wedding

Kelsey & Martin

These two were some of the most adventurous souls we have ever met. Opting for a destination wedding, Kelsey and Martin wanted everyone to experience the love they have for Chattanooga's architecture and atmosphere. The Church on Main’s historic preservation and The Flying Squirrels mid century vibes did just the trick. Kelsey and Martin even had a chance to steal away and venture to the top of Sunset Rock, back to the spot where Martin first proposed. 

These two were like magnets, embracing each other as the wind and clouds erupted before them into a full blown rain storm. We raced back to the reception and were greeted by friends and family enjoying a slew of delicious tacos and cocktails. 

Everyone kept talking about how Kelsey and Martin were like two puzzle pieces that just fit perfectly together. From their meeting at the Air Force Academy, to rock climbing, to living in a tiny home, their goals and dreams align.

Kelsey told us a little story about how she was drawn to Martin’s carefree and adventurous spirit and we can’t help but understand: 

“Martin and I were in the same Arabic class at the Air Force Academy. He would fall asleep and the teacher would wake him up and try to stump him with a tough question... but he always effortlessly got the questions right! And I studied really hard and still had no idea what was going on. He was always talking to friends about their exciting weekend plans. It seemed like they went skiing every single weekend! We hung out one time with a mutual friend and started talking. He helped me study for my Arabic final, then baked a cake for my birthday (surprisingly difficult... we didn't have access to a kitchen as cadets). I noticed right away that he was adventurous and smart, but feeding me sugar ultimately sealed the deal! “

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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.

Pretty Little Things

I think we all need pretty things in our life.

I know first hand how easy it is to get encapsulated by media and all its glorious images of beauty. I took a picture of my new ring yesterday and posted it on my personal Instagram account. My social media brain told me that it was not ‘wedding beautiful’ enough for our business page so I didn't post it there, but I was still very happy with the sparkle, and the subtle softness of the vintage box behind it. In those few little moments I felt like this pretty thing was going out into the world for the sole purpose of enjoyment and I thought of beauty as this simple thing; to create beauty is to give beauty to the world. 

Instagram and Pinterest are my life’s blood, but things aren't always as they appear. This morning, my little $20 ring that did not actually come in that pretty velvet blue box but rather a plastic bag from the drugstore, lost one of its small glass stones. And I’m not sad about it because that little ring is the memory of the dirty counter that my beautiful ‘ring photo setup’  was on, the loud cries in the background as my daughter has a full-blown meltdown, and that broken glass stone lying somewhere, still shining. All of these things make that pretty, fleeting image sweeter. Beauty has memories and feelings attached, people and places that come with those soft short flashes of time it provides. To create beauty is to give beauty, but not simply. Beauty becomes deeper and more complex from layers of time, its shine more radiant with loss and heartbreak.

So cheers to my broken bauble. For I am remembering my sweet husband wishing me a happy Valentine's Day for the tenth year in a row, my real diamonds being placed on my finger nearly four years ago in front of my father, my grandmother and many other people who aren't with me today, and I'm remembering that pretty little things are everywhere.