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.
Our wedding video experience was one of the easiest parts of the wedding process, and the one we are still most happy about (turns out, flowers last a day, but a video lasts a lifetime!). Haha. Our process began with a meeting with John who explained all of the options and gave us personalized recommendations. We chose to do a “same-day edit” (which we highly recommend) so John and his team Kevin, Chris, and Fernando interviewed us before the wedding and prepared some video of my wife and I (including some really cool done videos). The day of the wedding they were inconspicuous, but present. They managed to film the wedding, edit it, and combine it with the footage they previously had so that during the reception, we could show our guests the video–which was a really cool thing and one that our guests still bring up. The team was also very flexible in terms of allowing us to be a part of the process when we wanted, but using their expertise when we didn’t know what we were talking about (which was quite often!). Bottom line — wedding planning is a headache, but Smiling Toad is a vendor that is easy to work with and one that produces a great product and something that we’ll have forever.
We loved our wedding trailer and full length feature. Jon and his team were so kind, thoughtful, and easy to work with. They have an incredible price point for high quality work (I cried watching our trailer!) and we never felt overwhelmed by their presence, which allowed us to truly enjoy our wedding day! Highly recommend!
Smiling Toad provided us the most amazing short, trailer, and feature wedding film for which we could have asked. They crafted the most amazing three films (with the best music!) possible for us. I love music and gave a couple of notes but…being honest, expected to be disappointed in the music because I’m picky. And yet, they hit it out of the park! They did an incredible job, made us all cry when watching the videos, and we truly feel that our best wedding decision was getting a videographer in general–and hiring Smiling Toad. :)