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The Sound of Rain | Nashville Wedding Film | Bloomsbury Farm

Lauren called me up on a Sunday while I was on a little weekend getaway to visit my family in Atlanta. I don’t usually take business calls while I’m away— scratch that, I always take business calls and emails because I’m really bad at setting boundaries. So I picked up and instantly felt validated by my instincts. Lauren is (and this is not an overstatement) the funniest, most relatable person I have ever talked to on the phone. Naturally, I like to think we are kindred spirits. When I met Jason, he was equal to Lauren in every way. He didn’t mirror her, but fit next to her. He was exuberant, steadfast and really eloquent. I think it was a match made in bro heaven for Bill, too.

Lauren and Jason were married at Bloomsbury Farms, a serene little farm just outside of Smyrna, Tn. When we got there, the clouds were pretty ominous but the vibe was super energetic. The boys moved furniture and transported umbrellas in the midst of the downpour, while the ladies finished up the florals.

Bloomsbury Farms has these awesome little pockets of nature waiting to be discovered all over the property. There is a great little path surrounded by trees (where Jason and Lauren had their first look), a rustic patio with a huge fireplace (also doubling as a sweet rain plan strategy) and all manner of fields to romp and catch light in.

It rained all day, but Lauren and Jason were so chill; down for umbrellas and quick car transports. Nothing went as planned, but it ended up being the perfect day for these two badasses. When the reception flooded and knocked the power out, everyone used their phones to light up the dance floor. NBD.

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Taylor & Paul

Laid back, elegant, and ready to party. If I could describe Taylor and Paul's wedding in one sentence, that would be it. With settings ranging from a tucked away vineyard to the heart of Chattanooga's Art District, their weekend was the perfect atmosphere for an adventurous couple. 

From the exchanging of leis, to the potting of a young Japanese Maple during their ceremony, Taylor and Paul's wedding was full of memorable and unique displays of unity. At the reception, Taylor’s friend and coworker serenaded the guests with her ukulele, while family and friends dined on Southern, Italian, and Hawaiian fare, followed by a plethora of delectable desserts. 

Taylor and Paul even orchestrated a very special dance at their reception; each married couple ranging from one day of marriage to 45 years was asked to leave the dance floor until Paul’s grandparents were the last couple dancing. This detail really hit home with me. It was great to see legacy and longevity honored in such a special way.

I know that legacy is blossoming anew in the steady companionship Taylor and Paul so effortlessly personify. In the words of Paul's dad, "a la nostra famiglia!"

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Hannah & Adam

As videographers, wedding days go by quickly. On Hannah and Adam’s day, there was such unique intimacy and calm; it had this amazing way of making everyone feel like family. That closeness took us completely out of the “busy” of the day and put us into blissful documentary mode. 

When someone asked Hannah if she was nervous, she said, “I won’t be once I see Adam.” It was like watching a slow sunrise, once they were together a peace filled over them. Unspoken nerves spilled into layers of confidence and excitement for the day. 

The ceremony was “short and sweet” Hannah said, whisking herself away to bustle quickly before heading back to the Chattanoogan ballroom. Adam and Hannah beamed as they spent the rest of the night dancing and visiting, taking a few quiet pauses to pray, kiss, or smile at each other every now and then. They dined on a delicious plated meal, danced under a spectacular chandelier, and even treated their guests to a Harley Davidson grooms cake among the other sweet treats (we may or may not have eaten in between shots)! 

The biggest highlight of the night was Dad’s speech to his little girl. He spoke words of such blessing and pride and conveyed the most heartfelt gratitude for his life with his daughter; it brought Bill and I to tears. Short and sweet may be true, but so is moving and unforgettable. If you need me I’ll be over here playing Hannah and Adam’s wedding film over and over all weekend to remind myself of the hospitality, friendship, and family such a steadfast love can create.

How to Choose a Great Wedding Videographer

Pick a Style, Any Style

Max out your Pinterest boards, scour the wedding blogs, and flex your social media muscle! Before you book your videographer, it is super helpful to get a general idea of what you want your wedding to look like. Once you have a good feel for your wedding, you will be able to find a filmmaker that most closely matches your style. Every wedding filmmaker will manage the color and texture of their images differently. Some wedding videographers shoot on film or emulate film stock in order to give their work a distinct look and atmosphere. Some wedding filmmakers have a documentary style while some are more cinematic, or highly stylized. And they are not all created equal, which brings us to our next topic.

Don’t Replicate, Innovate

Who wants a cookie-cutter wedding film? Every filmmaker worth his or her salt will treat each love story they film as unique and unparalleled. When all of the films on a videographer’s website utilize the same fonts or progress with the same set of shots, be wary. Rebel against the formulaic wedding film! A quality wedding filmmaker will constantly be improving.
Pro Tip: A good rule of thumb is to preview 2-3 wedding films from a particular videographer in chronological succession. If the last film you watch seems a bit more polished than the first, it is a good sign that you have found someone worth booking.

Be You, Bespoke

Many filmmakers will list packages on their website in order to introduce a couple to some of their options, but some may be willing to work with you to customize the amount and type of coverage your particular wedding requires. Do not be afraid to ask for a more tailored package—there are no stupid questions!

Bright and Early

Prioritizing your wedding film in the early stages of wedding planning dramatically increases the chance that you will receive a film you cannot stop watching. If you wait until shortly before your date to book, there will only be a few studios left with openings, and the chances of getting your first choice will be slim. It is important to take finding a quality videographer as seriously as you do your photographer.

Technically Speaking

Does your filmmaker offer aerial footage, slow motion, time lapse, 4k? Will they be using multiple cameras? How will they deliver your product? Cutting edge tech is useless in the wrong hands, but when handled skillfully, the right gear can help a wedding filmmaker tell your love story more effectively, as well as future proof your investment. There is, however, a standard that all good wedding videographers should meet both visually and acoustically. 
Pro Tip: Professional filmmakers know the quickest way to identify an amateur film is the presence of bad audio. Make sure your filmmaker captures clean, undistorted audio and shoots and delivers in full HD (1920x1080) or above.