Posts Tagged ‘Wedding’

Rain was no match for this wedding

September 9, 2011

I can’t believe I’ve been done with this wedding for so long and haven’t blogged about it!

Rachel and John Coleman invited me to document their beautiful wedding in Springfield, which has become one of my favorite places to work. It seems like everytime I shoot a wedding there, I either see old friends and clients, or I work with great new photographers, DJs, and bands.

Here were some of the highlights from the day:

Church audio-
First United Methodist Church in Springfield has the most amazing audio setup, and by far the most helpful staff I’ve ever worked with. Their audio technician was behind the soundboard the entire time, and was able to feed me everything from the speakers to the musicians.

The rain-
The rain normally isn’t a highlight of the day, but it let up just in time for the exit from the church and plenty of outdoor photography. It didn’t start back up until everybody was settled in at Panther Creek Country Club. And when it started up, there was a lightning show on the patio all night.

The live band-
I’ve already said how much I enjoy live bands at weddings. Still Kick’n was the night’s entertainment, and it was a fantastic show. With heavy storms passing through, the power flickered and went off several times. One time the power stayed off for about 10 minutes. Without missing a beat, the band grabbed their acoustic guitars and performed in the middle of the dance floor until the lights came back on. Here’s a clip of them entertaining in the dark:

Those are just the things that stood out as extraordinary in my mind. As always, the friends, family, bride, and groom were a blast to work with. I love knowing that the end of my work day is always going to be full of a bunch of happy people dancing and celebrating. Take a look at the video to see what I mean!

A day with the Rinellas

August 13, 2011

Laura and Lee’s wedding introduced me to some new people and places in Effingham, Illinois. I usually only make it down there for my work with the newspaper, so it’s a little bit farther than most of my usual wedding shoots.

I was pleased to find that just about everybody I came in contact with was incredibly friendly and professional. The church staff was more than helpful in providing me access to their sound equipment, the photographers were fun to work with, and the DJ and his team were fantastic.

The same can be said for the bride and groom. Laura was one of the most outgoing brides I’ve ever met, and was a natural in front of the camera, especially the “Love Story” interview. Her groom, Lee, was a little more reluctant to step in front of the camera, but his cold feet were completely unnecessary. As soon as he started talking he loosened up and it seemed like he didn’t even notice the camera there.

It was a great night with lots of dancing, and even some familiar faces.

So, here’s a look at my time in Effingham with the Rinellas.

Emily & Zach’s Wedding

July 13, 2011

What a way to start off the wedding season!

I won’t lie, I always have something good to say after I shoot a wedding. It’s a fun job, and that’s why I do it. When you get that many people together, dancing and laughing, it’s hard to not have a good time.

That being said, this one was pretty awesome. It was obvious that Emily and Zach were crazy about each other, and the entire day went by without a hitch. Not only was everybody easy to work with, but there were so many photogenic moments that I had plenty to use while I was editing.

Here were a few things I really enjoyed about this wedding:

Reception hall with huge windows
This reception was at Erin’s Pavilion in Springfield, and until the sun went down the lighting indoors was amazing. Ususally the reception is very dark and intimate, which is fine because that makes for better dancing atmosphere. But for the cocktail hour and most of dinner, there were a lot of great shots.

Big windows = sweet backlight

Pyrotechnics
I’ve said this before: any kind of fireworks are great at a wedding. These fine guests all gathered on the enourmous patio and formed a tunnel, each holding out a giant sparkler. The bride and groom ran through it several times for photos and video, and it was incredible.

I'm so glad none of us went up in flames...

Awesome bride
I’m lucky to say I’ve never had to work with a bridezilla. But Emily was definitely one of the most laid-back brides ever. Makeup on the groom’s tux? A little wipe-off and it’s taken care of. Falling face-first during the photo shoot before the ceremony? Laugh it off with hardly any mention of a grass stain.

Everybody made it through unhurt...

There were a lot more factors that made this a great wedding shoot, but instead of babbling on even more, I’ll just share the montage. Enjoy!

I’m still here!

January 12, 2011

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything! I have a few half written posts, and even more that are just waiting for me to drop in a finished video.

But, until I get those finished, I thought I’d share the montage that goes along with the “Love Story” from my last entry.

Enjoy Emily and Brady Rhoades’ big day!

UPDATE: Re-posted the video, so you can see AND hear it!

Every wedding is different

October 4, 2010

Every time I shoot a wedding I see something new, and learn something different. Here are some things I learned this weekend.

Sipping chocolate is amazing
If you are ever offered a “shot” of chocolate, accept it. It wasn’t as light and milky as hot chocolate, and was almost like the syrup you would put in chocolate milk. It was amazing.

Polka dancers are unpredictable
I’ve filmed a lot of dancing at a lot of receptions, and consider myself pretty agile when it comes to staying out of the way. Until this weekend, I had never gone up against polka. I’m just glad my camera and I made it off the dance floor alive and with good footage.

Every reception hall should have mouthwash in the bathrooms
At first I thought it was weird that they would have mouthwash on the sink. But the dispenser and disposable cups made the operation pretty sterile. And if you’ve ever eaten an h’orderve with goat cheese, or leaned in to speak to somebody who had eaten one, you will agree that mouthwash should be mandatory.

Goat cheese: pungently delicious

The bride and groom can leave before the reception is over
Sarah and Sam were picked up at 11pm to be shuttled to a hotel so they could make a morning flight to their honeymoon. Seeing them leave reminded me of the film, “Love Actually.” One scene shows Kiera Knightley and her new husband leaving their reception on a boat, waving at their family and friends. It was fun to see the bride toss her bouquet, give a few farewell hugs, and then run out with her husband for their trip.

Sarah and Sam Sevener wave goodbye to family and friends

It’s OK to borrow from Hollywood
The father of the bride was impressed with the fireworks scene in the film, “The Father of the Bride” so he decided to have fireworks cap his toast after dinner. I don’t think there was an undropped jaw in the room.

I also learned to watch out for mischievous family members. An older gentleman started tickling my armpit while I was holding the camera over my head to film some dancing.

So remember, drink chocolate if you can, and use mouthwash if you eat goat cheese in public.

A Day at the St. Louis Zoo

September 3, 2010

A few months ago Alida and I shot a wedding at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Although it was pretty hot outside, the ceremony was great. The reception was at the Drunken Fish, where I gave sushi a serious try for the first time. I had a lot of fun, and did enjoy the sushi, but I think I”ll be sticking to fried rice in the future.

Another neat aspect of this wedding, on top of the outdoor garden ceremony and the sushi reception, was the fact that it was on a Friday. That meant that Alida and I could spend Saturday enjoying our favorite part of St. Louis: the zoo.

We brought in the 5DMKII, and Alida took tons of photos, but was generous enough to let me play with the video while we were making our way through the zoo. We saw some really cool stuff, so I’m excited to share it.

Watch this and then find some time to visit the zoo yourself. Admission is free!

Becky and Jeremy: Rehearsal to Reception

August 29, 2010

I’ve had this video on YouTube for a while now, and never got around to posting it on my blog. So here it is, the final product of our shoot with Becky and Jeremy for their wedding.

We were there at the rehearsal, and pretty much the entire day of the wedding. They were so fun to work with, and the family and friends couldn’t have been more cooperative and photogenic. If the rest of my weddings go this well, it will be a good year!

On top of having a fun montage online to show family and friends, the couple also gets the full-length DVD with several individual videos. One of the many perks of working with my wife is that I can use her full-res photos to create the packaging for the DVD. Here’s what the final product looks like!

Becky and Jeremy's Wedding DVD

Front, back, side, and the disc!

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.

Meredith and Patrick

October 27, 2009

This summer Alida and I had the pleasure of shooting a friend’s wedding!

Back at Millikin University, we took tons of art classes with Meredith. We even spent two weeks with her on an Immersion Photography class trip to the southwest. When we heard she was getting married, we were excited to hear that not only did she want us at the wedding, she wanted us to capture it for her.

I’ll post a link to the photos when they are up. Here are the engagement shots for the happy couple.

The whole day was a blast. The wedding party was fun to work with and very photogenic. Between the ceremony and reception we went to a beautiful park to get some formal shots. We were there for about ten minutes and got stormed on. Everybody took it well and we moved on to the reception. As you can see, the groomsmen didn’t pass up the chance to frolic in the rain. A few more things that made this wedding unique and awesome:

  • The best man “made it rain” with the dollar dance money
  • The groomsmen were all in favor of doing a “Reservoir Dogs” intro
  • The couple’s first dance was to Metallica

You can’t get much better than that!

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.