Trisha and Adam's wedding spanned over 2 full days at 2 locations. It was thrilling to be a part of such an incredible celebration. From the bride: "THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO WE HAVE EVER SEEN. IT NEEDS AN OSCAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you a million times over for capturing the best day of our lives so perfectly. We could not be happier! Seriously the best video ever. I hope Vimeo doesn't record how many times we watch it bc it will be on repeat all weekend."
Ritasha and Michael wanted that wow factor at their wedding reception. With so many other incredibly gorgeous moments filling their wedding week, creating a SDE that could match the excitement in the room was a tough order. Fortunately, my job is so much easier when it's obvious that all involved are having the time of their lives.
This video showcases the very tail end of a Love Story video we did for Olga and Robert. It was showcased last night during their reception. At the conclusion of the Love Story... all the quests clapped and started to talk a bit, thinking it was over. The lights stayed dim and the music from the Same Day Edit started. Then, there are those few moments where people are not quite sure what they are watching. Then some gasps, oohhs, ahhhhs, and those whispers of "...this is video from today!?!?" Then the music starts kicking in and it brings down the house. What a day! Thank you Olga and Robert!
Shannon wanted a destination wedding. When most people think of destination... tropical locales come to mind. But Shannon and Tyler are from Wisconsin, and their idea of destination was slightly more thoughtful than most. Shannon wanted something whimsical, something enchanting, something different. A place secluded, surrounded by towering trees and blanketed by soft rain. Now, I spent most of my entire life in the Northwest, Issaquah in fact. In that time, I've driven along the upper Snoqualmie to Fall City several times. Not once in all these years... did I know that deep in the forest of Issaquah hides a magical spot that one needs to experience to believe. Shannon and Tyler's entire wedding party and guests traveled from Wisconsin to this tree house haven. I'm fortunate that they showed me what's been hidden in my own backyard.
It was the best of times.... it was the worst of times. That quote was on my mind this morning after a busy weekend. While only one of the clients is mine, I'll use them both to illustrate my point.
On Saturday, I received a call from a great photographer friend who was desperately looking for a videographer to replace the no-show-videographer that 'Bride A' had hired. Can you imagine the extra stress involved in that kind of day-of panic?? Unfortunately, this wedding day shocker happens more that you would expect. You really do get what you pay for, anyone who has been in the business for as long as I have can tell you that.
On the other hand, here is a client email I received this morning from 'Bride B': "WOW, we absolutely LOVE the wedding DVD!! The case itself is spectacular and the video is amazing. Watching your dvd was a highlight of the wedding for me :) Thank you so much for doing such a spectacular job. Please let me know if you need a reference or if there is some place I can write a positive review for you-- I'd be more than happy to. My parents and parents-in-law were stunned by the video and how great it is. My father in law said it is the most powerful wedding video he has ever seen and that he is going to cherish it forever. I agree! Thanks again for everything. It was wonderful working with you and I am so thankful to have this precious dvd to remember my wedding."
Which bride would you rather be?
I had seen John and Bharti a couple times throughout the summer at some of their friends' weddings and they were so excited for their wedding date to come. Each time I spoke to them, I could feel their level of anticipation rise. More relevant, they placed so much emphasis on the importance of having their day documented. This is foresight that most couples don't have. I always tell potential clients on the fence.... has anyone every regretted documenting this day? Not one single case that I've ever heard of. Are there people who have regretted not having video? Too many to count. Lesson learned: be smart like John and Bharti :)
Wow. There's nothing better than a beautiful day in Seattle. I love feeling the energy of a wedding and feeding off the couple, the people surrounding the couple, as well as all the people out enjoying their weekend who happen to cross paths with the couple. The person I'm most connected to on the day of the wedding is the photographer. Our working relationship is critical... and on this day I was surprised to see my good friend Joey Hong on the job. When I work with a friend, we're able to take the imagery to the next level.
I was very fortunate to travel to the outdoor wonderland that is Lake Tahoe this past summer. Ariel and Sarah were on cloud 9 from the moment we walked into their rooms as they prepared for their wedding day. Their happiness was infectious... and the day was filled with joy, tears, surprises, and love.
Trudi called me a little while after her first inquiry and said that they decided against having video for their wedding. As a couple, her and Armaan were hesitant about having a camera present on their wedding day. Being camera shy is one of the #1 reasons I hear that most couples shy away from video. I pleaded with Trudi, told her that she wouldn't notice me throughout the day... and she'd regret not having a video. After some arm twisting, she reluctantly agreed. I think she'd be the first one to say that this was one of the best decisions she made for her wedding (besides saying I do of course).
Kim and Dave were one of the most incredible couples I worked with last year. Their personalities were front and center in every detail of this wedding. There were too many spectacular moments to write about in detail, except one in particular that I had never seen before (and probably won’t ever see again). When each guest entered the reception ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, they found on their table setting a drink card with a custom printed cocktail that was created by K+D. Not only was the name of the cocktail reflective of the individual guest, but so too were the ingredients. Their humor was evident as guests were laughing and sharing their concoction with everyone around them. It’s small details like this that wrinkle the brain and make an event so memorable for a couple’s guests. I just feel lucky that I was there to witness and capture it for Kim and Dave, who were hiding away waiting for their grand entrance at the time…. but now too have that same wrinkle.