Wedding Videos That Tell A Story
Affordable – Meaningful
Wedding Videos That Tell A Story
Affordable – Meaningful
“You Never Know The Value Of a Moment Until It Becomes a Memory”
In 2007 I married my best Friend and shortly after, we found out we couldn’t have kids of our own. Jackson, our oldest was an answer to prayer, he came into our lives at the ripe old age of 7 months through Foster Care, and just 4 months later we adopted his twin brothers at birth. At a time in my life when I was working 100+ hours per week running 2 Pizza restaurants that we owned, barely having time for myself, let alone for 3 little boys I had to make a change. I remembered the struggles from my own childhood, and knew that I had to be there for my kids.
As a stay-at-home Dad I spent my days teaching my 3 little boys. With their constant growth and desire to learn, I was inspired by them every day.
For many years I have had a somewhat successful YouTube channel with just over 1.5million hits, purely as a hobby.
With a college education in Business and a passion for Photography that I’d picked up at the age of 15 I started what is now known as Ryan Hender Films. I didn’t start the business to make Wedding Videos, I had a vision to make compelling, inspirational, one of a kind videos of all kinds. Life comes at you fast, you never know when your time is up. When the good Lord calls us home, the only thing we leave behind is the memories we created with those around us.
I have won several awards as a Videographer, not necessarily because of what I DO, but because of that I feel. I get invited to some of the most amazing weddings/events all over the country, from there I take the raw video footage, and craft it into a unique story that will stand the test of time.
I am a people person, and I love my clients, so I pour my heart and soul into everything I produce.
In May of last year, unexpectedly we lost my father to a hereditary, incurable disease, that just weeks before his death, I too was diagnosed with. It has always been at the forefront of my mind, the importance of our time on this earth. Each and every minute is so important, we never know when our time will be up. But now more than ever I have a deeper understanding of the importance of making the most of the time we have here on this earth. That is why I do what I do. I capture memories, and preserve them for generations.
Anyone can make a home movie, anyone can press a button on an iPhone and take a picture, or nowadays even record a video, but what I do is far and above that. Using professional camera and audio recording equipment to record the sound from your event so that it sounds sounds upclose, intimate, and personal! That’s how they do it in the movies, and that’s what you get with me. I capture great quality video and sound, and then couple it with the perfect music, and bring in some video clips to really pull the audience through your film. No matter if you’re watching it for the first time, or you’re watching it 20 years down the road, I want you to feel as though you are IN the very moment.
The beauty is in the details, and that is what I specialize in. You can hire anyone to record a video, but not just anyone can make a beautiful cinematic film that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Featured Wedding Videos
Black Friday Sale!
Last year we had a very successful Black Friday sale, so this year we are pulling out all the stops! Book our highly popular Video + Photo package and get a Dedicated Videographer AND Photographer for one low price!
Normally $2,495, get your wedding video and photo package for just $1,995 for a very limited time! This deal absolutely ENDS 11/30/2017.
*Deposit must be made by 11/30/2017 in order to qualify for discount*
Photo galleries and video examples below. Many more videos on the main website.
Here are just a few example videos.
Ashley and Shane got married on a beautiful clear July day. It was an intimate gathering with only those closest to the lovely couple were in attendance. The love in the air could be cut with a knife, and it was certainly contagious. It wasn’t a stuffy adult’s only event, the backyard venue had plenty of space for the kiddos, and those young at heart to run free. The ceremony was passionate and meaningful, one for the record books. Just before they sealed their vows with a kiss, they lit a candle, bringing their individual lives, families, and groups of friends together as one unified force for good. The night was not complete without Shane singing his famous rendition of “Purple Shane”.
When Ashley started bringing Shane around, it didn’t take long for Ashley’s friends to see what she saw in him. He is kind, funny, thoughtful, and always the life of the party. He accepted Ashley and all of her gal pals with open arms as they started on their journey to where they are today. Their love for the outdoors and grand adventures is in their blood. It was such a pleasure working with both Shane and Ashley on their wedding day, what a wonderful day it was. Below is their wedding highlight video, enjoy!
Secrets to planning your own Backyard wedding.
When it comes to, there really is no place like home. Maybe your parents have an amazing lakeside house, your grandparents have a perfect country cottage or you’ve always had your eye on a grand, private estate like the stunning Hempstead House in Sands Point, New York. But odds are your (or someone else’s) home isn’t quite prepared for 150 wedding guests, 75 cars, 20 waiters, 15 tables and 1 happy couple. Although it may be more work (and more expensive) than you anticipated, you won’t regret saying your vows in the place that means the most to you. It’s all about being prepared for what it takes to throw a wedding in your very own backyard.
You Need Room to Say “I do”
Does your setup have enough space for all your guests? If not, you’ll have to start trimming the list. Don’t mistake overcrowded for cozy. If you plan to use a combination of indoor and outdoor space, know that if the weather takes a turn for the worst, everyone will need to fit indoors. Will there be enough space in, say, the living room, to set up white folding chairs with a wide enough aisle? The general rule is six to ten square-feet of floor space per guest for row-seating.
You Can’t Do It All Yourself
Since you’re so accustomed to your home, hiring a wedding coordinator will give you a fresh perspective on the property and what you can and cannot do. You will also need people to cover all the basics: setting up, cooking, serving, parking cars, and cleaning up. Hiring a cleaning crew may be the best decision you’ll make. In the days leading up to the wedding, the last thing you (or your parents) want to have to do is a massive house-scrubbing.
You’ll Need to Tend to Your Lawn
Your yard will be on display, so give the space a manicured look. Whether that means dragging out the lawnmower or hiring a landscaper, you’ll want your lawn to be in peak form. If you’re planning on a spring wedding, start preparing in the fall. Talk to your professional landscaper about reseeding, replanting, and sodding.
You’ll Need to Plant Early
Most perennials need a winter to take hold, and it takes some time for annuals to fill out. Make sure to find out the appropriate planting times for the flowers you’d like, so they’ll be in full bloom on your wedding day. For a spring wedding, cool-season flowers like, and will be in bloom (which need to be planted the autumn before). For summer, try annuals like geraniums, and African daisies, which should be planted after the threat of frost; you’ll probably want to plant perennials for fall, like Japanese anemones, and blue salvia—these should also be planted the fall before.
Your Wedding Officiant May Not Comply
Make sure your wedding officiant will give you his or her blessing at your chosen location (some aren’t able to perform the ceremony outside their place of worship because it’s not recognized by the church). You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to find a licensedwho will do the honors.
Wedding Guests May Try to Stay at Your House
Try to dissuade them from this idea. Unless you’re marrying at a 25-room estate, the only people who should be staying at the wedding site are the homeowners and their immediate family (the bride or the groom, other siblings). You don’t want to be fighting your cousin for shower time the morning of your wedding. What you should do is recommend a hotel that’s as close to your property as possible.
You’ll Need to Rent Everything
Your must-have items are tables, chairs, dinnerware, napkins, table linens, place settings, barware, portable bathrooms, and a tent. Rent enough chairs so everyone can be seated for the ceremony. If you need more room for the reception, remove most of the chairs after the meal, keeping just enough around so half the party can sit during the festivities.
You’ll Probably Need a Generator Too
Most homes can’t accommodate the amount of power necessary to light a tent or provide power to a catering kitchen. You don’t want to risk a power outage, or even worse, blowing out the whole neighborhood! Check with your caterer to see if you need to rent extra coolers, grills, or roasters. Don’t wait on this; you’ll want to start researching and reserving equipment six months before your wedding.
Wedding Vendors Need to Check Out the Property
In order to determine what extras they’ll need to bring, vendors should stop by for a visit. Have your caterer survey your kitchen to make sure it is well-equipped and large enough to prepare the menu. Otherwise they may need to bring in a completely functional traveling kitchen.
The Ground May Not Be level
Chairs, tables, the dance floor—you don’t want any of these items to be on uneven ground. Professional tent companies can ascertain whether or not they need to put down a foundation or if they’ll be able to lay a dance floor directly on the ground. Your other vendors (caterers, florist, band) need to determine what is necessary to keep floral arrangements and the cake table from tipping over.
You May Need a Permit to Party
From the city permits to fire department inspections, make sure everything is in order. Bring in an electrician to inspect your area, find out if local noise ordinances require a permit or place restrictions on noise, and determine if you need to file for a permit to park cars along your street. The last thing you want is cops crashing your party.
Port-A-Potties Have Gone Luxe
You’ll want to account for three bathroom trips per guest. Most septic tanks can’t handle that many flushes, so portable bathrooms are a must. A general rule of thumb is to have one bathroom for every 35 guests. Keep in mind that your guests will need a place to wash their hands and do a mirror check, so keep the area well lit. Upscale portable bathrooms are now available that have lighting, sinks, heated water, and even air-conditioning. Don’t forget to make them even more home-like by including an amenity basket filled with hair spray, tampons, Band-Aids, and breath mints in the ladies’ room.
You Can Save on Decorations
What makes a private residence unique—an elegant dining room, a massive oak tree in your backyard, a gorgeous lawn, or a spectacular view? Play up that feature to create a homey feel. It adds to the trend of making it look like you’ve emptied Grandma’s china cabinet of all its unique and beautiful pieces. Use differentand mix-and-match vases. Bring in fresh, home-grown-type flowers or play with outdoor lighting possibilities. with garden lamps, paper lanterns and tiny white lights strung on branches will create a stunning atmosphere.
Have a Plan B That’s as Good as Plan A
Unexpected weather can bring about unique challenges. Always plan for the worst by making sure guests will be covered in the event of a sudden downpour. If there’s no way to pitch a tent at the ceremony area, arrange to have the ceremony at a house of worship in case of rain—make sure to have an insert in each invitation that gives the alternate address and a number to call to find out if the ceremony has moved. If a tent is your Plan B, make sure it has sides to keep out a driving rainstorm. Stifling heat can pose just as many problems as rain, so make sure ceremony chairs aren’t in direct sunlight and that there are plenty of shaded areas, cool drinks, and even hand fans available. If it’s a warm day, extra electric fans and portable air conditioners can be brought in; on wintry days, propane heaters can warm up the place.
You May Have to Include Your Neighbors
Let them know of your wedding plans well in advance. They may be planning to host a party the same night. Also, make sure they know the ceremony time so nobody’s mowing their lawn during your vows, and ask if they’d offer their driveways for extra parking space. But you can’t rely on neighbors’ generosity completely. Make sure there’s enough street space for parking, or arrange for guests to park at a nearby lot like at a school or church, and provide round-trip shuttle service. If you want valet parking, hire a reputable company. You don’t need a Father of the Bride scenario on your hands.
Insurance May Cover Home Repair
From guests dancing on your lawn to vendors traipsing in and out, your home may take a bit of a beating. Find out what your homeowner’s insurance covers. You may want to consider getting a supplemental policy. Check with your domestic insurance company to see if your policy covers third-party liability, and with your vendors to make sure they have their own insurance policies, as well.
It’s All Worth It
We want you to be prepared, not scared. Having a wedding at home—even at your new home as newlyweds—is an amazing idea, and an event your family will always remember. The best thing about having your wedding at home is how personal it can be. Nothing compares to getting ready in your childhood room and coming down the staircase in your gown. Find the right people to help, and you’ll walk down your homespun aisle stress-free.
Kathryn and Aaron had been friends long before they decided to tie the knot. Both the Bride and the Groom come from intensely loving family, you could feel the love in the room, as Kathryn’s sister put it, it was “tangible”. Their friends came from near and far off places, to witness the joining of two amazing people, and two amazing families. Aaron’s Brother had some great words of wisdom from motivational speakers such as Winnie the Pooh, and the Power Rangers. The wedding was supposed to have been held outside, but with snow in the forecast they opted to marry inside where they could warm themselves by the fire afterward. The snow didn’t stop the couple from letting the photographer and myself to shoot some pictures and video outside in the snow immediately following the beautiful ceremony. Here is a quick teaser video, enjoy!
We moved into a new neighborhood just a few weeks ago, and from our house, every Friday night it seems you can hear the sound of the Copper Hills Marching Band. Tonight as I was preparing for my upcoming trip, I heard the Band plying. I grabbed my camera and ran over to capture them in action. I wanted to capture them with their game faces on, getting their heads ready for the upcoming performance. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. John Matthews, the Band Director for the school. We spoke briefly, and it was made very apparent that he teaches through inspiration. The students were there because they loved to be there. They were working hard, sweating even, slight mess up and Mr. Made quick corrections, and it showed. A Football Field is a sacred place where boys are made into men, and young girls are transformed into the women they are meant to become. A marching band is an integral part of a football game, both for the fans and for the team. It was exciting to be there for even just a few minutes to see the hard work of these amazing young women and men. Being a photographer I get to travel the country meeting some of the most amazing people on earth. Looking at these students, thinking that they will very shortly be going off into the world, changing it for the better. These students are our future.
Planning your wedding budget is hard enough without having to hunt down pricing and endless emails to find out how much your favorite videographer/photographer is. We have listed all our pricing to make planning your day as easy as possible.
There will be additional charges for destination, or Out of State weddings. Travel pricing varies on a case by case basis.
For example Flight, Hotel & other travel expenses.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any travel quotes.
DO YOU DO BOTH PHOTO AND VIDEO?
Absolutely! We’ve developed some pretty awesome packages that give you the best of both worlds.
Our clients LOVE the fact that they have two professionals working every angle of the wedding day.
Having two professionals is an incredible asset to wedding day coverage, we are able to cover the Bride and Groom getting ready, multiple angles of the ceremony and reception!
One of the many highlights to hiring Ryan Hender Films is you get two full time professionals on your wedding day!
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED & DO YOU TRAVEL?
We are based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
All our pricing includes free travel up to 25 miles outside of Salt Lake City.
Travel is billed very simply. If Airfare, Hotel & Rental Car are needed all you are responsible for is a direct reimbursement for the charges.
DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE A SHOT LIST?
Other than family groupings, we would prefer you didn’t. Let us explain why.
It is very helpful to know who your important family and friends are on the wedding day.
Working from a checklist is counter productive from the work you see on our website, shot lists are a great idea in theory, but we generally capture those images without prompting.
Providing us with a long list of shots will reduce the amount of wedding day documentation we are able to achieve. Therefor making your gallery much different than what you have seen.
LOCATIONS AND PERMITS
There are many places that require you to get a permit or pay a fee for photography.
If you have any questions about locations or photography fees let us know and we can help you find the answers.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
We use multiple professional Canon & Nikon full frame cameras and lenses.
Make sure your photographer has multiple professional camera bodies during your big day. This is an oversight often missed by most brides but could spell disaster for them. Cameras do and will fail at some point no matter how new or expensive they are. Professional lenses are equally important, they help render the highest quality imagery under any conditions.
Rain, Snow or Shine our equipment is weather sealed and ready for anything.
The last thing you want is a photographer who is afraid of the elements.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes! Absolutely Yes!
Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, but more importantly it provides liability protection in case Great Uncle Phil trips over the photographer’s bag and breaks his leg. When wedding photographers do not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry or are not taking their business seriously.
DO YOU EDIT MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
Yes we do!
All your images are culled and those that make the final cut all receive our special touch.
We often select a few favorites for special attention above and beyond the individual image editing.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH THE REHEARSAL?
You may add rehearsal coverage to your package at an additional cost if you wish. The Rehearsal Dinner is most often suggested to be covered by the Videographer, and adds an incredible amount of sentimental value in the finished product. Many of our wedding videos include footage from a rehearsal dinner.
WHAT IS AN ONLINE GALLERY?
The online gallery is a section on our website where all of your wedding photographs will be placed online for you and your family and friends to view at any time.
It is also a secure shopping cart for you and family to order prints, cards or albums from and have them delivered right to your door.
HOW LONG UNTIL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
Your online gallery should be ready within about 4-8 weeks of your wedding day.
If you’ve ordered a wedding Album, they can take up to 8-12 weeks.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL I RECEIVE?
The number of photographs taken depends on many things.
Types of events, hours of coverage, number of guests, locations… The average is 500 images for an eight hour day. Those numbers may vary depending on the day itself.
DO WE RECEIVE RAW FILES OR UNEDITED IMAGES?
The Raw, unedited images are not available for purchase or viewing.
The images selected for final delivery reflect our very high standards and cut images are not archived.
CAN YOU HOLD A DATE FOR ME?
To be fair to everyone we do not hold dates until a deposit is made and a contract is signed.
All bookings are on a first come first serve basis.
WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your total balance is due to reserve your day.
The remaining balance is due one week before the wedding day. The retainer fee and all money collected is non-refunable. The retainer guarantees the reservation of your date and after the contract is signed we turn down all other commissions for that day.
WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?
As soon as possible! We don’t hold dates unless we have a signed contract and deposit is paid.
We often book weddings as far as two years in advance. If you want US, the sooner the better!