You may notice some familiar faces in this film: bride Jessica is the sister of Veronica and sister-in-law of Massimo, the amazing couple that invited us to film their wedding last year in Taormina, Sicily.
Many talented wedding pros came together to make this two-day event extra special, and we can’t thank Mariana of Pierce Photography in Guadalajara for being so kind to our team and for being graciously open to collaboration. We love making new friends during our travels!
We can’t wait to share all the amazing moments we captured, so for now here’s a sneak peek of Jessica + Seth’s cinematic wedding film. ¡Esperamos que disfrutes!
As our shooting season slows down enough for us to catch our collective breaths, we thought it would be fun to look back on some highlights of a pretty amazing year. We had the honor of capturing the weddings of so many great couples in so many fun locations that we’re still pinching ourselves. Is this real life? haha
Most would say that the wedding season begins in spring, but we got a super early start filming Danielle + Brandon’s January elopement in Forks, WA. Yep, that Forks! Danielle searched the country looking for just the right cinematographers and we’re so glad she and Brandon found us.
You’d think after our trek from Nashville to Seattle to the otherworldly Ruby Beach that things would settle down a bit until the spring. Nope! We were then whisked away to Philadelphia for Danika + Arvin’s epic three-day Indian fusion wedding. These two definitely know how to throw a bash! Day one was spent at Arvin’s home for the mendhi and some surprise performances by Danika’s friends. Day two was the most elaborate sangeet you’ve ever seen, complete with bagpipes and group dance numbers. The final, and most heartfelt day, featured a traditional baraat, their wedding ceremony, and a reception celebration that carried on into the evening.
Here’s a sneak peek film that Danika + Arvin received just one week after all the festivities wrapped. They loved it!
March also saw us filming Kelsey + Tyler’s wedding at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, the start of a very busy spring that kept us a bit closer to home. May opened with Hannah + Anthony’s wedding at Homestead Manor, continued with Amanda + Jeremy at Loft 212, and came to a dramatic close with Stephanie + Sumeeth’s three-day wedding weekend, also an amazing Indian fusion event.
Even though we already had Seattle and Philly under our belts, June kicked off our big destination wedding streak and it was a doozy!
Our first taste of the summer wedding season included our team hopping on a plane and heading down to lush Guanacaste, Costa Rica to spend a week with Jillian + Seth and their closest family and friends at the Dreams Las Mareas resort. There was zip-lining, waterslides, and plain ol’ playing in the sand. We got to shoot alongside rockstar photog John Yates of Celladora Wedding Photography and the collaboration was as refreshing as the ocean breeze.
John actually started a new podcast soon after our trip, aptly named The Awesome Wedding Podcast. WTR owner and lead cinematographer Brian was thrilled to be invited as one of John’s inaugural guests and the two enjoyed tossing back a couple cocktails and talking shop.
Download previous episodes of The Awesome Wedding Podcast to catch up!
Just a couple weeks later our team headed up to Connecticut to spend the weekend with Emily + Dan and I *have* to share a little bit of their wedding film with you. See, during their engagement Dan frequently encouraged Emily to get back into the studio to record music after a bit of a hiatus so she surprised him on their wedding day with a special song just for him! And we asked if we could use it as the soundtrack for a portion of their wedding film. Swoon! (here’s an excerpt)
We finished out the summer with Charity + Kyle and Frances + Jim in our home base of Nashville, then hightailed it up to Milton, NY to spend a couple days filming with Britton + Adi (and to spend a couple days in NYC celebrating Brian’s birthday!).
Our fall wedding season was CA-razy. I just have to warn you. Buckle up!
August ended with an Indian fusion wedding double header weekend. We spent Thursday and Saturday with Nadiya + Sherief, and Friday and Sunday with June + Rachit…zigzagging a path between Philly, New York and New Jersey over the course of four days. Two couples, two amazing weddings, and two sneak peeks that offer some insight into how we adapt our style from couple to couple.
Oh, and Brian did a quick interview in August with International Business Times for an article on wedding tech trends. It’s here.
September and October brought us back home to Nashville as we captured the weddings of FIVE *awesome* couples: Amy + Brandon, Jaime + Alex, Lauren + Travis, Christian + Andrew and Emily + Evan.
That should be a great wedding season right? All these weddings, all these locations, all this travel? We’re not done yet!
Late October. Mexico. Ythy + Chris.
These two lovebirds were originally going to tie the knot in Chattanooga but decided that Tulum, Mexico was more their style. Great decision, as it just so happens to be more our style too. 🙂 There was love, laughter…and plenty of tequila.
November brought us back down to earth with Dani + Jason’s wedding at Loveless Cafe in Nashville and we rounded out the month with a promo video shoot for The Estate at Cherokee Dock (formerly Reba’s home and currently a luxury wedding venue).
And finally, December: we drove seven hours in the snow down to Point Clear, Alabama to spend the weekend with Mary Catherine + Chase at The Grand Hotel and then flew down to sunny Florida just a couple weeks later to film Pamela + Bryant’s wedding at the Tampa Museum of Art. I’d be lying if I said we didn’t plan a fun side trip to Orlando to spend a couple days at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (where we drank waaay too much butterbeer and can solemnly swear we were up to no good).
It’s no secret that we travel all over the world filming weddings, but when Tee and Chris invited us to be a part of their destination wedding in Tulum, Mexico it took about an hour to peel me off the ceiling! A quick Google images search revealed emerald water and white sandy beaches, ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the sea, and cenotes formed through centuries of erosion (and what I’m convinced must be a sprinkle of magic).
Quite unexpectedly, these amazing sights were the least of what we would experience in Tulum. Four days after arriving we looked back at our footage and realized we had walked the beach, swam in the cenotes, and celebrated the joining of Tee and Chris with some of the warmest, kindest people we’ve ever encountered. It’s not unusual to feel welcomed at a wedding – they made us feel like family.
There is much, MUCH more to come from these two as we continue our end of year edit-o-rama, but for now we hope you enjoy this sneak peek of Tee + Chris’ cinematic wedding film!
Philadelphia is a city rich with history, and last weekend no story was more important that that of Danika and Arvin! These two threw an opulent three-day celebration that started at Arvin’s parent’s home with a traditional haldi and mendhi and ended at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel with a party that unfurled into the evening.
It took a lot of talented folks to bring everything together, and we offer up our deepest thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Loews, the photography team of Banga Studios, hair and makeup by Flawless Beauty by Pauline, and rockstar coordinator Therese Cole-Hubbs of Electric Karma International.
We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of Danika + Arvin’s cinematic wedding film!
It’s SO hard keeping a secret!
While most wedding cinematographers are slowing down at the start of a new year, we were flying cross-country a few weeks ago to film Danielle + Brandon’s elopement in Forks, Washington. We arrived in Seattle late Friday evening, drove four hours through the snowy roads of Olympic National Park, and awoke Saturday morning to crisp air and the excitement that a very special day was ahead. A couple hours of bridal and groom prep at a local bed & breakfast, a first look nestled under a giant redwood tree, vows on the incredibly beautiful Ruby Beach, and a special chocolate ceremony – this one’s a stunner, you guys!
Today, these two officially announced their elopement to family and friends so we can finally share (*woot!*) their film with all of you. A special thanks to Kayla Coleman Photography, Celebrations by Amber, hair and makeup artist Alena Adragna, and coordinator B. & Co. Weddings. You were all amazing!
We hope you enjoy Danielle + Brandon’s cinematic elopement film!
A Vogue feature, our 10th anniversary, and more frequent flier miles than we can keep track of. All in all, 2016 was an incredible year and we’re thrilled that we were invited to capture the weddings of so many amazing couples!
As things slow down a bit we thought we’d take a look back at some of your favorite sneak peek films of the year as ranked by likes and shares on social media (in no particular order). Let’s get started!
1. Katie + Justin
2. Nina + John
3. Diana + David
4. Kayla + Ben
5. Ayesha + Daniel
6. Natu + Philip
7. Preksha + Ankit
We hope you enjoyed this look back at our most popular sneak peeks of 2016. Sound off in the comments below about your favs and what awesomeness 2016 has brought your way!
Our next destination wedding of the season takes us to Bristol, Rhode Island to film the wedding of Hayley and Ari. These two are perfect for each other and we couldn’t be more honored that they invited us all that way to capture their big day!
Hayley and Ari got ready with their bridesmaids and groomsmen at the Bristol Harbor Inn, an elegant boutique hotel right off of it’s namesake – the Bristol Harbor. Then we all traveled to Mount Hope Farm, one of Rhode Island’s last great country estates and the charming backdrop for their vows and reception celebration.
We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of Hayley and Ari’s cinematic wedding film!
After a busy start to a wedding season filled with travel (and more than a few packs of airplane peanuts), we were glad to be able to slow down the pace a bit and spend the day with Kristen and John. They tied the knot at Gordonsville United Methodist Church – just an hour east of our studio in Nashville – and celebrated with family and friends with a reception at The Event Center, a super neat new venue that actually used to be a roller skating rink. Cool!
Hot off the presses, here’s a sneak peek of Kristen and John’s cinematic wedding film!
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