We used smiling toad for our September 2020 wedding. Initially we were on the fence about hiring a videographer but am so glad we did! The video captured so many tears, laughs and funny moments that pictures alone can not. John was so supportive throughout the whole process (especially a pandemic wedding!! ) We loved working with his team day of and our end product exceeded all of our expectations. Recommending to all of my friends! Thanks again, John and Smiling Toad team!
John and his team at Smiling Toad were exceptional for our wedding. We needed a videographer who provided both Zoom/Facebook/Youtube streaming options for our guests who could not make it due to COVID. John made sure everything we wanted was included especially for the streaming. I had to have my brothers send in videos due to not being able to make the wedding and literally 30 min before our reception started, his team was able to incorporate a video one of my brothers completed at the very last minute. Everyone loved being able to watch the videos online and any request made after the wedding has been pursued immediately. Definitely recommend working with John and Smiling Toad if you’re going to have a COVID style wedding.
Smiling Toad was the first vendor we booked for our wedding. It was a no-brainer since my sister-in-law used them for her wedding & recommended them to us- Her video was spectacular! From the very beginning, John stood out with his professionalism, guidance, experience, and friendliness. The Smiling Toad team is incredibly talented and did an exceptional job capturing our memories on the best day of our lives. It was the BEST decision for hiring Smiling Toad as our videographer. They exceeded our expectations in every possible way, and we highly recommend them.
Smiling Toad Productions was absolutely amazing to work with on our wedding. Our videos turned out beautiful, we watch them all the time. In my opinion their pricing is very reasonable considering the quality and the final product. We got a feature, trailer, short, and instagram video with our package. Additionally, Smiling Toad also throws in the raw footage which not everyone does. We just got the raw footage from our wedding recently and though we love our super fancy finished videos there is something so fun about watching the raw footage and being able to hear what people were talking about and so forth. Chris and Sandy videoed our wedding and they were both fantastic. One really nice thing about Smiling Toad is that all their packages include at least two videographers which is great because that way all the angles are covered. I honestly cannot say enough good things about my experience with Smiling Toad and would highly recommend booking them.
Best. Videographers. Ever. Smiling Toad did the most amazing job ever for our wedding (Oct 19, 2019). When I saw how beautifully filmed my friend’s wedding the year before, I knew I had to have them for our big day. Working with John throughout the whole process was very comforting. He never hesitated to get on the phone to discuss any questions I had, and he made sure that our timelines and the day of flowed smoothly. The videographers themselves were great and professional. When we saw the final product of our video & short trailer film, we were BEYOND ecstatic. It was so beautifully put together and all of our friends and family raved at how perfect it was. I would recommend them to everyone and can confidently say you are in good hands with Smiling Toad Productions.
We used Smiling Toad as our videographer for our wedding on Saturday, August 17, 2019 in Lake Forest. John was pleasure to work with leading up to the big day. He listened closely to what our vision was and what we cared about, and he ensured that his team delivered what we wanted and truly brought our vision to life. John was very patient and helpful thinking through all the details of the big day and ensuring we had an air tight plan and timeline. The team was very responsive throughout the planning process as well as in correspondences after the event. I really appreciate their thoughtful and timely communications and all around professionalism. The two videographers who captured our day were a great balance of calm and assertive, ensuring they were not getting in the way of the “natural” moments but also giving enough guidance to capture all the best shots. They both brought a positive vibe and they were a joy to work with throughout our day. From starting the day with “getting ready” footage of the wedding party, to capturing the entire ceremony at the church, to the excitement of cocktail hour, to the speeches and dancing at our reception, they did a great job capturing it all. Our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives. We are so happy to have our wedding video plus all the raw footage. I know my husband and I will enjoy watching this footage for years to come. Thank you, Smiling Toad, for being part of our big day!
I couldn’t have asked for a better videographer. John was so kind on the phone and made me feel comfortable with the first conversation. I knew I trusted him and his company right off the bat. On the day of, the videographers were polite and complimented the day without taking away from my ability to enjoy my day. The video turned out AMAZING! I love having both the trailer and short available on my phone. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I pull up the video(s) and it turns my day around. Thank you Smiling Toad for capturing my day so beautifully!
After watching many wedding videos to find out who to use we found Smiling Toad through a friend who had just gotten married. After watching videos on their website we really liked how they captured all the special moments in just a few minutes. We were beyond happy with our wedding videos and would recommend them to everyone! The video is our favorite thing to look back on every year and watch. They captured just the right amount of the pre, during, and post wedding events. We couldn’t be happier with our choice!
I was hesitant about hiring a videographer for our wedding, but I am so glad we did! John was very attentive to all of my questions and made himself available throughout my decision making process. He tailored our package to deliver exactly what we wanted, and allowed us to be as involved as we wanted. For example, music is important to my partner and myself so we hand selected our songs. His team is professional and fun. The end result is so special and brings back all the feelings from our wedding day. I am so thankful that our photographer recommended Smiling Toad!
Wary about hiring a videographer, my husband and I talked to many friends and family about if a videographer is worth it. All of those who did not have their wedding on video wished they did and knowing that, I did not want to have any regrets about our wedding day. We did our research and came across Smiling Toad Productions. We liked how they capture everything we wanted in a wedding video from parts of speeches, and dances, to a cinematic movie. It’s exactly what we wanted. John was very responsive, and the process was very simple to hire him. We received our video last week and I’m embarrassed to say how many times I’ve watched it. Reliving our day is priceless and I recommend Smiling Toad Productions to anyone looking for a quality wedding video.