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Milestone Video Productions914-439-4272; milestonevideoproductions.com
The videographers at Milestone shoot weddings using documentary-film techniques, but they avoid on-camera interviews, preferring instead to allow the event to unfold naturally. From $1,695. (good value)
Milk & Honey Productions212-725-0014; milkandhoneyproductions.com
Documentarians Zev Greenfield and Johnny Boston won’t use obtrusive lighting or interview party guests (unless asked to). And when it comes time to edit, they treat the footage as if making a movie, complete with cinematic perspectives and split screens. Their standard package includes six hours of shooting with a videographer and an assistant, plus a 40- to 60-minute feature film. From $4,750.
Montage Video718-979-8431; montagevideoinc.com
Award-winning videographer Lauri Batwin has been filming weddings for more than a decade. Her style is simple, subtle, and discreet, but she won’t miss a moment of the big day. Her videos combine state-of-the-art digital cinematography with a keen artistic eye. From $2,500. (good value)
NST Pictures212-643-3200; nstpictures.com
Though this international studio’s headquarters are in Tokyo, it opened a New York City office in 2011. NST’s crack videographers shoot over 30,000 nuptials worldwide each year, using documentary skills and transforming each event into a cinematic work of art. Prices upon request.
Open Eye Media Event Cinematography888-800-8431; openeyedocumentary.com
You won’t even notice these documentary film artists at work as they capture the most intimate and significant moments of your wedding. They forgo extra light and use high-definition cameras to achieve a true film look. All-inclusive packages include two lead shooters, a comprehensive edit, and a personalized website with a retrospective montage. Prices upon request.
Orange Films800-859-8797; orangefilmsny.com
Known for its artistic storytelling, this award-winning boutique studio creates personal, one-of-a-kind movies. Creative director Edward Zilberman and his team can also do video invites, document love stories, and make documentaries as well as short-form films for the rehearsal dinner. From $3,000.
Paper Tape Films877-600-1965; papertapefilms.com
Paper Tape shoots entirely on Super 8 for motion-picture-quality films that offer an ethereal, lost-in-time feel. All footage is edited in Hollywood at Fifty Foot Films, the professional studios of Paper Tape’s parent company. Packages start at $4,500 and include a 15- to 45-minute film.
Pennylane Productions631-486-2881; pennylaneprod.com
This company, founded by Adam Forgione (who launched the business following his own wedding), produces subtly romantic films with a focus on storytelling. From $6,000.
Robert Allen Videojournalist917-512-6490; robertallenvideo.com
For over twenty years, Allen has been shooting weddings employing the classic techniques of documentary filmmaking—so much so that he promises to make his presence “completely transparent.” He shoots with digital video and vintage Super 8 cameras and will edit the day’s footage down to a 45-minute movie with both color and black-and-white imagery. From $3,800.
Seth David Cohen Video212-627-5222; sethdavidcohen.com
This meticulous videographer’s thorough and artfully conducted interviews—visit his website for some hilarious excerpts—will draw more than the usual “Congratulations!” They’re optional, of course, but guests seem eager to open up in front of Cohen’s lens. From $2,000 to $6,000.
Tim Alan Smith419 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St.; 212-706-8904; timalansmith.com
Smith’s background as a magazine writer makes him a storytelling pro, and he prides himself on his ability to catch unexpected, fleeting, and humorous moments throughout the day. His work, which was honored by the International Special Events Society on two occasions, incorporates live audio and outtakes. Prices upon request.
Tree of Life Films267-784-6333; treeoflifefilms.com
This husband-and-wife team specializes in artistic visual storytelling, capturing the emotions and energy of a wedding. In addition to depicting couples’ chemistry, their films set the scene: In one, a group of giggling bridesmaids pull out their iPhones to snap photos of the bride in her gown. While they shoot in HD, post-production effects can give videos a vintage, Super 8 feel. Prices start at $3,800. (eco-friendly)
Tweed Weddings267-318-7032; tweedweddings.com
With the motto, “Wedding videos for those of us who don’t like wedding videos,” Tweed’s videographers focus on pivotal moments, beautiful shots, and interactions between the couple and their guests. Their fly-on-the-wall shooting style doesn’t include camera lighting, so they’re as invisible as you can get. In addition to the final video, couples also receive an external hard drive with all the raw footage. Prices start at $4,000.
For budget-conscious couples, Wedit offers a DIY approach to the wedding day. For $499, you receive five HD-video cameras for guests to use at their leisure. After the wedding, send back the cameras, and the Wedit staff will upload the raw footage for you to view on its site. You can also work with the company’s editors to create a highlight reel. (good value)
Wilson Fontaine Vignettes646-221-3063; wilsonfontaine.com
For couples seeking a highly stylized film, Fontaine is your woman. Se’s been documenting weddings since 1999 and is best known for her Super 8 films, which evoke an earlier time with their blurred outer edges, evocative close-ups, flickering black-and-white or subdued color palettes, and artistic handheld effects. From $4,500.
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.