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Alex Rawson · Married on 12/19/2020
An absolute MUST!
The best advice I could give any bride is to get a videographer (experienced in live-streaming) for your wedding ceremony. When we started planning our wedding in “pre-COVID” times, the need for a videographer wasn’t even on our radar. Looking back, it was by far the best, most meaningful, investment we could have made. As a bride planning a wedding in the midst of the pandemic, with so many uncertainties, I cannot emphasize enough the peace of mind that working with Jim, a trusted and professional, videographer and live-streamer, gave us. There were so many tears shed as many loved ones had to decline, and yet, being able to say each time with absolute surety: "it's okay, you'll still get to see me walking down the aisle live, you'll get to see everything like you were right there with us" not only gave me peace of mind, but also put so many others at peace that they could still (virtually) share in our special day. Leading up to the big day, given the ever changing restrictions, safety protocols and individuals’ comfort levels, there were so many times I’d ask myself, “Is anyone going to even see me walk down the aisle?!” but as fate would have it, and all thanks to Jim’s streaming capabilities, I truly believe that more people tuned in than we had on the original guest list! I also can't highlight enough the clarity of the video picture and audio. Everyone that watched couldn't get over how clear the imaging and audio was, making them all really feel like they were right there with us. When friends sent us screenshots from their TVs letting us know that they had joined in, I kid you not, the pictures were frame-worthy they were so clear! After the wedding, Jim sent us a downloadable copy of our ceremony video, and I can’t emphasize enough how much we have cherished getting to relive these special moments. We honestly cannot thank Jim enough for his professionalism, responsiveness, high quality services, added special touches and most importantly, the peace of mind that working with him gave us.Sent on 01/11/2021
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Hi Alex! Thanks again for having me, and for writing this amazing review! I'm happy that I was able to be a part of it, and that everyone was able join in from home and see you walk down the aisle!
Emma Klugman · Getting married on 03/09/2022
Super professional, great livestream, transparent pricing, great experience.
Highly recommend this team! We were so grateful to work with an experienced, professional vendor who really knew his stuff, especially with our wedding livestream being so important (many of our close friends and family were unable to attend in person, so a good livestream with good audio was important to us. Thanks to the team at Pirates Lane, we were able to record and share our special day. The videos came out wonderfully, and the videographers were a professional and unobtrusive presence on our big day: arrived early, communicated promptly, delivered on all fronts. Would highly recommend to any couple!Sent on 01/05/2021
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Hi Emma! Thanks so much for the awesome review! It was great working with you guys, and being part of such a well thought out and safe wedding with everything that's going on. Happy new year!
Patrick Tom · Getting married on 12/10/2021
Hiring Jim was one of the best decisions of my life
My fiancee (wife!) and I were planning a small, backyard COVID-free wedding in less than a month and we were trying to find some way to include our loved ones who wouldn't be able to be there in person. We were so lucky to have found Jim on Google! We hired him to livestream our wedding. He was responsive, professional, very reasonably priced, and made our wedding perfect.
Everyone loved the livestream! It was such a great investment and allowed us to include everyone we wanted to be a part of our special day. Even people who weren't able to see the ceremony live can watch the replay that is still up! We were able to give our guests an experience of being at the wedding and Jim captured beautiful and sweet and funny moments that we will have forever. It was amazing that he didn't need to rely on our WIFI and that all of his equipment ran on batteries. It wasn't just that he was unobtrusive, but he even helped enhance the experience for everyone. Our in-person guests were excited to get texts from people in real-time saying that they were on TV!!
Jim is a really nice guy, seemed to care about the success of my wedding, and went above and beyond to make the day amazing. Hiring him was definitely one of the best decisions of my life and I highly recommend you hire him as well!Sent on 11/07/2020
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Thank you so much for the awesome review Patrick! I love that you included photos. It was great working with you both!!!
Stephane · Getting married on 08/12/2021
We hired Jim for our wedding.
We hired Jim for our wedding on 12/20/20 and He was great. He was very professional and very helpful. He captured every detail of the ceremony and the reception. Even though I had contracted him for a specific time, he ended showing up earlier after I had found out that my fiance was going to get her make-up done earlier than planned.Sent on 12/26/2020
Thanks again Jim!!!
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Thanks for the review Stephane. It was great working with you both! Happy new year, and I'll talk to you soon!
Felicia Krentzman · Married on 11/14/2020
Jim is THE videographer you need to work with!!
Jim was absolutely a pleasure to work with. I found Jim about 2 years ago (yikes!) when I was initially planning my November 2020 wedding. I was looking for a videographer that would make a timeless video for me and husband to look back on years to come. I didn't want this super dramatic and exaggerated video, I wanted someone to capture the true emotions and fun of the day in video form, and Jim did just that! When my wedding got postponed due to Covid, he was extremely flexible & offered us a special on our mini ceremony that we held this year. His pricing isn't even close to those in his field, but his work was even better in my opinion! He was super flexible and responsive to any concerns I had when it came to videoing our wedding with our elderly grandparents. Jim listened to my crazy request of wearing 2 masks during the ceremony to make sure my Nana was safe. Not only did he do that, but he made sure to keep his distance, and he brought a formal mask too to cover his other masks! He went above and beyond to capture the exact moments that we wanted captured. He was so kind and attentive, but yet we didn't even notice he was there capturing those moments. My family hates being recorded, so having someone who wasn't in our faces, but also somehow, captured moments like he was, was extremely important to us. You know the video is amazing when I was already in tears after the first 30 seconds. I am bursting at the seems wanting to share my video with everyone. I HIGHLY recommend Jim and can't say enough positive things about his work, his ability to relax those he is videoing, and his professionalism. I can't wait to work with him again next year!Sent on 10/23/2020
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Thanks so much for the awesome review Felicia! I look forward to filming your next wedding (which still sounds weird, but that's 2020 for you). Talk to you soon!
Melanie and Justin Bedard · Married on 09/26/2020
Our best desicion!
Working with Jim was a breath of fresh air. Having to change our wedding from 150 people to 50 people was discouraging, my husband and I did not want to move our wedding date, so we thought the next best thing to do would be to live stream the ceremony for those who could not attend. From the first phone call with Jim, all the way through the wedding was a great experience. The live stream worked beautifully and was very easy for people to access. Jim also created a 40-minute video of our wedding and reception along with a 5-minute overview of our whole day. We love both videos so much!Sent on 12/30/2020
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Hi Melanie & Justin, thanks for the awesome review! It was great working with you and I'm so glad everyone was able to join in with the livestream!
Lauren · Married on 09/07/2020
Great quality video!
Jim did a great job live streaming our wedding! We got so many comments from people saying the quality of the stream was very clear. He was very responsive, on top of things, and reliable. I highly recommend!Sent on 12/18/2020
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Thanks again Lauren! I'm glad everyone was able to enjoy the livestream. It was great working with you!!
Chris Mercedes · Married on 08/23/2019
Wedding Highlights and Film came out BEAUTIFUL
Jim and Pirates Lane video was the perfect choice for our wedding videographer. We just received our wedding highlights and full film and could not be more happier with the results. It takes talent to edit that much footage and be able to capture the key essence of the day but Jim and his team did so effortlessly. We have received so much compliments on our highlights video. Aside from the final product, Jim was very easy to work with. He was very prompt with any questions we had and very professional. Overall, we highly recommend Pirates Lane Videos for your video needs. Between the great pricing, professionalism of Jim, and wonderful final products, you truly will not be disappointed. We will forever be thankful to Jim and his team for now we have something so special and beautiful to look back on from one of the most important days of our lives.Sent on 01/08/2020
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Thanks again Chris, it was an honor being part of your special day, and a super fun wedding to work on!
Kathryn MacDowell · Married on 06/15/2019
It took some convincing, but 2 months before our wedding my husband and I decided to get a videographer. We decided to go with Pirate Lane Video and I am so glad we did! Their pricing was great for the quality of the video. They were very quick to give us a teaser trailer, and the full length video came out so good, I cried....a lot. I highly recommend them!Sent on 04/22/2020
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Hi Katie! Thanks for the awesome review! It was great working with you guys, and I'm glad you are enjoying the videos.
Jaya · Married on 06/16/2018
Jim was fantastic! He was easy to work with and incredibly low profile during the ceremony and reception themselves. So much so that it was difficult to even know he was there. We'd highly recommend him for any wedding!Sent on 04/08/2018
Ashley · Married on 06/01/2017
I just wanted to share how amazing it was working with Jim from Pirates Lane. My husband and I got married at The Barn at Gibbet Hill in June 2017. I just felt like from beginning to end he was so professional and attentive to my needs and what I wanted to be included in my wedding video. At my wedding Jim had his own drone to take ariel shots of the barn which was amazing, he chose the most perfect music for my wedding video, and was so discrete at our wedding...you barely noticed he was there. It truly was an amazing experience and watching my wedding video still makes me cry. The highlight video was amazing, it was so perfect and included literally every moment that meant the world to me. If you were to ask yourself...will I really want a wedding video? The answer is yes, and it is worth every cent! Use Jim, you won't regret it. Cheers, Happy Planning.Sent on 06/04/2018
Pirates Lane Video's reply:Thank you for the awesome review Ashley! It was great working with you guys, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your videos!
Jen · Married on 08/13/2016
Jim from Pirates Lane was an absolute pleasure to work with. I originally had not budgeted for a wedding videographer and ultimately realized I would really regret not having video footage of my wedding. I am so happy I decided to hire Jim. He is extremely professional and responsive. Of all the wedding vendors I worked with, he was by far the fastest to respond to emails, which was greatly appreciated, especially in the final weeks leading up to the wedding. His footage is so comprehensive and included video and audio files I never expected! I know we will watch our video documentary for years to come and I am so grateful we have Jim's amazing footage to re-live our wedding day over and over again! He offers several different wedding packages, which are all very reasonable. Thank you so much for your hard work Jim!Sent on 12/05/2016
Ramya · Married on 06/12/2016
Jim was spectacular! He listened to our needs, gave us an affordable price even though our wedding day was long and complicated, and was entirely professional from the beginning to the end. During the planning process, he helped us figure out what kind of products we wanted, what kind of style we liked, and listened to our needs for the day. He was quick with communication too! During our day he was unobtrusive and very polite to our family and guests. Somehow I can't believe he captured such beautiful footage because it didn't even feel like we were being filmed! And our final highlight film and video of our wedding was incredible - he hand picked the music, and included all the best parts of the day! We couldn't be happier with our choice!Sent on 02/04/2017
Emily · Married on 04/30/2016
I am extremely pleased with the video Jim Merchant of Pirates Lane Video produced for my daughter's wedding on June 22, 2014! The videography and sound are of the highest quality. Jim included all the content we wanted, plus much more. Jim was so unobtrusive (we and our guests didn't even know he was there), yet he caught everything from every angle. Jim's work far exceeded my expectations, and I will definitely use him again and highly recommend him to others!!Sent on 08/20/2014
User4421377 · 2+ years ago
Your search is over! I could not have been happier with Jim and Pirates Lane Video and would HIGHLY recommend him. He truly blew away all of my expectations, and here's why:Sent on 07/25/2016
When we finally decided to get a videographer for our wedding after the age old debate "to get one? or to not get one?", I admittedly aimed at trying to find the cheapest vendor possible, because all I really had wanted was video capture of our ceremony and our speeches (we weren't big into getting a super high production quality videographer, which based on my research, would cost us many thousands of dollars). During my search, I came across Jim and Pirates Lane Video. When I requested a quote, they were very reasonable and EXTREMELY flexible with creating a package that would best meet my specific needs. While I imagined I wouldn't be getting the most high-quality footage, purely based on my comparison shopping and assumptions due to how reasonable the quote was - I could not have been more wrong.
When Jim delivered us our video - he absolutely blew us away. The quality was as good, if not even better than the "high-baller videographers" we had come across in our initial search. It was breathtaking. He captured all of the perfect moments, had orchestrated the best music that perfectly aligned with stills on screen - it was simply incredible. Not to mention, Jim was the absolute BEST to work with. I never noticed him once at our wedding - he wasn't in our faces like videographers had been at other weddings we'd been too, yet the footage he captured made it seem like he was RIGHT there in the action. Based on the video, it looked like he had cameras going from a hundred different angles - yet I never saw one. He was so respectful, and so polite. After dealing with many vendors who took some time to get back to us, he was extremely responsive, and always positive and accommodating. After not wanting a videographer in the first place - he ended up being our absolute favorite vendor!
Crystal · Married on 11/15/2015
Best choice we ever made! Jim was easy to work with, gave us a great package (and price), and was very responsive to emails. Received our video and DVDs last week. We could not be more pleased. Great quality video of our special day and beautiful personalized DVD cases and discs. Thank you!!Sent on 04/03/2016
Jenalee · Married on 09/12/2015
My husband and I chose to go with Pirates Lane Video for our wedding video because the package that Jim put together was so reasonable and he was so flexible with the type of video that we wanted. Instead of a traditional documentary-style video, we wanted an extended highlights video. We got our footage this week and we could not be more pleased. Jim did an amazing job capturing all the important moments of our day and I don't think anyone even noticed there were cameras around. Watching our wedding video brought me right back to that day and I couldn't have asked for anything more. The DVDs that we received are perfect and even included some extra footage that we were not expecting. I would highly recommend Pirates Lane for videography! Thanks Jim!!Sent on 03/01/2016
Xiaozhe · Married on 06/28/2014
We found Jim as the videographer on our wedding day. Recall our experience with Jim, we believe it is the best decision we have made for our wedding. The wedding trailer and video both looks fantastic and pyrotechnic. We were all impressed by the great work of Jim and his co-workers. Definitely recommend to my friends and anyone who is looking for videographer. Excellent job!Sent on 01/10/2015
Meg · Married on 08/11/2012
Jim from Pirates Lane was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was super responsive and helpful in setting expectations for our video needs and wants. Day-of, Jim was what I would like to fondly refer to as a "video ninja". He blended into the day, was there capturing every important moment, but did so in the most unobtrusive and easy going way. Jim recently went above and beyond and delivered us an incredible trailer video of our wedding. His HD and video skills are truly beautiful and my entire family is so thankful that Jim was the person capturing these important moments that we'll relive time and time again. Can't recommend Jim and Pirates Lane enough!Sent on 09/25/2012
Tiffany · Married on 06/09/2012
Jim and his crew were such a pleasure to work with at our recent wedding. From the very first meeting we were impressed with Jim's manner and professionalism. He always responded right away if I had a question and I was very flexible in tailoring a package to meet our needs.Sent on 07/09/2012
The day of the wedding he and his assistants were on time and very respectful and unobtrusive. People almost forgot they were there! :) While I don't have to full finished product, we were amazed at how well our preview movie trailer has come out, and we can't wait to see our full lenght film! We would highly recommend Jim and Pirates Lane Video.
Jenna · Married on 10/08/2011
Although I haven't seen the finished product yet, Jim was outstanding to work with during the prepartion for the wedding and even came to the rehearsal to scope out the setting. On my wedding day, he blending into the background and seemingly caught all of the most important moments...yay! I can't wait to see the video, but I thrilled that he was a part of our big day!Sent on 10/12/2011
Bonnie · Married on 12/31/2010
We were married on New Year's Eve and Jim was gracious enough to spend his holiday recording our magical wedding! He arrived early, was very professional, and was very unintrusive yet got so much amazing footage. I don't know how he did it! The ceremony footage was incredible, the family photo footage played to an amazing song, the toasts and dances were perfectly caught, and the reception with New Year's Eve ball-drop toast AND fireworks to boot were all absolutely beautifully recorded! My hubby hestitated with getting a video but I knew we would absolutely need one and be so happy we had one later in life with the kids and as we got older...I knew we would watch it on our anniversaries and re-live the precious moments! I also knew the night would fly by in the blink of an eye and it would become impossible to recall all the great details of the night, including the vows!! My hubby more than appreciated the video seeming that he had one too many (as I suspected!)!! haha. Overall the video music trailer, highlights music video, and the actual video were all just so moving and fantastic, my words can't say enough! Thank you Jim for all your hard work!!!Sent on 05/05/2011
Kristy · Married on 09/18/2010
We absolutely love our wedding video! It is amazing! Jim captured all of our favorite moments! We feel so lucky to have that day frozen in time for us. Pirates Lane did such a fantastic job, we are beyond thrilled with the results! Thank you so much! :)Sent on 01/15/2011
Wendy · Married on 08/07/2010
I got married in August of 2010 and have to admit that I was on the fence about putting up the money for video until I talked to many brides who regretted not getting it. They especially regret it when hearing many other brides talk about how thankful they are they got it and the 1000x the kids have watched the videos. The kid part is what really got me first and then hearing about the missing parts of the night the brides never see. So come 2 months prior to my wedding, I assigned my fiancée to the task. Let's just say that didn't last too long and that he practically had us signing with a non-HD, low quality, bare bones video. Then I stepped up and searched the web high and low for reasonable packages with a must have HD video!!! THIS IS A MUST!!! This is when I came across Jim's website and work content. What I found is that Jim's packages were extremely competitive against the lower quality broadcast vendors. So after reaching out to him and getting examples, I took the leap and chose Jim, above family referrals. THANK GOD I DID THIS!!Sent on 11/23/2010
Jim's work in unbelievable and it shows you really how far the video services have come (for the vendors who keep up). There's a movie trailer that comes 1-2 weeks after the wedding. This trailer is sooo good that it will bring any bride to tears as he captures many of the significant and symbolic moments of the wedding and adds fitting music to it. I am not a cryer (AT ALL) and was in tears numerous times! Again, it’s just fabulous work. Next will come the full length Video and the Wedding Highlights together. Everyone thinks that that there will be boring parts to the full length video, based off hearing about past examples, but Jim does an outstanding job at editing and adding music (personally picked songs) to the entire video. The entire thing is broken down into phases and each and every moment is entertaining. This is what separates him from the others. TRUST ME! Then there’s the Highlights which is the 5 min re-cap of the entire night which is in Jim fashion and is just as outstanding as the prior works of art .
So for all you brides out there trust me when I say that you can’t find a better service. This is it! This is one thing you don’t need to micro-manage and seriously can leave it to Jim to create for you symbolic keepsakes that you will treasure forever! I can’t stress it enough that his work is awesome! Good luck and Happy Wedding day!
Crystal · Married on 06/19/2010
Jim from Pirates Lane Video was amazing! He was so professional and I am so thankful that I chose him to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moments from our wedding. The video that he created is so magical. I would absolutely recommend Jim for any wedding. The video brings tears to my eyes everytime we watch it. Hire Jim and you will not be dissapointed!Sent on 12/08/2010