WeddingWire's Couple's Choice Award 2019

We're happy to announce that we won Wedding Wire's Couple's Choice Award again for 2019!

 
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We won for both Merryweather Films and our Slow Motion Video Booth, and we couldn't be happier. We just wanted to say thank you to all the families and couples we have worked with this year!

As this year is getting underway, we're looking forward to meeting new couples and families as we document and share in their special days, and sharing in more moments with families we have worked with before.

You can check out our storefronts for Merryweather Films and Slow Motion Video Booth by Merryweather Films to see information and reviews.

Here are just a few of the reviews our amazing clients left for us last year!

I had a very specific vision for my wedding video, and Merryweather delivered my dream video. We did the simple package, so there was one person (Zach) shooting and no sound. The end result was like a movie trailor of the day, and captured moments I did not get to see! Zach was so professional, and I honestly only saw him once. But he captured the whole day so perfectly!!! Highly recommend using Merryweather to capture the most important moments.

- Kelsey

Merryweather was amazing. Honestly, I was on the fence about hiring a videographer at all, but my husband wanted a video and I am SO glad we did it and did it with Merryweather. Our video looks fantastic and we've gotten tons of compliments and people asking who did it for us. The Simple package was exactly what we needed and very reasonable. Plus we got our video super fast! I know we'll be watching it for years.

-Blair

Hiring Merryweather films was one of the best decisions we made during the wedding planning process! I would highly recommend them to couples who want a professional, prompt, polite crew who create absolutely stunning videos. On the day of our wedding, we barely noticed the videographers were there. James and Patrick blended right in with the photographers and guests. We received the teaser video soon after returning from our honeymoon and loved sharing it with all of our family and friends. It is incredible how Merryweather captured all of the special moments from our big day and perfectly combined them with songs and clips of speeches to create teaser and highlight videos that portray all of the love, happiness, and joy from the best day of our lives. Having our wedding day captured on film is truly a priceless treasure, and we couldn’t be happier with our videos. Thank you, Merryweather!

- Alex

2018: A Look Back

We'd like to say thank you to all the couples and families who chose us to document their special day in 2018! We are grateful for everyone who recommended us to their families, friends, co-workers and neighbors, and we're looking forward to documenting their special days next year, too! We enjoyed meeting and working with so many wonderful people this year- and we had some exciting firsts and changes as well!

Some of our changes in 2018 included adding a new package, updating our website, and moving to a new office space!

We designed our new Standard Package based on feedback from couples looking for a combination of our other two packages. This package is the perfect option for people who want audio and a beautiful, longer highlight reel, but don't need their entire ceremony and toasts. We are really excited to introduce it and are sure it will be very popular!

We moved into our new office space at the Bok Building in South Philadelphia in June. It's a beautiful space in a great building filled with other creative small businesses. We love that it's an old school building being lovingly redesigned and restored, and it also makes a great wedding venue!

Our Slow Motion Video Booth was popular this year as well, and we did a lot of office holiday parties! We are excited to share those recaps and sessions on our Merryweather Slow Mo Instagram page and Facebook! We love bringing the booth out to events and seeing how much fun people have in it!

Lastly, we'd like to thank all the people we've worked with this year- the planners, venues, photographers, caterers, bands, DJs, officiants, florists, and every other vendor we've worked alongside this year. It's been a great year and we're excited to see what 2019 brings!

Looking Back at 100 Weddings

This week we're marking a big milestone at Merryweather: filming our 100th wedding! We're celebrating the occasion by looking back at the journey that brought us to this point. Along the way we've met and worked with some truly incredible people, won a few awards, and captured countless amazing moments. We cannot express enough gratitude to all of the couples, parents, planners, photographers, vendors, and more who helped us get here. Thank you all so much!!!

 
 

Merryweather Films was founded in 2013 by our fearless leader, Colin, with a simple mission: to blend artistic creativity and a cinematic approach with professionalism and respect. 100 weddings later, we believe that we've managed to stay true to that mission while constantly striving to improve with each new wedding.

We've made it a point to not seek out a large number of bookings each year, but rather strive to offer a "boutique" experience to everyone we have the pleasure of working with. We don't have a cookie-cutter formula for our edits, and our small, experienced team works hard to reflect the distinct personality of the couple and their day. We're incredibly proud to gain new work through word-of-mouth and referrals, rather than paid listings and pay-to-play "features."

What's Changed

Over the past four years, there has been plenty of change at Merryweather Films. We've streamlined our packages in order to give more to every couple we work with -- our standard packages now include a three-person crew, a Highlight Reel, and Full Length videos of your entire ceremony, toasts, and more. We created a more budget-friendly option that doesn't sacrifice quality with Merryweather Simple. We launched our own Slow Motion Video Booth. We upgraded from Canon DSLRs to the Sony A7Sii, an amazing camera that can see in the dark (that means no need for obnoxious video lights)! And we were thrilled to announce recently that we would begin offering tasteful, unobtrusive drone footage.

We've also had a few experiences that we can always look back on when we're in need a of laugh, like the time one of our shooter's pants split right down the middle (and managed to get a replacement pair without missing a beat) or the time another shooter stepped on a giant nail in an old barn (and kept shooting)! 

Our Advice

With all of our experience attending and capturing weddings over the years, we've learned a few simple things that can "make or break" a wedding, and we're happy to share some of these tips with any brides and grooms to be! Here are a few of our most important tips:

  • Plan things out as best you can ahead of time, but go with the flow on the actual day.  Everything will not go exactly according to plan, but if at the end of the day you had a good time and got married, that’s all that really matters!
  • Pass along some advice to the speakers at your wedding to help them give the best toast possible.
  • Think about sound, especially if you’re having a backyard-style wedding!
  • Hire a photographer that you like. We’re not just a talking about their work, but their personality also. They are the vendor you interact with the most throughout your wedding day, so it’s important that you jive well.
  • Try to be present and take in the day, don’t let yourself get railroaded by parents or planners (but also be flexible... especially if the person(s) paying for it would like some small thing that doesn’t really bother you)
  • Have a rain plan! Have a rain plan for your ceremony. Have a rain plan for your transportation. Have a rain plan for your photos. Have a rain plan for your reception. Have a rain plan.
  • Don’t forget to eat! It might sound simple, but it’s easier than you’d think to get swept up in the day, miss a meal or two, and end up queasy at a very inopportune moment!

Here’s to the next 100!

We have a calendar full of incredible events that we're excited to share, from our first celebrity wedding to our first destination wedding abroad! Stay tuned!