Will you be my Bridesmaid?

There are so many ways to ask the closest women (or men these days!) to be in your wedding party. I have seen so many creative ways of doing this. If you’re like me though and you want to send something that’s creative, personal, but also (let’s be honest) easy, Greetabl has your back.

I’m so excited to be telling you about Greetabl! I am all for it. I literally use it for everything and to be honest, I feel like not enough people know about it. For the record, I picked “will you be my bridesmaid” for the title because I obviously specialize in weddings. This gifting option though can be used by ANYONE not just someone getting married.

Why Greetbl?

I remember a few years ago looking for a gift to send my sister. There was the option to send her a subscription box from various sites, but I kind of just wanted a one time thing? The process in itself was a little confusing where I had to include my sister in signing up which gave the surprise away. In my opinion, I didn’t like it. I also looked into sending gifts from Amazon, but I still didn’t feel that it was personable enough? To me, sending chocolates and flowers were sort of expensive?

Then one day I scrolled through Instagram and found a Greetabl ad. The advertisement was adorable, so I checked it out. I was instantly hooked with the style of the site. It was simple to navigate. I got to personally choose everything from the packaging, items and greeting. In short, Greetabl offered a convenient, personable and affordable way of greeting someone I care about.

How it works.

When arriving to the site, you begin on finding the right design for your box. Next what I normally do is pick out an appropriate gift for the occasion; from candles to gummies to jewelry, there’s lots to choose from! After going through and finding the perfect gift, you have the option of also leaving a gift card or “bonus” gift. The bonus gift is usually something small like glitter, tea, or a face mask. The site will then take you to another page where you can really add your personal touch by adding photos and a message inside.

The best part about the message part is if you have a writer’s block, they have little prompts to work with. Finally when you are ready to send, you can either schedule a time for delivery or send as soon as possible. Could not be any easier.

My go-to

I use Greetabl on a regular basis. It’s honestly fun to receive a package you weren’t expecting in the mail. It’s a great way of telling my fellow wedding vendors and my assistants ‘thank you’. Even outside of Skys the Limit Production, my family and friends enjoy the messages and images I send for their birthdays and holidays.

So whether you need to propose to your gals or let someone know how much they mean to you, give Greetabl a try. I think you’ll like it!

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Tori + Nicholas | Lost Oak Winery Burleson, TX

Tori and Nicholas got married at Lost Oak Winery, which is a beautiful vineyard in Burleson, Texas with a pond and fountain view. It was a gorgeous day and the sun even made an appearance!

Photo by Malia Maureen Photography

The couple

Tori wore a unique long dress with the front featuring satin material and the back displaying lace. It was like a mix of two different dresses that complimented each other nicely. Nicholas wore a gray windowpane pattern suit with a bright red tie. My favorite addition to Tori’s whole attire was her bouquet. She added 3 little red cardinals within her flowers to represent three special people in her life that past away.

The ceremony

The ceremony was an intimate service in between the lake and vineyard. During the ceremony, the bride tearfully (in joy) said her vows while her groom encouraged her on. It was such a sweet moment to capture.

They decorated the area with wine barrels and many flower petals. The reception was in the main hall at Lost Oak Winery – I love this venue because it felt like a getaway with the rows of vines and the fountain in the pond. Weddings at Lost Oak Winery are amazing because the photo and video ops are endless.

Photo by Malia Maureen Photography

Why Lost Oak Winery is a great place to get married

Lost Oak Winery has a really vibrant atmosphere, and is one of the loveliest places to get married in Burleson, Texas. The venue not only offers an on-site rehearsal prior to your wedding day, but you can use the property for bridal and engagement portraits too. A full staff is available throughout the event for full wine service and other needs. There are also scenic spots like the vineyard, pond and bridge that are perfect for portraits and gorgeous video shots. If you would like video for your wedding day, reach out!

Video by Skys the Limit Production

Dream Team

Venue | Lost Oak Winery

Videography | Skys the Limit Production

DJ | Arbutus Entertainment

Photography | Malia Maureen Photography

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Dear Newly Weds

I know it’s cliché, but before we welcome the beginning of a new decade, I want to write a much needed letter for all my past couples. As I organized your gallery and listened to your vows on video, I’ve gathered my thoughts into one document.

Choosing when to press the camera button is a huge responsibility. At the end of the day, flowers wilt, dance lights are turned off and cake is eaten, but your images and videos will live on. You and your spouse trusted Skys the Limit Production with this responsibility and I could not be more grateful. There are literally thousands of videographers and photographers, and you chose me and my team.

You each became a client, then soon became a friend. Throughout just this year, I’ve witnessed you guys begin new adventures like going on trips or starting a new job, celebrating moments with the in-laws, and even adding to your own family; thanks Instagram and Facebook! I cannot wait for what 2020 brings!

My prayer is that every frame I gave to you serves as a reminder for you and your spouse; a reminder of happiness, commitment and love for one another. I pray you’re taken back to that very day and you still say “I do” for the years to come.

– Sarah

Why Does My Videographer Cost an Arm and a Leg?

I’m going to be completely honest. I’m the type to go to a Texas state fair and check all available food booths for the cheapest batch of fried Oreo’s to purchase. What can I say? I don’t want to get ripped off; I work hard for my money. If I make an investment on something, I want to know why it costs the amount it does, especially if it’s more than I budgeted for. This is why I can see where couples can feel alarmed whenever they hear the cost of video and photography (or any service) for their wedding day. I feel like I’m very transparent with my business, so I’d like to share a bit of behind-the-scenes on how videographers come up with their quotes. I cannot speak for all videographers, but I can at least speak for my own and maybe this will give you some insight for other business as well!

Every season is not wedding season. According to the Knot, in Texas, fall is the most popular time to tie the knot and winter is the least (pretty sure it’s because of the weather, but that’s my guess). That being said, I have to prepare financially for those slow seasons. The amount videographers charge is spread throughout the year as an average income. If I don’t save enough for those slow months, I’m in trouble.

Before I can pay myself, this list needs to be taken care of first:

  • Camera, drone, mics and other equipment like lighting, stabilizers, and batteries.
  • Assistance, Insurance, and Contracts **Do not use a videographer who doesn’t have insurance or a contract! Big No-No!**
  • Advertising and Website – so you can find me!
  • Adobe software and song licenses – gotta have Ed Sheeran!
  • Travel expenses – gas, hotels, etc
  • Education – continuous
  • Desktop/Laptop
  • USB flash drives/subscription to Dropbox
  • Taxes and other random day-to-day costs

Once equipment is paid for, that’s not the end either. They need to be upgraded every 5-6 years because we all know just like our phones and computers, times are always changing and you gotta keep up! So as I figure out how much I need to charge my client, I have to make sure all these expenses are in the equation as well. I wish the list wasn’t so long, but I want to make sure my business stays trustworthy and I give my absolute best.

Time is very valuable and since I have my own business, I can work twice a week right? No way. If I worked that little a week, I would have some angry clients wondering where their video was. The hours are longer now (at least 75 hours/week) than when I actually worked for another company, but the benefit is I can plan out months in advance the days I want off to go on vacation or holiday. As much as I would love to provide $500 videos for my clients, I simply can’t afford the time to take care of the things listed above. I would have to work double to keep my business running and worse than that, spend less time with my husband and 10 month-old.

$500 videography is possible, but there are some risks. Of course everyone knows you risk your video quality, but there are other precautions to keep in mind like insurance and contracts. You want to make sure if a drone is flown into your venue or a guest trips over camera equipment, there’s insurance to pay for damages. It doesn’t matter if your videographer costs $100 or $10,000, they need to have insurance and a contract. You want to be sure they do show up on your wedding day and you will receive a video after everything is over with. I’ve heard horror stories of vendors not showing up or running off with couple’s money; it’s the worst and it breaks my heart every time. So when searching for a videographer (and this goes for all) here are some tips on what to ask:

  • For examples – highlights, teasers, drone footage, etc.
  • How music is chosen – do they choose or do you and do they have a license to those songs?
  • What their insurance covers as well as a contract.
  • What all video you are actually given – do you receive your whole ceremony, dances etc?
  • To meet in person (at least a phone call) – make sure they are a legit person and that you mesh well with them.
  • If the owner will be filming your wedding – it can sometimes be conflicting if you like the owner, but they send someone else to your wedding.
  • About any hidden fees or expenses.

I hope this relieved a sense of curiosity some may have when they receive a quote from me or any other wedding professional! Preparation, expenses, time and personal earnings are everything a wedding professional or any small business needs to put into consideration when setting up their prices. With that being said, I absolutely love what I do! It’s a lot of work, but you are all worth it! Everyone has a story; not just the fame and fortune on television. You are my inspiration and it’s why I love doing what I do.

– Sarah🌻