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 three-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 $2,999. (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 operatives, DVD and Blu-ray options, and a highlight reel. Packages start at $3,000.
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 $6,500.
Hello Super Studios347-422-0651; 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. 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 on a USB drive. From $4,000.
Joseph Edwards Films800-897-3713; josephedwardsny.com
This outfit offers two types of film: a contemporary short, which runs 15 to 20 minutes, or a nostalgia-evoking feature (45 to 60 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 filmmakers 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 start at $3,900 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 ’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 $2,000.
Magic Flute347-269-0669; magicflutevideos.com
With over 14 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 intimate and action-packed moments alike, all set to upbeat music. Packages from $3,400 to $8,000.
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 $4,500.
Michael Justin Films914-487-3077; michaeljustinfilms.com
Michael Justin and his team specialize in short-form storytelling. They create ten- 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 $6,000.
- 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.
- 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.