Gosh, what can we say about these two amazing people? Our team spent three action packed days with Shiv and Virali and their guests at Deewan Banquet Hall and The Addison Park in New Jersey and had one of the most thrilling wedding shoots of the season.
We’re lucky to have so many couples that say “we trust you, just do your thing” and Shiv and Virali were so kind and so generous in every way possible. We ❤️ them, their families and friends, and all the kick butt fellow vendors that made their wedding event a weekend to remember! A very special thanks to Reema Butala and team from RB Event Design, and photographer Jay Seth and crew for making everything flow effortlessly.
We hope you enjoy this condensed look at Shiv and Virali’s wedding. They also received a whopping 23-minute long film for their family and friends to share.
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).
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!
We’ve filmed hundreds of weddings over the last ten years in some amazing places with some amazing couples, but nothing quite prepares you for getting a call from Vogue and being asked if you’d like to be featured in their magazine. What?! Of course! A million times yes!
We were honored to be included in the January 2017 issue of British Vogue in their “Vogue’s Big Day…” editorial, a curated selection of wedding professionals from around the world. The issue hits newsstands on December 5 and we’ve got a sneak peek at all the good stuff below!
Harman and Riva first contacted us back in April while we were on a two-week tour through Thailand and Laos. Though half a world away, we were thrilled to be able to set aside some time to get to know them and hear more about their extravagant wedding weekend plans.
A traditional Sangeet party on Thursday with dinner and dancing at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake New Jersey, a field day on Friday with bride vs groom olympics – including dodgeball, relay races, a dunk tank, and an ice cream truck for good measure – and a wedding ceremony on Saturday surrounded by family and friends at Glen Rock Gurudwara followed by a reception celebration at the Rockleigh Country Club until the wee hours.
We cut together a same day edit for screening at their reception (though we had a couple more days than usual to craft the piece) and were happy it was so well-received. Take a look!
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