Alexandra and Vincent Celebrate Wedding at Bride's Family Home

Vincent and Alexandra Velasquez celebrated their wedding at the bride's family home in Williamstown, New Jersey.

Engaged in 2016, the couple skipped a venue search and asked the bride’s parents if they could celebrate at their home. 

Without hesitation, Mom and Dad accepted. But work needed to be done.

The entire family pitched in with installing a new fence, re-siding the house and more - finishing a home renovation that had been started by the bride's dad.

The family referred to the Victorian-style home as 'The Venue,' leading up to the occasion.

Alexandra and Vincent created a spectacular backyard wedding reception to rival any event venue.

It was truly a D.I.Y wedding - the couple worked with a number of vendors to bring everything from flatware, catering, tent, restrooms and entertainment to the backyard. 

Alexandra and Vincent relied on an entire cast of family and friends to help make their vision come to life.

The newlyweds are forever thankful to their Wedding Planner, Carey Loch, for her friendship and guidance throughout the days, weeks and months leading up to their special day.

They also turned to a longtime friend - Sandra Golis Strang - to officiate their wedding.

If you find yourself lost on the Hurricane's site, you may recognize Vincent as a co-owner and co-founder of the company. And the Best Man, Strato Doumanis? He's the other half.

Vincent and Alexandra chose the best of the best when it came to Hurricane's staff to provide DJ entertainment, Lighting, Videography and Photography services for the wedding.

Here is a list of partners, vendors, and collaborators:

  • Wedding Planner: Carey Loch
  • Officiant: Sandra Golis Strang
  • Emcee/DJ: Robert Padovano/Alvin Gay
  • Videographers: Markus Robinson, Tyler Ajamian
  • Photographers: Corynn Egreczky, David Costantini
  • Lighting: Thomas Bishop/Nomadic Productions
  • Video Editors: Markus Robinson, Jordan Goldstein
  • Photo Editors: Nick Nittoli, David Costantini, Corynn Egreczky
  • Hair: Melissa Coverly Aletich
  • Makeup: I DO Hair & Makeup
  • Caterers: Henri's Hotts BBQ
  • Drinks: NYS Inc. (Olive Branch)
  • Event Rentals (Tent, Tables, Chairs, Linens): Karcher Events
  • Flatware: Preferred Party Place
  • Cake: Stella Baking Company
  • Ice Cream Truck: MJ Mister Softee
  • Restrooms: Mr. Bobs
  • Transportation: McGough Bus Company
  • Additional Photo Location: Autumn Lake Winery

How to Work With Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding photographer is one of the most important vendors you'll choose.

While your photographer has tons experience shooting weddings, it's important to coordinate and plan with them in the weeks and months leading up to your event. Communicating with them and scheduling a final consultation before your day is essential.

Alexandra and Trevor - Hamilton Manor

Alexandra and Trevor exchanged vows and danced the night away at their Hamilton Manor wedding.

This stately, old world-style venue in Hamilton, New Jersey prides itself on hosting one wedding at a time. Within its 25 acres of protected woods, you’ll find an ornate gazebo surrounded by whimsical greenery, perfect for intimate ceremonies and gorgeous wedding photos. Hamilton Manor also offers multiple elegant spaces to host indoor and outdoor ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions, afterparties, and other private events.

Alexandra and Trevor hired Hurricane’s Markus Robinson to film their special day. As part of our Short Movie Package, Markus captured the couple’s ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The couple added two hours to our standard package for a total of eight hours of wedding day video coverage.

Afterwards, Alexandra and Trevor received a three-to-five minute highlight reel featuring all the best moments of their Hamilton Manor wedding, as well as the raw footage from their day.

Hurricane Productions offers media and entertainment services for your special day. Visit our pricing page to view our wedding packages or request a quote to learn more.

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What Song Should We Choose for Our Wedding Highlight Video?

Modern wedding videography is all about the highlight video -- a three to five-minute clip featuring the most important moments of a couple's day. While your feature-length formal edit (typically 60 to 90 minutes) is an incredible keepsake for you and your new spouse, your wedding highlight video is perfect for sharing on social media or sending to family and friend s who couldn't attend your celebration.

While your videographer will review, select, and edit footage for your highlight reel, you'll have to choose the song that plays in the background. This is where many couples get stuck: How can you narrow down just one piece of music to capture the essence of your wedding day?

Hurricane Productions includes a wedding highlight video in all of our videography packages, so our couples often ask us for guidance on what song to choose as their soundtrack. There really is no wrong answer, but as a general guideline, the song you choose should be personal and meaningful to both of you, and reflect the tone and mood of your celebration. Here are a few simple ways to narrow down your song options.

How to choose your wedding highlight video song

We recommend choosing a song you associate with a special or memorable moment from your wedding day. The music you select should also reflect the overall mood of your event. Depending on what your ceremony and reception were like, you may feel it's most appropriate to choose a slow and romantic song, a happy and upbeat song, or an eclectic song that really lets your unique personalities shine through.

Some great options for your video soundtrack include:

Your first dance song

You chose your first dance song because it means something to you. Why not use it as the soundtrack for your highlight reel? When you watch your video, you'll instantly recall the happy memory of your first dance as newlyweds, while enjoying some of the other wonderful moments from your wedding.

Your ceremony processional or recessional song

Many modern couples think beyond the traditional Wedding March for their ceremony and choose a more unique song to play as they walk down the aisle. If you used a special song for your ceremony, it might be a great choice for your highlight video.

Your grand introduction song

One of the most exciting moments of your wedding reception is when your DJ introduces you to your guests as a newly married couple. Relive that excitement over and over again by choosing this song as the soundtrack for your video.

A special request song you asked your DJ to play

Couples who choose Hurricane Productions for their entertainment use our online planning portal to request certain songs for the DJ to play at their reception. After your wedding, review your request list and see if any of those songs stand out as one that you want to play as you watch your wedding memories.

A song you loved dancing to at your reception

Maybe your DJ played a song that you didn't specifically request, but absolutely loved dancing to with your new spouse. Songs like this are great candidates for your highlight reel soundtrack.

'Your song'

Nearly every couple has a song (or multiple songs!) that they feel defines their relationship. If you didn't get a chance to incorporate one of "your" songs into your wedding day, consider using it for your video.

Popular songs for wedding highlight videos

If you're still not sure which way to go for your highlight reel soundtrack, here's a list of some popular song choices, as well as a few unique songs from recent Hurricane highlight videos.

  • "At Last" by Etta James
  • "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
  • "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Marry You" by Bruno Mars
  • "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  • "Everything" by Michael Buble
  • "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
  • "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele
  • "All of Me" by John Legend
  • "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran

Real wedding highlight videos by Hurricane Productions

Brittany and Shawn - "You & Me" by Dave Matthews Band

Christina and Jesse - "Heaven" by Avicii

Corrine and Jovi - "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers

Shannon and Greg - "Came Here For Love" by Sigala and Ella Eyre

Monica and Michael - "(Nothing But) Flowers" by Talking Heads

Can't decide between two? Ask Hurricane Productions to help you edit them together seamlessly for a one-of-a-kind wedding highlight video. No matter which song(s) you choose, you're sure to end up with a sentimental, visual keepsake of your wedding day.

Need wedding day entertainment, photography, or videography services? Check out Hurricane Productions' all-inclusive wedding packages or request a quote to confirm our availability for your day.

Brittany and Shawn - Surprise Wedding at Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick is a popular location for hosting outdoor events like bridal showers, engagement parties, and wedding ceremonies. Brittany and Shawn chose it as the location for their "engagement party," and shocked their guests (in the best way!) when the event turned out to be a surprise wedding.

Family and friends gathered at the Rutgers Garden Pavilion on a sunny afternoon to celebrate Brittany and Shawn's engagement. The bride's father then announced that everyone would be heading to the Sun and Shade Garden to witness the couple's wedding vows! Hurricane Productions was in on the secret and provided a wireless sound system for the impromptu ceremony, which took place under the Garden's picturesque gazebo.

Brittany and Shawn also booked our Turntable entertainment package, full-day photography, and videography services for their surprise wedding. DJ and MC Brian Buonassissi kept guests entertained throughout the reception, while photographer Corynn Egreczky and videographer Tyler Ajamian captured every special moment of the celebration.

As part of their Short Movie package, Brittany and Shawn received six hours of video coverage. Tyler's raw footage was edited into a three to five-minute highlight video for the couple to share with family and friends from their day at Rutgers Gardens.

The newlyweds were thrilled with their celebration and said that Hurricane Productions provided a fantastic staff for the event. Brittany noted that their wedding team had "great personalities and were great to work with." We were so happy to be a part of Brittany and Shawn's special day!

Looking for entertainment, photography, and videography services for your wedding? Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive packages for your big day. Check out our wedding pricing page or request a custom quote for more details.

Christina and Jesse - Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club

Christina and Jesse's Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club Wedding

There's nothing like summertime at the Jersey Shore, so it's no surprise that many local couples, like Christina and Jesse, choose to get married there. The newlyweds celebrated the start of their life together surrounded by loved ones at their Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club wedding.

This award-winning event facility is perfect for any occasion, including elegant beachfront weddings. Located in the historic seaside town of Spring Lake, New Jersey, "The B&T" offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and private beach access for guests. These spectacular backdrops, along with the venue's majestic ballroom, allow for some truly gorgeous wedding photos and videos.

Christina and Jesse hired Hurricane Productions to provide full-day videography coverage for their wedding events at Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club. Our videographers, Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian, captured every special moment of the day, including wedding party preparations, the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception. Later, the couple's raw footage was edited into a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic wedding film, along with a three to five-minute highlight video to share with family and friends.

Looking for wedding entertainment, photography, videography, lighting, and more? Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive packages for your wedding day. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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