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Themed Weddings Exploding in Popularity

 

Wedding ceremonies are typically seen as very traditional events; aside from an interesting choice of readings or an expressive color scheme, most of these proceedings take very similar forms. However, a new trend of themed weddings has been picking up across the United States, which adds a little bit of fantasy to the special day.

 

This article published by NPR discusses how many people and wedding businesses are seeing an increase in the number of wedding featuring costumes and scenery from many popular pieces of fiction, especially those from fantasy genres. Fans of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and more are finding ways of celebrating their literature or television interests through their weddings.

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Industry experts interviewed for the above article note that this trend has exploded since it was first seen sprouting up about two years ago. Usually, a couple opts for a fantasy themed wedding when trying to break the mold of the traditional choices available to them. Often a couple can express their shared love of a certain book or series through wedding photos or creative reception options.

 

Far from being a superficial way to make a wedding look more interesting, many couples who dress up as characters or incorporate these stories in other ways see a much more moral rationale behind their decision. As one groom involved in one of these weddings stated in the above article, fantasy allows people to express their views on good and evil, or power and responsibility. These deeply held values are what people try to share with others through these fantasy weddings, not simply funny characters or a good story.

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Whatever message you’re trying to deliver to others on the day of your wedding, trust Keon Films to capture the essence of your ceremony in a living document that will exist for years to follow. If you’re planning a wedding in the area of Boston, MA, we’ll be happy to assist with the videography no matter what theme you choose.

 

 

 

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The Emotional Challenges of Videotaping a Wedding

Weddings are a time to celebrate the new life that is beginning between two individuals in a trusting, committed relationship. However, certain life situations may create a more bittersweet environment for the couple and their guests. Having a videographer who can tactfully deal with these difficult situations is a valuable resource.

 

The realities of life are not put on hold in the weeks and months leading up to a wedding. Life has all sorts of comings and goings, and the passing of a loved one, like a parent or grandparent, can create a very unique atmosphere. The wedding should still be celebrated, but the bride and groom with a recently deceased relative may want to commemorate that loved one’s memory.

 

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A bride with her grandpa in a wheelchair

Video footage can provide a very special way to document both a marriage and the friends and family who attend the ceremony, but also those who couldn’t make it. For one woman, videotaping a dance with her dying father provided a special memento on the day of her wedding, as this video post from NBC’s Today show describes.

 

These difficult situations require video professionals who are not simply knowledgeable of their equipment; they must also be able to sympathize and anticipate a client’s emotional wants. No family will simply want to gloss over a recent loss when all of the relatives will be congregating to celebrate an important family event. There are many healing ways that a video record can be used to memorialize a recent passing in a tactful way.

 

In my own experiences, I worked with one in recent years that was about to go through a loss in the family. The groom’s father had been ill, and the guests, many of which were close friends and family, knew that this would likely be one of the last times they’d see him. We worked very hard to ensure that we not only got all the footage of the wedding, but that we captured plenty of video with the father, who had gotten out of the hospital just to be at the wedding. That video became a treasured keepsake for many reasons.

 

Each wedding is going to have some very special emotional triggers. Some couples may have a first dance or a dance with their mother or father that might be special for reasons outside of the occasion. Whatever the special nature to the event may be, Keon Films will provide a tasteful way to incorporate it into our video footage. We serve Boston, MA, and the surrounding suburbs.

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7 Tips for Pulling off a Perfect Beach Wedding

Destination Wedding VideographerGrowing up, every little girl (and sometimes little boy) dreams of the perfect wedding day. This is the one day when your life changes forever, for the better. We have all envisioned, at one point or another, a fairytale wedding with an extravagant wedding gown, venue, and the like. However, as we age we begin to understand what the perfect, fairytale wedding day truly means to us. For many of us, we couldn’t imagine a more magical moment than marrying the love of our life on a beautiful, sandy beach.

Destination weddings are increasingly popular, and saying ‘I do’ with your toes in the sand is an experience unlike any other. A break from tradition while sticking with traditional values is incredibly appealing to many modern couples. One thing to keep in mind, though, is the beach in comparison to a church or other indoor venue is a whole other animal. With that said, we have compiled 7 great tips to help you pull off the perfect beach wedding:

First, consider clothing

1.) Ditch the Cinderella gown – Forego the big gown for a simpler, lighter dress that isn’t going to be a burden. Consider the fact that moving around swiftly in the sand is a difficult task as it is. Adding weight to your person is going to make that task more difficult and you’ll hate yourself when it comes to picture time.

2.) The lighter the better – When we think of beaches, we immediately think of the heat. No one wants to be a sweaty mess on their wedding day. Grooms are included in this one, stray from black tuxedos and choose light colors that don’t attract sunlight such as beige, tan, or white. Brides, a light fabric will flow flawlessly and leave the sand where it belongs instead of collecting it as a souvenir.

3.) Brides: Do an updo – You’ll be SO glad you did. The last thing you want to worry about is all the time and money you spent on your hair being thrown to the wind, literally.

4.) Grooms: Keep it casual – You and your men don’t need to throw on your fanciest duds in this occasion. Keep it light and as casual as your lovely bride will let you. As long as you all look nice, clean and presentable, you should be a-ok.

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5.) Plan for the unplanned – Weather in any setting is unpredictable. With the quick pickup of winds and the crashing of waves, it’s best to keep a plan B in mind. Have a tent on standby ready for use under extreme circumstances.

6.) Keep everyone cool and comfortable – Ensure that there is a place to escape to the shade if need be. It may also be a good idea to hand out personal fans (motorized or paper), and keep a refreshment stand nearby with lemonade and water.
7.) Lose the shoes – Tara Guerard of Soiree by Tara Guerard suggested to the Huffington Post that a shoe station would be a wonderful addition to any beach wedding. A shoe check will allow guests to change into casual flip-flops and avoid sauntering around with a shoe full of sand all day.

Lastly, have fun. This is your special day, and no matter what, being with your friends and family at the beach is going to be phenomenal – but incorporate these great tips into your destination wedding’s seaside ceremony and the rest is sure to be a breeze – literally!

Read more ideas like these from the Huffington Post.

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Top Trends in Wedding Videography

Technology has helped us to expand the ways in which we immortalize the special times in our lives. Weddings are one of those momentous occasions we want to revisit many times in the future. Wedding videography is a modern trend that captures those moments with beauty, creativity, and vivid imagery.

 

Brides and grooms are choosing a few very popular wedding videography trends as their way of capturing this once-in-a-lifetime event. Consulting with a wedding videographer, like me, can help couples decide which of these exciting video trends is best for their wedding.

 

Documentary Style

 

Wedding videography styles have come a very long way in recent years, and one new trend that is becoming popular with couples, is the documentary, indie style video. Indie filmmakers are getting into the world of wedding videography adding more style and substance to wedding videos. Instead of just capturing moments, this style of wedding video captures the couples’ story; helping viewers to feel as if they are a part of the entire process, from the engagement to the reception.

 

Movie-Trailer

 

Appealing to couples seeking a more fun and dramatic approach, wedding trailer videos offer a preview of the actual full-length wedding video. Complete with special effects, music, and sometimes, even voice-over artists. These videos are a unique way to entertain family and friends while they wait for the completed version. These wedding trailers are completed just a couple of weeks after the wedding and make a great teaser video to show off to wedding guests.

 

Classic Vintage

 

Black and white vintage style videos are a beautiful and classic way to capture the wedding day. With movies like the remake of The Great Gatsby coming out this summer, many couples are becoming enchanted by the romantic eras of the 1920’s, 40’s, and 60’s. Brides and grooms can have fun dressing in classic movie attire and film scenes decorated in the theme and decor of the decade.

 

Save the Date

 

Save the date videos are becoming popular because many couples find this to be a more interesting way to announce their wedding date than mailing out invitations. The sky’s the limit when it comes to just how creative engaged couples can be when creating these videos. Save the date videos can range from whimsical to formal in style, and also make a great keepsake for the couple and their loved ones.

 

Same Day Film

This is huge right now. It is a short 5-10 minute film created on the day of your wedding day to show to your guests during the reception on large screens in your reception room. It usually covers the bride getting ready, which no one sees, and the vows, photo session, first dance and maybe more depending on when you choose to display it live at your wedding. It’s a fantastic crowd pleaser!

 

 

Wedding videos allow couples to get creative and choose unique themes that will showcase their personalities and individual style. Whether they are the ‘indie documentary film’ type of couple or the ‘classic vintage 1940’s’ type of couple, wedding videographers can help carry their vision from the heart to the screen.

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The How-To on Giving the Perfect Wedding Toast

 

Here’s a fact: toasts are ideal for wedding receptions and speeches are for corporate functions and congressional addresses.

 

I am sure many people can recall attending a wedding where the best man, maid of honor or parent of the couple stood up and literally gave a 30 or more minute speech. Soon the stomach begins to grumble, head becomes clouded and you find yourself frustrated from the long-windedness of the speaker.

 

If you’re going to be preparing a toast for an upcoming wedding, think of about this. A “toast” is a brief acknowledgement of the love shared between two people. At 3 to 5 minutes at best, your toast can include a story (maybe a funny one), a well wish for the couple and of course the, “Let’s raise our glasses!” line. Anything beyond can get obnoxious.

 

As much as the couple delights in the toast, they really don’t want the entertainment to be delayed. Plus, when you feel you have to fill a page with 300 or more words, you begin to remark on details that are not relevant to the day’s event, past or future. Words will then just become words.

 

In a recent Huffington Post article “The Difference between a Speech and a Toast”, the writer commented that the word toast begins with a “T” and not an “R” as in roast. Simply put, the toast is NOT the time to recall every unflattering thing the bride or groom has done. Make the toast memorable and beautiful, reflective of the couple as a unit.

 

For the couple, here is a piece of advice: choose those to toast your marriage wisely. Pick someone who’s close, knows the both of you and has shared in the love you’ve created.

 

For the person giving the toast: remember that this day is the most important for the happy couple. Raining on their parade is not advisable and not acceptable. Choose your words carefully, keep it brief, to the point and special.

 

In my experience as a videographer, those are the toasts that come off the best.  They are memorable and sharable in the future.

 

For a full list of toast tips and an easy to print version click below.

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