Can You Really Call A&A’s Storyteller Series Chapter II a Wedding Video?

The answer is, “No.” Because it’s SO much more than that. Although we watched (and, admittedly, wept through) Storyteller Series Chapter I—featuring the utterly adorable John and Stephanie —we’ve got to admit, we were just a tiny bit skeptical, what with all the hype surrounding A&A’s Video Productions’ release last night of the second installment in its limited-edition wedding series.

But once we got to view “Mi Companera de Viajes”—Liza and Virgilio’s much-anticipated wedding film—we were blown away. We asked A&A’s Lisa Ray just how the film team is able to capture so many incredible, intimate moments, and transform them into a motion picture worthy of any cinema’s silver screen. “We like our clients to think of our process being similar to the process of the documentaries we see on television and in the theaters,” she told us. “Although our mission is to objectively capture the naturally occurring events of the day, our level of preparation leaves no part of the process simply to chance. Sometimes we may ask our couples to re-enact certain moments, but we never simply direct them. Authenticity is of the utmost importance, and therefore we can influence the outcome, but never control it.” However complex the process, the result, we must say, is pretty extraordinary. We can’t imagine a couple who wouldn’t want this kind of document of their big day—and the many days, hours and moments leading up to it. We’d love to know what you think of this intense and exciting new approach to wedding filmmaking—please share your comments here.

Think your love story might be Storyteller Series material? Contact A&A for details on how to create some movie magic.

Now, dim the lights, cue the hankies, and press PLAY.

Mi Compañera De Viajes – Chapter II of the A&A Storyteller Series from A&A Video Productions on Vimeo.

Dakine Films Goes Behind The Scenes @ I Do!

Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes of Houston’s most luxurious bridal showcase? Dakine Films—the fabulous new video venture from famed Houston wedding photographer Joe Cogliandro and filmmaker Mark Calver—takes us on tour of the buildup, setup and exhilarating experience of 2011’s I Do! @ ZaZa show in this yummy video clip. Watch it and feel your heart go pitter-pat. Then get in on the gorgeous, next Sunday, Jan. 15, when the I Do! Bridal Soiree comes to the InterContinental Houston Hotel for what promises to be the biggest, boldest, most beautiful I Do! event yet. We can’t wait to meet you there!

Video: Dakine Films


A&A Video Father-Daughter Dance Medley Clip Goes Viral

The traditional father-daughter reception dance got turned on its head when bride Ashley and her super-suave dad David took to the floor at Ashley’s wedding. We won’t give away the delicious deets (just in case you haven’t seen the clip yet—and with 8 million hits and counting, that’s getting less and less likely!). Let’s just say this dad-daughter duo has mad range—and more than a little wedding-day spirit. We’re just glad that Houston videography firm A&A Video was on hand at this fun and fabulous Signature Manor wedding to capture the action. Check it out, and be part of the viral sensation that’s sweeping Yahoo, YouTube, Good Morning America and Fox News…and continues to bring the happy everywhere it airs.

Greatest Father Daughter Dance Medley Ever! (Steadicam Version) from A&A Video Productions on Vimeo.

Moving Pictures: Video Memory Album

MyVideoMyVoice Video Memory Album
MyVideoMyVoice Video Memory Album

We’re always looking for cool new wedding photo/video ideas, right? Well, lucky us—wedding-planner and Style Network star Mary Dann recently clued us in to one of the coolest!

Dann has teamed up with MyVideoMyVoice to introduce brides to the Video Memory Album—a full-size (8.5-by-10.5-inch), hardcover wedding album embedded with a 2.4-inch high-resolution audio/video player for viewing your cherished wedding videos in the palm of your hand.

The Video Memory Album can be uploaded with 45 minutes of wedding footage divided into five chapters. A built-in mini USB jack allows the album’s batteries to be recharged up to 500 times.

As for the albums themselves, they are beautifully constructed, sturdily bound books, with covers that can be personalized with your monogram or other text. Designs include the Modern Vibe (black with a pink, turquoise or lime-green ribbon accent) and Formal Elegance, with gorgeous Swarovski crystal detailing, along with several others.

Dann made sure we knew that MyVideoMyVoice knows its stuff: The company produces video inserts for Fortune 500 companies and recently did a video insert for CBS that was featured in Entertainment Weekly. Impressive!

If you like the idea of a Video Memory Album (and if you do, you might want to go ahead and put it on your wedding-gift wish list, Houston bride), then check out MyVideoMyVoice’s Video Memory Books (smaller versions of the albums) and fabulous Video Invites/Save-the-Date cards (Dann’s brides LOVE these).