MEET MATT OF BEYOND BLISS FILMS, A VERMONT WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

Matt Levins of Beyond Bliss Films isn’t just a wedding videographer, he’s also a recent Vermont wedding alum! He tied the knot in 2021, which gives him a fresh “just been in your shoes” perspective when working with clients. In learning more about his approach to wedding film making, we were struck by his dedication to the craft and his excitement for thoughtfully capturing each unique wedding.

The results speak for themselves. When you find yourself tearing up at a video of strangers, you know it’s good! Read on to learn more about Matt. 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I ended up in the industry accidentally on purpose. I knew I wanted to pursue videography after working as a student videographer at Castleton University. A bunch of people ask me to film their weddings while I was a student, but I felt like it was too much pressure, and I knew I’d feel bad if it wasn’t great since these were people that I wasn’t super close with. 

The right opportunity arose when my cousin got married back in 2016; I casually filmed pieces of his wedding and posted highlights a throughout the next few weeks. Soon after, my girlfriend’s (now wife’s) sister got married in Florida and needed a videographer. She flew me down to Florida for the wedding in exchange for a wedding video.

How would you describe your style?

Our style puts our couples’ stories first. We build all of our wedding films using audio recorded from toasts, vows, notes, etc. and utilize this to tell the story of our couples and their wedding day.

Also, I try not to be noticed too much outside of the moments that we need to capture. I strive to look for those little moments that you may miss as the ones getting married. I’m talking about your cousins laughing in the corner, your nieces and nephews making the silliest faces, and those tears that are shed by guests during your father-daughter dance.

We also love to end our edits with a bit of fun, usually editing to the beat of the track and showing off all the wild dance moves of the wedding guests.

What inspires your work?

I’m inspired by the great photographers we’ve gotten to work with throughout the years. I find myself (more often than I’d like to admit) flipping through their blog posts from recent weddings, looking through their best shots, and brainstorming if and how they may translate to video and how to make them happen at the next wedding I film.

Just driving through the natural beauty of the backwoods of Vermont will some way, somehow give me ideas for filming and editing the next wedding.

Another huge inspiration is, of course, our couples. After the wedding, I take notes on little things that happen throughout the day that speak to the personality of our couples, as to make sure to incorporate the little details of this into their film.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is getting to know a little bit about our couples and their family/friends throughout the day. One of my favorite lines when I’m trying to get a laugh out of the group is to say something like, tell me about a funny moment from so-and-so’s childhood. After a pause filled with giggles, naturally, the room can’t stop laughing at a particular memory.

Any special tips for couples?

My tip to couples is to take it all in on the day. Don’t worry about the little things, once the day starts, everything somehow always takes care of itself. 

I’d also offer thinking about videography as more of a forever gift to yourselves, instead of something that’d just be nice to have to look back on your wedding. Your anniversary, when your kids grow older, when a loved one passes away, and so many more moments will have you looking back on your wedding film!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

The moment of absolute pure joy when our couples walk back down the aisle together, hand in hand, newly married.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit? Etc.

I love to snowboard, drink craft beer, and do other adventurous outdoor activities. I snowboard at Killington, and for après, my go to local spot is Sushi Yoshi.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

I think I’d be a builder, carpenter, etc. Much like video, you can turn virtually nothing into something far beyond your wildest dreams, but it takes patience and perfection throughout the process.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I’m a proud cat father to Louie, never wanted to really go to college but somehow ended up with a Master’s degree, and prefer yankee swaps over secret santa’s.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

Mr. Brightside by The Killers just hits different for some reason.

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Thank you, Matt! Learn more about Beyond Bliss Films in the vendor guide.

BEST OF 2021: COMMUNITY

The best part of weddings in 2021? Hands down: the community moments. While the people are always the true highlight of celebrations, 2021 weddings were even sweeter after months of social distancing. Long awaited hugs and overwhelming joy to be together again…that’s what stands out the most across Vermont weddings in 2021. 

As we close out our Best of 2021 series, we hope you enjoy these moments of community, and that it inspires gratitude for your own family and friends. 

Bride and bridesmaids popping a bottle of champagne on wedding morning

Besties & Bubbles

A bottle of bubbly and your best pals by your side… the best way to kick off your magical wedding day, planned by NJOY Weddings & Events at Hildene.

(Photo: Corinne Parker Photography)

Painting of a bride and groom walking down the aisle and being showered with confetti at Vermont wedding

Just Married

In this painting, wedding painter Hope Sharp captures that “just married” magic of twirling down the aisle as a married couple at The Essex Resort and Spa.

Flying High

This couple is quite literally being lifted by their community, and by the looks on their faces, they are soaking in every celebratory moment! (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Groom lifting bride off dance floor during an epic first dance at their Vermont wedding

Epic First Dance

This couple’s first dance on the marble court at the Wilburton Inn looks amazing – check out that lift and twirl. And the looks on their wedding party’s faces… priceless! (Photo: Jesse Schloff Photography)

The Quiet Family Moment

We love this special, intimate moment soaking in the excitement of the day as a family before rejoining the party. (Photo: Jess Driver Photography)

The Tear Jerker

This couple postponed their wedding over a year, so they and their community was VERY ready to celebrate their wedding. From their emotional vows to their family’s toasts, the entire day was filled with love. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Epic Champagne Toast

When The Old Lantern Inn’s owners’ daughter tied the knot this year, the celebration was epic. One standout moment? The groom, father of the bride, and father of the groom all sabered champagne bottles and poured a toast to the union of the families. (Photo: Andy Duback)

 
Bride and groom kissing as their friends lift them into the air on the dance floor at their Vermont wedding

The Glow Up

The glowsticks are super fun, but the real glow comes from the couple in love who know their community is always there to lift them up. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

Confetti Toss

This theatrical wedding planned by Destinations Found included an epic, colorful confetti drop that is sure to be a standout moment for these wedding-goers for years to come! (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

Bride and groom dancing and laughing under parachute during Vermont wedding reception

Parachute Party

Who remembers these parachutes from elementary school?! This couple busted one out during their reception at Topnotch Resort to the delight of guests. What a fun idea! (Photo: Henry Cotton)

 
BIPOC couple walking through sparkler exit at Vermont wedding

A Sparkling Beginning

The end of your wedding day is the start of your next chapter as a married couple. If this couple’s sparkler exit is any indication, we’d say they have a very bright future ahead! (Photo: Juniper Studios)

 

The Childhood Reading

The bride had asked her nephew to read Shel Silverstein’s “The Romance” during their wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield. During dinner, he worked up the courage and delivered a memorable performance. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

A Royal Send Off

Talk about a fairytale ending to a romantic wedding day! (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)

 

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series. This was truly an incredible year.

The Full Best of Vermont Weddings 202 Series:

Don’t forget to pop over to Instagram to see even more community moments, and the “semi finalists” for each of the other categories.

We’re excited for another year of memorable weddings ahead!

BEST OF 2021: Location

Vermont may be a small state, but we have an impressive, long list of beautiful locations to get married! From the shores of Lake Champlain to the tops of the Green Mountains … and everywhere in between… there are a variety of venues to set the stage for your romantic wedding. Here are a few of the best places couples exchanged vows in 2021.

Love this story? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

Mountains Majesty

Sparkling waters and sweeping mountain views make The Equinox Resort’s pond one of the most romantic, majestic to tie the knot. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

The barn and firepit at dusk at Lareau Farm Inn in Vermont

Home Away From Home

With lodging on site, a cozy firepit, and plenty to explore, the Lareau Farm Inn makes you feel like you’re at home – if you’re home was really, really cool. (Photo: Hannah Photography)

Lakeside & Lovely

With views overlooking Lake Champlain, sparkling aquariums and more, ECHO is a unique, modern setting for a true Vermont wedding. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Backyard Bliss

From getting ready at the elegant Inn at Burkyn to a lovely backyard celebration, this wedding in the mountains is a total stunner. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Bride and groom walking down country road in Vermont in the fall

Falling For You

With rolling hills and colorful foliage, Sterling Ridge Resort sets the scene for a truly lovely Vermont wedding. (Photo: Cait Borgault Photography)

The Tear Jerker

This couple postponed their wedding over a year, so they and their community was VERY ready to celebrate their wedding. From their emotional vows to their family’s toasts, the entire day was filled with love. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Garden Romance

A gorgeous barn and colorful, sprawling gardens …it’s no wonder Farmhouse Flowers is one of the best backdrops for a Vermont wedding! (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 

Riding High

If you fell in love with Vermont for the skiing, you are going to love Sugarbush Resort‘s mountain top ceremony location and iconic “Just Married” chair lift sign. (Photo: Jenna Brisson)

 
Bride and groom walking up a hill at sunset with dramatic clouds and mist

Edge of the World

How breathtaking is this image? It looks like the couple is in the middle of an epic, romantic movie (but really they’re at private home in Shelburne, Vermont). (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Into the Woods

This couple tied the knot under a canopy of trees at The Inn at Weathersfield before celebrating dinner in the quaint, romantic Inn. (Photo: Kate Seymour Photography)

 
Bride and groom on the lawn at VT historic estate

Bridgertons in Vermont

The Hildene’s splendor and elegance is unmatched and the views are unparalleled. It’s definitely one the best! (Photo: Juniper Studios

 

Perfect Pairing

The rolling hills and vineyard at Maquam Barn and Winery are the perfect pairing for a romantic wedding. (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 
 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)