Mixing together different religions, customs, and familial formalities can add a layer of complexity when it comes to planning a multicultural wedding. That being said, multicultural weddings are some of the most intimate, fun, and vibrant wedding days we have the opportunity of capturing every year. As a multicultural couple ourselves we’re familiar with the traditions of our backgrounds and a clear perspective of what it takes to capture a multicultural wedding in photos and films.
We’ve written a brief guide of our approach to multicultural wedding days using some of our Frequently Asked Questions below. Enjoy. :)
Can you capture wedding events that occur before our actual wedding day? i.e. Celebrations, rehearsal dinners, parties, cultural ceremonies.
Yes! In general you can hire us for an hourly rate but you also have the option to invest in individual films. We normally recommend 2 videographers to capture ceremonial events or rehearsal dinners, but the choice is up to you.
We don’t necessarily want a whole video of our ceremony the day before our wedding day. Is it possible to use that footage in our wedding highlight film?
Yes! We highly recommend this. Adding the footage to your wedding highlight film is free and gives us extra amazing footage to work when creating your wedding highlight film. You just pay our hourly rate for coverage.
How many second shooters do you think we should have?
We recommend 2 shooters for most weddings days, but there are scenarios where a 3rd or even a 4th shooter may be necessary. As videographers we can’t be everywhere at once and if we are limited in where we can stand throughout your day or can’t move at all during key events like your ceremony then it’s likely you’ll need more shooters. We can always set up multiple cameras but without enough shooters to operate them we can’t redirect them as necessary when you, your officiant, or other participants in your wedding day move around.
How do you go about capturing our wedding day ceremony?
We love when couples ask this question because we gain perspective on what limitations we may have ahead of time and we can let them know what liberties allow us to make the best film(s) for them. In general we like to have 1 videographer on the move during your ceremony to adapt to anything unexpected that may happen. If your officiant moves into the crowd to speak or you move to an area that our other cameras can’t see at a given time, this videographer has you covered. The other videographer(s) typically operate 1 or more stationery cameras, managing lighting settings, the camera’s focus point, and making sure they are shooting the correct person that is complimentary to the other angles. This might sound complicated but since we’ve shot countless weddings a lot of this happens harmoniously between our team who are seasoned pros.
Do you capture audio of everything?
Absolutely! Every aspect of your films is important to us and good quality audio is a must on your wedding day. It can really make or break the most emotional and compelling moments of your day. We use lavelier mics pinned to the couple, officiant, and speakers to capture their crystal clear audio at important moments of their day. Some of our favorite times to mic you up that you might not have thought of are during your first dances, first touch and first look.
We have family who can’t make our wedding day so having a lot of footage is important for us. What do you offer for them?
A lot, actually! Our Full Ceremony Film and Reception Events Film will capture everything they want to see from those two points in your day. They’re both long form and comprehensive. If you know that your relatives will want to see anything else then from your wedding day we can make films for those too.
Joshua & Parisa
Joshua and Parisa, Austin Wedding Photographer and Austin Wedding Videographer, duo based in Austin Texas.
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We all know planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Our mission is to make things easier & fun, so here is our Valentines Day gift to you.
1. NO STRESS MINDSET
Before you start or wherever you are in the planning process, set in your mind that you will go with the flow and not get stressed. It is really that simple. As a professional I assure this is the #1 advice I can give. When you let go of worry, control & stress and start trusting others, wonderful things will happen. You will love each other more, the families will be more united and your day will go 1,000% better.
2. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Simplicity is truly the ultimate sophistication. Minimalist design is trending and a classic look never goes out of style. Keep your colors, tablescapes, linen choices & layouts uncomplicated. You don't need to plan an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette, welcome cocktail and post wedding brunch . This ensures no overthinking, no countless hours of sourcing & quoting specialty supplies and vendors.
3. GIVE YOURSELF SPACE
Create your planning schedule and allow for a one month break every 3 months to unplug, date and reconnect with friends and family. Make memories, talk about non-wedding related topics, read a great book, attend a Zumba or Yoga class or plan a short getaway. This will help you recharge and avoid burnout.
4. BE THANKFUL
In this busy world its easy to lose perspective. You are planning a party with your favorite people after all. Take a few minutes to thank your partner for walking along your side in this journey. Write a hand written note to your best friend and thank her for being your accomplice. Most importantly thank yourself for being brave, strong and an overall superhero in the game of life and wedding planning.
5. SELF CARE AS A PRIORITY
The most important vendor is not your venue or caterer is YOURSELF! What is the point of this massive endeavor if you are too burned out, tired & emotionally drained to enjoy any of it? Make taking care of yourself your number one goal. Avoid crash diets, do exercise, go to therapy, do facials, journal, hike, drinks lots of water, eat lots of vegetables and lower your alcohol intake. Make laughing & joking a must and let go of anything that takes you off center.
I hope these tips were helpful. I enjoy seeing my clients balanced & happy, so anything I can do to help fully nourishes me. If you liked this blog please comment and share. I would like to know what your self care routine looks like.
Veronica Gonzalez Laboy
Awe Events ATX
Veronica is an Austin Wedding Planner that prioritizes seemless planning, modern design with
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