{Vendor Love} Matt Rouse Films

Image: Katelyn James

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting with Matt and Meredith Rouse of Matt Rouse Films. I was super excited to talk to them because I not only love meeting new friends and vendors, but I also am always looking for quality videographers for Bespoken brides and grooms. After talking with Matt and Meredith, I asked if I could feature them on the blog to share them with everyone else... I personally love his Chipotle tip ;) And be sure to scroll all the way down for a wedding film feature! :)

Image: Katelyn James

What led you to the wedding industry? We shot our first wedding just 2 weeks before my graduation from college in 2012! My passion for shooting weddings has grown as I've grown as a filmmaker these past 5 years. I love stories and telling stories that matter. Wedding filmmaking gives me the opportunity to interact with and tell stories about amazing, joyful, loving and committed couples! I'm so excited to be able to create film experiences to help them remember the commitment they are making. I truly believe that with film, you not only remember your wedding, you experience it.

What is the best piece of advice you can give couples for planning their wedding? I always recommend that our couples have the best man, maid of honor, and father of the bride give toasts at the reception. There is something so special and beautiful about people telling stories about and loving on the bride and groom by giving speeches. Toasts turn into some of the most treasured moments in any wedding film.

Share your most memorable wedding moment. This was a lighthearted moment that I really enjoyed! We filmed a wedding in March at a Church that had just completed a bunch of renovations. They had moved the pipe organ from one end of the church to the other. Either the organ hadn't been properly tuned, or the whole system was still settling after the move. Right after the bridal processional, it started making these sounds that sounded like a beached whale groaning. Everyone in the crowd had a good laugh which was a funny and memorable moment before a beautiful ceremony!

Where do you find your inspiration? I'm so inspired by natural light and love the way wedding filmmakers can transform a scene from good to great just by moving the subject towards a window. I'm also really inspired by the beautiful words that people have to say to the bride and groom during toasts! :)

What do you love most about what you do? I love the opportunity to create heirlooms for our couples! I firmly believe that wedding films can help us remember our promises and experience how we felt as we made them on our wedding day!

What is your favorite wedding cake flavor? It's gotta be chocolate cake with vanilla icing!! It tastes divine! My wife Meredith and I totally forgot to eat cake on our wedding day! I so wish we could go back and have a slice ;)

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? My wife and I love spending time outside, playing disc golf, watching movies or heading out to dinner with friends. You can often find us at Chipotle for weekend lunches. If I could, I would probably eat a chicken burrito bowl almost every day for lunch. They are that good! Quick tip: Instead of using a fork to eat a burrito bowl, use chips. You'll thank me later!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I don't know if it's a guilty pleasure, but I love chocolate milk and drink it most days of the week! Nesquik is my jam :)

What would we be surprised to know about you? In college, I got to spend one summer living in an apartment on the same block as the Empire State Building in NYC! It was an amazing experience!

Be sure to say hi, and follow Matt on Instagram and Facebook!