be a challenge. So many times, brides hem and haw over what to keep and what to cut from their list of expenditures. Photography is one of the few expenses that just isn’t optional. But what about a videographer? We caught up with F. Mike Henriques, artistic director and lead filmmaker over […]

3 Reasons You Should Film Your Wedding

Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

With the cost of weddings rising, it’s tempting to try and cut corners, and with cell phone camera quality rising even faster, it’s also easy to see the appeal behind forgoing a professional videographer service in lieu of a few quick cell phone snaps. We spoke with F. Mike Henriques, the Artistic Director and Lead Filmmaker of Artistic Wedding Films, who was able to give us some solid reasons against nixing your videographer from the list and corralling your gal pals as a temp film crew:

  1. Sound: The one clear advantage of filming your wedding is the audio component. Mike’s team strongly emphasizes the significance of the sounds and words spoken in the wedding films they produce, using them to enhance the story literally being told in tandem with the moving images. They capitalize on those sound bytes to really forge a connection between the viewer and video, asking personal questions during their interviews, such as what makes their spouse amazing or listing interesting facts about each other. If there’s any one thing you need to convince you to film your wedding, let it be this one. After all, who wants to forget the sound of their spouse’s nervously happy voice reciting their handwritten vows?
  1. Technology: Mike’s crew makes it a point to utilize the best tools for each client’s big day, toting around steady cams and sliders for Hollywood style shots in addition to the proper microphones. He’ll even bring along drones for aerial shots of the soiree. Having industry-grade gadgets record your “I Do’s” as opposed to the standard cell phone means a more polished product, and will make replaying your video less cringe-worthy. It will allow you to really pay attention to the scene and not the quality. It’s unlikely you or your loved ones will be able to DIY this, when the gear you hope to use comes into into question, which brings us to our next point…
  1. Professional Experience: Let’s face it. Your cousin’s subpar iPhone camera skills just won’t cut it. At the end of the day, you’ll want seasoned pros with years of experience handling the footage caught on one of the most important days of your life. Mike says it will certainly take longer to have the final product (it takes his team around 2 weeks to edit all those hours of footage), but it will be superior. This makes for a more consistent, artfully composed video. Also, you shouldn’t just rely on your friends to capture your big day, because it’s not fair to them. After all, they want to partake in the festivities, not hide behind a lens!

In your quest for a videographer, Mike offers these helpful pointers:

  • If possible, investigate how many full-time staffers there are. Artistic Wedding Films is comprised of three other full-time filmmakers/editors, which is more than most, as it’s common for videographer services to freelance out their gigs. Ultimately, the wedding video you pay for may not be as cohesive or as creative. Mike credits much of his film work inspiration to having full-time staffers to constantly bounce ideas off of.
  • Make sure you and your videographer share the same style and vision. Typically, wedding videos are divided into two categories: documentary versus cinematic. Documentary is much more traditional, with its linear structure, the music in the opening scenes, a full length edit of the ceremony, a very direct interview process, and plenty of straight-on shots. A cinematic technique takes more artistic license with a less formal structure and incorporates more varied shots from interesting angles and intimate details. The documentary style could be a good option for those who prefer to play it safe and want to know what they can expect (a videographer can cost a pretty penny after all!), but it’s more limited in its creativity and may translate as stuffy or less sincere.
  •  Discuss a fluid shot list and what matters most to you. It’s common for women to have themselves recorded while putting on their gowns, but a few may not feel comfortable with this, and they should express that clearly to their videographer. Let your videographer know all the little details you’d like them to be aware of, like how the aunt you haven’t seen in ten years flew over 2,000 miles to attend your wedding, or that your dog is the reason you met your spouse, and ask if there’s any way they can incorporate those loved ones into the video. For example, Mike’s Rhode Island-based crew made it a point to include shots in one video of a clients’ meeting place located a few hundred miles away in New York City. If a videographer ever says no to any of your requests and is unwilling to compromise, they may not be a good fit.

If you really do believe you need to cut the expense of a videographer to stay within your budget, you can opt to have a few of your friends record moments throughout the big day and then send them to a video editing service for a few hundred bucks. Mike suggests having your loved ones hold their phones horizontally while they record, so that when you replay the footage on a computer or television screen, the video will display better and won’t look obvious it was recorded on a phone.

Make no mistake, he still believes you should invest in a pro, but even he agrees, one cell phone camera is better than no camera. As for Mike’s final bits of advice, he says allow your videographer some time between shots so the moments aren’t rushed and have fun! This dramatically increases your chances of having a joyous, memorable wedding video that you’ll love to re-watch again and again.

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3 Reasons You Should Film Your Wedding

With the cost of weddings rising, it’s tempting to try and cut corners, and with cell phone camera quality rising even faster, it’s also easy to see the appeal behind forgoing a professional videographer service in lieu of a few quick cell phone snaps. We spoke with F. Mike Henriques, the Artistic Director and Lead Filmmaker […]

Glam Bake in Cape Cod

We couldn’t be more excited for this 4th of July weekend! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a Glam Bake on the seaside of Cape Cod?! This styled shoot is an elegant twist on the traditional backyard clam bake, focusing on the more glamorous side of life on the island.

The dazzling deck overlooking the salt marsh and beaches of Sandy Neck made for the perfect setting for this end of summer soiree we like to call: Glam Bake. We called in the professionals over at Compton Clambakes and Catering to serve a plated bake made a bit classier with custom linen napkins and china plates from Be Our Guest. The tables were decorated with vivid florals and glass votives in varying heights thanks to the talented Karen Taddei of Lilacs. The theme was carried out through the dessert course with seaside treats like starfish cupcakes, s’mores pops, and strawberry shortcake parfaits from Artisan Bake Shop.   

A Glam Bake wouldn’t be complete without a custom lounge area. Ours featured a lavish cabana with chandeliers and elegantly draped embroidered organza created by Ryan Designs, and a craft beer bar! The craft beers were hand-selected from the regions finest breweries by Luke’s Super Liquors.

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Glam Bake in Cape Cod

We couldn’t be more excited for this 4th of July weekend! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a Glam Bake on the seaside of Cape Cod?! This styled shoot is an elegant twist on the traditional backyard clam bake, focusing on the more glamorous side of life on the island. The dazzling […]

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