Smiling Toad Productions, making wedding memories last.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Videographers in Chicago Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing John, from Smiling Toad Productions.
Where have you been featured?
Style Me Pretty, Carats and Cake, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Love Stories TV, Party Slate…
Why do couples love working with you?
We have an arsenal of talent and dedicate two videographers to every wedding, matching you with the best, videography team for your venue, photographer and wedding style.
What do you love most about filming weddings?
I love working with couples from our initial phone call to when they receive their final wedding film(s) and making sure their initial vision they describe to me is preserved in their films. I love working with our editors to critique their films and make them the absolute best they can be while preserving their initial vision. I love coordinating our videography teams to maximize our coverage hours and give us the greatest chance for success. I love exceeding couples’ expectations and seeing their stunning locations and love story come together. And lastly, I love the incredible happiness and love shown throughout each wedding and all the amazing people I get to meet along the way.
How did you get started?
I came from a documentary background initially and then started a video production company that did any and every type of production we could find. I quickly realized that recording weddings was my passion and have focused the company on that since 2009 after I was married and wished we had a better recording of it.
What 3 words best describe your company?
Passionate, Collaborative, and Reliable.
What budget range do you cater to?
$2,495 and up.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to film?
Probably the getting ready/preparations because everyone is filled with so much excitement and love and we get a chance to meet all the important people we’ll be spending the day with.
My husband and I chose Smiling Toad to film our wedding day this past November at Holy Name Cathedral and the Sofitel. At first, we weren’t even sure we wanted to have a videographer – we thought pictures would be enough. A friend recommended we check out Smiling Toad, and we decided to go with them. Best decision ever. I can’t believe I even entertained the thought of not having a videographer!
We were in contact with John, mostly through email. He explained the packages thoroughly and helped us pick the right one for our needs and budget. He made it all so simple for us. Our videographers, Sam and Fernando, were fantastic to work with too. They were prompt, professional, and amazing at what they do. They gave us great suggestions while taking photos, and during the ceremony and reception, we barely noticed they were there!
Our video turned out better than we could have imagined. They captured everything we hoped for and more. You won’t be disappointed with Smiling Toad!
-Stacy and David
Smiling Toad was extraordinary to work with. They exceeded all basic expectations including timeliness, efficiency, great communication, customer service, flexibility, and very impressive quality of product. My husband and I had a traditional, large Indian wedding and it was very important to us to find a videographer who was able to capture both the meaningful personal moments during our wedding, as well as the ritual and customs that take place around us – Smiling Toad was able to easily do that and more. John went out of this was to get us together the day before the wedding and videotape a short interview with us about how we met and our thoughts about getting married – that interview was woven into our wedding video and day of edit in a very tasteful and meaningful way.
The day-of video brought tears to our eyes during the reception – it was easily one of my favorite parts of the wedding. The videos turned out beautiful – I was so impressed with how well the team was able to capture important moments while still blending into the background. We were so lucky to have Smiling Toad with us throughout our wedding – wouldn’t have gone with anyone else!
-Asha and Sunny
John at Smiling Toad Productions was recommended to me by a friend, and I am SO glad he was! One look at my wedding video trailer on his website and you will see why. His product is excellent and his prices are very comparable to other companies who are not nearly as quality. Even more importantly, I didn’t even know they were there! Both shooters were so “invisible,” I have no idea how they got the excellent footage they did, but it’s truly magical.
I would recommend this service to anyone & everyone, not only for their skill and professionalism but for their overall friendly and helpful attitude, as well. Thanks again Smiling Toad!
-Katie and Michael