My husband and I stumbled onto Cortese Photography & Film by chance. I really enjoyed planning our wedding, but I was often overwhelmed with the overload of options for... well, everything! That was definitely the case for photography and video...
graphy - so I asked my husband for help one day. He found a link to Cortese Photography & Film's profile on The Knot and the rest is history :)
After virtually meeting Angelo and Sidney, we just had a great feeling about working with them. They are genuine, sweet, and warm. We also loved the idea of getting photography and videography in a one-stop shop - as well as knowing that they would work together well on our big day. Because we got both as a package, we really felt like the price was reasonable... especially in the central Virginia area! They have a "light and airy" style, but still made the colors in our photos pop - which I loved. They even got some shots of the pretty leaves on the grounds of our venue, which is something I really wanted.
We communicated in the months leading up to our wedding and didn't actually meet them until that day, but we felt very comfortable everything would go smoothly. We knew we would face some timeline challenges because we were essentially racing the sun - but the sunset footage they got was incredible! Then during our reception, they put some preview photos on an iPad for our guests to check out.... which was really cool. And we got those the next day via email the next day, so it was a great way to hold us over until the entire gallery was ready.
The photos were so amazing that I'm still having a hard time figuring out which ones to include in a homemade book. We are also ordering canvases with a few of the photos and calendars for our family, so I think that shows how happy we were with the final product.
In terms of our wedding highlights video, I can't say enough how wonderful it is! I am a former journalist who really enjoyed the storytelling part of the job and I thought it was so well done. The video & audio quality was awesome. Not to mention sequencing and transitions. It wasn't just major scenes edited back to back. You could tell it was carefully crafted and professionally assembled. I cried, laughed, and just felt so happy reliving our big day - which are all signs of how special the video is! I didn't even know any of the songs they included, but I instantly loved them because they all just fit so well.
Thank you so much to Angelo and Sidney for all their hard work - on our wedding day and the months that followed. We know it has been busy, but we are so grateful we have these amazing photos and videos to enjoy for years to come.
I highly recommend them for both wedding photography and videography. We couldn't be happier with our decision!