Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Punta Cana – Destination Wedding Videography – Cheryl & Aaron

From Chicago, Cheryl, Aaron and 30 of their closest family and friends celebrated their destination wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Their wedding weekend included an amazing Trash the Dress shoot, an excursion on a Private Yacht, a Welcome Party for their guests, and of course… their amazing Wedding Day… and my team and I were hired to film it all.  We had such an amazing time with everyone, and the footage we filmed is amazing.  We also had a great time working along side Shawn and Shannon from Renaissance Studios Photography in Ontario, Canada.  Enjoy the video!

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Gedney Farm Wedding – The Berkshires, Massachusetts – Destination Wedding – Lindsey & Stephen

From New York City, Lindsey, Stephen and 150 guests met in the beautiful Berkshire area of Massachusetts for an amazing rustic wedding at the historic, Gedney Farm. Everything was perfect,,, the weather, the rustic venue, the beautiful bride and groom. The Ceremony was gorgeous, Lindsey and Stephen shared the most romantic vows I’ve heard. Their band (The Elements) sounded amazing during the reception, and kept the dance floor rocking the whole night.

The Fox Hollow – Long Island Wedding Videography – Mallory & Kyle – Vintage Lemonade Stand – Rustic

Mallory and Kyle’s wedding was at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, Long Island NY.  They also booked a Day After Session with me and we scheduled it a week after their wedding day at the Vanderbilt Mansion.   It worked out well because it rained on their wedding day and we were not able to get any footage of them outdoors.  We filmed the couple at the Vanderbilt Mansion under perfect lighting conditions and even brought in a Vintage Lemonade Stand from www.thelovelylemons.com for the shoot.  The Day After Session couldn’t have gone any better.  We were able to get some really great footage, and a good variety of footage more importantly!  The Vintage Lemonade Stand idea is so unique, and the owners of the stand delivered it to the shoot location, and set it up for us.  Enjoy the video!

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Carlyle on the Green – Long Island Wedding Videography – Highlight Video – Whitney & Matthew

Whitney and Matthew planned a beautiful Long Island Wedding.  With custom details, they transformed their church, and reception venue into a custom storybook fairytale.  We also filmed a Day After Session with Whitney and Matt which took place the week after they returned home from their honeymoon.  We picked a beautiful location and scheduled it at a time when the sunlight would be perfect.  The video footage we filmed on the Day After Session was gorgeous and created such a romantic feel to their video.  Enjoy!


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Hard Rock Punta Cana Destination Wedding Highlight Video – Gina & Michael

Gina + Michael’s Hard Rock Punta Cana Destination Wedding Highlight Video.

I am sure when Gina and Mike sat down to plan their wedding, they had no idea that a hurricane was gonna show up as a guest! Hurricane Sandy couldn’t crash this wedding!

We traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Their wedding took place at the Hard Rock hotel. To kick off the wedding weekend they threw a roof top welcoming party with fire dancers and cigar rollers. Their wedding day, with beach front ceremony was breathtaking! Everyone continued to celebrate the next day on the catamaran boat that toured the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic.

Thank you for having us be apart of your destination wedding weekend! We had a blast with all your family and friends!

It was such a pleasure working with one of our favorite destination photographers and friend Michael Steingard. The photos came out AMAZING! Check them out for yourself… michaelsteingard.com/blog/2012/12/12/gina-and-mike-hard-rock-resort-punta-cana/

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Uplighting: Should I do it at my wedding reception?

From time to time I get asked about uplighting, and if uplighting will have an effect on the couple’s wedding video.  For those of you who are reading this and have no idea what “uplighting,” is….. here is a photo from the Bridgeview Yacht Club on Long Island.  The uplighting is the green lights illuminating up the windows and around the ceiling of the room.

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In this particular situation, at this venue (The Bridgeview Yacht Club), the uplighting is positioned far enough away from the dance floor to have a negative effect on the skin tones of the bride and groom on the dance floor.  The bride and groom’s skin tone look great, and the uplighting does it’s job by lighting the outside of the room, without bleeding over onto the dance floor.  The reception room at the Bridgeview Yacht Club is also large, and the surrounding walls are far away from the dance floor.  This is an example of when uplighting works and looks good.

Below is an example of bad uplighting.  Notice the bride and her father’s skin tone.  They look purple, their guests look purple, even the photographer looks purple!  There are so many venues in the Long Island/NY area that provide… or should I say… charge extra for this crap.  Save your money.  If you are considering using uplighting… go to your venue… ask them to show you what the uplighting looks like… and stand on the dance floor with your fiancé while the uplighting is on.  If your fiance looks like a Smurf, or something out of an animated disney movie…. chances are…. that is how you will appear on your wedding day, and in your wedding video.


Here is another thing to look out for when considering adding on a lighting package from the venue, band or DJ.  Find out what the lighting package is before you purchase it.  Below is a photo of the “lighting package,” that one of my couples purchased… that’s right… they spent extra money on this.  Their “lighting package” shot tiny specs of green, red and orange lights all over the dance floor, which translated into tiny dots of light all over everyone’s face, clothes, etc…  Looks really good in your photos and video.

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In conclusion… there are DJ’s who have amazing lighting upgrades, and some venues that have amazing lights built into their venue… but there are a lot that don’t…. and if you don’t do a little research, you won’t know what you’re getting until the night of your wedding, and then it’s too late.