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Smiling Toad Productions

Chicago , IL
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Chicago, IL 60657 US (map)

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708-505-9354

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ABOUT US

Have you ever seen photographs of your parents' or grandparents' wedding and wondered what that day was like beyond those still images? Regardless of the size and budget of your event,... Read more
Have you ever seen photographs of your parents' or grandparents' wedding and wondered what that day was like beyond those still images? Regardless of the size and budget of your event, nothing comes close to capturing the spirit and emotion of your day like a wedding video.

Our competitive pricing structure and documentary filmmaking experience ensure that your high-definition wedding video will be an investment that you will cherish for many years to come.

Please take a look at our samples and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, or to check if your date is available. Thank you for your interest in Smiling Toad Productions, and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

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INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form, Storytelling
Which wedding events do you service?
Ceremony, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What videography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, High-Def Video, Highlight Video, Liability Insurance, Multi. Cameras, Multi. Locations, Save The Date, Slideshow/Montage
What final video formats do you offer?
Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Download, USB Flash Drive, USB Hard Drive

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
First off, get a videographer for your wedding. It was one of the best decisions we've made. Secondly, go with Smiling Toad! My wife and I got married at Salvage One this March. Smiling Toad was the most accommodating, customizing, affordable, and professional videographers we had encountered. The process prior to the wedding was seamless. John at Smiling Toad was quick to answer all of our questions and offer great options for music to include in the trailer and highlight film. During the wedding, the two videographers were extremely professional and skillful in their craft. They were not intrusive or "in the way" at all. At one point, I asked if the videographers left already, but they were just doing an amazing job of blending into the crowd!

John was extremely prompt in delivering our videos after our wedding. Watching these videos brought back all of the feelings and emotions that we experienced during the wedding and allowed us to see so many of the moments that we missed in the excitement of the day. The wedding was captured in the truest of forms and done in such a beautiful way. We have received so many amazing compliments from our friends and family about our videos.

Thanks again, Smiling Toad, for being a part of such a memorable day and allowing us to feel like we are reliving our wedding every time we watch your videos!
First off, get a videographer for your wedding. It was one of the best decisions we've made. Secondly, go with Smiling Read more...
First off, get a videographer for your wedding. It was one of the best decisions we've made. Secondly, go with Smiling Toad! My wife and I got married at Salvage One this March. Smiling Toad was the most accommodating, customizing, affordable, and professional videographers we had encountered. The process prior to the wedding was seamless. John at Smiling Toad was quick to answer all of our questions and offer great options for music to include in the trailer and highlight film. During the wedding, the two videographers were extremely professional and skillful in their craft. They were not intrusive or "in the way" at all. At one point, I asked if the videographers left already, but they were just doing an amazing job of blending into the crowd!

John was extremely prompt in delivering our videos after our wedding. Watching these videos brought back all of the feelings and emotions that we experienced during the wedding and allowed us to see so many of the moments that we missed in the excitement of the day. The wedding was captured in the truest of forms and done in such a beautiful way. We have received so many amazing compliments from our friends and family about our videos.

Thanks again, Smiling Toad, for being a part of such a memorable day and allowing us to feel like we are reliving our wedding every time we watch your videos! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Absolutely obsessed with how everything turned out. :) Though it did cost more than we wanted to initially spend, this is one aspect of my wedding that I do NOT regret spending money on. :) Our favorite take-away from our wedding is our video. They were professional, nice, and the finished product is perfect. Thank you, thank you. :)
Absolutely obsessed with how everything turned out. :) Though it did cost more than we wanted to initially spend, this is Read more...
Absolutely obsessed with how everything turned out. :) Though it did cost more than we wanted to initially spend, this is one aspect of my wedding that I do NOT regret spending money on. :) Our favorite take-away from our wedding is our video. They were professional, nice, and the finished product is perfect. Thank you, thank you. :) Read less
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Smiling Toad Productions responded with the following comments:

So glad to hear it, thanks for your review! - John
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Janice
Wedding:
9/6/2015
5.0/5.0
With a last minute decision to add a videographer to our list of vendors, we felt lucky that Smiling Toad was available. Two videographers apparently showed up on time and stayed the entire day, although I barely recall seeing them as the day unfolded. But they saw us! They caught moments big and small, and created a beautifully edited video of our daughter's wedding! They were easy to work with and had the video ready within one month. I know that video will transport us all back to a special day in way that photos alone cannot. I highly recommend......just don't wait until the last minute to book them.
With a last minute decision to add a videographer to our list of vendors, we felt lucky that Smiling Toad was available. Read more...
With a last minute decision to add a videographer to our list of vendors, we felt lucky that Smiling Toad was available. Two videographers apparently showed up on time and stayed the entire day, although I barely recall seeing them as the day unfolded. But they saw us! They caught moments big and small, and created a beautifully edited video of our daughter's wedding! They were easy to work with and had the video ready within one month. I know that video will transport us all back to a special day in way that photos alone cannot. I highly recommend......just don't wait until the last minute to book them. Read less
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Smiling Toad Productions responded with the following comments:

Thanks Janice and so glad we were able to be a part of your daughter's special day, all the best!
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Jennie
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
Beyond impressed with Smiling Toad Productions! I can't even begin to put into words how blown away my husband and I are by our videos. They are just perfect and exactly what we were looking for! Such a great way to relive the greatest day in our lives! Thank you Smiling Toad Productions!!!
Beyond impressed with Smiling Toad Productions! I can't even begin to put into words how blown away my husband and I are Read more...
Beyond impressed with Smiling Toad Productions! I can't even begin to put into words how blown away my husband and I are by our videos. They are just perfect and exactly what we were looking for! Such a great way to relive the greatest day in our lives! Thank you Smiling Toad Productions!!! Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
8/2/2015
5.0/5.0
I can't speak highly enough of John and the Smiling Toad team or recommend them strongly enough to film such a special day! My husband and I had an easy time selecting them based on their existing videos because we loved their style and how they captured the little details, emotions and personalized elements/quirks throughout the day in each video. The team was amazing during our wedding day - they totally "got it" and knew what the coolest/most special things were to shoot without me even having to direct them, they were not at all intrusive even in the most emotional moments (we weren't overly aware of cameras being around), and they were super fun to have around! They also worked seamlessly with our photographers. John, the owner, has also been super responsive, easy to work with and patient with me (and I have asked for a lot, between special music requests and more!) As for the videos... blown away is all I can say. There are a LOT of happy tears from watching the videos and I literally have and will continue to watch them every day for the rest of my life!!! There is nothing quite like video to relive your big day and Smiling Toad did a perfect job capturing our sights, sounds, speeches and the things we didn't get to see or to overwhelmed in real time to fully absorb (like our little nephews walking down the aisle or all the details in the speeches!) My only regret is not having video of the rehearsal dinner as well. They are that good!!!
I can't speak highly enough of John and the Smiling Toad team or recommend them strongly enough to film such a special Read more...
I can't speak highly enough of John and the Smiling Toad team or recommend them strongly enough to film such a special day! My husband and I had an easy time selecting them based on their existing videos because we loved their style and how they captured the little details, emotions and personalized elements/quirks throughout the day in each video. The team was amazing during our wedding day - they totally "got it" and knew what the coolest/most special things were to shoot without me even having to direct them, they were not at all intrusive even in the most emotional moments (we weren't overly aware of cameras being around), and they were super fun to have around! They also worked seamlessly with our photographers. John, the owner, has also been super responsive, easy to work with and patient with me (and I have asked for a lot, between special music requests and more!) As for the videos... blown away is all I can say. There are a LOT of happy tears from watching the videos and I literally have and will continue to watch them every day for the rest of my life!!! There is nothing quite like video to relive your big day and Smiling Toad did a perfect job capturing our sights, sounds, speeches and the things we didn't get to see or to overwhelmed in real time to fully absorb (like our little nephews walking down the aisle or all the details in the speeches!) My only regret is not having video of the rehearsal dinner as well. They are that good!!! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Jenna
Wedding:
7/24/2015
5.0/5.0
John was very flexible and great to work with!
John was very flexible and great to work with!
John was very flexible and great to work with! Read less
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Juan
Wedding:
5/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Amazing. That's how I would describe Smiling Toad. My wife and I did not really put too much thought about getting a videographer. We were looking around and I was really not impressed with the quality that other companies had. I figured I could do a better job. Until I came across Smiling Toad. I saw their trailers on their website and we instantly knew we wanted that look. The cinematic feel and the fidelity of the video is what sold us. We met John Severson to go over the details. He answered all the questions we had. John is very open and approachable. The two videographers for our event were great. They worked seamlessly within our wedding. I like to talk to people so they were a joy to get to know. But if that's not your thing, you wouldn't notice they were even there. The end product which for us included a trailer, highlight reel and dvd blew us away. Amazing quality for the price. We are so happy that we had Smiling Toad at our wedding. Our wedding went perfectly. And a part of that was because of Smiling Toad.
Amazing. That's how I would describe Smiling Toad. My wife and I did not really put too much thought about getting a Read more...
Amazing. That's how I would describe Smiling Toad. My wife and I did not really put too much thought about getting a videographer. We were looking around and I was really not impressed with the quality that other companies had. I figured I could do a better job. Until I came across Smiling Toad. I saw their trailers on their website and we instantly knew we wanted that look. The cinematic feel and the fidelity of the video is what sold us. We met John Severson to go over the details. He answered all the questions we had. John is very open and approachable. The two videographers for our event were great. They worked seamlessly within our wedding. I like to talk to people so they were a joy to get to know. But if that's not your thing, you wouldn't notice they were even there. The end product which for us included a trailer, highlight reel and dvd blew us away. Amazing quality for the price. We are so happy that we had Smiling Toad at our wedding. Our wedding went perfectly. And a part of that was because of Smiling Toad. Read less
Services Used: Videography
Smiling Toad Productions responded with the following comments:

Thanks Juan! So great to meet you and be a part of your wedding day, all the best!
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Tony
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
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.

Here is our trailer:
https://vimeo.com/117074607
My wife and I had a great experience with Smiling Toad! We were married in Chicago in October '14, and contacted John at Read more...
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.

Here is our trailer:
https://vimeo.com/117074607 Read less
Services Used: Videography
Smiling Toad Productions responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the review Tony!! Really good working with you as well and all the best in 2015! - John Severson, Smiling Toad Productions
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Diana
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
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!
John and the team over at Smiling Toad were very responsive and great to work with. The videographers were all great and Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were thrilled with the service and final product we received from Smiling Toad. They did a great job capturing the big moments of our wedding day! We love having the trailer, which was very well put together with great music and was fun to share with our friends and family.
We were thrilled with the service and final product we received from Smiling Toad. They did a great job capturing the big Read more...
We were thrilled with the service and final product we received from Smiling Toad. They did a great job capturing the big moments of our wedding day! We love having the trailer, which was very well put together with great music and was fun to share with our friends and family. Read less
Services Used: Videography

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