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5 Crazy Things I Regret Not Getting on Video from my Wedding

ariane

I married the most unlikely man almost 15 years ago. I say unlikely because we both bet our friends a six pack of beer that we would never, ever get married. Best bet I ever lost.

We were so different, that it took a while to get engaged. By the time he proposed, I wanted to simply tie the knot the next day. No way, said he. “We will have the biggest party on the smallest budget possible.”

So, he set to planning a huge bash, while I set about learning how to DIY everything. Our priorities in this party were booze and bar band. We would DIY everything else.

Seriously, 15 years later friends still tell us that our wedding was the best party they ever attended. Not just wedding. Party. Was it the Jack Daniels? Was it the bar band? Hard to say, but I wish I had all these moments on video.

1. The DIY Dress

Only a fool would make her wedding dress when she does not know how to sew. I am that fool. I wish I had video of me cutting nineteen, yes — nineteen yards of tulle. Or especially video of me twirling around in the dress the very first time. Right after sewing that last stitch.

2. The DIY Cake

Ah, but a bigger fool would make her own wedding cake! (Points finger at self) I had been a cake decorator professionally, so I figured that naturally I would be able to make my own cake. Never mind the carpal tunnel that set in the week of the wedding. Never mind that it’s crazy to try to decorate a cake two days before your wedding. Especially when you have to talk your bridesmaid through doing it for you.

But everything is better with alcohol. So, you get your bridesmaid drunk and then have her do it. And then proceed to have a food fight with the middle bits of the cake. It’s all good. And would have been grrrrrreat on video!

3. The Steam Iron

I made my own dress, but shame on my mother, I never really learned how to iron. So, I show up at the church in my dress, and my friend points out that it’s all wrinkly and going to look funny in the photos. Yes, I was that oblivious.

It was now about 5 minutes til the wedding was supposed to start and someone ran out to get a steam iron. There’s my man standing at the front of church, waiting. And there’s his best friend, running through the church with a steam iron. Literally, running. With the priest behind him promising NOT to marry us if I was late. Priceless.

4. The Piggyback Ride

We swore it never happened, but my husband’s buddy’s girlfriend swore it did. The piggyback ride. Me and my bustle were seen careening across the dance floor on the back of her boyfriend and she was not pleased. I would pay good money for that video now.

5. Table Dancing

I do have a photo. But who wouldn’t want to see video of themselves dancing on a table at the end of the night with a centerpiece on their head?

Our wedding journey took us from DIY near-disasters all the way to face-planting on a black diamond slope in Oregon. Proposal all the way through the honeymoon, there were soooo many crazy moments I wish I could relive with my man. Sometimes photos just aren’t enough.

Ariane Fisher is the Co-founder of Storymix Media. Their app WeddingMix is a fun way to crowdsource photos & videos from your friends into an edited wedding video. Her great loves are bourbon, chocolate, and hockey. She is mom to 6, yes, 6 kids. It’s loud.

{Partner Love + A Giveaway} Storymix Media Helps You Get A Professionally Edited Wedding Video On The Cheap

Y’all, videography ain’t cheap. You know this. You’ve already put down some serious skrilla on your dress, venue, his duds, gifts, food, booze and your photogs. But video? It’s soooo awesome and special to have. And so often falls by the wayside when your budget can’t squeeze it in. Besides girl, you’ve spent so much putting the D to the I to the Y, wouldn’t you want your video to follow suit?

Have no fear. Storymix Media is here! *cue superhero theme song*

You know your peeps have smartphones. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t these days? Oh, but if they don’t, that’s cool, because Storymix Media has cameras they’ll happily lend you for your big day, as a part of any Camera + App package. What? Yeah, so whether you’re recording with a fancypants telephonic device or on one of their handy dandy video machines, you’ll be set for a complete, DIY cinematographic experience. Your guests can point, hit record and let the good times roll!

For as little as $99, (a far, far cry from what even the most amateur videographer near you would quote you) you can snag all sorts of fun, funky and adorably fanciful coverage. Best part? You won’t need to track down any random Facebook, YouTube or other extraneous files to keep them all in one spot. Storymix Media helps you consolidate and control, without having to be in control. In addition, it’s a whopping free-99 for your friends and family to install the app that’s included in every package and contribute videos and photos into your project!! Woot!

And being the Broke-Ass lovers they are, Storymix isn’t just letting you BABs have with the usual 411…

Storymix Media is giving away a $200 dollar package so you can get all your wedination glory captured on film. To get in on the action, just fill out the entry form below. Don’t for get to snag your self some extra entries by sharing on Facebook and Twitter! The winner will be chosen Dec. 8.

Need more proof of how much to love ‘em? Check this vid.

Oh, and if you don’t win? Yeah, Storymix still wants to share a little love with you by giving you a 10% off coupon code just for entering. (You’ll get the super secret code after you throw your name in the hat.) Score!

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Sponsor Intro: Me & You Video: Because You Can Film it Too!

I wish we lived in a world where everyone could afford a videographer for their wedding, but we don’t. Of the nearly 2 million weddings that take place in the USA each year nearly 66% do not hire a professional videographer.

The truth is, we all would love to have one but, when trimming the budget, the first thing to go is often the videographer. People think: “we’re getting beautiful professional photos, so we’ll just have a guest bring a camcorder” – which is an understandable thought…. but you shouldn’t have to settle for a blurry shot of the ceremony that Uncle Harry the mouth breather filmed from the back (Sorry Uncle Harry,  but it’s true), or just a bouncy Blair Witch style shot of the reception from your friend who is the life of the party.

Well now there’s a cure! In less than an hour, Me & You Video will give anyone the knowledge they need to pull off a great DIY video of your wedding!

"She's the life of the party" but can she film the party?

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When we asked Haynal if she was worried about undercutting her own videography business, she replied: “I created this product to help those people who don’t hire professionals either because they can’t afford to or don’t want to.  I’ve spoken to so many people over the years that regret their decision to have a friend or family member film their wedding for them. I knew that I could impart highly useful information to save many people’s video memories from certain disaster.”

Haynal goes over the simple list of Do's & Don'ts

From personal experience I can say that we only have one regret from our wedding day. It was allowing an acquaintance to be our 2nd shooter. He was an amateur photographer and wanted to strengthen his portfolio. Despite many offers to just have him come as a guest, he insisted that he very much wanted to help. He took about 3 pictures from the ceremony and that was about it. As a result, we have no shots of our cocktail hour whatsoever. This guy isn’t a bad guy, he just didn’t have any experience or guidance, and he wasn’t prepared. His battery died during the ceremony and since he took a few pics he thought his job was done. If we had had a similar video like Me & You Video to play him before hand, he would have been just as good as any professional. He could take great pictures…. he just needed direction.

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Let someone who knows what shots to get, where to stand, even who to ask for help guide you and your friend or family member to an awesome wedding day video. Compared to the thousands of dollars for a professional the investment is a drop in the bucket, but the knowledge that you’ll have a great document of one of the biggest days of your life is priceless.

Want more Previews? Just head over to Me & You Video and tell ‘em The Broke-Ass Bride Sent ya!

Hunter

Happy Videos To Inspire & Delight.

This video save the date is freaking EPIC, yo!

It (almost) makes me jealous. Those are some MAD skillz. PS: I totally want to crash that wedding.

Speaking of weddings (ha!) will someone PLEASE play this at their wedding?  I mean, come ON.

Not only am I completely smitten with their quirky June/Johnny charm, but every time I hear this song it makes my soul dance. Its like hearts are coming out of the top of my head. I can’t help it.

You likey?

Dana

Our Wedding Highlight Video Is Here!

Heeello, happy.

We got our wedding highlight video from our friends at Digital Princess Productions… Wanna see?


Dana and Hunter Wedding Hightlight from Digital Princess Productions on Vimeo.

Bliss. Six months ago, yet it feels like yesterday.  All the emotion.  All the detail.  All the love.  All the joy. (ALL the mojitos!)

It was the most fun day of our lives, and we’re super excited to get into the details with ya… The Recap train is a chuggin’. Choo Choo! (Missed the first recap post? click here)

Dana

Blog Love For The Fresh Hubby of LA!

Our “Fresh Hubby of LA” love story has been tearing up the internet like hot hot heat! We’re so excited to have so much love and support for our li’l video. Seeing everyone’s reactions and it’s fierce momentum across the internet is almost as much fun as making it was!

Mad props to the following blogs for the sweet, sweet lovin’!
DiyWeddingGirl.com
Rock-N-Roll Bride
The Flash Dance
Globe Trotting Bride
Wishpot
Truly Engaging
The Unbride
One Wed
The Blissful Bride
Not the Marrying Kind
Victoria James Weddings
One Barefoot Bride
A Day in the Life of Gemma and Josh
Gator Bride
Beth Helmstetter Events
Kickin’ It Old School Style
Cachet Weddings and Events
Delighted Heart
Funk All Stars
Love to See You Smile
Cute N Boot
Victoria James Weddings
India Wedding
Momentville Blog
Relentless Bride
Gemma and Josh
Gator Bride
Kate Haus & Alpine Moon Photography
Weddingistas
Handful of Treasures
SexyRedFrame
LA Brides
Mollie D
A Better Side Than Most
Mix Mingle Glow

Y’allz is fresh to death! If I missed you, or you add a link, hit me up and let me know so I can love you back!

Missed it the first time around? No worries, yo – I got your back!

Video courtesy of Digital Princess Productions

Dana

The Fresh Hubby Of LA

Back when we booked Digital Princess Productions to do our wedding videography, we were thrilled to learn that our package included a “love story” video, to be pre-taped and shown at the wedding reception. We were stoked. We saw it as the perfect opportunity to express ourselves in a very personal (read: unorthodox) way, and give our guests an unexpected surprise. When we told Mercedes and Andrea our big idea, they jumped right on board and blew our minds with their execution of the prep that we had done. The finished product was better than we ever imagined…. and was definitely one of the highlights of the whole night for us, and the guests.

When we showed it at the reception, right before the toasts began, the crowd. went. nutz. The earth trembled under the excitement of their standing ovation and demands for an encore presentation. We were on cloud nine, grinning wildly like little schoolkids at Disneyland. Mission fun: accomplished.

So without further ado, I present to you our love story – every bit of it true.

Oh, and mad MAD props go to my husband, who is the very definition of a lyrical gangsta.

What do you think?

*Update: I’ve had lots of requests to see if this can be shared – of course! Just give credit where credit is due, yo! And thanks!

Dana

Moving Pictures, Princess Style

Having a videographer at our wedding was very important to us from the start. My memory, especially in times of overwhelming emotion, is not so great, and I wanted to capture not only the words that were said, but how they were said. But by the time we got around to booking a videographer, many we inquired with were already booked for our date, or their prices were exorbitant (or both – yikes!).

Then one night, I met a guy at a party and we got to talking. I mentioned being a bride, as I am want to do these days, and he passed me his wife’s business card – as luck would have it, she runs a videography company! I loved the name – Digital Princess Productions (how cute! and such a unique wedding videography approach!)- so I checked it out and really liked their style.

Its woman-owned (score!), and the girlies who run it, Mercedes and Andrea, are incredibly fun, delightful and cool – just the kind of gals you’d want at your wedding (or even better, in the girlie pre-party dressfest). Their style is very unique: both girls have background in TV/film production, which lends itself to a fun editing style that I really like. You can get a feel for it in their demo:

DigitalPrincessProductions.com 2009 Demo from Digital Princess on Vimeo.

We recently shot our “love story” to show at the reception with the gals at Digital Princess and it was a total BLAST. They were really open to our out-of-the-box idea (you’ll have to wait till after the wedding for the big reveal, but its F.U.N!) and were incredibly prepared for the shoot. We spent the whole day laughing, filming and being silly. It was great.

Since we have friends in common, and a love of all things wedding, Mercedes and I have gotten quite close since our first meeting in the fall. I’m so happy to have found a great videographer and good friend out of the deal, and it will be really exciting to have her not only in attendance, but behind the camera on our big day.

Bonus for you SoCal brides (or anywhere, they travel): The ladies at Digital Princess just announced a May Weddings Special, and are offering 10% off all bookings this month! If you’re interested, you can contact them here.

I think the team of Digital Princess along with our amazing free-tographer will ensure some stellar media memories of the day. I just can’t wait for it to come! 3 weeks and counting…. aaah!

Have you made any vendors into friendors?

Dana

Wedding Video Porn

These two videos are *so* our wedding. I am giddy, weepy, and so inspired from watching them over and over! The mood, the music… the emotion and effect… they’re just right up our alley.
Justine and Gary from Andrew Bowser on Vimeo.*


Brian & Eileen’s Wedding Music Video. from LOCKDOWN projects on Vimeo.

Oh man, I can’t wait.

*Yes, that is the uber-fabulous Justine of the Unbride Blog, and Justine Ungaro Photography.

Dana