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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Jolene and Ken had a beautiful "destination wedding" in southern Arizona this summer. From Phoenix, they wanted to get away somewhere different (but close) to create their wedding memories. They ended up picking some of the best venues the Tucson area has to offer. The ceremony was at St. Augustine Cathedral is in the heart of downtown Tucson, which is always a pleasure to film at. The Spanish Colonial style adds a rustic romance to the Catholic ceremonies that is hard to match on the west coast. Preparations and the reception were at the J.W. Marriott at Starr Pass, which is nestled up in the mountains just west of the city. If you'd like to see cactus no matter which way you look, stay at the J.W. Marriott at Starr Pass.
Now gorgeous venues are important, but it's the atmosphere created by family & friends is what makes it a wedding. I had a blast getting to know members of their wedding party (many of whom are a hoot) and the reception had everybody on their feet. You can't really beat a choreographed first dance with confetti canons. Having an awesome vendor team definitely helps to ensure the day goes off without a hitch, and it was a pleasure working along side Lori O'toole Photography and all the awesome guys at Satyr Entertainment.
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:
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:
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.
Wahoo! Check out my new promo film explaining what it is I do as a wedding filmmaker. This is much better than having to read about it, huh.
I had the pleasure of filming Stephen's proposal to Taylor last year as they visited Arizona (see it here). More recently, I traveled to Texas to film their wedding. It's been a gift to capture their growth as a couple and I am so excited to present their film. They are the nicest kind of people you could ever hope to find and the love they share is that wonderful, everlasting kind. Most of us remember the intensity of our first love, but I would bet most of us have watched that love slip away through a clash of youthful idealism & adulthood reality. But Taylor and Stephen are one of the lucky few who had that original compatibility right. Over the years that relationship has strengthened and I can't help but see in them a beautifully pure sense of commitment and loyalty to one another. Enjoy their film above and I think you'll see what I mean.