Columbus Wedding Videos, Wedding Videographer in GALENA, OH

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Whether you are looking for a full-length documentary style video, or a shorter, cinematic film, Columbus Wedding Videos can create a memorable video that you will enjoy for years to come! Our friendly, professional videographers are unobtrusive and focus on capturing the honest, candid moments that are truly special. We have different packages to fit all budgets. All packages come with multiple professional HD cameras, professional sound and lighting. We would love to meet with you to discuss!

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Welcome, Robin! Please introduce yourself and Abiding Love Weddings to our readers.

Hello! I am Robin Hannon of Abiding Love Wedding Officiant Services in Ellicott City, Maryland. I am a non-denominational wedding officiant that has been in this business since 2000. I have presided over religious, traditional, secular, and even theme weddings.

My time is your time, and I am not on the clock when it comes to making sure that our focus is on you. Therefore, taking care of you is the number one priority. I will be there with you to create vows that express your love and your journey, molding the ceremony into everything you wanted, needed, and expected it to be.

As a wedding officiant, I strive to be organized and efficient. Teamwork with my clients is an essential part of what I do. I am a very creative problem solver and think quickly and well no matter the situation. Whatever your faith or background, I will work with you and for you to create that perfect moment that you will remember for the rest of your life.

On a personal note, I am married, I have two daughters and four beautiful grandchildren. As well, I have one Italian Greyhound that I spoil to death. My hobbies include singing in my local choir, making jewelry, and reading.

How did you become a wedding officiant?

Becoming a wedding officiant fell into place for me when two of my friends wanted to be married and asked me to officiate. I had already studied and had received both my Bachelor and Master of Divinity, although at the time it wasn't clear what I wanted to do with that degree. I took it upon myself to look at many different wedding officiants that were online.

I studied to see how they ran their services, and what made them unique. I spent hours looking at different vows and their structure. After officiating at my first wedding, there was entirely no doubt in my mind that this was the path I needed to follow.

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"If you ask me what I love most about my job, it's the honor of being a part of those love stories"

What I love most about my job is the personal connections with my clients. Those are treasures. If you ask me what I love most about my job, it's the honor of being a part of those love stories. It is this that brings me joy and continues to motivate me.

What are the typical services offered by a wedding officiant?

Wedding officiants vary as to services that they offer. In general, most will include a full formal ceremony, a rehearsal along with signing the license, and coordinating the flow of the service. Some offer celebrations that have no rehearsal for less, and as well a quickie ceremony for elopements.

In general, most will include a full formal ceremony, a rehearsal along with signing the license, and coordinating the flow of the service

What a couple pays tends to be determined by where they live. For example, fees in California, New York, and other cities might be higher than the ones in smaller towns. The best advice I can give is to look for a wedding officiant that is professional, polished, and well versed in what they do. In this case, you want the best person for your job. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime affair. Consider that wedding officiant cost should not be your priority. The right wedding officiant can make or break the most important day in your life.

Are there things that differentiate wedding officiants?

The first thing in differentiating between wedding officiants is to see how they communicate. During your interview, are they speaking about you, finding out about you, or in general focusing on you? Are they talking about themselves the entire time? Yes, there is a place and time to speak about oneself, but briefly. Any interview should focus on you, your needs, your desires, and what will they do for you. The right wedding officiant should be wholly engaged in your concerns.

Another tip is to check their reviews. Do they have pictures or videos of previous weddings? If possible always meet face to face with your wedding officiant candidate. Personal connections can tell you more about whether you feel comfortable or not, and if you want that person to represent you.

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"One [wedding] was a Star Trek Wedding. They had me dress as a Vulcan."

How do couples come up with their vows?

Creating the perfect vows takes time and effort. It requires teamwork with my clients working to ensure that the ceremony reflects who they are, and their love story. I will send my clients a list of personal questions designed to help the process get started.

Some clients decide on readings or poetry in their vows. Sharing core values, universal themes, and hopes for the future also help to make the promises both unique and personal. In some of the theme weddings I have done, it is a shared interest. I usually will go back and forth with my clients perfecting their vows until they are delighted with the results.

What was the most memorable wedding you officiated?

I can think of three memorable weddings. The first wedding was of two older people who had been widowed and alone for many years. Their love was joyous, epic, and brought tears to everyone's eyes, even mine. It was an honor, and not to be cliché, but it just goes to show love is possible at any stage of life.

"Their love was joyous, epic, and brought tears to everyone's eyes, even mine"

The second and third weddings were theme-based weddings and were incredibly fun to do. One was a Star Trek Wedding. They had me dress as a Vulcan. I still have the picture. The third wedding was a football theme. My clients are avid Eagles fans. I knew less than nothing about football when I started, and my clients were more than helpful in providing the correct language. They dressed me in a Coach's uniform complete with a whistle. I spent a lot of time smiling and laughing together with my clients. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Was there ever a time you had to improvise?

So far no, and I’ve been doing this since 2000, but there is always a first time for everything. I am usually very prepared, and there is no need to improvise. Should the need occur, I think very quickly on my feet. Before I became a Reverend, I did some work in musical theatre. One of the first things they teach you is improvisation. I am pretty sure those skills are still in the vault of my mind if needed.

Which portion of the process keeps you busy the most?

The entire process keeps me busy and takes up energy but in the right way. I would say the most power goes into first writing the vows. The day of the wedding requires a lot of energy. I get up early and typically get to the venue at least an hour before any ceremony.

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"It can be chaotic, and I’m the one to bring calm and order into the energy before the wedding"

Often, I am helping set up, or checking with my clients to make sure all is well. I also set up my portable amp, and sound test it to make sure that is working. I check and recheck the vows, wedding officiant script, walk the venue, and get a feel for where everyone will be. It can be chaotic, and I’m the one to bring calm and order into the energy before the wedding.

If you could ask one thing of the grooms and brides that would make your job at their wedding easier, what would it be?

My clients are usually very cooperative. If I were to ask anything it would be, please make your needs clear to me, communicate with me, let me know if there are any issues. It is this communication that will ensure a good result with your wedding officiant.

What should our readers know about you?

Hi! I'm Dan, and I'm one of the founders and the artistic director of the Left Coast Quintet. I started this group with a few other local musicians in 2014 with the intent to have some fun, find new wedding songs for wind quintet, and perform more often. We began receiving inquiries for weddings and corporate events quickly, once people started to see how unique wind quintets are and the variety of music we were able to provide.

Two years ago, we started offering other ensembles as well, since we had been getting requests for a wind trio and string ensembles. I partnered with a good friend and violin player who sets up all of our string ensembles, and we are able to cover the spectrum of small music ensembles.

The most important or differing aspect of our group compared to others in the area is me - I have a background in large-scale incident planning and management and have a keen sense of detail, so I strive to give my clients an entirely hassle-free experience with open communication, honest ideas about wedding songs, and a guarantee of being prepared and on time for events.

"The greatest benefit from this profession is being able to bring high-quality live wedding songs to events that might otherwise just have a DJ or recorded music."

What is your music background?

I've been a musician since I was a small child in El Paso, TX. I started playing piano and guitar, and ultimately settled on bassoon in middle school. During high school, I formed a wind quintet that competed on the state level and also played for various events. I played in a pit orchestra for a Gilbert and Sullivan troupe and filled in when necessary for a professional symphony orchestra.

I decided to study City and Regional Planning in college and moved to California where I attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I continued music in school, playing with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and I had a wind quintet that was invited to the Carmel Bach Festival, Festival Mozaic, and Music Academy of the West for various performances. The quintet also played wedding songs at weddings and corporate galas throughout the Central Coast.

When I moved to San Diego, I quickly immersed myself in the music scene and have performed with the City Ballet Orchestra, Opera NEO, the Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Imperial Valley Symphony, and I'm the orchestra manager for the Villa Musica Summer Symphony.

The players in the various Left Coast Music ensembles are all musicians from these various ensembles who I've met over the years, they are incredible musicians and generally fun people to hang out with. The greatest benefit from this profession is being able to bring high-quality live wedding songs to events that might otherwise just have a DJ or recorded music - it's just an extra special way of celebrating the event and elevating the sophistication and elegance of a wedding ceremony.

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”Brides love that we can take a popular song they know and turn them into wedding songs for bridal processional.”

How did you get started in the music business?

I saw a need for other options for live music in San Diego and knew there would be a demand for options from couples looking for live wedding songs, so we started offering our services and people loved it!

I think many couples hesitate when hiring live musicians due to the price, and it is true that we are probably more expensive than a DJ, but live musicians really do bring an element of class to wedding ceremonies and receptions that recorded music can't match, and guests absolutely love listening to our renditions of songs they know. I also think brides love that we can take a popular song they know and turn them into wedding songs for their bridal processional.

What are the most common questions that couples ask you?

We are always asked what kind of wedding songs we can play, which ensemble is best for the venue, and what the price is. The answer to each of those questions really varies by each event that we are contracted for. Personally, I love our wind quintet - it is the original ensemble of the group and has the most amount of wedding songs and genres available. I won't turn down anyone though, if they only want or can afford a string duet then we will provide the best duet available to them.

There are many groups out there with sub-par amateur musicians who charge less- but you get what you pay for with them.

How do you know you're talking to a good wedding songs performer?

Wedding songs performers need to be able to improvise quickly and be open and adaptable to change. We never know if a wedding ceremony is running a few minutes behind, requiring us to play more wedding songs or adjust classic wedding songs. We need to be able to quickly find places to cut wedding songs in case wedding parties walk faster down the aisle than expected. At a wedding earlier this year, we were asked very last minute to perform during a special mid-wedding ceremony and were able to bring out a beautiful piece of music with little difficulty.

A good musician will ask clients what they are looking for in their ceremony and will custom tailor the group's wedding songs list and details to match the client's dream, instead of requiring the client to conform to the options the musician has available. I think clients should work with the person they are most comfortable with, someone who is outgoing and friendly, approachable, has a good amount of knowledge and experience, and has received positive reviews of their services. There are many groups out there with sub-par amateur musicians who charge less- but you get what you pay for with them.

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”We received so many compliments from guests at our wedding who loved the wedding songs and were impressed that it was my group playing”

Which was the most memorable wedding for you?

My own wedding! My wife and I were married in January of 2017 at Stone Brewery in Liberty Station, which is an absolutely gorgeous space. Our wind trio played, and we customized some really fun arrangements including Harry Potter, Princess Bride, and Indiana Jones (can you tell I like movie music?). We received so many compliments from our guests who loved the weddings songs and were impressed that it was my group playing.

My musicians arrive about 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time, and we start playing nice background wedding songs while guests arrive.

Which portion of the process keeps you busy the most?

The planning process probably takes the majority of my time. After a few initial emails, I like to speak on the phone or in person with my clients to make sure I have everything set, and I ask a lot of questions to make sure I have all of the details covered. The planning also includes organizing wedding songs list, sometimes getting new pieces arranged or purchasing arrangements of pieces I don't already have, and making sure that all of my musicians are available for the date requested.

What does your day at the wedding itself typically look like?

The day of the wedding, I normally get to the location about one hour prior to the ceremony start time to make sure everything is set up and speak to the coordinators and officiant, sometimes I'll arrive earlier if I need to bring audio equipment (microphones, speakers, etc). My musicians arrive about 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time, and we start playing nice background wedding songs while guests arrive. Once we get a cue from the coordinators, we will start with the processional music and then we relax and enjoy the ceremony.

Depending on the size of the ensemble you request from us, you can expect to pay $300-$700 per hour for our services.

What services do you offer?

We typically only play for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, but we have also played for dinner receptions and first dances. We really aren't a dance band, but we have connections with great DJ's and other live event bands that we can work with and incorporate into our contract. Depending on the size of the ensemble you request from us, you can expect to pay $300-$700 per hour for our services.

Do you offer any discounts?

We typically will discount our rates if we are playing multiple hours for any events within central San Diego, and we also offer discounts to military, emergency responders, and teachers for events within central San Diego.

What could the grooms and brides do that would make your job easier?

Please speak with your wedding coordinator about where you want us to set up, and please make sure that we have shade for outside events. We play our wedding songs on very valuable and sometimes historic instruments that cannot be in direct sunlight or be exposed to any elements.

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Rev. Sally Lilly. I am a modern, open-minded wedding officiant who believes everyone should be treated with love and respect. I have been in the wedding industry since 2002.

Originally I started as a “chapel keeper” at Our Lady of Loretta Heights Chapel. I was there to assist guests before, during and after the ceremony.

After that, I took a job at the City of Thornton assisting the elderly in many ways, including social services like helping them apply for housing and food stamps. After the funding ran out for the program it was time to return to the joys of weddings and I have never looked back.

”I believe it is my job to help couples find their own voice and help them express their love in their own unique way. It brings me great joy to see their happiness on such a special day.”

How did you become a wedding officiant?

During my time at the chapel, I would watch all the different couples and their wedding officiant and frankly, I was often appalled at the way some officiants conducted themselves and their treatment of the couples. It is not the job of a wedding officiant to force their opinions upon anyone.

I believe it is my job to help couples find their own voice and help them express their love in their own unique way. It brings me great joy to see their happiness on such a special day.

What are the most common questions that couples ask you?

Mostly they ask about what kind of ceremony they have to have and I always let them know that it is up to them. It is my duty to help them find what speaks to them. I most often work with either non-religious couples or those that have different backgrounds who are looking to meld their differing views into a ceremony that reflects both of them.

And, of course, there are always questions about the wedding officiant cost.

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”I welcome the different and unique.”

How much should the couples expect to pay for wedding officiant services?

I can’t speak about others but I like to offer my services at a reasonable price ($300-500). This generally includes a rehearsal, which I highly recommend. The only other fee I may charge is mileage if the ceremony is far away or in the mountains.

I think that most officiants are underpaid because people only see the hour or so that is spent at the ceremony. They don’t think about the time spent with the first meeting, crafting the ceremony, rehearsals, mileage and time spent traveling.

Are there things that make a wedding officiant special?

Some officiants require couples’ counseling and others insist that certain religious traditions be followed. If a wedding officiant tells you that you have to do something that you don’t really want, then they are not honoring you or your life.

I welcome the different and unique. There are so many differing views concerning spiritually and it is not up to me to tell anyone what they should do or believe. Each couple is unique and different. So, a good wedding officiant is the one that respects those differences.

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”It doesn’t matter what they say, only that it comes from the heart.”

Do you help couples come up with their vows?

Some couples already know what they want to promise. Others…not so much. I offer a selection of secular and religious examples to help jumpstart the process. It doesn’t matter what they say, only that it comes from the heart. I have used everything from Gandhi to Harry Potter as inspiration.

What was the most memorable wedding you officiated?

That is a very hard question but it may have been a couple who had already planned a beautiful summer wedding when they were struck by tragedy. The groom had a terrible accident and wound up in Craig Rehabilitation Hospital.

I was called upon to create a short but meaningful ceremony performed at the hospital. Finding the words to express their love and hopes for the future was a challenge I gladly accepted.

”I spend the most energy writing the ceremonies as each one is personal and unique.”

Was there ever a time you had to improvise?

More than once. Most often it is when a small child, acting as flower girl or ring bearer, has a meltdown. I even had to chase down a ring bearer who was running away with the rings! Afterward, we all had a good laugh.

Which portion of the process takes the most energy?

I spend the most energy writing the wedding officiant script as each one is personal and unique. No cookie cutter or wedding officiant guides, especially when they have something very different they wish to incorporate, like superheroes.

”Don’t sweat the small stuff. In the end, the only thing that matters is that they get married.”

What does your day at the wedding itself look like typically?

I usually arrive about 45 minutes early on the day of so I can coordinate with the DJ on music and get a mic. I check in with everyone to make sure all is going well and then I wait until the bride is ready. Mostly they are on time but not always.

After the ceremony, the couple and I sign the license and have a few photos taken. Then I visit with the guests for a bit before I am on my way.

What would be your advice for future brides and grooms?

That they do not worry about things being absolutely perfect. Don’t sweat the small stuff. In the end, as a wedding officiant I can say the only thing that matters is that they get married.

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