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Capitol Video: Sophia & Nuvon’s Maryland Wedding Video

Romancers! I am in the beautiful land of New Jersey today and through the weekend! So not a lot of social media from me, but I did want to leave you with something for your Friday. Today we have a wedding video from Jon Key Photography. Submitted by the bride, Sophia, today’s post also features some more insight into why Sophia & her husband Nuvon chose to have this kind of wedding video to capture their day. Now I know we’ve covered the “you should hire a videographer” topic ad nauseum. But, that won’t stop me from continuing to share real couples’ inputs and perspectives on this aspect of the wedding planning, and the vendors they chose. It’s all good, useful (and educational) information for when the time comes for YOU to decide whether or not you will hire a videographer.

Sophia & Nuvon’s Maryland Wedding Video at Glenview Mansion

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First, some input from bride, Sophia:

One of the best investments in our wedding wasn’t the beautiful venue, or my dream dress, or even the mouth watering food. It was our wedding video. Hearing and watching our relationship story come to life was truly priceless. During the wedding planning process all of my past bride friends would rave about their florist or caterer, but nobody ever had recommendations for a videographer. Why? Because a videographer is probably one of the most underused and underrated vendors. Even when I mentioned to my husband and mom that I wanted a videographer they laughed and told me I should spend the money elsewhere. Well, they couldn’t have changed their minds more drastically after they saw the “Love Story” and “Wedding Highlight” films that Jon Key created for us.

The breathtaking and vivid images were beautifully edited and every time I watch the video I feel like I’m reliving the most amazing day of my life all over again.  The video captured our true sentiments during the speeches, our priceless reaction during the first look, as well as the fun and excitement on the dance floor. Many years from now when we watch the video with our own children we’ll be able to listen to the heart-warming speeches, laugh while watching my 85 year old grandmother break it down on the dance floor, and smile at the memories created on the day we became husband & wife. Bringing those wedding memories to life through videography is invaluable and irreplaceable. Hiring a wedding videographer was no doubt worth every single penny.

And now the beautiful video!

Sophia + Nuvan (Wedding Highlights) from Jon Key Photography on Vimeo.

Happy Friday Romancers! A special thanks to Sophia, Nuvon, and Jon Key Photography for sharing this fun Maryland wedding video.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Capitol Video: Brian & Kim’s High School Love Story Wedding Video

Short, sweet, and right to the point with today’s blog post. Today we are sharing a beautiful love story wedding video from Movntain, a Maryland based videography company (that serves DC!). Movntain produces documentary and narrative style wedding films. Not sure what that means? Well then let’s have them explain:

We know that different people have different stories to tell, making them all unique and original. Movntain wants to take those stories and mold them into creative films. We offer quality, timeless films to provide nostalgia for you and loved ones for such instances as weddings, memorials, anniversaries, or anything else you wish to salvage and watch for years to come.

Movntain is a collective made up of friends and family. We believe in quality products that viewers can be moved by.

For today, we have a beautiful video they filmed, capturing the love story of Brian and Kim. The two met in high school and their love story continued through moves and stretches away from each other (Brian joined the Air Force). Check it all out below and have a fantastic weekend Romancers!

Brian & Kim’s High School Love Story Wedding Video

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The story of Brian and Kim started in 2007 when they met in high school. Brian had just moved to the area and couldn’t help but notice Kim in his neighborhood. After a few weeks of hanging out together, they began dating. Five exciting years passed of growing together and really getting to know one another when Brian proposed to Kim. The next year, Brian graduated from college and was commissioned into the Air Force. Soon after these big accomplishments in his life, he would marry his best friend of six years.

This is their story.

Rose, Bud, Thorn – Short Version from Movntain on Vimeo.

Capitol Video: Keri Kae & Andy’s Rooftop Party Save the Date Video

A couple months ago we hit 500 Fans on Facebook and gave away a “Save the Date” wedding video as a prize, courtesy of our AWESOME friends at Friends with Cameras.

The winners were Keri Kae & Andy, lovers of travel and music, and self proclaimed “geeks” aka my kind of people :) Jason, the leader of Friends with Cameras chatted with the couple and learned that one of their most favorite things was spending time with friends on the roof of their building. So they decided to feature a rooftop party for their save the date video!

Friends with Cameras puts it:

We had fun, and the video I think it’s fun, and shows their personalities.

So check it out for yourself!

Keri Kae & Andy’s Rooftop Party Save the Date Video in Arlington, VA

keri kae + andy – save the date from Jason Stewart on Vimeo.

Capitol Video: Part 3 of Alex & Sukhami’s Traditional Indian Maryland Wedding Video

Over the past few weeks we have shared Part 1 and Part 2 of the wedding videos from Alex & Sukhmani’s stunning, traditional Indian wedding that occurred over multiple days in Maryland. All the videos were shot by the fabulous KD Productions, so don’t miss the conclusion to this beautiful wedding:

A special thanks again to KD Productions for sharing all three of these gorgeous videos!

Capitol Video: Part 2 of a Traditional Indian Wedding in Maryland

A few weeks ago we shared Part 1 of Alex & Sukhmani’s traditional Indian Wedding Video that took place over 3 days in Maryland. We’re back this morning with Part 2 from Washington, DC wedding videographer KD Productions that showcases the marriage ceremony – with bountiful colors and henna everywhere!

I don’t think I’ll ever get over how intricate and detailed Indian weddings are. So many moving-parts and so many faces, they just amaze me!



Capitol Video: Mayumi & JD’s Multi-cultural, Offbeat Save the Date Video

Mayumi and I met a few weeks back when she sent me an email saying she was so happy she had found my blog because she and her fiance were planning a small-budget wedding in DC and they needed some help. We shared a few emails and I was ecstatic to learn that Mayumi is practically my NEIGHBOR as she is a student at Gallaudet University – the only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students, which is located near my house in NE DC.

Mayumi’s fiance JD, and her parents and grandparents (in Japan!) are all deaf. Somehow, Mayumi explained to me, she was born with the ability to hear and is what the community calls “CODA” [Child of Deaf Adults].

Obviously ASL is a huge part of both Mayumi & JD’s lives and they want their wedding to incorporate this part of their lives, into it. Personally, learning ASL is on my short-term life goals list, especially now that so many of my neighbors are deaf or hard of hearing, and it’s such a part of the greater H St./NE DC community. Meeting Mayumi and learning her love story and hearing of her wedding plans have only strengthened my desire to do so.

I apologize for all the back story – but I feel it was important to share – as so much of my blog stems from the people I have gotten to meet as a result of running it.  I consider myself lucky to get to meet so many wonderful, different, and unique people in the DC MD and  VA area and also get to learn and share their love stories.

SO – onto the real purpose of this post – Mayumi & JD’s Offbeat Save the Date Video! One part “about us” one part  “save the date” the couple made this video themselves!

Adorable right?! Mayumi shares:

We have our save-the date announcement video (it is sort of like our engagement photos…but we made it into a storybook style video).

I was born in a city famous of its extreme temperatures (BOILING HOT in the summer and FREEZING COLD in the winter) called Kumagaya, Saitama prefecture. At 15, I decided to move to Canada to study English…met my Canadian family and so many wonderful friends. After college, I made another life-turning decision to move to Fremont, California to study American Sign Language (ASL). Currently, I live in Washington D.C. awaiting to receive my Master’s in Deaf Education next May.

JD hails from Virginia. You know when you see a geek that has a fascination with comics, drawing, and ASL storytelling, well, that’s him!

How they met:

We were both students at Ohlone College, CA when we met. JD was Mayumi’s ASL tutor for two years…and we’d been friends for a while until sparks eventually developed!

The Proposal!

JD proposed on his iPad! How appropriate is this, considering his devotion to apple products (Steve Jobs would certainly be proud!). With his iPad on his left palm, he showed a receipt for a pair wedding band purchase displayed on his iPhone on his right palm.


A proposal on an iPad?! Love the geek chicness of this – can’t wait to see how their wedding turns out! Thanks for sharing Mayumi!!!

Part 1 of a Traditional Indian Wedding Video in Maryland

This afternoon I have an awesome wedding video to share courtesy of Washington, DC wedding videographer, KD Productions.  I am continually in awe of how elaborate and HUGE Indian weddings are. Whenever I think about how over-whelmed I felt sometimes with planning my 135-person wedding, I just cannot imagine what it’s like to plan an Indian wedding that usually entails over 300 people and takes over 3 days to execute.

Thanks to Katie, I get to share Part 1 of a real Maryland, Indian & American wedding ~ the wedding of Alex & Sukhmani. The video today showcases the traditional Ladies Sangeet – a bridal shower that the family of the bride throws to kick off the entire wedding celebration. It featured 200 guests … the shower … 200 guests … *mouth gapes open*.

Sukhmani shares more:

Alex and I had two weddings; Indian and American. The festivities started with the traditional Ladies Sangeet, a bridal shower that the family of the bride throws to kick off the celebration. We celebrated with 200 guests, music and great food!  Our Indian ceremony took place at the Silver Spring Gurudwara on May 5th. A week later, 110 friends and family joined us for our Western Wedding on May 11th at Oxon Hill Manor in Maryland. It was a beautiful day and we had a garden ceremony overlooking the Patomic River. It was funny that even though we both were already married, we felt butterflies.  The entire night was filled with eating, drinking and dancing; just the way we wanted.

It was so great to see two families from different cultures embrace each other. The entire journey was truly magical and unforgettable!

Alex & Sukhmani’s Traditional Indian Wedding Video in Maryland ~ Part 1

A special thanks again to KD Productions for sharing this Washington, DC area wedding video!

Save the Date Wedding Video Giveaway!!

I am so freakin’ pumped to finally be announcing our big “500 Fan” Giveaway in celebration of reaching our 500 Fan goal on Facebook. We are teaming up with one of my FAVORITE wedding videographers, Friends with Cameras, to giveaway a “Save the Date” wedding video. I first met Jason, the main man behind Friends with Cameras at my own DC wedding – as he was the second shooter for my wedding video. We hit it off and stayed in touch and I have been following along with his own projects ever since.

The Giveaway Details:

OK so onto the giveaway! We are giving away a Save the Date video – a music video, montage-y, short film narrative-type video that tells the world (or just your friends/family) about you as a couple and could announce your engagement and wedding day!

You have some creative control here to work with Jason to define what you want your Save the Date Video to be – he likes creativity … so the sky’s the limit here!

Offer valid until 31 December 2012. Travel expenses included for travel radius of Richmond, VA to Philadephia, PA – shoots outside this range will require travel reimbursement.

How to Enter:

Entering is simple [as always!] just leave a comment on this blog to be entered. An extra change is given if you LIKE us on Facebook, FOLLOW us on Twitter AND if you share this giveaway on your own social media, we will give you get another chance to win!

Now onto some awesomesauce wedding videos from Friends With Cameras:

“When I am With You” – A Love Story Video:

When I Am With You from Jason Stewart on Vimeo.

Nick & Tara’s Short Edit Wedding Film:

Nick + Tara from Jason Stewart on Vimeo.

And who could forget Corrie & Tim’s Amazing Leesburg, VA Wedding at the Thomas Birkby House – Yup, Friends With Cameras made their video too!:

Tim & Corrie – the single from Jason Stewart on Vimeo.

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