Belated congrats to our July 4th couple!

Normally we congratulate our happy couples pretty quickly after the big day but its been a while since I’ve had time to sit down and kick out a blog entry. Between editing and meeting with happy new clients this has been a busy month.

Our other big news this month We’ve  been nominated for a second year for the Best Videographer in the Philly Hot List Competition. Vote for us by following this link…

http://phillyhotlist.cityvoter.com/valley-creek-productions/biz/494020

So back to the story at hand…despite the 97 degree heat on the 4th, Mel & Mike’s wedding went off without a hitch. Everyone had a great time and we extend our congratulations to the happy couple!

The Pen Ryn Mansion offered a great backdrop for the event with views of the Delaware River. Photography was done by Dave di Rentis Photography  who we worked with before. The crowd danced all night to the sounds of CTO Band 5th Avenue. Look for video from the event soon!

Produced By Valley Creek Productions
Videographer – Justin Chan
Package – 14 Karat

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Hope you had a good Memorial Day Weekend!

We had a busy holiday weekend with two happy wedding celebrations. On Friday family and friends gathered to celebrate Kiersten and Andrew’s  marriage at St. Katherine of Siena in Wayne PA.

Following the ceremony was a grand reception at the Overbrook Golf Club. This was probably one of the most happening parties I’ve been too in a while, the Soho Band did a great job keeping the crowd on their feet late into the night.  Between the broad talent of the vocalists and the dance off’s the group did an amazing job. Photographer for the day was Doug  Burns from Candid Moments.

The next day started bright and early for some preparation shooting for happy couple Rebecca and Henry.  The couple celebrated their marriage at West Chester Friends Meeting with a packed crowd of family and friends.

Following the ceremony we had a photo session at the Westtown School with photographer Tony Baiada of Baiada Photography. We got some great video there before heading over to the Gold Ballroom at Mendenhall for the reception. Music was provided by Pat from Schaffer Sound who kept the crowd on their feet all night.

Congrats to both couples…enjoy the honeymoon!!

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Denise & Ed: Wedding Celebration at the Farmhouse

 Congratulations to Denise & Ed who celebrated their marriage on May 15th!  I know I seem like I say this all the time, but what a great couple. The love was just so obvious every time they looked at one another throughout the day. They had perfect weather for an outdoor ceremony at The Farmhouse at Peoples Light and Theater in Malvern, PA.   

  

They were a fun couple to work with and the day was a breeze thanks to all the other vendors. The DJ was our old pal Pam Moore from Moore Music DJ’s. She’s always fun to work with and keeps us informed about all the important activities as they happen. We had the pleasure to work with Misty from Misty Dawn Photography for the first time. She was AMAZING…not only did she produce great candid photos, but she worked very well with us, kept the communication channels open and I think we did a great job keeping out of each others way during the ceremony and reception.   

Congrats again to the happy couple…look for video in a few months!!

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Noelle & Travis : A Wedding at the Barn

Congrats to Noelle & Travis who celebrated their marriage on May 8th! They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception at The Country Barn in Lancaster.  We had some wind to contend with on this sunny warm afternoon but things still went off without a hitch.  Noelle arrived at the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage, a picture perfect start to a memorable ceremony.

During the reception guests feasted on tasty pulled pork and bbq chicken. Desert included cheese cake, shoo-fly pie, and some really good cream filled cakes along with the wedding cake. This videographer could not resist sampling some of the amazing selection. This was not your typical wedding menu! 

Photography services were provided by Young’s Photography of York, PA.  DJ Jere Lefever of One O’clock Jump DJ Entertainment provided sounds for the night. Our growing up photo montage that we made for the couple ran during dinner to a nice applause.

Enjoy your honeymoon in Hawaii guys…I’m jealous!

Produced By Valley Creek Productions
Videographers – Justin Chan & Joe Kelly
Package – 18 Karat

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Congrats to Jenn & Shwet!

Our wedding season kicked off on a high note with Jenn & Shwet’s special day last Saturday. This was actually the happy couple’s SECOND wedding ceremony. They first celebrated their nuptials in India with Shwet’s family before once again declaring their love here in Chester County Pennsylvania. The ceremony and reception were held at the Sheraton Great Valley, a great venue for intimate celebrations like the one last weekend. Although a little windy, the rain stayed away for some great outdoor photos. The flowers on the trees this time of year just add to the beauty of the location.

Taking photos for the event was Ben Reeder of Ben Reeder Photography. The MC and DJ for the reception was our friend Chris McGrath of CBM Productions. We worked with Chris last season and they were a pleasure to work with. Last Saturday was no different, he kept the guests on their feet all night long!

With the first job behind us (or in the can as they say) we look forward to another successful video season here at Valley Creek Productions!

 

Produced By Valley Creek Productions
Videographer – Justin Chan
Package – 14 Karat

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Ready for the start of our 2010 Season!

After a refreshing trip to San Francisco I’m looking forward to the beginning of our 2010 season!!

Things kick off with our first wedding this weekend and the calendar looks nice and full for the rest of the spring. Thanks to our friends and clients who have spread the word about Valley Creek Productions and the quality of work that we do.  A special thanks to our videographers Tony Alessi and Joe Kelly who have been helping to grow the business.

This off-season has been very busy for us. In addition to new HD cameras we also upgraded our editing system to support Blu-Ray and the new HD content we will be shooting this spring. I love our new equipment and I can’t wait to use it later this month.

As we move into spring, I wanted to remind our friends and clients that you are eligible for our Dinner On Us referral program. Refer a potential client our way and if they book you will receive a gift card to your favorite restaurant. Contact us for more details!!

Last thing…your feedback makes a big difference to us! If you are a former client, one great way you can help us is to post a review.  Wedding Wire is a great place where many brides visit and we are looking to increase our visibility there.  Follow the link below to let others know what a great experience you had with us! http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/valley-creek-productions-west-chester/57df41c9113a39d8.html

With your help, this season should be awesome…keep watching the blog and our Facebook page  for new video in the coming months!!

Justin Chan, Valley Creek Productions

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Introducing our NEW highlight video format

The off-season always provides us time to improve our editing skills and make our videos even better. Between our visit to the Wedding and Event Videographers Expo in Orlando in the fall and regular visits to the local videographers association over the winter we were inspired to produce an even better highlight video.

The major changes include taking some of the events out of chronological order, shortening clips, and adding some more filters and effects.

To do this testing we used footage from a wedding we shot in the fall of 2008 for good friends of ours.  It was a great day and an amazing venue so we thought this would be a good opportunity not only to improve our work but to also surprise them with an edited highlight video.

The wedding took place at the Independence Visitors Center located on Market Street in Philadelphia with amazing views of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. The event was planned by Erin Proud of Proud to Plan. Photographer for the day was Erin Farrell of Erin Farrell Photography with music provided by Steve Vazquez from Silver Sound

 

 

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Elra W Huntley: In His Own Words

About five years ago before I formed Valley Creek Productions I decided it would be a good idea to interview my grandfather on video.  He was  getting up in years and I wanted his history preserved. I knew he served in Korea and a little about his early history but a lot of the other stories he told I had never heard before and were new and interesting to me.

Since this was before I started the videography business I used a consumer camcorder with a wired lapel microphone and sat him down. Over the course of a few hours I asked him questions. I also sat down with my grandmother to get her take on some of the stories he told.

All of the film from Korea and Japan was shot by my Grandfather. We had the 8 mm film transferred to DVD a while back. Almost all the photos are his too. This project was several years in the making. partially because I was only working on it in my spare time and partially because I was working hard to find photos from old family albums that would match what he was talking about.

As I wrote on the cover of the DVD I gave out to all of our family members, this film will preserve these memories and stories for the next generation.

Below is a link to the interview. It’s broken into 5 segments to make viewing easier and runs a little under 60 minutes. I hope you enjoy viewing a little of our family’s history. If you’re interested in doing something like this for your family contact us for more information!

https://www.valleycreekproductions.com/InHisOwnWords.aspx

Update: My grandpa passed away on January 13th. He was an great man and I am so happy to have known him. On our last visit a few weeks ago we got the family together to show everyone this video.  He was so proud and happy then and I’m glad I got it done in time for him to see it. Afterwards we took a family photo which I added below.

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Congrats to Rizza and Jim!

Congratulations to Rizza and Jim on their marriage December 11, 2009.

The happy couple was a pleasure to work with.  They were wed at St Christophers Parish in Philadelphia.  The party continued at the beautiful Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn.  What an amazing venue, especially this time of year with the Christmas Tree and the lights.

Capturing photos for the event was David Nasoff with Reflections by Dave . The DJ for the evening was Frank Catrambone with Center Stage Entertainment. Frank was extremely helpful to us and did a great job keeping the guests on their feet all night long.

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