If you've been reading along with the blogs as they come out you are already aware that my #1 current professional goal is to service a Disney Wedding Event. I can not begin to stress how difficult of a process this has proven to be. I have had brides reach out to me, schedule phone calls with me at their request, and then not answer the phone or return messages. I have contacted any existing vendor I can find with evidence of having been involved in a Disney event. It amazes me the reach which the current service providers have. There are international service providers booking multiple trips into Orlando each year to manage weddings, yet can't manage to find a single point of contact locally. The secrets of being considered a Disney-level wedding vendor are vast and met at every turn with a lack of information and closed doors.
There seems to be a very tight lid on the vault that is a Disney wedding. That being said let's bring it back to the positives. The honest truth is by reaching out and building a network I have met other vendors just like myself also seeking the same goal. I think it's important to talk about the fact that I'm not after the Disney wedding market because I believe it's some untapped cash cow. I'm after the Disney wedding market because I'm a Disney-loving creative type and love fully emerging myself within my passions. After all, we moved to Central Florida to be closer to Disney...and further from snow.
So in the interest of renewed energy and focus, here is a blog about how I will eventually service a Disney wedding. How am I going to accomplish this you might ask, after I spent an entire paragraph talking about how hard it's been to even get a toe in the door? The answer is easy: with hard work, continued dedication to my craft, and an all-around positive attitude to be kind to those around me, until one day.... one day.... I'll find the right client that will want me at their event regardless of if it's the first time I'm at their venue or not. In the meantime I'm just going to continue to grow my Disney experience by taking amazing photos like the ones throughout this blog and servicing families in need of photography service at the resorts. Did you know you can not hire a professional photographer for inside a Disney park?
Let's take a look at the first wedding I booked here in Florida. This entry is going to be both a review of the event and a showcase about the venue Paradise Cove.
Where to start with Dessirea & Jason? Thats an easy one.... the only thing these two might love more than each other is all their exotic pets. Check out their instagram @DeGrandeFarms, they have some of the most unique pets you'll ever see. Now as far as the wedding itself, such an incredibly fun bride and groom. Jason & Dessirea gave me the chance to complete my first wedding here in Florida. It was a feeling of relief when I booked their project, because it meant I was back on my feet and running in business again. It was incredible to be able to capture the events of the day knowing that not all the guest could attend due to the current state of covid. I do remember seeing the size of the overall wedding and being concerned about how much reception party footage I was going to be able to record. Boy was I wrong, the entire wedding brought so much energy to the dance floor all night long that I ended up editing an extra social media trailer just to showcase the party itself. Check out the photo below, to this day the use of peacock feathers as part of the floral display is still on of the prettiest designs I have seen.
Paradise Cover, Orlando FL - One of the coolest things about starting over here in Florida is learning all the venues. I would have never expected to find a picture perfect beach setting in the middle of the Orlando theme park scene. This venue is a hideaway located on the shore of Lake Buena Vista that can handled the entire wedding day from prep to ceremony to reception. The most unique feature is the boat entrance / exit option. It was so awesome filming my amazing couple jump on a boat and disappear out into the dark lake lit only by moonlight to end the night. As you can see from the pictures below the ceremony location is absolutely stunning with a water front view and sandy beach for your post ceremony portrait sessions and video showcase segment. My favorite part of the entire venue has to be the twinkle string lights that hang above the outdoor patio area. The DeGrande's shared a beautiful moment under the stars for one of their dances, and Paradise Cove was the perfect backdrop for everything.
Wow, what a busy couple weeks it has been. Started just before Memorial Weekend with a wedding in Ocala, then a trip out to Vero beach for the holiday, followed by a style shoot at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. That is just 5 days of it. I've got multiple photo shoots this week, and Danielle and the kids are off to South Carolina. The nice part is that this will free me up for a week of uninterrupted editing. That being said with travel starting back up and a little bit of time on my side, Ive had to promise Austin to also put out a Martin's Mark family vlog again. It has been over a year now since I made time for the last one. Another personal activity I've struggled to find time for lately is drone flight. Thats why it was so great when last weekends wedding added it onto the videography contract. (See what I did there, what a segway)
Drone regulations are an important part of being able to offer service as part of my investment options. Recreational based FAA rule exemptions disappear the minute intended use becomes for commercial gain, such as operating for pay at a wedding. This means that I am required to take and pass a test stating I can operate safely and know the rules. I am happy to say I did pass that test, but like to point out that this is one of the things to consider when booking a wedding videographer. I'll be writing a blog soon about the cost of quality service, and this is a great example of that. It cost to have a vendor that knows the rules, and follows them. Sure it may never be a problem to fly a drone illegally at your wedding, but what happens when it is your wedding and that's the one time it is a problem. With me, you'll know your guest are safe and the images will be beautiful, so considering adding it on to your videography service contract.
Listen.... once you get to know me you'll know that this post is not something that I enjoyed writing, or am really even that comfortable with existing in the world. I have said in the past that Danielle was actually the one that started photography as a hobby first, what I haven't said till now is that a small reason why I picked up the camera was because I figured out I didn't have to be in front of it if I was behind it.
Now assuming that you've chosen me as your videographer we are going to spend a good amount of time talking about you. Over the course of multiple planning sessions, meetings, and phone calls. I am going to ask about how you met, how you got engaged, who the most important people are in your life, and maybe a few silly questions along the way. That being said this blog is your chance to learn a lot more about me.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogger. Danielle did a great job explain why a videographer should be a top level priority when planning a wedding, but now it is time to recap another event from last year before the world went crazy.
Kacie & Alex are the kind of couple that has built a foundation for their marriage with over 12 years of dating. Their love story is described as the greatest in the history Pickney, MI. In the crazy year that was 2020 and so early in the start of business, it was great to book such an amazing couple that trusted me to capture their wedding day. Covid had caused change after change to the wedding planning process and the couple rolled with each new regulation like it was nothing, because at the end of the day they were too focused on their love for each other.
So with that being said you couldn't help but want to produce an incredible video for them. From a professional stand point this was the first time I offered drone service, and the venue at Waldenwoods Resort was perfect for it. The lush lakefront woodland area hosted a large outdoor tent wedding. It was August in Michigan so the weather was perfect, at the time the restrictions allowed the wedding to happen at all, something that would remain true for the rest of 2020. If you've reviewed my work at all you'll clear recognize the most notable moment of the day. Kacie and Alex's sunset photo has been my favorite shot from all my weddings for a long time. If my never brides are reading this, Im sorry but you just can't beat a Michigan sunset in the summer. Florida gets this type of sunset more often if Im being honest, but that's what makes the shot so valuable coming from one of my Michigan weddings.
Now in 2021 as the world is still recovering I cherish my memories that I was able to make with my first few films under Martin Media Production. Kacie and Alex are expecting a child, while another couple just had their first born last week. These are the moments that I value as my role of capturing love. Like Danielle said in her blog, "It would be nice to show our son what happened on our wedding day", and while we don't have the chance... I hope the couples I work with still cherish the videos I've created and someday, years from now, after sleepless nights, and countless diaper changes... I hope they pull up their video and remember not just the moments but also the emotions and feelings of their wedding day. Thats why I do what I do for a living, that's the part I love.