Weisi + Trae // Bella Vista, Arkansas 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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Alexandra + Lazaro // Top of the Rock Wedding Film

If I told you that Alexandra and Lazaro’s Top of the Rock wedding day ended with the wildest, craziest reception of 2018, well, that would also be the biggest understatement of 2018.

But let’s jump back to the beginning of the day, where these two Miami, Florida natives stood across from one another — in an empty chapel soon to be packed to the brim with family and friends — and exchanged personal vows. Based on hanging out with these two as they got ready, I could already tell that the rest of the day would be lively to say the least; but this quiet moment proved to be the most poignant.

And that’s what made the reception so infectiously enjoyable. These families were full of so much passion, that Sheri Holloway and I couldn’t help but join in on the dance floor and bust out some moves as Elevate Entertainment rocked the house. We ended up parting ways around midnight, but legend has it that Alexandra, Lazaro and their loved ones are still partying to this day . . .

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Meg + Mike // Stonegate Glass Chapel Wedding Film

I’ll remember a lot of things from this wedding, but I would be remiss if I didn’t include Meg’s smile-inducing laughter on that compilation. Couple that with her and Mike’s two adorable pups, some perfect fall weather and a collection of friends and family that made it impossible to not have a good time, and you have a recipe for one heckuva wedding day.

Sure enough, the day did not disappoint. Starting with preps at a ridiculously cool loft on Springfield’s Commercial Street, followed by tying the knot at Stonegate Glass Chapel just north of Branson and ending the night at Old Towne Event Center in Republic. The day was full of travel, sure, but it was even more full of heart.

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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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Benita + Jerry // Oklahoma City Wedding Film

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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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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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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Jenna + Mitchel // Bella Vista, Arkansas Wedding Film

All it takes for me to get absurdly excited about a wedding ceremony is to mention that it's taking place at any of the glass chapels in Arkansas. Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel is one such structure, and its brilliance never ceases to leave me in awe.

The crazy-talented photography team, Eugene Grace Weddings, recommended me to Jenna and Mitchel, and I am so happy that they did. Throughout the entire wedding day, these two exhibited so much passion for their friends, their family and one another that I couldn't help but have a smile equipped from the moment my camera started rolling until well after my drive home.

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Kelly + Andrew // Missouri Botanical Garden Wedding Film

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a sprawling center for botanical research located inside St. Louis. Turns out, it’s also a pretty rad place to have a wedding ceremony. Although I was excited to experience even a fraction of the 79 acres of floral awesomeness, I was looking forward to hanging out with Kelly and Andrew even more.

On the day of their wedding, these two were calm, cool and collected. Something that I had come to expect after conversing with Kelly for over a year prior to their big day. They both frequently asked how the other was doing, patiently waiting until their eyes would meet as Kelly walked down that aisle. And from that point on, it was all smiles as they partied the night away surrounded by their closest friends and family.

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Sophie + Gus // Belamour Barn Wedding Film

It’s basically a fact that when Allie Rose Events is involved, your big day is going to be impeccable. This was indeed the case for Gus and Sophie’s Belamour wedding, which kicked off the Fall season with lovely temperatures and brilliant colors.

These two possess such kind, compassionate souls that it was an absolute joy getting to know them. From the morning preparations until the final sparkler send-off, Gus and Sophie’s combination of both timid affection and outgoing spirits never ceased to inspire those around them, including yours truly.

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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 October 17, 2017 .

Max + Rebecca // Big Cedar Wedding Film

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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Meghan + Josiah // Blue Bell Farm Wedding Film

Meghan and Josiah's Blue Bell Farm wedding was something magical, I tell ya. Arriving early in the morning, I was able to capture some of the farm's routines before the summer sun completely took over. The light morning breeze made its way across fields and through trees as happy chickens pranced around the property, which was being tidied up before guests began to arrive.

With both personal vows and pre-ceremony letters, Meghan and Josiah never seemed to run out of things to say. Heartfelt tears and smile-inducing laughter were both common experiences during these spoken moments, and I'm so thankful to have been present for all of it.

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Mike + Amanda // Oklahoma Wedding Film

Gosh. Where do I begin with these two? Do I start by mentioning their impeccable kindness? Do I kick things off by bringing up just how stunning they are together? What about the fact that both of them are unanimously loved and cherished by everyone around them? Seriously, I could go on.

Oklahoma blessed us with some beautiful fall weather during Mike and Amanda's wedding day, and we took advantage of every second. Doors and windows swayed gently on their hinges while a refreshing breeze cooled those that it touched. My favorite memory of the day, however, wasn't admiring the immaculate floral decorations or wincing at the girls' hilarious-yet-eardrum-bursting "Group Scream." Instead, it was the moments right before the reception officially started, where, igniting the dry leaves ablaze with vibrant, warm colors, the departing sun painted a perfect backdrop as Mike and Amanda hit pause on their wedding day. These moments of timid, candid affection amidst glowing trees and fallen pine needles merely highlighted the obvious fact that this will, indeed, be a long and happy marriage.

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Luke + Rachel // Missouri Farm Wedding Film

After meeting Rachel at a bridal show in Springfield, I was instantly looking forward to her wedding. I then found out that the celebration would be taking place on their gorgeous property in Marionville, and my excitement heightened even further. Upon learning the specific details and layout while filming their Save the Date Trailer, I about couldn't handle it. I was honestly worried that, on the big day's arrival, my expectations surely wouldn't be met. 

But, sure enough, everything was flawless. Not only did the constant threat of rain completely avoid us throughout the day, but the laid-back attitudes, genuine excitement and perfect weather took this wedding to a whole 'nutha level.

Luke + Rachel, you two are simply wonderful, and you deserve every bit of awesomeness that comes your way. Thank you so much for letting me capture such a perfect story.

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