From the priceless expression during your first look to the words spoken by your father during the reception toasts, a video can capture so much more than still images. Wedding videography is only rising in popularity as couples seek to preserve the special moments from their wedding day so they can relive them again and again.

Chicago is home to numerous talented wedding videography teams, some who work solely in moving images and others who collaborate with photographers. In this guide, we’ll introduce 10 of the best and what it is that sets them apart.

Oak Street Films

A couple kiss during their Indian wedding videography session [Oak Street Films]

Serving the greater Chicago area, Oak Street Films has over 16 years of experience filming weddings for a variety of different cultural groups. They fuse both documentary and cinematic styles in their work and are renowned for their signature artistic highlights featuring some of the most memorable moments from your special day. In addition to filming services, Oak Street Films also offers live streaming so family and friends who couldn’t make it to your wedding can celebrate in real-time.

Frank Slow Films

Capturing a special moment between a bride and groom [Frank Slow Films]

Frank Slow Films is a team of professional wedding filmmakers who are dedicated to telling and preserving your wedding love story. They create one-of-a-kind films that capture the whirlwind that is your wedding day and slow it down so that you and your family can experience it for generations to come. Looking for a special “save the date” to send to guests or want a video to play at your reception? Frank Slow Films can create a Love Story Film before your wedding to tell the story of how you met and fell in love.

Studio Soo

Studio Soo’s light-filled studio in Chicago [Studio Soo]

Studio Soo is the team of Soohyun and Saehee who began working as creative partners after their wedding in 2009. Soohyun has been a fine arts photographer for around two decades while Saehee has a background in video editing for television. In 2012, they moved to Chicago and opened Studio Soo, which now comprises a team of talented professionals in both videography and photography. They are passionate about capturing all the life-changing moments of your wedding day in a personal and artistic way.

Shutter and Sound Chicago

The father-of-the-bride embraces his daughter [Shutter and Sound]

Considered one of the top wedding videographers in the country, Ryan Geldermann is the brains behind Shutter and Sound, a company that now works in locations throughout the United States. Unlike some companies, they limit the number of weddings they book every year and partner with only a select number of videographers whose work they trust. All of their weddings are filmed in Shutter and Sound’s signature style to ensure there is consistency across the brand. They offer a variety of packages to suit all couples, from highlight reels to feature films.

Poetic Weddings

Capturing a bride and groom’s first kiss during their wedding ceremony [Poetic Weddings]

Poetic Weddings is a family-owned videography company that works seamlessly alongside your chosen photographer(s) and other wedding vendors to document your special day. Keith is the man behind the camera and developed his skills while studying Film Production with a focus on cinematography at Columbia College Chicago. He’s worked on several major motion pictures and nationally-screened commercials, as well as doing an internship at CBS Studios in Los Angeles. From the first kiss to the reception toasts, he’ll capture all the sights and sounds of your wedding in a way that’s unique to you.

312 Films

A groom dips and kisses his bride [312 Films]

312 Films is husband and wife team Anna and Artem, both of whom honed their videography skills in Eastern Europe before making the move to Chicago. Customers rave about their professionalism and warmth, as well as the high-quality of their videos. In addition to short highlight reels, they also offer movie-length (60 minute+) videos, something that sets them apart from many of Chicago’s other wedding videographers. Aside from shooting weddings, Anna and Artem also work in event videography and produce films for corporate clients.

Fox and Ivory

A church wedding captured by Fox and Ivory [Fox and Ivory]

Fox and Ivory specialize in both wedding photography and videography, with a team of highly experienced professionals who work seamlessly with one another. One of the benefits of hiring a photography/videography team is that they operate collaboratively and help one another to ensure both are capturing the best shots possible. Fox and Ivory describe their style as 80% documentation and 20% direction, meaning they capture predominantly candid moments while offering some guidance during portrait sessions.

Maple and Oak Studios

A bride and groom during their Chicago wedding portrait session [Maple and Oak Studios]

Working in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Maple and Oak Studios is a team of three talented individuals who believe in capturing your wedding with as much honesty and beauty as possible. Kelly Peloza is the lead photographer while Betty Allen and Andi Woodward comprise the videography team. They make a point of not overloading their books to ensure that each of their clients gets the attention they deserve and the finished product they are after.

K LaFleur Wedding Films

A couple and their bridal party walk through a Chicago park [K LaFleur Wedding Films]

K LaFleur Films is an all-female team of trained journalists who believe strongly in the motto “teamwork makes the dream work”. They use small DSLR cameras so as not to intrude on your personal space or block the views of your family and friends. Rather than a one-size-fits-all model, they tailor their pricing and videos to suit each couple and are committed to getting to know their couples prior to the wedding to ensure they feel comfortable on camera.

Loose Tie Productions

A pair of white bridal shoes hang on a rustic fence [Loose Tie Productions]

In the business since 2012, Loose Tie Productions is a team of outstanding cinematographers who are dedicated to focusing on what really matters in documenting your wedding story. They love getting to know their couples in the lead-up to their special day, ensuring no detail is overlooked. “Loose Tie” takes its name from the team’s ability to handle any stress for you during your wedding while you hardly know they’re there.

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