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FIRST LOOK at White Room in Saint Augustine

Traditionally, the groom sees the bride as she makes her way down the aisle.  However, some couples prefer a more private or tender moment before the wedding ceremony begins.  That is exactly what the Davenport’s decided to do prior to their ceremony.  The White Room in Saint Augustine has a number of quaint, back-alley side streets that make the perfect setting for a first look.

This 4 minute video is called my “Pre-Wedding Storytelling Sequence”.  I started shooting about 2 hours before the ceremony to get a few shots during the last stages of make-up before the first look happened.  During the editing process of the pre-wedding video, I spend several hours watching and re-watching all the clips as well as listening to all of the small soundbites from family and friends.  Then I set it to music selected by the couple.   What you end up with is an emotionally charged, highly personalized video where the lyrics are telling a story, their family is telling a story which underscores the beautiful video images taken during the limited time available.

This is the result!  (Video shot & edited by Johnny at CC Video Productions)

 

WeddingWire Rated and Climbing Over Leu Gardens!

riceJust got my first review on the year on WeddingWire & TheKnot!  Morgan wrote “We absolutely loved our wedding video! We even got a little drone footage in there which was great! It showed the whole venue from above. Everything was beautiful and we got to see aspects we would have missed otherwise from our big day (things I didn’t see before I walked down the aisle or things hubby didn’t see because he wasn’t around). We also loved the talking portions of the video. Johnny intermingles video of your big day with special words from your loved ones. The way the footage flows with the music selections, we couldn’t drone2_tonemappedhave asked for anything better. Johnny was prompt and very easy to work with. He was even getting in some great pre-ceremony footage when us ladies were running late arriving to the venue from the hotel where we were getting ready. I know we were crunched for time because our venue does 2 weddings a day and in the video you would never be able to tell. He took all the best moments from our day and put them all in one place where we can revisit it time and time again. It truly is a work of art all families will cherish for years to come. We are so grateful and glad that we picked CC video to capture our big day. Couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Thank you to the 72 couples that left reviews on TheKnot and the 34 couples that left reviews on WeddingWire!

NEW DRONE TAKING FLIGHT

I must say, having a drone really does take my videos to a whole new level! I am now offering drone options for weddings, love story videos and corporate videos and so far the results are fantastic!  Photo courtesy of Shannon Perez with Simply In Love Florida Beachside Weddings.  Here is a how I incorporated a few drone shots in a wedding video at Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park for this small but picture perfect wedding.

Bar Mitzvah – Ayden Lew at Temple Israel in Viera Florida

These are the highlights from Ayden Lew’s Bar Mitzvah ceremony held February 18, 2012, at Temple Israel in Viera Florida.  Ayden did an outstanding job as did his entire family.  The ceremony was led by Cantor Hickman.

This highlight video was produced by Johnny Lascha at CC Video Productions and was shot by Vic Davis Alisha Connor.   www.ccvideo.net/wedding .  Photographers Jana Chris Martin from www.janamartinphotos.com were also on hand shooting photographs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHfUGMjISGM

First Homily For Ben Lehnertz – Transitional Deacon at Holy Name of Jesus

Sunday, April 22, 2012 was a special day at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. Transitional Deacon, Ben Lehnertz spoke his first homily. It was delivered masterfully and he was extremely well received. CC Video Productions had the honor to videotape this milestone in Deacon Ben’s journey to becoming a priest next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwnvyyWcSAE

First Homliy For Ben Lehnertz – Transitional Deacon at Holy Name of Jesus

Sunday, April 22, 2012 was a special day at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. Transitional Deacon, Ben Lehnertz spoke his first homily. It was delivered masterfully and he was extremely well received. CC Video Productions had the honor to videotape this milestone in Deacon Ben’s journey to becoming a priest next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwnvyyWcSAE

 

February 11, 2012 Pre-Wedding Video of Kimberly & Nicholas

What a sweet couple and great family friends!  Kimberly Nicholas married February 11, 2012 at Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera Florida.  This video clip is what we call the pre-wedding  sequence.
videography by Johnny Lascha: http://www.ccvideo.net/wedding
Wedding Planning by: http://weddingbelles.8m.com/cgi/index.php
Photography by: http://www.bonsallphoto.com/mp_includes/body.asp
Singer: Mark Baker DJ: http://www.djshane.net/
Wedding Location: http://stjohnviera.org/
Reception Venue: http://www.gopatrickfl.com/tides-collocated-club.html

Musical Selection by Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You”.

December 30, 2011 – Wedding Highlights of Andrew & Kimberely Logie – Rockledge Country Club

 

What a great way to end 2011 working with Kimberley Andrew Logie on their wedding day.   Pat Monfet, the mother of the bride did an outstanding job planning the perfect wedding which was held at the Rockledge Country Club in Rockledge Florida. Valerie, as always was the perfect catering director at the club and the food was great. The world famous Florida sunshine made for a perfect day for an outside wedding surrounded by fairways and greens. The entertainment provided by Michael Katz and DJ Master Key was a perfect fit affair but I must say that the Father of the groom from Scotland stole the show by teaching everyone traditional Scottish group dances which was fun to videotape. Of course it’s hard not to acknowledge the father of the bride who was the also the offiant, photographer and chauffer.

Videography by Johnny Tina at CC Video Productions
http://www.ccvideo.net/wedding

Venue: Rockledge Country Club and Valerie
http://www.rockledgecc.com/banquet-facilities.php

Entertainment by Michael Katz with DJ Master Key
http://www.djmasterkey.com/

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HOW TO CHOOSE SOME OF YOUR WEDDING VENDORS

You plan and plan and then plan some more to make sure your wedding day is everything you always dreamed it could be, but did you hire the wedding professionals that will make that dream come true?

Here are a few tips that should help you pick the perfect vendors for your wedding day.

After securing your ceremony reception venue, start exploring ideas for your theme.  A great place to start would be to attend a couple of reputable bridal shows.  It’s a great way to personally meet  40 – 80 wedding professionals in an afternoon, sample a variety of caterer’s delights and perhaps even win a few prizes.  Last year I worked 8 bridal shows and the general feedback I hear from brides is that they had no idea they had so many options.    TIP: Before attending a bridal show, print your contact information on a couple sheets of mailing labels.  When visiting each vendor, they may ask for your information to win a door prize.  Then you can just peel off the label instead of writing out your information at every booth.

Your next step would be to create a realistic budget.  The truth is, it’s probably going to cost more than you initially projected, but it’s better to realize this up front than at the last minute.   Once you have that on paper, your first appointment might be with a wedding planner.  Many will provide a free consultation and they might have a few ideas that you might not have thought of yet.  At this point you should have a planning book or binder to keep all of your notes in one place as you move forward.

Now it’s time to secure your vendors.  Some vendors can handle many weddings on the same day, like the cake, florists, etc while some can only handle one wedding per day like your DJ, photographer or videographer.  What you’ll find is the good wedding professionals get booked pretty far out front, over a year in many cases.  Because the wedding planning will usually take a few months to complete, if time permits, you may want to secure those vendors that can only work one event per day first because once they are booked, they are off the market.  I get calls every month from brides that have fallen in love with my work online but called too late to have me shoot their wedding.

There are many questions to ask the variety of vendors working your wedding.  Here are a few regarding picking a photographer and videographer .

  1. How many weddings do you work each year?  This is important because you only have one chance to get the shots.  So you want someone that shoots weddings all the time.  They know where they need to be to get the shot before it unfolds.
  2. Who will be working the event, you or a subcontractor?  A few companies will book many weddings and then send out associates to do the shooting.  This is fine if you know ahead of time but if you are expecting the person you booked with to shoot and someone else shows up, it could be unsettling.
  3. Is there a cancellation fee?  Because dates get booked pretty far in advance, the initial deposit(s) is usually non-refundable unless the vendor can resell the date.
  4. What equipment are you using?  For instance, with Videography, audio is very important.  So, will they use wireless microphones to capture your vows toasts or just the microphone on the camera?
  5. Who owns the master or prints and how much are copies?  Some vendors hold the copyright on your images while others do not copyright their work.

The last thing I’ll leave you with is that the #1 thing brides regret most on their wedding day is forgetting to hire a videographer.  Last year I shot about 40 weddings and one thing that just about each bride told me was that their wedding day was a great big blur and they were so glad that they decided to videotape thier wedding.

For more information, email or call Johnny Lascha at CC Video Productions.  E-mail: Johnny@ccvideo.net Phone 321-693-1681 web site: www.ccvideo.net/wedding

 

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Raving Fan Series: Why Video Testimonials Work

I just finished editing a couple of wedding trailers or simply put, a sneak online preview of highlights that the bride groom will see in their wedding DVD.   After the wedding couple has had a chance to preview the wedding trailer, I will ask the bride if she would mind saying a couple of words on camera when I deliver the final Blu-ray DVDs.  Usually they are very happy to do this as long as they know about it a couple of days in advance.

I’m always surprised at how much better they can talk about what I do instead of me trying to blow my own horn.  Here are a couple of recent video testimonials, one from the  bride and another from a mother of a bride.

I’ll let you decide if this is helpful for my business and would love to know if you think this type of word of mouth exposure would be good for your business.   Please post your thoughts on this blog.

Testimonial – Laura DiPasquale from Johnny Lascha on Vimeo.

Testimonial from Mother of the Bride of Jessica and Richard Garand from Johnny Lascha on Vimeo.

To view the wedding trailers the people in the above links are referring to, you can visit http://vimeo.com/channels/ccvideo or visit my web page at www.ccvideo.net/wedding

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