It’s Spotlight day where we introduce you to Brian Bazala of Sugar Pop Productions and share the stories behind their company.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
We capture and create ridiculously sweet, amazingly memorable moments. We like to think of ourselves as storytelling confectioners.
What did you do before you did this?
I was a professional entertainer and worked for Disney before becoming a camera operator and sound technician for the Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? reality TV show on Style Network.
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
After spending a few years working on wedding reality TV shows, I wanted to settle down in Orlando and started this business in 2008.
How long would you say you’ve been doing what you do today?
I started the business in 2008! But I’ve been making movies since I was a kid, and spent several years prior to starting my wedding business shooting for reality TV wedding shows.
How did your work evolve to get you to where you are today?
I love documentary storytelling and while some of the techniques of visual filmmaking have evolved over the last 10 years (along with our style), the core of what we do—telling personal stories—hasn’t changed. What has changed is that we’ve grown from a videography company to a visual storytelling and entertainment company, offering film, photography, and fun photo booth experiences.
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
I love getting to know a couple through the lens of a camera and sharing their love story in a unique and personal way. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies and I get to make one almost every weekend.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is delivering a client’s photos and videos and knowing that we were part of documenting one of the most important days of their lives.
What fun fact would people be surprised to learn about you?
I was a professional musical theatre performer for almost 10 years and have performed on stages all over the country. I retired from performing (for now) after spending five years with Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame show at Hollywood Studios. And I can rock a pair of purple and gold tights.
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
When they tell me how wrong they were about almost skipping a wedding video, or that one of our booths was the best decision they made about their wedding.
How did you decide on the name of your company?
We wanted to do wedding films that were short, sweet, and really “popped.” It kinda named itself after that.
What is the most unique service/product you offer?
Our Slow Motion Booth is so fun and unique. It’s not only super entertaining during your event, but the highlight video we make is also hilarious, touching, and great for sharing. It always gets very high praise.
Why do couples hire you?
We put an emphasis on creating a fun, pleasant experience all around. There are a lot of really talented photographers, videographers, and photo booths in Orlando. But where we excel is in creating a fun environment that so it doesn’t feel like a “photoshoot.” We know the day is stressful, and the couples that choose us do so not just for our creativity and technical skills, but because we are there to be a part of their fun experience of getting married.
You are spending your crazy, important day with us. We like to make sure you’re having a great time.
Tell us about your ideal client?
Our ideal client is looking for a creative partner to share their story in a fun, engaging way. Romance is fun and joyful.
What makes your business stand out from others in your category?
If I haven’t mentioned it enough, we focus on capturing and creating FUN. All of the events we do are celebrations in some way or another, and we try to capture them in a fun, entertaining way.
Why do you think your business is successful?
We have a great team. It’s really simple. We have fun doing what we do. It’s actually our motto; “Let’s have FUN together”.
What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have about your vendor category?
That videos and photo booths have to be boring and traditional.
What is your best piece of advice for somebody that just got engaged?
Don’t be afraid to ask for package customizations. Most vendors are happy to be flexible. You may need to pay a little extra, but in the long run, you’ll be happier getting exactly what you want. You may even save money.
What currents trend have you seen at weddings that you personally like the most?
Swapping out some of the more traditional formalities like the garter and bouquet toss for more personal moments.
Name three unique venues that you enjoy working at and why.
Paradise Cove is always lovely and the perfect solution for someone who wants a beach wedding without the hassles of the beach.
Highland Manor is the perfect venue for a bride who wants a historic and rustic setting in a convenient location.
Celebration Gardens is a hidden gem—the perfect location for intimate and smaller weddings.
What some of their previous couples had to say…
“Amazing work! Videos are movie quality and move you through a story. Brian captured us and our personalities so well. It was magical and he didn’t miss anything. He paid attention to small details that made a huge difference. We can’t stop watching them! Beautiful work and such a good sense of what flows well in the video. Thanks so much!!” Kristina, Dubsdread
“We used SugarPops slow-motion video booth for our wedding and we could not be happier with our choice. SugarPop was so easy to work with. We told them what we wanted and they even went as far as ordering the backdrop and animal head props that we wanted. It really was so much fun for all of our guests. I would HIGHLY recommend them for any event :)” Danielle, Armature Works
“We had SO much fun at the SugarPop selfie station!! It gave us old pals a great way to have fun and reconnect! They created a great, customized frame for our event just to make it more special. The setup & tear down was so swift I barely even noticed it happening! And customer service is a dream! Thank you, SugarPop!” Andrea, Garden Theatre
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