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Real Grooms: Javier’s Wedding(mix) in the Woods

When we last blogged about the fine folks at Weddingmix, we had just completed a contest and awarded one of their DIY wedding video packages to a lucky groom-to-be named Javier. Javier wowed the judging panel when he said that marrying his best friend was the thing he most looked forward to about the wedding day. Fast forward six months and Javier is now a married man. With his Weddingmix package, he (along with his friends and family) was able to capture his wedding day and honeymoon memories via the provided HD cameras and innovative iPhone app. For more info on how Weddingmix works, click here.

Once Javier’s footage was shot (and conveniently compiled on the Weddingmix server) he had the option to edit it himself or have the Weddingmix team create the video. Here’s a sampling of the great shots and moments that were captured:

After his honeymoon, we sat down with Javier to talk to him about Weddingmix, his experiences as a groom and his recommendations to newly- engaged men.

What parts of your wedding were most important to you to share in a wedding video?

I personally wanted to capture the ceremony itself – my bride walking in, our vows and kiss, and our exit to be specific – but also wanted to have friends record the cocktail hour and reception.  That’s what everyone else will remember, and since we weren’t able to be at our cocktail hour, it’s nice to get to see what that was like for our family/friends.

How was your experience using WeddingMix?

I was lucky enough to have won TMR’s competition for WeddingMix, but honestly, if I hadn’t won, they made videography an affordable option for us.  Their customer service was quite good and responsive, and it couldn’t have been easier to get the equipment up and running once I opened the package.  I’d definitely recommend it to others!

Your friends captured a ton of awesome clips. What did your friends think about using the app?

We’ve got a lot of iPhone-savvy friends, so they took to the app quite readily.  One bride-to-be loved it so much that she signed up for her wedding (coming up next month!).  They all thought it was a cool concept and were very happy to help us capture memories of our wedding day.

How did you let them know about the app and cameras?

We put instructions in our out-of-town bags to let everyone know to download the app.  We also put some sheets on the shuttle from our hotel to our wedding venue so that friends could read about it on the way over.  And, of course, good ol’ word of mouth by just telling a few of them about it and having them spread it to other guests.

We loved the clips from your honeymoon! Can you tell us a bit about it? Are you going to include some of it in your wedding video?

We went to Chile for our honeymoon, as I have Chilean heritage, and we wanted to document some of that experience since it was my wife’s first time in the country.  We went to a couple of beach-towns, some farmland, and then down to the lake/volcano region of Chile.  It was an awesome honeymoon!  The coolest video that I think we took was after we climbed to the top of our snow-covered volcano.  You can really hear the wind howl and see other mountains in the background .. . it was like we were on top of the world.  My wife and I agreed that it was the hardest thing we had ever done, and we definitely want to include that on our wedding video!

How involved were you with the wedding planning?

I’d say I was more involved that most grooms that I’ve known.  I didn’t do the lion’s share of the leading, but I wanted to be present for various decisions and see what went into everything.  I just enjoyed knowing what was happening and helping my wife make decisions when she needed some extra input.

How did your bride feel about your enthusiasm?

My bride was very happy that I was enthusiastic about helping out.  We had a lot of DIY projects to put together of our venue, and I was willing to help out and get excited (or often keep her excited) about how cool it would be for our guests to see and experience once everything came together on our big day.

Were there areas that you took charge of or was every decision a team effort?

I’d say that most decisions were a team effort.  I certainly took charge on mapping out our honeymoon plans, but was always sure to confer with my wife about any decisions before finalizing plans.  The other areas that I took a lead (with some gentle reminders) were my groomsmen gifts and attire.

What was the most difficult planning decision that you and your bride had to make?

I think the most difficult part of the planning for us was guest-list. It’s hard to determine who to invite and who not to invite – especially when it’s our friends, her parents’ friends, and my parents’ friends.  So making sure that everyone had fair representation of their friends was something we wanted to maintain, but also was difficult to do.

What are your words of advice for men just setting out on their wedding journey?

Enjoy it, because it’s a time that really flies by.  If you don’t want to be involved in the wedding planning (or your bride doesn’t want you to be), do small things like going out to run errands or making dinner that night so that it frees up an hour here and there for your bride to focus on your wedding.  Small sacrifice, and you get major bonus points for cooking a delicious dinner!

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