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Nöel + Dan

I’ve known Nöel for a couple of years. We both worked together at the University of Arizona tutoring center as we pursued our graduate degrees (higher education for Nöel, school psychology for me). I remember first liking Nöel because we often had the same criticisms of this Malcom Gladwell book we had a weekly discussion on (part of our job requirement was an assigned book reading. I have no idea why so don’t ask). I remember thinking, “Hey, she thinks like me!” You know what they say about great minds. So, when she asked me to film her wedding I said heck yes.

The entire day was a lot of fun. Nöel and Dan just had their new home in the barrio renovated, which made preparations a visual delight. The lines were just amazing - so many interesting architectural shapes and designs that the photographers (Keith & Melissa) and I were sort of like kids in a candy shop going, “Oh this would be a cool shot” and “That angle would be perfect!” I also tried to incorporate aspects of their new home as somewhat of a metaphor for their relationship: new home, new marriage, new life together. The ceremony was out in Saguaro West, which has the absolute best cacti vista you can imagine. Go visit it, seriously:

Destination Wedding Film in the desert

The reception was at the Tucson Museum of Modern Art (MOCA), which was also the venue for Rebecca & Frank’s wedding (click here to see their film). The place is awesome, although I got yelled at by one of the museum employees. I was engrossed in filming things when I leaned up against a wall to steady my shot. At least I thought it was a wall. Turns out it was a giant piece of art. The lady ran over to scorn and remind me that no touching was allowed. I was deathly embarrassed and apologized.

My favorite part of Nöel & Dan’s wedding? Their tandem bicycle entrance. Hands down. Awesome, original, and completely them. Though if I had to pick a second favorite it would be the deserts. SO MANY DESERTS. I never had a sweet tooth until my wife forced me to develop one, and boy, was it in heaven. They tasted as good as they looked:

Arizona Wedding Video desert bar

I want to conclude with a shout-out to Nöel’s mom, Diane, for being awesome. She was so fun to chat and laugh with throughout the day. Here’s a fun fact: She has a major crush on Mick Jagger. I couldn’t help but to immortalize her forever by posting the video below on her Facebook wall. She's a good sport so I think she’ll forgive me, in time.

~Carl

The amazing vendor team:

Photography: Keith and Melissa (Phoenix based)

Event planning and florist: Aletier de LaFluer (Tucson Based)

Venues: Arizona's Saguaro National Park (West) and Tucson Museum of Modern Art (MOCA)

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Rebecca + Frank

I’ve been listening to a lot of old vinyl lately so it was easy to notice Frank’s extensive collection in their home. There was some Paul McCartney, Huey Lewis, and Earth, Wind, & Fire in there. Good stuff indeed. I bring this up because details like this so easily remind me of how much I love what I do. I’m a filmmaker for a lot of reasons, but being able to get to know the amazing couples and people I work with is something I find intrinsically rewarding. Without sounding mushy-gushy, it allows me to care about my clients at a deeper level than what most professional relationships allow. I create better films because of it. Not just because I can include certain content and showcase it in a way that is more personal, but because we all work harder to please those we care about. I want to repay the couples who allow me a glimpse into their life with the best possible wedding film they can image.

From attending their rehearsal dinner at Carusos (a pretty amazing Italian restaurant in Tucson) to bringing in the New Year with them, Rebecca & Frank gave me a pretty amazing glimpse. I got to eat churros & Sonoran dogs, listen to a didgeridoo, and by the end I felt as if I was part of their wedding party. Rebecca and Frank started building an amazing life together long before their wedding, and I have no doubt they’ll continue to be as in love and committed to another as a married couple. Now go watch their amazing film above (perhaps again) .

~Carl

Awesome wedding vendor shout-out:

Photography: Jason + Anna Photography (Scottsdale, Arizona based)

Planning: Alain Garcia of Small Town Event Design (Serving Tucson, AZ & Mexico)

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson

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Kelsey + Jake

Kelsey and I go way back to when we were on swim team together. She was a sprinter who had a mean 50yd free. One of the best in the state mean. I had no idea all those years ago that I'd be the one to film and document one of the biggest moments of her life, but in doing so, it's given me one of those "life is truly beautiful" feelings to see a friend find love and start a family. I know Kelsey and Jake have quite an adventure ahead of them - here's a little glimpse into the start of it.

~Carl

Awesome wedding vendor shout-outs to:

Photography: Shawna Stanley (Buffalo, New York based)

Venue: Superstition Manor (Phoenix, Arizona)

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Sofia + Hector

Shakespeare, Plato, E.E. Cummings, John Lennon....just to name a few. I have never been to a wedding ceremony with works read from such a pantheon of great minds. Sofia & Hector's ceremony was a beautiful experience, and one that makes you reflect on what the best man described so eloquently, "that great majesty and mystery, that we call love."

I wanted to do something different for Sofia and Hector with their wedding film. Both are artists, and so I wanted to paint their narrative in a way that spoke to them. The opening sequence is designed to catapult you into their story. It's the climax at the start, which bends the typical narrative arch, but hey, some rules are meant to be broken, right? It's a story within a story, and it sets the tone for rest of the film. It's hard to pick a favorite experience from the night, but as a music lover I especially enjoyed the groom/best man musical performance at the reception. I would highly recommend you check out Hector's awesome music here.

I wasn't able to fit all the amazing readings and toasts into their highlight film, so I made sure their longer Signature Film had the others. I can't express enough what a dream it was as a filmmaker to have so much amazing content to work with. On the note of our Signature Films, we do get a lot of inquiries regarding what they are like. Simply contact us and we can provide you with a private link if you'd like to watch one.

I can't say enough good things about Sofia & Hector, and truly wish them the best as they walk hand in hand across the universe.

~Carl

Shamless vendor plug: We had a fantastic time working with the people at La Mariposa (as always) and with the pretty rad Torey Salyer Photography (Tucson, Arizona based)!

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Robyn + Basil

We present Robyn + Basil! Married at the Sanctuary at Camelback in Scottsdale, Arizona. Throughout the day and night, Basil was the dip MASTER. He capitalized on every opportunity to take Robyn on a short ride in his arms - take notes, grooms-to-be. Reception toasts had a lovely collection of prescription jokes (something Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed) and an fiery sparkler exit. Enjoy!

Shout out to an awesome vendor team: Denise (What A Day Weddings, Scottsdale based) and Lexi Moody (www.leximoodyphotography.com, Phoenix based). We had a super duper fun time working with you guys!

~Carl

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