We get asked all of the time from couples if they can have the Raw Footage from their wedding day. The short answer is no, and you should see the look on the couples face. It is as if we just told them their wedding dress was ugly. However, we want to take the time to tell you why. We promise we are not trying to be mean, keep precious memories from you or even hold it hostage for more money from you. The answer is because you don’t need it, let us explain.

Years ago before cinematic wedding films became the norm a videographer would show up at your event with a giant camera and record the entire day from beginning to end. Then they would deliver tapes of 10 hours of video footage of every single second of your wedding day. Those were the days before editing.

Amanda + Matt

Amanda + Matt

Somehow the idea though, that Raw Footage was absolutely necessary as a deliverable stuck. We are here to tell you that the Raw Footage is no longer necessary. Wedding Films have evolved. Nowadays wedding films are creative and cinematic edits that summarize the wedding day.

That being said, when we film a wedding we no longer film the entire day in full. We only film what we know we are going to use. We will say it again, We only film what we know we are going to use. Our videographers are shooting in HD so the files sizes are huge and we quite frankly don’t want to film every single second of the day for space purposes as well as editing purposes. It’s just too darn much footage to sort through. Since we know we are summarizing your wedding day, filming every single second is just not necessary anymore.

Before you start thinking there is a mountain of memories on the cutting room floor, to compensate for not having that Raw Footage most companies will offer Documentary Style Edits of the most important parts of the day. What that means is that on top of the Wedding Movie Trailer and Feature Film we will edit for you your Ceremony, Toasts, and First Dances. Most couples see those as the most important parts of the day so we film those and edit them in their entirety.

What we always tell our couples is that if something doesn’t make an appearance in the Wedding Movie Trailer, Feature Film or Documentary Style Films there is a reason why. To be clear though, ANYTHING of value is going to show up in one of those 3 places, we will be sure of it.

Raw Footage has become fluff. And when it is offered to couples in packages or as an add-on it is painted as this extremely necessary and valuable piece of their wedding day when it is pretty much what they already have.

The Raw Footage includes the shaky shots, poorly colored shots, and practice shots. We just don’t see the value of this. Again revisiting the size of the files most couples don’t even have the software to open the files or know what to do with them once they do get them open. Not to mention who is actually going to watch 10 hours of footage.

And finally not offering the Raw Footage is a brand management thing for us. The best representation of our brand is always going to be our edited films. With how easy it is to upload videos online these days we never want to run the risk of our Raw Footage getting out there and someone posting a practice clip and claiming that “this is how Serendipity shoots a wedding film”.

In summary Raw Footage is not what you think it is. If there is something of value we will be sure that you have it. We want you to have as many memories of your wedding day as possible. But we also want you to have the best viewing experience and the best experience is always going to be watching an edited film.

 

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Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Amanda and Matt were set up together through a mutual friend. It was a co-worker of Amanda’s and Matt happens to be good friends with her husband. Often you hear people say that they don’t want to be set up, but we see so often that your friends might know what’s best! You never know who could be waiting just around the corner.

The Proposal:

Matt and Amanda were getting ready to leave their apartment for brunch with friends & Matt turned to Amanda and said “Babe, can I ask you something before we go?”. He put on their favorite song (which also happens to be the song they had their first dance too) and got down on one knee. Amanda, of course, said yes! Then the two went to brunch and Matt surprised Amanda with my parents there, as well as he flew in her best friends from LA, and had 45 of their friends & family there to celebrate! The day was spent with lots of laughs, champagne, and yummy food celebrating the engagement.

The Wedding:

The day was a romantic and magical day at the Four Seasons resort in Scottsdale. The ceremony and reception were adorned in the most beautiful ivory and blush pink floral.  They had a picturesque outdoor wedding and an intimate candlelit reception.

We love that along with the blush pink color, they brought in touches of wine and gold to their day. We think it gives the day such a classy feel.

Amanda’s dress was perfect. It had such a flattering and fitting silhouette and we love the lace and sequin detail. It’s just enough to give the dress personality and fit the theme of romance that went throughout the day.

Wedding Planner: Some Like It Classic
Venue: Four Seasons Scottsdale
Photographer: Elyse Hall
Entertainment: The JJ’s Band
Florist: The Flower Studio
Linens/ Rentals: Y Knot Party
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

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Wedding Color Trends 2017 | Videographer Phoenix

Wedding Color Trends 2017 | Videographer Phoenix

Are you having a 2017 wedding? Here are the latest color trends for this year based on what we have seen so far in our spring and summer season and what we plan to see this fall and winter!

Neutrals and Metals -The Black Tux

Neutrals and Metals -The Black Tux

Neutrals and Metals:

We touched upon how popular metals have been for this year in our blog earlier, but they are really picking up speed for this upcoming fall season. Neutrals have slowly become more and more popular as well. We are seeing them executed in all sorts of unique and creative ways. Some of which include invitations, bridesmaids dresses, groom attire and floral.

When we think of a neutral pallet, we get excited. We have seen this color scheme carried out in so many different ways all perfect and all beautiful. Pair it with greenery and woods for a rustic feel. Or you can pair with sequins and crystal to give it a romantic and eye-catching impression.

Green - The Black Tux

Green – The Black Tux

Green:

Going green? We have seen an increase in the color green, in almost all the floral this year. Of course, it was always present in some way, but this year in a much more fabulous way. Bouquets, having a more natural feel with a cascade effect are all the rage. In these, we see succulents and eucalyptus being a major play on these floral arrangements.

Not only are we seeing green in floral, but also in the wedding party. Gorgeous shades of jade, hunter, and sage are just stunning in both bridesmaid and groomsman attire.

Blue and Blush - The Black Tux

Blue and Blush – The Black Tux

Blue and Blush:

Maybe one of our new favorite color pairings is blue and blush. It has both a feminine and masculine feel. It’s timeless, as well as romantic and elegant. It’s also perfect for brides who want to stay traditional and having their something blue. Though this is trending for the spring and summer, we also see it transitioning really well into the fall.

We like that you can pair navy suits with blush dresses to give the wedding party a coordinating feel without being too matchy matchy.

 

Video: Serendipity Cinema

Photo Credit and Tux Info: The Black Tux

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Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Karysnn and Brian met online. It was Brian’s profile photo of him standing in front of a tractor that stood out to Karysnn initially. She then read that he was tall, 6’5 to be exact and she knew she had to send him a message.

When Brian picked her up for their first date. He knew she was the one as soon as she started walking towards him. He couldn’t take his eyes off her black and white dress, and her beautiful blonde hair flowing in the wind. Sounds like love ask first sight if you ask us!

They had planned to go to a movie, but instead found themselves talking and listening to music in the parking lot of the movie theater. Totally missing the movie but enjoying every moment. Since their first date they have spent nearly everyday since together.

The Wedding:

As you watch Karysnn and Brian, you can just see how much fun they have together. Their entire wedding, and we assume in life they are just smiling, laughing and truly enjoying each other. You can tell that they are really best friends, and that is what life and marriage is all about.

We are obsessed with the color pallet of this wedding. The floral is stunning. We love the mix of the blush pinks, with magenta, and purple. It just feels so girly and pretty.

Karsynn’s dress is of course stunning and perfect for her. It’s a chiffon a-line that just makes her look like a princess. The wrapped bodice is so flattering and the hint of sparkle around her waist completes the look.

The bridesmaids dresses are perfect and unique. We love the two toned dresses and feel that the style really compliments each of the ladies she choose to stand with her on this special day.

Planner: Two Hearts and a Planner
Venue: Four Seasons

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Classic Wedding at The Boulders | Videographer Phoenix

Classic Wedding at The Boulders | Videographer Phoenix

How they met:

Chris was absolutely determined to meet Bre. He had seen pictures, heard from friends what an amazing person she is and was on a mission! His numerous attempts to meet her came up empty handed and had basically given up all hope.

The very next week after resigning to the fact it was not meant to be, Chris and his friends gathered to go out for dinner. It was Valentine’s Day, and after dinner with a few of his guy friends, Chris was coerced into going to a lounge called the Dakota. Wanting to just go home and mope, Chris agreed to drop his friends off and hang out with them there for a little bit.

They promptly sat down at a table near the bar, and it was not long before Chris’s friend said to him…”you know that girl Bre you have been asking everyone in town about, well she is 5 feet behind you standing at the bar.”

Instant butterflies! Chris turned around and within seconds, their eyes locked. One of those long, deep, mutual stares that overwhelm you. They both glanced away as to not seem overly obvious. Moments later, they turned to each other again, eyes locking once more.

Soon the two started talking. Chris couldn’t tell you what they talked about for those next 45 minutes, as he was consumed by her beauty and bubbly personality. During that time, however, she invited him to a work event, and that was the perfect opportunity to get her number, FINALLY!

The Proposal:

Their engagement was under the guise of a “birthday road trip” down the coast of California for Bre. The couple flew into San Francisco on a Wednesday, rented a car and drove down to Carmel, which was our first stop on a 5-night trip. We stayed the night in Carmel at a beautiful boutique hotel called La Playa Carmel.

Bre’s birthday fell on a Saturday…night four of our little vacation. Chris thought that if Bre had any expectation of a proposal on this trip, that she MIGHT expect it on her birthday. Thus, he was determined to propose on the very first night.

Chris had made a sunset dinner reservation at an exquisite restaurant called The Pacific’s Edge, complete with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. On the way to the restaurant, Chris voiced to Bre that his parents had mentioned to him a beautiful park they should check out called Point Lobos State Park.

Little did Bre know that Chris had picked out a location to pop the question, the only problem was…he, nor his parents, had actually ever been to Point Lobos before! Well, Chris had honed in on Point Lobos State Park via Google Earth, however, he would quickly find out that pinpointing THE spot would prove a bit more challenging than he imagined.

Bre, of course, was dressed to the nines and…wearing heels. Not ideal shoes to be wearing on a dirt trail. Chris began to stress a bit as there was no ideal spot in sight…the trail seemed endless with no viewpoint! After (violently) shaking the rocks out of her heels for the umpteenth time, Bre made it apparent that there better be an end to this trail in sight. Chris jogged ahead and, by the grace of God, found THE spot!

Chris got down on one knee, behind Bre, as she was snapping pictures. She then started walking away, and Chris started to follow behind her, dragging his knee along as well!

Finally he grabbed her arm, stopped her, turned her around, and saw the look of utter surprise and joy in her eyes as he proceeded to tell her that when he looked out into the ocean, he saw endless possibilities…a blank canvas, uncharted waters, adventures, peaks and valleys of a life that he could not imagine spending without his one true love, the love of his life.

Venue: The Boulders
Planner: A Day to Cherish
Photographer: Rich Lander
Entertainment: Vinyl Station
Florist: Fiori Floral
Linens: La Tavola
Invitations: Idieh design

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Chiricahua Desert Mountain Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Chiricahua Desert Mountain Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

The Couple:

Jen and Laura went on their first date to see the movie The Avengers and of course, had a great time. It only took a few weeks for Jen to know that Laura was the one, she immediately told her that. Two years later with many happy events in their memories, they made it official and tied the knot!

We love the love between these two. In their vows, they say “today I get to marry my best friend, and I now know what it means to be a partner in life”. I mean does it get any better than that? Jen and Laura are constantly complimenting each other and appreciate one another. We are also pretty sure they spent most of the day just dancing away with each other. When you watch them, you can just feel the love between them.

The Wedding:

Laura and Jen were married at the beautiful Chiricahua location in Desert Mountain. We love this venue because it’s nestled into the hillside and it overlooks the golf course with views of Phoenix and Scottsdale. The clubhouse has an awesome and unique old world feel of an Italian olive mill mixed with farmhouse. The ceremony site that these two chose was the perfect setting for the intimate wedding they created. It is nestled right on the clubhouse grounds and the views past where the brides stood are breathtaking.

The wedding had a very natural feel, which goes well with the venue. We love the geometric shapes and terrariums that hung in the archway, giving the natural look a small punch of modern. With just fresh greenery that wraps around the archway.

We love how these two really brought it pops of color with their floral. The bouquet and boutonniere are orange and magenta pink with green. The floral complements the rest the decor so well.

Makeup: Pooja Mehta Artistry & Makiaj LLC
Limo: Desert Rose Limousines
Entertainment: Desert House Productions Fun in a Flash Got You Covered Music
Photography: Elyse Hall Photography
Venue: Desert Mountain
Floral: Fiori Floral

 

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Enchanted Wedding at Superstition Manor | Videographer Phoenix

Enchanted Wedding at Superstition Manor | Videographer Phoenix

 

We LOVE sisters!! Catherine and her sister both had their weddings filmed by Serendipity. It is always such an honor to document the love of a couple and then be invited back into their family to document another once in a lifetime event.

How They Met:

Catherine and Ian met in Scottsdale. When Catherine first laid eyes on Ian she instantly knew he was going to be someone special in her life. Ian was at a salon that Catherine was then working at, getting his hair cut by a mutual friend of theirs. As soon as Ian left the salon, Catherine immediately went up to his stylist and told her that she had to be in working the next time Ian came in because she wanted to see him again.
What Catherine didn’t know was that the feeling was mutual. Ian text Catherine two days later after getting her number from his stylist, and they immediately hit it off. They met at a restaurant and talked forHOURS until the restaurant closed. What seemed like a couple minutes instantly turned into hours of conversation that just flew by. From that day on, they have been inseparable and became a perfect match.

The Proposal

Ian and Catherine were in Disney World with Ian’s immediate family to celebrate his parents anniversary. One of the evenings, they had planned a surprise anniversary party for his parents, just as a thank you for the trip and to say happy anniversary, or at least that is what it was supposed to be!

Catherine and Ian went to dinner that night in Epcot at an Irish Pub. As the meal was over, Ian turned to Catherine and said: “let’s head over to the reserved room to make sure it is all set up for my parents”. Catherine obviously had no idea what was really about to happen!

Ian and Catherine were walking through Epcot when they finally got to the building and where a Disney employee was waiting outside for them. He came up to them and he swiftly took them to a private elevator that brought them up to what was supposed to be the private suite for the anniversary party.

As soon as the Disney employee opened the doors to the suite, Catherine saw Paul (Ian’s father) standing in front of them holding a camera. Her first thoughts were “oh no! We took too long and missed the surprise”. Catherine scanned the room and noticed that, not only was Ian’s whole family there but that Ian had invited Catherine’s whole family to join as well. She then turned and saw Ian down on one knee asking her to be his wife.

Needless to say, Disney World officially made their dreams come true and gave them the perfect start to their happily ever after.

The Wedding

Catherine and Ian’s day was nothing short of romantic and whimsical. It was very personalized and intimate. They even had the pleasure of having Catherine’s Uncle marry them. Since they were engaged in Disney World, we love how they incorporated hints of Disney in a very tasteful way. One tier of the cake had little Mickey heads on it, the flower girl walked down with a Mickey shaped bouquet and there were love quotes from different Disney movies on each of the tables.

Catherine’s dress was gorgeous and so flattering. We are in love with the high neck and illusion back. We also love how the bridesmaids dress matched in the fact that they too had high necks. The floral was perfect in the way that it looked like you walked through a garden and grabbed a handful of flowers, perfectly. This bride paired eggplant and rose gold accents throughout the wedding perfectly.

It was a romantic but fun wedding. The bridal party entered the dance floor with glow sticks and got the party started, and the father-daughter dance was an amazing routine that had the whole crowd loved it.


Venue: Superstition Manor
Photographer: Robert Godridge
Florist: Aubrey’s Petals
Entertainment: Mancini Entertainment
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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Desert Romance Wedding at the Ritz | Videographer Phoenix

Desert Romance Wedding at the Ritz | Videographer Phoenix

How they Met:

It was freshman year of college, 2004 when Chris and Nicole first met. A mutual friend introduced them and Chris would never forget Nicole’s very unique way of holding a pen to write. From that moment on Chris and Nicole became great friends, and along with Nicole came six plus other girlfriends. Let’s just say Chris instantly became a ladies man.

Through the next 16 months, their friendship continued to grow stronger. Sophomore year of college, Chris, Nicole and a couple friends headed up to Santa Barbara to celebrate Halloween. With nowhere to sleep, and temperatures dropping Chris and Nicole opted for the floor of a college house where they snuggled throughout the night for warmth. It was that next morning, on their drive back to LA when Nicole and Chris locked eyes in the rearview mirror and instantly knew this was more than a friendship. Chris sealed the deal the next day, October 31st, 2005 at a club in Hollywood, with a big kiss.

11 years later, on January 16th, 2016, Chris decided to make things official and ask Nicole to marry him. Off course she said yes and here we are today.

The Proposal:

The proposal was a complete surprise. Nicole had no idea it was going to happen since the couple had just been in Arizona with Nicole’s family for the holidays and had always stated she wanted her family by her side in celebration of this special day.

On 1/16, Nicole was surprised when Chris asked if she wanted to go hiking. Nicole jumped at the chance since this is not one of Chris’ favorite activities. They quickly got dressed and headed to Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles. Nicole took Chris on a trail that is a little more intimidating and only a few people hiking, vs hundreds. It was much more of an intimate hike, to say the least, only running into two other hikers.

Nicole led the charge and Chris would constantly say babe stop, let’s take a picture, however, Nicole just wanted to get to the top of the hill, so kept going. Chris asked again and Nicole got a little suspicious since she is usually the one asking to take pictures not him. She looked down at him a few yards below him on the trail and didn’t see a ring box in his pocket, and kept going. Then on the third request, she finally stopped, to take the picture, and that is when Chris got down on one knee and proposed. Nicole and Chris both called their families but no one answered their calls. They completed their hike and Chris told Nicole they were headed to the Marina for a little getaway.

They then headed to the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey where she was overwhelming surprised with both of their families.

Venue: Ritz Carlton
Photographer: Amber Amari
Entertainment: The JJ’s Band
Florist: Good Sun Flower
Invitations: Love and Lace Invites

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Cosmopolitan Couture Wedding at Chateu Lux | Videographer Phoenix

Cosmopolitan Couture Wedding at Chateau Luxe | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix set the stage for Samantha and Justin’s first encounter. Samantha had just graduated from Arizona State University to start as a Concierge and Justin was the Audio Visual Director for PSAV. He was smitten right away, but her youthfulness played hard to get.

After a six-month friendship, Samantha’s family invited Justin to join them in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. It was safe to say that her feelings for Justin had blossomed and she was ready to make a commitment to being in a relationship. What happens in Vegas stays there, but let’s just say they became much more than just friends.

New relationships are always great when you are falling in love. Every love story comes with its challenges, but by communicating and compromising they grew as a couple and formed an unbreakable bond of friendship and true love.

The Proposal

(As told by Samantha)

Upon finishing my workday I called Justin to check in as I always do. On the other end of the phone Justin was telling me that he was at Home Depot (not true, he was hidden in the studio) and to enjoy my time with Christina tonight and he would see me later. He said he loved me so much and to have a great class.

I arrived at the studio around 5:30 pm to find that the class was quickly filling up with familiar faces of the barre3 staff, frequent clients, and my own mother! What a fun class I thought. The owner Karie Johnson was the instructor and the class was high energy and such a wonderful time with people I loved. Barre3 had become a place where I could share my heart with an amazing community and feel the same love in return. It was so much more than just a workout routine. Justin knew this and wanted to make this a moment I would never forget at the studio.

At the end of every barre3 class, we take three closing breaths and close our eyes. During these last few moments of class, two songs filled the room. The first song was “Sunshine” by Tje Austin to represent the fact that this evening was a full moon.

The second song was “Cheerleader” by Omi, the instrumental version with Justin’s voice recorded on the track as a voiceover. He spoke the words “She is such an incredible person with a beautiful soul. There is not a day that goes by that I am not constantly thinking of her and what I can do for her as she has done for me. I want to be able to do that for the rest of my life. She always finds a way to bring out the best in me. I would be honored to spend the rest of my life with her. She really needs to know how special she is…not just to me, but to everyone

The second song was “Cheerleader” by Omi, the instrumental version with Justin’s voice recorded on the track as a voiceover. He spoke the words “She is such an incredible person with a beautiful soul. There is not a day that goes by that I am not constantly thinking of her and what I can do for her as she has done for me. I want to be able to do that for the rest of my life. She always finds a way to bring out the best in me. I would be honored to spend the rest of my life with her. She really needs to know how special she is…not just to me, but to everyone, she is around.”

Even after hearing these words, I still had no idea what was going on, my eyes were still closed. I finally opened my eyes when I felt Christina brush my arm as she reached down to grab her phone. When my eyes opened, I saw Justin walking into the studio with a small box in his hand and a huge smile on his face. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever. I was shocked and instantly burst into tears. My mother was right next to me crying and cheering. I said yes to my soulmate and felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

The Wedding:

We love the ceremony site of
Chateau Luxe! It’s a huge all white room, that just has an overpowering bright and beautiful feel. It was perfectly accented with white and pink floral and clear decor items. It felt very modern and tasteful.

We really like how they used hints of metallic to really make the color scheme pop. The bridesmaids were dripping in rose gold sequined dresses and we are obsessed with them.

The whole evening was crisp and modern and had a cosmopolitan couture vibe.

Wedding Planner Name: Andrea Leslie Weddings
Venue: Chateau Luxe
Photographer: Ryan Lindsey Photography
Entertainment: Desert House Productions
Florist: AZ Petal Pusher
Linens/ Rentals: La Tavola Linen
Invitations: If Only Lo La Lee

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Gray & Gold Wedding at The Croft | Videographer Phoenix

Gray & Gold Wedding at The Croft | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

As told by Aubrey: We met in high school a long time ago – each of us were playing sports and we only crossed paths on the school bus on the way to our games. We never really knew each other then, but knew of each other.
In 2011, I (Aubrey) played softball at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Kayvon played baseball at Kansas State University. When we would come home from college for the holidays, we’d always see each other at the gym and catch up.

Kayvon graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 and was drafted by the Oakland A’s. His spring training was then in Phoenix and I had just moved home after graduating from UNCG. Kayvon was still preparing for his second professional season when we started working out together. He found it hard to find people to play catch with him and of course I loved doing it! It went from playing catch and working out, slowly to hanging out and watching movies. We just haven’t separated since! In 2014, Kayvon was offered the opportunity to coach baseball at his college (in Manhattan, Kansas!) while getting his MBA. He asked if I wanted to go and the rest is history!

The Proposal:

Kayvon knew for months that his family, and Aubrey’s family and grandparents would be coming for his graduation from grad school. The two have a French Bulldog named Bruce Wayne, that they just are in love with. Kayvon had Aubrey’s mom make him a shirt that says, “Mom, will you marry my dad?”

On the day, Aubrey was running around their apartment trying to clean up as they had company coming and staying with them Kayvon yelled to Aubrey to come into their office and look at Bruce. As soon as she figured out what the shirt said, and what was going on, Kayvon was on one knee. This instantly became Aubrey’s favorite day ever.

Wedding Planner: Table Number One Events
Venue: The Croft
Photographer: Mike Olbinski
Entertainment: Desert House Productions

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