Sammy + Chase // Omaha, Nebraska Wedding Film

I could say that the best part of Chase and Sammy's wedding day was the happy-go-lucky attitude present from beginning to end. I could say that it was their timid first look under a canopy of trees while the warm air reminded everyone that summer was indeed upon us. I could say that my favorite moment was loving on the tiny horses present at their reception. Perhaps the best part of the day, however, was simply watching them interact during sunset, letting them do their thing with no instruction needed.

In actuality, simply being around these two was what made the day so special. Both of them were blissfully at ease around their friends and family, soaking in the overflow of love and support. The decorations, flowers, dresses and festivities were immaculate, but nothing could hold a candle to the indisputable affection between Sammy and Chase.

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Allyson + Dan // St. Louis Wedding Film

To say that Allyson and Dan were an absolute joy to be around might be the biggest understatement of the year. By the time we parted ways at the end of the night, I was legitimately bummed out that I had to drive home. Thankfully, I have footage -- from sunrise to sunset -- that allows me (and you, dear reader) to relive such a rad day.

Allyson and Dan, along with a crowd of family and friends, traveled downtown for some post-ceremony celebrating at Neo on Locust. This venue, with it's lovely natural light and urban ambience, was the perfect place for such a badass couple to wrap up such a badass day.

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Justyna + David // Colorado Elopement Wedding Film

Let me walk you through my thought process as I read through Justyna's initial inquiry via email:

Taking place in Dillon, Colorado (*raised eyebrow*). Elopement-style ceremony at Sapphire Point overlooking a frozen Lake Dillon (*falls out of office chair*).

Needless to say, I was pretty dang stoked. I was not prepared, however, for just how genuinely amazing both Justyna and David are as individuals, nor was I prepared for the amount of smiles and laughter that occured while hanging out with these two. Their chemistry is heartachingly inspirational, and you'll know exactly what I mean by the end of this film.

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Kim + Paul // Kansas City Wedding Film

When the details surrounding Kim and Paul's Kansas City wedding initially found their way to my inbox, each piece of information made the year-long wait more and more unbearable. Outdoor ceremony in Loose Park's Rose Garden? Reception nestled downtown at the Monarach Room? Sunset session on a bridge overlooking the city? Sign me right up.

And as if the locations of the festivities weren't enough to solidify this wedding as one of the best ever, the cherry on top was Kim and Paul's enthusiasm from the moment I walked into their respective hotel rooms. Although I had never met them in person, I immediately felt as if I had known them for years. By the end of the night, it was obvious as to why they had a such a massive group of friends and family to celebrate alongside them.

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Lana + Adam // Tulsa, Oklahoma Wedding Film

Fun.

If I had to pick a single word to describe Lana and Adam, that would be it.

Yes, the weather was perfect, their letters to each other were adorable, the reception took place at the absolutely stunning Philbrook Museum of Art, the live band was a blast and the day was basically perfect . . . but, above all else, Lana and Adam had smiles equipped from sunrise to sunset, and I couldn't get enough of it.

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Jarrod + Kristen // Arkansas Wedding Film

Jarrod and Kristen are, individually, exceptional people. But together, in each other's company, their benevolent personalities are undeniably inspiring. While filming throughout the day, they both regularly asked what could be done to make my job easier. This built-in generosity, it turns out, is something that they offer to everyone in their lives, and it's truly commendable.

When Kristen informed me that her and Jarrod were getting hitched in the Garvan Woodland Gardens' Anthony Chapel and then celebrating the night away at the Arlington Hotel, I was ecstatic to say the least. But it was their smile-inducing notes to one another, their intimate first look, the flawless weather and their adorable chemistry that made this wedding day nothing short of perfection.

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Savanna + Marshall // Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Wedding Film

This wedding was, essentially, perfect in every way. Like, this entire post could just be about how devastatingly gorgeous the couple is, how crazy perfect the weather was, the amount of fun had at their reception, the expansive, stunning venue, or how flawless the day went in general.

Despite the nearly-overwhelming beauty of this wedding day, however, I can't help but feel that the undeniable love between Savanna and Marshall simply stole the show. Every interaction between them felt like it was straight out of a fairy tale, from their first look to their final dance. That first look, which took place under a canopy of trees and was accompanied by an ensemble of chirp-happy birds, provided the ideal setting for this duo to deliver their life-long promises to one another. Promises which I have no doubt will be fulfilled.

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Presley + Josh // Big Cedar Wedding Film

Presley and Josh's personal vows to one another were just as sweet and genuine as they are themselves. Through teary eyes and giddy smiles, the Garden Chapel transitioned from a quaint, hillside structure into the origin of heartfelt promises and sincere commitments.

Top of the Rock, seemingly in celebration of their nuptials, must've received the memo and displayed a breathtaking sunset worthy of such a momentous occasion. And while most of those in attendance looked to the west and took in the view, Presley and Josh couldn't take their eyes off each other.

It's said that the best relationships are those that begin as friendships, and spending a single day with this duo proved that statement to be true.

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Posted on November 20, 2017 .

Kimmy + Justus // Gambrel Barn Wedding Film

I initially met these two in my favorite coffee shop, and from the moment I sat down across from them I knew that capturing their wedding day would be a treat. From Kimmy's enthusiasm to facilitate my every need as a wedding filmmaker, to chatting with Justus about various video games and other nerdy topics, my anticipation for their big day was approaching ridiculous heights. 

And, sure enough, their nuptials proved to be even better than expected. The weather was chilly, but provided a gorgeous fog that rolled over the hills surrounding their venue. Speaking of which, the interior of Gambrel Barn was adorned from top to bottom in forest-y awesomeness, thanks to the talented Allie Rose Events (seriously, you have to see it to believe it). Their heartfelt notes to one another, their willingness to brave the elements in the name of creativity, and their genuine reactions upon catching the other's eye still leave me smiling.

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Posted on November 20, 2017 .

Weisi + Trae // Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Wedding Film

I still remember my first email conversations with Weisi when she inquired a year before her wedding day . . . Aside from discussing the usual pre-wedding topics and learning how big of dorks her and Trae are, she asked for examples of some of my favorite films, specifically for cinematography.

My heart skipped a beat, folks.

After talking about recent movies and our favorite directors, the details of their big day started flooding in. So, not only are Weisi and Trae super rad people in general, but their wedding day was shaping up to be uniquely awesome: Outdoor yoga in the morning, ceremony in a glass chapel nestled among the forest, personal vows, live music, late-night party people and a couple with fantastic chemistry, surrounded by loving friends and family from the world over? Yes, please.

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Sarah + Elgin // Missouri Wedding Film

When Sarah and Elgin first booked me, they did so through Bringing it Together, an event planning team led by the fantastic Mary Douglas. So, when I finally had a chance to sit down with this bride-to-be that hailed from Texas, I didn't really know what to expect. As I walked in for my pre-wedding meeting with Sarah and Diane (Sarah's mom), I was bombarded with hugs and an excitement for the big day ahead, letting me know that -- at the very least -- these folks were my kinda people.

As if that weren't great enough, I was then informed that their family had been constructing an impressive pond-side, gazebo-style structure, complete with a wooden deck on the water (specifically for their first dance), concrete flooring and a built-in bar for the inevitable after-party. The building of this structure had taken many, many months of planning and physical work, with even Sarah getting her hands dirty to help the process along.

But, custom venue on expansive, stunning family property aside, it was the love between Sarah and Elgin that stole the show. Through their notes to one another that morning, you could tell that their relationship was one founded on respect, trust and adoration. Every interaction between them simply radiated passionate devotion, and it was beyond a joy to capture.

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Kristy + Adrian // Denver, Colorado Wedding Film

When Kristy and Adrian first got in touch and outlined their plan to fly me and my assistant out to Colorado and put us up in a fully furnished apartment for nearly a week, I about passed out from excitement before finishing the email. Pair that news with the fact that their ceremony was taking place on a rooftop in downtown Denver, and you can begin to understand my elated status.

From the moment I officially met Kristy and Adrian, I knew that it would be a different kind of wedding. The mood and atmosphere throughout the big day was that of fun and spontaneity. It was a celebration of love, sure, but it was first and foremost a celebration. Despite the weather forcing their ensemble of guests indoors, these two chose to have their first dance as newlyweds in the rain, spinning and smiling in front of a stunning sunset. And I believe that, dear readers, captures who they are as a duo quite perfectly indeed.

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Carly + Jacob // Texas Wedding Film

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” ― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

By the time these words were spoken during Carly and Jacob's hilltop ceremony, I had already witnessed enough evidence to determine the accuracy of such a quote when referencing the love they share. Jacob pursues Carly with such passion, respect and fondness, and Carly chases right back. Observing their bubbling excitement as they waited for the big moment was as authentic as it gets.

Despite being told of the tremendous preparations for this rather momentous day, I was still amazed at the army of people working up a sweat modifying the expansive Texas property for the upcoming wedding festivities. Friends and family, lighting crews and even the bridal party all got their hands dirty to make everything perfect. When colossal, ominous clouds full of rain threatened to crash the party, a backup plan was initiated until it was unanimously decided that, rain or shine, these two were getting hitched on that hilltop . . . And that's exactly what they did when the clouds broke apart and the sun's warmth fell upon us.

Back at the bottom of the hill, the reception was nothing short of marvelous. Exquisite food, kickin' live music, sky lanterns, cotton candy and one heckuva fireworks display all wrapped up with a trail of sparklers to send the duo on their way. At the heart of it all, however, was the overwhelmingly obvious love between Carly and Jacob, and that, dear readers, is worth celebratin'.

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Jennifer + Graeme // Top of the Rock Wedding Film

Upon walking into Jennifer's cabin on the morning of the big day, she greeted me with curlers in her hair and a raspy voice from being sick. Her bubbly personality shined right through, however, and I don't think I ever saw that smile leave her face. Meanwhile, Graeme sat down and nervously opened the letter he had received from his soon-to-be bride. When he barely made it through the first sentence without tearing up, I knew that the rest of the day would be magical.

After tying the knot in Top of the Rock's hilltop chapel, the party transitioned to Big Cedar's brand-new Outdoor Shooting Academy, which was set up for a stellar reception and glorious sunset that nearly rivaled the magnitude of Jennifer and Graeme's love for one another.

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Amanda + Buddy // Missouri Elopement Wedding Film

When the talented photographers over at Sugar Snap Images asked me to film their wedding day, I was instantly on board, fantasising about working with creative individuals with an eye for imagery and hearts full of romantic purpose. That would have been enough to get my heart pounding with excitement, but then Amanda casually mentioned that their wedding was, in fact, going to be an elopement-style, getting-hitched-under-a-tree-in-a-field-followed-by-photos-and-fireworks type of shindig, and in the words of countless Tumblr blogs and awestruck girls, my only thought was, "I can't even."

At first, Amanda and Buddy were concerned that there wouldn't be much of a story to tell without the formalities of a traditional wedding, but I assured them that, truthfully, there would be more. You see, hidden beneath the stress and anxiety of an itinerary-packed wedding day, there rests the most important reason a couple decides to tie the knot: Love. Discard the venues, the invitations, the catering and everything else that defines a traditional wedding, and you're left with what matters most.

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