I booked these guys 4 days before the wedding! As it got closer to the day, I realized how much I wanted to record it, especially the ceremony. Lifetime came highly recommended on the Cincinnati board, and so I called Matt. Dan Shallenberger was available for my day. I went to Matt's house before I booked them and watched some of their videos, including one at my church. He actually let me keep that video, which was nice. When I went home I probably watched it at least twice because it was a beautiful wedding at my church & I had never seen a wedding there before. It was like a preview for my day! I chose Lifetime because they have a very classic, natural way of shooting. Some of the other videographers I researched had an excessively dramatic style that felt fake to me. In the end, I hired Dan to shoot the ceremony for me. We spoke on the phone once before the day & that was it.
On the day of, they (Dan + his assistant) did a great job. They were like bugs on the wall, exactly what I had asked for. I did not want to notice them at all. The only contact I actually had with them was prior to the ceremony in the rectory, when they were recording our down-time, and then after the ceremony, receiving line, and church photos, we did a few shots leaving the church.
I received the video 10 weeks after the wedding, even though they told me it would take 6-8 weeks. The final product was beautiful. I loved the music that they chose for the montage segments. We chose to have just the ceremony recorded, and the recording was extremely pure. There was a montage at the beginning (in the few moments of prep before the ceremony) and during the Eucharistic prayer. Absolutely gorgeous, as I expected. In the contract, we got 3 copies of the DVD and he ended up giving us 6, which was a nice surprise. I wanted to have the video asap after it was finished and Matt actually went out of his way to meet near me and give it to me – very conscientious of the customer. The only reason I give them a B is because it took longer than I had been told.
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