Stephanie and Patrick - Stroudsmoor Country Inn

Imagine exchanging vows at the top of a mountain, in the middle of a secluded forest, or beside a tranquil waterfall. That's exactly what couples get at a Stroudsmoor Country Inn wedding.

Situated atop its own 300-acre area within Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains, the Stroudsmoor Country Inn offers history, rustic charm, and unparalleled panoramic views. This sought-after Poconos wedding venue has six distinct locations for couples to get married, each with its own unique natural surroundings and ceremony/reception settings. With so much to offer, it's no wonder couples from Pennsylvania and its surrounding states choose Stroudsmoor for their big day.

Stephanie and Patrick's Stroudsmoor Country Inn Wedding

New Jersey couple Stephanie and Patrick celebrated their summer wedding at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn's Ridgecrest venue. This location features a wrought iron gazebo for ceremonies, which sits right at the edge of the mountain and offers breathtaking views of the Cherry Valley Wildlife Sanctuary below.

Receptions are held in the rustic Ridgecrest dining room. The space boasts gorgeous outdoor views, an 18' peaked ceiling, a central dance floor, and an elevated stage for entertainment. Ridgecrest also has an open-air pavilion for ceremonies, cocktail hour, and afterparties.

Hurricane Productions provided bundled media and entertainment services for Stephanie and Patrick's Stroudsmoor Country Inn wedding. Photographer Corynn Egreczky and videographer Markus Robinson spent the day with the newlyweds to document their wedding events. Our team captured the couple's pre-ceremony preparations, their gorgeous mountaintop ceremony, and their fun-filled reception.

Stephanie and Patrick also booked our Spotlight Entertainment package, which included reception entertainment by DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano, as well as custom venue lighting design by Nick Nittoli. As an add-on service, Hurricane also provided a wireless sound system for the couple's ceremony.

After the wedding, Markus's six hours of footage from Stephanie and Patrick's day was edited into a 60 to 90-minute feature-length cinematic wedding film and a three to five-minute highlight video for the couple to share on social media. Like all of our wedding videography packages, the newlyweds' Full-Feature video package also included delivery of all raw footage from the event via our secure cloud server.

Getting married in the tri-state area? Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of all-inclusive wedding day services. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Emily and Matt - SkyView Golf Club

Emily and Matt's SkyView Golf Club Wedding

For couples seeking a rustic but elegant affair in Northern New Jersey, a SkyView Golf Club wedding is tough to beat. Located in Sparta, NJ, this Sussex County event venue sits on 190 sprawling acres of land near the Hamburg Mountains. It's a gorgeous, picturesque setting for any celebration.

At SkyView, you'll enjoy panoramic views from every location, whether it's the newly renovated cocktail hour terrace, the grand ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, or the tranquil wooden gazebo. The venue's log cabin and siloed barn provide the perfect backdrop for photos.

Emily and Matt hired Hurricane Productions to help them celebrate their big day at SkyView Golf Club. The couple chose our Spotlight Entertainment package, which included reception entertainment by DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano, and custom venue lighting design by Nick Nittoli.

We also provided full-day videography services for Emily and Matt's wedding. Main videographer Corynn Egreczky and assistant Tyler Ajamian spent the entire day with the newlyweds, capturing their wedding preparations, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

After the big day, Corynn and Tyler's footage was edited into a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic wedding film. Emily and Matt also received a three to five-minute highlight video to share with friends and family, plus all of our videographers' raw footage from their day.

Looking for media and entertainment services for your wedding? Check out Hurricane Productions' all-inclusive packages, or request a quote for more details.

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Wedding Day Prep Timeline: How to Keep Your Morning on Track

Your wedding is just a few months away. You probably already have a good idea of the timeline for your big wedding events -- ceremony, cocktail hour, grand entrance, first dance, cake cutting, etc. But do you have a wedding day preparation timeline, too?

Anyone who's been in a wedding knows that the morning and afternoon leading up to the ceremony goes by extremely quickly. It's also pretty easy to lose track of time, especially if your bridesmaids and groomsmen are getting ready in different locations and you're all trying to coordinate transportation to the ceremony site. That's why it's so important to have a detailed schedule for your pre-ceremony preparations before your photographer and/or videographer arrive. Creating this plan and distributing it to your family and wedding party will ensure that everyone's on the same page and nobody goes MIA on your big day.

What to include on your day-of prep timeline

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Your wedding day preparation timeline can be merged with your regular timeline, but it should include all key details of who needs to be where and when. This includes the timing for specific hair and makeup appointments, when people should be dressed and ready, photographer and videographer arrival times, the limo pick-up times and locations, etc.

Essentially, anything that's happening before your official wedding events begin should be included on this schedule. The more granular and precise you are, the more likely it is that everyone will be able to stick to the schedule. You may also wish to include reliable points of contact for the wedding party and family members -- you don't want to be fielding logistical phone calls and texts while you're getting ready for your wedding!

Some items to schedule on your prep timeline include:

  • Arrival times for vendors assisting with preparations, including hair/makeup stylist, photographer, videographer, florist, etc.
  • The bride's hair and makeup appointments
  • When the bridesmaids and groomsmen should arrive for preparations, and where they should meet you
  • Specific times for each bridesmaids' hair and makeup (if you have a professional stylist coming)
  • Time and location for pre-ceremony meal/snack and champagne toast with your wedding party (if applicable)
  • When the bride is putting her dress on (and who's helping her, if applicable)
  • When everyone else should be dressed and 100% ready for photos
  • Logistics and times for transportation to second and third locations (even if all your wedding events are happening in the same building, specify where everyone should meet and when)
  • Start and end times for portraits with wedding party/family members

What happens if you don't have a detailed wedding day preparation timeline?

A typical wedding day timeline usually has a start time listed for "hair and makeup," and then a big gap until the photographer arrives. It may seem like overkill, but if you don't break down exactly what happens during those hours in between, your wedding party may procrastinate and end up waiting until moments before the photographer gets there to put the finishing touches on their looks.

If your prep timeline doesn't include enough details or contact information, you also run the risk of someone running late or missing out on key photos. Imagine that your timeline jumps from "3:30 p.m. - Everyone dressed" to "4:30 p.m. - Wedding party portraits begin." Someone in your wedding party may think they have time to run a quick errand nearby and make it back to the ceremony location in time for photos. It's better to specify an in between step, like "3:30 p.m. - Wedding party gather at portrait location," even if that means your wedding party spends a few minutes waiting before they have their pictures taken.

How to keep your wedding preparations on track

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1. Give everyone the schedule ahead of time.

The week of your wedding, email a copy of your schedule to everyone involved in the preparations, including any family members who will be in formal portraits. You may even wish to print out your schedule on paper and distribute it at the rehearsal dinner.

2. Leave enough time during the rehearsal dinner for Q&A.

We get it -- you want to relax and have a great time with your family and wedding party before the whirlwind of the big day. Before everyone starts in on their main course (and second glass of wine), check in with your rehearsal dinner guests to ensure that everyone understands where they're supposed to be and give them an opportunity to ask for clarifications on the schedule.

3. Enlist your vendors to help keep everyone moving.

Your photographer and videographer are pros who know how to keep an event crowd organized and on schedule. If it's time to move onto the next item on the timeline and one or two bridesmaids or groomsmen are lagging behind, you can trust your media staff  to gently nudge them along and ensure that everyone is on track and where they need to be.

Hurricane Productions offers media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Check out our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages, or request a custom quote for more details.

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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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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.

Corrine and Jovi – Molly Pitcher Inn

Corrine and Jovi's Molly Pitcher Inn Wedding

The Molly Pitcher Inn is a popular choice for Monmouth County couples who want an elegant waterfront wedding. Located in Red Bank, New Jersey, this hotel and event venue offers stunning views of the Navesink River. Corinne and Jovi took advantage of the Inn's gorgeous backdrop for photos and videos at their spring wedding.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment, photography, and videography services for the couple's celebration. Corrine and Jovi chose our Request Entertainment Package and intelligent spotlighting upgrade, with entertainment provided by DJ and MC Alvin Gay.

As a package upgrade, Hurricane set up a wireless sound system for Corrine and Jovi's ceremony. The newlyweds also added an open-air photobooth for their guests to enjoy, complete with props and unlimited prints.

To capture the special moments of their Molly Pitcher Inn wedding, the couple chose our full-day photography package with photographer Corynn Egreczky, as well as our short movie package with videographer Markus Robinson. Markus's six hours of raw footage was then edited into a three to five-minute highlight video for the Corrine and Jovi to share with their friends and family.

Need media and entertainment services for your big day? Hurricane Productions can help. Visit our pricing page or request a quote to learn more about our all-inclusive wedding packages.

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Amanda and Ryan - The Bridgewater Manor

Amanda and Ryan's Bridgewater Manor Wedding Video

Amanda and Ryan hired Hurricane Productions to film their spring wedding at The Bridgewater Manor. This elegant venue in Bridgewater, New Jersey boasts five ballrooms, gorgeous landscaping, and a top-notch event staff with nearly 25 combined years of hospitality experience.

Hurricane videographers Phil Shvartsman and Ashley Szymczyk worked with the couple to create their Bridgewater Manor wedding video. Our team spent the entire day with Amanda and Ryan, documenting each moment of their wedding events.

Phil and Ashley arrived early to capture the couple getting ready with their wedding party. Then, they headed to Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville for a beautiful Catholic ceremony. Once Amanda and Ryan said their "I do's," they and their guests went to The Bridgewater Manor for the cocktail hour and reception.

As part of their full-day video package, the newlyweds received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic edit of their wedding events, plus all their raw footage from the day. They also received a three to five-minute highlight video to share with family and friends on social media.

Looking for wedding videography, photography, or entertainment services? Hurricane Productions can help. Check out our pricing page to learn about our packages, or request a quote for more details and availability.

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Tara and Gary - The Olde Mill Inn

Tara and Gary's Olde Mill Inn Wedding Photos

Tara and Gary's wedding was a day filled with love and happiness. The couple held their ceremony and reception at The Olde Mill Inn, a historical Basking Ridge venue that dates back to the 18th century. With its elegant ballroom, stone architecture, and gorgeous grounds, the Inn provided the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds' wedding photos.

The couple hired Hurricane Productions' Corynn Egreczky to capture their Olde Mill Inn wedding photos. She provided full-day coverage and documented the wedding party preparations, the ceremony, the reception, and portraits of the couple and their loved ones.

The new Mr. and Mrs. also booked Hurricane's Spotlight Entertainment Package for their reception. DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano kept guests on the dance floor throughout the evening. Tara and Gary upgraded their package with a ceremony sound system, full ballroom uplighting, and LED screens with a photo montage and custom animation.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details on our all-inclusive packages.

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Shannon and Greg - The Bridgewater Manor

Shannon and Greg's Bridgewater Manor Wedding

The Bridgewater Manor is known for its elegance and sophistication. With five ballrooms, and a perfectly manicured outdoor patio for ceremonies, this Bridgewater, NJ event venue offers a romantic and traditional setting for beautiful weddings like Shannon and Greg's.

The couple hired Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment and videography services for their spring Bridgewater Manor wedding. As part of their Spotlight Entertainment package, Shannon and Greg received cocktail hour sound and reception entertainment by company founders Vincent Velasquez (MC) and Strato Doumanis (DJ), plus intelligent spotlighting for the dance floor.

The newlyweds added several package upgrades, including full ballroom uplighting and a custom Name in Lights monogram. They also had a custom Snapchat geofilter designed by our team so guests could show off their Snaps of the wedding in style.

Hurricane videographer Corynn Egreczky provided full-day video coverage for the couple's Bridgewater Manor wedding. She captured all of Shannon and Greg's special moments throughout the day, from morning preparations through the final dance of the evening. Corynn's footage was edited into a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic wedding film, and a three to five-minute highlight video.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Monica and Michael - Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ

Monica and Michael's Waterloo Village wedding video

New Jersey couples who want a rustic wedding often choose Waterloo Village, a 19th century canal town in Stanhope, NJ. This gorgeous venue is brimming with both history and charm, and provides the perfect backdrop for romantic photos and videos.

Monica and Michael experienced the magic of Waterloo Village firsthand during their spring wedding. The newlyweds hired Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment and videography services for their big day. They chose our Spotlight Entertainment Package, which included entertainment by DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano, and customized intelligent spotlighting. As an add-on to their package, Hurricane also set up a wireless sound system for the ceremony.

To create their Waterloo Village wedding video, Monica and Michael hired Hurricane's Phil Shvartsman and Tyler Ajamian for full-day videography coverage. Phil and Tyler worked together to capture all the couple's special moments, from pre-ceremony prep through the end of their reception. Their package included a 60 to 90-minute wedding film and a three to five-minute highlight video, plus the videographers' raw footage from their day.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page to view our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote to learn more.

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Book Last Minute, Raw Footage and Edit Later

There's no way around it: Weddings can get very expensive, very quickly. After you've booked your venue, officiant, photographer, DJ, florist, and countless other vendors, you might not have a lot of money left over to spend on video. You might not even be sure you want a wedding videographer at all.

But Hurricane Productions isn't your average wedding videographer. We offer videography services and options you won't find at most other companies. Here are three things that make us a great choice for couples on the fence about video:

You can book us at the last minute.

Couples who know they want video typically book their wedding videographer early on in the planning process. But some couples aren't sure if they want to invest in video until a few months before the big day -- and they're often disappointed to learn that most local videographers have already been booked for their date.

Because Hurricane Productions works with nearly a dozen photo and video professionals, you can come to us 30 to 60 days before your wedding date, and we'll have someone available to shoot your event. Rachel and Steve Chassen hired Hurricane just three weeks before their wedding, and we were able to provide them with a videographer to capture raw footage of their day.

We offer raw footage packages for couples on a budget.

Our affordable wedding video editing packages start at just $1,295 for six hours of coverage and a three to five-minute highlight video. But if that's still outside your budget, you don't have to pay for edits at all.

We offer couples the option to just hire a wedding videographer to shoot and deliver raw footage of your day. This means you'll get the unedited clips of your wedding events -- ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception -- directly from the videographer's camera, delivered via our secure cloud server. From there, you can choose to keep the clips as they are or edit them together to make your own wedding video.

Not sure what raw footage entails? Learn more about it here.

We store your footage for up to a year (in case you change your mind).

A highlight edit of you raw footage can make a great holiday gift, or one year anniversary gift to each other!

Picture this : Your own private Dropbox folder. Access anytime for up to one year.

What happens if you get our raw footage from your wedding and now wish you'd gotten an edit package? It's not too late -- Hurricane Productions has worked with plenty of couples to incorporate video edits after their wedding day. We store your footage on our secure cloud server for up to one year after your event. That means you have a full 365 days to decide whether you want us to turn your clips into a beautiful, feature-length cinematic film, a short highlight video to share on social media, or both.

Jessica and Joe came back to us after their wedding to request both a highlight video and a feature-length edit:

Lisa and Jaime ordered their highlight video after their wedding day (and were absolutely thrilled with it!):

If you've already booked us to edit a highlight video for you, you can upgrade to a full cinematic edit up to year after after your wedding day, too.

So, it's OK if you want to just get raw footage. It's OK if you decide you want professional edits six months after your wedding. It's OK if you're not even sure you're ready to book a wedding videographer yet. With Hurricane's flexible options, we can accommodate any couple's needs, timeline, and budget. Get in touch and let's talk about your vision for your wedding video.

Visit our pricing page to view all of our wedding videography packages, or request a quote to discuss a custom package.

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Picturesque Spring Wedding Venues in New Jersey

It's not hard to see why springtime marks the beginning of wedding season. When you're surrounded by blooming flowers and lush greenery around every corner, photos taken at ideal spring wedding venues can be exceptionally gorgeous. Plus, outdoor photo shoots are much more pleasant before New Jersey's humid summer heat kicks in!

If you're planning a spring wedding in the Garden State, you've got a lot of options for gorgeous venues. No matter where in New Jersey you live, there's a nearby location with the perfect backdrop for your big day. Here are five of our favorite NJ spring wedding venues.

Rutgers Gardens (New Brunswick)

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Many Hurricane staffers are Rutgers University alumni. As a result, we work with a lot of couples who met during their time at RU. If you and your sweetheart are Scarlet Knights, what better place to get married than the place you fell in love? Located on the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus, Rutgers Gardens hosts wedding outdoor ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. Whether you choose the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden or the Art Rudolph Sun and Shade Garden, your wedding photos will be filled with stunning florals and greenery.

Shadowbrook (Shrewsbury, NJ)

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Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury is an incredible venue for any time of year, but a spring wedding at this historical Monmouth County estate lets you take full advantage of its 18-plus acres of natural beauty. After you travel up the maple tree-lined drive to the property, you'll find an elegant, historical mansion, an outdoor ceremony space with rows of gorgeous flowers, and countless opportunities for photos and videos in front of the venue's flawless landscaping.

The Spring Lake Manor (Spring Lake, NJ)

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This beautiful wedding venue dates back to 1901 and was recently renovated to "preserve its unique character." In addition to its elegant exterior, Spring Lake Manor features a private outdoor courtyard with a fountain and a brick waterfall out front. Want beach photos, too? The Manor is just a few short blocks from the shore.

Clarks Landing (Point Pleasant)

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Clarks Landing is one of our favorite Jersey Shore wedding venues. You can have your outdoor ceremony overlooking the Manasquan River, and then head out to the docks for a romantic photo shoot. Even if the weather isn't ideal for outdoor photos, Clarks Landing offers some amazing indoor shots:. Its Grand Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water.

The Water Witch Club (Highlands)

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If you want the best of New Jersey's outdoor views in one location, look no further than the exclusive Water Witch Club. Situated on one of the highest points of the eastern seaboard, this one-of-a-kind venue is surrounded by the Sandy Hook bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the New York City skyline. The Water Witch Club's official event season runs from April through October, so if you want to book one of its limited spring wedding weekends, you won't want to delay.

Planning a New Jersey wedding? Let Hurricane Productions provide your entertainment, photography, and videography services. Check out our pricing page to view our packages, or request a quote for more details.

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