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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 $1,595. (good value)
Milk & Honey Productions212-725-0014; milkandhoneyproductions.com
Documentarians Zev Greenfield and Johnny Boston won’t use intrusive 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 two videographers and three copies of a 45- to 60-minute film on DVD and a shareable highlights reel. 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 $2,000. (good value)
NST Pictures855-642-6531; 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. Packages start at $980.
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.
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 more than 30 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 HD and vintage Super 8 cameras and will edit the day’s footage down to a 30-minute movie with both color and black-and-white imagery on request. From $4,000.
Seth David Cohen Video347-585-2570; 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 $1,000 to $6,000. (good value)
Tim Alan Smith419 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St.; 201 E. 83rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 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 three occasions, incorporates live audio and outtakes. Prices upon request.
Tree of Life Films and Photography267-784-6333; treeoflifefilmsandphotos.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: While they shoot in HD, post-production effects can give videos a vintage, Super 8 feel. Prices start at $4,000. (ecofriendly)
Tweed Weddings267-318-7032; tweedweddings.com
With the motto “Wedding videos for people who hate 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 can purchase an external hard drive with all the raw footage ($125). Prices start at $3,750.
For budget-conscious couples, Wedit offers a DIY approach to the wedding day. For $399, 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 an edited video. (good value)
Wilson Fontaine Vignettes646-221-3063; wilsonfontaine.com
For couples seeking a highly stylized film, Fontaine is your woman. She’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, flickering black-and-white or subdued color palettes, and artistic handheld effects. $7,000 for fine art mixed media, Super 8 film, and an HD video.
- 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.