Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Fiona & Michael - Wedding Recap

Our videographers took a trip up to Palmerston North (and beyond) for Fiona & Michael's Wedding on 20th November 2009. After weeks of terrible weather, the Gods came through and it was a beautiful day. Their ceremony was held in the small St Bartholemew's Church in Pohangina Valley, and their reception venue was the stunning Makoura Lodge in Apiti.

This is the recap of their wedding day, done a little bit differently to our usual recaps. We wish Fiona and Michael all the best and thank them for allowing us to be a part of their special day. Enjoy the recap!

Fiona & Michael - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Nina and Hunter. Edited by Jason.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Vote for Nina's Big Break!

1 of our videographers, Nina Wells, has entered the 100% Pure New Zealand "Your Big Break" competition. She has written a script for a 3 minute short film that will capture the spirit of 100% Pure New Zealand, and submitted a 1 minute video to go with the script. 4 finalists will be chosen, as well as 1 lucky viewers choice entry. The 5 finalists will get the chance to make their short film in Central Otago, and will be judged by Peter Jackson to find the winner.

Check out Nina's excellent entry "Bound For Invercargill", and more details about the competition here, and register to vote for her to win! Voting closes on 15th January, so please get in quick to help her out.


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Vivian & Paul - Wedding Highlights

Our 2009/2010 Wedding Season has kicked off with the wedding of Vivian & Paul on Saturday 10th October. The lack of sunshine was made up for by the radiant beauty of the bridal party.

The ceremony was held in the Erskine Chapel in Island Bay, and the reception was in the Skyline Function Centre at the top of the Cable Car, providing stunning views over Wellington. This is the highlights of their day.

Vivian & Paul - Wedding Highlights from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Fran & Hunter. Edited by Jason.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

We have a WINNER!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite couple. It was quite a race at the finish, with almost 500 total votes received and only 5 votes separating first and second place!!

At this stage our couple wish to keep their Love Story video a surprise for their guests at their wedding, so watch this space and we will reveal the winning couple and display their special love story video in the coming months.

In the meantime, don't hestitate to contact us for your Wellington Wedding Video for the 2009/2010 wedding season, we have limited dates left available. And if you'd like a Love Story video for yourself, or someone you know, contact us now to book it in!

See you all at the
Spring Wellington Wedding Show on October 4th!

Rob Driessen Photography http://www.rdphotography.co.nz/

The Wellington Wedding Show
The Overseas Terminal, Chaffers Marina
Sunday October 4th - 10.30am - 3.30pm
$15 Admission

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Our Love Story Finalists!

Our Love Story Competition entries have now closed, and we'd like to thank everybody who entered. It was a big job but we have narrowed it down to 4 lucky finalists who are in the running for a FREE Love Story Video.

Now it is up to you to vote! Read their stories below, and click on your favourite couple to vote. Please choose wisely as you can only vote once, only 1 vote per email address will be accepted.

Voting ends on 22nd September - so get your votes in quick!


Our love story has the makings of a (somewhat cheesy) Rom-Com.

As young kids, boy and girl live next door in a small-town suburb. Their parents become friends. One family moves away but the children must endure regular visits to the others house. The rebellious redhead prefers to play Playstation than talk to girl. The girl is always studying. Girl moves to Wellington for university and the only person she knows there is a certain boy from her childhood. They meet up. At our wedding, we will have been together five years.

And cue the happy ending.

To vote for Amanda & Nathan, click here. Remember to put their names in the subject, and only vote once.


We first met in Canada in 2002. We had both booked impulsive trips on an adventure travel bus through the Rockies.

Michael had a ticket for the Wales Vs All Blacks test in Cardiff a few weeks after our trip. I was living in Cardiff and said he could crash at my house for the weekend - he stayed for 6 months!

Unbeknown to us, we had both lived in London a street apart from each other 3 years earlier. Im sure his drunken behaviour would have terrorised me on the night bus and now I find myself about to marry him!

To vote for Fiona & Michael, click here. Remember to put their names in the subject, and only vote once.


It was my 24th birthday. When I got to Gav’s place, Gav instructed me to go upstairs to the living room and that he would come up shortly. I asked why but he just firmly re-instructed me to go upstairs, so I did.

At the top of the stairs was a little note that read "follow the petals". A trail of red rose petals began at the note and led to the living room. In the middle of the room was a heart of petals and inside was a long beautiful letter from Gav saying how much he loved me and how he wanted to be with me for the rest of his life.

At the end of the note were the words "please turn around", down on one knee, Gav held a ring out...he asked me to marry him, of course the answer was yes.

To vote for Payal & Gavin, click here. Remember to put their names in the subject, and only vote once.


The Proposal.

A beautiful summers day, 31/01/2009, saw me eating brunch at the waterfront with a friend, who for weeks before had insisted we get together. While at brunch she surprised me with a helicopter ride that she had won via her work (travel agent) and wanted to share with me as a belated birthday gift.

On the helicopter I was shown various sights of wellington and told we would land to view Seals out past Red Rocks. To my complete surprise when we landed it wasnt Seals I saw, but Michael, my boyfriend of 6 years, ring in hand.

To vote for Victoria & Michael, click here. Remember to put their names in the subject, and only vote once.

Congratulations to all our finalists! Remember to get your votes in quickly as voting closes on 22nd September 2009.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Tell Us Your Special Love Story and BE IN TO WIN! Enter Here.

Tell us your interesting love/relationship story in 100 words or less and BE IN TO WIN your very own LOVE STORY VIDEO valued at $695. Your story could be about how you met, how you got together, the marriage proposal or anything you wish and don’t forget to include a recent photo of the 2 of you.

The competition is open to all couples getting married in Wellington, Kapiti or Wairarapa between 1st November 2009 and 31st March 2010. You don’t have to be living in the Wellington Region, but you must be available for 1 day of filming at least 6 weeks prior to your wedding date.

Click here and start writing your interesting story of 100 words or less. Upload a recent photo of the 2 of you and make sure we receive it by midnight on Sunday 13th September 2009.

From there we will decide on up to 5 finalists and publish their stories right here on our blog. Then we’ll let our Crystal Clear community vote for their favourite story.

The couple with the highest number of votes will win a Love Story video produced free of charge – valued at $695!!!! This will be provided on DVD and will also be uploaded to our blog.

Got a winning story? Don’t miss out on this great prize - get your entry in today.
Fill out the entry form here.

ALL couples who book a wedding video with Crystal Clear Productions during the promotion period (24th August – 22nd September) will receive a $150 discount off our Silver or Gold wedding packages.

Couples who book a Crystal Clear wedding package during the promotion period AND a Love Story Video will pay only $595 for their Love Story, a saving of $100. Contact us today to discuss your wedding videography package.

We’ve just added 2 new video options to our packages which are produced prior to your wedding:

Save the Date AND Love Story

SAVE THE DATE is a personalised short clip from you inviting your wedding guests to ‘save the date’. This creative online video invitation will have all your guests talking. Contact us today for more information on this great alternative to paper invitations.

LOVE STORY is a video made prior to your wedding and tells the story of your relationship so far. It is made with quirky interviews individually and/or together and some fun, candid video footage of the 2 of you hanging out. The Love Story video is usually played on a big screen at your reception as an introduction to your entrance, speeches or first dance. It’s a great way to set the mood.

Click here to view an example of a Love Story video made by d’nm wedding films in Sydney.

To celebrate the addition of these new videos to our packages, we are giving away a FREE Love Story video to a very lucky couple. Enter HERE!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Jo & Robin - Wedding Recap

Jo and Robin were married on 25th April 2009 at The Woolshed in Ohariu Valley. Theirs was a really special wedding, full of elegance and simplicity.

Jo wore a gorgeous white with pink Jane Yeh gown, it is hand dyed silk chiffon. They are both a bit "car mad" so they loved being able to include their 2 mustangs in the day, and they certainly made for a spectacular arrival. It was also very special for Jo & Robin that their children were involved in their Bridal Party.

Jo & Robin got together because of their love of showing and breeding German Shepherds, so it was also great to have their German Shepherd Eros with them in their wedding photos. He only arrived from Germany just before Christmas. They even had a bride and groom German Shepherd on top of their wedding cake!

Congratulations Jo & Robin, we wish you all the best for your future, and would like to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day. We hope you enjoy this recap of the wedding day.

Jo & Robin - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Hunter and Nina. Edited by Hunter.

Photos courtesy of Matt Campbell.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Kylie & Andy - Wedding Highlights

It's not often you can plan a beach wedding in Wellington as our weather is so unreliable! But Kylie & Andy took the risk and it paid off. They had a beautiful ceremony on Petone Beach on Saturday 14th March, followed by drinks and photos also on the beach. Thankfully the weather was great, just a little windy - but it wouldn't be Wellington without the wind! Their reception was held at the Jetty Cafe on The Esplanade, and the evening was filled with fun and laughter.

Arriving in style - Mustangs and a Kombie - the day was as fun, laid-back and carefree as Kylie & Andy. They are such a great couple and our team really enjoyed spending the day with them. We'd like to thank Kylie & Andy for letting us be a part of their special day. We hope you enjoy watching their highlights below.

Kylie & Andy - Wedding Highlights from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Hunter and Ryan. Edited by Hunter.

It was great to work with Adrian de la Feunte again from
Duo Photography, here are a few of his gorgeous photos.

Images © adrian de la fuente wedding photojournalism

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Meredith & Scott - Wedding Highlights

Meredith & Scott were married on Friday 20th February 2009 at Boomrock - one of my favourite Wellington venues as the views are just stunning! Thankfully the weather stayed clear for Meredith's dramatic helicopter arrival and their outdoor ceremony. The guests had a great time enjoying the many activities Boomrock has to offer, before heading inside for the remainder of the evening.

This is a cinematic highlights of their wedding day narrated mainly by the Best Man Philip, who made a fantastic speech. As Scott says, this is the "completion of our family unit" - their love for each other and their children was evident throughout the day.

We'd like to thank Meredith & Scott for asking us to share this day with them, and also a big thank you to Justine at
Boomrock for her wonderful hospitality. We hope you enjoy the highlights of their beautiful wedding.

Meredith & Scott - Wedding Highlights from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Ryan and Jackson. Edited by Hunter.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Jemma & Michael - Wedding Recap

Jemma and Michael were married on 14th March 2009 in a small church in Makara. Their ceremony was very intimate, and Jemma & the bridesmaids made quite an entrance arriving in their gumboots! Following the ceremony the guests were driven to Boomrock, where the bridal party later joined them - with a stunning arrival by helicopter.

Wellington put on beautiful weather for the day, and the views from Boomrock were absolutely breathtaking (see photos below from Inspire Photography).

The reception was full of fun and laughter, firstly with the activities at Boomrock that many guests got to enjoy and then the evenings entertainment with the singing waiters. It was a fantastic evening that many will remember for a very long time. We'd like to thank Jemma and Michael for including us in this memorable occassion. Also a big thanks to Justine and the team at Boomrock, and to the photographer Penny Townes, it was great to work with you!

Here is a recap of Jemma and Michael's day, and some photos from Inspire Photography below.

Photographer - Inspire Photography
Reception Venue -
Entertainment -
Ward and Tutheridge

Filmed by Fran & Jason. Edited by Jason.

Here are some photos of the day, from Inspire Photography:

All images ©
Inspire Photography

Friday, 8 May 2009

Nina & Adam - Wedding Recap

We received lots of great feedback about the wedding video trailer we posted recently for Nina and Adam, and it is with great anticipation that we can now share with you their Wedding Recap.

Nina & Adam were married in the Wairarapa on 28th February 2009. Unfortunately the bad weather meant they had to move their planned outdoor ceremony indoors, and their photoshoot was held in covered locations - thank goodness for wet weather plans! But it all turned out wonderfully and the evening was filled with many meaningful speeches. Their first dance to ACDC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" was certainly a great treat for the guests.

We would like to thank Nina and Adam for allowing us to share their special day with them. We hope you enjoy this short recap of the day.

Nina & Adam - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Ryan and Carlos. Edited by Hunter.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Irina & Alan - First Dance & Wedding Recap

Irina & Alan were married on 21st February 2009 at Old St Paul's. Following the ceremony and some group photos at the Parliament Buildings, the guests were transported by buses to the gorgeous Pencarrow Lodge in Eastbourne for the Reception.

Irina & Alan arrived at Pencarrow Lodge by helicopter and enjoyed a wonderful evening with their guests. When it came time for their First Dance, everyone watched in amazement as Irina & Alan performed a beautiful routine.

Irina says: "We were relieved that after four weeks of practice the dance came together without any glitches- Especially that Alan didn't drop me.

After 18 months of planning, everything came together perfectly for our wedding day. Even the tropical cyclone the day before was lifted and we were treated to wonderful weather. Thank you to everyone for making it such a special day. We will truly remember it for the rest of our lives."

This is an extract from their wedding video, showing their truly beautiful First Dance, and also the highlights of the day. The stunning photos below were taken by Rob Driessen, you can view more of Irina & Alan's wedding photos here. It was a pleasure to work with Rob again, we always have a lot of fun filming on his shoots.

We wish Irina & Alan all the best for their future, and thank them for allowing us to share this incredibly special day with them. Please feel free to leave a comment.

Irina & Alan - Wedding Recap and First Dance from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Ryan and Nina. Edited by Jason.

These are some of the stunning photos by Rob Driessen Photography.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

The Wellington Wedding Show

It's not long to go till Wellington's BIGGEST Wedding Show at The Overseas Terminal in Chaffers Marina - May 2nd & 3rd.
This will be our 4th year exhibiting at this show, we absolutely love meeting all the brides, grooms, and their family & friends. We will be showcasing clips from our recent wedding videos, and I'm making a visit back from Sydney especially for the show - so come along to meet us!

Rob Driessen Photography www.rdphotography.co.nz

If you haven't decided whether to attend, I thoroughly recommend it! Even if you've planned a lot of the aspects of your day already, there may be things you find that you'd forgotten about, or ideas for something new to include. The Wellington Wedding Show was a big help to my husband and I when we were planning our wedding. It's such a great way to see all the different wedding services directly, all in one place, and to give you lots of ideas! I recommend coming on Saturday evening because on Sunday it can get very busy - and remember to allow yourself a couple of hours to have a good look at everything.

We get a lot of our bookings at the Wedding Show, so if you are still considering having us as your videographers for your upcoming wedding, you will need to book soon to secure your wedding date.
View the Wellington Wedding Show website for more information about who will be exhibiting, as well as some tips and articles to help with planning your wedding. We hope you come along, and make sure you look out for us in the Caravella Lounge on the 1st Floor - and come & say Hi. We'd love to see you there.
The Overseas Terminal, Chaffers Marina
Saturday May 2nd - 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Sunday May 3rd - 10.30am - 3.30pm
$15 Admission

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Kiri & Cameron - Wedding Recap

Kiri & Cameron were married on 31st January 2009. Their ceremony was held at St Gerard's Monastery in Mount Victoria, which is a well-known church for it's prominent place in the Wellington landscape. Their reception was held at The Boat Shed on Wellington Waterfront.

Wellington put on beautiful weather for Kiri & Cameron, and it was a hot day for their photoshoot. Photographers Chris McCarthy and Melanie Dixon of Wellington Photographers worked hard and fast to get lots of stunning pictures throughout the day. While the bridal party were on their photoshoot, we filmed the guests enjoying the sun at The Boat Shed. Chris managed to take this great photo (left) of one of our videographers Fran, and caught her slightly off-guard! You can view the other photos Chris & Melanie took of Kiri and Cameron here.

We'd like to thank Kiri and Cameron for asking us to share this special day with them. This is a recap of their wedding day, to the 1950's jazz song by Nina Simone "My Baby Just Cares For Me." We hope you like it!

Kiri & Cameron - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Fran and Carlos. Edited by Hunter.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Nina & Adam - Wedding Trailer

Nina and Adam were married on 28th February 2009. This is a short trailer for their wedding video, which is coming soon. I hope you enjoy it!

Nina & Adam - Wedding Trailer from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Ryan and Carlos. Edited by Hunter.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Milana & Jared - Wedding Recap

Milana and Jared were married on 7th February at The Boat Shed in Wellington. Luckily Wellington turned on beautiful weather, and we all know how gorgeous Wellington is on a good day. Their outdoor ceremony at The Boat Shed was perfect with no wind, and that stunning Wellington Harbour as a back drop. It was an emotional day filled with love, tears of joy, laughter and fun. Being Rugby Sevens weekend, they met a few interesting characters during their photoshoot, which just added to the fun and laidback atmosphere. As the sun went down on the harbour, everyone danced the night away.

Congratulations Milana & Jared, we wish you all the best for your future. Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day.

We hope you all enjoy this recap of their wedding day. Feel free to leave a comment below.

Milana & Jared - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

To watch this video in HD please click here.
Click here to view the Trailer for Milana and Jared's wedding video.

Filmed by Fran and Ryan. Edited by Hunter.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Chloe & Daniel - Wedding Recap

Chloe & Daniel were married on Friday 16th January 2009 at Erskine in Island Bay. The day was relaxed and fun, yet elegant and romantic. The true love between Chloe & Daniel was evident throughout the day.

At the reception Chloe & Daniel performed "Fire and Ice" by Ben Harper, and this is what we've used for this Wedding Recap. Chloe explains the significance of this song to them:

"It was a song I put on an album I sent to Daniel when he was in Switzerland for the summer very early in our relationship, and has become one of our favourite songs. We loved the words, and thought they would be perfect to include in the wedding day."

This was our first time working with photographer
Simeon Patience. Although it was quite windy, he got some great photos at Island Bay. Below are a few of his stunning photographs from the day.

Congratulations Chloe & Daniel and thanks for letting us be a part of your day.

Chloe & Daniel - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Jackson and Carlos. Edited by Jason.

Photography by Simeon Patience.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Milana & Jared - Wedding Trailer

Milana & Jared were married on 7th February 2009 at The Boat Shed in Wellington. This is a trailer for their wedding video, which is coming soon. Enjoy!

Milana & Jared - Wedding Trailer from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

To watch this video in HD please click here.

Filmed by Fran & Ryan. Edited by Hunter.

Lauren & Scott - 24th January 2009

Lauren & Scott were married on 24th January 2009 in Martinborough. They had an intimate ceremony at the small and beautiful Burnside Church in Pirinoa. This was followed by a fun relaxing evening at Coney Wines.

Martinborough put on the perfect weather - the sun was shining brightly and it was a very hot day. As you will see in this Recap Highlights, the day went perfectly as well. It was also great working with Adrian & Andrew from Duo Photography for the first time.

Congratulations Lauren and Scott, thank you very much for letting us share this beautiful day with you.

Lauren & Scott - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Fran. Edited by Jason.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Welcome to the world Millie!

We love to hear updates from our couples after their wedding. Angelina and Dan were one of our clients in 2007 when they got married in August at The Pines. We wish them a huge CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of their first child, Millie.

Millie Jeanette Hunt was born on the 11th of Feb, and weighed 4.06 kgs (9lbs). She arrived 18 days late and put her mother through quite an ordeal, but as you can see she was totally worth the wait!

She is just gorgeous and we wish Mum, Dad and Millie all the best. Here's a couple of pics taken just minutes after Millie was welcomed into the world.

Welcome to the world Millie!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Wedding Video Music Selections

Choosing the music for your wedding DVD is just as important as choosing the music for your wedding day. It can be a daunting task, and lots of our couples ask for help with ideas. So we've put together a Song List of over 350 songs to give you some ideas to start from.

The Song List has been added to the list of links on the right hand column of our blog. Feel free to use it to help you select the music for your wedding video, or for your big day. You can still request songs that aren't on this list, or use the same song by a different artist, or a different song by the same artist.

The style of music you choose is completely up to you, and should reflect the two of you. The songs don't have to be love songs, and they don't have to be slow. To give your video a good Kiwi feel, you could select a lot of great NZ Music. You can use some recent modern songs by artists such as Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Colbie Callat so whenever you watch your video you are reminded of this time in your life. Or you can use some classic songs that have stood the test of time by artists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone.

If you really can't decide, let us choose the music we think suits your video the best.

"If music be the food of love, play on."
Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Wallaceville House Bridal Show

The Wallaceville House Bridal Show is on this weekend - Sunday 15th February 10am - 4pm. There will be approx 40 exhibitors - making it a more intimate environment than the larger bridal shows. It's a great way for you to check out Wallaceville House as a Wedding Venue, or to meet other Wedding Suppliers to consider using for your special day - all in one room!

We will have an exhibit there, so come along to catch up with us and talk to us about your Wedding Video. Hope to see you there.


Sunday, 8 February 2009

Nadia & Nathan - Wedding Recap

Nadia & Nathan were married on 5th January 2009 at St Albans Church, Pauatahanui. This was followed by a beautiful Butterfly Release and a Reception at Gear Homestead.

It was great to work with our good friends at
Silkworm Events who did a fantastic job. It was also great to work with photographer Simon Woolf and the team at Gear Homestead.

Congratulations to Nadia and Nathan, and thanks so much for allowing us to share your day with you.

Nadia & Nathan - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Jackson & Tony. Edited by Jason.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Laura & Jamie - 3rd January 2009

We love filming at Old St Paul's Church, the dark wooden interior gives it a very mystical yet romantic feel. We don't use any intrusive lighting, and just capture the atmosphere as it is. As you will see below, it has a stunning effect on video.

Our first wedding for 2009 was for Laura and Jamie. Their ceremony at Old St Paul's Church was really special and included a song sung by their Bridesmaid Michelle. This is a short recap of their day.

Thanks to Laura and Jamie for allowing us to be a part of their day. Congratulations to you both!

Ceremony -
Old St Paul's Church, Thorndon
Reception -
Wellesley Hotel, Wellington

Laura & Jamie - Wedding Recap from CrystalClearNZ on Vimeo.

Filmed by Francesca & Jason. Edited by Jason.


Welcome to the Crystal Clear Productions Blog!

As the multimedia world takes over the internet, we have decided to join in and have a Blog to help share more of our videos and other information with you. We hope you find information on this site that entertains, inspires or assists you.

We will have some photos and videos up soon, as well as some helpful articles and tips for helping with your wedding planning, or with your wedding video.

In the meantime feel free to check out some of our videos on our Portfolio page of our website: www.crystalclearproductions.co.nz/portfolio.html