Presley + Josh // Big Cedar Wedding Videography

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 .

Lana + Adam // Tulsa Wedding Videography

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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Benita + Jerry // Oklahoma City Wedding Videography

Benita's brother might have orchestrated seemingly everything about this incredible Oklahoma wedding, but through the wonders of the Internet I was able to chat with Benita and Jerry over Skype prior to the big day. Wedding cinematography was very important to them, so I was eager to learn more about their desired style. After our video call ended, I was beaming with excitement and couldn't wait to get them in front of my camera.

Throughout the wedding day, I was amazed at how relaxed both parties were. Despite the massive guest list, consisting of nearly 500 friends and family from all over the world, Benita and Jerry weren't shaken in the slightest. This is, no doubt, due to the fact that their love for one another was not only evident, it was indisputable. From their letters to each other, to their first look, to their ceremony and well into the after-party, their passion never ceased to inspire me.

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Beth + Bradley // Big Cedar Wedding Videography

Working with Beth and Bradley was an absolute joy, and hanging out with these two from the morning preparations to the end of the night never ceased to put a smile on my face. Both of these individuals display so much love for not only each other, but for their family and friends, that it's easy to see why they had folks travel from far and wide to celebrate their nuptials.

Beth and Bradley's relationship is exemplary, and proof of that can be found the moment they lock eyes.

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Kim + Paul // Kansas City Wedding Videography

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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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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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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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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