Ready for Our Closeup

After a few weeks of planning, the Pyramids decided that they were brave enough to face a bridal show at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. It was a free event and we had a few details locked down (like the date and venues), so I figured it was worth a shot to see plenty of vendors all at once. Sphinx was one of about two other grooms there—oops, how was I supposed to know it was all geared toward brides and their moms? He’s a trooper, though, and we got through it.

We tasted some cake, easily avoided any booths for receptions as we were already signed with the Board of Trade, and grabbed cards from photographers, videographers, and florists. Eventually I went through all of the cards we received and checked out websites, but that very night I went home and looked up one videographer who stuck out in my mind. Brock, of Brock Gomez Productions, wasn’t pushy when we walked past his booth and watched the video they had playing on screen, which was the wedding trailer for Emily and Chris.

Emily + Christopher: A BGP Feature Film from Brock Gomez on Vimeo.

It is a 15-minute trailer, so skip down a little further for a teaser video if you’re short on time. If you love indulging in wedding videos for people you don’t know (like moi), I hope you enjoy.

Brock explained some of the details of the wedding they were featuring: the groom is an Army veteran and the wedding was held on Veterans Day weekend, so that’s why they incorporated the parade into the beginning of the video. I loved how they included that, and I also was a fan of the equal distribution of time shown for prep/first look, ceremony, and reception in the feature film.

After checking out some of the other videos posted on his blog, I had to contact him—and luckily they were available for our date. Brock gave us the option to meet up at a coffee shop or a pub for drinks—uh, beer, please! Picking a Pyramid-approved ale house definitely helped us to feel comfortable and get to know each other before we got around to the business talk. We watched another of their recent videos and talked about some of their techniques, packages, and our wedding plans thus far. Overall, we clicked really well, and Sphinx and I returned home confident that we were going to go with Brock as our videographer.

And no suspense here, we did decide to book BGP!

I know a lot of brides face the dilemma of getting video or not, but for us it was always in the cards. I guess I’ve drunk the Kool Aid after seeing so many beautiful videos from real-life friends and those on the ‘Bee (Toadstool, Wallaby, and Turkey, to name a few faves). I knew that videography didn’t mean a boring four-hour movie shot from the back of the church and a corner of the reception. We made it a priority just like photography and included the expense in the budget early on.

Some people leave choosing a video vendor until later on, but once I realized how much videography cost, I wanted to make sure that we were getting our first choice here. I sure am glad that we did—Brock recently mentioned that our date is one of his most requested since we booked! I think it’s awesome that they’re gaining popularity—they’re not totally new (a few years in the biz, if I remember correctly), but they weren’t as well known last year.

We decided to go with a package that included two shooters, eight hours of wedding-day coverage, the feature film (like the one shown above), and a full documentary edit in chronological order of the wedding-day footage. So we will have the long video that covers everything, but we also have the short trailer that will recap all of the important moments and will be easier to share.

The aforementioned shorter teaser video shows how they really pay attention to the details of a wedding day and the intricate features of a church. Everyone says how quickly the wedding day goes by, and I know we will appreciate having a video that shows off the little things we may have forgotten or missed from the wedding, as well as the people who were there celebrating with us.

Cassandra + Leon from Brock Gomez on Vimeo.

I love that everything is so cinematic and it really comes together to tell the story of the couple and of the wedding day. I also noticed that BGP often incorporates the prayers and homily by the priest in their videos, which I found was sometimes overlooked in other trailers that I viewed.

I never expected myself to be so pro-videography, but once it came down to it I guess I am! When we were still searching for venues, I relied heavily on local wedding video blogs to get a better look at a venue without having to get up off my couch. Seeing all of those videos really helped me realize that I wanted one too and it shaped the type of video that I was drawn toward. Wedding-day pictures are beautiful, but they don’t make you start to tear up over a complete stranger’s vows like a video can. And if these are the feelings evoked for someone I don’t even know, then this is the perfect medium to be able to relive our special day and to share with our children years in the future.

Do you love watching wedding trailers too? What’s your favorite type of “scene”? It always gets me when the audio for the vows or a personal letter to each other is played over footage of the couple dancing or the bride getting ready. Aah, excuse me, I must have something in my eye…

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Mrs. Pyramid

Location:
New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014

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    airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 10:52 am

    YES! I was obsessed with wedding trailers leading up to our wedding, and I’ve probably watched the ones on our videographer’s site a hundred times each. My favorite is still the shot of the bride as she’s walking down the aisle. Gets me every time!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 11:12 am

    Video was ultimately something we couldn’t make fit into the budget. We don’t truly regret it, but it still would have been nice, especially to see some of the more unexpected reactions to our ceremony!

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    kellyk1214 277 posts, Helper bee @ 12:18 pm

    I love Brock Gomez. I wish I could have afforded him. He does a lot of weddings here in Mississippi and I’ve always loved his work.

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 2:43 pm

    I love watching other people’s wedding videos, especially the one you posted, but I’m sooo on the fence about doing it for myself. It looks like you guys made the right choice, though!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 4:48 pm

    I love wedding videos. I have been recommending it to everyone ever since I decided not to have videography with ours. Really, it’s the biggest regret I have.

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 5:53 am

    I wish we could have made a videographer work! I love watching random wedding trailers, too, so I will have to check this one out!

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    April Euper, Guest @ 9:58 am

    We chose Brock Gomez for our wedding very recently and although I haven’tseen our short film yet, I KNOW ITS GOING TO BE AMAZING! Brock did a few friends of ours wedding and I was obsessed with watching them. We love Brock && BGP best in the business and WORTH EVERY PENNY!!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:08 am

    I am such a sap, I cry every time I watch a wedding video! I think videographers are SO worth their money!

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    pyramid 92 posts, Worker bee @ 7:17 pm

    @kellyk1214: we did see one from Mississippi and it was really lovely! It is a big expense, but I definitely wanted to make room for it.

    @Miss Filly: Good luck with figuring out what you want to do – it’s a big choice!

    @Mrs. Genie: so many people say that, and I’m absolutely miserable when I regret things! You had two fabulous weddings though, so you have so many amazing pictures!

    @April Euper: oh that’s awesome! I just had a really good feeling about him from what we saw, but it’s great to know so many people were so happy with his work. He’s a really cool guy!

    @Miss_Mimosa: I think so too!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:50 pm

    Videography is definitely so important! I’m really glad that we made it fit into our budget. You won’t regret it either! And you can count me in as a total sap who cries over other people’s wedding trailers, haha.

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