Black Friday 2018 – $250 off wedding videos!

Way Creative Black Friday 2018 discount

Once again, we’re offering an amazing discount in celebration of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! Book your all-day wedding video package with us by December 3, 2018 and you’ll receive $250 off*!

It’s easy to get our Black Friday discount:
  1. Check out our all-day wedding coverage details to see what’s included.
  2. Contact us today to check our availability.
  3. Send your deposit and signed contract to us by December 3, 2018 to lock in your date and receive the discount.
  4. You’re done!

All-day wedding video coverage

We take extra-special care to ensure that every detail of your wedding day is captured! We’ll meet with you in advance of your wedding over a coffee or a beer so that we can get to know each other and to learn all the details of your special day. We even attend your ceremony rehearsal to test microphones, ensuring that your vows are captured forever! You’ll receive a full ceremony video, a recap highlight video of the day, and videos of all toasts and speeches. You’ll be provided with online links to share with family and friends, and a keepsake DVD. 

Not local to West Michigan? No problem! We love to travel, and serve all of Michigan, the Midwest, and beyond. We’ll chat with you on a phone or video call to learn more about you and your wedding day.

Ready to learn more?

You can see samples of our work and get a feel for our style right here on our website.  You can also learn more about us and read reviews from other couples on our WeddingWire page.  Once you’re ready, send us a message through our contact page. We’re excited to meet you!

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Details and exclusions
  • This discount is valid for new or returning clients for all-day wedding coverage only. Not valid for previously booked or quoted projects, or with any other offer.
  • Deposit and contract must be received by December 3, 2018 to receive discount.
  • Travel fees apply for weddings 100 miles or more from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

3 ways to support your favorite small business

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This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration celebrated Small Business Week. They recognized small businesses for their achievements, and helped bring awareness to entrepreneurship in the U.S. Entrepreneurs create two out of every three jobs in U.S. – so they play a huge role in our economy.

There are over 30 million small businesses in the U.S., so chances are, you know a small business owner! Small businesses thrive through the support of their local communities, and you can be a part of that. To help you do just that, here are three easy – and FREE! – ways you can support your favorite small business, entrepreneur, or artist!

1. Interact with them on social media.

You already like and follow all of your favorite businesses, products, and brands on social media. That’s enough, right? It’s a great way to keep up on the latest news, but there’s more to it than that. Social media platforms like Facebook are constantly changing what you see in your news feeds – and specifically limiting what you see from business pages. When you interact with a post on a business page, it ensures that you’ll continue to see posts from them. It also bumps up that page in your friends’ news feeds, too, helping small businesses reach a larger audience.

See past a post you like while scrolling your social media, by a business you like?

  • Click that thumbs up button to like the post!
  • If the post has content that you really love, leave a quick comment.
  • Think your friends would like the content too? Share it on your page!

These are quick, easy actions you can take that help your favorite small business, while doing something that you’re already doing.

While you’re at it – check out Way Creative on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We’d love to see you there!

2. Review them online.

Do you read online reviews before you try a new product or service? So does everyone else. When you get great service at a restaurant or business, do them a favor by leaving a Google review. For small businesses who provide a service and don’t have a brick and mortar location (like us!), rate or review them on Facebook. Reviews help other customers decide to choose that business or service over another.

3. Refer them to friends and family.

Overhear someone asking for a recommendation for a product or service, and know a small business that offers it? Refer them! As the old saying goes, the highest compliment a business can get is the referral of a customer’s friends and family. A recommendation in person is great. Or, if you have a friend asking for a referral online, tag your favorite small business or drop their website address.

4. (BONUS TIP!) Buy from a small business when you need a product or service.

Ok, this tip isn’t free. Next time you’re in the market for a product or service, think of who you might already know that offers it. Or, ask friends or search online to find recommendations in your local community. It’s always great to get introduced to a new favorite business. Not only are you supporting the small business owner, you’re also supporting your local economy. And don’t you want to spend your money where you live?

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Of course, if you’re looking for video production for your nonprofit, wedding, or any event, we’d love for you to consider Way Creative! It’s a lot of work to start, grow, and maintain a small business, but it’s also very rewarding. We love that we can get to know our clients on a personal level and do business in the community that we love to live and work in. Contact us today, and let’s start working together!

Merry Christmas from Way Creative LLC!

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During the hectic holiday season, we want to pause for a minute to wish you a very Merry Christmas! It has been a busy, fun 2017, and we are excited for the New Year.

Christmas Holiday Hours

We will have limited business hours from December 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018. We’ll be taking some time off to celebrate and spend time with our families, friends, and each other! We’re also looking ahead and planning for what’s to come in 2018. You can still contact us via email and on our website, and we’ll respond as soon as we’re able!

It’s Been a Great 2017!

We’ve had the opportunity to work with some inspiring organizations and dear friends this year, and we couldn’t be more grateful. From uniting for Grand Rapids Public Schools through the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, to promoting the awesome shows, casts, and crews at Circle Theatre, to recapping amazing events by The Midwest Tech Project that expose students to the tech field, to seeing the role that music plays in student’s lives in the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, it is truly our honor to help share the stories that shape our communities. We love the work that these and other organizations in Grand Rapids are doing to make a difference in people’s lives.

We appreciate you!

Thank you to our amazing clients and business partners for working with us in 2017. We also have to give a huge shout-out to our friends and families for their support and referrals as we continue to build our small business. We appreciate you all, and couldn’t do this without you!

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season and the best in 2018,

Julie Way & Kyle Way

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Fry, the newest Way Creative mascot, poses in front of the tree for his first Christmas portrait.

P.S. Love our holiday card image? Check out Dang Harris Design for your holiday card or other design needs!

Hear, Sing, and Play: Working with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir

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Over the past year, we’ve had the opportunity to work with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir to record their public performances. It’s so much fun to see how each of the choirs develop through the school year, and to listen to the new skills that they have learned during the Community Festival at the conclusion of the season.

“Doing music just makes me feel…happy!” declares Zach, a fellow member of the NDCC Chamber Choir.

“We do a lot of singing, but it’s not all singing. We do work with dynamics, and different types of keys, and learning to read the music,” says Elena, a member of the NDCC Chamber Choir.

Notre Dame Children’s Choir Community Festival: Faith Around the World

The NDCC is now 5 years old with over 300 children participating in after-school programs where they hear, sing, and play sacred music. The programs are free of charge for families in the Michiana region. Each year, the Community Festival brings together the NDCC and young singers from throughout the area for a weekend of learning and singing together. This year’s Festival was entitled Faith Around the World, and featured sacred music in several languages.

Sacred Music Academy at The University of Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Children’s Choir (NDCC) is a part of the Sacred Music Academy, the community engagement program of Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND).  The NDCC is such a cool partnership because it provides a unique experience for the young students in the Children’s Choirs to learn about music as they are mentored by adult students in the SMND program.

“Working with the Children’s Choir is really important for the students here because music only matters at the community level…[when music is used] as a way to build bonds between people,” says Victoria, an SMND student and director of the NDCC Descant Choir.

“Our hope is by starting young, with kids as young as 5 and 6, that in 10 or 20 years they will become the future choristers in our communities and in our churches,” says Mark Doerries, Artistic Director the Notre Dame Children’s Choir.

“They’ve helped me sing. I never knew that I had this voice in me, and they helped me get it out,” shares Salomon, a member of the NDCC Seraphim Choir.

Learn more about the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and their upcoming events on their website. You can see additional NDCC performance videos on our Vimeo channel.

the g code gala: celebrating the midwest tech project

Tech professionals mingle at the G Code Gala.

The Midwest Tech Project celebrated the first year of their work at the G Code Gala on February 23, 2017. The event was held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The community was updated on the Midwest Tech Project’s achievements over the past year, and gave an overview of new initiatives coming in 2017. It was a fun event, and was a great opportunity for networking, mingling, and learning more about the technology industry in West Michigan.

The G Code Gala

We had the opportunity to produce a recap video of the G Code Gala. The video features words from AJ Hills IV and Jonathan Jelks, MidWest Tech Project Co-founders. Hills and Jelks speak on the past and future endeavors of the  Midwest Tech Project. You’ll also hear from sponsors and supporters of the organization, including Joe Jones, 2nd Ward City Commissioner, Mike Morin of Start Garden, Brittany Hunter of Atomic Object, and Jennifer Cline and John Rumery of Grand Circus.

The Midwest Tech Project focuses on connecting Black and Latino students to STEM education and the technology industry. The goal is to help students create lifelong career opportunities. The organization is one of our newer clients, and we are so proud to partner with them and help support the work that they’re doing in our community. We are committed to their ideals of supporting the students in our city, encouraging interest in the STEM fields, and most importantly, diversifying the tech industry in Grand Rapids and beyond.

You can help support the work of the Midwest Tech Project in a number of ways:

  • Become a strategic partner
  • Host students for a tour if you work in the technology industry
  • Become a mentor

Learn more and connect with the Midwest Tech Project on their website and Facebook page.

It’s our passion to use our technology skills to serve our community and support organizations working for good. Is your nonprofit looking for video and media services to help support your work and mission in our community? Contact us today to get started!

Notre Dame Children’s Choir: Candlemas

A lighted candle during the Candlemas concert.

On February 2, during the celebration of Candlemas, we had the honor of recording the Notre Dame Children’s Choir’s Evening Prayer for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The performance, held at the beautiful Church of Our Lady Loretto at Saint Mary’s College, featured Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), C.S.C, Presiding, and Daniel Justin, Composer of Liturgical Music.

The Notre Dame Children’s Choir is a part of the Sacred Music Academy, the community engagement program through Sacred Music at Notre Dame. The NDCC has choirs for children from birth to high school, and believes that all children can learn to sing and read music. See a list of their upcoming performances and events on their website, or watch videos from other recent performances on our Vimeo channel.

Are you looking for video recording of your event or wedding? Contact us today for a free quote. We’d love to work with you!

Sacred Music at Notre Dame: Docere, Delectare, Movere; conducted by Father Phillip Ganir

Carissimi's Jephte

Our latest video features Conductor Father Phillip Ganir, S.J., conducting Carissimi’s Jephte and Charpentier’s Te Deum for Sacred Music at Notre Dame. This recital, titled Docere, Delectare, Movere, is a Graduate Conducting Recital performed by Notre Dame’s Concordia Choir with the Ritornello Orchestra at the Lady Chapel in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. View an excerpt from the recital below.

The Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame provides education and training for all levels, from children through a Doctorate in the Music Arts, and also gives back to the community in many ways. Learn more about the program on their website and Facebook page.  You can watch other recent recitals on our Vimeo page.

Are you looking for video recording of your event or wedding? Contact us today for a free quote. We’d love to work with you!

Book your 2017 wedding video today!

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Did you get engaged over the holidays? Or are you getting married this year?  We’re offering a wedding video special through the end of the month. Book your video with us by January 31, 2017. You’ll receive a 25% discount off of your total video cost!

Here’s how to get the discount for your wedding video:
  1. Contact us today for a free quote.
  2. Book your wedding date with us.
  3. Pay a 10% deposit on the quoted price by January 31, 2017.
  4. Relax and enjoy while we capture your day!

This discount is valid for new or returning clients. Not valid for previously booked or quoted projects. The 25% discount will be applied to your final invoice.

We did not have any professional photos or video taken at our own wedding and reception. I always say that’s the only thing that I regret about those days! It would be so awesome to be able to look back on that time that went by in such a blur. One bride that we worked with just celebrated two years of marriage last summer. She told us that she and her husband watch their wedding video often. They love to watch moments from their special day. It’s definitely worth the investment.

You’ll receive a free consultation so that we can get to know each other. We’ll talk through what you’re looking for and customize a quote to fit your unique needs. Our basic wedding video package starts at just $750.

Check out our recent video work here.

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Do you have another video project in mind? You can get the discount too! Just book your project by January 31. You’ll also receive the 25% discount off of your total video cost.

Contact us today to get started with a personalized quote! We can’t wait to talk with you.

Let’s work together in 2017!

Hi, we’re Julie Way and Kyle Way, the owners and video producers of Way Creative LLC! Thanks for visiting our new website. If you’re looking for video or creative work in 2017, you’ve come to the right place.  We provide services in Grand Rapids, MI and beyond. Check out our recent work and contact us here – we’d love to talk with you.

Stay tuned as we continue to add new content to our site. For now, we wish the best in 2017!

Happy New Year!