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Hello! This post couldn’t have come during a better week–Dave and I flew up to Syracuse over the weekend for an engagement party with his family and friends in New York. My future in-laws outdid themselves with the sweetest “North meets South” party, complete with mason jars, my favorite Southern delicacies, Dave’s favorite goodies from New York, and even a real wagon wheel, in honor of our song! We were tickled pink, and it made us even more excited for our wedding, less than one year from now!!

Shortly after we chose our beautiful venues and amazing photographer, Dave and I turned to one of our next priority vendors: a videographer. Having read countless stories of brides who regretted not getting any video on their wedding day, or being disappointed when the whole “friend with a video camera” thing yielded less-than-stellar results, skimping on a videographer was not an option for Dave and me. I’m the resident wedding film nerd in the SW office and the term “cry-teria” was even jokingly coined as a standard I review films with–I get teary-eyed over most!

North Carolina is home to an impressive number of wonderful videographers (view them in the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!), but Dave and I were pretty set on our top choice. When we tell people the story of how we met and fell in love (read it here if you missed it), one thing people say to us often is that it sounds like a movie. To be honest, it has felt like one at times too! Our wedding day is one of the few big moments in our lives that will be on video, so we knew we wanted to hire someone we could trust to capture our relationship and the feeling of everything that led to our wedding day in a thoughtful and cinematic way. Thanks to their incredibly story-driven editing skills and filming expertise, Inkspot Crow was the natural choice!

Dave and I set aside a good portion of our budget for videography, but when we found out that Inkspot Crow’s smallest filming package was a few hundred dollars more than what we had budgeted, we almost backed out. There were some other things we could cut from our budget to make it work, but we took awhile to figure out whether or not it was worth it to us. In the end, we decided that we would rather have a smaller videography package that we were super confident about, rather than a larger package that we perhaps weren’t quite as confident about. (Disclaimer: I’m not saying at ALL that a more expensive vendor is always the best choice, no exceptions, but for us, we decided to splurge more because Inkspot Crow’s style was the perfect fit for us.)

We also made our decision with the sparkling recommendation of SW’s own Emily and John! I’m sure I’m not the only one who absolutely swooned over their wedding highlights film last year (see below!), and Emily spoke so highly of her experience with MacKenzie and Philip. Additionally, now that I know Emily and John personally, I can attest to the fact that their video is so them. When it comes down to it, the most important thing we want from our wedding video is for it to be a true reflection of our story and personalities. Especially considering that E&J’s fits them to a tee, Dave and I have total faith in Inkspot Crow to make our film reflect us beautifully as well.

Will you be hiring a videographer? How did you make your decision?

In case you missed a post…
I’m Engaged!
The Main Characters
Our Venues
Our Photographer

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    So excited for you guys!! I can’t say enough how glad I am that MacKenzie + Phillip were a part of our day. In addition to our love story, to us, it was priceless to have all of our loved ones, who won’t be around forever, captured for posterity laughing, dancing, smiling, and crying in such a beautiful way. And, of course, I am already looking forward to showing it to our future children :)

  2. avatar Molly reply

    LESS THAN A YEAR! Enjoy every second…it will fly by! Emily’s video is the sweetest!!!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      You’re so sweet! I’ll be thinking about you this weekend and can’t wait to see pictures of your big day!! :)

  3. avatar Kat reply

    I’m SO happy you two decided to hire a videographer!!! It is well worth the price tag & you’ll cherish it forever! I LOVE Inkspot Crow films and can’t wait to watch yours :) xo!!

  4. avatar MacKenzie reply

    Lisa, thank you so much for such incredibly kind words. I loved reading about your and Dave’s thought process in hiring us to capture your wedding. Less than 1 year! We can’t wait!

  5. avatar Ashley Relvas reply

    love this and inkspot crow! i only wish i had known about inkspot crow when i got married. such a wonderful decision and looking forward to seeing the video from your big day :)

  6. avatar Wedding Belles Photo reply

    These videos are top notch!

  7. avatar Whitley Gaffney reply

    Ah, I have been in love with this company for some time now (thanks to SW!) – I loved watching Emily’s video and can’t wait to see yours!

    My favorite Inkspot Crow video is a Washington D.C. wedding, I tear up every time – I love a good cry.

    Hoping one day this fabulous duo will shoot my wedding as well :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thanks, Whitley! I joke with Emily that I watch her wedding video once a week :P All of Inkspot Crow’s videos are just so good!!

  8. avatar Dana reply

    I can’t wait for your wedding video!! Is it may 2015 yet!?!?!

  9. avatar Lisa's Southern Wedding: Planning Our Engagement Pictures – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Source unknown, Jamie Beck After spending so many years admiring other people’s engagement pictures, I suspect it is going to feel very strange being the one in front of the camera! I am 100% confident that Ryan and Tracy can work their magic on Dave and I, but truth be told, I always get pretty nervous before big photo shoots. Any last-minute advice is more than welcome! :) In case you missed a post… I’m Engaged! The Main Characters Our Venues Our Photographer Our Videograper […]

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