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Best of 2017

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.
 

Check out our frequently updated instagram feed to see what we’re up to throughout the year.
 

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!

 

Brian flying WTR’s Mavic Pro drone over the blue waters of Jobo Bay, Costa Rica.
 

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.

 

Nadiya + Sherief
 

 

June + Rachit
 

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.
 

The beaches of Tulum

 
 

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).
 
 

Our last few instagram posts of the year

 
Aaaaand that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed this look back at our crazy, globe-trotting, fun-filled whirlwind of a 2017. Can’t wait for you to see what 2018 has in store!

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