19 featured reviews
Member Since: 6/1/2003
Hiring Coastline Studios was the absolute best unexpected decision we made about our wedding. Until a few months before the big day, we wrote off the idea of videography all together. We didn’t think we could fit video into our budget, and we didn’t think anyone would watch it after the wedding anyway. But then I discovered Coastline and everything changed…
John’s friendly, caring personality and obvious passion for videography absolutely won me over. The sample films he showed me also swayed the decision -- His finished films are MAGICAL! We ended up booking his Cinematic package, which included a jib, long trailer, and longer finished film.
Having Coastline with us on our wedding day was wonderful. A few things you should to know about what it’s like:
• The entire Coastline crew is FUN. These guys totally fit in with our family and friends and were friendly without being intrusive.
• The amount of equipment Coastline utilizes is ASTOUNDING. Yes, their services can seem pricey, but you should see the lighting, microphones, cameras, tripods, and other crazy stuff they bring to make your video look like a serious Hollywood movie. Your budget videographers definitely will not offer all this.
• ALL of the crew are PROFESSIONALS. The whole team discusses lighting, color balance, the best angles, and where to hide so you can’t see them (which I only know because he told me afterward, not because I noticed it on the day of). They also dress very professionally, including wearing khaki pants and black logoed polos on our 90+ degree July day (yikes!).
• They are COMMITTED. Mother Nature made our wedding day a little crazy. Coastline was flexible and kept rolling through it all to ensure our film reflected our whole day.
As for the finished product, I am almost speechless. Our trailer and wedding film are authentic, beautiful, emotional, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The colors are vibrant. The music is perfect. Our families and friends absolutely loved watching it and have asked to watch multiple times.
To sum it up, here are a few words from the email I sent John after it all: “I feel as though you read my mind as to what I hoped to share about the day… I know our wedding and its videography presented some unusual challenges, but you all seized them and were not at all put off by the extra effort required to present our story. You are each truly special and we appreciate your obvious dedication to your craft.”
Hire John and his amazing team. You won’t regret it!
Member Since: 9/5/2013
We couldn't be happier with Coastline Studios. They are a really talented group of people and I would recommend their services to anyone. Both of our families were blown away by their wedding trailers and kept commenting on how professional and nice the team was on the wedding day! We can't wait to see the full wedding video!
Member Since: 9/5/2013
As a professional myself with many high expectations of the people I work with, I rarely extend my highest admiration and support, but with Coastline Studios it is easy for me to do! You will not find a more talented, professional, and pleasant video productions company than Coastline Studios. They helped me transform my wild and crazy ideas for an event into a reality that far surpassed even my highest expectations. They were always on time, always ready, and captured shots so beautiful that make Hollywood movies look like amateur productions. From the initial consultation to the final screening of our video, Coastline Studios consistently impressed me. There were several productions companies that I spoke with on the phone from all around the country as candidates to film my event, but Coastline became the obvious choice for me very quickly. They will always go the extra mile for you and create a product that will blow your mind. Even though I could talk endlessly about their unmistaken high level of professionalism, the element that captivated me the most was their unparalleled ability to capture emotions and transport the viewer back into the event, so that the viewer can genuinely relive the experience. For weddings, I can't imagine what you could want more than that. There are so many beautiful emotions and spectacular moments on a wedding day, and THAT is after all what matters most. Coastline Studios will capture them ALL. We will be watching our video our entire lives, and we couldn't be more grateful to Coastline Studios for creating it for us. When you hire Coastline Studios, you are hiring the best. I will recommend them for as long as I live! THANK YOU COASTLINE STUDIOS!!!!!!!!!
Member Since: 9/5/2013
Personally, I consider myself to be a person who is not easily impressed because I honestly have really high expectations of myself, but Coastline Studios exceeded even my highest expectations and impressed me with their completely unmatchable level of talent and professionalism. If you are looking for the best videographers to capture your wedding or event, Coastline Studios is for you. I will never forget the moment I watched the video they made for the first time, because I felt like I was watching a hollywood movie, but it was about me. It captured the feeling and emotions of all of the biggest moments in the most incredible ways. I'm sure lots of videographers can film your day and get the important moments on camera, but will they be able to capture the true essence and feel of those moments? I honestly feel like I've become one of Coastline Studios biggest advocates, because the way they film events will blow anyone's mind. They match-up the shots with music in beautiful ways, and will do everything they can think of to get the best shots possible. I could go on and on about their talents and their artistic vision, but I also gotta leave some more personal comments about them. You will not find a group of more kind, more compassionate, and more committed professionals than the people at Coastline Studios. They made us laugh, asked us for our priorities and ideas, and always made whatever ideas we had even better. You will NEVER be disappointed with them. They are simply the BEST. Just look at the videos on their website and you'll see what I mean. They go out of their way to create the best product they can possibly come up with, and their best product is better than anyone else's. They capture the feeling of your event better than you could ever imagine, and every time you revisit it, you will not only be reminded of the scenery, you will relive all of the feelings and emotions. Even a complete stranger will be moved by watching your video, I promise! I've showed the video they made for us to people at my work, even people I don't know well, and it makes everyone tear up and smile and laugh. You can't go wrong with these guys. I give them my highest recommendation. Thank you for capturing our day like a hollywood movie. I will enjoy watching it all my life!!!!
Member Since: 4/13/2012
I can’t stress enough the importance of having a wedding video. I’ll start by explaining that it starts with a team of people documenting every single little detail and then weaving it into a masterpiece of emotion that you get to keep forever. In a few months we will get to sit down and relive the fairytale again…and again and again for the rest of our lives. I will also stress the blessing of being able to share the wedding with the loved ones that could not be there.
The Coastline team is unbelievably talented and truly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. I’m on the video side of advertising and I knew I was going to be picky about our wedding video. I researched dozens of options and Coastline was hands-down the best in Michigan. These Guys are true artists behind the camera AND in the editing studio. Lots of videographers have great equipment and an eye for composition. Some videographers have fantastic style and technique. But then it boils down to a small select group of videographers like Coastline Studios who are a cut above the rest. At this level you find a team of artists that are able to sit down time and time again and tell a fresh wedding story with such elegance and emotion that it causes perfect strangers to tear up.
My entire family has a crush on Coastline Studios for sure. I can’t tell you how many times we would be talking about the upcoming wedding and a family member would mention that they were on Coastline’s website…AGAIN watching trailers. By the time the wedding day came around, I’m quite sure that none of us had any wedding tears left.
It comes at no surprise then, that our wedding video was at the top of our list of things to be excited about. Everybody told me that the day was going to come and go in the blink of an eye and I was bound and determined to not let that happen. But it did. And though I took moments to step back and soak it all in, it was impossible to be in a million places at once. The great news is coastline captured it all. They captured the “I do’s” and the first kiss of course. But they also captured the breeze off the lake, twirls on the dance floor, the looks, the hugs, and the tears. How can you possibly fit so much love and excitement, not to mention 200 loved ones, into one single day? The answer is deep breathing, a good pair of flats, and most definitely Coastline Studios.
Thank you so much John, Nate, Jay, and Rebecca! We were blessed to have you capture our big day! Thank you for your dedication, hard work, and creativity. You are the best!
Member Since: 4/9/2013
My name is Jay Kadlec, newly married and loving it! Abigail and I were married July 20th and Coastline studios was there to film our wedding. Now, I may be a little biased, because I actually have done work for Coastline…but they were fantastic, covered every event, and made sure to only check in with me when needed. Abigail and I are crazy excited to get our hands on the footage! I know it will all be excellent :)
It was a little weird for me to be on the other side of the camera, because I’m so used to ‘staying out of the shot’, but I quickly got over it. I’m super curious to see Abigail’s bride prep and her reaction to the cameras. Once I was used to the lenses being aimed at me, I felt like a rockstar! And when everything started happening (the Ceremony and Reception), I honestly forgot they were even there! Filmaking ninjas would be an apt term for the Coastline Crew. The three moments I’m most excited to see are our first kiss (of course), our entrance to the Reception (rode in on a souped up golf cart), and our dance up on the ridge (with all of the countryside in the background)…
It was the best day of our life and both Abigail and I are super glad to have had Coastline there to film it! Now our friends and family (including the ones who couldn't make it) can see it, and one day, even our children will be able to see their mom and dad getting hitched! - Thank you for everything Coastline!”
Member Since: 7/24/2013
Coastline was absolutely great! They captured so many little, special moments in our day, and will help us remember our day perfectly forever. They were on time, and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera. Technically, they blew me away, and I could not be happier with my trailer, and can't wait to see my full film!
Member Since: 7/8/2011
John Pottenger and his team at Coastline Studios were phenomenal!!! I was skeptical at first to have our wedding video recorded but, they made me feel very at ease. Now, we have this amazing, one of a kind wedding video to look upon whenever we want to relive our special day. The quality of the video was truly mesmerizing! They not only managed to capture our relationship perfectly but also managed to include every single person who attended our wedding in the video. This was definitely a feat as we had 315 guests. Asking Coastline Studios to be a part of our wedding day was a blessing. Having John and his team film one of the greatest days of our lives was truly a gift!! I cannot express enough how thankful we are. Do not pass up the opportunity to have Coastline studios capture your wedding day =)
Member Since: 5/8/2013
It's plain to see that there's no finer videography outfit in Michigan than Coastline Studios. Their attention to detail and compassionate treatment make for an exquisite production. Other videography services can only aspire to the quality and value that they offer. Staffed entirely by unobtrusive professionals, Coastline will make your special day shine forever.
Member Since: 1/7/2012
My husband and I are both in the multimedia business so we have high expectations. Coastline lived up to all of our expectations and then some.
They did a terrific job.
John and his crew were kind and professional. It took about 6 months to get our video. When we received it we were so excited and happy that we spent the money for a videographer.
They made the process easy from beginning to end. If you are thinking about hiring them, just do it. You won't be disappointed. Also, spend the extra dough on the jib, it is SO worth it.
The shots they took were artistic and the editing was fun and professional. Watch this video series on how the process works, it's what sold us. http://vimeo.com/35395926
Member Since: 1/24/2012
John and his team do such a wonderful job. They did my sister's wedding and then mine! Having cameras all around could be awkward, but they make it so comfortable and natural. It was fun to have them be a part of our day! They even helped light candles for the ceremony - that's the kind of people they are. They step in to help where needed! The finished product just takes your breath away. They capture your day perfectly and leave you feeling like a movie star. What a beautiful memory to have for the rest of your lives!
Member Since: 3/20/2008
Out of all the money that goes into a wedding, this was by far our best purchase. I will treasure our wedding video for a lifetime. We have been married for 7 months now and we have watched it about 8 times! Simply Amazing !!
Member Since: 12/28/2011
As a bride without a wedding coordinator, I had a lot on my plate. I was juggling the planning of the event space, the photographer, the favors and gifts, the florist, the bakery... a videographer hadn't even crossed my mind! However, after seeing Coastline's videos on their website, I knew this was something I not only wanted, but needed. Their films are not just point-and-shoot boring documentaries. They're beautifully shot, creative in story and music, and something I would want to share with my kids and grandkids down the road.
I never met the team before the wedding day (I currently live in LA, they're in MI) but on the day of, when it was pouring down rain, John and his team made me feel comfortable and stress-free. I even entrusted them to bring the rings to the ceremony site because I knew they would take great care of them.
It is a bit pricey but the payment plan helped us and honestly, when all is said and done and you're watching the video on your 50th wedding anniversary, are you really going to remember what the price tag was?
I'm so happy and grateful they were part of our special day and I would recommend their services to anyone - the work just speaks for itself.
Member Since: 10/8/2007
John at Coastline Studios and his team are AMAZING!! We felt so comfortable with every step of planning our big day with them. They really take their time in getting to know you and your vision for your wedding day. The questionnaires they have you fill out are really helpful and the good thing is they actually pay attention to what you wrote! We were so comfortable the day of the wedding, and didn't have to worry about them missing anything. Even though there were 3 cameras filming us all day, I didn't even notice them! They do such a great and tasteful job of being right in the action without taking anything away from the bride and groom. John and his team were extremely professional, easy going, and even in our 104 degree hot July day did anything and everything to get the perfect shots. They are extremely dedicated and passionate about what they do, and it really shines through on their work. Having Coastline Studios capture our wedding day was one of the best investments of our entire wedding. If I could, I would have them follow me around everywhere and make my life look as glamorous and perfect as they did the day of our wedding. We love them, and definitely will be using them for future events!
Member Since: 10/31/2012
As many have written here, videotaping our wedding was a low to no priority. On the advice of a friend, who said her wedding video was a treasured document of the day, I spoke with John Pottenger about options.
John is a genuine guy who spared us the hardcore sales pitch and made it more about how he could manage to offer a package that we could afford. With all the stresses of wedding planning, we appreciated that. In short, John was very professional and his process of pre-wedding questionnaires and discussions was helpful in determining what WE wanted. We felt that his approach to our wedding was tailored for us, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
On the wedding day, John and his crew were very unobtrusive and we and our guests felt very comfortable with the extra cameras. His colleagues were efficient, friendly, and professional. It also made it nice that John had no problem working with our other vendors: photographer, etc.
We just received our video last week and my wife and I were thrilled at the result. John's team put together a beautiful document of our wedding day that literally transported us back to all the great emotions from that day. The best part: seeing all the things that we couldn't have possibly seen the day of. The image quality, the music and the editing blend together to form a true work of art.
After spending as much as we did on the wedding overall, we are so glad we decided to have Coastline film our wedding. We now have an invaluable keepsake from that day that we will cherish for years to come. I can wholeheartedly recommend John and his work. You will be very happy with the result.
Member Since: 3/16/2011
If you want an amazing wedding video there is no question that Coastline is the best. They were extremely professional, wonderful to work with, and got tons of footage without being stifling. I had seen their work and was originally nervous that they would be in my face all day, but they were professional and discrete all while getting great shots!
Member Since: 2/15/2010
WOW! I cannot thank John and his team enough for capturing and creating a wonderful wedding video for my husband and I.
We were referred to Coastline Studios by our wedding planner and she deemed John and his team the "top videographer in Michigan." I was hesitant at first, worried that videography was just an unnecessary cost. After viewing John's work on his website, we were absolutely sold. His videos of other couple's weddings brought me to tears so I knew we had to hire his team for our special day! Let me just say, this was one of the BEST investments we made! He worked very closely with us prior to our wedding going over what we as a couple wanted included in our video. The day of our wedding his team was on time, extremely professional, and made us feel completely comfortable. We didn't even realize they were there during our ceremony and reception.
We received our wedding video last week....it was simply breathtaking. After the first few seconds of watching the wedding video, both my husband and I were already in tears. John was able to capture the most touching moments, both emotional and those filled with laughter. John's videography not only captured priceless moments...it told a story. Although the wedding was many months ago, watching the video made us feel like it was just yesterday. Their work is truly unique. The creative ways they were able to capture our wedding day are indescribable. The editing was amazing and proves that every dollar spent was well worth it. My favorite part of John's work is that he will let you customize your music selection so that the entire video is personalized to your taste. We've had family & friends view our wedding flim and they were all blown away by the work and quality, as we were. From the teaser trailer, to the ceremony and reception, and our favorite, the montage, we are so impressed with the quality of their work!
There is no doubt that John will give you the wedding video of your dreams. I give him my wholehearted recommendation. Look no further. Your best wedding planning decision will be choosing Coastline Studios as your videographer!
Member Since: 8/13/2006
Ladies and Gentlemen…meet John Pottenger from Coastline Studios, out of Grand Rapids, MI. Simply the best videographer…period!!!! If you are looking for a videographer for your upcoming wedding, this is the guy to hire. If you’re already married, and have no need for such services…stay with me and keep reading, the story gets better.
John Pottenger and Coastline Studios is not your typical video guy with the tripod and the shaky camera. This is first class, true Cinematic movies of your wedding day. I’m talking Steven Spielberg or James Cameron type of quality….that good! We know this personally …because he did our wedding back in September of 2009. If you still do not believe me, go to his website, www.coastline-studios.com and click on his VIMEO link, and you will see exactly what I mean. Better yet, I suggest you “LIKE” them on Facebook and you’ll see some even cooler stuff, plus you will be kept in the loop with all his new video releases. You might even see our video or trailer in there :-)
If you can think of it, John is probably already doing it. Your movie will have a sneak peak teaser that will be sent to you within weeks after your wedding. It will be followed by a movie trailer, which will really get you excited for your upcoming wedding video and movie.
He also does save the date videos, engagement videos and even has a package where he can rent out a movie theater with Popcorn to show your debut wedding movie to your friends and family. Pretty cool…huh?
So what if you’re already married…what good is coastline studios to you? Great question…his services do not end there. He has new packages where he films family events. If you’re going Vegas and would like to create your own personal “HANGOVER” movie moment, or create your own personal Kardashian like reality TV …I’m sure he can arrange it….LOL! For corporate events….he’s the guy! Bottom line….you need to talk to John and Coastline Studios first before making any decisions. He’s extremely professional and a very nice person! He will take the time to get to know you…which is extremely important.
He has all the best equipment, from the big Jib, to the train tracks, and everything in between…everything is Top Notch and professional looking! And they will travel just about anywhere…he’s doing a wedding in Brazil next year.
Okay…I know what you’re thinking; he’s got to be super expensive. To be honest, when you see the quality of work and what is entailed, it is quite reasonable. However, I’m warning you, once you see his work, there is no going back. That's what happened to us :-)
Oh…and one more thing, if you do decide to watch some of his trailers and videos, you might want to have some tissue by your side…most of them will make you shed a tear or two, or three….you get my point.
John does offer the standard, Non-Cinematic Tri-Pod service (As I call it). If you’re going hire anyone, it might as well be the best guy and his team!
This is your wedding...and you will never forget this day! We watch and share our wedding movie video all the time, and believe me, this was the best decision we ever made. Go with the Cinematic Package...you will not regret it :-)
Member Since: 10/13/2009
Great Product. Great to work with
Filming the Art of Life
Our singular focus is to create stunningly unique wedding films that are tailored to each individual couple's style & personality. With a focus on premium cinematic coverage mixed with editing excellence, we aim to create a film that is as special you & will help you relive your wedding day forever!
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011