The Doppelganger is coming to Kickstarter: Long Haul Films holiday video 2014

December 18, 2014 by Melissa 2 comments »

It’s been tough to keep this a secret for so long. For months on end, we’ve been hard at work: experimenting, testing, fine-tuning, drinking…. And now, it’s here.

THE DOPPELGANGER.

The Doppelganger is set to change the way you experience the holiday season. Work parties, family dinners, that pesky to-do list. You’ll never look at them the same way again.

The world is changing, and you can be a part of it. Pledge today and bring The Doppelganger to life.

We hope you enjoy watching the Doppelganger Kickstarter video as much as we enjoyed making it, and we hope you have the happiest of holiday seasons– even if you can’t get out of those irksome obligations.

Vickey and Jason’s magical California wedding | Long Haul Films Southern California videographers

December 17, 2014 by Melissa No comments »

Look up fairytale wedding in the dictionary and you know what you’re gonna’ find? This wedding trailer. What do you mean, wedding trailers aren’t in the dictionary?

Everything about Vickey and Jason’s sunny, Southern California wedding was pure magic: from Vickey’s fit-for-a-princess dress to the beautiful sunset ceremony in front of the reflecting pool at The Richard Nixon Library in Orange County to the sparklers that accompanied the cake-cutting at the end of the night.

It’s tough for me to choose a favorite moment from this day. Was it Vickey and Jason’s personal and heartfelt vows that had all of us welling up with emotion?  Was it the expression on Vickey and Jason’s faces when they caught sight of each other at The First Look? Was it giggling along with the bridesmaids during a Friends marathon while everyone got ready in the morning? Or was it the fully choreographed music medley that Jason and the groomsmen performed for Vickey and a cheering crowd of friends and family?

Honestly, it’s impossible to pick. So I’m just going to say that I had a lot of favorite moments, not least of which was getting another chance to film in California. Oh, that west coast light. Seriously, it’s the best.

We would like to give a huge thank you to:

  • Planner Melody Walker, who was a delight. The day run seamlessly, and the venue looked incredible thanks to Melody’s hard work. Hope to work with you again, soon.
  • Brandon Wong Photography- check out his STUNNING photos from the wedding here
  • The awesome Dwight Kennedy Band, who had us laughing (and dancing) all night long
  • Also big thanks to The Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. What a breathtaking venue

Music is We’re All In This Together by Katie Herzig & You Were Made For This by Spencer Combs, both licensed from The Music Bed.

Huge congrats to Vickey and Jason, and wishes for many magical days ahead.

Janine and Nancy’s Heartfelt New England Wedding | Long Haul Films New England Wedding Videography

December 16, 2014 by Lucy No comments »

Pretty much as soon as Janine began excitably telling us about her and Nancy’s plans for their big day, I knew that we were in for a treat. I love weddings that really embody the spirit of the two people getting married, and listening to Janine I could tell that we’d have the chance to film a day as authentic and full of character as Nancy and Janine themselves.

Much of it’s there to see in the trailer above; the archway of hockey sticks, the beautiful homemade details adorning the venue, the bright flashes of blue in the guest’s dress code, and their two adorable dogs – Bruin and Jersey – joining in on the walk up the aisle.

Aside from all these glorious little touches, we got to witness Nancy and Janine’s beautifully personal and heartfelt vows (featuring both Pat Benatar and Lee Brice!), and the undeniable strength in the love they have for each other. Nancy and Janine, for your warmth, your comedy, and your overall awesomeness, we salute you.

As UK members of Long Haul Films, this brilliant day was another ‘transatlantic’ collaboration during our visit to the States, and Janine and Nancy and their incredible families welcomed us Brits with open arms.

Once again, we had the pleasure working with the always-wonderful Leah Haydock (whose incredible photography you can see here). We’d also like to give a shout out to make-up guru Joanne from Joya Beauty, and to the beautiful venue that is the Barn at Gibbet Hill.

Music: Fighting for You (instrumental) by Quinn Erwin and Boy with a Kite (instrumental) by Joe Moralez, both licensed from The Music Bed.

Beth and Jeremy’s Boston College wedding | Long Haul Films Best of Boston Wedding Videographers

December 15, 2014 by Melissa No comments »

Wow. It’s a small word, but it really sums up Beth and Jeremy’s Boston wedding.

Wow to the beautiful, diffused light that came in the windows at The Fairmont Copley, where Beth got into her stunning Vera Wang dress (wow, wow and wow some more to that dress).

Wow to the autumn beauty of Boston College’s campus, where we spent time with Beth, Jeremy and the bridal party before the ceremony. You would never know it from the number of Boston College alums whose weddings I’ve filmed, but I’m a proud BU grad. I keep talk of The Beanpot to a minimum, and it work out ok. And I have to admit, BC’s campus has the market cornered on classic New England charm.

Wow to the stunning reception at The Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Grand Ballroom– a beautiful space in and of itself, which was utterly transformed by the stunning decor, flowers and lighting. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a ballroom look more beautiful.

WOW!

This was an especially exciting wedding for Long Haul Films, because it was a co-production between our US and UK teams: Tom and I filmed the wedding with Lucy from our new UK office. We loved adding Lucy’s creative perspective into the mix, and it was also fun comparing the differences between US and UK wedding traditions. We’re looking forward to many more Anglo-American co-productions now that our UK office is up and running.

We loved collaborating with all the following at this wedding:

  • The wonderful Leah Haydock Photography- you can check out her photos from Beth and Jeremy’s wedding here
  • Dani Wagener Beauty for make-up. We love Dani to the moon and back, and are looking forward to closing out our 2014 wedding season with her this coming weekend….
  • Erik Howard for hair. This was our first time working with Erik and I’m more than a little obsessed
  • The wonderful team at The Fairmont Copley Plaza– seriously, the ballroom. Wow.

Music is Wherever You Go by Cameron Ernst and Bright Eyes by Lights & Motion licensed from The Music Bed.

Congratulations, Beth & Jeremy. We loved capturing your day.

Michelle & Donny’s Chatham Bars Inn Wedding | Long Haul Films Cape Cod wedding films

December 12, 2014 by Megan 1 comment »

It’s kind of the best feeling when we meet a couple and just know their wedding day is going to be loads of fun. Michelle and Donny are just that type of couple. And you know what just added to the fun-factor that day? The fact that Michelle and Donny were game for anything. They got married at the always beautiful Chatham Bars Inn on the Cape on the first weekend in October, and even though that meant the temperature was a little colder, and the skies a little damper, that didn’t deter them both from frolicking around the beaches with us for a solid hour. Just a friendly word from us at Long Haul–if y’all are game to climb mountains, break into rooftops or simply frolic on the beach in damp weather, we will love you forever.

This day was also prettttty cool on Long Haul’s end since it was yet another collaboration with our Long Haul UK brethren. As some of you may have read, Long Haul recently went international and opened an office in the UK, run by very cool and very talented Chris and Lucy. We were lucky to have Chris with us for Michelle and Donny’s day, and we’re super excited to be able to now drop Long Haul trailers from across the pond!

Of course we have to thank the wonderful people we collaborated with that day–one of our favorite bands, Boston Common Band, who seriously are the best, and Amanda from Shoreshotz Photography, who was a joy to work with. And as always, special thanks to Chatham Bars Inn for always being such a wonderful venue to work at.

Music in the trailer is “You Heard Me” (Instrumental) by Loud Harp and “Hold Me Close” by Accents, both licensed through The Music Bed.