In part two of our six part series about hiring wedding professionals, we’re talking with Amanda and Jeffrey Coombes of Splendor Films. They are a ridiculously talented husband and wife videography team based in Dallas and passport ready! Often video is the first line item to go when trying to scale back a wedding budget, but Jeff and Amanda are here today to talk about how important video is and how you can fit them in your budget!
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Tell me a little about yourself! How did you get started in the wedding industry? Why do you love it so much?
Amanda and I met in college and bonded over our love of emo music (I know- cool kids here). I majored in Film and used to work for a film company here in Dallas. One of our friends was getting married so I decided to borrow a camera from work and asked the bride if I could film her wedding for free (it was my first time, but I knew the concepts). Luckily the
bride and groom and their families loved the film and it encouraged me to start doing more. I got Amanda involved and we learned a lot during the first few years. Now we have many conferences, hundreds of weddings, and lots of (professional) gear under our belts. We learn from our mistakes and keep on doing what our couples love in a way unique to us. The best thing about our job- we get to witness and be a big part of the happiest day of these families’ lives… who wouldn’t love that?! We see past bride and grooms (sometimes with new babies) and we couldn’t be happier we were there to witness the official start of that!
If you could film a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
I would probably have to say New Zealand again. We had the amazing privilege to shoot a wedding there earlier this year and absolutely fell in love with the people and landscape. Next time though, we want to film a wedding on top of a mountain!
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Why do you think hiring a professional videographer is so important?
People always tell us that film is the first to go from their budget, but the first thing they regret not having. Having a professional videographer means you get to hear your vows again, see the real emotion, see your spouse cry as they see you for the first time, and take a true motion filled snapshot of your day. Everyone tells you your day passes so fast, so just take it in, and that is the MOST TRUE advice you will ever receive. Pictures can only tell so much of a story so it’s important to have film so you can always relive those moments.
What are some benefits a professional videographer brings to the table vs. a relative holding a camera?
The top reason is for your photographer’s sake. Relatives or non-professionals don’t strive to work hand-in-hand with your photographer to ensure they get the shots they need too (and put less stress on you as a couple). You don’t want Uncle Bob or an amateur videographer in all of your photos. Anyone can hold a camera and film something happening, its what you do with that footage that can help bring the film to life. Just look at a few wedding videographers and you can see a distinct difference in the editing of a similar day. We utilize many film techniques that we have learned to tell your story in a way others can’t.
Many couples decide that videography is too expensive and cut it early in the planning process. What are some ways brides CAN make videography fit into their budget, and why SHOULD they fit it into their budget?
All I can say is, if having film is important to you- then you will find a way to fit it into your budget. Hiring a professional who matches your style and vision is important- don’t settle or have something just to “have it” or you will regret not having your vision fulfilled. Maybe you can have the bridesmaids reuse their bouquets for some centerpieces. Maybe you can
donate to a cause, like an animal shelter (like we did!) in lieu of favors. Is there a way to save on the food choice? Are you having a late night snack one hour after dinner? We don’t think you should forgo anything altogether, but maybe there are ways to spend less in a lot of areas to have room in another. One bride, we had with Julie, had food trucks in lieu of a
caterer at a less expensive venue so that she could have awesome photos and video… and we couldn’t love the way we captured their day any less!
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Anything else you want couples to know? Any advice for the newly engaged?
Book as early as you can. Most vendors book about a year out so don’t miss out on some of your favorite vendors. Also, don’t worry about what others think you should have or shouldn’t have. This day is about you two- celebrating your journey and love, and truly, starting a new journey as a married couple. Make sure you don’t lose sight of that.