Maureen and Dave



We used Smiling Toad, because I had seen one of their wedding trailers for a Facebook friend’s wedding and loved it. John was very responsive, and the videographers who came out on the day were great, showed up on time, and were so unintrusive that I hardly knew they were there. I was actually nervous that they didn’t speak up enough and didn’t get what they needed, but it worked out! We got our videos about two months after our wedding (and MONTHS earlier than we expected!) and I love them so, so much. We also got a full-length video of the day, and I was shocked to notice that when, for example, they filmed our bridal party introductions, they didn’t just record the video and audio and slap it online for us. They remembered which song we picked and edited it in to the film, so that the sound quality is excellent. And without me asking or mentioning, they figured out who was really important to have in the film, like my 94-year-old grandma. Just amazing attention to detail. And while I expected them to pick out the best parts of the toasts, they even picked out wonderful quotes from the homily (my uncle is the priest, although I’m not sure I told them that!) and included them, too.





Cat and Enrique



I chose Smiling Toad after a few friends recommended their services. As a bride living abroad, many of our friends and family from Spain were unable to attend, so we wanted to spend the money on a videographer to be sure they could share our day in a different way. The planning process was easy thanks to a great website and internal planning service, and John was responsive and prompt with all of my emails. Chris arrived to my house right on schedule and was friendly and never in the way, and I barely noticed the second videographer (didn’t even get his name!) during the reception. We did end up needing to add some more time to the package because church weddings don’t lend too well to the eight-hour packages, but it was important to me that they get the shots that I wanted. Greatly looking forward to seeing the result and recommending Smiling Toad to friends!





Michelle and Kevin



My wife and I had a great experience with Smiling Toad! We were married in Chicago in October ’14, and contacted John at ST pretty late in the planning process. No matter, as he made the service customization process very easy and straightforward. With just a few clicks and instructions on an impressive web site, we were good to go, and the film crew showed up with cameras on hand. At the wedding itself, they were utter professionals: interjecting when appropriate (such as to mic me up for my vows) and barely noticeable throughout the evening. Afterwards, John really went above and beyond in the film delivery process. There was an issue with the playback for one of our films when it was converted (I believe) to HTML5 on mobile. This wasn’t even ST’s fault, but instead the web site through which we were viewing. ST took it upon themselves to work with the third-party web site to fix the issue quickly. Most importantly, we were blown away by the quality of the movie itself. I can tell they spent many, many hours in the editing and sound mixing process. The photography is stunning. Everything looks and sounds perfect. The editing really created a perfect narrative, and the multiple cuts that came with our package (i.e. full vs. trailer vs. highlight) were perfect for short and long viewings. Overall, working with ST really drove home the point of hiring videographers. This type of product encapsulates memories in a vivid way and complements our photos so well. ST helped us capture memories that we will treasure forever. Thanks guys and keep up the great work.





Jessica and Tony



My wife and I had a great experience with Smiling Toad! We were married in Chicago in October ’14, and contacted John at ST pretty late in the planning process. No matter, as he made the service customization process very easy and straightforward. With just a few clicks and instructions on an impressive web site, we were good to go, and the film crew showed up with cameras on hand. At the wedding itself, they were utter professionals: interjecting when appropriate (such as to mic me up for my vows) and barely noticeable throughout the evening. Afterwards, John really went above and beyond in the film delivery process. There was an issue with the playback for one of our films when it was converted (I believe) to HTML5 on mobile. This wasn’t even ST’s fault, but instead the web site through which we were viewing. ST took it upon themselves to work with the third-party web site to fix the issue quickly. Most importantly, we were blown away by the quality of the movie itself. I can tell they spent many, many hours in the editing and sound mixing process. The photography is stunning. Everything looks and sounds perfect. The editing really created a perfect narrative, and the multiple cuts that came with our package (i.e. full vs. trailer vs. highlight) were perfect for short and long viewings. Overall, working with ST really drove home the point of hiring videographers. This type of product encapsulates memories in a vivid way and complements our photos so well. ST helped us capture memories that we will treasure forever. Thanks guys and keep up the great work.





Katie and Mike



Smiling Toad was fantastic to work with, from day 1 through wedding day. They came to our house to show us some sample videos before we’d even signed a contract. They were always very responsive, answering all my emails and questions, making preparation simple and not at all stressful. On wedding day, they were perfect. On time, professional, and non-intrusive. They captured all the details of the day, but also the mood, the emotion, the little looks my husband and I shared. We honestly forgot they were there rather than being self-conscious about being on camera. Our guests didn’t notice them either – no bright lights in your face, no running in front of the altar during the ceremony. Even though the videographers themselves were in the background, they captured the whole day beautifully, both the big events and the little details. The trailer, highlight reel, and full video we received were beyond professional – they were perfect.





Marisa and Chad



John and his team were incredibly easy and professional to work with leading up to the wedding. Details were worked out and John was incredibly responsive and the 2 videographers arrived the day of on-time to the location and stayed out of the way (which is what we wanted!) One of our main concerns was feeling like 2 people would be intrusive, but it was quite the contrary. We didn’t notice them at all, and our final video turned out wonderful and something we will enjoy watching for many years to come!





Diana and Jose



John and the team over at Smiling Toad were very responsive and great to work with. The videographers were all great and the same day edit was beautiful! My husband was very impressed with the quality of the video shown at our reception considering the short amount of time they had to edit it. He didn’t watch any of their sample videos so he was very surprised this was even possible. Leading up to the wedding day, he was unsure of our need for videography, but instantly saw the value of having a video recollection of a day we spent so much time and effort into planning. We are so glad to have worked with Smiling Toad Productions and are excited to see the final product of our special day. Thanks again!





Jillian and Tim



Smiling Toad captured our wedding perfectly! It makes me cry tears of joy every time I watch the trailer. I hardly even noticed them filming the day of our wedding, and they were extremely professional. I have gotten tons and tons of compliments on how well our video was filmed too!





Stacy and David



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!





Emily and Bud



Smiling Toad was an awesome video team to capture our rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Kevin was extremely easy to be around and fun to work with – he seemed to really understand us as a couple and captured moments that were important to us. John was also great, helping us select a package that made the most sense for our budget and our timeline, and pointed out tips for making the most of our time with him. We are so glad we made the decision to spend some extra money to document the day – because it really does go by so quickly, and after months of working on throwing the perfect party to celebrate the most important day of our lives together as husband and wife, we wanted to be sure we could really remember it in a way that highlighted our love, our friends and family, and all the hard work we put into the planning process. We were thrilled with the highlight video & trailer that Smiling Toad put together for us — we were able to share our day with friends and family who weren’t able to join us, and have something we’ll treasure forever to remind us of our wedding day.