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Classic Video Productions

Kensington , CT
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LOCATION

183 Mooreland Rd
Kensington, CT US 06037 (map)

PHONE

860-223-3075

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ABOUT US

If "A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words" ... IMAGINE WHAT A VIDEO IS WORTH !!

Classic Video has been a fulltime wedding videographer for over 25 years. Our style is considered... Read more
If "A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words" ... IMAGINE WHAT A VIDEO IS WORTH !!

Classic Video has been a fulltime wedding videographer for over 25 years. Our style is considered unobtrusive/candid, documentary style. We shoot and edit all of our weddings in High Definition. Classic Video has been the industry leader in CT with our "Same Day Edit Show". You and your guests will be blown away at your reception when you re-live your ceremony thru a High Definition video presentation of the highlights of your ceremony from earlier that day.

Classic Video is very proud of our high level of customer service as well as being an industry leader in the state of the art technology.

Our final product delivery for you to receive your wedding is between 60-90 days from your wedding date.

You can see samples of our work on our website under the category Wedding Samples or on Vimeo.com or YouTube search subscriber CVProVideo and many samples of highlights are available for viewing.

We look forward to answering any questions that you have and exceeding your expectations. Read less
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INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Documentary
What do your packages include?
Ceremony, DVD of Raw Footage, Edited Video, High Definition Video, Invitation DVD, Montage - Childhood / Dating, Montage - Music Dubbed Over, Montage - Wedding Highlights, Multiple Cameras, Multiple Videographers, Online Highlight Films, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Same Day Edit Video
What formats can the final video be in?
Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Are you a commercial studio or a home-based business?
We have a separate Studio in our home.
Do you offer demo DVDs for potential clients to look at?
We can, but what we prefer is for couples to look at the samples of our work on our website and on Vimeo. On Vimeo type in "CVProVideo" and many samples of our highlights will come up. If you like our style and we are within your budgeted price range (our prices are also on our website), then you can set up a time to come in and we will show you an entire wedding video. This way the couple can see that the quality of our work is consistent throughout (and we didn't just put our best work up on the internet).
What types, such as unedited footage or special effects, of videography do you offer?
Of course the couple can have the unedited footage. We offer to put it on a hard drive (that they supply) so they can store it forever. Since nothing is shot on tape anymore we recommend to couples that they do this. At some time after they pick up their video, we delete it from our computer to make room for new work, so if anything ever happened to their video, they can bring the hard drive back and we can take care of it.
Describe any special editing services you offer:
We can do anything a couple wants, HOWEVER, it is a wedding, and we think great camera work and clean dissolves are better than it being "junked up" with special effects. We have all types of special effects software, but we feel they are best used on other types of video work.
Do you have lighting equipment to accommodate a more dimly-lit event?
We have phenomenal cameras that are excellent in low light situations. However we do have on camera lights as well. In keeping with our goal to be as unobtrusive as possible, the light has a 20 watt bulb and a dimmer, so that if a subject needs to be lit, we can do just that. We don't want to light a room, we just want to light the subject that we are shooting.
How many videographers do you work with?
It depends on the package. Either one or two videographers. More than that at a wedding is no longer unobtrusive.
Does the client get to meet the videographers before the event?
Absolutely. We want the client to be comfortable with who they will be spending their day with.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
We can not guaranty that we wont get sick, however barring sickness or injury, who they booked is who they get.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Not more than one event a day however we regularly work Friday, Saturday AND Sunday... it is the nature of the business.
Do you have a replacement videographer in case you become unavailable on the event day?
Yes, we have several cameramen who regularly work for us that are always available for back up. We are also Certified members of the Professional Videographers Association of CT and the members all work together to cover each other in the event someone has an emergency .
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Camera's, tripods, wireless microphones, tripod wheels, many batteries
 and backup for all of the above.
Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes 2 of each piece of equipment we are using for that job gets packed with us to each job.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We don't "take breaks" during a wedding. Since we are with the couple for a minimum of 8 hours on any given wedding day, we do ask to be served some type of meal at the reception when everyone else is also eating dinner. Otherwise we would have to leave the venue to find something to eat and risk missing filming something important that is going on.
Do you charge overtime?
Depending on how long the couple is asking us to be with them for the day will determine if overtime charges are needed. There are no surprises though, this is something that is discussed before the wedding when going over the timeline of the event.
Do you give access to your raw footage?
Yes, if the customer supplies a hard drive we can load the raw footage onto their hard drive. It is High Definition and in the form of "files". They may not have the right software to read these files or a computer fast enough to watch these files, but we encourage them to get a hard drive and hold on to the raw footage because when we delete it from our computers it is gone forever.
Do you reserve the right to use the video in the future for deals, contents, etc.?
Yes, we might want to use it for a demo of our work, but we will always mention it to the customer as well. If they ask us not to use their footage for some reason, we will not.
Is the client involved in the editing process? If so, how much input does the client have in editing?
Generally not. Other than the customer providing us with music choices should they choose to, the editing of a wedding takes several full days and it is not in their best interest of time to sit and watch the process. The most beautiful, most meaningful, most fun etc footage will make it into the video. We don't include footage in the final video that might be embarrassing or inappropriate for children etc.
How long does it take for the client to get the final video?
Generally not more than 90 days. In the spring our turnaround time is 30 days, in the summer it is 60 days and in the fall it is closer to 90 days.
Do you require a minimum number of hours to book?
Each of our packages outlines the time involved. Our least amount of time is 2 hours for Ceremony Only coverage and full weddings start at 7 hours.

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Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I just got married a week ago, so I can't say anything about the quality of the finished product, but the day of my wedding, the videographers were very professional and as promised, they stayed out of our way and "stole" their shots from the photographers. He occasionally gave me directions (e.g., when I was walking into my venue and heading to the bridal suite, he asked me to walk in a different direction so he could get a better shot). During the dancing portion of the reception, he did get a bit in my face with the camera, but I was able to ignore it after a few minutes. It was just weird at first.

This husband and wife team are friendly and affable. They were the one and only videography company we talked to because we loved their personalities that much and that is very important when finding a vendor.

I do love that they offer european format DVDs as I had family from Europe who were in the US for the wedding, so we made sure to order a DVD that we can send to them that they can play. Also, we were able to work it out that we can get all of our raw footage if we provided a hard drive, so we did. They did not mind giving us our raw footage as they agreed that despite them taking the video, we are partial owners of the footage as we are the subjects of the video.

I'll rewrite this review once I get my finished product.
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Jan
Wedding:
11/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We have used Classic Video Productions and could not have been happier with their services. They promptly get back to inquiries, they are very unobtrusive at the actual ceremony and the videos could not have been better. We feel like we are right back at the wedding re-living it over again. The price is right and we would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a great videographer who is both professional and very easy to work with.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Our videographer, Classic Video Productions (CVP) was amazing. Craig and Lydia did a fantastic job creating our slideshow (photo montage of us growing up that was played during dinner). We were married on April 20th and just received our wedding video, and it was so much fun to watch and relive our special day again. They captured all of the important moments from the ceremony to the reception. The footage was flawless and they did an incredible job recapping our wedding from start to finish. I am thrilled with what a wonderful job they did. Having a photo album is wonderful, but having a video of your wedding day is completely worth it. We can’t wait to watch it in years to come. If you’re getting married soon, absolutely call CVP, you’ll be glad you did.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Classic Video Productions is a great company to work with. Lydia was very responsive and even proactive in contacting us to make sure every detail of our video was worked out in advance. She even gave us key advice that really helped everything run smoothly. I highly recommend Lydia and Classic Video Productions.
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Ali
Wedding:
12/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Craig and Lydia LaPlante were amazing to work with! Not only did they deliever their promise on a fabulous wedding video, but there were also incredibly easy to work with, organized and detail oriented through the whole process. When you are planning a wedding, you have to deal with a number of different vendors and personalities, and I think it's just as important to have somebody on your side that is reliable EVERY step of the way. They even went above and beyond and put together a mini video that summarized the entire night for us to show people that werent able to attend the wedding. I would highly recommened them to anybody looking for a videographer for any occasion!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing, amazing, amazing! Craig and Lydia did a beautiful job on our wedding video. We were blown away, they exceeded our expectations and we could not be happier with their work. I am so grateful to them for creating such a beautiful memory for us. Go with them and you will not be disappointed!
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Cheryl
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Awesome awesome awesome!!!! Can't say enough how pleased we were. Craig and Lydia made our wedding a wonderful memory and the same day edit was a huge hit with all the guests. We are so happy!!!
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Bruce
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We thought they did a great job of our wedding video!
They were professional, timely, and followed through to make sure that we were satisfied with our finished product.
Craig & Lydia, and Bruce were very accommodating with all of our various needs.
They were delightful to work with. We highly recommend them.
Services Used: DJ, Videography
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Maria
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough kind words about Craig and Lydia. They came as a recommendation from our photographer - who said they were extremely professional and most of all unintrusive with their recording or equipment. We booked them immediately when we met with them - and also booked their "same day edit" feature for our wedding - which is a short slideshow and video played during dinner at the reception. WE ARE SO GLAD WE DID THIS!!! When the day arrived - Craig and Lydia were at my parent's house early to get shots of us getting ready - and they were so friendly and professional! At the reception, the "same day edit" show was played on a large screen so all guests could see - and I cannot express how AMAZING it was!!! It was a recap of the earlier events of the day - the girls getting ready, bride getting ready, walking down the aisle, even up to our introductions at the reception! It was beautifully edited - they captured so many amazing moments as well as funny things! It was so good - our friends and family were RAVING about it - at the reception and even weeks later still! There was really not a dry eye in the whole reception hall - people were amazed - especially my husband and I. We have received our DVD and it is JUST AS AMAZING.

I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Craig and Lydia and classic video productions - they really gave our wedding that WOW moment that people will talk about forever and that special something that made our wedding unique. If you are debating a videographer - LOOK NO FURTHER!! Craig and Lydia will make your wedding special and capture all the important moments without being the least bit intrusive on any part of your wedding.
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Amy
Wedding:
6/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Craig and Lydia are by far the best! They were so great to work with throughout the entire wedding planning period and our video was amazing! They caught every moment of a day that went too fast and we could not have asked for more. If you want a responsible and worry free videography then you want to go with them. Never was there a time where we were concerned about them and honestly it makes the planning so much easier to be able to trust your vendors! Nothing but amazing things to say about two very talented and dedicated people!
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Classic Video Productions did an amazing job capturing the moments from our wedding day. Craig and Lydia are very professional and work to supply you with the best wedding video you can have. After signing our contract with Craig and Lydia they continued to build a relationship and stayed in contact with us until the very last day until our wedding and after our wedding day. The quality of the wedding video and same day edit are amazing! The same day edit was an element guests at our wedding said they have never seen and added a special touch to our day. We would greatly recommend them to anyone.
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Deanna Arizzi
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Craig and Lydia were absolutely amazing! The same day edit was a hit, our friends and family are still watching it! Our video was completed in time for christmas, which was so much faster than I would have ever imagined and we had such a great time watching it! They really captured all the most important moments and made it just as fun and exciting as the actual day. I cannot say enough about them and all they did for us!
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Laura
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Classic Video Productions did an amazing job on our wedding video and provided us with a memory that we will always treasure. They are true professionals and are so unintrusive on your wedding day that you barely know they're there, and then when you get the gorgeous video you are so thrilled with what they captured and created. They also do a great job of sitting down with you as a couple and getting a sense of your style and wants and provide you with a gorgeous video that fits you as a couple. We chose to do the "highlight reel" montage set to music and they did a 2-camera shoot in HD during our ceremony, both of which I would highly recommend. We also had a reception to attend about a month after our wedding in another state and they worked with us to provide our video by that time so we could share it with family & friends. I would HIGHLY recommend Classic Video Productions.
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Very Happy Mother of 2 Brides
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
I would definitely recommend Class Video Productions to any bride who is looking for high quality professional videography services. I have used them for both my daughter's weddings as well as for a birthday tribute.
They are very discreet as they are recording, to the point that you do not even notice them yet they capture all the most important moments of the day. And the finished product is a treasure! They are very easy to work with and I have had absolutely no issues with any requests I have made of them or accomodations I have asked for either during the event or in the production of the final product. Kudos to CV Productions!
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Melissa
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
It's our two year anniversary and we just watched the wedding recap video. It is amazing! I still can't get over how great it is and the fantastic job Craig and Lydia did. They captured the night perfectly and were great to work with. I am so glad we decided to get a video. A great job by Classic Video Productions!!
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Gr2Teacher
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Working with Craig and Lydia was an amazing experience! Their work exceeded our expectations. My husband was reluctant to hire a videographer for our wedding. I had met them at a bridal show and brought my husband to meet them and see their work. (After the wedding, it was my husband who wanted me to call to see if it was ready yet!) My husband was concerned about having "someone in your face". This sums up how unobtrusive they were: after watching the video highlights online, my maid of honor said, "You had a videographer? I never saw him!"
During our reception I decided that I wanted coverage until the end and Craig stayed until our last song!
We had two cameras during our ceremony and one for the rest of the day. Craig and Lydia captured the most important day of our lives and we have a fantastic video to relive it. Our parents each have a copy and are thrilled as well.
It was important to me to have a video of our day, and I recommend it to any bride, but I strongly recommend meeting Craig and Lydia and seeing how they can capture the day for you!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I never dreamed of a more beautiful keepsake of my wedding than that of the wedding video that Classic Video Productions put together!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Classic Video Productions is the BEST in the business. We were on the fence about getting a video in the first place, but now we can say it was the BEST investment from our whole wedding! We watch the video with family and friends all the time, and it is literally like re-living the day. The quality is outstanding and every person who has watched the footage exclaims the same comment: "wow, this is the best wedding video I have ever seen!" It truly has been a wonderful experiece working with this company. You'll cherish their work forever.
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burke1127
Wedding:
11/27/2010
5.0/5.0
CVP is a great company! We didn't even notice then at our wedding reception! They are professional, prompt, and have years and years of experience. We are beyond happy with our wedding video and will be watching it for years to come.
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dreams747
Wedding:
8/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Craig and Lydia were great. They came early to make sure they got video of me in my gown and were so personable and friendly. Everyone at the wedding loved them, and a few relatives went home with their business card. They were unintrusive and professional. The recap is highly recommended - it came out great!
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alias1515
Wedding:
7/11/2010
5.0/5.0
We knew when we went to first meet Craig & Lydia in their home studio that we had found the perfect people to shoot our wedding. But we were still surprised at the result - it was absolutely one of the best wedding decisions we made. The video was perfect - we cry every time we watch it. Craig was able to capture every special moment, and from multiple angles, while working by himself! We could not be happier. We will cherish our video and be able to relive the wedding forever - and we have Classic Video Productions to thank for that. Would recommend to EVERYONE. You won't be disappointed.
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Becky
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Lydia and Craig from Classic Video Productions were so helpful, kind, and professional. Their videography was one of our favorite parts of the wedding and we are so grateful to them for capturing moments from the best day of our lives. We added on the Same Day Edit feature to show highlights from the wedding during the reception and it was such a hit! Everyone commented on how great that was. The wedding video that they created for us helps us to relive our wedding day and we have Lydia and Craig to thank for that. I would definitely recommend them to other couples about the get married!
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dorapq
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
Nick and I are so happy with classic video productions. The service was professional and very accomadating. Craig and his wife made the day less stressful and able to provide us with helpful information and suggestions. Helped to ease the stress of planning the day. I highly recommend Classic Video Productions to any one who is looking to capture the day and keep the memories ongoing. We had the recap viewed during our wedding day. I don't think there was a dry eye left in the reception hall. Truly fantastic!!!
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Allison
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
I found Classic Video Productions through a friend who had them and loved them. I was at that wedding and didn't even notice they were there. My experience with them was the best. Our video is amazing. They caputured everything I remember and events I wasn't there for! We are so happy that we have a video of our day. Pictures capture a moment where the video captures everything before, during and after. It was our best investment for our wedding.
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Jenny
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Craig and Lydia are the best! We couldn't be happier with the way our video turned out!
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
They did an amazing job and we absolutely love our video!
Services Used: Videography
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reese16
Wedding:
7/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Lydia and Craig did our wedding in July 2009. They were very helpful when choosing our package and were very prompt to answer any of our questions. The same day edit was unbelievable and the wedding video was amazing. I would highly recommend their video services!!
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mtorkomian
Wedding:
7/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Lydia and Craig did an amazing job recording our wedding and capturing the special moments. The overall video brings me to tears every time I watch it. I have reccommended CVP to all of my friends.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our situation was a little different than most. We hired another videographer to video our wedding 7 yrs ago... They filmed our wedding and then did not finish the job. They left us with about 11 unedited DVDs. It's absolutely devastating to not have a completed video from your magical day...
Lydia and Craig finally changed that for us! They were the videographers for my best friend's wedding (who's video came out amazing). My husband contacted Lydia and Craig to see if they could do anything with our DVDs... They ended up creating an amazing video for us! We were both brought to tears when we were finally able to watch our video 7 years later.
Lydia and Craig did not have an easy task with our job either... The quality of most of the DVDs were not good- but they really out did themselves with what they had to work with! I highly recommend them!!!
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Tracy
Wedding:
1/21/2006
5.0/5.0
We got married in Antigua in November of 2005 and then had our reception here two months later January of 2006. Craig and Lydia filmed our reception AND took the video that we got in Antigua and made it into a slideshow which we showed at our reception with actual video footage from Antigua. We had 220 people at the reception and I can't tell you how many people were blown away with the video they made, and the many friends who have used them since. I can honestly say my husband did not want a videographer, but after seeing our friends wedding video, he was convinced. It is the BEST investment that we made for our wedding. I can tell you we NEVER open our photo album, but my kids LOVE to watch the wedding video, as well as me and my husband. My six year old daughter cries every time she watches it. I loved using Craig and Lydia and recommend them to everyone I talk to who is planning a wedding. They are wonderful people and truly have a gift at what they do! We also used them to create a slideshow for my mother's 60th birthday party and also for transferring our camcorder videos onto DVD's. They are wonderful...I am pretty picky, and you WON'T be disappointed!
Services Used: Videography
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Kelli
Wedding:
10/29/2005
5.0/5.0
Craig and Lydia did my wedding in October of 2005 and what a wonderful job!! Now 5 1/2 years later our daughter loves to watch our video and of course we do too :) I just want everyone to know that they are awesome and very great to work with!! I highly recommend them to anyone who wants a videographer!!
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Jenessa
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.5/5.0
Best investment ever! Craig and Lydia were able to capture things on our big day that we may have otherwise missed. We have shared the video with many close friends and family and everyone loved it. Everyone also loved the slide show and same day editing that was shown during the wedding reception. I can't even tell you how many people came up to us to comment on how impressed they were with the same day editing. It definitely left a lasting impression with people. We loved working with Craig and Lydia and would highly recommend them to anyone.
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