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Wedding Video Q&A with 31 Films’ Joey Mathews

Joey Mathews, owner of Houston-based wedding videography company 31 Films, puts his love of family and personal moments into each of his heartfelt wedding videos. Though 31 Films’ work speaks for itself, we wanted to get the behind-the-scenes details on how Mathews and his team create wedding videos and trailers that leave us in tears, every. single. time. Keep reading to see how Mathews’ “passion thing” evolved into one of  Houston’s top wedding videography companies, and view 31 Films’ amazing work!

Video: 31 FilmsVenue: The Astorian | Photographer: Adam Nyholt Photography 

Houston Wedding Blog: How did you get started in Houston’s wedding videography biz?

Joey Mathews: We started back in 2002 and there wasn’t really a business strategy. We were just really passionate about filmmaking and we did a few weddings for friends just for fun. Before we knew it, we were like, “this is actually a job!” For us, it was very much a passion thing that organically snowballed through the years and became what it is today.

HWB: How would you describe 31 Films’ aesthetic?

JM: Our aesthetic is walking the line of “cinematic-beautiful” and true documentary. Early on we wanted to just get all these really cool shots and wow people. But as we got older and had families of our own, we started to recognize how meaningful true emotional moments are at weddings.

HWB: What is your advice to couples for getting wedding videos they’ll treasure forever?

JM: A lot about telling couples’ stories in a meaningful and personal way comes from personal details and little mini-stories that the couple has. Any time that a couple can show their love for each other — a lot of times that is through a letter that they read for each other on their wedding day — it adds so much meaning. As they get older and they start having kids, for those kids to be able to hear what Mom and Dad’s voice sounded like and how they felt about each other on that day…those are the types of moments that we encourage our couples to think about. If they don’t do any of those things the video ends up being event, to event, to event.

Beyond that, when we are shooting it is really about the couple having a blast and us not getting in the way. If the couple can be themselves and really have a great time, we will be able to capture those moments naturally.

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HWB: What shots do wedding couples tell you they liked the most?

JM: When the couple gets introduced to the reception we will usually film a really wide angled shot following right behind them, and for them it relives that reveal of the room and reveal of all their closest friends and family cheering them on. Also getting time with the couple typically after the ceremony to get romantic footage that isn’t super posed, but is just them being together, is important. I think couples really love when they see those shots and we take a lot of pride in being able to get great magical moments within three minutes!

HWB: In your opinion what makes 31 Films really stand out as a wedding videographer?

JM: We pay really close attention to story, and how we edit that story together really helps us stand out. When I say story, I mean capturing the emotion of the day, the love between the couple, the families and how they all interact. Most brides say that they look at other filmmakers, and their stuff looks great, but they don’t really feel the way they do when they watch our films. There is so much that goes into filmmaking so it’s hard to say it’s one thing, but at the end of the day, I think it really comes down to how we put the story together in an emotional way that’s not overly-epic, but is true.

Like what you see? Wipe those happy-tears away and schedule a consultation with 31 Films today!

 

6 Products You Need for Flawless Brows & Eyes

Whether you rock them full and bold like Cara, sleek and groomed like Rihanna, or somewhere in between, beautiful brows are in the spotlight–especially on your wedding day. Our six bridal makeup picks will help you get your brows in shape, your lashes lush and full, and your lids luminous, for a wedding day eye makeup look that will last through your tears at the altar…and all night long! Take a peek for yourself below:

 

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1. Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara: Smashbox 2. Artonit Makeup Le Stylo Art Beaute in Cat Noir: L’Atelier de ArtOnIt 3. Burberry Festive Gold Eye Color Cream: Bloomingdale’s 4. Smashbox Brow Tech To Go: Smashbox   5. Nars Brow Defining Cream: Barneys 6. Estee Lauder Brow Multi-Tasker: Estee Lauder

Lively Plum & Burgundy Hindu Wedding at The Corinthian

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Photography: Bella Lumi Photography | Venue: The Corinthian |Sangeet: House of Blues Houston | Catering: Jackson & Company | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co. | Accommodations: Hilton Americas Houston

Asmita and Rishab kicked off the New Year with a marriage celebration that perfectly captured the couple’s exuberant personalities and Hindu culture. Asmita says it was their “shared love of music and dancing” that initially attracted her to Rishab, and vice versa, which they certainly expressed on their wedding day!

The night began with a lively sangeet, which Asmita says was “a very cool way to kick off the celebration, with killer dance performances by both sides of the family, mehndi artists and a selfie station.”

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For their Hindu ceremony and reception celebration at The Corinthian, downtown Houston’s magnificent neoclassical event space, the couple selected a palette of bright plum and burgundy, brought to life with blooms by Darryl & Co. The couple’s 350 guests then enjoyed a wedding feast by renowned Jackson and Company  catering, and later joined the newlyweds for a lavish party filled with live music and dancing that lasted until 1:30 a.m.

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Love this wedding…and this gorgeous venue? Experience The Corinthian for yourself at Weddings in Houston’s signature I Do! Wedding Soiree, tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at this superb downtown Houston venue, where you’ll also have the chance to meet florist Darryl & Co., and caterer Jackson and Company, along with 40 of Houston’s most in-demand wedding experts and vendors. Be sure to reserve your spot at Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event; advance-sale tickets are on sale now, only while they last! Get yours, get ready for WOW, and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

Houston Wedding Planners and Wedding Stylists at the I Do! Wedding Soiree

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You’ve likely been dreaming of your wedding day for years! But turning those dreams into reality can be tougher than it looks. Whether you crave a small and intimate affair, or a lavish celebration, complete with Champagne fountain and late-night fireworks, a professional wedding planner will be your greatest asset as you create the wedding celebration of your dreams. You want to enjoy your wedding day and planning process, after all, not be bogged down by contracts and minutia!

Three super-talented wedding consulting and styling firms will be demonstrating their wedding planning expertise and styling know-how at tomorrow evening’s I Do! Wedding Soiree. Meet A Day to Remember, Kat Creech Events and Bourbon & Lace, and find out how these planning pros can find your ideal vendors, and help you stay relaxed AND get the most for your wedding budget, as they help you transform your inspiration board into reality! Take a look at the photos to see some of their impressive work.

A Day To Remember-Serendipity Photography Photo: Serendipity Photography | Design: A Day to Remember

Advance-sale tickets are available now for the I Do! Wedding Soiree, TOMORROW, Feb. 28th from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Corinthian. Be sure to get them before they sell out, and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

Bourbon & Lace Photo: Courtesy of Bourbon & Lace

Houston Wedding Videographers at the I Do! Soiree

Trust us, you’re going to love every moment of your wedding day! From getting dressed with your wedding party, to finally seeing your partner at the end of the aisle and then spending the whole night by his or her side, mingling and dancing with guests from far and wide, your wedding truly is an event unlike any other. And your wedding video truly is the best way to relive those incredible moments, long after the celebration ends.

Video: Dream Photo & Video

Lucky for you, our I Do! Wedding Soiree videographers and cinematographers have the skills, talent and filmmaking expertise to capture every moment of your perfect day, and preserve them, in dynamic, emotionally resonant, sound-filled, high-resolution splendor, for you, your family, friends, and future generations, to enjoy. Attend next Tuesday’s I Do! Wedding Soiree, and meet two top Houston wedding filmmakers: Dream Photo & Video and Sage Films, each with its own unique wedding videography style, along with 40 A-List Houston wedding vendors and experts, all in one gorgeous environment, designed to inspired and entertain.

Video: Sage Films

Advance-sale tickets for the all-VIP I Do! Wedding Soiree on Tuesday, Feb. 28th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Corinthian, are available now, but only while they last. Bonus: Purchase your tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 24, and you could WIN an incredible $1,000 Hotel Galvez & Spa Weekend Romance Escape!! Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. Don’t let a single moment slip away!