A Well Spun Wedding877-979-3456; wellspunweddings.com
This company employs HD, 16mm and Super 8 film, and soundtracks that may feature anything from ragtime to Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” 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 $2,500.
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 $2,600.
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 $4,000 and includes eight hours of coverage and a three- 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 operatives, DVD and Blu-ray options, and a highlight reel. Prices upon request.
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 have shot everywhere from the Plaza to St. Barts to Istanbul and can capture 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 and Sofia Crokos. From $5,000.
Hello Super 8347-422-0651; hellosuper8.com
Brooklyn cinematographer Megan Hill and her creative team use Super 8 cameras to make films that have an old-timey feel, while being memorable, charming, and surprising. Their work tends to look softer, more nuanced, and more intimate than HD. Clients—who have included Juno scribe Diablo Cody—retain the original film reel as well as an edited film to view online and on DVD. From $4,000.
Joseph Edwards Films800-897-3713; josephedwardsny.com
This outfit offers two types of film: a contemporary short, which runs about twenty minutes, or a nostalgia-evoking feature (40 to 60 minutes). The filmmakers like to shoot in natural light to make the video appear as authentic as possible and can alternate between 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 filmmakers Leslie Satterfield (who has screened at Sundance) and Natalia Amaral work with a creative team of shooters to create 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 two specialize in post-production and coloration techniques. From $3,800.
The Light Mill800-729-0414; thelightmill.com
The Light Mill’s Geoffrey 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 $2,700.
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 start at $2,200 and include a full day of 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 thirties 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 $2,900.
Mad Props Productions718-288-6023; madpropsproductions.com
This innovative husband-and-wife editing team won’t shoot the actual wedding, but they will create a documentary-style tribute that can be screened at the rehearsal dinner or reception. A few months before the big day, they interview the bride, groom, family, and friends and flip through their photos and videos to create an original film, which can include voice-overs and montages. From $5,000.
Magic Flute347-269-0669; magicflutevideos.com
With over fourteen years of experience, award-winning documentary filmmakers Renzo Zanelli and Annika Beaulieu aim to make wedding videos that are both cinematic and natural. They manage to capture both intimate and action-packed moments alike, all set to upbeat music. Packages from $3,400 to $6,000.
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 $4,000.
Michael Justin Films914-487-3077; michaeljustinfilms.com
Michael Justin and his team specialize in short-form storytelling. They create five- to twenty-minute films that capture the essence of each wedding through cinematic images mashed up with voice-overs from vows and speeches, and they hand over all the raw footage. The team is also available for destination weddings. Packages from $5,200.
From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide
- Dideo Films
11 Alden Road, Suite 4C Larchmont, NY 10538 ; Tel: 646-245-0087 ; www.dideofilms.com
Evoking the best in cinema and music videos, Danielle & David use their backgrounds in filmmaking and screenwriting to turn save-the-date and wedding videos into timeless and stylish, one-of-a-kind films.
- Fred Marcus Studio
245 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-873-5588 ; www.fredmarcus.com
Fred Marcus Studio is known as one of the finest photography studios in the country. With clients ranging from Lebron James to Ivanka Trump, their staffs of photographers and filmmakers provide the ultimate photography experience.