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Meet Our New Wedding Blogger!

Wedding Blogger Kait of Nathan Suher Filmmaker

 

I didn’t want to wear a white dress. Ok, let me clarify. I didn’t want to wear an ALL white dress.

As the youngest of five, I had already seen my four older siblings do the whole traditional wedding thing. So when it came my time to walk down the aisle, I wanted to do it differently. (Truth be told, I wanted to elope, but my husband wanted a church wedding….he won).

We had a two-year engagement. And even though we’ve been married a few years now, I still vividly remember the littlest details of planning our wedding. And I remember living in anxiety over it for the entire engagement…

What will people think of my dress with colorful flowers embroidered all over it? Are my sisters mad that I didn’t ask them to be in the wedding party? Is it really a big deal if I don’t wear a veil? Will guests be upset that we chose to nix the receiving line? Is it weird to have my dad drive me to the ceremony?

A two-year engagement is also a very long time to keep Bridezilla at bay. (I think I did a good job, but you may want a second opinion.) But it did give us a lot of time to do our research and figure out exactly what we did and did not want at our wedding. Like the Electric Slide. Or the garter toss. Or a head table. Or cake being smashed in my face….I digress.

By the way, I’m Kait – the new resident wedding blogger here at Nathan Suher, Filmmaker. I’ll be blogging here about all things wedding planning – from how to choose the best wedding dress style, to ways to save on favors to tips for having a stress-free wedding day. Oh, and I’ll throw in a few fun stories from my own planning and wedding day (like how I fell during our professional wedding pictures).

So keep reading! And be sure to weigh in with your thoughts, anecdotes and advice for all the other bridezillas – ahem brides, out there. After all, we’re all in this together!

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Priyanka and Jack: “What’s a Mehndi?”

On the weekend of May 26th-27th I received the great opportunity of filming my first traditional Indian wedding. Even though I entered the weekend with my usual confidence, a small part of me felt like it was my first wedding all over again. The evening before the wedding I drove up to the Holiday Inn in Boxboro, MA where I filmed their Mehndi. What is a Mehndi you may ask? What I can tell you that it includes dozens and dozens of people playing music, singing and dancing. It was one of the most unique and joyous events I’ve ever had the privilege of filming.

The following evening we were subjected to even more new experiences. The festivities started off with a parade in the parking lot of the Best Western Royal Trade Plaza in Marlboro, MA. Followed soon by the most elaborate ceremony I’ve ever seen. The intricate Henna designs on Priyanka, and the ornate wedding regalia worn by both were a sight to see. The night included more singing and dancing performances. After some traditional Indian music the sound shifted to some modern dance songs that the bride, groom, and their guests grooved to the rest of the night.

 

Videography – Nathan Suher, Filmmaker
Photography – Jennifer Rettig, Rettig Studio and Design
DJ – Shweta Singh, Rocktail DJs
Florist – Perro’s Flowers
Venue – Best Western Royal Plaza and Trade Center
Cake Designer – Konditor Meister

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Jennifer and Matthew: “Spring Fling”

Jennifer and Matthew said their I-Do’s on a beautiful Spring afternoon at the St. Pius V Church in Providence, RI. St. Pius is a very unique and ornate Catholic church with beautiful stained glass, murals, and polished wood nestled in the heart of the Providence College campus. As their guests enjoyed the comfortable air conditioned confines of Kirkbrae Country Club, the wedding party and their family gathered outside by Kirkbrae’s picturesque waterfall for some photographs by David Bibeault. We filmed some incredible candid footage of the group as they enjoyed their cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. As the party entered the South Ballroom anticipation mounted until the Jennifer and Matthew were finally introduced by their DJ, Anthonly Crocenzi. The night was a blast and great times were had by all.

Watch their wedding highlights below!

Videography – Nathan Suher, Filmmaker

Photography – David Bibeault

Reception Venue – Kirkbrae Country Club

DJ – Anthony Crocenzi

Florist – Floral Designs by LiRog

Bakery – Bakery Boutique

Salon – Tamra Laliberte

Wedding Dress – Helene’s Bridal

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Liznay and Norberto: “A Wish Granted”

Wish Upon A Wedding is an amazing organization which grants wishes to families dealing with tragic circumstances. Recently I was approached by them this past June to be a part of the Boston & New England chapter to film the wedding of Norberto and Liznay on June 6th.

It was a beautiful day in East Bridgewater, MA at The Villa at Ridder Country Club. The skies were blue, the weather was warm, but not too humid. A perfect afternoon for a Liznay and Norberto’s wedding.

The story of Liznay and Norberto is one of love, and commitment, but also of a struggle with a horrible disease. Liznay was diagnosed with cervical cancer and it quickly spread to her legs and lungs. With so many medical bills, the notion of planning their dream wedding didn’t seam very realistic. However, when Wish Upon A Wedding stepped in with an all-star list of wedding vendors, Norberto was finally able to marry his childhood sweetheart.

 

Sadly, Liznay lost her battle with cancer on July 12th. I do take some comfort in the fact that I was able to edit their wedding quickly and was able to deliver it a couple weeks beforehand. Despite this tragedy, I take some comfort in that Liznay and Norberto watched their video and got to relive their wedding day together. I know that their film will be a family heirloom that will honor Liznay and Norberto’s love forever.

 

Vendors:

Videography – Nathan Suher, Filmmaker

Linens & Rentals provided by Rentals Unlimited

Bridal Hair & Makeup created by From Hair to Eternity

Venue & Reception  The Villa at The Ridder Country Club, graciously donated by The Saphire Event Group

Wedding Planner precisely planned Lemon Drop Team

Photography captured by Alternate Angles

Entertainment and Lighting rockin’ by Entertainment Specialists

Wedding Cake deliciously designed and created by Molly B’s Cakes of Distinction

Floral Designed and prepared by Land Escapes

Stationary created by Natural Impression Design

Wedding Gown provided by Isabella’s Bridal

Tuxedo furnished by Tuxedos By Merian

Wish Upon a Wedding Handkerchief designed by Li’l Inspirations

Wedding Bridal Jewelry provided by Tejani Jewelry

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Eleni and Keith: “A Room With a View”

Eleni and Keith were married on May 12th, 2012. The day started with Eleni preparing for the big day at her home in Arlington, MA. Her family was extremely warm and inviting to us as we entered her home and filmed a very fun and emotional sequence of events as Eleni got dressed and accessorized her self with some beautiful jewelry. We carried on to the next location where their 1st look was staged and Keith got to see his wife-to-be for the first time that day. The traditional Greek ceremony took place at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Church in Cambridge, MA. Finally we all arrived at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge where the party really got started. On the top floor ballroom overlooking downtown Boston and the Charles River, Eleni, Keith and their guests enjoyed a fun and entertaining evening of food and dancing as the sun slowly set giving the ballroom and the skyline an amber glow.

 

Videography – Nathan Suher, Filmmaker

Reception Venue – Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Photography – Erica Ferrone

DJ – Salonica Boys

Floral Design – South End Flowers

Cake Designer – Konditor Meister

Hair Salon – Rock Paper Scissors

Wedding Dress – Priscilla of Boston

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Wedding Prep – To film or not to film?

Some brides that I talk to tell me that they aren’t interested in video coverage of their Wedding Day Prep. It still blows my mind that something that is such an integral part of the story of a wedding day is so easily dismissed as unimportant. This sample really captures the essence of what wedding prep coverage can be. It’s not just about stepping into a dress, it’s the details, it’s the subtle looks, the soundbites, the outpouring of love from your friends and family. Yes, there is stress and anxiety that is usually attached to this part of the day, and maybe you worry that it reflects negatively on you. But it’s a natural instinct, and capturing video of a bride looking both overjoyed and nervous is unequivocally pure and makes for a video that you can look back on and relive those special once in a lifetime moments.

The wedding ceremony and reception are only a part of the day. The real story of your day begins beforehand. Don’t miss out only your only opportunity to capture these precious moments.

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May 25, 2012 4:42 pm
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What would I tell an engaged couple?

Recently, I was asked “What is the most important thing to know about a wedding videographer before we hire?” I had to think about that for a bit, because there were so many things you should find out about a potential videographer, that I couldn’t pick just one – at first. Of course, you would want to see samples of the finished work – do you like the style of the finished films? Was it a quality film? (no shaking, clear sound, interesting footage, appropriate music). But the quality of the filming was actually not the one thing that I ended up choosing to answer that question.

The most important thing about a videographer is his (*) commitment to spending the time and energy to become thoroughly acquainted with the engaged couple and the dynamics around them. He must become familiar with their tastes and styles.

Nathan Suher, Wedding Videographer

So, the long answer to the short question is that I would advise the engaged couple. It may seem like a lot, but I like to spend at least an hour in our initial wedding consults. We talk about preferences.  We look at samples of different types of finished films. We need be clear on the music to be used and any special effects to be used. We will decide on the feel for the finished product, whether it has a vintage feel or a contemporary edge. I feel that the wedding video is not just about filming the events of the day, but also about capturing who the bride and groom truly are. To really get to know the person behind the camera, and to let him really get to know you. Many people can point and shoot a video camera. A professional videographer, the very real person behind the camera, will have spent the time to be attentive, creative and personal with his skills to result in a product that will be a lasting testament to an amazing day.

As a professional videographer, I aim to use my skills to capture a true cinematic look and feel.

 

( *) or her, but I use his in this piece because I am a him.

 

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Join me on March 25th for the Wellesley College Bridal Show

The Wellesley College Club is situated on 500 acres of pristine woodlands, meadows, ponds, hills and footpaths while overlooking a spectacular view of Lake Waban with abundant rolling lawns and interlaced paths. Wellesley College Club has a beautiful function space which can be set up for your wedding reception.

I will be on hand to answer all of your wedding videography questions. Be sure to ask me about the Canon 7D DSLR cameras that I use. Or ask about the Glidecam for smooth, floating shots. I can tell you how I am able to use my equipment and experience to create a real cinematic look and feel with great depth of field and vibrant colors.  Be sure to preview some of my videos.

The Wellesley College Club chefs will prepare a selection of hors d’oeuvres as an example of the quality catering that is provided at the club. Pair those with a tasty cocktail for a fabulous afternoon!

Door prizes and raffles will be happening throughout the day as well.

This bridal show will bring together a variety of vendors to make your special day perfect. Vendor services include wedding hair & makeup, flowers, photographers & videographers, wedding cakes, DJs, event planners, wedding jewelry and more.

To register follow this link http://www.wellesleycollegeclub.com/bridal.html

When: March 25th from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Wellesley College Club
727 Washington St, Wellesley, MA, 02482
Admission: $10 Per Bridal Party

 

To Pre-register: call the Catering Sales Office at 781.283.2701. Walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is encouraged.

 

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March 21, 2012 10:30 am
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The Great Wedding Giveaway – or – My Month of Riding on the Jen Osojnicki Express….

What a fun ride I had on the Jen Osojnicki Express this past month. It started in the beginning of February when Jen asked if I would like to be included in her 2nd Annual Great Wedding Giveaway. I couldn’t have been happier to offer my wedding videography services to the package of almost $20,000 worth of services and products she was putting together for some lucky couple. Aside from providing a fun, exciting contest for brides, Jen wanted this contest to be a way to recognize and support local vendor companies. “I’m astounded at the generosity I’m seeing from local businesses in this contest, and I want to help get the word out about it. When small business owners band together, great things happen!”

Well, the news broke on February 10 to the media outlets and via the close to 20 vendors/service providers involved in the Big Wedding Giveaway. –- Couples were instructed to write an essay telling their story—how they met and fell in love—including details about why they deserved to win the prize, and send the essay, along with a recent photo of the couple to Jen. She received lots and lots of essays. Many of the essays made her cry. One was from a couple who had been together since they were 9 years old. Another bride offered to eat bugs and jump through a ring of fire to win the wedding giveaway. Jen noted that a good percentage of the essay submissions were from the groom-to-be. She thought that was sweet.

All of the essays were reviewed by a judging panel and the finalists were narrowed down to the 4 that touched them the most. These four stories were posted on Jen’s website so folks could review the finalists and vote for their favorites.

Then….the fun really started. These 4 couples got busy getting everyone they knew, and more to go on to the website to vote for their own story. In the three days after the voting started, Jen’s website had 12,000 hits! These couples got very creative too. Some of the couples made their own YouTube videos. Some of them tweeted to celebrities to ask for retweets and votes.

The suspense was lifted when, on March 6, Jen announced that Nick Schleicher and Kaitlyn Myers of Norton, MA were the second annual Big Wedding Giveaway winners

This coming Wednesday, March 28, the lucky couple will be honored at a reception in their honor at the Colonel Blackinton Inn in Attleboro  where they will be presented with their winnings and give them a chance to meet their product and service providers. I am looking forward to meeting Kaitlyn and Nick. I am especially looking forward to creating a wedding video for them that will allow them to relive the magic of their wedding day for years to come.

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Introducing Nathan Suher, Filmmaker

For years, I’ve been filming and producing high-quality wedding videos as Wedding Reels Video. Today, I am thrilled to announce some big changes!

Wedding Reels Video will now be known as Nathan Suher, Filmmaker, with a new website: www.nathansuher.com and Facebook page. The old site will be active for some time to allow a smooth transition. Besides the new name, here are a few ways I’m changing to better serve my valued clients:

New website: The new website has been beautifully designed and updated by a real dream team of professionals! I am grateful to Aileen McDonough of 3am Writers, Erin Sweeney of Erin Sweeney Design, and Jon Guinn of NetNoticed  for making it a work of art that brides will enjoy browsing. Much of the gorgeous photography on the site was provided by photographer Jen Osojnicki.

Upgrades for even higher quality: We’ve upgraded our equipment and systems for wedding videos of truly superior cinematic quality.

Bigger, better wedding video packages: New wedding packages have been developed to offer even more options to clients. Brides deserve the best, and these packages provide it!

I’ve made these changes to let the world know:  This is not your typical wedding videography—it’s so much more. As a filmmaker, my mission is to tell stories, and a wedding is a beautiful love story. Nathan Suher, Filmmaker creates wedding films that capture the moment at the very beginning of that love story, so it can be relived, enjoyed, shared, and kept as an heirloom for years to come.

I look forward to your feedback on the new website! As always, referrals to friends and family are the highest compliment you can give.

Here’s to a fantastic 2012 wedding season!

Nathan Suher, Filmmaker

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