Wedding Film Advice with Perryfield Films

We have the priviledge of working with some of the best wedding vendors and hope to pass along our experience as knowledge to our couples during the wedding planning process. We are often asked how to prioritize wedding budgets and we consistently rank video and photo highest. Brian Perry, owner of Perryfield Films, weighed in with his perspective on selecting a videographer for your wedding and why video is an important part of the biggest day of your life.

What’s the difference between a videographer and a cinematographer? Do I pay more for one or the other?
In my opinion, a videographer is someone who captures documentary footage and is able to provide the couple with clean footage, audio synced up, and stabilized on a tripod.  A cinematographer is someone who tells the story with the edit, is able to capture artistic shots and movement, is able to utilize light, utilize movement and really tell a story with the audio, the vows, the imagery, and incorporate them all into the edit with pristine composition.
From what I have seen, yes, you will pay more for a cinematographer because they are using things like additional lighting, multipkle camera angles, looking for reactions, and piecing together the story with multiple layers of emotion.
Why should video be a priority in the wedding budget?
 Video is able to put in so many more layers of feeling, depth, and emotion than photography can.  We get to select music to heighten the emotion.  We get to use the audio from the day to tell your unique story.  We get to use the imagery from the day to bring you right back to that spot.  And we get to create an edit for the day using all of these layers, and bring them altogether under a song that captures the emotion and essence from the day.
Arial coverage seems to be the latest technology you see on wedding films these days. So what’s next?
This is a great question.  I really don’t know what is going to be next.  Since aerial footage is super popular, it is also now super regulated.  So I actually see it going away.  Stabilization has always been a huge deal, but the cameras are getting smaller and the “gizmos” for lack of a better term to actually hold the camera are getting smaller and easier to grab and use.
How do you make each film unique to each client?
Telling the story with their audio… such as their vows, officiant audio, and speeches.  They wrote them, not anyone else… so they are unique to their story and how they came to be.  Love that part of the wedding day.  The ceremony is my favorite part. Nothing beats a timeless edit that shows the emotion.
What is your favorite part of the wedding films you produce for your clients?
Hearing the excitement in their emails when they receive their film, and telling us they can’t get enough of it 🙂
Thanks, Brian! Check out more video content from Perryfield Films!

Real Wedding: Jenn and Jaime

Sometimes simple is just perfect. The details throughout Jenn and Jaime’s Napa wedding weekend were simply sweet. All of the chic details at their private estate venue were able to shine against the picturesque landscape.
Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the vineyards followed by a reception inside the barn with extra long farm tables adorned with simple, greenery garlands. Acrylic table numbers and placecards added a chic touch to the rustic tablescape.
Oh wine country, we love your romantic vibe. You never disappoint! Take in the scenery from Jenn and Jaime’s wedding day captured by the talent behind the lens, Brandon Kidd.
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Planning: Lindsay Longacre of LVL Weddings & Events // Venue: Private Estate, Napa CA // Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography // Beauty: Bella Bridal // Catering: Jessica Lasky Catering // Entertainment: Doug Heine // Florals: California Sister // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals, Royal Restrooms // Transporation: Beau Wine Tours // Rehearsal Dinner: Tres Sabores Winery & SMOKE Open Fire Cooking //

Real Wedding: Kim and Jake

Kim and Jake held their fun-filled wedding weekend at the rustic and romantic Temecula Creek Inn. The envisioned a not only a romantic vibe, but a mix of rustic and modern details. Some of our favorite details were all of the custom signs by Heidi Davidson Design, adorned with greens and white blooms by Flower Frenzy. They also designed the wedding around a blue theme- from the bride’s fabulous Jimmy Choo’s to the escort card and table number signage, which all tied in beautifully with the venue’s rustic asthetic.

Congrats Kim and Jake! Enjoy all the pretty details captured by Dawn Charles!
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Coordination & Design: Arielle Azoff of LVL Weddings & Events // Venue: Temecula Creek Inn // Photography: Dawn Charles // Floral: Flower Frenzy // Entertainment: Dancing DJ Productions // Signage: Heidi Davidson Design // Beauty: Makeup by Piper Michelle // Bridesmaids: The Dessy Group // Gelato: Esco Gelato // Cinematography: Seven Pines Productions

Real Wedding: Jenny and John featured on 100 Layer Cake

Jenny & John stopped into a Crate & Barrel wedding registry event last January and ended up the winners of an amazing wedding planning package at the super chic venue, Ebell of Long Beach! Along with 100 Layer Cake and a talented vendor team, we were honored to work with them to plan such an incredible celebration. Scott Clark captured not only all the details of their big day, but the joining of their two families.

Planner Jen Dawson recalls one of her favorite moments was Jenny & John’s sons’ speeches about their love for their parents. It was such a touching moment for all those that gathered to celebrate them and a beautiful glimpse into their life as a family.

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Planning: Jen Dawson of LVL Weddings & Events // Photographer: Scott Clark // Sponsors: 100 Layer Cake & Crate and Barrel // Videographer: Perryfield Films // Venue: Ebell of Long Beach // Floral, Table Numbers, Seating Charts: Bride’s Friend, RC Creations / Hair: Hair by Chanel / Makeup: Laurel Michas / Invitations: Paperless Post / Dessert: Chunk N Chip / Catering: Tres LA Catering / Rentals:Found Vintage Rentals / Tabletop: borrowed BLU / Band: Elan Artists / DJ: DJ Johnny Knight / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Erin Cole Couture Bridal in Costa Mesa / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Ring: JB Jewelers in Newport Beach / Groom’s Suit: Musika Frère / Shoes: Prada / Accessories:Gary’s Men’s Store in Newport Beach / Groomsmen Suits: Tom Ford / Boys’ Attire: Zara

Real Wedding: Jasmine and Matthew

A night under the stars was the inspiration for Jasmine and Matt’s private estate wedding. Planner Jen Dawson worked with the couple to bring their vision to life by playing with lighting, reflection, and highlights of gold to coordinate with an overall blue design.

A couple personal details that stood out were Jasmine’s red reception gown, which was a nod to her family’s Taiwanese culture, as the color symbolizes good luck. You’ll also see the infinity symbol throughout the reception behind the head table and desserts, which the bride explained, “For Matthew and me, it [meant] choosing each other over and over – and if we knew that our entire lives would recur infinitely in the same exact succession and sequence – every pain and every joy no matter how grand or insignificant repeating for all eternity, we would still choose each other – joyously.”

A beautiful day captured by the talented Brian Leahy Photography!

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Planning: Jen Dawson of LVL Weddings & Events // Photography: Brian Leahy Photography // Venue: Private Estate // Catering: 24 Carrots Catering & Events // Cinematography: 618 Studios // Entertainment: VOX DJs // Dessert: Sweet & Saucy Shop // Beauty: Make-up Therapy // Lighting: Amber Event Production // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Found Vintage Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Valet: Par 4 Valet Parking