Thousands of brides have imagined romantic moments in the low-fog atmosphere of the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco has everything for those in love. Colorful buildings with strange and unique architecture, warmth, sun, sprawling bays, and stunning Californian landscapes. In the same vein, it’s a dream for photographers and cinematographers alike. With a wedding video, you get to relive your special day forever. And anyone lucky enough to get hitched in the Bay Area has their choice of talented San Francisco wedding videographers who can capture all of that magic.
If you’re like us, when you think of San Francisco, you think of the Golden Gate Bridge. The first video by Amy Hung we found had it right there in the background. With the couple swathed in fog, and close and far shots of the bridge, it was already up there among our favorite San Fran wedding videos. Amy Hung is a world-class cinematographer with a killer understanding of how to frame the perfect shot. Check out any of her videos to see just how well she captures the spirit of the occasion.
2. Natalia Vertinskaya of Teslana TV
Heading her own creative company, Teslana TV, Natalia shoots weddings, as well as an array of other genres. She has you covered when it comes to business events and social media, too. Her wedding videos are the perfect mix of raw and candid emotional moments plus stunning film scores. They’re videos that evoke emotion, using the camera as a third-person look at the moments that count.
With bright whites and deep yellows, there’s a warmth that permeates Mark Ammay’s cinematic wedding films. He actually got his start shooting weddings on his iPhone. Like photography, learning to film or shoot on equipment that isn’t particularly state of the art can actually work in your favor. You learn how to deal with low-light situations and have to avoid zooming; external sound devices are a no-go; you can’t control depth of field well; etc. The restriction can build adaptability. By comparison, seeing what he does now is inspiring — he controls his focus and framing like an auteur. His videos are smooth, cinematic, and emotional.
4. Gary Magill of GM Films
Gary Magill isn’t short of accolades. He has bachelor’s degrees in cinematography, animation, as well as film and video production. In addition, he taught video production for four years before starting his own wedding videography business nine years ago. If you’re down with internet slang, Gary’s videos give us the feels. He makes rustic films relying on light saturation and contrast to give them a vintage feel. There’s an overarching sense of sweetness to his work that’s pretty arresting, a real affection for the humanity captured through his lens.
5. Wilson McCourtney of Baby Blue Film
Award-winning San Francisco wedding videographer Wilson McCourtney caught our eye with the above video. Wilson’s highly stylized wedding films hinge on drone shots over sprawling landscapes, capitalizing on the dreamy romanticism of couples in true love. He has a distinctive editing style, one that plays around with frame rate and aspect to get the perfect shot in every scene.
6. Jerry Tran of TranzendFilms
What stands out most in Jerry Tran’s wedding films is his profound care. He cares for his couples and pays stunning tribute to the settings. His thoughtful framing, coloring, and editing are superb, and we can say each video intro is fashionable and dramatic. They could be from magazines or perfume editorials, only they’re real weddings, rich with color and natural sunlight. Evoking emotion through every single frame, his indelible style won our hearts right away.
7. Alex Kohn of IQ Videography
Alex Kohn of IQ Videography produces wedding films that make Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally look romantically dire in comparison. He isn’t afraid of colors or capturing the world both outside and inside the couple’s lives. He’s also an impeccably skilled editor. His videos are loaded with the strong, warm tones of the West Coast and manage to capture in footage what it feels to be Californian. Kohn’s talent is in creating art no matter the circumstances. We challenge you not to get goosebumps when you watch his stuff.
8. Justin and Georgina Ferar of Weddings on Film
With more than a dozen years of experience, husband-and-wife powerhouse duo Justin and Georgina Ferar are the brains behind Weddings on Film. A veteran producer, Justin has made creative works for an extensive list of celebrity and prominent clients, including the late Robin Williams and Courteney Cox. If you peek at Weddings on Film’s work, you’ll find it speaks for itself. They’ve got a polished, elegant, easy-going style, and their videos are more authentically romantic than most. They’re anything other than cookie-cutter, and the golden-hued vintage touches they bring to editing are both classic and modern — thoughtfully designed and meant to be shared.
Whether you’re a Bay Area native or it’s your dream to marry there, the world is your oyster when it comes to vendors. In short, you can’t go wrong collaborating with any of these knockout San Francisco wedding videographers.