29 12, 2014

Megan and Seth Elope in Key West!

This summer Megan and Seth had a secret wedding!!! A Key West Elopement at it’s finest! Such a beautiful location for such a beautiful couple… inside and out. The wedding was planned and designed by Jackie Martucci Hoffman from Events with Jackie M. Jackie made sure every detail was perfect throughout the day, including the Private Chefs that served Megan and Seth hors d’oeuvres and a perfect wedding dinner…poolside.Along with the excitement and fun I had doing this highlight edit, I also had the pleasure, along with Tom Newton, of photographing Megan and Seth this summer down in Key West, Florida! You two will have a long and happy life together, thank you for entrusting all of us with your special day! xox

12 12, 2014

DVD and BluRays To be Extinct Soon

2015 will be the year Summer Wind Wedding Films will start to wean ourselves away from DVDs and BluRay.  The formats will soon be added to the proverbial junk yard of old technology like 8-Track Tape, Cassette, Laser Discs, Beta…  We consider the film we produce for you a family heirloom.  When your 3 year old granddaughter asks you to watch your wedding film 30 years from now you’ll want to have a format that isn’t out dated and no means to play it back.

We now deliver the digital high definition version of your film on a custom thumb drive.  The beauty of digital is, you can make a copy of a copy of a copy… and the last copy will be exactly as the original.  No generation loss like the formats mentioned above.  ThumbDrive Pic

(The following is reprinted from Daily Finance)

The curtain is starting to close on the optical disc. You probably noticed that during Black Friday: There weren’t too many door buster deals for DVD or Blu-ray players. Folks just aren’t buying them anymore. The big sellers in consumer electronics were smart televisions that stream movies, TV shows, and video clips. There were also plenty of Chromecast, Roku and Fire TV set-top devices on sale, more gadgetry that renders the optical disc obsolete.

DVD sales peaked in 2004, and it’s been a slow fade. Some media platforms fall off the cliff when their consumption tenure is done, but optical discs have only seen unit sales decline by a third over the past decade.

They’re still around, but it won’t always be that way.

9 12, 2014

Here We Go…. Engagement Season Is Upon Us

Every year I make this statement to many couples after they tell me that they don’t have money in their budget for a wedding film.

If it’s not us please do yourself a favor, have some sort of video of your wedding.  You only get married once (hopefully)  and you don’t want to regret it later like I’ve seen so many times.  The video is forever, flowers die, food eaten, dress put away….”

Here is a reprint from a blog post in the Huffington Post:

In my last post, I provided fodder for the haters by recounting the story of my DIY Diva Wedding Hell. You would think, after that experience, not getting a wedding planner was my biggest regret. Nope, second biggest.

Like most brides, I looked forward to my wedding for 4 reasons:

  1. I was marrying a man better than I ever could have dreamed for myself
  2. The Big Day was a creative outlet for my DIY dreams
  3. Friends and Family were coming together from all across the country
  4. Biggest. Party. Ever.

After the wedding, here is what I had to show for it:

  • Gorgeous photos
  • A preserved wedding gown
  • Stories from friends and family about it being the best party, not just wedding, they had ever attended

Cue the regret. Like most brides, I budgeted for photos, but not wedding video. Like 98 percent of brides who make that decision, I regretted not getting a wedding video.

The photos bring back great memories, but let’s talk first dance. My fiancé surprised me with dance lessons soon after we were engaged. We spent months with a choreographer learning our first dance. We were in our own world on that dance floor. It was like the whole world melted away as we waltzed to Louis Armstrong.

In my mind, we were going to dance it again every year on our anniversary. We would never forget the steps. Our first anniversary, I was away on a business trip. Our second anniversary was the due date of our first baby. By the third anniversary, the steps were long forgotten.

Now let’s talk family and friends. Big family. Lots of friends. About 200 people flying in from all over the country. The award goes to Australia. It was the last family gathering for both of our grandmothers. The last one. No one wants to think about it, but it’s real. When else are you going to hear marriage advice from your grandmother. When else is she going to warn your husbands about your temper tantrums at the age of five?

It was also one of the last times we were to see one of my husband’s good friends. He died just a couple of years later in a snowmobile accident. We partied with him til 1am that night. Good times.

Lastly, the party. Oh the party. The live bar band. The Jack Daniels, for which I took so much crap in my last post. Yes, I drank at my wedding. Yes, I drank a lot. So did all the guests. Except the kids. They were running around with straws up their noses. It was a blast. We all had a great time.

And photos just aren’t enough to hold on to years later.