Please accept our sincere endorsement and highest recommendation of Rich Bowring as a potential vendor for you. Our experience with him, in every facet, was nothing short of exemplary. My husband Walter and I were married October 30, 2010 at St. Peters Church in North St. Paul. Our reception was at the Historic Withrow Ballroom in Hugo. It was a countrywestern/Halloween Theme! We did a middle of the road wedding--not an elaborate wedding, but not a small one, either. We made all our own invitations, programs, favors, bouquets, etc. and cut many corners when we were able. So when we were approached by Rich to do our videography, late into our wedding planning and budgeting, it seemed like just another expense. We now say it was the best money someone could spend towards a wedding! When the cake is gone, the gifts are opened, and the tuxes returned what is left? The video! Your wedding day is such a blur and goes by so fast its helpful to have video to fill in the gaps in your memory of that big day! And an "amateur" video shot by family or friends in the back of the church is farrrrrrrrr from what you will receive with Rich filming! Rich brought a friend along who helped capture many important moments as well, so it was neat to get different angles of each aspect of our ceremony. You will find that Rich does not just take "any video." He spiffs things up! His creativeness and in-depth knowledge for editing and incorporating footage from 2 different video cameras that were filming different views of the same moment was amazing and truly breath-taking. Know he spent hours and hours and hours on our final DVD product. He may even be able to make you some "bonus" footage as he had us microphoned up before the ceremony and caught some of our funny conversation/nervousness/excitement/panic of 'do I have time to go to the bathroom?!' before actually walking down the aisle. haha.
We had only met Rich a few times at extended family gatherings (he is my husband's 2nd cousin.) He came a few weeks before the wedding to scope out the space, meet the music director, etc. Throughout the entire process Rich and his friend were friendly, timely, thorough, professional in appearance as well as personality in interactions with us, our vendors, and our guests. They were very non-intrusive with their videotaping.
We watch our wedding video more often than we look at our wedding photographs. I cry every time I see it. Photos do not accurately enough catch those emotional moments of tears, or the laughs, the sound of your grandparents voice or a child talking that you will enjoy listening to for years to come. The biggest is the emotional vow exchange he caught during our ceremony as he had a microphone attached to my husbands tie--it comes through very clear! We especially enjoy playing our best man speeches over and over and over again! Our only regret is that we did not have Rich film our entire reception! He divided our video into chapters: ceremony, speeches, 4 minute clip, etc.
When we shared the events of our big day with family and friends we always showed the video before the photos! We had extra copies of our DVD made for family members. Rich gave us an email link to share our wedding videos with family and friends who were unable to make it to the wedding. They truly enjoyed this--said it truly portrayed a joyous day and made them feel like they had actually been in attendance! Many of our friends who were already married said they wished they had hired a videographer to do their wedding after seeing our video! (YOU can also see a copies of our videos here on Rich's website if you click on "view full profile" at the top of his page and scroll to the middle of the page to the youtube video.) It is a 4 minute wedding day recap that he made for us just days after our wedding. Very neat snapshot/sneakpeek of what was yet to come. Huge surprise for us! He choreographed it to our first dance song "Soulmate" country song by Josh Turner.So very personalized to our wedding day! Here is a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s8mnnkMrf_k Then, if you open this youtube video to a full page, you can also view "Annette and Walter Wedding Ceremony" on the far right, another chapter of our wedding Rich filmed for us. If you watch the last 2 minutes of the ceremony you will also see that Rich added a 2 min. "tease" video at the end with another of our favorite country songs: "One Boy, One Girl" by Collin Raye. Finally, here is a video of our first Dance. Again by Josh Turner Country Song "Soulmate" : http://www.rmmstudio.com/Video_Album/Pages/Walter_%26_Annette_first_dance.html
Rich had offered to do a powerpoint photo presentation at our reception of our 2 families throughout the years, us growing up, etc. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and were unable to compile an album in time for him to do this, but I have no doubt this too would have been a great masterpiece.
We highly recommend Rich not only because he is family but because he does a spectacular job! We guarantee you will not be disappointed with the final result. Please do not hesitate to ask Rich for our contact information if you have any more questions!
Annette and Walter Licht, Jr., Woodbury, MN