describe your artistic style:
Our ultimate goal is to make wedding films that don't just document a day, but are real works of art. Your own little feature film. We aim to give you something you'll cherish forever-- A beautiful film you'll be bursting-at-the-seams excited to show your family, friends, kids, future kids or even strangers on the subway.
We view our films as our one chance to give you that gift. That's why we mix a cinematic docu-style approach with all the shooting, audio and editing of a high-end production. Each piece we create is a uniquely beautiful film that is taylor-made to represent who you are as a couple.
We take a "fly on the wall" approach for most of the day, and our shooting style has even been characterized as "ninja-like" (because we're stealth, not wielding nunchucks). Through this approach, we can cut to the core of this crazy, whirlwind celebration, where dreams become reality and the dancing never ends. As your day unfolds, we find the heart of what makes you two you, and your relationship so uniquely special. In our films we attempt to harness this feeling, so you can relive the power of this uniquely special day in your life forever.
We're always open to expanding our creative process, whether you're looking for a feature film, trailer, love story/engagement film, music video, commercial, or documentary, we're ready to dive in head-first.
what inspires you?
We (Danielle and Mike) met working in TV production and realized (partially due to a Halloween party where she was dressed as Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and he was dressed as Popeye the Sailor Man- years later the name Sailor Abe Films was born!) that we should probably be dating. We also realized that we wanted to connect more with our work, and find a way to use our skills to find something we could be truly passionate about.
After we shot our first wedding together, we realized there's no motivator quite like love. Getting the chance to know these incredible people and the miraculous ways they came together keeps us coming back for more. It's hard not to believe in all this when we see you having the time of your lives. The feeling is contagious.
what do you love about weddings?
Pretty much the whole shebang. Nothing's better than a giant party celebrating two people in love. Plus, seeing how creative couples get with location decor is always one of the best parts (mostly for Dani- she has a bit of a Pinterest problem).
what's your travel policy?
Although we're based out of NY/NJ, we've actually traveled all over the country for most of the weddings we've shot. Traveling's our favorite, so we definitely want to keep the tradition going!
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Recommended by 100% of couples
Jennifer · Married on 10/03/2015
Hands down one of the best vendors we worked with for our wedding! Dani and Mike were incredibly easy to work with and are so creative. Not only were they a joy to have with us for our wedding day, but they captured details that really tell the story of our day so beautifully, all set to the perfect background music. And they captured details that we didn’t even see during the day! It was very cool to see. The styling of their shots is so creatively and silently done throughout the day. 100% recommended!Sent on 12/23/2015
Justin · Married on 10/04/2014
Putting it simply, having Dani and Mike capture our wedding was one of the best decisions we ever made.Sent on 03/01/2015
As special as our day was at the time, it somehow looks and feels just as (if not more) special thanks to the film they produced for us. It is flat-out amazing. The music is fantastic, the images are breathtaking, and most importantly, the story they told couldn't have been more perfect. We were just so thrilled to watch our film when it came. It seriously looks like a movie!
Their talent speaks for itself (just watch any one of their videos), but who Dani and Mike are as people is equally amazing. We had a very small, intimate wedding, and while they were so warm, easygoing and lovely to work with, most of the time, we hardly noticed they were even there--it never felt intrusive or like a big production.
I just feel so fortunate to have this record of our wedding and I can't recommend these guys enough.
User4720949 · 2+ years ago
Dani and Mike are the magical team behind Sailor Abe Films. A testament to their flexibility - they came through for us and rearranged their schedules when we reached out to them after our original videographer notified us less than two weeks before the wedding that he had to cancel. Stressful at the time but the absolute best thing that unexpectedly happened to us! Dani and Mike responded to our email immediately and we knew within seconds of our "get to know you" phone call that they were perfect for us. Our (super high quality!!!) video and trailer perfectly capture the laughter, the excitement, and the love that we and our guests experienced throughout "the big day"! Dani and Mike found a way to strike a perfect balance the tenderest of moments and the partying afterwards. Having them with us during both the public and private moments of our wedding was pretty awesome too - not only do we love their work, but they themselves are fun people who seamlessly blend in with everyone around them! We cannot recommend them highly enough!Sent on 01/21/2015