Sarah + Markus

Cozy NC Mountain Wedding Getaway

Inn at Crestwood Lodge Sky Wedding Ceremony Cute Sign

Sarah and Markus got married in the late spring at the gorgeous Inn at Crestwood. This lovely NC mountain wedding venue is a retreat close to Boone, NC. After winding up and down several roads, we arrived to be greeted by a breathtaking overlook of endless sky and mountain forests. We have been overjoyed with excitement and anticipation of Sarah and Markus’ wedding day and they certainly did not let us down.

An intimate gathering

Wedding Dog Tuxedo Wedding Ceremony Bride Processional

Family is incredibly important to Sarah and Markus and it was their goal to incorporate new and old walks of life in every aspect of their day. The day began with Sarah relaxing in the spacious bridal suite with a view. She had her sweet pup, Leo by her side to ensure the preparations went along smoothly. Leo looked absolutely dapper in his dog tuxedo and suddenly I felt underdressed for the occasion.

Their wedding party consisted of their brother, sister, cousins, and of course, Leo. They surrounded themselves with this handful of close folks because they mean the world to them and wanted to share in joining together with them.

In remembrance.

Wedding Grandparent Memory Photo Wedding Balloon Memory Message Wedding Memory Balloon Release

I admit it, I lost it a little when I saw how Sarah and Markus incorporated their deceased grandparents and great grandparents. They placed gorgeous picture frames of their grandparent’s photos on the front row in order to remind them and feel their presence while they say their “I do’s.” Sarah also wrote a sweet message on a balloon and released it into the sky. The feeling of peace and serenity were serene as the balloon floated away beyond sight. What was even more awe-inspiring was the fact that the balloon strategically dodged every single tree branch it might have encountered. A sign of good luck for sure.

Written on my heart.

Wedding Groom Handwritten Vows Wedding Ceremony Excited Bride

Every. Single. Time. Every single time a couple hand writes their vows, I lose it, fall in love, and feel overjoyed. These two were, of course, no exception. The sweet, loving words they wrote for one another went deeper than reasons for loving another. They expressed how the other has acted as almost a savior and nurtured their heart when they needed it the most. Thank you, so much, for writing these words and for sharing them with us and the world. It is a constant, uplifting reminder of the love shared by couples on their wedding day and throughout their marriage.

Play ball!

Wedding Baseball Player Wedding Baseball Theme

As a baseball coach, it was important for Markus to incorporate his love of the game. He invited a few of the guys from the team he coaches and their cocktail hour featured a variety of goodies from the great American sport. No ball game is complete without buttered popcorn, salted pretzels, and a juicy hot dog. Fans (wedding guests) were delighted to take a quick break for a snack at the old ball game. I mean, wedding ceremony day thingy.

Swept away.

Wedding Bride and Groom Forest Tilt Shift Wedding Bride and Groom Forest Photos

We stole Sarah and Markus away into the woods. Well, it was more so their idea, but we happily obliged. Just up the road was a gorgeous opening in the woods. This immaculate scenery paired with one of my trusty Russian lenses made for the perfect dreamy, ethereal scene. What you won’t see in the video are the endless swarms of mosquitoes. Itchy, but totally worth it.

Let them eat cake.

Wedding Rustic Dessert Table Gold Wedding Cake

The dessert ya’ll. The dessert had me from the second it arrived. The sweet smell of strawberries and sugar infused frosting coated my nostrils and it was all downhill from there. What really impressed me (beyond the incredible display) was the adorable, sweet gesture of making a special cake just for Sarah’s father. You see, he is a rice crispy addict and Sarah had an entire rice crispy cake made just for his enjoyment. Now that’s sweet. Get it?

Well the sun is reclining into is night position and the dancing is coming to an end. Let’s wrap this post up with a few more of my favorite parts of Sarah and Markus’ wedding extravaganza.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

Wedding Polaroid Camera

In lieu of a boring old guestbook, attendees were able to snap a pic with a Polaroid camera, then autograph it to ingrain their smiling faces in the hearts of Sarah and Markus.

Gifts are always appreciated.

Wedding Gift Basket

I like gift baskets, but nowhere near as much as Amanda loves them. Sarah won over Amanda’s heart for eternity with the lovely, thoughtful gift basket given to all the guests. It featured items from Sarah’s home state of Vermont, as well as from the great state of North Carolina. Not to mention, the basket was handmade by Sarah’s dad. Go dad!

Something old and blue.

Wedding Bouquet Bee Brooch

Sarah’s bouquet featured a gorgeous golden bee brooch with blue wings and was also wrapped in a portion of her mother’s wedding dress. It is always a delight to see brides use the elements of their families history to adorn their wedding accessories.

Inn at Crestwood Mountain Sunset Wedding Sparkler Exit Kiss

If I could just live in the moment of this mountain sunset, I think I would be just fine. Thank you so much, Sarah and Markus, for allowing us to be a part of your special day. We were thrilled to share every moment by your side and hope this wedding film gifts you a lifetime of memories.

 

Pros that made this day possible:

Cake/Desserts – Ugga Mugga Bakery
Ceremony/Reception Venue/Catering – The Inn at Crestwood
DJ – 201 Media Productions
Florals – Fuschia Moss Floral Design
Hair/Makeup – Salon J Marco
Photographer – Josh Payne

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Jenna + Daniel

Bay 7 Wedding in the Durham Tobacco District

21c Bride and Groom Love Tobacco District Bride Groom

Oh, what a night! This bay 7 wedding in the Durham Tobacco District was incredible. Jenna and Daniel stole my heart from the first time we spoke via phone about creating their Durham wedding video. Their enthusiasm, engaging dialogue of questions, and desire for a high-quality wedding film showed that they prioritized us as a need to make their day perfect. This always gets me jazzed and helps me to realize the impact I make in folks lives.

Lucky Strike Smoke Stack Tobacco District Skyline

Jenna, her bridesmaids, and bridesman (more on this later) welcomed me warmly into their suite at 21c and Jenna’s mother insisted I see the view from their balcony. Needless to say, it was breathtaking. We could see for miles and best of all, we had the perfect overlook of the Durham Tobacco District. Of course, I had to do one of my infamous time lapses.

Back to the Bridesman!


Alex was hilarious and brought such a vibrant energy to the group. As a close friend to Jenna and Daniel, it was essential for Alex to be by their sides on the most important day of their lives. I adored this unique incorporation of such a close, special friend and the t-shirt they got for Alex was the icing on the cake.

Queue the tears.

Jenna Daniel First Look Wedding Memory Book

After Jenna and Daniel shared a heartwarming first look, Jenna gave Daniel one the most amazing, thoughtful gifts I have ever seen. She created a book, detailing out the reasons why she is excited to marry Daniel. Daniel was kind enough to read a few of the reasons out loud and the waterworks were in full effect for all of us. What a lovely idea to gift your soon to be spouse!

Bridal Party Durham Lucky Strike Water Tower

After drying our tears, we all took off on a nice walk toward Bay 7. Along the way, we hit several awesome spots around the Tobacco District. What makes this location so great is the diversity of spots for photo ops. Everything from rustic to industrial to elegant, we hit it all.

Here comes the bride.

Jenna Lazaro Wedding Dress Jenna Down Aisle Daniel Crying

Jenna is stunning. Her Lazaro dress was elegant and graceful. As she strolled down the aisle, Daniel couldn’t help but fill up with emotion. Here comes the future wife that he will live out his days with her by his side. I know this feeling upon my heart as I felt the exact same way on my wedding day. The overwhelming joy and excitement will tug at even the strongest man’s heartstrings. To top it off, Jenna’s brother, Matthew, officiated their ceremony. Now, it’s one thing to just stand up and speak a few words and formalities, but to hear and see the feeling and emotion behind every word is truly a treat for all who attended and makes our wedding videography job a breeze. What a special way of incorporating your family into your wedding ceremony.

Bay 7 Wedding Decor Brother Wedding Officiant Bay 7 Wedding Florals

With most of the photos taken care of prior to the ceremony, Jenna and Daniel were able to join up with their guests for cocktail hour in the balcony section of Bay 7. This is a great idea if you can make it work within your schedule and allows you the 1 on 1 time with guests without taking up time during your reception or worse, missing out on your meal.

After dinner, we were entertained and enthralled by the toasters. 3 of Daniel’s buddies got up and shared college stories, praises, and even alluded to Daniel being the rightful owner of the theoretical “last seat on a spaceship to survive the apocalypse.” Jenna’s 3 brothers (talk about pressure, Dan) were incredibly tender hearted. They shared their love of their sister and gladly welcomed Daniel as a new, official brother.

Let’s dance!

Groom Dancing Mother Groom Dancing

Well, there’s nothing left to do now but just dance, dance, dance, dance. These guys and gals were party animals. The dance floor stayed packed all night as Mark from Joe Bunn DJ spun the tunes. Daniel’s parents were a hit! They mopped the dance floor at Bay 7 with their endless moves and boundless energy. We love seeing parents grace the dance floor, but these two were seasoned pros. I can only hope to pick up a move or two for my dance routines.

Jenna Daniel Kissing Durham Sparkler Exit

Well, we’ve reached the end of the night. These two are the essence of love and joy. Their day will live on in my heart and hard drives. Congratulations Jenna and Daniel and thank you so much for allowing me to capture your wedding film.

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Bay 7
Catering – Angus Barn
DJ – Mark from Joe Bunn DJ
Florals – Floral Dimensions
Hair/Makeup – Posh the Salon
Photographer – Jessica Arden Photography

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Christina + Shawn

Magnolia Plantation Wedding

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It was late October and time for us to capture the moments that would make up our highly anticipated Charleston SC wedding video. This Magnolia Plantation Wedding was everything we dreamt it to be. Christina and her family rented an amazing villa in downtown Charleston which allowed us to capture all that Charleston had to offer. Shawn prepped in the beautiful Mills House, Wyndham Grand Hotel, which also made the perfect backdrop for their romantic wedding day.

Being a Charleston SC Wedding Videographer means knowing it is so important to not only capture what’s happening with the bride and groom, but also the city itself. That Saturday was no exception. The streets of Charleston were bursting with happy tourists and locals alike, and this Charleston Wedding Video captured more than enough footage to tell the story of their day.

At the Magnolia Plantation Wedding, we were amazed at all the beautiful scenery from the moment we pulled in through the front gates. What an amazing venue for Shawn and Christina to celebrate their best day ever. It was such a romantic evening with their entire reception on the Magnolia Plantation lawn, and all of their closets friends and family to celebrate. I especially was drawn to the best man’s toast to the newlyweds. I can craft a beautiful story for any couple, but it only gets more genuine when told by loved ones.

This Magnolia Plantation Wedding video pushes the boundaries of what emotion, beauty, and creativity can do. Upbeat music set to dramatic imagery, with a fantastic story really demonstrates what a great film can do. I had so much fun crafting this story and am excited to share it with you all today. Please join me in wishing Christina and Shawn many years of happiness, and experience the day for yourself in their highlight film.

Ceremony Venue – Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Catering – Duvall
Ceremony/Cocktail Music –
Cake Designer – Delicious Desserts
Coordinator – Breeze
DJ – DJ Smartz
Florals – Branch Design Studio
Photographer – Two Young Photography
Reception Venue – Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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Sydney + Jordan

Old North State Country Club Wedding

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Sydney and Jordan had an amazing Old North State Country Club wedding this past October. It was a gorgeous, sunny, and windy day for a Badin Lake wedding. Our Triad wedding video team was able to capture all the sights, sounds and special moments throughout Sydney and Jordan’s wedding day.

To begin, Sydney got ready with all her bridesmaids and family at one of the properties on Badin Lake. We knew their Old North State wedding was going to turn out amazing when we saw all the details Sydney and Jordan had already put into their day. Capturing the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, the colorful robes and just incredible wedding gown were some of the highlights of Sydney’s bridal prep. Jordan opted to do his finishing touches outside with his closest groomsmen. You just can’t beat that natural sunlight in their Badin Lake wedding video.

In what seemed to be a flash it was time for the ceremony. Sydney and Jordan hired a local band to play as guests made their way to their seats for the ceremony, which made our lake-side set up even more enjoyable. More than anything we could tell that Jordan was ready to see his bride. The quiet-emotion in Jordan’s eyes as he sees Sydney for the first time is really impactful.

Their Old North State wedding really was one for the books as we ventured into their photo/video session by the lake. What an amazing backdrop for these newlyweds! Their Badin Lake wedding had an open-air concept for the reception. Everything was held on the veranda and all their guests danced well into the night, by the lake. It was one of those occasions where the feeling stays with you long after the event is gone. We hope that this Badin Lake wedding gives you the same feeling, as if you were there for yourself. So please, sit back, relax and let yourself go to this incredible, relaxing place with us. Their Old North State wedding video is nothing short of genuine.

Congratulations to the happy couple, Sydney and Jordan!

Band – The Herringbones
Ceremony/Reception Venue/Catering – Old North State Country Club
Ceremony/Cocktail Music – Josh Daniel Band
Cake Designer – Christina’s Dessertery
Coordinator – Coordinated Events
Florals – Jenny’s Projects
Officiant – Liz Grimes
Photographer – Marcie Meredith

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Lauren + Dan

Charlotte Wedding Video

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Lauren and Dan were married on a beautiful sunny day at the stunning Champagne Manor. Their Charlotte wedding video just might be my newest favorite (yes I know I say that every time!). With all the details that Lauren and Dan put into their wedding, such as the amazing floral work, stunning bridal gown and even having Dan’s father officiate the ceremony, these things amounted to something incredible on their video. However it’s the moments you can’t buy or plan for that make each Charlotte wedding video unique. The fact that Dan’s father was so intentional with his words that you can feel it in his voice, or the amazing heartfelt toast given by Lauren’s sister. It’s these moments that I love to capture and tell in each video that I create, and it’s all the amazing details that help the story come to life.

My goal with each wedding is to give the viewer the feeling of being at a wedding, not just the content. This Champagne Manor wedding video really did have it all, feeling and style, and those are always my favorite. Lauren’s dress was so stunning that I wanted to shoot it in a few different locations but ended up using the bridal room. What an incredible bridal room it was! Dan had his pick as to where to get dressed at the Champagne Manor House as well. He ultimately decided on a separate groom’s suite to get dressed which had ample room for us all along with some killer mirrors and dramatic contrast.

The entire day went by in an absolute whirlwind after Lauren and Dan got ready, and this is why I incorporated this element in their Charlotte wedding video. Everything at the venue was incredible and I am itching to go back to capture it in a new and exciting way. This Champagne Manor wedding video is just a taste of an amazing Charlotte venue and even more amazing couple.

Congratulations are in order to Mr. + Mrs. Haight. Well done you two.

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Champagne Manor
Cake Designer – Gigi’s Cupcakes
Catering – Bistro Catering and Events
Coordinator/Florals/Draping/Rentals – Elegant and Classy Events
Hair/Makeup – Sweet Magnolia Beauties
Photobooth – It Takes 2 Photobooth
Photographer – Thirteenth Moon Photography

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