Tag: Wedding Film

In some ways, I like a wedding rehearsal dinner better than reception. It’s usually smaller, more intimate, and only encompasses the closest friends and family of the bride and groom. Distant friends, acquaintances, and wedding crashers aren’t allowed, resulting in deeper conversations and a more palpable sense of joy.

At my first meeting with Amalee and Todd, they told me how their families were close and how they practically grew up together hunting, fishing, and working on their trucks. It’s one thing to hear about family bonds, but its another altogether to actually experience it firsthand.

When I first arrived at the Lowake Steakhouse (I have it on good authority this is the best steak for miles, they’ve been open since 1951), I realized I should feel a little out of place with my subcompact car surrounded by diesel trucks. But maybe it was the friendliness of their family, or maybe they put something in the steak, regardless I was immediately greeted warmly, and regaled with tales of Amalee and Todd as children. Three glasses of sweet tea and one Ribeye later, I felt felt like I was a part of the family.

If there’s one thing I’m thankful for Amalee and Todd reminding me of, its that weddings are not only a joining of two people, but of two families. And in their case, they are some of the nicest families I’ve ever met.

Filmed with the Sony FS100, FS700, and Canon 7D.

**And because all of you keep asking, this is the last wedding film I didn’t shoot with an A7Sii. Every wedding film from here on is filmed with the A7Sii. ūüôā

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Some people have a glow about them. A spark. A sense of Joy that is bubbling right under the surface of their personality. ¬†It’s not just joy though, its happiness, laughter, smiling, and love all at once. I’m sure you know someone like that. I would also say that if you ask them about it, for most people, they would say it is because they love Jesus and he brings it out of them.

When I met Nicole and Estevan over fish tacos (because if you have to have a meeting, its best to have one over tacos), I could see their glow. It was obvious when Nicole looked at Estevan, smiled, and told me why they wanted to get married. Moreso, the joy in the room was a bit overwhelming when Estevan laughed about some part of their story; these big belly laughs that rolled out of his chest and honestly made me want to make him laugh more. When we finished that meeting, it was obvious that they not only loved each other, but that they also loved Jesus.

#NicoleandEstiefortherestie

#NicoleandEstiefortherestie

This fact was cemented even more on their wedding day.¬†Their families were excited, friends were thrilled, and I ended up having to cut down over half of the good things the minister had to say about them to fit it all into this wedding film.¬†And of course, it wouldn’t be a wedding in 2015 without a good hashtag, or six. Recommendations included, #marryingmolinar, #nicoleandestiefortherestie, #buildinganestiewithestie, #beourguestevan, #houseboyforever, #nicoleyguacamole. Take your pick when sharing this film.

Check out Nicole and Estevan’s highlight film below:

Shot with the Sony FS100, Canon 7D, and Canon 5DMK2. Edited in Premiere Pro CC. Colored with Magic Bullet Looks.

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To fully grasp why a wedding film was so important to Jordan and James, we need to go back one year to their proposal.

In Rio De Janeiro.

During the World Cup.

Things are starting to get incredible¬†aren’t they? Keep in mind that they had been dating for over three years, and Jordan knew a proposal was coming at some point. She had also made it clear to James that Rio was not an ideal location to be waving a huge diamond ring around and he better not propose while they were down there. Never one to lose the element of surprise though, James ignored that request. As the sun set in Rio, with all the crazed world cup fans, under the Christ The Redeemer Statue, James asked Jordan to marry him. He got on one knee, with tourists snapping pictures all around them, while she stared into his eyes.

At this point, they both blacked out (Mentally, not physically).

Seriously, they have photos but no memories of exactly what happened after that. Their brains were so excited that they forgot to make memories.

They wanted to remember moments like this!

They wanted to remember moments like this!

Fast forward to their wedding planning. They realized they wanted a way to remember their wedding, exactly as it happened. Every smile, look, touch and moment. I may be a little biased, but I believe a film is the best way to do that. Jordan and James must be biased too because they agreed with me.

You can watch their highlight film below:

Special thanks to Taylor Stanley and my wife for helping me film this day. Shot with the Sony FS100, Sony FS700, and Canon 7D. Edited in Premiere Pro CC. Colored with Magic Bullet Looks.

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Remember your first love in high school? I had one of those. And by “had”, I mean that I was the¬†one in love; I don’t believe that the object of my affections actually knew I was in love with her. But thankfully this film isn’t about my high school romance, it’s about Will and Stephanie’s.

At this point though, you’re probably wondering what fairy tales have to do with high school. See, one of the oldest types of fairy tales is that of a couple, one of whom is usually a prince or princess of some sort, that meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. While most prevalent in Disney movies like Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White, there are many modern takes on the tale such as Enchanted and even Spider-Man. They all differ in how they tell it, but at the core they all revolve around a boy and girl meeting, falling in love despite all obstacles, and living happily ever after together.

What a modern fairy tale looks like, in case you were wondering.

What a modern fairy tale looks like, in case you were wondering.

As viewers, we identify with many aspects of these stories in our own lives (okay maybe not living under the sea or being bitten by a radioactive spider), we all remember one of our first experiences of love in high school. We envision meeting that perfect someone in class, falling in love, sticking together through college, getting married, and living happily ever after. That vision has become a modern fairy tale, one that we dream about when we are young and realize isn’t true when we walk the stage at graduation.

For me and most of us, I feel like that was okay. I don’t think many of us think back on high school with regret of never finding love. But what if we had? What if we met someone in class our junior year of high school, sixteen years old, daring to dream it could last forever, and it actually did? We would be living a modern fairy tale.

What I have just described is the story of Will and Stephanie. Sixteen years old, finding chemistry with each other in chemistry class of all places, and falling in love that lasts. These two give me hope, not that I will go back to high school and fall in love, I’m quite happy with my current love that I found in college; a hope that fairy tales come true even today. There’s something a bit magical about that, and I am glad that stories like theirs still exist in the world today.

Houston's humidity makes for awesome lens effects.

Houston’s humidity makes for awesome lens effects.

Special thanks to Taylor Stanley and my wife for helping me film this day. Shot with the Sony FS100, Sony FS700, and Canon 7D. Edited in Premiere Pro CC. Colored with Magic Bullet Looks.

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Vince and RiahI’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” I think that also applies to spending time with someone we enjoy being around. Hours can seem like seconds when we experience an ache of love in our hearts for the first time. Days turn into months which turn into years so quickly when spent with the object of our affection. Before we know it a decade has passed, full of memories, ups and downs, but above all love.

I’ll admit that this hasn’t happened to me yet. Yes on the love and time passing quickly, but I have yet to hit a decade of love for my wife. We didn’t start dating until 2011, so we aren’t even halfway there yet. But time is flying.

Vince and Mariah on the other hand have my wife and I soundly beat in this area. They met in high school, survived a hardcore phase with long hair and tight jeans, and managed to emerge from college still together, albeit with pink hair and hipster glasses. Ten years and still going strong.

I'll leave it up to you to decide if they look cooler now or back then.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide if they look cooler now or back then.

I learned a lot about love while filming and editing their wedding. God describes love as a lot of things: patient, kind, but the one quality of love that strikes me with Vince and Mariah’s wedding is that it perseveres. Through the good and the bad, over all this time, their love hasn’t faltered. There’s something there that we can all learn from their relationship.

Shot with the Sony FS100 and Canon 7D. Edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

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