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Tubac Golf Resort Wedding

Clint & Brooke’s wedding day was filled with emotion as they were surrounded by two hundred and seventy-five of their closest friends and family. Brooke’s clear vision of lush greenery, gold accents, and classic black and white was perfectly executed by Sassy Soirees. Everything was absolutely stunning and the love shared between these two on their wedding day was so powerful. We absolutely loved capturing their day and are so excited to share their story and feature film with you now!

the couple, proposal, and wedding:

 

How They Met:

In July of 2013 Brooke was invited to the Luke Bryan concert with her brothers. She decided last minute that she would go. Clint happened to be invited to the same concert by some friends of his. The two ended up at the same pre-party, and Brooke was introduced to everyone, including Clint. She says she doesn’t really remember meeting him. Clint on the other hand had his eyes on Brooke the minute she walked through the door. They all loaded onto a party bus and Clint tried really hard to get Brooke’s attention, but she was not interested. By the end of the evening Clint had followed Brooke on every social media platform, and Brooke again was not interested. Ignoring Clint’s messages via Facebook.

Fast forward to March of 2014, Brooke starts stalking Clint on Facebook and realizes how cute he actually is. She shows him to her best friend, and Maid of Honor. Her friend says to Brooke, “What is wrong with you!? Message him!” and so Brooke did and the rest is history!

The Proposal:

Clint knew he wanted to propose for some time, and the two of them had talked about marriage and the future plenty. He had considered doing it on a trip to Costa Rica that they planned that summer, but the timing on the ring didn’t work out. He really wanted it to be a surprise to Brooke. Clint thought one of his only chances of doing that was in Tubac, where they had their first date.

Brooke’s parents were building a house at the time and had bought some stuff for it in Tubac. He had just been down in Tubac the weekend before picking some things up for them. Clint asked Brooke’s mom, Jacque, if she could help him with the proposal. He asked her to tell Brooke they were just going down to pick up more stuff. There were a few times Clint had thought Brooke knew something was up, but whether she knew or not, he was only concerned with the answer. Clint asked his cousin Delaney to come take pictures, and also drive him because he was a nervous wreck! He had a two and a half hour drive to Tucson by himself and he hadn’t heard from Jacque yet. He kept thinking, this drive back is really going to suck if Brooke doesn’t show.

Delaney and Clint finally arrived and were standing out on the golf course under a huge cottonwood, hoping Brooke didn’t find out he was proposing and stay home! Finally, Clint gets a text, “We’re here!” Clint says his prayers had been answered and it was the moment of truth. As Jacque and Brooke walked towards Clint on the path, he came out from behind the tree. Clint grabbed Brooke’s hand and wasn’t letting go. He got down on one knee in front of her family and asked if she would continue being the best part of him for the rest of their lives. There was lots of crying, but he did get a yes, confirmed twice and inked!

The Wedding:

Clint and Brooke got married at the Tubac Golf Resort. Brooke had her eye on this venue since she was seventeen. She visited often and would say, “I’m going to get married here one day.” Well her day came and let’s just say that I am sure it was everything Brooke had ever dreamed of and more. The girls rocked high neck floor length white dresses. While the guys were all suited up in classic black suits, white button ups, and a black bow tie. Such a classic look!

The ceremony took our breath away and then move into reception and the space was jaw dropping. Check out these stunning photos and our feature film, it truly speaks for itself. Because were speechless.

Gladden’s Feature Film:

 

Vendors: Videographer: Simply Cinema // Photographer: Rachel Solomon Photography // Venue: Tubac Golf Resort // Planning + Design: Sassy Soirees // Floral: Buckeye Faith + Flowers // Cake: Sweet Creations // Entertainment: Event Centrale // Hair: Christian Roberts // Makeup: Created Beauty // Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions // Gown: Vera Wang // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom: The Black Tux // Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August

Private Estate Dairy Farm Wedding

Well hello there! It’s been a minute since we’ve seen each other. We have been so busy capturing some real beauty this season. We are so excited to be featuring this gorgeous wedding right now! If you ever questioned if a dairy farm is a good place for a wedding, you’re going to be convinced today that it’s perfect. Especially when Wild One Events puts on the show! Wow.. to be honest when we arrived we were speechless. Posies Florals also just rocked it at the floral game and created the most stunning bouquet we’ve ever seen! Read some more about the couple and wedding day below!

the couple, proposal, and wedding:

How They Met:

While Josh and Amy worked at the same facility it allowed them to see each other on a regular basis. But is was not until they were introduced to each other two years ago by mutual friends did they begin their friendship.

The Proposal:

Josh had a little surprise up his sleeve when Amy’s immediate family was invited to a “birthday dinner”. Between the main course and dessert Josh dropped down on one knee and proposed to Amy. She was thrilled and they spent the rest of the night celebrating! (And eating desert of course!!)

The Wedding:

Josh and Amy’s wedding was so special from start to finish. The two tied the knot on Amy’s family dairy farm in Mesa, Arizona. It was such an intimate and special place as that is where Amy grew up. Amy and the girls all got ready in the main house, while the boys were in the back guest house prepping for the day. The first look was so sweet, as Josh’s eyes filled with tears seeing his gorgeous bride. Their closest friends and family celebrated with an outdoor ceremony where the bride arrived in a horse drawn carriage and ended the evening in a tented reception with fun personal details.

We felt so honored capturing this stunning wedding and wish Mr. & Mrs. Baxley a lifetime full of happiness and love.







Baxley Feature Film:

Vendors: Videographer: Simply Cinema // Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography // Venue: Private Estate // Planning + Design: Wild One Events // Florals: Posie’s Florals // Catering: Roberts Catering // Entertainment: Welter Entertainment // Stationary: Roots & Rain // Rentals & Tenting: Event Rents  // Specialty Rentals: Prim Rentals + Glamour & Woods // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Hair + Makeup: Amanda Victoria Beauty

Blush and Floral Classic Wedding | Arizona Videographer

How They Met:

Meghan was moving in with two roommates and Erik was a friend, of one of her roommates, boyfriend. (Did you follow?) Well the girls needed some help moving so Meghan’s friend Hannah recruited her boyfriend and two of his friends which happened to be Erik and another guy. As soon as Erik arrived at the house to help with the moving, Meghan said she honestly didn’t look twice at him because of some other reasons going on in her life at the moment, but Meghan caught Erik’s eye pretty quickly. Before Erik left that evening, they became friends on Facebook.

Over the next year every time Erik would see Hannah, he would always say, “Tell Meghan I said Hi.” At first Meghan thought Erik was just joking around and wasn’t serious. Meghan was consistently dropping hints to Erik that he could ask her out; commenting on his Facebook posts and photos, so he would have to respond to her, but still nothing. Finally in the Fall of 2015 something changed. Hannah said to Erik, “Why don’t you just call her and ask her!?” Erik’s excuse was that he didn’t have her number. Well minutes later Erik had her number and he was texting her to set up a dinner date.

Their first date was to Sauce, they connected right away and neither of them wanted the date to end. They ended up going to Dick’s Sporting Goods to shop around where Meghan bought a sparkly ASU hat and smiles every time she see’s it because it reminds her of their first date.

 

The Proposal:

Erik wanted the moment to be right. He planned a dinner date at the resturant they went to on their first date, Sauce. Before leaving Erik ran back inside telling Meghan he left something in the house. As he ran back in, Meghan looked over and noticed his phone and wallet. The only two things he would need, so she had a feeling something might be coming. He was acting super nervous and a little off Meghan told us. But by the time they left dinner, no proposal. They arrived home, and started getting ready for bed when Erick got down on not one, but two knees and asked Meghan to marry him. He just felt in that moment, it was the perfect time.

 

The Wedding:

Erik and Meghan got married at The Landmark in Mesa, Arizona. It was the perfect backdrop for their blush and floral classic wedding. All of Meghan’s bridesmaids were in these floor length mixed blush and floral dresses. Meghan’s strapless ballgown was to die for with a beaded top and lace scalloped sweetheart neckline. Also, her blush velvet heals were the cutest ever! Erik and his guys were in grey tuxes with a white button down and blush ties. The florals really tied everything together, from the bouquet, to the green garland, and the round mixed flower centerpieces. We loved it all! You know we are a sucker for anything sequined, so when we saw her sweetheart and cake table with full blush sequined linens we were swooning. The guests tables had a blush linen with a blush sequin table runner and mercury silver votive’s. Everything came together so beautifully and the wedding was so perfect for Meghan and Erik. We absolutely loved capturing their day!


 

 

 

 


Erik & Meghan Feature Film:

Vendors: Videographer: Simply Cinema // Photographer: Karlee K Photography // Venue: The Landmark // Coordinator: Alex // Florist: The Wildflower AZ // DJ: Push Play Entertainment // Invitations: Paper Peach Shop // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Victoria Beauty // Dress: Watters

Pantone Color of the Year | Violet

When we saw that Ultra Violet was the Pantone Color of the Year we were so excited to see what gorgeousness our incredibly talented wedding planners would come up with this year. If you’re a purple loving bride then get ready for some amazing inspiration that we have been seeing around the internet. This purple shade is perfect for a simple backyard wedding, but can also be dressed up to dazzle your guests in a one of a kind high class venue.

Start your wedding planning with some of the inspo we found:

Invites:

We love the look of water color invites, and when you include
some bold colored florals it gives us all the heart eyes!

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The Bride:

Amy & Jordan Photography

We love the idea of a Violet Mrs. Box. This is a great way to add a little pop of color to your ring shots.  These earrings are also just to die for! Who doesn’t love a good sparkle?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Groom:

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Bridesmaids:

We love the idea of having these bright violet dresses mixed with the pale purple.

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Bridal Bouquet:

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Ceremony:

Violet smoke bombs?! Yes please!

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Reception:

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Did these gorgeous photos give you inspiration for your own wedding? Leave us a comment below to let us know if you are going to be using the Pantone Color of the Year, Violet, in your wedding this year!

Gold & Black Simple Classic McCormick Ranch Golf Club Wedding

Carley and Bryan are ridiculously perfect together! We spent the entire time laughing and giggling the day away as we captured their Arizona Wedding at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Their classic yet simple black and gold wedding was absolutely stunning. Their wedding party consisted of their siblings and close friend Adam, who was also their officiant. It is always so personal when you have a close friend or family member officiate your wedding. The stories, yet sometimes embarrassing, always make for a personalized and entertaining ceremony! The bridesmaids were dressed in floor length black dresses with a stunning laced deep-v cut out that perfectly accented Carley’s dress. The men were dressed in classy black and white tuxes with simple black bow ties. The whole day was perfect and you can read more about them and their story below as well as catch a glimpse into their day through their feature film!

The Couple, Proposal, & Wedding:

How They Met:

Bryan told us the story so well, so we can’t help but share it through his words: We met through “a simple match.com message. I poked fun at the fact that the Seahawks beat the Packers in the NFC championship the year before, knowing full and well the game happened to be a sore subject for Packers fans after a dramatic comeback loss. She responded with a witty response back and we made a first date at sushi.”

The Proposal:

This has to be the most entertaining proposal story we have featured, but we love it! We feel like this is totally Bryan and Carley’s personalities. It was so fun to hear about it through the eyes of Bryan! (Yes, it’s a little lengthy but trust us.. it’s worth the read!)

Bryan had the plan of hiking Camelback mountain and proposing at the top while his brother Mychal would hide out to take a picture while he proposed. Carley specifically said she wanted a picture of the proposal. This task was going to be tough because Bryan had to totally surprise her since they bought her engagement ring together!

He told Carley a few days earlier of their plan to hike on Saturday morning. Carly responded with a very skeptical, “we’ll see”. That Saturday morning Carley rolls over in bed and immediately says sternly, “I don’t want to hike”. Bryan started to panic inside. He sent a text to his brother that the whole plan was getting ruined, then tells him, “I’m going to guilt trip her to get her to go.” Carley was already 100% opposed to going, so Bryan started saying how disappointed he was because he was really looking forward to it. Carly responds with how tired she was from a long work week, and her answer is still no. He then starts to say how he “never asks for anything” and “this is really important to him” – laying the guilt on thick. She starts to break down after his peer pressure and tears well up in her eyes. Carley asked Bryan for a minute while she thought about it. Bryan went upstairs feeling terrible that he was pushing her limits even though the intention was good for their wedding proposal. He text his brother that he thinks she is starting to break and to hold on for instruction.

Carly then comes upstairs and cracks a little smile. She tells him just to listen, she says she had a rough week, is really tired, and doesn’t want to go hiking. She then says that she will go hiking though, just because she loves him, but that she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. She then went upstairs to get ready and asked him to leave her alone until they go because she was very annoyed.

Bryan text Mychal immediately and told him it’s on and to meet them at the top. When they got to the mountain Carley was still not talking to Bryan at this point. They got out of their Uber, which they took to avoid having to find parking, and started to hike. She immediately puts on her headphones. Bryan looks at her and she cracks a half smile saying “I love you, but I don’t have to like you right now”.

They get about 10-15 minutes from the top and she says, “I’m done”. Bryan starts trying to convince her that they’re almost there. She’s like, “no, I’m done, I’m not going further, you can hike to the top by yourself if you want”.

He starts panicking because Mychal is at the top waiting for them. Bryan pretends that he is looking at his phone for something and instead sends a text to Mychal, “just head down to us, she’s done hiking, gonna propose right here I guess.”

He turns around and asks her to take a picture with him, she says, “Why? We didn’t even make it to the top.” He eventually convinces her to just do it and they take a selfie together. He then gives her his phone to look at the picture they just took, but he instead put it on the first of eight pictures he had edited of them, adding little messages to each one that lead up to a “will you marry me?” message. At first she had no reaction and thought it was just a trick to get back on her good side. After the third picture it started to click for her and she started freaking out.

He got down on one knee (in front of all these hikers walking past them) and asked her to marry him. She cried, they kissed, she apologized for being a “cranky pants”, and the hikers of Camelback all cheered. Moments later his brother Mychal pops his head up over a rock and says, “anyone need some bubbly?” with some little bottles of champagne.

The Wedding:

Carley and Bryan wanted a classic yet simple wedding and they nailed it perfectly. The white, black, and gold is so timeless and will never go out of style. The stunning white rose bouquets were such a great contrast to the bold black bridesmaid dresses. The black and white tuxes the guys wore paired perfectly with the ladies. The reception was pulled together perfectly with white floral arrangements, gold chargers, and stringed lights. Everything made for such a perfect day for the two of them. To top it off? A personal firework show for them and their guests to end the night. The dance floor was packed all night and the smile never left their faces. We love you Carley and Bryan! Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your special day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendors: Videographer: Simply Cinema // Photographer: Brooke Marcella // Venue + Catering: McCormick Ranch Golf Club // Florist: Kate Ryan Design // Hair + Makeup: Kensington Makeup // Dress: Schaffer’s // Desert Bar: Morsel Confections // DJ: Got You Covered 

My Top Three Must Have Vendors | Arizona Vendors

 

Hi there! Hope you’ve been spending the new year with good company and big goals. We’ve missed you over here. We have had many big changes and we’re ready for a new year with consistent blogging, incredible weddings, and loving couples. We are already up to over 50 weddings and still booking for this season! So if you were one of those lucky gals or guys that got engaged over the holidays, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Trust me, I know all about popular wedding dates. I am a recent bride and have been married for almost three months now! November 11, 2017 is when I tied the knot and getting vendors booked for this day seemed to be tricky. (I mean we did choose, 11.11.. what were we thinking?) So that is why I am sharing with you today, our top three vendors that were a must have and that we booked first! Are you recently engaged? Get to booking these vendors because they get busy, quick! If you have your eye on a specific vendor, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Want to check out my wedding and vendors at the gorgeous Paseo? Click here!

When my husband and I got engaged, we sat down and prioritized our budget and determined what was most important to us. We put a lot of thought into this. We thought about after the fairy tale day and we determined that the film and photos is what you will have to look back on for the rest of your lives together. Easily our top two choices were a videographer and photographer. These were the two people that would capture our day for us to look back on. We will get to reminiscence about our day with our children, grandchildren, and maybe even great grandchildren one day.

We got a lot of questions from family and friends, asking why a videographer was so important to us? A lot of them would say things like, “I haven’t watched my wedding video since the day we got it” or “It’s not that exciting to watch anyways, why spend the money on it?” Well first off, wedding videos aren’t like they used to be. They are films now, a full on gorgeous production of your day. Good bye to the wedding videos of just a long ceremony, first dance, and bad audio. These are hand crafted films of an overview of your entire day from getting ready with your girl friends, interviews of you and your fiance, to the first time he see’s you in your wedding gown, the ceremony, your first dance, and the party that ends the night!

When deciding we didn’t even think twice about booking a videographer. When you really think about it, if you don’t have a videographer there who is going to capture your personal vows and they way you say them to each other on your wedding day? The toasts from your very best friends? The emotion and way he looks at you during your first look? You can never get those words, the emotion, and the sound behind them without a videographer there to capture it.

Now we needed one more vendor. This also came pretty easy to us. I am naturally very OCD and Type A. Having someone that could handle our day with the same vision as us was very important. I kept thinking to myself, do I want to spend the one day of my life marrying my best friend worried about where the florist will place the florals on the arch? How the table seating arrangements will get done? And how my bridal party will make it down the aisle flawlessly? No! I didn’t want to worry about one bit of it.

For us a Day Of Coordinator, was the perfect choice. I have had a lot of experience with weddings by working with Serendipity and planning with Pinterest made it super fun. (I mean how did anyone plan a wedding before it!?) I also purchased an Erin Condren planner to help me pace out when everything needed to be completed. But man oh man, is a Coordinator worth it! Planning a wedding is a ton of work. I give all the props to the Planners out there making these magical weddings happen!

There you have it! My top three vendor must haves. Do you have a top three? Comment below and let me know about them!

 

Photo Credit:

Melissa Jill Photography

A Wedding Film is Worth the Investment:

First off, congrats to all the newly engaged couples out there! This is such an exciting time in your lives, and we hope you enjoy every minute of it! As you start looking for vendors and budgeting out your wedding, we wanted to give you a little incite as to why a wedding film is so worth the investment!

A Wedding Film is the first thing cut from the wedding budget, yet the number one regret a couple has after a wedding if they decided not to get one. The very thought of a couple not having a wedding film to document their wedding day makes us beyond sad. So many moments and memories lost, so here is our pitch! Take what you like and leave the rest!

1. Who is at your wedding sadly may not be here ten years from now. Over our ten years in business we have had 7 couples lose someone unexpectedly after the wedding. For many of those couples, their wedding day was the last time they ever saw that person and heard their voice. Can you even imagine not hearing your mom’s words to you as she zipped you into your dress? Or your dad’s toast to you on your wedding day? Or what your groom says to you the moment he first sees you in your dress? Lost, lost, and lost if you opt out of a wedding film. We hate to be morbid, but it is a truth. Document the say… No matter the curve balls life throws us you will be so glad to have a video record of those who were with you that day.

2. Of course you are going to have a Photographer on your wedding day. But Photos and a Wedding Film go hand in hand. A Photographer will give you snapshots of moments. We will give you the sound and motion from those moments. Together we are your memory team giving you multiple facets and angles of the day. We have never had a couple say to us that they had too many memories of their wedding day. As soon as people find out what we do for a living, inevitably the ones who didn’t have a cinematographer at their wedding always say to us, “That was our biggest regret.. I so wish we had a wedding film. We decided against it and I wish we hadn’t.” I have never had someone say to me, “I wish we didn’t invest in a wedding film.” Even if it wasn’t a great film, they are still glad they have it.

3. The day goes beyond super fast. The morning after your wedding you will discuss with your spouse how amazing it was and you will both agree that it went by lightening fast. And if you decided to invest in a wedding film you will have a sense of peace in knowing that you have that memory forever, but also that you will soon get to re-live that day when the film is finished. We will show you in your film, parts of the day, that you never knew existed. You will get to see your day from a completely different angle. You will get to re-live it like it is brand new again and that is priceless.

4. You will want this memory if you decide to have a family. While it may not be on the radar now, having a family might be in the picture one day and you will regret deeply not being able to share the day of your wedding with your future children. They will want to see what life was like before they came along. A wedding film is such a special memory to share with them.

5.  In this day and age with all of the technology it just makes sense. Wedding films can now be easily shared with family and friends. You want those that attended and those that couldn’t to be able to share in the memories, still be able to through your wedding film. Wedding films are nothing like they used to be, they are high quality productions now. They are a customized story of your wedding day, fabulous, and a must have in your wedding budget.

Blush and Sage Wedding at Paradise Valley Country Club | Videographer Phoenix

Blush and Sage Wedding at Paradise Valley Country Club | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Sydney and Tanner met in Aspen, Co through mutual friends.

The Proposal:

It was a total surprise and very romantic. The special moment took place on the beach where Tanner grew up, in San Diego.

The Wedding:

This wedding was so pretty, and we loved so many parts of it, we are not even sure where to start!

Sydney and Tanner were married at the beautiful Paradise Valley Country Club. PVCC is nestled deep in the heart of Paradise Valley.  The grounds are surrounded by the iconic Camelback Mountain to the south, Phoenix Mountain Preserve to the west and McDowell Mountains to the east creating a picturesque backdrop for a wedding.

Sydney and Tanner did a great job of using the beauty of the venue and bringing in natural decor to really set the stage for the perfect day. A color palette of blush, sage, neutral tones and wood decor made everything stunning.

We love the bridesmaid’s dresses and the fact that no one is even close to being the same. However, they all coordinate so perfectly together. It looks like each girl was able to pick something that she felt comfortable in and they blend so well together. Sydney’s dress is so classic! The simple satin A-line gown and stunning see-through neckline gives the dress a modern and elegant twist.

The reception was outdoor and picturesque. We loved how the decor was both romantic, rustic and classic all at the same time. The mix of floral, and wood really made it feel warm and inviting as well! We like how they had both floral runners going down the tables, as well as candles sitting on pedestals. The mix in height adds pretty texture to the area.

Venue: Paradise Valley Country Club
Photographer: Sara Sourant Photography
Entertainment: Liquid Blue Band
Florist: White House Flowers
Invitations: The Paper Place AZ

Videographer Phoenix

Natural Desert Wedding at Four Seasons | Videographer Phoenix

Natural Desert Wedding at Four Seasons | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Some say it’s fate that brought them together. Samantha and Anthony said it was the alphabet! They met in dental school. Her last name starts with ‘BO’ and his starts with ‘BR’ so they sat right next to each other.

Anthony told Samantha the morning of, to pack three things – 1 nice outfit, 1 casual outfit, and 1 relaxing outfit. He then brought her to the Fairmont in Pittsburgh (which happens to be her favorite hotel out there).

When they got to the hotel he told her to change into a robe and the happy couple walked down to the spa where they enjoyed a couples massage. When they returned to their room, there was champagne and fresh fruit waiting for us.

Next, they got dressed in their ‘nice outfits’ and Anthony took Samantha to one of the Pittsburgh inclines (which she had never been on). They rode up the incline and he had reservations at Altius (which had been voted one of the top restaurants in the U.S. with a panoramic view of Pittsburgh). Anthony asked Samantha to marry him before dessert came.

Not only did the couple do a first look with each other, which is very popular right now, but they each did a first look with a parent. Samantha with her father and Anthony with his mom. This might be the cutest thing ever, and a perfect way to enjoy a few precious moments with your parents before the day starts to get crazy.

Samantha is stunning in her dress. We love the way it fits her, and all the illusion back paired with parts of the front having an illusion as well. We also are pretty obsessed with the color pallet of the bridesmaids and floral decor. It’s a perfect mix of neutrals desert earthy tones, grayish blues, grayish pinks, grayish purples, cacti colors that is so romantic and classic.

Venue: The Four Seasons
Wedding Coordinator: Sterling Wedding Events
Photographer: Katrina Wallace
Entertainment: Lucky Devils Band
Florist: Juliet Le Fleur
Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

Amanda + Matt

Amanda + Matt

Raw Footage

We get asked all of the time from couples if they can have the Raw Footage from their wedding day. The short answer is no, and you should see the look on the couples face. It is as if we just told them their wedding dress was ugly. However, we want to take the time to tell you why. We promise we are not trying to be mean, keep precious memories from you or even hold it hostage for more money from you. The answer is because you don’t need it, let us explain.

Years ago before cinematic wedding films became the norm a videographer would show up at your event with a giant camera and record the entire day from beginning to end. Then they would deliver tapes of 10 hours of video footage of every single second of your wedding day. Those were the days before editing.

Somehow the idea though, that Raw Footage was absolutely necessary as a deliverable stuck. We are here to tell you that the Raw Footage is no longer necessary. Wedding Films have evolved. Nowadays wedding films are creative and cinematic edits that summarize the wedding day.

That being said, when we film a wedding we no longer film the entire day in full. We only film what we know we are going to use. We will say it again, We only film what we know we are going to use. Our videographers are shooting in HD so the files sizes are huge and we quite frankly don’t want to film every single second of the day for space purposes as well as editing purposes. It’s just too darn much footage to sort through. Since we know we are summarizing your wedding day, filming every single second is just not necessary anymore.

Before you start thinking there is a mountain of memories on the cutting room floor, to compensate for not having that Raw Footage most companies will offer Documentary Style Edits of the most important parts of the day. What that means is that on top of the Wedding Movie Trailer and Feature Film we will edit for you your Ceremony, Toasts, and First Dances. Most couples see those as the most important parts of the day so we film those and edit them in their entirety.

What we always tell our couples is that if something doesn’t make an appearance in the Wedding Movie Trailer, Feature Film or Documentary Style Films there is a reason why. To be clear though, ANYTHING of value is going to show up in one of those 3 places, we will be sure of it.

Raw Footage has become fluff. And when it is offered to couples in packages or as an add-on it is painted as this extremely necessary and valuable piece of their wedding day when it is pretty much what they already have.

The Raw Footage includes the shaky shots, poorly colored shots, and practice shots. We just don’t see the value of this. Again revisiting the size of the files most couples don’t even have the software to open the files or know what to do with them once they do get them open. Not to mention who is actually going to watch 10 hours of footage.

And finally not offering the Raw Footage is a brand management thing for us. The best representation of our brand is always going to be our edited films. With how easy it is to upload videos online these days we never want to run the risk of our Raw Footage getting out there and someone posting a practice clip and claiming that “this is how Serendipity shoots a wedding film”.

In summary Raw Footage is not what you think it is. If there is something of value we will be sure that you have it. We want you to have as many memories of your wedding day as possible. But we also want you to have the best viewing experience and the best experience is always going to be watching an edited film.

Photos By Elyse Hall

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