Posts Tagged ‘love story’

Love Stories

December 7, 2010

One of the services I offer when I shoot weddings is the option to do a “Love Story.” I’ll interview the bride and groom about how they met and fell in love, and put their accounts side by side. Sometimes it’s emotional, sometimes it’s funny, but it’s always fun for the bride and groom to have that story preserved forever.

When a friend from Millikin hired Alida and I to shoot his wedding, he and his fiance wanted to shoot a love story before the wedding so it could play at the reception.

Normally I have to shoot them on the day of the wedding, stealing a few minutes with the bride and groom when they aren’t busy. Having time to set up the shoot before hand was really great. Being able to watch the Emily and Brady view the video for the first time, and seeing their reactions, was even better.

I think this is something I am going to try and do more often.

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Sarah and Sam Sevener

December 5, 2010

As soon as I got back home from this wedding I knew I’d have a lot to write about, so I posted a quick blog with my observations. Now I have the montage done, so I’m sharing that as well.

While I was waiting around for the ceremony to begin I ran into Dale Becker, the father of the bride. I already knew that he was very sentimental, because he went through the trouble of setting up pyrotechnics at the reception hall to mimic a scene from “Father of the Bride.” The more I talked to him, the more I thought the things he said needed to be shared with his daughter and new son-in-law. With his permission we relocated and filmed the rest of the conversation. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, and hopefully Sarah and Sam will enjoy it.

How we met… and almost won a free wedding

December 6, 2009

The winter before we were married, Alida and I almost won a free wedding. Her parents live within the listening range of St. Louis radio station Y98, and heard a commercial for the contest. All you had to do is get their attention with a letter or video. Obviously we went with the video, and quite possibly the greatest love story of all time:

We sent it in and they loved it. Out of hundreds of entries, we made the biggest impact on them. They wanted us to come to St. Louis to film a promo for their website, and an audio clip for a radio spot.  They said to be prepared to wow them again, because the finalists would be posted online, and the couple with the most votes would win the wedding package.

I’m a musician, so I proposed to Alida in a song. We rewrote the last verse, pleading to Y98 for the free wedding. We drove down to STL and performed it in the studio. I played piano, Alida played guitar, and we both sang. Again, they loved it.

Then we got the call, one I kind of expected.

As they were choosing the finalists, they noticed that we don’t live within their listening area. When your advertisers are giving away over $20,000 in prizes, they want to be sure they are awarding them to somebody who might come back and pay for something. With no choice, they had to disqualify us from the contest.

Needless to say, we were bummed out, but it was still pretty cool to see how much the people at the radio station liked it. We never got a copy of the promo that we shot, but soon I’ll be recording some music, and I’ll post the song that I wrote for Alida.

Once I get my recording studio set up here, this blog will be bombarded with music. Be prepared.

Josh and Amber: their love story

October 23, 2009

One of my favorite things to shoot at a wedding is the love story. I work at a newspaper, so interviewing is part of my daily routine. When it comes to couples at a wedding, it’s fun to hear them recall how they met, and what led up to this huge event in their lives. I get a kick out of hearing what little details each one remembers and emphasizes, and how the stories match up.

The last couple I shot was a blast, and had no problem sharing their story with me. During her interview, the bride consistently mentioned how surprised she was by the proposal. During his interview, the groom kept saying, “I think she saw it coming.” I enjoy those little details, and every time I finish a video I think of new questions I want to ask the next couple.