About Us

 
Beautiful Memories is a small company run by a husband and wife who produce stylish, modern wedding films. We are the only employees of this business, so we produce a limited number of weddings per year and when you meet with us, you will meet the people who will be filming at your wedding and editing your video.  This approach gives us the opportunity to really get to know each of our couples, work very closely with them and ensure a personalized video with the best possible quality that we can deliver.  Nothing you will see in our work will remind you of a traditional “wedding video” and you will not be bored watching our videos.  More times than not, the comment we receive after viewing a demo is, "I don't even know any of these people, but I still wanted to see the whole thing and I feel like I know them now."  

We produce wedding films that look, sound, and tell your story just like a movie, not like your stereotypical "cheesy wedding video".  We have a passion for documenting weddings, the drive and creativity of true artists who grow and explore with each new experience, and the knowledge to make a video that truly showcases your personalities and not just your wedding.  Our business was born in 2005 out of necessity.  Let me explain....

My name is Jenn and I grew up in Poughkeepsie and moved to NYC to pursue my dream of working in television and film.  I worked on many independent films as well as for The Learning Channel and ABC News.  When I met my husband, I gave up my city life and moved to Wappingers Falls to marry him.  

As a former Hudson Valley bride that worked in Television and Film, I was very picky when it came to finding the right videographer to film our wedding. I searched the Internet looking at sample after sample, but I just couldn’t find anyone with the right style or cinematic vision for under $4000 (especially not local to the Mid-Hudson Valley).  After much research and visiting countless sites, it was clear to me that my choices were either settle for someone in my price range, which amounted to poor camera work covered by cheesy special effects or up my budget to bring in someone who could make me the perfect video.  Since it wasn’t in my budget to spend $4000 - $10,000 on a NYC wedding videographer and I didn't want to lower my standards, I decided that I would take a tremendous risk and ask my friends to film our wedding so I could edit my own video, my way.  

Although my friends were extremely effective with the cameras in hand and got a lot of really great footage for us, they were also all guests at our wedding.  Asking a guest to film your wedding means that you run the risk of minimal coverage.  I knew this going in, but I never expected they would stop recording in the middle of our first dance when the DJ asked everyone to join us on the dance floor!  

As the night progressed, they were more interested in partying than filming (but can you blame them, they were our guests.).  I’m not saying that I am not incredibly thankful to my friends for their help in filming our wedding, but if I were to do it again today, knowing what I do now, I would have increased my budget to have it done the right way; by a professional that is there for the sole purpose of capturing my whole wedding from beginning to end.  Seeing a need for a fresh approach to wedding video in our area, Beautiful Memories was born.


Fortunately, I was able to take our footage and create a beautiful wedding film for us, but other couples that take the diy approach are not so lucky.  We have received countless phone calls each year requesting help fixing the video that "Uncle Bob" shot.  No couple who really wants a wedding video should have to settle for "Uncle Bob's" home video.  We strongly believe that every couple getting married should be able to have a quality wedding video done by a professional videographer at a reasonable price.  

When we started this business, we had a clear vision of what we wanted to achieve and how we wanted to run it.  We treat our clients the way that we wanted to be treated when we were the bride and groom and we deliver wedding videos with all the things we would have expected from our videographer.  The video we would have wanted to remember our wedding day.

For more on how we run our business and what you can expect from us, please see our philosophy and style.