I'm so very excited to present Katie + David's Highlight Film! The words spoken at their wedding were moving and beautiful, making the experience of both photographing and filming their day one I'll never forget. The Orme Family Ranch has seen many weddings in its 90 year history, and I may be a little bias here, but this one has to top them all in representing what family is all about.
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Last weekend I had the honor of photographing and filming Katie + David’s wedding! They couldn’t of picked a better to day to tie the knot on their family ranch just north of Phoenix, Arizona. Below is a teaser with some of my favorite images. More to come - including their Highlight Film - so stay tuned!
A big shout-out to my team and all the talented vendors below:
Planning: Imoni Events (imonievents.com)
Floral: Sarah’s Garden (sarahsweddinggarden.com)
DJ: DJ Groove Tech (djgroovetech.com)
Stationary Design: Idieh Design (idiehdesign.com)
Caterer: Arizona Taste (arizonataste.com)
Hair & Makeup: Glam Squad
Dress: BHLDN (bhldn.com)
Heather & Dylan had a beautiful lakeside wedding in Upstate New York, complete with personal vows 💓, epic dancing 💃🕺, a sparkler exit 🎇, and a boat ride or two ⛵. Does it get any better than that?! Well...okay...they didn't hand out free puppies...but you get my point.
Their ceremony took place at Mohican Point, in front of the "Big House." This beautiful home has been in Dylan's family for over a century and has quite a lot of Lake George & Bolton Landing history surrounding it. One of my favorite moments from the weekend was ascending the inside staircase and seeing it lined with the wedding photographs of what was probably 50 different relatives and family members. After looking closely at the pictures, I realized they were all taken at the same spot, right there at Mohican Point! In that moment things sort of clicked inside my head and it became immediately obvious how this wasn't just any ol' wedding location next to a pretty lake, but one rich in tradition and significance. It was the place for Heather & Dylan to exchange their vows, and with this in mind my goal was to build the lake and house as its own character in their film. To accomplish this I shot more scenic landscapes than usual and went around with a microphone recording the different lake sounds (waves crashing, boats in the distance, etc.). I wanted to take the majesty of such an important place and make it part of their story.
Speaking of films, this is one of my Signature Films. You may have noticed it's longer than the other films here on my website. Most of the work I publish are Highlight Films (~5 min.), but the ~15 min. format of my Signature Film allows me to include a greater breadth of content and linger on certain moments longer (first look, vows, etc.). My wedding film packages include the Highlight Film by default, but I am able to remove it for a credit towards a Signature Film by request.
I had a blast partaking in Heather & Dylan's celebration, and I have to admit I've never been so excited to get up before sunrise as I was to grab those drone shots. For those that attended, I hope this film takes you back. For those who couldn't make it, I hope for 15 minutes it feels like you did 🙂.
Shout-out to the awesome vendor team!:
Planner: Kate Taylor Events and Weddings
Photography: Sarah Wigley at Rob Spring Photography
DJ: Saratoga Sound DJ
Dress: GiGi Bridal Boutique
Officiant: Claudia Meyer
Hair & Makeup: Timeless Updos, Hair & Makeup
Floral: North Country Flowers
Reception Venue: Weddings at Fort William Henry
There’s a really nice feeling you have inside when others trust you to “do your thing.” I think this is true with all aspects of life, whether work, sports, or in relationships (I don’t mean “Do your thing *wink wink*, but more so, “just be you.” Get your mind out of the gutter). To have others not just recognize your ability, but ask for it, unmoderated. I bring this up because Alisa & Andrew were explicit in letting me “do my thing.” In our discussions they understood the aspects of a film and what I’m continually trying do with my work. I am so grateful for their trust and that of my other clients, and it’s certainly not something I take for granted. There are times I’ll be driving in my car when recognition of this strikes, and I’ll let out a joyous yell in celebration (I don’t do this with passengers, as that would make it obvious what a goof I am. And I don’t think anybody reads my blog so I should be safe confessing it here). What I’m saying is that it’s a privilege to make my films and do what I do, and I want Alisa & Andrew to know how happy and thankful I am for their trust. Now, onto their film!
I spent quite a while simply thinking about the direction I wanted to go with their Highlight Film. I want things to ebb and flow, but there’s always a narrative backbone with a certain mood or emotion. This dances on a spectrum of upbeat celebration on one end to powerful emotion on the other. Typically with comedic and sentimental moments sprinkled throughout. In my longer Signature Films I can shift up and down this spectrum, but it’s much harder to do in the short span of a Highlight Film. However, Alisa & Andrew’s wedding day played strongly on both ends, with intensely emotional vows and one of the best reception dance-offs I’ve ever seen. So, I made the decision to start their film with an immediate emotional pull, and then witch gears halfway to a festive build and climax. This is certainly one of my more unique films and I’m so happy with how it turned out!
Filming at La Mariposa is one of my favorite venues in Southern Arizona. The large grounds and trees make for a beautiful backdrop in an otherwise desert landscape. They also shroud the venue to make it feel intimate and separated from the city.
*Gear talk* I had a commercial shoot scheduled for the week after Alisa + Andrew’s wedding, for which I had rented a Movi. It’s a motorized gimbal that keeps your camera nice and steady for shots with a lot of motion. Similar to a Glidecam, but more versatile. I had a lot of fun running around throughout the day with it. The most notable shots with it in their Highlight Film are during the processional, the dance-off, and the post-ceremony bride & groom filming session (something I always encourage couples to add to their timeline to get intimate shots. Typically about ~10 minutes).
Here’s wishing Alisa, Andrew, and their son a wonderful future! I know good things are in store for you guys.
Had an awesome time working with the vendors below:
William Olguin and The Ohhh Booth (Check out the gem below of me with my second-shooter Matt)
Today is the perfect day to share a Highlight Film. It’s cold and rainy out, but I’m warm and cozy inside with coffee and excitement. I just finished Logan & Clark’s Film and it’s one of my absolute favorites. Not because of anything specific to their wedding video or the cinematography, but because of them. I’m lucky to have grown to know them, due in large part to the process of creating their Engagement Film (if you haven’t seen it you seriously need to click here). It’s a new friendship, but one that has allowed me a deeper appreciation for being present at their wedding, for seeing the supportive community of family and friends celebrate their unity, and for having a glimpse into their adventure ahead.
Logan & Clark prepared and dressed for their wedding in their beautiful home in Lexington. Darcy, their Westie, told me it was going to be a wild party that night and that I should help keep her owners in-check (she makes a cameo at 0:22). I made her no promises. Prior to the ceremony, Gratz Park provided the backdrop for pictures of the family and wedding party. The colors of the changing Fall leaves had me captivated and I used the resulting footage to start their film. It was also the spot that we snuck back to after the ceremony for some golden-hour sunset footage.
Both the ceremony and reception took place downtown at ArtsPlace, a nice & easy 100 yard walk from the park. The food (Selma’s Catering & Events; Martine’s Pastries) was fantastic and the band (Music City Rhythm Revue) knew exactly what they were doing: They covered Prince’s 1999 perfectly... to the point of having my non-existent booty shaking (though embarrassingly bad, compared to the dance skills of their guests).
I want to wish Logan & Clark the absolute best as they continue on their path as husbands. Thank you so much for trusting me to create your films. I can't wait to see what you accomplish together!
Shout-out to Amy Campbell Photography and Resa Browning who coordinated. You both were awesome to work with!
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