A unique gift for your unique man

Happy New Year – we are currently in engagement season! In fact, according to WeddingWire, New Years Day is one of the top 10 most popular days to get engaged. This means, ladies, if your man left you a nice shiny rock on your finger during the holidays, maybe you can leave him a little something for the big day? This wallet is the perfect gift for your soon to be husband or even a thoughtful thank you for your groomsmen! Each wallet is perfectly personalized by the engraving of the recipient’s name delicately onto the wooden case it comes in as well as the wallet. The smooth cool leather makes for a sleek sophisticated look for any occasion. No need to worry if a billfold is not what your man desires. Groovy Guy Gifts has a large selection of personalized items to fit your prince charming’s personality like cufflinks, flasks, blades and more. This company shipped my billfold in quickly and the quality was like no other. They strive to make each experience intimate, original, and ever-lasting. So for any wedding, Groovy Guy Gifts is a must! Visit other great gifts here.

And let’s not forget the ladies! If you’re looking for unique bridesmaid gifts, take a look at Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique.

 

10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Videographer

Every time I visit a wedding Facebook page or group, I always see the same question. Is a wedding videographer necessary? And the answer to that question is an easy “YES!” You may think that because you are hiring a photographer you don’t need a videographer, but they are two very different forms of art and one does not cover the other, and I can tell you 10 reasons why you need a videographer.

1. Some Moments Cannot Be PhotographedGood photography is powerful; it’s one of, if not the most important thing you should budget for. Investing in a good photographer is a must, but even the best photographer in the world cannot capture sounds and movement. The sounds from your video could be the vows you and your soon-to-be spouse speak to one another, a word of wisdom from the father of the Bride, or the Best Man sharing a funny and unforgettable story about the Groom. Movement could be the Groom seeing his Bride for the first time, a mother holding her “little boy” during the mother-son dance or watching the couple smash cake into each other’s faces.

2. The Emotional Impact – The emotional impact that videos can bring basically go hand-in-hand with sounds and movements, but also added music that go with the couple’s taste and carefully selected clips to bring everything together. It can leave you crying one minute and laughing the next. For example, my husband assisted me with a ceremony and he managed to capture such a tender moment: The officiant along with everyone else had their heads bowed and eyes closed. As the officiant prayed, the Groom opened up one eye and peeked at his Bride. She just so happened to peek up at him at the same time. She shot him a quick smile and closed her eyes again. You better believe you’ll see this clip in the highlights!

3. Easily Shareable – It’s unfortunate when a family member or friend cannot make your wedding due to distance, sickness or other reasons. Nowadays, videos can easily be uploaded through YouTube or Vimeo and can be shared within a click of a button. Having video will allow those who were unable to attend your big day in person a front row seat of your ceremony, digitally.

4. You’ll Get To See Moments You Might Have Missed – On the day of your wedding, you will want to take everything in, but in reality, this cannot happen; you won’t be able to see everything. You could be talking with a guest and thanking them and miss your parents dancing cheek to cheek with one another. You won’t be able to see, behind closed doors, your adorable little flower girl struggle to carry her pail of flower petals down the aisle. There’s nothing else like seeing your mother tear up while you read your vows. With video – you will see priceless moments you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

5. Play Celebrity for the Day – You are the Bride and Groom, King and Queen; it is your day after all! You walking down the aisle comes to life in video – just imagine the doors opening along with the music revealing you. It is one of the few days where you get to be the focus and are surrounded by all the family and friends who love you. Your wedding is a day where you have worked hard to create an atmosphere that reflects you, your spouse, and your life together. All eyes and lenses will be on the two of you as we adore the charmingly dressed Groom and his Bride’s beautiful white dress sweeping across the floor. You’ll forget those little things, but your videographer will help you remember!

6. A Professional VS Uncle Larry – With the new iPhone specs being better than ever and cameras being more affordable everyday – it may seem like a good idea to pass the videography job to a friend or family member – don’t do it! There have been too many incidents about the lack of quality, missed moments and even worse, lost footage. You want Uncle Larry to attend your wedding, not work it; let him celebrate with the rest of the family. He may not be able to handle low light settings (causing grainy footage) and capture clear audio from the ceremony or toasts during the reception. Professionals come in 100% invested and excited about your wedding day. They know the toll the job can bring and they come prepared for the unexpected. You may witness the work they do on the day of, but the pros are still thinking of your wedding, weeks after going through all your footage and piecing everything together to tell your story cinematically. Professionals are worth the price they charge – which brings us to Reason 7.

7. May Not Be As Costly As You Think – If you didn’t add a videographer to the list of must-haves because you might think having a video would cost too much then be sure to re-consider your list. Do your research, compare prices with the amount of quality and quantity you will receive, and know about how long you need them there for; you might not need them there as long as you need your photographer. Once you’ve done this, meet up or speak with any videographers to see if they match you and your love’s personality and style. You may be pleasantly surprised!

8. A Keepsake – So your wedding day has come and gone, but you still have your video. While you can’t physically touch your video as you can with photos, you can still watch your day over and over again. You can make it a tradition to watch your video every anniversary; it’ll bring back memories and be a reminder of why you chose each other. This will be the closest thing you have to re-living your wedding day.

9. Remembering Loved Ones – Not only is having a video a keepsake, but it’s also a way to remember our loved ones as well. The people we love come and go, but your wedding video will bring back happy thoughts of when they were still with us. Like when they walked down the aisle, danced in the competition of who’s been married the longest, or gave a word of advice. All those emotions and memories from your day will come flooding back in.

10. No Regrets – This might be the reason that breaks my heart the most. Along with the question of “is a wedding videographer worth it?”, I also see this post around a lot – “What is your biggest wedding regret?”. 9/10 you will always see someone comment “not going with a videographer”. You won’t want to go through your wedding day and realize that you should have hired a professional; by then, it’s too late. There are just some moments in life that cannot be a re-take.

If you are getting married and have any questions about hiring a videographer for your big day, you can always visit our contact page and send your questions over. Remember, shop smart and happy wedding planning!

– Sarah, Skys the Limit Production

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Visiting a Little Piece of France in Texas

In Anna, Texas you’ll find a one of a kind venue that achieves the perfect combination of elegant and rustic with a French culture feel especially in the reception hall; after all it is called the River Road Chateau.

With Valentine’s Day nearby and love being on many minds, this venue is opening their doors February 11th to showcase experts in the wedding industry as well as give detailed tours. During “Love Is In The Air Open House”, you’ll go through the reception hall, their signature outdoor ceremony and Belle Manor, and maybe get to hear some big upcoming projects.

If you would like to join in on the fun, simply click on this link. This is a free event that will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and provide food, drinks, door prizes and other great surprises! You’ll also find Skys the Limit Production there; As usual, you can find me at the bright yellow table. I’ll be there to answer any photography or videography questions you may have!

The video below features the beautiful River Road Chateau. Skys the Limit Production and Daydream Events by Jess teamed up to create “First Comes Love” to showcase beautiful venues like this one and talented vendors in and around Dallas. We created this quick video to show you guys a small tour of the place. Be sure to like and subscribe to First Comes Love on YouTube and if you would like to follow and subscribe with Skys the Limit Production for more videos click here.

One of Dallas’s Hidden Gems

Longhorn

The oldest ballroom in North Texas is opening up their doors on February 1, 2018. This is a special venue for couples who have a love for music; this hall has hosted great names like Willie Nelson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Merle Haggard. Whether you’re looking to tie the knot, celebrate a birthday, or host a concert, the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas is the place where you want to be for your next big event. The Longhorn Ballroom Open House will showcase many vendors around the Dallas-Fort Worth area who provide rentals, catering, floral arrangements, and more.

Skys the Limit Production will be a part of the fun, displaying photography and videography work for small businesses, weddings and other events. You can’t miss us, we’ll be the table with the bright yellow table cloth!

In addition to touring the ballroom, each guest will receive a swag bag along with two drink tickets with your choice of beer, wine, or cocktail. This open house lasts from 4PM to 8PM; to register, click here (its free!). You can find the Longhorn Ballroom at 216 Corinth Street Road. Hope to see you all there!

Shoot together, not at each other

As someone who does both video and photography, I have been on both sides of the fence. I’ve learned the difficulties that can arise when taking photos, but I also know the struggle of capturing video. I have even been fortunate enough to be hired to capture both video and photos for a wedding, with contract photographers of mine that I know and trust. In other instances, I have been hired solely to be the couples videographer, and I don’t know the photographers I will be working with.

I’ve heard story after story about videographers getting in photographer’s way, for example, standing too close to the bride and groom for their first kiss. As a professional courtesy, I try to be conscious of this and make sure that I share the space and allow photographers time to capture the moment as well. I feel like videographers are getting the bad rep when there are also photographers who don’t consider the other professionals who have been hired for the couples big day. Before I continue I just want to mention that it is NOT my intention bash anyone, (again, I’ve been on both sides of the fence)  If anything this is meant to be informative so that we’re all aware of the little things we may not realize we do, but have a big impact on our teammates for that wedding day.

Here are a few tips I feel we could all use to play a little nicer on the field.

Communication – Find out who you will be working with. Reach out to see if you can meet for coffee or brunch, ask them how they like to work, let them know how you operate, find out if they have a shot list, and vice versa let them know if there are any specific shots you have in mind. Getting to know each other a bit will make working together on event day so much smoother. Who knows, you might even make a friend!

Acknowledge – Recognize that both of you have been hired to do a job – very important jobs at that. The couple is trusting on you two to capture their big day in your own unique way. Neither is more important than the other, and neither is the “leader” or “boss”.

Take turns – Videographers, you need to accept that photographers need time for family formals along with the wedding party photos and of course, the couple’s photos. Take advantage of this time, take short videos of each of the photographer’s shot; one of those family member might say a little something for the couple during the reception and those clips would be great to add on top while they are speaking on video. Photographers be considerate of the videographer, if the sun is starting to go down give them some time to get action shots of the couple. A great way to share the time, is to allow 5 minutes for the videographer to capture some action shots after you have finished the group photos and then proceed to get the couples photos. Take advantage of some of the videographers action shots and shoot away! Once the videographer is done, the remaining time is all yours and everyone is happy.

Ask – Ask each other if you need something. Every time, I have a photographer or videographer ask me if I need to borrow anything like a battery, SD card or light, I feel much more at ease knowing this person wants to work together. Speaking of light, there are lights coming from the videographer and from the photographer, make sure your lighting is fine for the other person – ask. Also, communication isn’t just verbal, it comes from our actions as well. Making eye contact with one another to see if you’re good to pass across them while getting shots is helpful too. We already have to deal with Aunt Glenda walking in front of the shots, let’s not be in the way of each other. While, were on the subject of asking, don’t assume just because you’ve gotten all the shots you need that everyone is good, ASK the other if they need anything else. This goes back to neither the videographer or the photographer is the “boss”.

Breath in and out – Okay, so we are not perfect. As much as we acknowledge, communicate, and take turns with each other, we will still make mistakes and still get in each other’s way. The only thing I’ve learned is to be patient and press on because that day is not about me or you, it’s all about the bride and groom, and us doing are absolute best in capturing their big day.