Valley of the Moon Winery Wedding Video {Jack + Laura} Glen Ellen

Valley of the Moon Winery Wedding Video / Sonoma – Glen Ellen —

Valley of the Moon Winery Wedding Video - Just Married

Beautiful and magical day with Jack and Laura at Valley of the Moon Winery in Glen Ellen. Surrounded by family and friends they began their life together. Their strong faith and adventurous spirit became the focal point of their celebration… late into the night!

Jack and Laura Winery Wedding Video

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Venue: Valley of the Moon Winery
Event Management: Milestone Events Group
Photography: Gina Peterson
Videography: Kenneth Sipes Cinema
Floral: When in Bloom, Tasha Drengson
Cake: Scandia Bakery
DJ: AMS Entertainment, Skip
Rentals: Encore
Music Licensing:

Valley of the Moon Winery Wedding Video - Sunset in the vineyard
Sunset in the vineyard…

Private Estate Wedding Video {Zach+ Alley} Napa

Private Estate – Napa Wedding Video —

Private Estate Wedding Video in Napa, Sunset in the fields
Sunset in the field…

A beautiful day with Zach & Alley surrounded by family and friends. Their family property transformed from pasture to a fun and inviting space to celebrate the beginning of their married life together! With the lake, hills, and dance floor covered in market lights, the location transformed hourly into one magical experience after another. So, here is their highlight film… Enjoy!

Zach and Alley Wedding Video

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Photography: Rustically Romantic – Darby Johnson
Videography: Kenneth Sipes Cinema
Music Licensing: SongFreedom

Something a little different…

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Capturing Wedding Audio

Someone once said… audio is 80% of a film… Have you ever watched a TV show where the “synch” was off? Even in the beginning days of films… someone played a piano or organ in the theater. On your wedding day, your audio is what allows us to tell your story, and it’s what takes you back in time 20 years from now.

Now for the scoop…

So… what’s the deal with fear of microphones? I get the whole speaking in public thing, and maybe people think that when we put a mic on them it’s going to blast thru the PA system. Well, the good news is that the mic’s we use when recording your wedding ceremony video will not go into the PA and will only be used during your film.

Maybe we should think of microphones as our friends. Have you ever watched a movie, video, or something on your smart phone and couldn’t understand the words? or was scratchy? or maybe even a WINDY day? Often the film work can be beautiful, but if the audio “sucks” (a technical term) the complete experience is not so great. Creatively, I feel that audio is probably a little more important than the filming, especially during a wedding.

Since we are (hopefully) only going to film your wedding day once. We tend be overly cautious about using multiple microphones / recorders as we don’t get a second take or do over. Our typical wedding ceremonies are recorded with several audio systems.

  • on the officiate
  • on the groom / partner
  • sometimes on the bride / partner
  • thru the sound board if a system is used for additional speaker / readings
  • in front of live musicians if they are a part of the ceremony

When combining great audio with our multi camera approach, we feel our wedding ceremony films are pretty amazing to watch.

Some of the Audio Gear we bring for a Wedding

What about your reception speeches and toasts? While it seems like should be simple, there are several things that can make the process challenging.  We’ll use various options to capture these amazing moments on video and audio…

The primary and most common way for quality audio and clear speech? We’ll have a microphone on a mic stand. Often taped to it. Why? Here are a few of the things we have experienced during receptions…

  • People… Besides the basic fear of speaking in front of an audience… Most people really have no practical experience holding a microphone, let alone holding a microphone while they are reading from a piece of paper or smart-phone. Sometimes it works well, often the mic ends up too far away to pick up the voice or worse… ends up going up and down like a yo-yo. Other times the mic seems to just fall away and towards everyone else. And the most entertaining… when the speaker talks with their hands, or they start channeling Leonard Bernstein and start waving the microphone like they’re in front of an full orchestra.
  • Pacing… Some people have a hard time in front of a group and staying still, meaning that they will pace, and or walk around. While not in itself a bad thing, depending on the layout, they may walk out of the light, or make it difficult to get a nice stable, close up shot.
  • What’s in the background? We want the person speaking to not have to visually compete with their background. Bad stuff? In front of a window so they look like a shadow in your film. In front of a bunch of exposed DJ equipment… or by a door leading into the kitchen with staff moving about…
  • Lighting… often it’s already getting dark when speeches are occurring, so we like to have the area lighted.

Now we do understand that every venue is unique, and you have a vision of how you want your day to unfold. So, while the above describes the ideal way (and why) for us to capture quality audio, and video, we are happy to work with your vision of your wedding.

In Summary.

While this seems like it could be a lot of things to think about, even overkill, your wedding only happens once. Capturing quality audio is important to your enjoyment of your films for the rest of your lives, and even beyond.

If you would like to know more about how we film and capture your wedding day audio, drop me a note and I’d love to chat about your specific venue and circumstances.  

Have an Amazing Wedding! – Ken

Technical Note: During your ceremony, if you or anyone in the Bridal Party feels the need to have a smart phone in a pocket. Be sure to power off, or at least place in airplane mode. Just imagine during the vows, a bridesmaids phone goes off playing “I can’t get no satisfaction” as her ringtone… what else needs to be said.

Wedding Video Guestbook

We all love it when the people close to us share stories from our past, sometimes funny, sometimes embarrassing, and sometimes sweet. These are the stories that remind us of who we are, and where we’ve come from.

Family gatherings are where these stories often get told. But with the full celebratory nature of a Wedding, it seems the best stories are told. When you have a wide range of family and friends in attendance, the stories just seem to flow.

Now, if there was an easy, and unobtrusive way to capture these moments… While growing up and attending weddings, it was always like a bad game waiting for the videographer to sneak up on you like a pouncing lion with the dreaded bright light and microphone in your face. While blinded by the light I would hear… “Would you like to leave a message for the couple? ” Actually yes, but at that moment it was like being a deer, frozen in place, staring at the bright light. Not knowing what to say. So while I would have like to have said something special, funny, or sweet, it was usually more of a grunting hello and “Congratulations!” Maybe this is why so many people have a fear of speaking in public.

Fast Forward…. Now that I film weddings with amazing couples for a living. I understand the desire for the comments from your guests. However… having been traumatized in my youth, I just don’t do the roving camera in your face thing. What I’ve come up with instead is a “video guestbook” option.  Simple name, and a pretty simple and non invasive process.

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We start with finding a great spot where the background has some interest… gardens, sunset, dance floor, etc. Once we have finalized the location, I set up a camera on a tripod, a light (sometimes 2) a wireless microphone and probably the most important piece, a permanent chalk board with ideas on what to say to the couple.

Now here’s the cool part, once we have everything set up, we leave the area. We may stop by every 5-8 minutes checking on things, but your quests aren’t being watched by some person with a camera that they really don’t know. Again, our goal here is a fun and easy experience.

Normally we film for about 90 minutes during the reception. When your guests are ready, they make their way over and leave you some personal and authentic thoughts and/or messages.

After your wedding, when we deliver your films, there is a seperate wedding “video guestbook” video with your family and friends telling stories, laughing, crying and simply being themselves for you to enjoy for many, many, many years…

Want to know more…

Have an amazing wedding! – Ken

Destination Wedding Videos

It’s funny, when someone asked me about destination wedding videos, I used to think about Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, etc. But living and working in the Napa – Sonoma Valley Wine regions, I find that often means Napa or Sonoma for a lot of couples.

Often, a destination wedding consists of a core group of family and friends, maybe 40 – 60 people. Traveling somewhere for not only the wedding but for a sort of vacation. You have the opportunity to indulge in local attractions, customs, music, and sometimes the the location itself.

As I’ve done several “local” destination weddings, here are a few ideas for the Napa – Sonoma area.

⦁ The obvious, wine tasting.
⦁ Probably not so obvious, beer tasting. or maybe a distillery tour.
⦁ The not, not so obvious a culinary tour.
⦁ Maybe a leisurely Wine Train adventure thru the Napa Valley.
⦁ Possibly, golfing, kayaking and zip-lining.
⦁ And finally, why not go for it with a once in a lifetime event like Hot Air Ballooning over the vineyards at sunrise.

Hot air balloon during Napa valley Destination wedding.
Reflection of a Hot Air Balloon on a pond at sunrise.

It really doesn’t matter what you’re in to, the point is that there are lots of really great options for you and your guests. Having us capture those experiences with your family and friends brings another dimension to your destination wedding video.

Bonus: When we have the opportunity to “hang out” for a few days, something interesting happens. I get to know more about you, your history, and your guests. We have the opportunity to capture some really fun footage, and sometimes come up with something very personal to you.

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Example Destination Wedding Moment

During a Lake Tahoe destination wedding, I was sitting with the bride looking out over the lake and she asked, “What about a cake reveal?” Having never heard of such a thing, my response was “Tell me more”.

As it happens, the person baking their cake is a highly regarded baker, and she was surprising them with their cake. Since we had the run of the resort, we coordinated with the baker to arrive before rehearsal. I would meet up with them, and we’d set up the cake in a walk in cooler.

So, the groom brought two ties down to the rehearsal to use as blindfolds. Once they were blindfolded, they entered the cooler, arms and hands outstretched. As the blindfold – ties came off, their expressions when seeing their cake were priceless!

While this may not be something that you would do, a casual conversation may lead to something neither one of us thought about until that moment. This is sometimes how a magical moment that is uniquely you unveils itself!

Destination wedding cake reveal after rehearsal.
So this… is a cake reveal!

Random Thought:

Remember, a destination wedding doesn’t always mean flying somewhere. Maybe it’s your favorite vacation spot an hour or two away. Maybe it’s where you spent your first vacation together. Once you leave the routine of daily life, you create a magical escape. In the future, when you travel back in time with your videos, it’s like vacationing on your sofa.

So, are you going somewhere special and/or exciting for your wedding? Let’s Chat!

Have an amazing wedding! – Ken

Trentadue Winery Wedding Video {Ryan + Nicole} Geyserville – Healdsburg

Destination Wine Country, Trentadue Winery Wedding Video —

Trentadue Winery Wedding Video, You may kiss

Amazing how the Fall colors look in the vineyards! Ryan and Nicole surrounded themselves on a perfect day to celebrate their marriage. The lawn with the vineyards and mountains in the background were stunning, and the morning sunrise was a picture perfect start to this magical day. Laughter, tears, hugs, and of course Love were the themes of the day.

Here is their Trentadue Winery Wedding Video… Enjoy!

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The Team

Venue – Trentadue Winery – Milestone Events Group
Coordinator – Stacey Lapinski
Catering – Pacific Connections
Photography – Molly McElenney
Videography – Kenneth Sipes Cinema
DJ – NorCal Pro Sound
Officiate – Stacy Lupinski
Floral – Heather Hendrickson
Dessert/Cake – Moustache

Music Licensing –

Trentadue Winery Wedding Video, glow stick wedding departure