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The story behind the wedding film of Kaitlin and Mark at Laurel Wood Gardens is an interesting one. I was doing some freelance work for a wedding company who hired me to film their wedding. The company who hired me turned out to be running a scam (check out my post about wedding scams). Kaitlin and Mark were left without an edited film and couldn’t recoup their investment. The wedding company running the scam got covered by the local news: Bride and Gloom.
A few months after their wedding, I reached out to Kaitlin to see how she and Mark were doing. Months had passed, but they still hadn’t received their wedding film. I told Kaitlin what had happened with the company. I felt badly that she and Mark never received their film. Fortunately I still had the raw footage on my hard drive. I felt badly that they were shafted so I offered a discount to edit her film. She told me she needed the money to go on her honeymoon, so I decided to edit it for free. She’d already had a terrible experience with the original company, and I really wanted her to have her precious memories preserved.
This film looks a bit different than my other films because this company had instructed me to shoot a way contrary to how I normally shoot. It’s one of the reasons I no longer freelance for other brands.
This experience is why I always dissuade people from hiring regional/national agencies like this. The majority are not scamming couples, but the low quality and substandard service should be enough to keep you away. If you’re currently shopping for a wedding videographer, I suggest reading my blog, Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer.
In the end, Kaitlin and Mark loved the film and I was happy to have turned around an unfortunate situation. The plus side was it was my first time filming at Laurel Wood Gardens, and I fell in love with the quaint outdoor setting. I can’t wait to go back! Check them out!
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