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I didn’t set out to become a wedding videographer. How I became a wedding videographer is an interesting story. In 2010 YouTube was becoming increasingly popular. I had a background as a musician, comedian, actor, and educator. I had a consumer grade Sony camcorder and editing software, and had experience making family videos and sketches […]

How I Became a Wedding Videographer

Personal

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Central Florida, and Orlando specifically, has an amazing vegan scene. In fact, Wallethub recently ranked Orlando as the #3 best vegan city in the country. However, vegan catering, especially in a wedding context, is a bit lacking. There are indeed some great vegan dessert caterers, but for plated or buffet style meals you have to […]

Vegan Catering – The Vegetable Butcher Q&A

Caterers, Preferred Vendors

Vegan Catering The Vegetable Butcher Owners

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Elopements

Gallery J is a hidden gem in a nondescript setting. For intimate celebrations, it should not be overlooked. The interior is full of surprises from the foyer with its tiered water fountain to the old world vibe of “J Street”. J Street is where wedding ceremonies are usually held, but this elopement was held in […]

Gallery J Elopement in Casselberry | Gabby + Nate

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Luxmore Grande Estate is a relatively new venue in Orlando, but has quickly earned an esteemed reputation for unmatched class and elegance. I had the opportunity to speak with the brand manager, Akili Phillips, and learned what makes this luxury venue so coveted by couples. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE WEDDING INDUSTRY? “After years in […]

Luxmore Grande Estate Wedding Venue Q&A

Wedding Venues

Luxmore Grande Estate

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It’s hard to believe that wedding scams are a thing, but there are indeed people looking to take advantage of vulnerable couples. There are different scams for different services, like online bridal shops selling fake designer dresses, but I will focus primarily on my area of expertise, videography. Your wedding is one of the most […]

Videographer Wedding Scams – How to Avoid Them

Education

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Wedding Venues

Paradise Cove is one of the most unique and fun wedding venues in Orlando. I always have a blast filming there as there are so many cool amenities. They’re situated right on a private lake, have an open air dining area, a cute 2 story bridal prep suite, a volleyball court, wooden deck and bar, […]

Paradise Cove – Fabulous Orlando Wedding Venue

Paradise Cove Wedding Party
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You want the best wedding video possible, right? In this guide I will give you on the day wedding tips to help you get just that. I’ve broken up the guide into 3 sections: pre-ceremony, ceremony, and post-ceremony. Each section contains 5 tips. You’ll want to make sure your videographer is doing these things, so […]

15 Wedding Tips For The Best Wedding Video Ever

Education

Wedding Tips

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It takes a lot of work to Start a Wedding Business. Taking care of all the aspects of the business requires wearing many hats. As much as I’d love to claim credit for all the success I’ve achieved, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the mentors who took me under their wing.  Self-education […]

Start a Wedding Business & Make 6 FIGURES a Year!

Education

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Photographers, Preferred Vendors

As a wedding videographer, I work closest with photographers. Having a good relationship on the day allows us to get our couples the best images, both still and moving. I sat down with friend and Tampa Wedding Photographer, Melissa Galovic, to get her perspective on the wedding industry. She gave me her insight and experience, […]

Tampa Wedding Photographer, Melissa Galovic

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