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Wedding Wednesday Tip

We have gone to and been a part of many weddings.  All of them have been wonderful.  I was just thinking about what makes for a great wedding.  From our perspective, I think adding your personality in the details makes a wedding really stand out.

One example that sticks out in my mind is my friends’ wedding where they had breakfast food as part of the buffet.   Read more

Drew & Zachary

12 Tips for Writing Your Own Vows

Writing your own vows can be an amazing way to show your love for your fiance. At the same time, it can be intimidating and scary. If you feel that way, you might consider writing your own vows. Or even just part of them.  Here are some tips based on what our teachers and mentors have taught us and combined with seeing some great vows in person.

  1. Speak from your heart.
    1. This is the most important writing tip.  It applies to all of your writing.  It requires you to be brave and say exactly what you feel in your heart.  The biggest block to this is fear.  Fear of looking silly.  Fear that what you have to say is trivial.  Fear of the unknown.
  2. Don’t be afraid.
    1. You are surrounded by all of your friends and family that love and support you.  They are there for you in your good times and bad times.  Rest assured that everyone is rooting for you.
  3. Think about all the things you love about your fiance.
    1. Say all the big things you love about them.  Say all the little things you love about them.  Your fiance will feel awesome to hear you say it even if they know it.  The more specific you are, the closer it is to your heart.  This is the kind of thing that people connect to.
  4. Remember the meaning of the word “vow”
    1. A vow is a solemn promise.  In your vows, state the solemn promises you make to your fiance.
  5. It’s ok to be emotional.
    1. Of all the days in your life, this is one day where you might get a little emotional.  It is an amazing time in your life.  Whatever you feel is the right feeling.  Don’t worry about your emotions showing.  Your fiance,  friends, and family will love your for it.
  6. It’s ok if you’re not emotional.
    1. Whatever you feel is the right feeling.  Don’t have any expectations of how you should feel.  It’s all good.  Everyone is different.  Some brides are cool and calm.  Some are excited.  Some grooms want to make sure everything goes perfectly.
  7. It’s ok to read your vows.
    1. Write out your vows.  Practice a few times.  And it is ok to write them out and read them.
  8. Practice your vows but don’t feel the need to memorize.
    1. It’s a good idea to practice reading your vows.  This way it will come off your tongue naturally.  If you try to memorize them, you might forget a line.
  9. Consider reading your vows out loud to your bridal party, close friends, and/or family.
    1. They might be able to give you insight as to how it sounds.  And if you’re lucky they might add in a joke or two.
  10. Let your personality shine through.
    1. Write in your own voice.  Don’t feel like you need to make it formal or fancy.  Some of the best writers in the world, write in plain and simple sentences.
  11. Consider printing or taping your vows to a nice piece of colored paper that matches your theme.
    1. While it is ok to have your vows on a folded piece of paper that was in your pocket.  It will add to the look and feel of your wedding if your vows are presented by your officiant to you on nice paper stock.
  12. Don’t copy other vows online.
    1. Or only copy a little bit.

Writing your own vows can be a great thing.  You will be happy that you did it.  Plus, they help to make great wedding videos!

Here’s an example of some vows we filmed:

 

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Gina and Do’s Wedding Highlight Film

Congratulations to Gina and Do!  We are so happy for them!  There was a great sense of love they had for their family and friends, and of course for each other.  So much fun and laughter!  This was filmed and the illustrious Kahala Hotel and Resort.  Be sure to watch *all* the way to the end for a little more fun!

 

Special thanks to all the wonderful people that helped celebrate Gina and Do’s wedding:

Fred and Kate Events – Reception Coordinators

The Staff of Kahala Hotel and Resorts

Tahiti Rey – musician

Dynamic Sounds – DJ and MC

Janice Pearson – Officiant

Camera Operators – Justin Iyoki, Chris Balidio, Anthea Lewis, Larissa DLG. Nielsen

Video Editor – Larissa DLG. Nielsen, Noah Felipe

 

We also filmed Gina and Do’s Love Story!  Watch it below!

Gina and Do’s Love Story

My 8th Anniversary

Aloha,

Today is our 8th anniversary.  We had a mini-celebration this morning by visiting one of our favorite beaches for sunrise.  We were supposed to get married at sunrise at Lanikai beach but it was during the time of the 50 Years rain where it rained continuously for about 40 days.

This is what it should have looked like.

Oh well, it all worked out in the end.  Just a tip for our wedding clients, plan for a weather change.

This footage was shot on our brand new toy aerial cinematography device.

Have an awesome day!

Top 10 Things to Look for in Wedding Videographer

Here are the top ten things to look for in your wedding videographer:

  1. They finish your completed videos in 3 months or less
    1. We know you are excited to see the videos so we want you to have them as soon as possible.  This is the final BluRay or DVD disc with the highlight film, ceremony, and reception.
  2. They deliver what they promise
    1. Your videographer should be upfront and honest
  3. They charge a fair amount for their services
    1. Be wary of vendors that are too cheap or too good to be true.  They might be inexperienced and bite off more than they can chew.  We have heard horror stories of bad videographers abandoning projects and not remaining in contact with the couple.
  4. They use professional microphones and audio recording equipment
    1. Sound during the ceremony is important to hear
  5. They have a shooting and editing style that you like
  6. They listen to your ideas and know how you want your day to go
  7. They give you different ideas on shooting and editing
  8. They have done weddings before
  9. They respect your wedding day
  10. They don’t recycle footage
Sunset Wedding - at the Turtle House in Makaha - Photo by Orig Media

How to Have a Great Wedding

This is part of a series of ongoing tips on how to have a great wedding and great wedding video and photography in Hawaii.

As I mentioned, we have had the privilege of filming many weddings.  One thing that you should always have a backup plan for is the weather.  While it is almost always beautiful and sunny here, it does rain.  We have a saying though, “no rain, no rainbows.”  Plus, it is considered a blessing to have rain on your wedding day in Hawaii.

The weddings where it did rain and there was a good back up plan, the wedding continued on and everyone had a great time.  The one or two weddings that it rained with no back up plan were not fun for anyone involved.  Everyone got through it and it worked out in the end.  But do you want to have a wedding where everyone got through it?  Probably not.

Some tips to prepare for weather:

  • Have some sort of shelter or tent to protect from the weather.  Keeping yourself, your guests, your seats, and tables dry and comfortable is important to a pleasant experience.
  • Have some back up shoes in case it gets muddy.
  • Have a good mindset.  Life is full of surprises and it is what you make of it.  You can create some great memories in the rain.  Plus, it is a blessing.  Also, you are with your family and friends and that is what really matters.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.  Congratulations!

 

Orig Media Wedding Photo at Ko'olina chapel Place of Joy

How to Have a Great Wedding

This is part of a series of ongoing tips on how to have a great wedding and great wedding video and photography in Hawaii.

We have filmed and photographed a lot of weddings so we have a unique perspective on different weddings.  We had the honor of working on large weddings and small weddings.  We’ve been traveled all over Hawaii and the mainland to film weddings.  Even the governor and TV News crews have been at our weddings.

The one thing that made any wedding, large or small, a success was a good wedding coordinator.

I know you might want to save money but a good wedding coordinator will be worth their fee in savings that they can negotiate with vendors.  Plus, they stake their reputation on working with various vendors as they are a reflection on them.  Good coordinators only work with good vendors.

Another reason to get a good wedding coordinator is that they remove a lot of the wedding stress on the couple.  The only weddings where I have seen the bride freak out and cry is when she was trying to do everything herself.

If you really can’t afford to hire a professional, at the very least get someone that is a friend or relative to help you coordinate.  Make sure they that they are not your closest friend or relative because you will want your close friends and relatives to enjoy the day with you.  It is a lot of work.  Maybe have someone that you may not have otherwise invited work this role.  Plus, don’t forget to thank them and give them a gift for helping make your day special.

Unplanned things will happen during your special day.  That’s just how life is.  A good wedding coordinator will be that buffer between you and those things.

When you enjoy the day it shows up in your photos and video.  That makes everyone happy.

If you want a recommendation on a couple of awesome coordinators, please let us know and we can give you some of our favorites.  Have a great day and congratulations!

Sirinya and Khiem Highlight Wedding Film

Congratulations to Sirinya and Khiem on their marriage!  They prepared for the big day and said their “I do”s at the Immaculate Conception in Ewa Beach.  The ceremony was beautiful and the reception at Lanikuhonua was a PAR-TAAY!  Their friends and family sure did have fun in the photo booth too!

This wedding was coordinated by Carrie of Cherished in Hawaii Weddings.  We love working with her and her team!  If you are looking for someone to take care of you and your big day, she is our #1 recommendation.  Visit her and her team at www.CherishedInHawaiiWeddings.com

Mahalo to:

Wedding Coordinator, Carrie of Cherished in Hawaii Weddings

Photography by Jenna of Creatrix Photography

Music and entertainment by ND Mixx

Aloha on the Rocks

A Cake Life

The staff of Lanikunohua

Filmed by Jeff Orig, Mike Kini, and Noah Felipe

Edited by Noah Felipe and Justin Iyoki

Photo Booth operated by Rory Franzen and Larissa DLG. Nielsen of Orig Media