The results are in for 2016, and 3 Oceans Entertainment is being acknowledged among the best phoenix wedding videographers by Expertise.com, a website offering hiring guides in your state.
They feature the best local experts in a number of diverse areas, such as hardwood floor refinishing, home appliance repair, guitar lessons and more, then assemble them on one site and provide the ability to easily contact and hire them. Other resources on their site include articles written by industry experts about home & garden, design & photography, small business, legal, and green, containing tips and advice such as “50+ Best Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer”. It’s a simple matter to select the state, city and category to easily find what you’re looking for, and compare a number of candidates for the job you’ve got in mind. The list is chock full of quality vendors providing great service nationwide, and the staff at Expertise is constantly on the lookout for the best local services.
Expertise looked at 336 Wedding Videographers in Phoenix and picked the Top 20, by scoring them on more than 25 variables across five categories, then analyzing the results for a hand-picked list of the best wedding videographers in Phoenix, AZ. Their list of the 20 Best Wedding Videographers in Phoenix Arizona is located here:
and 3 Oceans Videography is honored to be included. We’ve been striving a long time to provide top notch video service by telling a wedding day story without the “blandness of raw footage or the incompleteness of highlight reels”. Arizona weddings are our speciality, and we pour a lot of love into every one. It’s nice to be noticed, and we thank them for including us on their list.
If you’re looking for professional services of any sort, try searching their database of approved and vetted experts.
If you’re getting married in Arizona and need of Videography, Photography, or Disc Jockey services, please give us a look.
We are WeddingWire Winners for the 8th straight year in a row
WeddingWire Winners 8 Consecutive Years 2009-2016
with the Couples’ Choice Awards – previously known as the Bride’s Choice Awards – for our DJ, Photography, and Videography services in and around Phoenix, Arizona.
This is especially significant for a good reason. Although many AZ wedding vendors claim this award for a year or more here and there, very few have the distinction of winning the award every single year back to the very first time these awards were issued in 2009. In fact, 3 Oceans Entertainment is one of only 9 Arizona wedding vendors who can say this.
Just for fun, let’s break this down. Looking at the winners in all categories and in all markets nationwide is a lot of effort resulting in a huge number, so let’s just look at the Phoenix, AZ market and focus on Wedding Photographers, Videographers and DJs.
This year there were 153 award winners in those 3 categories. Very cool if you’re one of them, and understandable that a company’s PR person might feel compelled to brag about it, especially if it’s the first time.
Now let’s go back to 2009, when this same program was named “Bride’s Choice Awards” and there was only a total of 63. That’s a little different story. How many of these 63 carried through with an unbroken winning streak all the way to present? The answer is 9. They are:
There were no Phoenix AZ Wedding Videographers who made the list, and only 1 Photographer. Congratulations to these 8 other Arizona wedding vendors, who deserve recognition for honor in an increasingly crowded field. 9 companies specializing in weddings in the Phoenix area with a positive and proven track record over the last 8 years is a very small number indeed.
Why would a Bride and Groom even consider someone else? An insured professional with great rates and outstanding service is the way to go when considering Phoenix AZ wedding vendors, and WeddingWire winners 3 Oceans Entertainment are worth a look.
What a grand time everyone had at the Scottsdale Arizona Wedding of Russ and Lida La Rose. We were so fortunate to be involved as their Photographer, Videographers and DJ MC, working together as a team at one of the most enjoyable Scottsdale Arizona Weddings that we have ever participated in.
Electricity was in the air as they arrived at Ancala Country Club and began preparations to be married; so much that not only could the people feel it, but the surroundings also, as it bounced off the walls and even their wedding rings.
The beautiful Bride arrived and began getting ready for her big day.
It clearly worked out well, as the Bride was simply stunning.
With preparations complete, it was time to remind Russ that this was his last chance to run!
Of course he did not. They were married with love, unity,
and a kiss to seal the deal.
There was time for sunset photos before the sun went down,
and also after.
After the reception (which included lots of fun surprises contained in their wedding video,) they fired up the sparklers again for a honeymoon send off.
Russ and Lida were grateful to their friends and family for attending, and sped off to their Honeymoon.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I’d like to recommend a valuable resource I’ve discovered for Phoenix AZ Brides, Grooms, and Vendors called Phoenix Weddings. It is a Wedding Professionals for Phoenix Brides website located at www.phoenixwedding.net and also a Facebook page at
“Phoenix weddings are easier to plan with Phoenix Wedding.net, one of the largest online resource of Wedding professionals for Phoenix brides. On our site you will find a large assortment of Wedding vendors for all of your wedding needs including, Phoenix wedding reception sites, cakes and bakeries, invitations, flowers, Phoenix wedding photographers, wedding video, disc jockeys, limos, tuxes, wedding gowns, and gifts.
Wedding planning should be an enjoyable and exciting experience, but all too often we see brides that are stressed beyond belief at picking the perfect cake topper or torn between a DJ and live music. Phoenix Weddings aim to ease this stress and make planning your wedding as easy as saying ‘I do.’
Phoenix Weddings takes a unique one-stop approach to offer you the best vendors in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa so that you can minimize the amount of time you spend tracking down professionals and maximize the time you have to actually experience their products.”
3 Oceans Entertainment has a listing with them for our DJ, Photography, and Videography services. I’ve found the site owners to be friendly, responsive, honest and professional. These are all of the attributes that we look for when choosing to do business with someone, and qualities that are important when having any sort of affiliation. They are especially important when making a recommendation.
Phoenix Wedding Vendors
Of course I rarely have need to suggest Phoenix Wedding Vendors besides ourselves, with the exception of a very small group of carefully screened and approved set of quality wedding professionals. However, if we’re not right for you, or we’re not available on your special day and none of our recommended friends can help, the I think that Phoenix Weddings is worth a look.