A Well Spun Weddings877-979-3456; awellspunweddings.com
This company employs HD, 16mm and Super 8 film, and soundtracks that may feature anything from oldies to Top 40s chosen by the bride and groom. Founder Jon Gangwer started the company shortly after his own nuptials, with the intention of offering schmaltz-free short-format wedding films. He can do one- or three-song films or longer documentary-style ones. Packages start at $2,200.
Chris Fig Productions646-535-6185; chrisfig.com
Chris Fig Productions has filmed more than 500 weddings since the business was founded in 2005. Their videographers utilize a low-key documentary approach for most weddings and if requested can produce a modern cinematic production using a one- or two-man crew and incorporating opening montages and soundtracks. Customizable packages starting at $1,500.
Dideo Films Photography646-245-0087; dideofilmsphotography.com
With backgrounds in Hollywood and independent cinema, the award-winning Danielle and David Schneider create modern wedding films, often set to upbeat music. Their team has a knack for capturing the entire scope of the day—jitters, tears, laughter, and all. From $3,500. (good value)
First Day Films917-568-4266; firstdayfilms.com
Since 2003, this documentary-film company has been recording weddings, telling the love story of each couple through small and large moments alike. The basic package starts at $3,800 and includes eight hours of coverage and a four- to five-minute highlight video that can be shared online.
Frank Ahn Films325 W. 38th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1508; 347-239-6403; frankahnfilms.com
Ahn’s artful films are cleanly shot and thoughtfully edited. He offers multiple wedding packages that include a range of services: HD-video coverage, multiple camera operators, Blu-ray, and a highlight reel. Packages start at $4,000.
Hart Pictures212-791-1651; hartpictures.com
These award-winning filmmakers lead the pack in terms of polished, big-screen-worthy films. Armed with state-of-the-art HD cameras, they’ve shot everywhere from the Plaza to St. Barts, capturing defining moments with both stills and video. Their films have screened at Sundance, and they’ve collaborated with some of New York’s top wedding planners, including David Reinhard. From $7,500.
Hello Super Studios213-675-0465; hellosuperstudios.com
Brooklyn cinematographer Megan Hill and her creative team use Super 8 cameras to make films with an old-timey feel that is memorable, charming, and surprising, although they also shoot in HD. Clients—who have included Juno scribe Diablo Cody—receive an edited film on a USB drive as well as a private link for online viewing. From $4,000.
Joseph Edwards Films914-439-4272; josephedwardsny.com
This outfit offers two types of film: a contemporary short, which runs 20 to 25 minutes, or a nostalgia-evoking feature (45 to 75 minutes). The filmmakers like to shoot in natural light to make the video appear as authentic as possible, incorporating a Steadicam for a feature-film look and a Super 8 for a bygone feel. From $4,500.
Kiss The Bride Films415-725-6622; kissthebridefilms.com
Seasoned filmmaker Leslie Satterfield (who has screened at Sundance) works with a creative team of shooters to make high-energy films that capture the essence of the big day. The magic often happens in the editing room: With backgrounds in fine art and fashion, the team specializes in post-production and coloration techniques. From $4,000.
The Light Mill800-729-0414; thelightmill.com
The Light Mill’s Geoff Boka has been filming weddings for more than ten years. A storyteller at heart, he and his team focus on capturing the emotion of the day without interfering. An online short film set to music and an archival DVD of the complete event are available. From $2,500.
Love + Brain Filmslovebrainfilms.com
This small team of videographers loves working with fun, creative couples to translate candid moments into high-quality videos set to the latest indie music (or another soundtrack the couple prefers). Packages range from $3,500 to $9,000 and include filming, an edited video, and the raw footage from the day.
Love In Progress646-283-5487; loveinprogress.com
Japan native Motoko Fukuyama’s work is inspired by fashion, art, and design. She might employ black-and-white or sepia to evoke a ’30s Hollywood vibe, or she’ll use split-screen and MTV-style fast cuts for a more contemporary feel. She’s subtle as she shoots, so you barely know she’s there. From $3,500.
Magic Flute347-269-0669; magicflutevideos.com
With over 15 years of experience, award-winning documentary filmmakers Renzo Zanelli and Annika Beaulieu shoot in 4K to make wedding videos that are both cinematic and natural. They manage to capture intimate and action-packed moments alike, all set to upbeat music. Packages from $3,400 to $8,000 for photo and video.
McKenzie Miller Films334-507-2929; mckenziemillerfilms.com
Miller excels at discreetly capturing every detail of the wedding day in intimate close-ups and dynamic moving shots. She then crafts high-definition films that reflect each couple’s celebration, making them look like movie stars in the process. Full packages from $5,500.
Michael Justin Films914-487-3077; michaeljustinfilms.com
Michael Justin and his team specialize in short-form storytelling. They create 7- to 20-minute films that capture the essence of each wedding through cinematic images mashed up with voice-overs from vows and speeches. The team is available for destination weddings and also offers photography services. Packages from $5,500.
- Kiss The Bride Films
302 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249 ; Tel: 415-725-66222 ; www.kissthebridefilms.com
Kiss The Bride Films offers an authentic and artisan approach to wedding cinematography, creating films that are modern classics: stylish, timeless and personal. Our cinematographers are discreet, discerning and unobstrusive, documenting your day with sensitivity and attention to the details, intimacy and real emotion that make the day yours.
- Maggie Marguerite Studios
Tel: 347-683-3693 ; www.maggiemarguerite.com
Maggie Marguerite Studios is a group of incredibly talented photographers and film-makers, hand-picked by studio founder Georgi Richardson for their outstanding talent and experience. The studio has been featured in New York Magazine's "Best of" Weddings List since 2010.
- Milk & Honey Productions
116 West 23rd Street, Suite 500 New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 212-725-0014 ; www.milkandhoneyproductions.com
With our unique story-telling focus, expertise and unobtrusive cinematic style, Milk & Honey is your best choice for moments that matter. Our custom Video and Photography packages are designed to satisfy every bride.
- Ray Roman Films
1792 Bell Tower Lane Weston, FL 33326 ; Tel: 800-948-3914 ; www.rayromanfilms.com
Ray Roman is widely considered one of the top wedding and event cinematographers in the world. Ray Roman has been the exclusive cinematographer for celebrities, professional athletes, royal families, high powered CEO’s and discerning couples worldwide.
- Stylish & Hip Weddings
Tel: 646-249-3855 ; stylishhipweddings.com
The candid photos from this Brooklyn collective always evoke the spirit and mood of the day, with even posed shots appearing spontaneous. They shoot big, formal affairs just as happily as they chase a flash-mob-style wedding across a bridge. They can also provide photo-booth and videography services, and owner Jenny MacFarlane's husband, Matt, can even officiate.