FAQs

Frequently asked questions

+ DO YOU DO DESTINATION WEDDINGS?


Oooooo yes! We’re based in Des Moines, Iowa but we also travel all over the states. Overseas location? Our passports and souls are ready and waiting! Outside of Iowa, we've shot in California, Arizona, and Mexico to name a few. We are always looking for our next adventure!




+ HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE THERE FILMING ON THE DAY?


This depends on which package you settle on, but usually you’ll have a team of two people to cover visuals and audio. Regardless of how many are on your film team, we’re pretty careful to stay out of the action and be the proverbial fly on the wall. And we LOVE photographers! We understand that you pay a lot of money for our services and for theirs, so our approach is to work with your photographer in giving you the best, least intrusive service possible.




+ WILL WE MEET BEFORE THE BIG DAY?


Absolutely! If it's convenient for you, of course. We want to get to know you a bit before we capture one of the most intimate and momentous events of your life together. Also, this whole process is kinda like Tinder matching - it’s good to meet up and make sure we’re the right fit for each other before taking it to the next level, you know? We’ll work in with your schedule and can meet at a local coffee shop, over the phone, Facetime or at our offices in Waukee, IA.




+ WHAT IS YOUR BOOKING PROCESS LIKE?


After our initial meeting, we’ll send you the online contract for the package that you’re interested in. You can look it over, ask questions and then when you’re ready, sign on the dotted line. We take a 20% deposit up front (non-refundable), with the remainder due 14 days prior to the wedding day. Other than that we can set up payment plans and be flexible to how you would like to pay.




+ HOW DO I BOOK?


Simply head over to the contact page and fill out our inquiry form. We'll take a look at your event details and be in contact with you shortly. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us jointheromance@lighthousefilmco.com.




+ WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?


Our style incorporates both realism documentary and cinematic styles. We focus on capturing moments as they naturally happen. We rarely do any posing. Outside of the natural moments, we may opt to have our couples do short action sequences that bring out all those great emotions. We believe your story is best told by those who are closest to you. With packages that include audio, we create a story that has a balance of toast and ceremony audio, with visual sequences of your wedding day. As far as overall look and color, we focus on a pushed film look. Our color palette includes muted tones and cool greens. Highlights are soft and creamy with a hint of blush and crisp, punchy contrast. Skin tones are vibrant and golden with bright accents of red and orange in the image. Vibrant skin tones against a muted color palette really helps the subject pop.





Frequently asked questions

+ HOW DO YOU CAPTURE THE AUDIO?


For ceremony audio, we will typically mic the groom and officiant with two small lavalier microphone packs. If there is a handheld microphone being used, we will patch into the sound feed for redundancy. For toasts audio, patching into the DJ's feed is the way to go for us.




+ DO YOU GIVE OUT RAW FOOTAGE?


Yes and no. First, let talk about raw footage. Raw footage in the video editing realm usually means footage that came straight off the camera's memory card with no post processing done. The way we use our cameras, the raw footage does require post processing. The footage we capture during a wedding day also takes up a massive amount of storage space. For this reason, we like to keep the raw footage to ourselves. However, if you desire a barebones, long form edit from your wedding so you can see all of footage, let us know and we can certainly add it on.




+ HOW WILL I RECIEVE MY FILM?


We deliever videos using Google Drive and Vimeo. You can view your video, share it and download the original file directly. Vimeo is designed specifically for video creators and is an awesome, user-friendly tool. We suggest downloading immediately, making copies, and storing them in a safe place.




+WHAT ABOUT MUSIC?


It's best to leave the music to us. Licensing Top 40 music or other popular songs are extremely expensive and in most cases, nearly impossible to license in the first place. We have services that provide us with a cost-effective way of licensing really great music. If you have suggestions on the style of music you like, we're all ears!




+ HOW LONG BEFORE I RECIEVE MY FILM?


We tell our couples to give us up to 8 weeks to polish up your final film. We love what we do and want to give your film the attention it deserves. Instagram shorts are delievered within a week of your wedding.




+ HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU SHOOT?


To avoid totally destroying all love of filming and to give our couples a completely invested experience, we take a limited number of wedding bookings per year (between 15-20). This ensures that we can give you and your film the time and dedication we believe you deserve.




DO YOU USE A DRONE?


All of our wedding packages include aerial footage. However, this is dependent on weather and location. The Federal Aviation Administration recognizes drones as aircraft, Yeah, we know. Crazy right? That means we are required to hold a license to pilot a drone commercially and must follow regulations. There are certain restricted fly zones, such as national parks and near airports. In these areas, our drone flights may be limited to a maximum attitude or we may not be able to fly at all. We’ll be sure to let you know beforehand if there is an issue after we talk details about your wedding location. For international destination weddings, it’s best our drones stay hangared at home.





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