Kimmy + Justus // Gambrel Barn Wedding Videography

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 July 6, 2017 .

Heather + Phil // Branson Wedding Videography

Heather just so happens to be a wildly talented photographer, so when she contacted me in regards to filming her and Phil's elopement-style wedding, which was to take place along Table Rock Lake with only a few guests in attendance, you can imagine my unbridled enthusiasm.

On the big day, an immediate sense of relaxation was evident upon walking into Heather's room for the morning preparations. While Phil waited outside for their First Look, the bride-to-be calmly slipped into her dress and accessories before heading downstairs. Phil turned around to see his future wife, walking toward him with a beaming smile, and their reactions set the tone for the rest of the day.

Under a canopy of trees and with a soundtrack of crashing waves and chirping birds, personal vows were promised as a handful of loved ones gathered around. Although the guest list was small, the love felt during Heather and Phil's ceremony was immense to say the least.

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Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Wedding // Savanna + Marshall

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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Missouri Wedding Videography // Sarah + Elgin

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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Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Wedding // Weisi + Trae

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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Top of the Rock Wedding Videography // Brittany + Jordan

Top of the Rock features some of the most stunning views of the Ozarks region, including the chapel (sitting at the highest point in Taney County, Missouri) which overlooks Table Rock Lake. It felt appropriate for this dazzling couple to celebrate their nuptials at such a spectacular venue.

Despite the breathtaking views, my favorite part of the wedding day was during Brittany and Jordan's first look. With chirping birds and wind-tossed trees providing the backdrop, these two hit the pause button and shared personal vows to one another. In the coming hours, a flood of friends and family would surround them to celebrate the occasion. At that moment, however, they had all the time in the world.

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Haseltine Estate Wedding Videography // Natalia + Edward

When I first met with Natalia and Edward to film their Love Story and Save the Date Trailer, I immediately knew that their wedding was going to be memorable. Sure enough, that prediction proved to be true, as this duo and their marvelous family delivered a celebration for the books.

Arriving early at Haseltine Estate on the morning of the big day, I was treated to ridiculously perfect weather and an abundance of vendors prepping for the upcoming festivities. On separate ends of the expansive property, Natalia and Edward were tucked away in their respective rooms, neither of them expressing nervousness -- only unbridled enthusiasm. When the time finally came for Natalia to walk down the aisle, Edward could do nothing more than fight back tears of happiness before joining hands with his wife-to-be.

After their nuptials wrapped up under the warm, setting sun, Natalia and Edward's reception commenced with the hilarious and always-entertaining Broc Barton at the helm. The guests had received popular dance move lessons during the cocktail hour thanks to Motion Playlist, so they were ready to show off their newfound skills as the lights dimmed and the strobes kicked in. The young and old alike partied with the newlyweds until late into the night, when the igniting of sparklers signaled the end to an incredible wedding day.

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Max + Rebecca // Big Cedar Wedding Videography

As soon as Max let out a nervous exhale before opening his gift from Rebecca, I knew I was about to witness a sincere, heartfelt moment. Sure enough, he could barely hold it together while reading the handwritten words and promises from his bride-to-be. When I got back to the girls' room, letter from Max in hand, Rebecca exhibited the same nervous excitement and teary-eyed reaction. Finally, when the Integrity Hills chapel doors swung open, I believe that Rebecca, quite literally, took Max's breath away.

Although this wedding was equipped with gorgeous floral arrangements, a stunning venue, perfect weather, a live band and even an accordion/sparkler send-off, it was the little moments between Max and Rebecca that I remember the most. Their interactions with one another, with barely any direction from me or the photographer, were truly a dream to capture.

That kind of love, dear reader(s), is what this whole marriage thing is all about.

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Jessica + Dwayne // Blue Bell Farm Wedding Videography

Jessica and Dwayne, a California couple with Midwestern routes, traveled to Missouri (along with their adorable pups, Brutus & Phoebe) to get hitched at the super charming Blue Bell Farm. The venue, both inside and out, was adorned with gorgeous floral arrangements in every nook and cranny. Squirrels romped about and birds chirped happily as sunlight pierced the canopy above, and I often found myself forgetting to hit record while admiring my surroundings.

Jessica was walked down the aisle by her father (and the pups, of course), before she and Dwayne exchanged heartfelt, personal vows as the sun began to set behind a backdrop of flowers and trees. After the ceremony, guests headed inside the barn and were treated to a hilarious take on 'Baby Got Back' via the opening toast. This paved the way for a night full of dancing, cake and Andy's Frozen Custard, all before wrapping up with a sparkler exit in the crisp, country air.

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Jennifer + Graeme // Top of the Rock Wedding Videography

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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Edward + Natalia // Save the Date Trailer

Edward and Natalia scheduled a Love Story shoot with a twist; I sat down with them, along with both sets of parents, and captured all of the individual stories detailing how each of them met, their first dates, the proposals and more. Listening to the different generations of relationships and marriages in detail was a heartwarming experience, and I can't wait to put those conversations together so that Edward and Natalia can cherish that priceless look at their family history.

After wrapping up the interview-style shoot, we had about an hour left of daylight and decided to make the most of it . . . by hopping in Edward's personal plane and flying around Springfield. While the glowing sunset illuminated the cockpit, I was mesmerized by their stories of traveling all over the country together. I laughed at Natalia's embarrassment as she recalled getting sick during one of their many flights. Also, I got to take control of the plane and fly a bit, so that was pretty darn cool.

We landed gracefully and pulled off the runway just in time to have some fun with the last bit of light. If this day was any indication, Edward and Natalia's upcoming September wedding at Haseltine Estate is going to be ridiculously awesome.

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Jarrod + Kristen // Arkansas Wedding Videography

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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Torie + Conner // Save the Date Trailer

I'll be honest, given the fact that every shot of Tori and Conner perfectly displayed their electric personalities, I had a difficult time deciding on a thumbnail image for this trailer. Always up for anything (and never in need of romantic direction), the chemistry and adoration between them was obvious from the moment I saw them together, and it lasted until we parted ways at the end of the evening's sunset.

Tori and Conner's big day next year at Haseltine Estate is sure to be an unforgettable experience, and one that I have no doubts will be one for the books.

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Kayla + Jeven // Rogers and Baldwin Wedding Videography

"First Looks" create some of my favorite moments, especially when our couples take the time to truly enjoy their shared company before jumping back into the wedding day madness. Kayla and Jeven's intimate, pre-ceremony reunion was bumped up a notch when they read their vows to one another, face to face. As words were lifted from handwritten notes and spoken just above a whisper, an undeniable demonstration of love and affection radiated between them.

Rogers and Baldwin is a super charming, urban venue nestled in downtown Springfield, and it proved to be the perfect place for Kayla and Jeven to celebrate with their closest loved ones. After their ceremony concluded, Bella Donna provided a smooth, jazzy atmosphere as the crowd enjoyed a laughter-filled cocktail hour. Meanwhile, the room above was flipped into a reception space, complete with floral decorations from wall to wall, paving the way for a long night of partying.

As the sun began to disappear behind Springfield's downtown skyline, I managed to snag the newlyweds and bring them out onto the balcony for one last private moment. Throughout the day, Kayla and Jeven relished every opportunity to slow down and be present together, and I believe that shows what kind of duo they truly are.

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Meredith + Tim // Big Cedar Wedding Videography

Tim stood at the end of the clearing, patiently listening as Meredith descended the stairs behind him. The trees above swayed gently in the summer wind, resulting in discarded leaves drifting toward the stone floor below. The anticipation was palpable. Her footsteps drew near as Tim pivoted in place, fixating his eyes on the woman he was about to call his wife.

That moment, separated from the hustle and bustle of the official wedding festivities, stood out to me the most. There's a delicate love between them, and it's undeniable while watching their interactions.

Upon the announcement of their newly acquired marital status at Integrity Hills chapel, Meredith and Tim sheepishly looked at one another with beaming smiles before sealing the deal. Friends and family traveled from all across the country to celebrate with them, but beneath all of the nuptial formalities and reception partying, I believe that Meredith and Tim were the happiest while in each other's arms.

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Amy + Michael // Missouri Wedding Videography

Despite residing on the West Coast, Amy and Michael decided to get hitched in Highlandville, Missouri on family property, surrounded by only their closest loved ones.

It was a small, intimate get together on a beautiful summer day, accompanied by backyard grilling, plenty of laughter and a substantial number of sunflowers. My favorite part of the day, however, was hearing Amy and Michael's notes to one another; Amy's recollection of their first date and Michael's description of his immeasurable love for her painted an image of just how perfect they are together.

These nuptials, although modest in size, celebrated the love to two stellar individuals in a way that even the biggest of wedding festivities can only hope to achieve. 

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Kristy + Adrian // Denver Wedding Videography

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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Mike + Erin // Illinois Wedding Videography

Backyard weddings always seem to be extra awesome, it seems, but when the property rests among hundreds of beautiful, rolling acres in rural Illinois, that awesomeness increases ten fold.

Waking up on the morning of the big day, I was met with foggy breath and the sounds of happily chirping crickets. The sun was just beginning to melt the surrounding thin layer of frost as two massive pups romped around in the crisp morning air (Mike and Erin's Saint Bernard, Madi, being one of them).

Despite persistent storm clouds and threatening rain, the skies cleared up just in time for their ceremony under the trees, allowing two incredible families to become one. Backyard fixin's were served and drinks started flowin' as the sun was replaced by brilliant evening stars. It was evident, however, that not even the brightest of those cosmic sources could match the glow between Mike and Erin.

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Lauren + Zach // The Round Barn Wedding Videography

Lauren and Zach are dorks. Hilarious, genuine, friendly, perfectly awesome dorks, and their wedding day proved to be just as fantastic as I knew it would be.

The Round Barn is a quaint little venue nestled amongst the rolling hills of Walnut Grove, Missouri, and it provided the perfect location for this duo to tie the knot. Surrounded by their friends and family, Lauren and Zach exchanged heartfelt, chuckle-inducing vows that put a smile on the face of all those in attendance. When they glanced up at one another in between sentences full of love and promise, you could tell that no spoken words have ever been more true.

My favorite part of the day, however, was Zach's reaction as Lauren confidently walked down the aisle to meet him. The look in his eyes when the crowd stood up is the stuff of pure romance, folks, and I'm glad I was there to witness it. Take notes, groom-to-be's, take notes.

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Carly + Jacob // Texas Wedding Videography

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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