Posted on 20 February 2017 | No responses
This month we are highlighting Serafino Graziosi from On The Beats Events and I must admit I have been working with Serafino since I started in the wedding business 10 years ago and he is still one of the Montreal DJ’s that I always go to when looking for a professional DJ who really knows the business!
What made you become open a DJ
My love of music, there’s was always music around our house growing up and my uncles were into music a lot as well. I started playing around with beat up turntables around 11 and my first party was my Grade 6 grad party, if you can believe that!
How long have you been in business
I’ve been working for myself DJ’ing over 20 years
On average how many weddings do you do each year
On average I would say between 45-50 events a year
What is the one thing you love most about being a DJ
I love meeting and speaking with different people, their views on music, the challenge it brings at any given event. Every event is different so it’s never boring!
Do you have a specific niche of music that you provide
No specific style of music, I’ve been doing this for so long I can literally adapt to any style of music on the whim! I listen to a lot of different styles of music so it helps in this industry
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding DJ
Choosing pricing over quality and experience!!
What do you think distinguishes your work from others
“Class”, everything is done with class. I don’t overdo or overthink – the couples and their guests want to have fun and that’s my job. If the fire seems to fizzle out a little, then it’s my turn to light it up a little more!
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms
Have fun and enjoy your party! Enjoy your guests! I’ve seen it many times where couples are so focused on how things should be that they forget that they are at their party!
What are the music trends for 2017
Weddings are too different to focus on trends. You’ll always have the classics that will work at weddings, however, we must always keep an eye out for the popular stuff and try to adapt to the guests that we have that night. There is so much music out there to work with, providing you have that musical experience, you just need to know what to play and when to play it!
More information on On The Beat Events……..
Don’t forget to reach Serafino at 514 892 8093 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 10 February 2017 | No responses
I worked with Mila and Paul from a distance from Toronto to Montreal in the planning of their stunning Mont Tremblant Wedding. In fact I work with a lot of clients remotely and the wonders of technology make this so easy now! As Mila and Paul were having an intimate wedding, the great news is that when working with us at An English Rose we are not fixed on packages and my clients love that they can choose what really applies to them with the planning! So in this instance we found the venue and 5 key vendors for their day as well as created their itinerary and set up plan on the day which was then shared with all their vendors in advance so that everyone was very clear on the day of who, what, why, where & when 🙂
Because it was an intimate wedding and in the area of Mont Tremblant there are a few wonderful options, but one of course stood out above the rest which is the stunning La Quintessence Hotel, over looking the lake.
The couple on this occasion chose to have some ‘first look’ pictures before the wedding and although some people are against this because of “tradition”, I think this is a great idea for 2 reasons…. 1) you do not have to rush your couple / wedding party shots and 2) you actually get to enjoy the cocktail hour, eat & drink and get to mingle with your guests! I must admit they got some great shots with the talented Tim Chin!
The ceremony took place at the waters edge by Michel Boulanger from Mariages a Bras Ouverts and it was just a perfect day in September, with blue skies and sunshine! The colours Mila chose for her bridesmaids was a navy blue which also matched the groom and his groomsmen and of course the nature around them, plus she bought in an accent colour of purple and the soft sage & greens in her flowers.
Cocktails took place at the waters edge and then guests were escorted up to dinner, and again because this was a small wedding, the guests could actually choose their meal from the menu’s provided on the tables.
For decor the flowers were created into wooden bistro boxes, the guest signing book was a collection of postcards & pens and then touches such as the marquee letters were added for fun! For favors our guests had great enjoyment with their “champagne” flavoured gummy bears and later that night were treated to Duck Confit Poutine!!
Regardless of having a small party, this group wanted to celebrate and dance through the night which is exactly what they did with On The Beat Events!
“From the very beginning Rachel was eager to help and always quick to respond to any and all questions. Rachel is so organized and made sure we were never falling behind on “wedding tasks”. We always felt like we were in good hands and were impressed with how many strong relationships she’s built with some amazing vendors. Our vendors (even those that we didn’t book through Rachel!) all spoke so highly of Rachel which is a true testament to how great a wedding planner she is. We can’t thank her enough for all of her help and would not hesitate to recommend her services.”
Posted on 6 February 2017 | No responses
Last week we were invited to the launch of the new “A&S Nordheimer” Ballroom at the Hotel Intercontinental and must admit I am very excited about this new Montreal wedding venue space, which also has an outdoor terrace overlooking Old Montreal!!
So it was an interesting evening, as we learnt more about the Nordheimer building which dates back to 1888 when it was rebuilt after a fire in Romanesque Rivival style and can be seen by it’s unique pink granite facade (don’t you just love the architecture in Montreal). Back in the day the Nordehimer was owned by two brothers who created the Piano company and they founded the legendary “Nordheimer Hall” which hosted many concerts and events with up to 1000 people. Today the Intercontinental has named many of the conference / banquet rooms after some of the legends of the era who were featured at the Nordheimer’s Hall back. My favoutire story was Lucia Bellantini who was a “Chocolate Eclair” eater LOL, for 6 years in a row she won the Chocolate Eclair Eating competition, put on by the Montreal Pastry Chefs, but sadly one year she choked on an Eclair and that was the end of both her career and her life…… Eventually the two brothers ran into some debt and had to sell the Nordheimer building but only on the condition that it would always have the name “Nordheimer” and of course it still does today.
I must admit I think the Montreal Intercontinental must be one of the only hotels in Montreal that has such a diverse variety of spaces that you can host your event or wedding. From their very new modern Ballroom (more to follow) to the Fountain and Atrium at the World Trade Centre to underground old vaults for more intimate weddings.
So back to the launch party of the new “A&S Nordheimer” Ballrooms which are situated on the 5th floor of the Nordheimer building. The first thing we noticed upon arrival was how modern the space was and the entrance / foyer area greets you on two floors with a central staircase in black & white, very chic…. to the right you take a few steps down to a “Cocktail Area” which also includes a Bridal Suite (very handy) and then on the left side is the main Ballroom which can hold up to 300! The Ballroom again is very modern and has a wall of windows on one side giving lots of light and on the far wall had a decorative feature (looks a bit like piano keys) which can be changed to show the colours of your choice.
Now the food…. what can I say, the Cocktail Hour was an array of amazing food for us to try and the champagne flowed, but when we went through to the Ballroom, the room looked stunning with Black and White Decor and high floral centre pieces. We were then spoilt with copious amounts of food from little ‘soup in a bag’ to my favourite Shepherds Pie in little port glasses… we also enjoyed mini burgers as well as these amazing beets in a fluff of cream or cheese, again amazing! Then the dessert tray came OMG mini Lemon Meringue Pie’s, lots of chocolate to die for and just so much more, good job my nutritionist wasn’t around as I broke all the rules that night, but it was well worth it! I also got to spend time with some of my great wedding planner friends too!
As I mentioned earlier, wedding planners for years have been begging for more outdoor terraces so that we can offer great places for our clients ceremonies and cocktails and I guess they heard us as this is the second new outdoor terrace in Old Montreal in the last year 🙂 Now sadly because of the snow we did not get to see the new terrace, but I have been told it can hold up to 130 + guests for a ceremony and overlooks the rooftops of Old Montreal from the 6th floor of the Nordheimer! So excited to have one of my clients pick this new space for their wedding!
Weddings at the Intercontinental range from $95.00 – $225.00 per person, so something for everyone and you can check out all their various rooms and what works for you “Here”
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can create your wedding in one of the many unique spaces the Intercontinental has to offer!!
Posted on 28 January 2017 | No responses
This month we are highlighting Claudine, an incredible Montreal Baker, who we have been working with for almost since the beginning of “Sweet Couture”!
What made you become a baker
My love for good food! I love creating and designing, and for me pastry was the best place to create artistical confections while having culinary challenges.
How long have you been in business
Sweet Couture is 5 years old now – prior to that I was a fashion designer and I incorporate that background into my sweet creations, that’s why my company is named Sweet couture!
On average how many weddings do you do each year
Taking my work as art, I”m getting deeply involved in every single project, hence I can only afford to have 50 to 70 weddings per year plus corporate and special events.
What is the one thing you love most about being a baker
What I like the most is the challenge of creating something new that matches my customer needs while integrating my signature style.
How would you describe your design style
Very detailed and elegant couture cakes.. My style is baroque, vintage and dramatic.
What are your favourite flavours
My favorite flavors always include fruits such as raspberries, lemon and passion fruit.
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding cake
They try to please everyone, my job is to help them find what represent them the best.
What do you think distinguishes your work from others
I work closely with my clients, from the very beginning till the end of the process. It’s the advantage of being a small company.
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms
Since we are a very busy bakery we highly recommend you to reserve your dates many months in advance.
What are the cake trends for 2017
Romantic cakes are a classic, while painted cakes are still very trendy, drip cakes and geode cakes are the next big thing! I try to keep in mind that what my couples like is still the best thing for them, don’t try to follow trends and be yourself!
More information on Sweet Couture, Montreal Wedding Cakes…..
Don’t hesitate to reach Claudine at : 514 969-1409 or via e-mail at email@example.com
They do weddings, birthdays, events, corporate, they also make personalized cookies, cupcakes and French macaroons!!
Posted on 22 January 2017 | No responses
Now here in Quebec we tend not to see many “winter weddings” which I think is a real shame as there are so much great options and ideas for creating a winter wonderland wedding in Montreal or the surrounding areas, not forgetting prices may be more competitive at this time of year but more importantly how romantic is a wedding in the snow!! So what are the key elements to creating that perfect winter wedding? Don’t worry, here we are going to give you a few tips and tricks to get you started!
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you have to reflect that during your ceremony and reception. Why not stick to warmer colors such as reds & browns and even bring in some popular metallic colors, such as silver, gold or bronze). Colors such as forest green and navy blue can also look stunning at this time or year or alternatively be used to contrast your primary colors. However whatever colours you do use, like any wedding, make sure these colors are reflected throughout your wedding by incorporating them into your stationary, table scaping and any other touches you are adding.
It’s important to make sure that your invitations don’t reflect a holiday greeting card but yet still bring out the theme of your wedding. A great way to do this would be to avoid folding cards and chose a thick card with a border. Snowflakes act as a great way to reflect the theme of your wedding as well and nowadays with pinterest there are many great ideas out there….. just remember for a wedding at this time of year it’s crucial to send your “save the date” cards early so guests can make their travel plans and avoid hiked up prices over the holiday season and also plan for our lovely “snow”.
For those of you who love snow and maybe for a more intimate wedding you could brave an outdoor ceremony, but a winter wedding doesn’t necessarily mean cold. Ski lodges and cabins are perfect for a winter themed wedding, but also check out some historic buildings and private clubs too especially if they have a large roaring fireplace for more ambiance!! Remember that traveling is not as easy in the winter so think about the possibility of having the ceremony and location in the same location, this will save guests having to move cars and re-park….. also think about the fact that your guests will be coming in with coats, boots, hats, and scarves, so a good storage area for all of these things is also very important.
Use the cold weather as an excuse for sleeves! Now is the time where you can wear those beautiful lace-sleeved dresses! If you prefer wearing the strapless dress then you can opt for a faux-fur wrap, a cape or a colorful shawl to keep you warm. Crystals and sequins are also very popular (always…) but at this time of year they can reflect the snow outside too. The winter season is also the time to wear heavier and rich fabrics…. Think ‘velvets’ and gorgeous furry boots, especially for walking in the snow or slippery surfaces.
Flowers can be expensive this time of the year as they have to be imported, so allow your flowers to reflect the season! Use seasonal flowers such as Poinsettia, Holly, and Mistletoe to decorate your venue. As for the bridal bouquet – what about Amaryllis, Anemone, Jasmine and Stars of Bethlehem’s are great winter flowers that can be added to your bouquet. Why not add crystals, Fir, Pine, Twigs, or Berries to bring the feel of winter into your ceremony.
The most important part of the décor is to make sure that the room reflects the season but still feels warm. Take advantage of the decorations already in place because of the winter season! You can warm up the atmosphere by placing candles throughout your venue (can never have too many candles) and branches can add a great wintery feel to your room as well. Evergreen trees, Holiday / Fairy lights, Crystals and Mirrors are other ways to make the room feel more seasonal.
Food and Cake:
Regardless of the time of year I always say pick all your favourite foods for your wedding day, you can of course stick with traditional meals but then add a festive twist to it. How about having Eggnog or a Hot Toddy for your Cocktail Hour or even Hot Chocolate with Baileys or a Hot Cider!!….. Use great fall/winter vegetables like a Butternut Squash for a soup or even have a tasty stuffing or cabernet cranberry sauce to your main course. As for your wedding cake, some classic winter wedding cake ideas can include snowflakes, sugar sculptures, or crystal icicles hanging from your cake and for cake toppers you think about snow globes, a skating couple, a ski-ing couple or even a hockey couple – whatever you love doing in the winter!
Above all, remember to have fun and be creative – don’t forget to add your own special touches as, as I said at the very beginning winter weddings can be so romantic, and of course if you need help planning this magical snowy wedding, then do “Contact Us” for more information!
Posted on 15 January 2017 | No responses
Hidden away in the Eastern Townships is a town called Waterloo which is approx an 1 hour and 15 minutes from Montreal, dating back to 1793, originally called Lewis Falls it was later renamed “Waterloo” after the Battle of Waterloo when Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated!
In 1852 at 35 years of age, Asa Belknap Foster an American moved to Quebec and industrialised the town of Waterloo from 200 people to 2000 over an 18 year period and in 1864 he hired the famous Montreal Architect John William Hopkins to build his magnificent home up on a hillside overlooking the town of Waterloo…. now known as “Manoir Maplewood”!!
Manoir Maplewood is now a bijoux auberge with just 10 rooms from standard rooms to luxury suites and could be perfect for that romantic getaway (or upcoming wedding proposal)….. they offer B&B packages, Gourmet Packages & Spa Packages and they have a beautiful private garden with a swimming pool and hot tub for guests to enjoy.
For those food lovers, you will be spoilt here with their range of gourmet foods from the Eastern Townships including Duck Confit, Giant Scallops, Lamb Shank and so much more and in the summer the restaurant spills out onto a beautiful old wrap around veranda! They also have a wine cellar with a tasting room hiding in the centre of the Manoir with old brick archways.
Now the reason I am telling you all this is because this is the perfect place for an intimate wedding – imaging renting all the 10 rooms and having exclusivity of the Manoir for your wedding for the whole weekend. The ceremony can take place in the gazebo in the gardens, or if you prefer to be indoors in one of the Living Room areas, cocktails can take place in the gardens or on the wrap around veranda with dinner following in the Restaurant, and one of the advantages of working with a unique auberge such as this is that you can completely personalise ‘everything’!
Another feature would also be to have a tent installed in the gardens of the Manoir, which would be situated under the Linden Trees on the property. If like a lot of Quebecors you can’t bear to be parted from your furry best friend, then great news dogs weighing up to 25 lbs are welcome at a small daily charge too!
For more information, don’t hesitate to “Contact Us” to see how we can create a beautiful intimate wedding for you at the Manoir or other unique wedding venue’s in the Eastern Townships or Montreal!
Posted on 8 January 2017 | No responses
This wedding was just a ‘fairy-tale’ wedding from beginning to end…. The couple had been together for a number of years and had 3 beautiful children, but wanted to wait until they could create a magical wedding day for themselves, their family & friends and that is exactly what happened!
The couple booked the famous Notre-Dame Basilica for their ceremony and when I opened the Bentley to help Marie out, the dress just surrounded her and she looked just radiant! The processional started with the groom Fred walking down the aisle with their 3 children, William, Eva-Rose and little Dhalia and from there on in it really was magical.
At The Ritz guests were welcomed with a “Red Carpet” photo shoot and then escorted through the Oval Ballroom which we had hidden with a draped hallway through to the Terrace where we set up a clear tent and had the amazing M’Michel electronic harpist perform for all the guests.
The card table was just stunning and Yves Chenier created 3 huge magnified balls at the bottom of the floral arrangements to again include the children’s names with their flowers… “Sweet William”, “Rose” and “Dhalia”…sometimes just the simple touches can mean so much!
The colour scheme for the wedding was blush & gold and we had blush linens & napkins with a gold swirl throughout and then stunning high centre pieces with shades of pink, blush & white tones with smaller arrangements at the bottom and candles and every table was light up with pin-spots. Guests also received macaroons in a beautiful lace designed box and to be honest I wish I was at the kids tables as they had their own candy bar along the middle of the table mixed with flowers and candles to keep them happy!!
During dinner Giles Caplan entertained us and the wedding party also created an amazing homage video to the couple which was a lot of fun and a surprise! The couple then took their first dance with their daughter Eva-Rose and her friends dancing in circles around them which was very cute!
During dessert Marie changed into her 2nd wedding dress in anticipation of the party and to everyone’s surprise the curtains on the stage dropped and guests were amazed by the 70’s Band “Discoteque” who then took over for the next 90 minutes – now what is how you really get a party started.
Later into the night DJ Abeille took the stage and guests partied late into the evening, with what else, but late night poutine!
With special thanks to : Bonnalie Brodeur Photography, Fabula Films, The Ritz Montreal, Sweet Couture Baker, Yves Chenier Floral Design, Gala Design, Groupe Phaneuf, Productions WOW, Altissimo, Fiesta Tents, Tenue de Soiree, Ambiance Limousine and Autobus LA Quebecoise
Posted on 11 December 2016 | No responses
Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are thinking of popping that big question over the holiday season, but not sure how – remember if you are proposing to a women, we are very simple (LOL)!! They love to be spoilt, they love their other halves to be romantic and best of all they love it when you use your initiative and make them feel very special! If you are proposing to a man, then I am sure you have thought through every different scenario, but still guys don’t like to be embarrassed or put on the spot in front of their friends and families.. so I am presuming you have a pretty good idea he will say yes!
So here are a few of our favourite Proposals to give you inspiration…
A Full Body Massage
Why not give your loved one a full body massage, set the scene with candles, romantic music, sweet aroma’s and a glass of wine. Leave the left hand until last and then slip the ring on the finger and pop the question… they won’t be expecting that!
A ‘Techie’ Proposal
For the Techie inside of us… how about building a web site about the two of you… it could be the story of how you met, your life together, significant moments… full of pictures and music. It will take you on a journey and then the last page can detail the marriage proposal.. but don’t forget to be in the room with them and have the Champagne on ice ready to go. This is also fun as you are then able to share it with family and friends afterwards.
Include your Animals
Using your Dog for example, could be challenging, but who isn’t up for a challenge, teach your dog a new trick, maybe they will go and collect a little package containing the ring and bring it to your loved one or maybe your pet will be wearing the ring around it’s neck for your loved one to notice!
Be Creative with Flowers
Be Creative.. send your loved ones a bouquet of flowers every day in the following order… Mums, Anemones, Roses, Roses, Yarrow, Mums, Echinacea and it spells M-A-R-R-Y-M-E.. in fact you can use any flowers or any other items that spells MARRY ME!
Think about vacation proposals… Would you fly to Paris to propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower? Maybe sitting on the Balcony at the Bellagio in Vegas watching the water spectacle…. A romantic dinner for two on the water’s edge at sunset in a tropical location…. An early morning Safari followed by a Champagne Breakfast! Think about where is special to the both of you, it maybe the very first place you spent a weekend together.
Plan a Picnic
There are so many beautiful settings in and around Montreal to do this, but pick a spot where you don’t have to trek a couple of miles to get there – you want to feel relaxed! Pack all her or his favourite foods – obviously Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries are a must. If the proposal is taking place over Christmas, New Year or Valentines, I know it’s a little cold for outdoors, but we love inside picnic’s in front of a fireplace… again provide all their favourite foods.
Now here is the fun part, plan that little extra touch – a bouquet of balloons filled with Rose Petals… in the last balloon have the ring tied to a ribbon with a love note or poem proposing to that special person, then as you pop each balloon, they will be covered in a shower of rose petals and the ring will drop in their lap!
A Flower a Day
Another fun idea is to send a Red Rose (or their favourite flower) every day for a week with a love note as to why they are special… on the last day of course it has to be a dozen Red Roses or a Bouquet of their favouite flowers, but put together all the love notes in a picture frame with pressed petals from one of the flower you already sent. Add your words of proposal at the bottom – not only is it romantic, but it’s a piece of art you can keep forever!
What about a romantic treasure hunt – this can all be done in the same day or over a few days! Leave little clues for them to find a small gift with a ‘letter or word’ and the next clue… you can leave clues around the house, have clues sent to their work place or delivered with chocolates or flowers. If you are very creative you could plan clues at a special place to the two of you – hey you can even leave clues on the ski slopes!
You want to make sure that the ‘letters or words’ you leave do not spell will you marry me, as this is too obvious, but should be the name of a Restaurant or Hotel or name of a special place where the proposal will take place – get them to get dress up and meet you there….. and the rest is history as they say!
Cake Shop Proposal
If your other half loves cakes… (who doesn’t) have a local Baker bake a cake with the proposal written on it and have the Ring as the centre piece of the cake, then have it displayed in the shop window… suggest a walk… go grab a coffee etc and when you walk past the shop window, stop to take a look and then get down on one knee… don’t forget to have Champagne waiting for you inside the shop to enjoy with a slice of your Cake!
The Forever Proposal
Why not create a framed glass memory box and include a postcard from a favourite vacation spot, a matchbook from your favourite restaurant, a concert or movie ticket (you get the idea) and place the ring box in their also… you can actually find small antique ring boxes if yours is a little big and when she asks what is in the box… you get down on one knee and propose – and of course Champagne must be on ice!
There are so many ideas and you can do almost anything if you take some time and plan it properly, but it doesn’t have to be expensive (the ring will do that for you), but it should be personal… so be creative and have some fun!
And of course, once she or he says “Yes” don’t forget to call us to see how we can then help you plan that special day!!
Posted on 4 December 2016 | No responses
This month we are highlight Gleb Galkin of “La V Cinema” another of Montreal’s talents here in the wedding industry and someone we have been fortunate to work with on many occasions!
What made you become a Videographer
It happened by pure chance… In my early years, I was a prestigious writer of several lifestyle magazines in Moscow during the 1990’s – as the years passed, I started missing putting together good stories and exercising my creative writing side. Around 2002-2003 my best friend at the time offered me the opportunity to develop the wedding video department within his photo company. We started, but I had couple of other projects going so it did not work. Several years later, my girl friend at the time asked me to re-do a movie for a client who was increasingly unhappy with their wedding video. Their video had been through two different editors already, so, I did my own edited version of their story using their footage and it came out great and I remember how happy they were, laughing and crying watching it for the first time and thanking us. Right after that, I edited another wedding with the same results, and this how the whole story began. It was a lot of fun!!
How long have you been in business
Overall about 15 years now and full time for the past 10 years.
On average how many weddings do you do each year
I used to do around 25 wedding movies each year, plus I supervised another 2 teams, but I was not happy with the quality and decided to do less for the sake of the final product, so I shut down the multiple team business and today only offer our “Gleb Galkin Exclusive packages”.
I do max 10-12 weddings a year plus a few close to the heart Love Stories – but I personally stand behind every frame of each of my movies.
What is the one thing you love most about being a videographer
It’s a rare opportunity to be exposed to something wonderful and exciting that happens between two people. Others have to go to the movies to experience this magic., but in my profession this magic is like the air I breathe regularly. It’s great and it’s an amazing life opportunity which I am very thankful to be part of!
Do you have a specific style?
One of my couples told me: You sell tears! That’s what you do! I think they nailed it!
I’ve been developing my style for years and I like my ability to create movies that flow easily and elegantly which makes them appeal and relate to feelings so easily. I try to capture my viewers from the very first frame and don’t let them go until the very end. I raise their feelings up and down, and get them ready for a climax near the end of the movie which guarantees joyful tears. It’s a great feeling to see people moved so emotionally by their own story – and it is their story… I am just a storyteller.
How would you describe your working style on the day?
It’s a mix of a deep listening and a martial art 😉
I don’t think people realize it, but the wedding day is a sequence of very unique moments within which, a lot of things happen. Any single moment a situation changes and every single moment there is a place, an angle, a lighting situation, a gesture, a pose, a smile, an emotion, anticipation and million other things which can be captured in a way that later on has a great potential to produce a strong emotional reaction in a viewer. I have to “feel the moment” and figure it out in split seconds as well as manage the work of two other people, since most of my projects are 3 cameramen that often manage 5 running cameras at a time.
What are your favourite shots?
My favorites are those moments when clients let me see the depth of their true feelings for each other – these rarely reside on the surface so you can say – my favorite shots are those ones which I have zero control over, it’s something profound that happens on the other side of the lens.
Some people are very shy and it’s not in their nature to expose anything, especially their deep and intimate feelings. But with years of experience, I taught myself to see it through the camera and collect those moments throughout the day very carefully. These exact moments combined with proper music and knowledge of how to put together a good story, are the pillars of my style and my wedding movies.
I used to love staged shots, where I can control everything, but over the years I lost appreciation for them in the context of weddings. A nice staged shot takes time and demands to sacrifice a lot of other genuine moments that life offers amply on any wedding day. We still do a certain amount of staged shots, but for my movies I prefer a lot of those unique and genuine moments – so I concentrate on them much more. After 10 years I know those moments are timeless for my couples as well.
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding videographer
Couples usually get overloaded with information about each and every part of their weddings and choosing a good videographer takes time. A couple needs to watch, in my case, a Full Feature Film, not only a trailer or a short, to be able to make an educated decision. Not every couple has this luxury and it’s completely understandable in our fast paced life, but those couple who do, are well rewarded afterwards with great memories captured in a very unique way.
What do you think distinguishes your work from others?
My Feature Films and Love Stories! I mastered the format that, for the lack of a better word, I simply call “A Feature Film”.
Years ago, I started having an internal dialog with myself; what would be the movie I would be happy to create for my own wedding? I started looking around and every movie I saw had something lacking somewhere.
Then there were years of intense learning and importing different visual story telling techniques and I started watching a lot of accomplished filmmakers and traveling to all the relevant seminars from the best wedding videographers and cinematic storytellers around the world. From that, I extracted a lot of little things I would love to have in my own movies and then figured out how to get them on the wedding day. At one point I started being very happy with the final results…… I like my ability to create movies that flow nicely and effortlessly – it sounds simple, but it’s actually a very hard and challenging thing to do. I am sure my Feature Films have a unique timeless feel and many generations after will be enjoying watching these wedding stories.
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms
Take a look at what’s around and decide if having a good memory is something that’s precious for you. If your answer is – yes, than educate yourself and don’t jump at the first nice trailer you see. A wedding is an important milestone in life and there is no better medium to convey all that happened on the day and your life in a broader scale, than a well crafted Wedding Feature Film.
What are the video trends for 2017?
They are something old, something new and something borrowed. Pun intended 😉
Something new: Aerial shots become a new standard.
We started using aerial back in the winter of 2013 from the early days of do-it-yourself kits, back then they were not as evolved as they are today. Much shorter fly times and flight setup time were too long for wedding days and it was very tough to use in the fast paced wedding environment, but we tried. We used it a lot for our Love Stories and it elevated them to an entirely new level, so we decided to find a way to use aerial in all our Wedding Feature Films. We invested heavily in a custom solution and the amount of gadgets that we bought to make it all work was twice the price of the drone itself, but it paid off in the quality and style of our movies. Having 4 years of aerial experience, today we are able to get amazing shots others can only dream of taking.
Today drones are much simpler to use and way more stable. Some have features such as obstacle avoidance built in, so there is little excuse not to use aerial any more. Like sliders and steadicams have become inseparable part of any wedding day and defined a standard look of the wedding movies at the time, aerial is next technology innovation in line to define the standard.
Something Old: Tell a better story.
The trend that was, is and will always be, is tell a good story. Shooting better stories becomes increasingly challenging, considering that everyone is now a “smart phone videographer”… plus considering the amount of good video bits and movies that comes out every day, it makes it more and more important to craft movies that has substance.
Something borrowed: the use of client-shot video bits.
It’s not just the couple which are our clients any more – it’s the entire wedding crowd that is our client, because literally each and every person now takes videos and often these video bits are priceless.
In 2015-2016 almost 100% of my final Feature Films included some smart phone videos one way or another, starting from remote interviews, skype sessions recordings, wishes from remote relatives, skits developed from video bits shot partially or entirely on guests smart phones and so on. It’s undoubtedly a growing and very rewarding and exciting trend in the industry and my advice here to both couples and professionals – benefit from it; do not exclude the power of video taken by friends, guests, relatives and anyone around you – there is a genuine power in it. Couples will treasure it for years and years to come.
What is CinePhotography …. a new technology!
Two years ago laVcinema pioneered a very interesting approach on the wedding market “CinePhotography” – briefly what this is or means is that we can also take care of your photography and pictures at the same time as shooting your video.
LaVcinema will shoot your wedding onto our 4K cameras and each 4k video frame is technically a legit picture which can be printed in perfect quality in your photo album or blown up to a 17”x22” print – and since we shoot in cinematic format of 24 frames per second, with 4K video we literally have 24 pictures each second from just one camera to choose from. Now, remember that that there are 3-5 cameras recording pretty much all the time…
We introduced new procedures and made changes to our shooting style in order to make it possible to build albums and slideshows in post-production to the level I’d be happy with. After the 2 full seasons I can confidently tell you that CinePhotography is a great technique for Weddings, since true capturing-the-moment now became technically available through shooting 4K videos and I am in love with it!!!
Take a look at our last year CinePhoto demo and decide for yourself https://vimeo.com/123700536 New CinePhoto demo will be online by the end of 2016. Come check us out.
More information on La V Cinema…..
Don’t hesitate to reach Gleb at : 514 308 1500 / 514 969-8440 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 22 November 2016 | No responses
Recently I had the opportunity of visiting the William Gray Hotel, which although has not officially opened they have already achieved 6 Old Montreal Weddings since August….. and the exciting news is that I will be doing my first wedding with them next May!!!. This hotel is the latest in the chain of boutique hotels/restaurants in the Old Port from the Hotel Nelligan, Place D’Armes, Auberge du Vieux Port, Restaurant du Vieux Port & Bevo etc!!
Now you may wonder why the name “William Gray”… well William Gray was born in London UK and came over to Montreal aboard the warship Vanguard and set up home in Montreal in 1760… in fact his home was on Rue Vincent in the old White building now part of the hotel… he had many many roles and an extraordinary life, so I urge you to click here and read more!! His wife was Margaret Oakes, hence the name of their new restaurant at the hotel which leads straight out onto Place Jacques Cartier!
This is a stunning boutique hotel with a magical mix of both old and new, taking two 18th century houses and integrating them into the hotel and located right on place Jacques Cartier so you can’t get more Old Montreal than this AND….. they have an amazing large roof top terrace perfect for both outdoor ceremonies or cocktail parties, and the view is just prime!! What is also great about the terrace is that it is totally exclusive to the banqueting rooms and had it’s own private elevator to take your guests to the top.
Inside the hotel they have 2 main ballrooms located one on top of the each other… both leading onto to the glassed ceiling atrium and both with their own private foyer areas, toilets and coat check! Plus they also have 3 smaller conference rooms.
Wedding packages are starting at $150.00 + + and include the following:
- 1-Hour Open Bar during the Cocktail Hour
- Selection of 4 Hot & Cold Canapes
- 4-Course Menu
- Half a Bottle of Wine per person during dinner
- 3-Hour Open Bar after Dinner
- Complimentary Room for the Couple
And afterwards, you can always bring in some of the famous “Nutella Pizza” right from Bevo Restaurant just opposite!!
Other facilities at the hotel include a gym, spa and rooftop restaurant, a very cute coffee shop and I believe coming soon will also be a plunge pool located between 2 of the buildings. They also have 127 rooms/suites for guests to enjoy!
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how you can create a really unique experience for your wedding at this mix of old and new boutique hotel!