Breakers’ Dream Makers: Francesco & Michele Spiezia
Calling the incredible work done by Films by Francesco team a ‘video’ would be a vast understatement. They dynamic duo of Francesco and Michele focus on creating wedding films – all done in an artful, cinematic and intimate way.
Francesco and his team of associates have filmed events worldwide, including the weddings of Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton, Joanna Garcia & Nick Swisher, Nicole Richie & Joel Madden, and most notably, Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky.
A former Breakers employee, Francesco filmed countless weddings and corporate events with the hotel’s own Palm Beach Staging & Production team before heading out on his own to create Films by Francesco in the fall of 2004.
“Our story is one that is closely intertwined with the Breakers!” Michele says, “I joined Francesco a few months after he started the company and we worked diligently over the following year to create and conceptualize a boutique cinematography company that would stand apart.”
Q: What is it like filming an event at The Breakers?
A: The Breakers is a stunning historic property, so filming there couldn’t provide a better backdrop for couples — amazing architectural interiors and the beauty of the ocean. Each ballroom and outdoor location has it’s own feel, which makes each event a unique experience to shoot. But the best part of filming an event at the Breakers is the Social Catering team… We know that when a client chooses the Breakers for their event it will be well planned, with every detail covered, which makes our day for shooting a pleasure.
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: We find the most inspiration in our shoot locations and our clients. We have been shooting weddings at The Breakers for more than seven years, so there is a comfortability in knowing the property — where to be, what to shoot, when the best light will hit. We also find inspiration in every client: How they choose to use the space, their decor and how their personal style plays into the property. It’s a new experience every time.
Q: What hot new trend do you see emerging for winter weddings?
A: Well, if this winter is anything like last winter in NYC, the trend will be to get out of town! And we will be happy to spend some time in Palm Beach! For us the best trend we are seeing is brides using our highlight films to share with friends and family, and even using them as thank you’s.
Enjoy one of Francesco and Michele’s favorite films from a Breakers wedding…
Real Wedding: Michelle & Marcos at The Breakers
Q: Give us three of your favorite weddings must-dos.
A: 1. Capture your day! — So much time and energy is spent planning and creating every aspect of the day, take advantage of cinematography and photography so that you can remember all the details for years to come.
2. Enjoy your day — You have planned for months, and chosen a location like The Breakers and reliable, professional vendors so that you can be taken care of on your special day. Relax and enjoy yourself, trusting that every detail is being taken care of.
3. Don’t go home hungry — So many couples never eat at their own wedding! Make sure you enjoy all the delicious treats you’ve planned for months.
Q: What is the most important reason your clients cite for choosing The Breakers?
A: Obviously the hotel is architecturally one of a kind, and located on a beautiful stretch of beach, which is reason enough. But we know that many clients choose The Breakers because of their level of service, attention to detail and beautiful (and tasty!) food. The Breakers is a location where clients can trust that they are getting the highest level of service from the best vendors, hands down.
Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom?
A: Though budget is always a concern and consideration during wedding planning, do not choose your vendors on dollar value alone. Choose vendors that align with your personal taste and style, and who will offer the most professional and creative service to you on the day of your event. Many vendors, especially your cinematographer and photographer, will be spending hours with you on the day of your wedding — be sure that you enjoy their personalities as well as their products, and that they have a working relationship with one another.
Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: A wedding at The Breakers is beautiful because most often all of the elements of the day happen on property — the hair and makeup, ceremony, reception, and even the after party, with most guests staying on property. This element alone ensures a smooth flow to the day, and allows the bride, groom and all guests to relax and have more fun! Many of our clients and their guests make extended weekends out of their Breakers weddings, taking advantage of all the property has to offer. A bride and groom can always expect an amazing event at a unique location at the Breakers.
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