Wedding Wednesdays allow us to spotlight creatives, local and not-so-local, whose work we love! These wedding vendors, artists, and small businesses are all doing amazing things and we think that our couples should know about them! We invite you to come along with us to learn more about these businesses that will help you make your day as meaningful as possible (and, if you’re a Radian Bride/Groom, that we would love to work with)!
This week, we’re talking with Janice Smith, the owner and lead videographer of Big Dog Little Bed. She’s got some really thought-provoking ideas about wedding days and our interview with her definitely left us with lots to think about!
RP: Tell us about Big Dog Little Bed and who you love to serve!
Janice: BDLB is a small video production company based in downtown Durham. We love being located in a city growing with artists, and all the cool energy (and people!) that comes with that. Our ideal clients are dog-loving North Carolinians (and people everywhere!) who are as passionate about capturing their memories as we are.
RP: What do you wish brides and grooms knew when thinking about videography for their wedding?
Janice: We wish they knew how much they would value their wedding film ten years from now. It can be really hard to keep that perspective when you’re facing budgets and so many other decisions, but we’re always trying to help engaged couples think about the big picture and what might matter most in the future. (We think about this so much we even made a film about it… you can find it HERE) . It happens so often that we talk to our couples three or four years later who are so grateful they decided to invest in video, even when some of them weren’t 100% convinced before the wedding. We also hear from people who’ve been married for ten or fifteen years and didn’t invest in a videographer, and how much they regret that decision. Hindsight is always 20/20, but our hope is that this regret happens less often!
RP: What resources or advice do you suggest for brides and grooms who are thinking about their dream wedding video?
Janice: While wedding blogs, Pinterest and magazines can be a great place to find ideas and inspiration, we think it’s equally important to reach out to the friends and family whose opinion you respect. Invest as much time in planning and preparing the ceremony, and what comes after that, as you do selecting flowers and cake. (But don’t get me wrong- I love beautiful flowers and delicious cake too!)
RP: What are you working on right now that’s keeping you happy and energized?
Janice: A couple of things! As we wrap up wedding season (an obvious favorite), we’re also working on a couple of non-wedding related projects. One of them is with Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. It’s this huge, beautiful public garden, and behind the scenes they have some of the best horticulturists in the world who are so intentionally creating all of this beauty. We get to do filming for their continuing education program, so I get to learn more about horticulture and things that I knew nothing about before.
We’re also working on creating more family films. Films that tell the stories after the wedding. My family has tons and tons of old VHS’s (which I’ve since digitized), and I LOVE creating films using these. We did this for one of our brides last year, and LOVED being able to help surprise her dad with a film from all the old footage he had captured of them. In the off-season this winter we’re thinking more intentionally about how we can do this for more families.
RP: When you plan your wedding, what is one thing that you will do to make sure that both your day and marriage are intentionally crafted?
Janice: A part of me has always thought we should flip around the way we do weddings. Get married in a small, intimate setting with only close family and friends. It would be just the two people making promises to each other, and then maybe a small celebration afterwards. (You know, a bottle of wine and dinner. And maybe cake ☺)
Then, 10 years later, you earn the wedding. When we really know what those vows mean, and what we’re committing to, then we throw a big party. That party becomes so much more meaningful. This is just something I’ve thought about in my own life, as I’ve watched lots and lots of my friends (and family) get married, and even find myself tempted to think more about a future wedding than the marriage that comes after. What if you had to figure out the marriage before you got to the wedding?
RP: Where can we see more of your work and learn more about you?
We are so glad that we got to work with Janice for our OWN wedding. Not only is she a good friend, but her work is incredible! So far, we’ve been able to work alongside her at one wedding, but we would love to do that more often!
Check out more of our work at our website!