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“At first, we were hesitant to hire a videographer given that we had already hired a fantastic photographer. In hindsight, hiring Meg was one of the best decisions we made. The video she produced captures a perfect balance of storytelling and touching memories and provided us a chance to see so many of our guests’ interactions and details that we otherwise would not have been able to see. Additionally, Meg’s warm presence and endearing personality make her wonderful to have around on your wedding day. I have no doubt that we will continue watching our video for years to come and cannot wait to share it with the next generation of our family so they can hear the voices of the older generations and see the passion our families and friends brought to our wedding weekend. Thank you, Meg — I have not stopped recommending you to friends; you truly are one of a kind.” – Bri & Grant

Photo: Dave & Meg (working) with Bri & Grant at a Kennebunkport, ME Wedding this fall.

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A “wicked fun” fall wedding from The Barn at Flanagan Farm. Flowers and Lighting by Kate Martin of Beautiful Days, Event Coordination by Meagan Gilpatrick of  Maine Seasons Events,  Michelle Gardella Photographer, Wild Orchid Baking Co.,  Joya Beauty,  Hair that Moves,  Blue Elephant Catering,  My Bluegrass Romance (Ceremony and Cocktail Hour)  & DJ Jon (Reception) and more! Congratulations to Brea and Scott not only on their one year anniversary but their wedding was recently featured in WellWed’s Maine and NH issue. Brea is usually behind the camera taking center spreads for the magazine, but this time she’s the one being featured. Check out her work at www.BreaMcDonald.com

The Barn at Flanagan Farm Wedding Film from meg simone on Vimeo.

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Seacoast of NH Wedding Film of Heather and Matt from meg simone on Vimeo.

It was a huge honor to be chosen to document Matt and Heather’s wedding weekend because Matt is also a wedding filmmaker! No pressure, no pressure :) Matt is the man and the talent behind LMV Productions based right here in New England. As you will see he is the nicest most enthusiastic guy around, so please don’t hesitate to check out his work too. Their story is so much fun, and I love how he proposed – nailed it! You are not going to want to miss this!

Being surrounded by other wedding professionals who know and work with Matt was so much fun because they were genuinely SO excited for them.  The rehearsal dinner was at Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, the ceremony was in Portsmouth, NH followed by the reception at Wentworth By The Sea.  The ladies from The Wedding Belle not only provided event design and coordination but you may see them on the dance floor too! Guest appearances by the super duo, Joanne from Joya Beauty and Lenna of Hair That Moves, and Photography was provided by another Matt and Heather Fan, Shannon Cronin, Flowers by Dolly at Presige House of Flowers, The JP was Dan Griffiths, transportation by Regal Limousine, and entertainment by DJ Mario.

“Right after the speeches at the reception, Heather looks at me says “How does anyone not get a Wedding Video? Those speeches were amazing, and I barely remember what they said.” It is so true! And to have you guys capture the most important day of our lives was perfect.” – Matt
“Den and I have just left Matt & Heather’s home. We were emotionally blown away by the highlight recording you did of their wedding!!! You captured it all. It was a complete story of their relationship to that moment!!! It’s like you were in our hearts and minds at the same time!! We can’t thank you enough for capturing this magical weekend for them and us. I look forward to watching it over and over again!! Meg you have an amazing gift and we are all blessed to have you be part of our lives forever! Wishing you only the best!!! Thanks!! Love ya!!” – Matt’s Mom
“I can’t tell you how many times we have watched our video… It’s so so so special to us. Every time we watch, we catch more parts and small details that I just know you put so much thought in to. Your style is truly remarkable. The way you match the shots to the words and how you carried the story and theme theme throughout. It’s so amazing!” – Heather

Songs listed in order:
Best Friends Instrumental – Skyeler Kole (SongFreedom)
New For Me Instrumental – Michael McEachern (SongFreedom)
Sweeter Instrumental – Jess Penner (SongFreedom)
What If Instrumental – ColbieCaillat (SongFreedom)
White Dress Instrumental – Ben Rector (Music Bed)
Always Been You – Marie Hines (Music Bed)
The Beat Instrumental – Ben Rector (Music Bed)
White Dress – Ben Rector (Song Freedom)

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Hardy Farm Wedding Showcase from meg simone on Vimeo.

This Hardy Farm Wedding Vendor Showcase was so fun! Couples from all over the US attended to not only see the grounds but meet local wedding professionals. The celebration wrapped up with a $1,000 venue credit bouquet toss! This bouquet toss was more intense then at a real wedding! You will see! Lots of local talent and a beautiful new venue in Western Maine.

Photos by Anne Skidmore Photography
Also Featuring:
The Refinery 
Dutch Bloemen Winkel
Wildflowers Inc
Watershed Floral
SP-Films 
Kivalo Photography 
Spring Smith Studios 
Gus & Ruby 
Inspirations Bridal
Debony Salon
White Mountain Cider Co
CVC Catering 
European Bakery
Cakes for All Seasons
Nancy Ray Music 
Northeast Event Design
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I love learning, I love growing as a business owner and I love meeting new people. This day long workshop was held at Be Well Studios in North Conway, NH. 15 other wedding professionals from all over the region came together for a very inspiring experience. I know I did not leave the same person as when I showed up in the morning. Transformation and growth is necessary to move us all forward. I am looking forward to more of Heathers workshops in the future. Learn more at www.wideawakebydesign.com
Behind The Scenes: trying to get in the photo before the timer goes off – the outtakes!
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Last week I was at The POSH Retreat for Female Event Filmmakers. They change locations every year, and this year’s workshops took place on a cruise. For any filmmakers that may follow me here, I can’t stress the importance of continuing education. If you are new and starting out and don’t have funds to do a national workshop look locally to your Professional Videographer Associations. Seek out small business workshops in your town that may be put on by the local SCORE chapter in your region. I highly recommend following The POSH Retreat (for women only) for information on next years event, and also IN[FOCUS] has their annual video event in Charleston, SC January 20-22nd, 2015 and the speaker line up is AWESOME! Here are a few quick photos. I’ll post more in my monthly recap!  Female-Wedding-Filmmakers_0001 Female-Wedding-Filmmakers_0002 Female-Wedding-Filmmakers_0003

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Apparently it’s been a really busy few months because I didn’t even realize I skipped over September until I went to write up October! September was wild with events in CA, Nantucket, and Boston. Always fun to meet and work with other wedding professionals across the country.  I love small world encounters, and when I was walking from a rehearsal dinner at Mistral to the Boston Public Library I ran into my old roommate on the street. Very random! I forgot she had moved back to Boston from NYC and of course she lives two doors down from the couple I was filming right? So crazy!  Nantucket-Wedding-Filmmakers_0001

In CA we worked with Seattle based photographer Jim Garner of J. Garner Photography and I have to thank him for being such an awesome team player. I learned a lot by working along side them and I can’t wait to see the photos! The best part about that trip in addition to the adventure and the wedding was the officiant. I filmed Bri’s wedding in 2012 and she connected the dots on this one, not only as a great friend of the bride but also a newly ordained minister.

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A week later back on Nantucket, Blanca the Sportsmobile helped transport Photographer Cody Hunter and Clayton Austin for the first look and in town portraits. Good times guys! You can see Clayton’s photos from Ashley and Jake’s wedding, here. I also visited with Soiree Floral and even met an instagram follower in person – yay Whita711! Leaving ACK we hit the main land and met up with Stacey Hedman Photography for breakfast and then went right to Gloucester to help Lisa and Chris from Next Level Films on one of their weddings as Lisa had helped me at our wedding in the Boston area a few weeks prior. She’s awesome, definitely check out their work!

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Two trips to Maine in October rounded out the 2014 wedding season, and as usual I was so focused on filming I didn’t snap any behind the scenes photos working along side Portland based photographer Melissa Mullen at the York Harbor Reading Room or David Murray, Els Cards, and Beautiful Days while at Hidden Pond and The Colony in Kennebunkport. One of my favorite parts of that wedding weekend (in addition to the main festivities) was the 5K run and Dog Parade, not to mention Bri the newly ordained minister from the CA wedding was in attendance (pictured with her husband, Dave, and I below) in Kennebunkport and had connected the dots on that event too. Many thanks to Bri… and to the other Brea (of Brea McDonald Photography), who let us camp out in her driveway! A morning beach walk at Parsons was the perfect way to formally end wedding season… although I did document two small elopements before the leaves fell off the trees.

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Fall is the perfect time for hiking – no black flies, cooler temps. We fit in hikes and family time with nieces and nephews. A highlight for me was finally getting out on a bike ride with my dad. No matter what is going on in life, you just have to make time for moments like this.

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Rounding out the month, my friend Mariah, co-owner of Snap! Weddings in RI, came up with her son East Coast Bush Craft, for an awesome fall camping adventure. The weather was a bit wet but that didn’t stop us from having a great time. ECBC even started the fire without use of modern methods, it was impressive and we all learned a lot.

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With the amount of Kombuca I consumed during wedding season I jumped at the chance to learn how to make my own. I have a set up for my first batch in the works, but thanks to Lori for offering this workshop. Lots of veggies have been harvested from the garden – leeks anyone? Kale Chips? I’m still getting fresh spinach and lettuce, but for how much longer? Temps are falling in the White Mountains, as I’m editing 2014 films with the wood stove cranking. My goal is to make sure everyone has their film for the holidays – Thanksgiving or Christmas, I’m on it! I took in a show at Stone Mountain Arts Center last week, acoustic Brett Dennan. My gosh I wish we could license his music for wedding films!  Blanca the Sportsmobile went in to get her “winter shoes” put on aka snow tires. She’s at the ready for whatever adventure lies ahead.  Follow along on Instagram for the latest.

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Dearest Meg..

Here we are one of the most glorious days of my life! I watched again (probably for the 300th time :-), Brooks and Liz’s wedding video as today is their 4th wedding anniversary. How wonderful that day was, and how wonderful to have you there to capture such wonderful, tender and fun moments!

I just wanted to thank you once again, Meg, for shining a light on two people I love most in this world! Each time I watch this wonderful movie you created, I smile, laugh, shed tears, laugh again, and am ever so grateful for that wonderful day and you. You bring alive each and every year, the essence of that wonderful day, friends, family and such love. I am forever grateful. Thank you for capturing the essence of that very special day and the ability to live it time and time again. My best to you, Meg

Always,

RBP (Mother of the Groom)

Photograph by Birch Blaze

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Mark Rose Flowers & Events: A New Year’s Eve Wedding at The Pierre Hotel, New York from meg simone on Vimeo.

It was fun to put this highlight together for Mark Rose Flowers & Events. This is an excerpt from a wedding we did together on New Years Eve.

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