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Gay Friendly AZ Wedding Vendor

3 Oceans Entertainment is very clear that we are a Gay Friendly AZ Wedding Vendor.  We have always felt this way.  However, one always has to tread carefully when dealing with the media, who as a whole often seem to have one sort of agenda or the other.  Here’s what has been happening with us lately.

Pete Suratos of ABC 15 News in Phoenix contacted me to comment on a new piece he was reporting on concerning SB 1062, the supposedly controversial pending legislation concerning an exemption to allow discrimination.  By “supposedly,” I simply mean that the only real controversy is why this ridiculous bill has not already been given a gubernatorial veto.  The current numbers are somewhere between 70 to 95 % against, so how about a little representation of the will of the people here, huh folks?

Anyway, the “powers that be” in the news room were certainly looking for opposing viewpoints, but just couldn’t find any by airtime, so a little clever editing makes it almost sound like I support the bill.  Enough that I got a phone call the following morning from a producer up the line who asked if that meant I would go on record in support.  Uh, NO…but you can add me to the overwhelming majority of decent people who would never validate another excuse to discriminate and hate.

Still, it was fun to be on the evening news and at least my wife squealed with excitement when she saw her silly husband on TV.  That part was worth it to me right there.  Here’s a link to the news video:

3 Oceans Entertainment on ABC 15 News Phoenix Arizona

In fairness, the reporter kept looking in the right direction after this and asked if I knew anyone who had been directly affected by this so-called religious discrimination.  Why yes, we just worked with a great Phoenix couple who were not only told “no” by a cake baker, but then lectured about their depraved lifestyle, etc.  Rebecca and Molly were very brave to go on TV to discuss this and we are very proud of them.

Molly and Rebecca Gay Wedding in Phoenix AZ
Molly and Rebecca Wedding in Phoenix AZ – 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding Videography

 

Becca and Molly Gay Wedding in Phoenix Arizona, AZ Gay Marriage, Marriage Equality
Becca and Molly

They got a lot of flak and hateful comments on the internet right away, (of course!) the 24 hour news cycle marched on, and life goes on.

We’ll be working on a new video with Becca and Molly to promote awareness for Anti-Bullying Safety Classes at the Kidzone with the upcoming Phoenix Pride Festival.  Stay tuned for more.

Couples Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Couples Choice Awards 2014 Winner

The WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards 2014 Winner recipients once again include 3 Oceans Entertainment DJ Photo Video Event and Wedding DJ Photography and Videography services, based in Phoenix Arizona and serving the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, plus Sedona.

3 Oceans Entertainment - Event Wedding DJ Photo Video services in Arizona
3 Oceans Entertainment – Event Wedding DJ Photo Video services in Phoenix Arizona – Cameron and Robbie Carpenter

Robbie and I are very happy to be included, and I can’t help a little horn tooting.  It’s just that VERY FEW Wedding vendors can claim this award every single time it’s been presented, right back to the very first one in 2009.  I just have to feel like that’s pretty cool.

Weddings, Wedding Venues3 Oceans Entertainment, Best Wedding DJs in Phoenix - 2014 Couples' Choice Award Winner

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We were WeddingWire rated back in 2008 before this program even began!  Please visit www.threeoceansentertainment.com for more information on award winning DJ, Photo, and Video services in the Valley of the Sun for your wedding or special event.

Wedding Photography Arizona

Wedding Photography Arizona

Wedding photography Arizona style is so rewarding when you are spending a wonderful wedding day with a remarkable couple, unique in their own special way, who share a deep and abiding love for family and especially each other. 3 Oceans Entertainment had such a blast with Brittany and Tony at Estrella Vista Reception Center in Avondale, AZ for their marriage, in attendance with DJ and Photography services.  Robbie Carpenter was lead photographer and used her observant eye for dimension and light to gather and hold on to several exceptional moments preserved using natural perspective balanced with gentle creativity. Here she demonstrates solidity set against fluidity with “Ring Splash”

Arizona Wedding Photography - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photographers
“Ring Splash” – Arizona Wedding Photography – 3 Oceans Entertainment Phoenix AZ Wedding Photographers

Opening the curtain for the stunning Bride Brittany,

Father and the Bride
Father and the Bride

who decided to marry Tony

Phoenix Arizona Bride and Groom
“It’s a Great Day to Get Married!” – Brittany and Tony

in the exquisite Arizona sunshine.

Wedding Photography in Arizona
Under a Tree

However, Tony may have gotten a little scared as he appeared to beat a hasty retreat!

Runaway Groom Running Away
Runaway Groom – “Oh, No!  Get him, Brittany – hold on tight!”

Robbie used the break to again exercise her creativity with cake and champagne toasts.  It was such a pleasure and a treat, especially because the Mother of the Bride made it with love.

Champagne Toast and Wedding Cake - 3 Oceans AZ Wedding Photo
Champagne Toast and Wedding Cake – Thanks Mom!

Having survived their “just kidding” moment, they took to the dance for the very first time as Man and Wife in a surreal moment when time stood still but the world kept spinning.

Bride and Groom First Dance
First Dance as Man and Wife

This left Brittany feeling spectacular as she was swept away into the night by her handsome new husband.

Carried Away in the Moment the Bride is swept into the night
Carried Away

Time for a little fun with their Wedding DJ Cameron of 3 Oceans Entertainment

Newlywed couple with Wedding DJ in Phoenix Arizona
Newlywed questions with DJ Cameron

Before dancing the night away.

3 Oceans Entertainment Phoenix AZ Wedding DJ
Dance the Night Away

To see more of Brittney and Tony’s Arizona Wedding, please view the image gallery of this blog on the http://dj-photo-video-az.com/photography-portfolio/ page.  Go to the first image of

Brittany and Tony at EVRC in Avondale, AZ

and Click, Touch, Swipe!  Thanks for looking.

3 Oceans Entertainment Phoenix AZ Wedding and Event DJ Photo Video Services

Arizona Wedding Videography

Arizona Wedding Videography

Arizona Wedding Videography - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Videographers for Trisha and Steve at Sedona Golf Resort in Arizona
Steve and Trisha Cornell Wedding Video Highlights by 3 Oceans Entertainment at Sedona Golf Resort

We were so happy to perform Arizona Wedding Videography and DJ Services for a great couple.  Steve and Trisha Cornell got married in Sedona at Sedona Golf Resort, and 3 Oceans Entertainment was lucky to be there as AZ Wedding DJ and AZ Wedding Videographers.

It was a beautiful sunny day with sunshine as a prevailing theme, with lots of love and laughter.

Our friends SJA Studios were there to Photograph; as always Steven Aquilino did a great job and took good care of the Bride and Groom.  The cake was made by Sedona Sweet Arts and was yummy!  Mountain High Flowers made it beautiful with floral arrangements, and the Officiant was even a treasured friend of the family!  Katie Draxler and her staff at Sedona Golf Resort did such a fantastic job, as they always do, bringing it all together.

3 Oceans Entertainment used a fresh, modern style to showcase Trisha and Steve as a couple, and also our videography style at this very moment, in September of 2013.  Please click on the link through the photo to see a 13 minute sample of the Trisha and Steve’s Sedona AZ Wedding Video, and other videos posted on our 3 Oceans Entertainment YouTube Channel.

 

Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers

Sedona Wedding Cinematographers
3 Oceans Entertainment

We are featured Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers on the destination weddings website Borrowed and Blue at www.borrowedandblue.com/sedona

Taken from their website, “from majestic Arizona weddings set amongst beautiful red rock canyons, to rustic chic weddings at gorgeous resort spas, your Sedona destination wedding is sure to deliver oodles of natural splendor and sun-drenched Southwestern landscapes.”

Cinematography is modern Videography

Cinematography is a variation of the term videography that is being used more lately to be set apart from your Grandparents wedding video.  Many folks still have a picture in their head of a boring VHS tape that was watched once and now sits in a dusty old shoebox until it crumbles, however most people know that modern wedding videography involves rich colors and great sound with chapter points to watch individual parts or the entire wedding movie at your discretion.  Multiple HD cameras and carefully crafted editing in a digital format create a product that can be enjoyed many times and shared with future generations.

It’s also important to note that often a wedding videographer will decide to provide a finished product that is a very short (20 minutes or so) highly condensed overview of the wedding day, even after spending considerable time at the event collecting raw footage.  This is partly a stylistic choice and partly due to the enormous file sizes of High Definition Video.

3 Oceans Entertainment prefers to use a different technique than most.  As Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers (statewide service for DJ, Photography and Videography in Arizona,) we like to start with an opening montage including establishing shots of the venue and look of the day, some getting ready scenes, and other special moments set to a song or two that is added into the background.  Then the ceremony in its entirety including the natural sound, which is the real audio captured with wireless and shotgun microphones plus camera audio, so the spoken words, music, and audience sound is all clearly heard.  Often the license is signed next.  The photo shoot that happens over the next hour or so quite often gives us footage to create another montage section set to added music.  These montage sections take the place of an overly trimmed highlight by allowing a short section or two to show folks who don’t want to watch the whole wedding movie.  After that, the other formal events such as First Dance and so forth are captured as they unfold, and presented with reductions of the repetitive sections such as open dancing.  Sometimes the Bride and Groom would like to hear and see recorded Best Wishes and these are included in a separate section if desired.  It’s all put together to be interesting and watchable, often around an hour and a half to two hours in length – plenty long to include all the action, but not so long that the viewer loses interest.

On the production side, two or more HD video cameras are used, to provide the ability in editing to switch back and forth between angles and increasing face time.  Many locations have limitations on movement, and even if they did not we prefer to work without distracting guests.  The backup in case of mechanical or technical difficulty is comforting as well, especially in the context of event videography that cannot be recreated with the option of yelling “cut” and “take two!”

Good audio is critical, and the combination of multiple feeds in post production is the best way to achieve this.  Words, sound, music and images all come together to paint a magical picture.

Sedona AZ Wedding Videography
Sedona Arizona Wedding Videography – Cinematography

Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers

3 Oceans Entertainment is always happy to be part of an Arizona Wedding or Event with DJ, Photography and/or Videography/Cinematography service.  We’re also honored to be affiliated with Borrowed and Blue and wish Christin and Adam the best of luck with their wedding oriented website that includes Sedona Weddings and Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers like us.

Wedding Videographers in Arizona

Wedding Videographers in Arizona

We’ve been getting a lot of calls lately for wedding videographers in Arizona, but not necessarily for the best of reasons.  One particular urban wedding company promised much and delivered little.  Then they took the money and ran, and violated the trust of unfortunate engaged couples who believed in them.  They have now disappeared, and the wedding industry is better for their absence.

Meeting with an AZ Wedding Videography Photography DJ Company

The story begins over a year ago, when I got an email from a person I knew as a wedding videographer to meet with him and hear about a proposal he had for me.  He wouldn’t discuss it on the phone, other than to say it was a “great opportunity” that I “would not want to miss out on.”  I decided to set aside the time to hear what he had to say.

After arriving at the time and place he designated, I was greeted with a big phony smile and introduced to a colleague of his who supposedly had flown in from California just to meet with me, or at least that is what I was led to believe.  The hair on the back of my neck was already beginning to stand up when the wedding videographer (we’ll just call him “Thad”) said that his friend (we’ll just call him “Mr. Creepy”) was there to observe, and for the remainder of the meeting Mr. Creepy just sat there with a disturbing look on his face listening intently as Thad went through his passive/aggressive presentation.  I later learned that I was not the only one to receive the sales pitch that day, but that’s beside the point.

He began by complimenting me on what a great job I was doing as a wedding and event DJ, and my wife and I as wedding videographers in Arizona (he was not aware of the fact that we had already branched out into wedding photography) while pointing out that his company dominated the wedding business in Arizona and were taking over nationwide with Mr. Creepy.  Apparently there would be no room for other wedding vendors after their plan to take over, and this would be my only chance to get in on the ground floor with them.  He noted the accolades and awards that my wife and I have gathered in our almost 10 years in business, and even acknowledged that he was aware of my ability and dedication.  He then warned me it was all about to come to an abrupt end unless I went along with his offer.  Cue dramatic music bum-pa-bum!

Mr. Creepy smirked at me when Thad said they had a plan to expand their power and that basically any Videography, Photography, or DJ job in any state they were doing business would go through them as brokers.  He claimed to have a crack team of SEO experts who would insure that their website would be the only one seen on Google.  The only perceived threat to them was WeddingWire, and the strategy there would be simply to buy out all of the top spots to gain preferred placement.  Besides, he figured that any potential client looking at them would be crazy to go anywhere else.  I guess they figured there was no such thing as free will in the marketplace.

The Offer

Here’s where I fit into their plan.  I would close my business, 3 Oceans Entertainment, and surrender any existing or future jobs to them.  In return, I could be the DJ manager for the state of Arizona.  They would lowball the price to get all the available work in the state.  He claimed they had all sorts of DJ talent in California waiting to fly out to Arizona to fulfill the jobs.  When I questioned this, he actually said “we can get all the chumps we need because they are desperate for work.”  They would collect the deposits from clients (half up front,) pay the DJs a pittance, and give me a salary to insure that everything went smoothly.

He thought that they already had all the videography and photography jobs wrapped up for themselves, and expanding into domination of the DJ field would be their next logical step.  He pointed out that I would not be able to get any more wedding video, photo, or DJ work on my own, as that would all be going to them now.

He may have said some other outrageous things, but I was already done listening and looking for a way out.  I may be old-fashioned, but I believe honesty and integrity mean something and there was none to be had here.

As I was leaving, I remember Thad saying we would be out of business as soon as they implemented their plan, and this would be the last chance I had to join their team.  Shortly afterward, I saw their ads begin to appear on the internet and their website promising the best DJ, Photography and Videography service for the lowest price.  It appeared their conquest had begun.

The Trouble Begins

I’ll admit they took a lot of work away from us for a while.  I would call or email with prospective Brides and Grooms who told me they decided to book with another company offering a great deal.  They had already put half down on a deposit and were convinced they were choosing the right vendor to help with their special day.  I worked alongside this company on a few occasions when the couple had chosen us for one service and the other guys for another.  I even had a few of their independent contractors tell me about all the money they were going to make with this wedding company.  They had been promised to be paid well for their hard work, although most of them had yet to receive payment for their services.

The Kicker

Then it came.  They collected as much money as they could while paying out as little as possible.  They kept people happy until they decided to strike.  Suddenly they were gone!  Phone disconnected and no response to emails, no-show at contracted events and no recourse for customers.  They seemingly disappeared off the face off the earth, but apparently indicated to WeddingWire that “they are no longer in business.”  According to multiple complaints, the money is gone and the clients have been left high and dry.  To add insult to injury, their many website listings now redirect to porn websites.  Ouch!

The Good News

The good news is that the previous story is an extreme and unfortunate example, as most reputable companies want to do a good job and maintain a positive reputation after your event. A legitimate business has little interest in legal difficulty, but the sad fact is there are bad guys out there who are more interested in pulling a fast one. Fortunately, there are several measures that can be taken to minimize the risk.

First is using a contract signed by both parties. It does not necessarily need to be complicated, but should include the basics of date, time and location of event, and terms. It should also include a clause concerning what will happen in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances that would prevent performance.

Second is working with an established business that has a history measured in years, not months. The longer a business has been around, the more likely they will be there when your event comes around.

Third has to do with integrity, which can often be indicated by reputation. Personal recommendations from friends and family are great. In the absence of that, online reviews from a trusted and verified source can be quite helpful. On a side note, many brides and grooms review a group of vendors after an event, so looking for a set of reviews on a certain date can be a good idea.

Another good line of defense is using a credit card for the deposit payment. Disputes can be mediated through your credit card company and often resolved to your benefit if your vendor does not show up to your event or has otherwise nefarious intentions. PayPal offers some measure of protection, but is currently limited to 45 days from the transaction date.

3 Oceans Entertainment is still here after surviving the battle with “Thad Moerber of Urban Wedding Company.”  We have wedding videographers in Arizona, as well as photography and DJ services for weddings and events in AZ.  We’ve been operating with quality, honesty and integrity in the Arizona wedding industry for over 10 years, and are thrilled to have been involved in the weddings of over one thousand happy couples.  We respect marriage and people, offer great services at fantastic prices, and fulfill the promises we make.   Please consider 3 Oceans Entertainment for your wedding and event DJ, Photo and/or Video service needs in Arizona.

Wedding Videographers in Arizona
3 Oceans Entertainment – Wedding Event DJ Photo Video services in AZ

Sedona Wedding Venue

We are a Phoenix based event service provider, but when we travel “up north” for a wedding, our preferred Sedona wedding venue is Sedona Golf Resort.

Sedona Golf Resort - Sedona Wedding Venue
Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, Arizona

Our Preferred Sedona Wedding Venue

Katie Draxler at Sedona Golf Resort
Wedding Coordinator Katie Draxler

The views are stunning, the vibe is great, and the moderate and pleasant weather can be a welcome relief from the oppressive Phoenix heat.  The staff here does a great job, and in particular the Wedding Coordinator Katie Draxler is fantastic.  She cares so much for her clients (who all seem to become friends by wedding time) and it really shows.  We see many happy Brides, Grooms, Friends and Family who are completely thrilled with her and the “above and beyond” level of service that she provides along with the rest of her staff.  As a wedding vendor who focuses on personal service, we respect, appreciate and share that type of commitment.  There are many beautiful locations in our state of Arizona, but when considering venues for Sedona Weddings, this is the one that we recommend.

Additionally, there are many gorgeous sites nearby for photography and videography sessions, and you should be able to get some great engagement photos, “trash the dress” shots (if that’s your thing) vacation photos and video and more.  Folks often take the week off to enjoy their honeymoon in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere in Sedona, surrounded by red rock splendor with ample hiking, fishing, camping activities nearby, and of course abundant golf and spa activities.  After all, it is Sedona Golf Resort, and it’s a fantastic choice for your Sedona Wedding Venue.

SGR in Sedona AZ
Sedona Golf Resort

DJ/MC, Photography and Videography services for Arizona Weddings

Please consider 3 Oceans Entertainment for your DJ, Photography and Videography needs in Sedona or anywhere in Arizona.  We offer 1, 2 or all 3 services, and are happy to work with any other vendors that you may decide to choose.  It can be your special Sedona Wedding!

New Blog Location – 3 Oceans Entertainment Blog

New 3 Oceans Entertainment Blog Location

This is the NEW location for the 3 Oceans Entertainment Blog (and Portfolio, after I build it) Wedding Event DJ Photo Video services in Phoenix Arizona, effective April 2013.

For posts previous to this date, please see the OLD location at Cameron3oe’s Blog.

Please bear with me as I add and update content.  I thought it would be better to archive the old blog and start fresh with the new one, consistent with our new approach.

Wedding Event DJs Photography Videography services in Phx AZ - 3 Oceans Entertainment Blog
3 Oceans Entertainment – Wedding Event DJ Photo Video services in Phoenix Arizona

We’re Officially Adding Photography Service!

We have been busy with DJ and Video work for years and have only done photography jobs as they came along, choosing not to actively pursue work in the very crowded field of wedding and event photography.  However, we have witnessed far too many occasions when the attitude and ego of the photographer has undermined the success of the event.  Quite frankly, we’re tired of it and have decided to stop walking on eggshells and worrying about the fragile egos and insecurities of those who care more about themselves than the client.  We’re pretty straightforward and are offering our work in this area as “affordable wedding photography in AZ” with budget friendly rates with delivery of high resolution images on disc, free of duplication restrictions.  If that sounds like what you’ve got in mind, please consider us.  However, if you’re looking for more than we can offer in this area, we do have some recommendations for fine art photographers who do great work while operating in a higher cost bracket than we do…and without their noses in the air!

Please visit our refreshed website for more information and examples of our work, and thanks!